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California Judge Rules the Death Penalty Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

A U.S. District Court judge declared the death penalty "unconstitutional" in the State of California. A U.S. District Court judge declared the death penalty "uncons ...

'The Children Come': A New Hymn on the Exodus of Children from Central America to the U.S. Border
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

This new hymn is inspired by the crisis in Central America that has caused over 70,000 children to take the dangerous journey to the United States in recent months. This new hymn ...

Busloads of Turned-back Immigrants, an Image of Shame
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Sometimes a picture says it all. Sometimes a picture says it all. Consider the 1963 picture of fire hoses and snarling police dogs in Birmingham, Ala., used against African-Ame ...

Judge Rejects California City’s Religious War Memorial
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

A California federal judge has rejected a proposed religious memorial at a publicly owned baseball stadium as a violation of both federal and state laws. A California federal judg ...

Who Elected These Clowns?
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

In a world far removed from the tragic cesspool of Washington scheming and maneuvering, real people flocked to Central Park on El Camino Real for this town’s first Bacon & Brew Festival. ...

Young Adults Reluctant to Enroll in the Affordable Care Act
Originally Posted: 06/03/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

California is the facing a new challenge: getting young adults to enroll in the Affordable Care Act. California is the facing a new challenge: getting young adults to enroll in t ...

Hunger Action Day in California
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

More than 300 California residents from all around the state — from the beach towns to the gritty parts of the city — have committed their day, their energy, and their hearts to visiting with their representat ...

1 in 10 Los Angeles Residents Are Undocumented
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

The study estimated that 7 percent of California residents were undocumented. In Los Angeles County the number jumped to 10 percent. A study by the University of Southern Califo ...

California to Polluters: Go Green or Pay Up
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

Mother Jones reports on California's climate law. Mother Jones reports: "Cap and trade" may be a dirty expression inside the DC Beltway, but as of to ...

Discerning Justice: Yes on 34
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds of faith community’s have endorsed Proposition 34 because we believe the best way to do justice in California is to replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole. ...

Death Penalty for Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ doesn’t come up very often in discussions about wrongful convictions in America, but as California voters prepare to go to the polls to vote on Proposition 34 which would ban th ...

Ending the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Eric DeBode A California measure would fight crime—and deficits—by repealing capital punishment. IN NOVEMBER, ...

'Spiritual-But-Not-Religious' Mecca Faces Midlife Crisis
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

BIG SUR, Calif. — Perched atop the rugged splendor of the California coast south of Monterey, the Esalen Institute is the mother church for people who call themselves “spiritual but not religious." Over the last five decades, hundreds of th ...

California's 'Prop 8' Ruled Unconsitutional
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 6:30pm | Type: Blog

In a decision that likely will set the stage for a high-stakes showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down California's Proposition 8 ballot measure that banned g ...

A Little Happy: Surfing Goat
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

It's been a rough day for some of you, so here's a little something to make you (hopefully) smile. It's been a rough day for some of you, so here's a little s ...

Waxing Poetic: The Great Gatsby Revisited As Audiobook
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

At the kitchen counter chopping vegetables doing dishes and looking out at the old avocado farm across the canyon and in the car driving up and down Pacific Coast Highway to appointments school ...

#OccupySunday: Angela Davis Speaks at Occupy Philadelphia
Originally Posted: 10/31/2011 - 7:04am | Type: Blog

According to the Occupy Philadelphia Facebook page: According to the Occupy Philadelphia Facebook page : Civil Rights activist Angela Davis spoke to a crowd o ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

50 Years of Peace Corps, 10 Years of War
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

As the Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, it is time to take stock and commit to making it bigger, better and bolder. As one of four members of the House who volunteered, I answered f ...

Why Christianity and Comics Go Together
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I remember vividly the first time I went to a comic book shop with my mom. I'd sneaked there before. But this time was different. I remember vividly the first time I went to ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

Chipotle Firings: One Story of a Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/19/chipotle-firings-one-story-of-a-broken-immigration-system/" target="_self"></a>Just over one month ago, a few dozen fired emplo ...

Let Them Eat Tanks: My Interview with Ben and Jerry's Co-Founder, Ben Cohen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/let-them-eat-tanks-my-interview-with-ben-and-jerrys-co-founder-ben-cohen/" target="_self"></a>I had the opportunity to intervie ...

Geronimo: A Revealing Code Name
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A few days ago <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/on-waking-up-to-todays-news.html" target="_blank">on my personal blog</a>, I asked this question in response to the ...

Friday Links Round Up: Teacher Layoffs. Budget. Lent.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/18/friday-links-round-up-teacher-layoffs-budget-lent/" target="_blank"></a>Here's a little round up of links from around the ...

Fighting For My Daughter's Life, and Against the Insurance Company
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>In the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1103" target="_blank">March issue o ...

Indiana Immigration: Hoosier Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and getting swept up in basketball-mania. I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and ...

Disarm Now Activists Demonstrate What it Means to 'Pay the Price' for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101230-plowshares.jpg"></a>On December 13, a Tacoma-based jury declared five Disarm Trident Now <a href="http://ickevald.net/resistan ...

The Christian Industrial Complex
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These fl ...

California Teachers Cut Their Commodities Gamble
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

California's teachers are helping lead the way in recognizing that gambling on hunger is a way to lose your money -- and to hurt the world's poorest people. California&# ...

Honor Roll: KION Central Coast News
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> [Editor's Note: Welcome to Sojourner's Truth and Civility Election Watch Honor Ro ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Made in L.A.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

An Open Letter to Madonna
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-falsani-family.jpg"></a>Dear Madonna,</p> <p>Thank you. Earlier this week, after a month-long sojourn in Malawi, my family ...

California Band Hires Latino Day Laborers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A San Francisco band called Monarchs hired three Latino day laborers to pose as the band members in a music video for their song "Mexicans." Both the video and the song pay tribute to the ...

Pedagogy of the Oppressor: Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Arizona's lawmakers just keep finding ways to transform their xenophobia into law. First, they questioned whether Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a legitimate holiday. Arizona ...

From Fear to Fact: U.S. Citizen Arrested for 'Driving While Latino' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Certain moments in our nation's history have consistently opened the door for the least civil voices to enact evil through civil policy: think the institution of race-based U.S. slavery, the In ...

The God Who Sees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I was in second grade handball was all the rage. We played it with big red rubber balls against backboards on the playground. When I was in second grade handball was all the ...

'I Am Always Looking Over My Shoulder'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> "I come from a very small town in Mexico, where I was livin ...

Lent on $2.50 a Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>My friend Irene Groot decided to try the <a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2010/02/lenten-experiment-blog.html">Lenten Experiment</a> this year. "I recently sent off ...

A Real Hero
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> For the last four years I have been living and working in sout ...

'What Has Helped Me the Most is My Faith'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Alvaro was forced to leave his wife and three children behind in ...

'My Prayers Were Heard'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>An immigrant woman's testimony, as told to Juan Daniel Espitia, a pastor in Solana Beach, C ...

I'm also an 'Illegal'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>"Look at those illegals," my friend laughed, pointing at two Latino immigrants leaning ...

Border Fence Limbo
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>My friend Dan and I walked along Avenida Internacional, the four-lane highway that runs along th ...

God is Going to Change Hard Hearts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Erica grew up in San Salvador and had to work with her parents s ...

The Injustice of an 800 Mile Wall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and grew up in San Diego, California, only a few hundred yards from the actual borderline. As a kid, there were always border patrols around but I never felt like my bir ...

Roman Polanski and the Politics of Remembering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Roman Polanski's arrest and the attempt to extradite him to the U.S. I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Rom ...

Wisdom of a 5th-Grade Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Ms. Baker, why are you teaching <em>here</em>?" one student, whom I'll call Solomon, inquired during one of our after school tutoring sessions. "You went to college," he ...

Save the Birds
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As we explore alternative sources of energy, one that is growing in popularity is "wind farms" with row upon row of rotating turbines. As we explore alternative sources ...

Arab Christians Getting Overdue Recognition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was glad to see Daoud <a href="../2009/06/05/obama-reaches-out-to-palestinian-christians/">Kuttab's recent post on Obama and Arab Christians</a>. I wa ...