17 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.

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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.

    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

    Defending Immigrant Communities

    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
    California Power Politics, Net Neutrality, and more

    California Power Politics, Net Neutrality, and more

    Season 2 is here—thanks to the generosity of listeners like you! To kick things off, we welcome Sandra Fluke, California Director of Voices for Progress who gives us the inside scoop on how politics works in our state. From gerrymandering and term limits to corporate capture of certain Democrats, we get real talk about who wields power in Sacramento and how they do it. Then we discuss the fight for a strong "net neutrality" law and the abolition of "money bail," plus how you can get involved.

    • 57 min
    Intersections of Injustice

    Intersections of Injustice

    Rabeya Sen of Esperanza Community Housing joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about the connections between issues as diverse as domestic violence, immigration enforcement, the criminal justice system, and urban displacement and gentrification.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

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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