19 episodes

Opening up on the conversation on the issues being debated in today’s Los Angeles. Featuring interviews with local social and environmental justice leaders, plus the kind of big-picture context you won’t find anywhere else. Hosted by the founder of LA Forward, David Levitus, Ph.D.

LA Forwards & Backwards David Levitus, Ph.D.

    • Politics
    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

Opening up on the conversation on the issues being debated in today’s Los Angeles. Featuring interviews with local social and environmental justice leaders, plus the kind of big-picture context you won’t find anywhere else. Hosted by the founder of LA Forward, David Levitus, Ph.D.

    Redistricting in Los Angeles and How You Can Be Involved

    Redistricting in Los Angeles and How You Can Be Involved

    For the 1st time ever, LA County has an independent Redistricting Commission that gives residents, not politicians, the power to draw district maps and prevent gerrymandering. YOU can shape the redistricting process by serving as a commissioner. You will need to apply by August 31. Learn more by listening to this workshop hosted by LA Forward and Common Cause. Full video version is available at https://losangelesforward.org/redistricting

    • 38 min
    LA Civics 101

    LA Civics 101

    Discovering the power of local government for the first time? Confused? Listen to our teach-in on LA Civics 101 to get an overview of local government so you can more more effective in making our budgets and policies reflect our values.

    What's the difference between LA City & LA County? What about the 87 other cities in the County? What's the power of LA City Council vs the Mayor vs County Board of Supervisors? What are the roles of the City Attorney, the District Attorney, and the County Sheriff?

    • 58 min
    Putting Our Schools & Communities First

    Putting Our Schools & Communities First

    Our schools and communities face huge challenges. A major culprit is the lack of resources to ensure small class sizes and comprehensive student and community services. Thankfully we have the opportunity to change that by closing a corporate loophole on commercial property. Check out this panel discussion of the Schools & Communities First measure to learn how we can reclaim $3 billion a year for LA schools, colleges, social services, parks, libraries, health clinics, affordable housing, and infrastructure

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Defending Democracy - Redistricting, the Census, and the Future of California

    Defending Democracy - Redistricting, the Census, and the Future of California

    We're excited to have the Advancement Project's Alejandra Ponce de Leon on the show to discuss crucially important issues like getting a full, accurate census in one of the hardest-to-count places (hint hint-- it's Los Angeles), why it matters for our democracy and getting the resources we need to tackle our region's biggest challenges, and how people like you can prevent gerrymandering through the independent citizens redistricting commission.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Housing the Homeless

    Housing the Homeless

    We're back! Tommy Newman of the Everyone In campaign joins us to discuss one of our biggest challenges - the 52,765 human beings who are homeless in Los Angeles County. It's cruel and immoral and fortunately Everyone In is leading efforts to make sure we actually build the affordable and supportive housing that's needed to solve the problem. We go deep into the long- and short-term causes of the crisis and what people like you can do to make a difference. This is an episode you're not going to want to miss.

    • 54 min
    Defending Immigrant Communities: Lessons from California's Frontlines

    Defending Immigrant Communities: Lessons from California's Frontlines

    This special episode was recorded live at the SIJCC and features LAFB's first ever panel discussion. We bring together leaders from four of California's leading immigrant rights organizations to discuss how to effectively fight back the Trump administration's attack on immigrant communities — through sanctuary policy campaigns, political organizing, lawsuits, legal representation for individuals, guerrilla post-it-noting, and more.

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

jgballard ,

Fascinating interviews with LA leaders and activists

The best podcast about the issues that matter in LA. Listening to it will make you a smarter, more engaged, more awesome Angeleno. Srsly! Fantastic interviews with local leaders. Thank you for making this!

garydoranjr ,

Towards a better LA

A great way to learn about local issues affecting LA

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