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Cesar Chavez

Arizona Unleashes Air Posse and Tank, As Nation Celebrates AZ Native Son Cesar Chavez Today

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

On the eve of Arizona's most famous native son's celebrated birthday, Joe Arpaio unveiled his latest media stunt, the war-time invoking Operation Desert Sky -- a 30-plane air posse of armed volunteers to track Mexican smugglers.

Maine Gov. Orders Labor History Mural Taken Down

Talking Points Memo | Benjy Sarlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's Diego Rivera Redux in Maine, as Governor Paul LePage is taking down a mural in the state Department of Labor building depicting the history of th...

Amanda Terkel

Maine Governor Orders Removal Of Labor Mural | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Governor Paul LePage (R-Maine) has sparked a fresh battle with the state's union community, ordering a mural at the Department of Labor ...

Honoring Dolores Huerta for a Lifetime of Quiet Courage

Jim Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jim Gonzalez

For over 50 years, Dolores' quiet acts of courage have indeed shaped and bent the arc of history in favor working families and progressive politics.

Gov. Walker and Charlie Sheen: Let Us Now Praise Martin Sheen (And His Work for Unions)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

If only celebrated actor Martin Sheen received the same media exposure as his troubled son Charlie. Never has his long-time work for union rights been more needed in the public arena.

In Wisconsin, Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

The first wrong is how teacher unions have come to operate. The second wrong, however, is to suggest that the answer will come from abolishing the right to collectively bargain altogether.

Governor Brown Can Do It, With Your Help

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Maurice Jourdane

Californians must make a choice to either reduce government spending through reduction of services or to extend the 2009 tax supplement about to expire.

Marc Parent and the Art of Twitter Activism

2morrowknight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Marc Parent, one of the most celebrated observers and activists on Twitter today, dedicates his thought-provoking feed to shining a spotlight on that history, and provides great links that are often the subject of great debate.

Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman, and the Dust That Won't Settle

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Meg Whitman has flailed for the past week-and-a-half after being caught in the grip of her own massive contradictions on illegal immigration. What to do, for a candidate who's already spent well over $140 million and is losing? Try the kitchen sink comeback.

Memo to Meg: Watch Your Own Spanish Language Ads

Alex Gronke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Gronke

When it emerged that Meg Whitman had dismissed her housekeeper after learning she was in the United States without documentation, "Whither the Latino vote?" quickly became the question of the moment.

Actor Edward James Olmos Hosts Panel at Free Screening of "Cesar's Last Fast"

Huffington Post | Nicole Larson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Who: Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos and documentarians Richard Ray Perez and Molly O'Brien. What: The Sundance Institute and The...

Santana Rocks the 80th Birthday Tribute to Human Rights Icon Dolores Huerta: Si Se Puede!

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Linda Milazzo

For some, the proposition of going "door to door and person to person to get good people elected," may sound like a very lofty goal. But it's not too lofty for Dolores Huerta.

Desperados! Now Arizona Lawmakers Want to Ban Cesar Chavez and Mexican American Studies in Schools?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

Arizona state lawmakers reportedly approved a bill this week that would restrict "any courses or classes" that "are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group" or "advocate ethnic solidarity."

Pundits, Bloggers, Activist Leaders Thinking of Running for High Office? Think Again

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Aside from new friends on the far right, poor Mickey Kaus is getting less attention as a supposed candidate for the U.S. Senate than he did as a writer.

Jerry Brown's Long and Winding Road

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

The fact is that a lot of good things got done when Jerry Brown was California's governor. And he also made some notable mistakes. Which he acknowledges, but I think he should talk more about.

Why Cesar Chavez Would Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

Cesar Chavez shined a national spotlight on the depressed wages and unbearable working conditions experienced by agricultural laborers in the 1960s. Still, today, too many farmworkers face similar conditions.

Cesar Chavez, Icon or Not?

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Maurice Jourdane

If Chavez failed to build a long-lasting union, it was not because of administrative ineptness or an effort to preserve dictatorial control.

Marching for California, Again

Gavin Riley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gavin Riley

We draw inspiration for the March for California's Future from the famous marches for justice in the 1960s and particularly the 1966 march from Delano to Sacramento by Cesar Chavez and the UFW.

On Cesar Chavez Day, Recognizing Farm Workers

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Katherine Gustafson

The legacy of the Mexican-American civil rights activist and labor organizer lives on, though many farm workers today still struggle to attain the most basic rights.

Not Throwing Stones: A Protestant Remembers The Best Of The Catholic Church

Serene Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Serene Jones

As a Protestant, I refuse to throw self-righteous stones against Catholics. It is not only in politics that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. No church is immune. No person is.

Oil Spill: 5 New Rules and Regulations for Talking About BP Disaster

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

Automatically blaming Halliburton every time you hear of a preventable fatal tragedy due to cutting corners and saving money or a rape cover-up is not paranoia or a knee-jerk reaction. It is a statistical probability.

When Faith Trumps Reason: the Curse of Scientific Illiteracy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Steeped in the wasteland of scientific illiteracy we in Texas descend ever further toward a theocracy, in danger of becoming the Iran of the West, or a bad copy of the former Soviet Union.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Responding to Arizona's Immigration Law

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kety Esquivel

Now, for the first time in my life, there is a level of fear for me attached with being -- and looking -- Latina. A few times now I have returned home during the day after realizing that I didn't have my U.S. passport on me.

A Prayer

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

Aung San Sun Kyi, Nelson Mandela, Chief Joseph, Harvey Milk -- teach us! Revolution aint what it used to be.

Obama's Message to Undocumented Immigrants: No Se Puede

Will Perez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Will Perez, PhD

Perhaps neglecting to lay out an immigration reform agenda in his State of the Union address was the best thing president Obama could have done for immigration reform.