FROM John Mack
The March on Washington and Civil Rights in Los Angeles Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. But Southern California was another active center of the civil rights movement. We speak with four civil rights veterans, men who helped train and organize Freedom Riders, led student sit-ins, fought against "restricted" housing and put their lives on the line against other injustices.
In Los Angeles, Will Red-Light Cameras Come to a Stop? Thirty-two cameras were installed at Los Angeles intersections in 2004. The idea was to photograph drivers in the act of running red lights. The City Council insisted on at least one camera in each of their 15 districts, but the cameras were not all installed at the most dangerous intersections, and last year, an audit by City Controller Wendy Gruel could not conclusively document an increase in public safety. Now the contract has run out and the Police Commission has decided not to renew .
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?