L.A. County hate crimes linked to white supremacists jumped 67% in 2016, study finds

By | November 17th, 2017|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

Los Angeles County saw a surge in reported hate crimes last year linked to white supremacists, with a wave of incidents targeting Jews, Muslims and African Americans, according to a study released Thursday.

Immigrants have also been targeted, prompting officials to call in sheriff’s deputies to maintain calm at public meetings….

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Transgender people are being killed at a record pace in U.S., advocacy groups say

By | November 17th, 2017|Hate Crimes, LGBT|

At least 25 transgender people in the United States have been homicide victims so far this year, the highest annual total on record, according to advocacy groups that have been monitoring the grim phenomenon and seeking ways to reduce the toll.

The Human Rights Campaign, in a report released Friday, calculated

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Palm Springs elects an all-LGBTQ City Council, showing the power of gay politics

By | November 15th, 2017|LGBT|

With its tolerant culture, Midcentury architectural style and lively arts scene, Palm Springs has for decades been a mecca for the LGBTQ community.

The city is ranked first in the state and third in the nation among cities with the most same-sex couples per 1,000 households, according to an analysis of U.S. census

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ICE raids are targeting Cambodian immigrants caught between two countries, advocates say

By | November 3rd, 2017|Immigration|

Nak Kim Chhoeun entered the federal building in downtown Los Angeles a few weeks ago for his immigration check.

He had been reporting to immigration authorities like this every year since being convicted of assault and unlawful gun possession in 1999. This time the Cambodian refugee never came out, said his cousin Posda Tuot, who drove

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Deep racial divides among Californians on whether college is necessary

By | November 3rd, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Deep racial divides among Californians on whether college is necessary

A new Public Policy Institute of California poll indicates residents are worried about the cost of college.

Is college necessary? It turns out about half of Californians don’t think so, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California survey.

And the difference of opinions among ethnic groups

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A Radical College’s Public Meltdown

By | November 1st, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

On a Sunday afternoon in June, George S. Bridges, president of Evergreen State College, received an email from his police chief informing him that the campus was no longer safe, and should shut down for the rest of the year.

“I know this would be an unprecedented move,” wrote Stacy Brown, the police chief. “These are

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Why is San Francisco the state’s worst county for black student achievement?

By | October 30th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Parents from San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood gathered around school cafeteria tables and listened as administrators delivered a hopeful message: Their children, who all attend Charles R. Drew Preparatory Academy, one of the city’s few schools serving mostly black students, were already on track to do better on next year’s state tests.

But the staff didn’t tell

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Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group’s Campaign of Menace

By | October 27th, 2017|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

ProPublica spent weeks examining one distinctive group at the center of the violence in Charlottesville: an organization called the Rise Above Movement, one of whose members was the white man dispensing beatings near Emancipation Park Aug. 12.

The group, based in Southern California, claims more than 50 members and a singular purpose: physically attacking its ideological

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The quiet crisis among African Americans: Pregnancy and childbirth are killing women at inexplicable rates

By | October 26th, 2017|Health|

Three weeks after Cassaundra Lynn Perkins gave birth to premature twins, she returned to the hospital, feeling unwell. She phoned her mother from her hospital bed at 3:30 in the morning.

“I’m just not feeling good,” she said.

Surely it was just another bout of the mysterious illness her daughter had been suffering from for most

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