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Disruption, Rebellion and Resistance: Activists Call for Action

Today in America, one in four Latino voters knows someone in deportation proceedings.The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court don’t care.What else can be concluded from their questions and comments during oral arguments over Senate Bill 1070, Arizona’s notorious stab at ethnic cleansing?And Latinos shouldn't expect any succor from our...…
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News, Grinding Justice

Grinding Justice

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Who's Sorry Now?

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The Devils' Advocates

Photo by Ted Soqui Seated behind a pane of smudged Plexiglas, his white prison garb a suggestive contrast to the puke-colored walls of the dingy cubbyhole he’s in, prisoner #SK931, Damien Echols, is explaining how he became Jyoti Priya Karuna, Lover of the Light Compassion. “That’s the name my teacher...…
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Black Dahlia Backlash

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Columns, A Considerable Town

American Idols: Director Jack Hill, Grindhouse Guru

Incense tugs at my nostrils as I bite into a Danish at the Hollywood apartment of director Jack Hill. Photos of Indian saints and multilimbed Hindu goddesses hang on the walls, and Hill, dressed in chinos and a pale-blue shirt that matches his eyes, is eager to talk about how...…
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Dear God!

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It Ain't Pretty

Photos by Ted Soqui A peculiar sculpture sits in the traffic island in North Hollywood where Burbank and Lankershim boulevards intersect with Tujunga Avenue. It’s a bronze ball about 4 feet in diameter on which an iron chair is balanced. Atop the chair stands a phoenix, its wings poised for...…
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Arts, Art

Trouble Girl

Spider-Man’s got nothing on JERK. Faster than you can say ”Green Goblin,“ the petite Latina graffiti artist scrambles up a 40-foot-high concrete embankment of the L.A. River to a narrow ledge at the top and drops the spray-paint cans she‘d been holding in the crook of one arm. Let’s see...…
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Trouble Girl

SPIDER-MAN'S GOT NOTHING ON JERK. FASTER than you can say "Green Goblin," the petite Latina graffiti artist scrambles up a 40-foot-high concrete embankment of the L.A. River to a narrow ledge at the top and drops the spray-paint cans she'd been holding in the crook of one arm. Let's see...…
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