Structured as a radio play, Pang! is made up of three stories of struggle and survival distilled from real-life accounts of impoverished families, including one from Los Angeles.
A photographic exhibit reveals long-unseen images of the Chicano community at a time of political upheaval and demands for civil rights.
Romarilyn Ralston’s life became a dramatic example of redemption after being convicted of murder when she was 24.
Less than a week after a graduate student sued the University of Southern California for allegedly failing to adequately protect her from a professor who she said had sexually harassed her, students in USC’s School of Social Work told administrators they did not feel safe.
A new historical play looks at a disputed tract of land that would eventually become Watts.
Los Angeles is the most densely populated city in the country with oil drilling within its borders. It sits on top of one of the largest oil fields in the country, and oil fields are peppered throughout the region, usually hidden from sight.
This illuminating stage work about Dick Gregory, the late iconic comedian and civil rights activist, receives a powerhouse performance from Joe Morton as the stand-up comic.
Higher income has been found to correlate with larger surface area of the brain, especially in those parts associated with executive function and language.
The press tends to cover the immediate aftermath of natural disasters. Readers get heroic stories, viewers see great visuals, and if they are lucky, the victims get help while people are paying attention. Then comes the long road to recovery.
American children die of measles and whooping cough not because of shortages of vaccine sera, or trained nurses, but because their parents have bought into antivaccine narratives that argue, without providing scientific proof, the sera are linked to children developing autism.
After about 90 minutes of copying the U.S. Constitution by hand, we all seemed to have one experience in common: writer’s cramp.
Not eating well sparks a cascade effect in anyone, but the effect is especially pronounced among a homeless population experiencing high levels of stress, mental illness, substance abuse and all the pains that accompany the aging process.
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Everytable’s mission is to put healthy, tasty, affordable meals within reach of people in low-income communities. To stay profitable, the dining chain’s customers at its locations in more affluent parts Los Angeles pay more for the same meal than those in working-class neighborhoods.
While no federal program offers completely free housing for the homeless, a little-noticed statute is allowing those who help this population to obtain federal property at no cost, turning abandoned buildings and lots into hubs for social services.
St. Paul, who wrote the earliest documents we have from the Christian era, declared: “Each will receive wages according to the labor of each.” You work, you get paid.
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The consensus among policy experts remains: Something should be done about California’s money-bail system, which most affects the poor. But the bail-bond industry — and politics — continues to be an obstacle.
For Dick Gregory, American racism was a senseless fact of life: “I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that.”
There is no shortage of social and political content for viewers to stream online. Here are some of the best new films released so far this year addressing social and political themes, in time for late-summer viewing.
With its storybook marriage of private investment and civic management, the myth of the 1984 L.A. Olympics is alive and well at City Hall. But not everyone’s memories of the Summer of ’84 are quite so golden.
Crown Heights isn’t the tidiest film but that untidiness (so very much like real life) is a lot of its strength.
Sunday brought over 2,000 counter-demonstrators to the sun-baked boardwalk of Laguna Beach to shout down a modest, Trump-obsessed gathering called “America First! Electric Vigil for the Victims of Illegals and Refugees.”
About 200 protesters gathered in Venice Beach on Saturday to celebrate diversity and voice their opposition to the alt-right. The rally was one of several weekend protests that took place across the nation.
While a GM executive, Mike Jackson led the exodus of advertisers from Don Imus’s show. In a special edition of The Bottom Line podcast, Jackson talks to Rick Wartzman about the collapse of Trump’s business councils and how corporate America can best approach the issue of racism.
The basic bomb shelter has had an upgrade in the form of $3 million condos where the ultra-wealthy can insulate themselves from Armageddon.
Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to denounce the deadly violence in Charlottesville.
Racial justice advocates rallied outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday to protest the blackballing of Colin Kaepernick by the National Football League.
With their meetings being disrupted by apparent Trump supporters, Westside liberals can no longer enjoy their old sense of isolation and insulation.
Like Woody Allen’s character in the film Zelig, Heather Booth seems to have been everywhere there was a fight for social justice. She’s played key roles in battles for voting rights, child care, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and reproductive freedom.
This week on The Bottom Line podcast, Rick Wartzman interviews Time Inc.’s Alan Murray about restoring trust in business.
Co-published by OC Weekly The places where many chronically homeless people spend their final moments are somehow shocking in their banality – public spaces we pass on the way to somewhere else: a parking lot, a dirt path, an embankment behind a high school.