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Nurses Won’t Back Down in Fight for Single-Payer in California

The National Nurses United union’s seminal fight for California’s SB 562 reflects a national struggle for social change.

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 READ MORE


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When Democrats Crushed Occupy: A Cautionary Tale (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks about the failures of the Democratic Party and the establishment politics that led to Donald Trump’s victory.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Why California’s Single-Payer ‘Shell Bill’ Was Doomed From the Start

The Intercept explains how supporters of California’s SB 562, recently shelved by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, are “hiding the realities of California’s woeful political structure.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2017 READ MORE



Numerous States Reject the Administration’s Demand for Voter Data

A request for sensitive voter information by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is causing a backlash from civil rights advocacy groups, governors and state secretaries. (Pictured, a 2014 march for voter protections.)

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 READ MORE



California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, Shelves State’s Single-Payer Bill

The Healthy California Act, or SB 562, had already passed the state Senate and was making its way through the lower chamber.

Posted on Jun 24, 2017 READ MORE



California’s ‘Medicare-for-All’ Plan Clears State Senate

The bill, which would create the first state-level single-payer health care system in the U.S., is hailed as a major step in creating a proving ground for a national program.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE



California’s ‘Medicare for All’ Bill Would Cover Everyone, Cut Costs, Analysis Shows

As polling finds strong support in the state for universal coverage, a new financial review shows the proposal would reduce health care spending by almost 20 percent.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton: ‘I Take Responsibility for Every Decision I Made, but That’s Not Why I Lost’

The 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee speaks at the annual Code Conference in California and discusses the lessons she learned from the election.

Posted on May 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Kevin de León, Advocate for ‘Sanctuary Cities’ and Immigrant Rights

As many Democrats face backlash for their weak opposition to the Trump administration, the California Senate leader stands out for his refusal to mince words.

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 READ MORE



Will Trump Repeat the Historic Chinese Exclusion Act Mistake?

The president’s executive orders hurl America back to 1882, when Congress passed a law barring immigration based on a specific race and national origin.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE



Justice Department Sets June 30 Deadline for Compliance From ‘Sanctuary Cities’

DOJ plans to withhold federal funding from jurisdictions where law enforcement personnel do not cooperate with immigration authorities.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE



California Leads the Way in Solar Power

The Golden State now generates so much solar power that sometimes the price of electricity turns negative.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 READ MORE



A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control

To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE



Mainstream Democrats Prevail Over Sanders Supporters in California Congressional Race

California’s 34th Congressional District went for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary, but voters overwhelmingly choose establishment Democrats over “Berniecrats” in a special election.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



The United States of Immigrants

The resistance of sanctuary cities, counties and states reminds us that the Constitution protects all people in our country.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE


Inside the Campaign of Green Party Congressional Candidate Kenneth Mejia

Truthdig sits down with the 26-year-old to discuss his grass-roots effort to represent California’s 34th Congressional District.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


A Community Terrorized: Immigration Crackdown Could Destroy the Social Fabric of the U.S. (Audio)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discusses the trauma of undocumented immigrants with Victor Narro, an immigration and labor attorney and project director at the UCLA Labor Center. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


OC Weekly Journalists Say Trump Supporters Attacked Them at Huntington Beach Rally (Video)

Much of the media claimed that anti-Trump supporters were the aggressors, but the alternative newspaper has a different story.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Farmers Suffer From a Shortage of Workers, but Native-Born Americans Don’t Want the Jobs

Although wages for farm work are rising, Trump’s immigration policy is decimating an already tight labor pool, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE



A Gradient of Perspective: Exploring Injustice Through Art

Artists explore unconscious bias and its consequences in a group exhibit in Cupertino, Calif.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE



California Joins Lawsuit Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the modified ban “unconstitutional and un-American.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE


How Much Does California Value Its Immigrants?

Lawyer and labor rights professor Victor Narro joined Truthdig on Thursday to discuss the state’s response to the president’s immigration crackdown.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Snapchat’s Hometown Protests Company’s Presence

Snap Inc. just had a profitable first day trading on the stock market, but one Southern California neighborhood is fighting the gentrification that comes with hosting a tech giant.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 READ MORE



Santa Monica, Calif., Moves to Dump Wells Fargo Over DAPL Funding

The city’s progressive agenda includes a new measure to shield residents from discriminatory acts by the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 READ MORE



Los Angeles City Council Prepares Defenses Against Trump’s Policies

The council takes steps to protect against faith-based discrimination and provide aid to travelers detained at LAX.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE


California Democrat Zev Yaroslavsky Tells Robert Scheer Why the State Is a Model for Progressives

Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with one of the leaders of California’s Democratic Party about the state’s paradox—how progressives swept the nation’s largest state in the 2016 election while Hillary Clinton got Trumped elsewhere in the country. Transcript added.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Senate Finally Approves Flint Aid at Expense of the Golden State

Michigan action shouldn’t come at expense of endangered species protection in California, “but that is the result of the partisan games at play,” according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE



Young Lesbians Triumph Over Freud’s Grim Legacy in the Age of Trump

The misconceptions and fantasies that have dominated anti-lesbian prejudice over the centuries are breaking apart. As the bastions of resistance to gay rights are toppling in the United States, the silent majority needs to pivot.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE



California Versus Trumpland

California is now the capital of liberal America. Along with its neighbors Oregon and Washington, it will be a nation within the nation starting in January when the federal government goes dark.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE



How a Former District Attorney Finally Agreed With Activist Mike Farrell on the Death Penalty

Ira Reiner, who served Los Angeles County as D.A. for eight years, and Mike Farrell, president of the board of Death Penalty Focus, have publicly and respectfully debated capital punishment many times over the years. But it wasn’t until now, with the proposed Justice That Works Act of 2016 on the California ballot, that they see eye to eye.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE



What’s on Your Ballot? Truthdig’s Voter Guide

Choosing the next president isn’t the only important decision the American electorate has to make in the 2016 election. In this article members of the Truthdig team share their opinions on other key issues.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE



Tom Hayden Fought for the Rights of All Living Things

The progressive activist compiled an impressive record in California and local politics—from 18 years in the state Capitol to a variety of community crusades. Even shelter animals benefited from his work.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE



How Did Tom Hayden Affect You?

The politician, peace activist, author and Truthdig contributor died Sunday at the age of 76. Share your thoughts on his legacy in our comments section.                             

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE



California’s Proposition 62 Can End the Suffering Caused by—and the Expense of—the Death Penalty

The state’s 38-year failed attempt to make capital punishment constitutional has resulted in more than 1,000 death verdicts and 13 executions—at a total cost of $5 billion.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE



Funding California Schools: Proposition 51 Versus a State-Owned Bank

By borrowing from its own state-chartered, state-owned bank, California could save over $10 billion on a $9 billion loan.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE



In the Fight to Rein In Drug Prices, Bernie Sanders Shows He’s Still Got It

The Vermont senator rallies his still-faithful base in campaigning for a California proposition aimed at Big Pharma.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Change Has Doubled the Number of U.S. Forest Fires per Year Since 1980

A new study finds that man-made global warming is the root cause of a relentless increase in wildfires in the western part of the country.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE


Photo of the Week: Wildfires in California

This is what hell might look like.

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Signs That Wind Power Is Gaining Strength in the U.S. (Video)

Not only is the fuel itself free, but also the turbines are getting less and less costly—a trend that experts believe will accelerate.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



Talking to a 6-Year-Old About War

With armed conflicts and military action, it’s hard to know how much to say to young people, and when, how and whether to say it. Perhaps it is a universal parental urge to shield children from certain hard knowledge.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



California and EPA Poised to Expand Program With Potential to Pollute Water Reserves

Under federal environmental law, a little-known program is being used to permit oil and gas companies to inject waste into the state’s aquifers, even as the thirst for groundwater grows.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



In Boon for Electric Cars and Solar Panels, California Will Seek to Heavily Roll Back CO2 Emissions

The Legislature worked on an extremely ambitious carbon dioxide emissions reduction bill for a year and is finally sending it to the governor for his signature.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



A Progressive Political Revolution of Historic Importance

By rejecting the “race to the bottom” right-wing philosophy that catapulted conservative politics in recent years, California has become a laboratory of innovation. Award-winning journalist Narda Zacchino examines this transformation in her new book.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE



Death to the Death Penalty in California

Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE


Live at Truthdig: What Can America Learn From California?

Truthdig sat down with special guest Narda Zacchino and discussed what the once “failed state” of California can teach the rest of the United States.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-Stricken West

Experts fear tax deductions for water use as a “depleted asset” could actually worsen the crisis as rivers and reservoirs dry up.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Activists Anne Weills, Mollie Costello, Alyssa Eisenberg and Tova Fry

By pressing a civil rights action after being arrested in California, these four won improvements for women being held in deplorable conditions at a Bay Area mega-jail.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 READ MORE



Fighting for Peace on ‘Hurricane Street’

This impassioned, timely memoir about the American Veterans Movement picks up where author Ron Kovic’s “Born on the Fourth of July” left off.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE


Was America Great When It Burned Native American Babies? (Audio and Transcript)

Benjamin Madley, a history professor and author, joins Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer to talk about a too-little-known part of California’s history: the government-supported massacres of indigenous people.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


A Lens on the Democratic Convention: Two Americas (Multimedia)

The Democratic and Republican conventions showed the great divide between insiders and outsiders. If what was happening inside a political convention could be merged with what was happening outside, perhaps such gatherings would be more representative of our country.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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