Woody Guthrie -- who wrote more than 3,000 songs and is best known for "This Land Is Your Land," often considered America's alternative national anthem -- had his first big break and taste of success while living in Los Angeles from 1937 to 1940. His experiences in South California during the Depression inspired his radical views about social and political conditions. He wrote songs about families facing foreclosure by … read more.
A couple of years ago a friend gave me tickets to see Greg Mortenson speak at Santa Monica High School. The auditorium was filled … read more.
Last year I wrote a one-man play that I perform called To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine. It’s about … read more.
Twenty years ago Los Angeles exploded in a confusing nightmare of violence, triggered by the jury acquittal of four police officers accused of beating … read more.
Anyone involved in the United Farm Workers campaigns of the 1960s and ’70s will tell you how critical those efforts were – not only to … read more.
A new economic model is emerging, one based on cost-free sharing facilitated by technology. Ubiquitous Internet access and inexpensive computers form the foundation for … read more.
Most of us – at least the 87 percent or so of us not protected by collective bargaining agreements – have to worry about … read more.
This weekend I was visiting one of the many free museums in Washington, D.C. (a perk of living in this city) and found an … read more.
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson The Pentagon's defiant pledge to stick with the Rush Limbaugh show, no matter what, bumps up against a few hard and … read more.
If you’re a woman, an artist, a cancer survivor or patient; someone with a connection to the Holocaust or the 1960s women’s movement -- … read more.