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One Serious Problem Gone (Jewish Journal, February 1, 2012)

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Stout Awards Honors Olney, Morrison and Mantle (The Wide Angle, October 20, 2011)

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Dance With Who Brung ‘Ya (Jewish Journal, September 28, 2011)

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Jury Got It Right in the ‘Irvine 11’ Case (The OC Register, September 23, 2011)

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'Irvine 11' Muslim student protesters found guilty on both charges (KPCC’s Airtalk, September 23, 2011)

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Voting Rights Act Outdated in Modern Day LA (The Daily News, August 21, 2011)

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What Los Angeles Can Teach the UK (BBC News World, August 15, 2011)

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When Did Carrying An ID Become A “White Thing”? (The OC Register, August 15, 2011)

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Bill Crafts Disneyland Version of History (The Sacramento Bee, July 14, 2011)

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An Education Game Changer (The Wide Angles, July 12 2011)

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A Flotilla of Fools (The Wide Angle Blog, July 8, 2011)

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Advocacy, the Academy and Mushy Thinking (The Wide Angle Blog, July 1, 2011)

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Tragic Fiction comes to Life (The Wide Angle, June 23, 2011)

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Coalition Sues to Keep Circumcision Ban Off Ballot (The Jewish Journal, June 22, 2011)

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The Circumcision Wars (The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2011)

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Male Circumcision Ban Proposed in Santa Monica (The Jerusalem Post, May 25, 2011)

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Right Goal, Wrong Strategy (The Wide Angle Blog, May 11, 2011)

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The Bus Has Left the Station (City Journal, April 1, 2011)

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UCLA Leads the Pack (The Wide Angle Blog, March 29, 2011)

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Mixed Race Marriages and Our Attitudes (The Wide Angles, March 25, 2011)

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The Uncle Tom Accusation, Again (The Wide Angle Blog, March 18, 2011)

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A Forward Looking Decision in Civil Rights (The Wide Angle Blog, March 9, 2011)

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A Rising Wave of Anti-Semitism (Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2009)

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Israeli Consul General, Palestinian Lobbyist Reach Mock Peace Agreement (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 6, 2009)

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Critical Issues Seminar—Mock Peace Summit in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, April 29, 2009)

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In Battle Between Teachers, LAUSD, It’s the Kids Who Lose (Daily News, March 6, 2009)

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L.A. at the Tipping Point (www.RonKaye.LA, February 13, 2009)

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Theatrics by the Teachers (Daily News, February 8, 2009)

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Chicago Vs. Los Angeles Their Supe Is Obama’s New Education Man. Our Supe is Nice But… (LA Weekly, January 23, 2009)

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Critical Issues Seminar—Millennials Remaking America with KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, January 21, 2009)

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The Good News About Gaza in America (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 21, 2009)

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What Oakland Should be Protesting (Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2009)

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Calling All Radical Reformers to LAUSD (Daily News, December 14, 2008)

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Attention Politicians: Pandering Won’t Fly (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, November 12, 2008)

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Presentation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali of Ziegler Prize for Courage of Conviction (Japan American Theatre, October 22, 2008)

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The Problems and Potential of South L.A., A Dust-Up Exchange between Joe R. Hicks and Earl Ofari Hutchinson (Los Angeles Times, August 11-15, 2008)

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Find Fresh Ideas to Battle Hate, Letter to the Editor (Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

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Fast Food Freeze is a Good Choice for South LA by Jan Perry, Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008)

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Do You Want Poppycock With That? by Tim Rutten (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2008)

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Fast-food Moratorium is Meddling (Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2008)

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Critical Issues Seminar on the Role of Race in the 2008 Elections in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, June 27, 2008)

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Shalom is not Funny (Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News, June 23, 2008)

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A Dangerous and Precedent Setting Intrusion (Jewish Journal, June 13, 2008)

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“Ziman and Lee” (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 16, 2008

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We Don’t Need More Gabfests on Diversity (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 2, 2008)

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Families Deserve More than a Moratorium (Los Angeles Times, Blowback, April 10, 2008)

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On Any Given Sunday, Rev. Wright is Wrong (www.theroot.com, March 26, 2008)

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Obama’s Minister (KPCC’s Airtalk, March 18, 2008)

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LA Gang Violence Spikes (Associated Press, March 6, 2008)

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Critical Issues Seminar on The State of the Black Civil Rights Movement Today in conjunction with the Los Angeles Public Library and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, February)

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Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

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Playing a Frayed and Faded Race Card (Jewish Journal, January 18, 2008)

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Limiting Fast Food Outlets---Path to Better Health? (KCET’s Life & Times, December 20, 2007)

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The State Bar and Revealing Data on Minority Passage Rates (KCET’s Life & Times, December 18, 2007)

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Divisions in the Jewish Community—Talking About Jerusalem (KCET’s Life & Times, December 12, 2007)

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Do Los Angeles’ Anti-Gang Programs Work? (KCET’s Life & Times, December 6, 2007)

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Sharpton Leads Call for Federal Investigation of Hate Crimes (Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2007)

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Race Card Backlash (Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2007)

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Critical Issues Seminar on Charter Schools in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, October 5, 2007)

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The Private Lives of Public Officials (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, October 2, 2007)

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“Smart Growth” and Los Angeles Planning (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 20, 2007)

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Civil Rights in Louisiana (To the Point, KCRW-FM, September 20, 2007)

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The Racial/Ethnic Educational Achievement Gap (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 12, 2007)

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Board Vote Not Aimed At Students (Los Angeles Daily News, September 9, 2007)

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Healthcare Reform and Politics (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, September 5, 2007)

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The Constitution and Sex Offenders (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, August 30, 2007)

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‘Profiles in Courage’ ( Jewish Journal, August 24, 2007)

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Where’s the Fire? (Washington Post, August 2, 2007)

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Race and Politics in a Changing South LA (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 20, 2007)

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Gangsta Rap and its Impact (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 13, 2007)

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Mexican Americans and Drunk Driving (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 6, 2007)

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Baseball and the Decline in African-American Players (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 30, 2007)

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Los Angeles Unified’s New Board (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 23, 2007)

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Hollywood and its Impact on Political Discourse (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 16, 2007)

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New Times and the NAACP (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 9, 2007)

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Downtown Homeless and the LAPD (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, May 2, 2007)

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Immigration and the new Sanctuary Movement (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, April 25, 2007)

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The Teachers’ Union and School Reform, (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, April 18, 2007)

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Drop the Race Card (Washington Post, April 15, 2007)

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The Takeover of the Times (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, April 11, 2007)

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The Governor’s Health Care Plan (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, March 28, 2007)

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Racism in the LA Fire Department? (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, March 14, 2007)

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Critical Issues Seminar in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, February 26, 2007)

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“Has the Nanny State Gone Too Far?” (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, February 28, 2007)

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“Justice Takes A Beating In Long Beach Racial Hatred Case” ( Jewish Journal, February 16, 2007)

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“Gang ‘Marshall Plan’ - Will It Work?” (KCET’s Life & Times’ Kitchen Table Conversation, February 14, 2007)

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“Living Wages or Dying Businesses?” (KCET’s Life & Times Kitchen Table Conversation, January 31, 2007)

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“Gangs of New York and LA” (Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, January 26, 2007)

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KCET’s Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “The Future of the Middle Class in Los Angeles” (Life & Times, January 17, 2007)

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“Does Abe Foxman Have An Anti-Anti-Semite Problem?”, (New York Times Magazine, January 14, 2007)

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Military Recruitment on Campus---Right or Wrong?” January 3, 2007

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Is There An Assault on Christmas?” December 13, 2006

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Racism Claims a Stretch" (Daily News, December 1, 2006)

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “What is Racism Today?” November 29, 2006

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"Racism in Entertainment", (KCRW's "Which Way LA?", November 27,2006)

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Border Fence---Boondogle or Barrier?” (life & Times, November 15, 2006)

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“LA’s Jews and Other Minorities---Oh How They Danced” (Los Angeles Jewish Journal, November 11, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Racial Profiling and a National ID Card" (Life & Times, October 18, 2006)

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Critical Issues Seminar in conjunction with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and KPCC (KPCC's Airtalk, October 9, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Immigration Debate Divides Conservatives" (Life & Times, October 5, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Drugs in Sports" (Life & Times, October 3, 2006)

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Award Dispute", KPCC's Airtalk, September 15,2006

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"Two Faced On Terrorism", Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2006

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Award to Islamic Leader Hathout Stirs Dispute", KCRW's Which Way LA?, September 14, 2006

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "California's High School Exit Exam?", ( Life & Times, August 23, 2006)

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"4 Los Angeles Latino Gang Members Convicted of Anti-Black Conspiracy" (Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2006)

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"Muslim Council's Bias All Too Clear" (Los Angeles Daily News, August 1, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "UCLA's Minority Admissions, (Life & Times, July 19, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Celebrity Causes--Ego or Altruism?", ( Life & Times, July 13, 2006)

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Did Anti-Semitism Take Root at the South Central Farm? (Jewish Journal, June 23,2006)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversations regarding Immigration and Employment (Life & Times, June 21,2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of news segment on the South Los Angeles Farm controversy (Life & Times, June 6, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kithcen-table Conversation regarding the Mayoral takeover of the Los Angeles Unified School District (Life & Times, June 6, 2006)

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Letter to the Editor regarding Race, Religion, and Demographic Change (Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Hybrid Cars and Energy Conservation (Life & Times, May 23, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Teen Sex (Life & Times, May 18, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Black Brown Tensions in LA (Life & Times, May 2, 2006)

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Debate education policy, not race (Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Fatherless Parenting (Life & Times, April 11, 2006)

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Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 7, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Black-Brown tensions (Life & Times, April 4, 2006)

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Civil Rights? How About Lawlessness? (Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2006)

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KCET's Life & Times transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding Immigration (Life & Times, March 30, 2006)

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Differing Views of Race in L.A. Collide in 'Crash' (Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2006)

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Disputed Film Draws Muted Response (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, February 10, 2006)

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Blacks vs. Latinos at Work (Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2006)

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The Munich Concern Is Us--Not Film (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 20, 2006) with Dr. Michael Berenbaum

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NAACP Leader Turned Heads By Backing Tookie (Baltimore Sun, January 15, 2006) Joe Hicks quoted

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Munich Portrays Real World Issues (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, December 23,2005), with Dr. Michael Berenbaum

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New Farrakhan Embodies Old Message (Los Angeles Jewish Journal, October 21, 2005)

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Levees Let Loose An Ugly Flood of Black Paranoia (Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2005)

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Lessons From the Ruins (LA Weekly, August 12, 2005)

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Let's Make A Diploma Mean Something (Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2005)

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Police Beating of Minister Disputed (Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2005)

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We Only Burned Ourselves, Baby (Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2005)

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Knee-jerk Activists and Their Tantrum Politics (Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2005)

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"Crash" Is No Picture of the Real Los Angeles (Los Angeles Daily News, June 24, 2005)

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Hit Film Paints Inaccurate Picture of Diverse LA (89.3 KPCC Perspectives, June 23, 2005)
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Jackson Trial Reaction Shows How Unimportant Race Is in US (Los Angeles Daily News, June 19, 2005)

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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding “Border Fence---Boondogle or Barrier?” (life & Times, November 15, 2006)


Val Zavala>> President Bush signed a bill that would build a seven hundred mile fence along our southern border. But the questions remain. Will it actually be built and will it work? We put these questions to three people gathered around the kitchen table. Ira Mehlman of the conservative immigration group, F.A.I.R.; Henrik Rehbinder, editorial editor of La Opinion newspaper; and Joe Hicks from CommUnity Advocates. Our segment, The Kitchen Table, is funded by Ralph Tornberg.

Joe Hicks>> President Bush just signed this bill authorizing the construction of a seven hundred mile long wall along our southern border. The question is, is it actually going to work? Is it going to keep anybody out? Is it the right thing to do? What do you guys think?

Ira Mehlman>> Well, let's start with the fact that it's an authorization, not an appropriation. The money still has to be appropriated by Congress. It was questionable even before the election when the Republican Congress was asked to come up with the money. It's probably even more questionable now with the Democrats in control.

Joe Hicks>> You know, the look on his face meant that he wasn't really thrilled about it anyway.

Ira Mehlman>> Yeah. It was a campaign ploy. He thought it would play well with the voters. But, you know, let's get to the substance of the fence itself. A fence can be effective partially, but it has to come along with other measures. There has to be real deterrents to people not crossing the border.

Henrik Rehbinder>> This fence, this is a medieval kind of strategy for immigration because people are going to run away to different --

Joe Hicks>> -- but can we look at Israel, for instance?

Henrik Rehbinder>> By itself, it won't do anything.

Joe Hicks>> What about the wall that Israel built? It seems to be quite effective. Obviously, there are different issues there, but the wall is certainly effective in keeping out -- certainly it didn't keep everybody out, but it certainly brought down remarkably the level of carnage and folks bringing in bombs and whatnot.

Henrik Rehbinder>> In this case, you have to build a fence almost to the border.

Ira Mehlman>> But you have to start someplace, don't you?

Henrik Rehbinder>> We have to understand this. The United States can do anything on the border. If you want to put a mine field on this side, it can be done.

Joe Hicks>> But I think we all agree that just building a wall by itself is not going to do it. What are the other kinds of things we need to accompany the building of a wall to make it practical?

Ira Mehlman>> Well, it comes back to when President Reagan signed a bill twenty years ago. It was supposed to be accompanied by some kind of verifiable work authorization document that could be verified the same way your card credit is verified that allows employers to know instantly whether somebody they're hiring is legally entitled to hold a job.

Then you start going after the employers. You get enough of them. You enforce this law the same way you enforce every other law. You know, all of us have been in situations where we're cruising along at eighty miles an hour on the highway. We see the Highway Patrol pull somebody else over for speeding --

Joe Hicks>> -- hey, don't remind me (laughter).

Ira Mehlman>> We take our foot off the gas. You do the same thing with the employers. You go after enough of them. Make it clear that there's a chance they're going to get caught and, if they do get caught, it's going to hurt. But if you start forcing laws in a rational way, people will get the idea there's no point in sticking around and the numbers will begin to dwindle.

Henrik Rehbinder>> There are so many things I could say right now.

Joe Hicks>> You just said that, in essence, what we're doing is importing immigration and that poverty that comes here is affecting our economic picture because many of the uninsured folks are illegal immigrants on and on. So what's your response to the notion that it's affecting our economic picture?

Henrik Rehbinder>> One is the low wage. This is certainly an impact. The fact that we have a low wage is not just because of immigration. I think that it's more related to Congress that has not passed a minimum wage for many, many years. When we talk about the impact that you said is negative, for example, in California to have the illegal immigrants for something, the problem is that the federal government does not pay what they should pay California.

Ira Mehlman>> We're talking about families that have incomes of twenty-five or thirty thousand dollars a year. You know, even if they are paying federal taxes and it's not coming back to California in the amount that it should, you can only pay so much taxes on a low income. You know, just look at your tax tables. People earning low wages pay very little in taxes. Not their fault, but it's simply a reality. Yet they need a whole lot of human services.

In terms of expansion of the economy, what happens is the economy adjusts to take advantage of the labor that is present. It doesn't mean it's necessary. You know, you look at the proliferation of gardening companies. In the old days, you'd send your kid out to the back yard to mow the lawn. Now you hire somebody and expect that person to support their family on that.

Really what you're doing is you're paying the gardener out of one pocket and then, out of another pocket, you're paying for all the social services that person's family uses. If you start adding it up, how much did it really cost you to get your lawn mowed? It doesn't make sense.

Henrik Rehbinder>> But are you counting the seven billion dollars that count for social security every year and they're not going to be collected?

Ira Mehlman>> But that's what California pays to educate the children.

Henrik Rehbinder>> Well, this whole border thing, they estimate the cost of like ten billion or something a year. We're seven billion paid by social security only. Then we have all the economics because you say, yeah, income tax is not high. But these people are purchasing things and they're paying taxes for all the sales.

Joe Hicks>> Let me interject something else here. We actually had a pretty big sea change politically take place, you know, recently, shall I say. So what's going to happen here in the short term, or frankly, the long term, with this new political sea change?

Ira Mehlman>> You know, obviously, this is all just happening. But it's interesting. I can't think of a single new member from the Democratic party that was running on a platform of amnesty and guest workers.

Henrik Rehbinder>> I think that Bush would love to do this because that would be his legacy, you know, at least of having immigration reform. But what I was struck is that I'd rather use the word amnesty. I don't know if you are talking the same thing because amnesty has never been talked about in any bill.

Ira Mehlman>> They've used all sorts of euphemisms, but in effect --

Henrik Rehbinder>> -- no, no. It's not amnesty. Let me continue. Amnesty is what President Bush -- well, for example, Bush's father. He amnestied Winburg when he was convicted and, without any conditions, he was forgiven. In this case, what the Senate was proposing were fines, were conditions, prerequisites. This is not an amnesty. This is the American way.

Ira Mehlman>> You can buy your way out of compliance with the law? Do you think that's the American way? Maybe it is.

Henrik Rehbinder>> Well, you don't see in court that people make deals for less fines and actually make deals for less amount of punishment? This is the American way. You make a deal. When you have a case that is very hard to prosecute, you make deals.

Joe Hicks>> Whether or not it's called amnesty or guest worker --

Henrik Rehbinder>> -- it's very important into the base because it gives the idea that the twelve million or ten million or whatever that are here suddenly are going to open the door and everybody is going to run there. It didn't happen in 1986 because there were restrictions of dates. There were restrictions of certain things.

Ira Mehlman>> Somebody is going to require that you bring some kind of piece of paper, you know, rent receipts that you were here by whatever date. You know, this is going to be a boon for anybody who's in the document forging business. We talk about maybe twelve million people living illegally in this country. I guarantee you that, if they were ever to pass something like this, you'd probably find twenty or twenty-five million people.

Joe Hicks>> We're up against a little time frame here. We got to wrap this up quick. One word: is the wall going to be built?

Ira Mehlman>> Maybe (laughter).

Joe Hicks>> Is the wall going to be built?

Henrik Rehbinder>> I don't think so.

Joe Hicks>> Okay. All right, guys, on that note. I'm not sure we've solved this, but I'm out of coffee, so we got to get out of here. Thanks for coming in.

Henrik Rehbinder>> Thank you. It was a pleasure.

Ira Mehlman>> Thank you.

Val Zavala>> So what do you think? Will a wall work? You can post your opinion on our Blog. Just go to kcet.org and click on the Life and Times Blog.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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