Archive | January, 2017

Women and their Allies March in Los Angeles

24 Jan

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Hundreds of thousands of people in Los Angeles marched from Pershing Square to City Hall, on Saturday, Jan. 21 in solidarity with the call for the Women’s March, as part of the local, national and worldwide protests in response to the newly inaugurated 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump.

While most of the protesters were women, many men marched.  Many men and women wore knitted pink pussyhats.

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Some protesters showed their former support for Hillary Clinton.  While clearly a protest, the mood was festive, including drummers.

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Emmilene Pankhurst at Los Angeles Women’s March, Saturday, Jan. 21, on Olive St., outside of Pershing Square.

One protester, who was dressed as a suffragette, was Emmilene Pankhurst.  She said, “I march for my daughter and my granddaughter … for women, for all the most vulnerable in our society, and I march because this is just the beginning.  We’re going to organize.  We are going to take over the House (of Representatives) and the Senate.”

While most of the protesters marched from Pershing Square down Hill St. toward City Hall, some protesters at West 6th and Olive Streets marched down 6th toward Grand Ave.  At Grand, they turned right and marched up the steep incline toward City Hall.

While they marched up Grand, a group of five or six other women, sharing a bullhorn, chanted.  One chant was “Our bodies, our choice.”  A second chant was “Love trumps hate.”

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The mission and vision statement of the national Women’s March set the tone of the Los Angeles march. The statement, in part, said,The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government … that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.  We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities…. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up.”

The mission statement of the organizers’ of the national Women’s March can be found at https://www.womensmarch.com/mission.

Award-Winning Journalist to Speak on Friday, Jan. 13, in Long Beach, California

2 Jan
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From Creative Common, Images of Book Cover and Ben Ehrenreich

Award-winning journalist Ben Ehrenreich, on Friday, Jan.13, at 7 p.m., at the Christ Lutheran Church, at 6500 Stearns St. in Long Beach, will sign and discuss his new book, “The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine.”

In December of last year, the Economist magazine in Britain announced it considers Ehrenreich’s book one of the best of 2016.

The New York Times called his book a “Love Letter to Palestine.”

According to a flyer issued before the book signing, People for Palestinian-Israeli Justice will sponsor Ehrenreich along with the cosponsors: Christ Lutheran Church, Peace and Justice Ministry Team of the Grace First Presbyterian Church of Long Beach, Jewish Voice for Peace-Los Angeles, Long Beach Area Peace Network and United Methodists’ Holy Land Task Force.

When being interviewed by Anne Strainchamps, the host of “To the Best of Our Knowledge” of Wisconsin Public Radio, Ehrenreich, regarding violence, said, “I think suicide bombings are terrible.  I think attacks on civilians are terrible…. I do think there is, however, extraordinary hypocrisy in the way we talk about violence in this conflict in situation.  So basically every act of Israeli violence, whether it is the bombing of Gaza, which left 2,200 people, two-thirds of them civilians, dead or shooting a 15-year-old boy in the back who was throwing stones, as happened this week and killing him, all of this is legitimate, all of the violence of the (Israeli) state.  It is never questioned whether or not Israel has the right to exert lethal violence on a daily basis against the civilian population.  But if there even is the tiniest amount of violence coming from the Palestinian side, it is immediately condemned, called terrorism.”

Ehrenreich, who studied religion at Brown University, won, in 2012, a PEN Center USA award for his journalism.  According to the website of PEN Center USA, it is “a branch of PEN International, the world’s leading international literary and human rights organization.”

In 2011, he won an Ellie from the American Society of Magazine Editors for feature writing.  In 2009, he won a GLADD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) media award for an outstanding magazine article.

Besides his immersion journalism, he’s written two novels, “Ether” and “The Suitors.”  His short stories have been published.  The Poetry Foundation has published his literary pieces.

Gatsby Books will be selling his book.

Parking and the event are free.  However, donations will be accepted.

People may call Dennis Korteuer at 310-427-2265 or email him at dkortheu@gmail.com for more information regarding the book signing.