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A visit to the transformational festival in California's Central Valley shows why the anti-corporate event has the potential to become a movement in the United States.

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Sunday, April 29, marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Los Angeles uprising and the two-week anniversary of the resurrection of slain gangsta rapper Tupac Shakur as a hologram at Coachella. The events are not a coincidence. Rather, they are part of a cultural argument that speaks to racial tensions, police misconduct and vigilantism that have plagued the city for decades.The 20th anniversary of the L.A. uprising and the resurrection of slain rapper Tupac are not a coincidence.

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Arsenic-tainted water, raw sewage that backs up into the shower and other horrors make one end of Avenue 54, where residents of the eastern Coachella Valley’s roughly 125 illegal trailer park sites make their home, a place of grim housekeeping.

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For those who live there, life at the wrong end of Avenue 54 in Southern California’s eastern Coachella Valley is a hot, rotting hell. As you head east, the “Bermuda shorts, putting greens and picture-window champagne dinners” found in abundance near the Arnold Palmer Golf Course give way to … (more)

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