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All We Want Is Dignity, Respect and a Job

The presidential candidates are not talking about the issues that matter to millions of working-class Americans, including students at Los Angeles Trade Tech. The community college centered on vocational education is a place of second chances, and its students have no time for empty campaign rhetoric.

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Working-Class Struggles in Southern California Symbolize Blue-Collar Blues Across America

Far from the noise of the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton brawl are painful examples of what this presidential campaign should be about: people struggling to raise their families out of poverty, send their kids to school and survive day to day.

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These Blue-Collar College Students Vote for the United States

Interviews at one “working-class” school turn up distaste for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump but hope for the future. That optimism, however, is challenged by the poisonous campaign being fought for the presidency.

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Time for Progressives to Take a Stand Against Politics of Hate

The crisis over racism in America calls for something bolder and more single-minded than the laundry list of good ideas being tossed about by the Bernie Revolution.

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Jill Stein’s Green New Deal Deserves to Be Heard by Widest Audience Possible

The prospective Green Party presidential candidate is moving up in the polls with progressive ideas to reinvigorate the American economy, save the environment and give power to the people instead of corporations.

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The Great American Story of Asian Immigrants and Politics

The rise of Asian-Americans in politics refutes Donald Trump’s portrayal of immigrants as an alien body invading the United States.

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AP’s Clinton ‘Victory’ Story Breaches Journalism Ethics and Public Trust

The Associated Press news organization became part of the electoral process by declaring Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee on the eve of primaries in California and five other states. How the AP arrived at that conclusion remains suspect.

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Bill Boyarsky
Bill Boyarsky

Bill Boyarsky, political correspondent for Truthdig, is a lecturer in journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. Boyarsky was city editor of The Los Angeles Times when he retired in 2001.  Before that, he was a columnist, city-county bureau chief and political writer.  He was a member of reporting teams that won three Pulitzer prizes and has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2010, the Los Angeles Press Club honored Boyarsky’s original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year.

Boyarsky has also taught at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, California State University at Northridge and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.  He was given a fellowship at Berkeley for research on his biography of the late California political leader Jesse M. Unruh, “Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics” (November 2007). He served as Vice President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission (2003 - 2008).

Boyarsky’s latest book is “Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times” (September 2009). He is the author of four other books: “The Rise of Ronald Reagan”; “Ronald Reagan, His Life and Rise to the Presidency”; “Los Angeles: City of Dreams”; and “Backroom Politics.”  His wife, Nancy, was co-author of Backroom Politics.

Boyarsky is a columnist for the Jewish Journal and blogs for LA Observed.

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