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.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.