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March 4, 2010
A symposium in celebration of International Women's Day, Citizen Divas: Women, Art and Social Justice , seeks to give voice to subaltern women around the world -- those who, through their art and activism, resist marginalization. Presenters include artists Andrea Bowers and Claudia Bernardi, filmmaker Lourdes Portillo, art historian Andrea Liss, activist Margaret Prescod and event organizers and CalArts faculty Christine Wertheim and Nancy Buchanan. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A. noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
February 24, 2010 | By Amro Hassan and Jeffrey Fleishman
After a meeting this week with opposition groups, the Egyptian who gained international renown as head of the U.N.'s nuclear agency stepped up pressure on his government by announcing the establishment of the National Front for Change. "An agreement was reached to set up the new front, which is opened to all Egyptians from different political orientations. Its main target will be pushing for constitutional reforms and social justice," Mohamed ElBaradei, the former International Atomic Energy Agency chief, was quoted as saying in the independent daily Al Dustour.
December 6, 2009 | By Carlos Valdez Lozano
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "Self-Reliance" 'Imay not have changed the world," Alice McGrath once told me, "but I've lived a life I feel good about."
November 1, 2009 | Wendy Smith, Smith is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Dorothea Lange A Life Beyond Limits Linda Gordon W.W. Norton: 536 pp., $35 Our image of the Great Depression has been indelibly shaped by the photographs of Dorothea Lange: homeless men standing dejectedly in line for food at a San Francisco mission, rickety jalopies crammed with the household belongings of farmers fleeing the Dust Bowl and, most famous of all, "Migrant Mother," Lange's majestic, sorrowful portrait of a destitute pea...
October 5, 2009 | Adam Bernstein, Bernstein writes for the Washington Post.
Mercedes Sosa, an Argentine singer who emerged as an electrifying voice of conscience throughout Latin America for songs that championed social justice in the face of government repression, died Sunday at a medical clinic in Buenos Aires. She was 74 and had liver, kidney and heart ailments. With a rich contralto voice, Sosa was foremost a compelling singer whose career spanned five decades. She performed with entertainers as varied as rock star Sting, the Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés and folk singer Joan Baez, who said she was so moved by Sosa's "tremendous charisma" and emotive firepower that she once dropped to her knees and kissed Sosa's feet.
August 27, 2009 | Anne Lamott, Anne Lamott's latest book is "Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith."
Iam afraid there has been a misunderstanding since that election in 2008, during which 66,882,230 Americans cast their votes for you. Perhaps one of your trusted advisors has given you bum information. Maybe they told you that we voted for you -- walked, marched, prayed, fund-raised and knocked on doors for you -- because we hoped you would try to reunite the country. Of the total votes cast that long-ago November day, I'm guessing that about 1,575 people wanted you to try to reconcile the toxic bipartisanship that culminated in those Sarah Palin rallies.
May 17, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Robert B. Choate, an engineer-turned-consumer advocate whose campaign against sugary breakfast cereals led manufacturers to bolster the nutritional value of their products, died May 3 at a retirement community in Lemon Grove in San Diego County. He was 84. The cause was complications of dementia, according to his son, Christopher.
April 15, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Wally Marks, whose family real estate firm helped develop Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and preserve the Helms Bakery building, has died. He was 78. Marks, who was also a philanthropist and human rights activist, died Monday of cancer at his West Los Angeles home, said his wife, Suzy. In 1956, his father founded the Beverly Hills real estate firm that he named for himself -- Walter N. Marks Inc. -- and sold or created many complexes on Wilshire Boulevard from downtown to the ocean.
December 1, 2008 | Corina Knoll, Knoll is a Times staff writer.
During each of the four funerals she attended in 1999, Julie La Belle had a recurring thought: "I can't believe I'm sitting at a service for a teenager." La Belle was a youth minister brought to Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., to counsel students in the aftermath of the shootings there. Initially, there was shock and disbelief that hate and violence could occur at such a nice school in such a nice suburb. It is years later, but La Belle hasn't forgotten the lesson.
April 14, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
On a recent Saturday, Gail Goldberg, chief planner of Los Angeles, stood under an Arco sign and contemplated the junction of La Cienega Boulevard and Rodeo Road. The intersection's four corners had a strip mall, another strip mall with a Carl's Jr. in the parking lot, a 7-Eleven and the Arco gas station. Traffic was thick in every direction.
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