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AFL-CIO Leader Trumka urges fight against racism

Editorial note:  Below are excerpts from a speech made by Richard Trumka, president of the national AFL-CIO, at the Missouri State AFL-CIO convention in St. Louis, Sept. 15, 2014.  He addresses the killing of Michael Brown, an 18 year old unarmed African-American man by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson, MO. The AFL-CIO represents…

White racial misperceptions affect cops, courts, prisons

http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/rd_Race_and_Punishment.pdf Racial perceptions of crime are a key cause of the severity of punishment in the United States, officials from the Sentencing Project in Northwest have concluded. “Whether acting on their own implicit biases or bowing to political exigency, policymakers have fused crime and race in their policy initiatives and statements. They have crafted harsh…

Excerpt from “Love Poem to Los Angeles”

(with a respectful nod to Jack Hirschman) …I love L.A., I can’t forget its smells, I love to make love in L.A., it’s a great city, a city without a handle, the world’s most mixed metropolis, of intolerance and divisions, how I love it, how I hate it, Zootsuit “riots,” can’t stay away, city of…

We Still Need $15 and a Union – NOW!

by John Parker, LA Workers Assembly As many know, in solidarity with fast food and retail workers demanding a livable wage, the Los Angeles Workers Assembly has submitted a Ballot Initiative Ordinance to the City Clerk and City Attorney for a $15 minimum wage to take effect immediately after passage. So, we are glad to…

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