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Jul 24, 2014

Los Angeles Times: On Obama's private L.A. schedule: a meeting with Father Boyle

Issues: Criminal Justice, Local Issues

President Obama met privately with Father Gregory Boyle of Los Angeles' Homeboy Industries and four former gang members Thursday as part of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aimed at lifting African American and Latino youths.

Jul 10, 2014

Los Angeles Wave: Beating video shocks South L.A. residents

Issues: Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Local Issues

It looked like 1966 in South Los Angeles this week when the community galvanized into a united force to confront an issue many thought had long been overcome — allegations of police brutality against defenseless black citizens.

Jul 8, 2014

Culver City Patch: CHP's Top Boss to Meet with Activists to Discuss Videotaped Beating

Issues: Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Local Issues

California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow met today with a group of community activists in Culver City, demanding action in response to a cellphone video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman, and he said the investigation would be expedited as much as possible.

Jul 8, 2014

NBC 4: CHP "Wounded" After Officer Caught on Video Hitting Woman: Commissioner

Issues: Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Local Issues

The commissioner of the California Highway Patrol called the CHP a "wounded" organization when he met with community leaders and activists Tuesday amid public outrage over an officer who was caught on video hitting a woman in the face.

Jul 8, 2014

Columbia Daily Tribune: Foster care forum highlights barriers to effective programs

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption

A bureaucratic debate over sentence construction is denying health care to young adults who were once in foster care, a round table on child welfare learned Monday. U.S. Reps. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., and Karen Bass, D-Calif., were joined by advocates and state officials for the lunchtime meeting in the Boone County Commission chambers.

Jul 3, 2014

Culver City Observer: Westside Leaders Outraged Over Israeli Teenagers' Deaths

Issues: Foreign Policy, Local Issues

The recent deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers have not only impacted the players on the world's stage, but also locally. The teenagers' bodies were found Monday evening in a field north of the Israeli city of Hebron, spurring a flow of grief from those around the world as well as in California.

Jun 23, 2014

KPCC: SoCal lawmakers want legal counsel for unaccompanied minors

Issues: Immigration Reform

Federal officials estimate 90 thousand children will try to cross the border by the end of this year – kids making the journey without a parent or adult. Today, a trio of southern California Congresswoman introduced a bill that would provide legal representation for those minors in immigration proceedings.

Jun 23, 2014

NBC4: Flood of Immigrant Children Need Lawyers, Advocates Say

Issues: Immigration Reform

Several lawmakers on Capitol Hill are promoting proposed legislation that would provide legal assistance for children and disabled immigrants caught crossing into the U.S. illegally.

Jun 12, 2014

KPCC: Metro could be hiring locals by end of the year for transit projects

Issues: Jobs & the Economy, Local Issues, Transportation

Community and labor activists have been agitating for more jobs to be filled locally for the building of Metro’s subway and light rail lines. But federal regulations have been a roadblock. Congress took a big step this week to change the rules.

Jun 10, 2014

Voice of America: US House Sub-Committee to Hold Hearing on Boko Haram Wednesday

Issues: Foreign Policy, U.S.-Africa Policy

The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations will hold a hearing Wednesday to update members about the Boko Haram insurgency as well as conditions in parts of northern Nigeria, according to Congresswoman Karen Bass.