Mandela’s moral authority fueled UC divestment push

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Tributes continue to honor Nelson Mandela, including from all around California. A candlelight vigil is planned tonight in South L.A. Mandela had a strong connection to California. In the mid-1980s, while Mandela was still in prison, University of California student leaders launched a movement to force the university to divest from companies doing business in South Africa. The U.C. divestment push succeeded, and soon the state of California followed suit. Ultimately, billions of dollars in state investments were redirected, helping to ratchet up international pressure on South Africa’s apartheid government to release Mandela. KCRW spoke to Pedro Noguera, professor of education at New York University, who was student body president at U.C. Berkeley and the leader of the divestment movement in 1985 and 1986. He told KCRW that the movement was inspired by Mandela’s moral example….

Lawyers for two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a homeless man are challenging a pathologist’s testimony about what caused his death. The pathologist told jurors that Kelly Thomas died of injuries inflicted during a violent clash with the officers. But defense lawyers say Thomas had a bad heart because of prior drug use. Prosecutors yesterday showed the jury photographs of Thomas battered face that were taken in the hospital after his run-in with the officers. Thomas died several days later…foreclosureThe city of L.A. says Wells Fargo and Citigroup engaged in mortgage discrimination that led to a wave of foreclosures in minority communities. In two new lawsuits, the city claims the banks refused to grant mortgages in minority neighborhoods – a practice known as redlining – and then targeted minority consumers for predatory loans. The city says that led to foreclosures that sent property values tumbling in black and Hispanic neighborhoods, costing the city hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and forcing it to spend up to $1 billion to clean up vacant properties…A federal appeals court is expressing doubts about an L.A. City law that prohibits people from living in their cars or RVs on public streets. BANKSYA three-judgepanel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday in a lawsuit filed by a group of homeless car dwellers. The judges appeared to accept arguments that the L.A. law was unconstitutionally vague. The ordinance has come under scrutiny as L.A. officials step up efforts to roust people living in their vehicles in Venice…And finally, A mural that was stenciled on the side of a Hollywood gas station five years ago by the British street artist Banksy has sold for more than $200 thousand dollars at an auction in Beverly Hills. An anonymous buyer snapped up the nine-foot by eight-foot artwork called “Flower Girl.”