FROM David Lehrer
Remembering Joe Hicks Joe Hicks, who died on Sunday , was an iconoclastic figure in Los Angeles politics and media. In the ‘70s, he was a radical with the Black Power movement. Twenty years later , he served as LA head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization once led by Martin Luther King Jr. And 20 years after that, Hicks reinvented himself as a conservative pundit and activist. Even at 75 years old, Hicks continued to shift and change. Most recently, he left the Republican party because of his objection to Donald Trump.
In Different Cities, Different Styles of Protest On the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, protesters tried — unsuccessfully — to shut down the New York Stock Exchange . There were clashes with the police who arrested at least 177 people. Here in Los Angeles, there were some 23 arrests by the LAPD, which said the action was "orchestrated" and "choreographed." KCRW's Saul Gonzalez followed the march from the Bank of America on Hope Street, downtown, to 4th and Figueroa. Photos of today's demonstration in Los Angeles, courtesy of Saul Gonzalez
Award to LA Islamic Leader Hathout Sparks Dispute LA County's Human Relations Commission has made Dr. Maher Hathout the first Muslim to receive its award for humanitarianism . The chair of the Islamic Center of Southern California has sponsored inter-faith dialogues between Muslims, Christians and Jews, but the Jewish Community is divided over whether he is an extremist masquerading as a moderate, and some are demanding that the Commission rescind the award. On Monday, the Commission heard a roomful of witnesses for and against its selection, a meeting at which LA Times says supporters outnumbered opponents 2-to-1. Meantime, the commission is looking at videotape, e-mails and letters from all over the country on both sides of the heated controversy. Next Monday, it will decide if it still wants to honor Hathout with the prestigious award.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.