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A Connecticut Yankee’s Introduction to California

A Northeastern native and longtime California resident reflects back on his first time experiencing the colorful characters, culture and politics of the Golden State.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Armenians Demand Recognition of Genocide at Los Angeles Protest

President Obama has never made good on his promise to officially recognize the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians for what it was.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Camp Complains to DNC Over Hillary Clinton’s Fundraising

The Bernie 2016 campaign believes Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee may have violated campaign fundraising rules and asked DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stop the activities.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Study: Pollution Leads to Thousands of Premature Births Each Year

Air pollution contributes to 16,000 preterm births annually and costs the country billions of dollars in medical costs and lost productivity, the first study of the phenomenon suggests.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



No Blues for Bernie in L.A., Where Sanders Backers Are Still Making Happy Music

A Los Angeles rally—defying media pessimism about the Vermont senator’s chances against Hillary Clinton—shows upbeat determination and eagerness to tackle the complex delegate process.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



California Reaches Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

Numerous statewide polls have suggested that voters would approve a minimum wage proposal—perhaps even a more sweeping version—which forced lawmakers to take swift action.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE



Rosario Dawson Calls Out Dolores Huerta on Bernie Sanders’ Immigration Record

The actress challenges the civil rights icon’s criticism with a detailed breakdown of Sanders’ voting history in an open letter.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE


An Old-School California Love-In Greets Bernie Sanders in L.A.

The rock-star treatment that the candidate received at a rally—complete with passionate, chanting fans—didn’t distract him from the issues.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Homeboy Creative’ Showcases Poetry by At-Risk Youths and Former Gang Members (Multimedia)

The nonprofit organization in Los Angeles provides hope for at-risk youths, former gang members and previously incarcerated men and women. Truthdig will be featuring writers from Homeboy Industries in a series called “Homeboy Creative.”

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE



City of Los Angeles Continues to Invade Homeless Camps, Despite Federal Lawsuit

Los Angeles has faced years of chronic homelessness, and over the past year police have regularly raided encampments. Now a civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the city for exactly those actions—yet the razing of sites goes on.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Ted Cruz Today, the Rapture Tomorrow

The Texas senator’s measured pro-Israel comments mask the extremist views of “God’s candidate.” His Christian Zionist backers see Israel’s continued grip on Palestine as key to the second coming of Jesus.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style

Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



‘No Más Bebés’: Documentary Highlights History of Forced Sterilizations in L.A. (Video)

A film by Renee Tajima-Peña revives the historical context for our ongoing mistreatment of undocumented immigrants—and reminds us why it shouldn’t be forgotten.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



The Restoration of a Mural Is the Resurrection of Lost History

Noni Olabisi’s painting “To Protect and Serve”—perhaps the most controversial mural in Los Angeles in the past 80 years—features a positive depiction of the Black Panther Party and its contributions to the African-American community. Such information about the party’s constructive role is nowhere to be found in school textbooks.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Winning the Fight for $15 in 2016

This is the year to make all wages living wages.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE



The Consequences for Violating Patient Privacy in California? Depends Where the Hospital Is

An analysis found California officials are inconsistently enforcing a 2008 patient privacy law. Hospitals in the state’s Inland Empire rack up deficiencies while Los Angeles hospitals almost never do.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Watch Former Rep. Barney Frank Give His Take on Campaign 2016

Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank spent nearly three decades on Capitol Hill, so he knows a thing or two about what presidential elections look like from inside the Washington bubble.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Former CIA Agent Trying to Reveal How the U.S. Runs Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Is in Jail

A retired CIA analyst claims the U.S. government is trying to frame him in order to quiet his tell-all book on drug smuggling in Afghanistan; Ronald Reagan’s offspring send Donald Trump a message; meanwhile, a Los Angeles man wakes up from a coma speaking ancient Hebrew. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Why Ending Homelessness Is Political Poison

While the popular idea is that the homeless are addicted or mentally ill, experts say a more common story goes like this: A single parent loses a job and ends up on the streets with his or her children. Meanwhile, officials say there is no political upside to solving the problem.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



A Reporter Who Covered the Watts Riots 50 Years Ago Today Looks Back

A first glance at seemingly normal neighborhoods did not reveal the oppression and angst that had fueled one of the most violence uprisings in U.S. history. One had to probe deeper to find that raw nerve.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Judge Releases Footage of Police Killing Unarmed Man in L.A. Suburb

A legal order has led to the public release of dashcam footage showing a 34-year-old man being fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in 2013.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Police Commission Rules Ezell Ford Shooting Not Within LAPD Policy (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners ruled Tuesday that the actions of one of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Ezell Ford were not within department policy.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



L.A. Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Edward Snowden

A recent L.A. Times editorial called for the whistleblower’s prosecution. As Glenn Greenwald writes in denouncing the editorial, this is part of a wider journalistic war on transparency.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Workers Who Won $15 an Hour in Los Angeles

The pay raise will benefit government and the city’s economy as a whole, researchers say. Those who rallied for this important change have helped many others while helping themselves.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Patriot Act, Biker Shootout and Minimum Wage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask why coverage of the deadly biker gang dispute in Texas was so different from that of the Baltimore unrest. Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor for 10 hours to discuss the Patriot Act, and Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Posted on May 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Los Angeles to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

A historic victory has been won for the city’s low-wage workers.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



Is Blue the New White?

When death occurs at police hands, the easiest story line is “white cops versus black kids,” but it’s much more complicated. “Manifest Justice,” a Los Angeles event that included Trayvon Martin’s mother, looked at the issue.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



10 Ways to Prove You Love the Earth on Earth Day

I was a junior in high school on April 22, 1970, on the first Earth Day, when environmentalism meant something different than it does now.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE


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Why California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions Aren’t Enough

Gov. Jerry Brown has announced a historic executive order to reduce the state’s water usage by 25 percent—but one expert has doubts about its potential for real impact without stricter measures for agriculture.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE


Harrowing Bystander Video of Police Killing a Homeless Man in L.A. Sparks Protests

A camera phone video showing Los Angeles police officers fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man Sunday morning had over 4 million views on Facebook as of Monday morning.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Many Young Americans May Never Escape the City

Young people who flocked to the United States’ biggest metro areas to build careers are finding it harder to leave as places elsewhere that many of them find more desirable for raising families do not offer well-paying jobs.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



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Blue Is the New White: Why Diversity Doesn’t Fix Policing

L.A.‘s multiethnic population is now policed by a multiethnic force, but cops still shoot people of color at a disproportionately high rate.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Los Angeles and New York Pin Down School Kids and Then Say It Never Happened

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through.

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Not Every Ferguson Protest Is Violent

Where police show restraint, demonstrators often reciprocate.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



‘The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.’ Excerpt: Raphael’s Son Disappears

Author Gina Nahai’s latest novel, “The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.,” is a family epic that leaps from Tehran to Los Angeles and back again, blending murder mystery, history, myth and magic in a lively and lyrical read.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



The Watts Towers

A new book celebrates Sabato Rodia’s towers in Watts, a massive sculptural lifework of a whimsical eccentric, made from found objects and without power tools or scaffolding.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Beverly Hills, Fearing ISIS Attack, Fights Public Transportation

The city with the most famous ZIP code in the world has spent years and millions of dollars trying to block a public subway expansion through its gilded gates, but its reasoning has slipped into the absurd.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Los Angeles Called ‘Epicenter’ of Cartel Money Laundering

Agents from the FBI and ICE swept through downtown L.A.’s fashion district on Wednesday, grabbing $65 million that allegedly belongs to Mexican drug traffickers.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE



Calif. Governor, L.A. Mayor Push Plans to Boost Entertainment Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were inching closer to resolution on two big economic goals for the state and city, respectively.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



Los Angeles Port Truckers Are On Strike

Drivers for three of the largest companies serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began an “indefinite strike” this week, claiming that they often make below minimum wage and that they have been unfairly labeled as independent contractors, which prevents them from unionizing.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdig Named Best News Website at L.A. Press Club Awards

On Sunday evening, Truthdig staffers converged at the ornate Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2014 Southern California Journalism Awards.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



Diverse Group of Wealthy Elite Funded Attack on L.A. Teachers

Republicans, liberals, Hollywood stars and multinational corporate executives are all donating to the effort to strip public schools and teachers in Los Angeles and beyond of the means to perform their work without interference from private interests.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



Social Disregard Guides Anti-Teacher Ruling in L.A.

To those who won a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Tuesday “declaring all sorts of job protections for teachers ‘unconstitutional,’ ” teachers unions are at the center of the California school system’s problems—not poverty or inequality—Michael Hiltzik writes at the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Your Complete Guide to California’s Most Important Congressional Race

If you’re voting in Tuesday’s primary, or you want to know more about the significance of one of the most important contests this term, read this.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



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L.A. Sues America’s Biggest Bank Alleging Predatory Lending

On Friday, the city of Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase accusing it of pushing minority borrowers to take on risky home loans that would ultimately cost the city at least $1.7 billion in lost revenue and maintenance.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



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California Gold Rush: The Race for the Hottest Job in Congress

California’s 33rd Congressional istrict is home to some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors and one of the party’s most progressive leaders. No fewer than 17 candidates are running to pick up the keys to the treasure chest, but is any a worthy heir?

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE


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