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 .
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.