FROM Ryan Bell
City Council Passes Responsible Banking Ordinance Two days after JP Morgan Chase announced its $2 billion loss from risky trading, the New York and Los Angeles City Councils passed so-called responsible-banking ordinances. In LA, it was the result of a three-year effort by City Councilman Richard Alarcón. The vote in favor of Alarcón's measure was unanimous.
Local Churches Divest from Big Banks Today, a group of local church leaders called LA Voice told Wells Fargo and Bank of America they were divesting their money. At Third and Hope Street outside B of A, KCRW's Saul Gonzalez spoke with former Obama White House aide Van Jones (at right), now president and co-founder of an activist group called Rebuild the Dream . We hear more from the Reverend Doctor Ryan Bell, senior pastor at the Hollywood Adventist Church and member of the Pico National Clergy Leadership Council . Segment image: Van Jones was one the speakers at today's rally involving activists and members of the clergy. Photo by Saul Gonzalez
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.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.