• A Holiday Message in Support of Port Drivers’ Fight for Justice

    By Nelson L. Castorillo and Paul Michael Neuman  When we heard port truck drivers were going on strike again this past September to protest many egregious labor abuses, we wanted to support them. We had heard heartbreaking personal stories of families struggling to survive on drivers’ insufficient pay and lack of basic hea

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  • For Corporate Media, It’s ‘Anybody But Sanders or Warren’

    By Norman Solomon Anyone who’s been paying attention should get the picture by now. Overall, in subtle and sledgehammer ways, the mass media of the United States—owned and sponsored by corporate giants—are in the midst of a siege against the two progressive Democratic candidates who have a real chance to be elected president

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  • Sheriff Alex Villanueva at a Lomita town hall meeting in 2019.

    County Supervisors Attempting to Railroad Sheriff

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Albert Robles, Mayor for the City of Carson One year ago, Alex Villanueva was elected to become the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County. He was a relative unknown. But on November 6, 2018, he pulled off the biggest upset in the last 100 years of Los Angeles County’s hi

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  • California Authorities Support Toxic Chemical Use By Refineries

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Sally Hayati, Ph.D, Director Ban Toxic MHF The Torrance Refining Co. and Valero Wilmington Refinery are the only California refineries using hydrofluoric acid  or HF alkylation. If accidentally released, HF would flash into a drifting ground-hugging toxic plume. A

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  • Gentrification in San Pedro: What We Lose

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Arlo Tinsman-Kongshaug It is no secret that gentrification has been sweeping through Los Angeles for quite some time. From Venice to Highland Park, working class communities across the city have been seeing influxes of redevelopment, wealthy new residents and raises in cost of living for mos

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  • California’s Not So Golden Past

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Dawn A. Dennis, Ph.D. Five years ago, while teaching in the City of Orange, my students in a U.S. survey history course told me about the Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers found in the area. I used this moment to ask my students about their knowledge of white supremacy in history. 

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  • Labor’s 2019 Balance Sheet

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Mark Friedman, Contributor Labor Day is a fitting time to assess the state of the labor movement, and 2019 has clearly been an interesting, if not contradictory, year for labor in the United States. Strikes and job actions throughout Los Angeles and the nation repre

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  • Thousands Nationwide Attend Immigrant Detention Protests

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    By Mark Friedman

    More than 700 cities throughout the United States and internationally saw demonstrations Friday, July 12 protesting deplorable conditions in detention centers in the United States holding immigrant workers and youth fighting for asylum or facing deportation. The actions, called “Ligh

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  • You Can’t Hack a Longshoreman

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn The debate over automation has come to a boiling point at the Port of Los Angeles. Workers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, worried about the inevitable job losses that a trend toward automation would cause, I have taken a stand ag

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  • Community Voices — Bernie Sanders to California Dems

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    There is No “Middle Ground” Compromise with Trump

    Transcript of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ speech at the California Democratic Convention June 2 Let me thank the California Democratic Party for helping to make this state one of the great progressive forces in Ameri

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