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9/11 Personal Stories from American Muslims

I’m back from a long weekend away (my wife and I celebrated our 28th wedding aniversary) and I’m still getting caught up on four days of unchecked email.  But this note from our friend Nadia Hassan, of the Villa Park Peace Coalition, jumped out at me.  I’d encourage everyone to read it, especially Villa Park…

A Day of Celebration for Labor Unions

Labor Unions

If you are enjoying a day off today, thank organized labor unions. In 1894 President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a national holiday following a bloody riot that ensued when striking Pullman workers were accosted by the U.S. Marshalls and the U.S. Military. Several workers were killed during the riot.

Noose hung outside the Office of the Orange County Labor Federation

ORANGE, CA – Law enforcement officials today removed a noose hung outside the offices of the Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF).  Tefere Gebre, OCLF’s executive director made the following statement on the matter: “This was a cowardly act, designed to intimidate working families. “We are unafraid. We are undeterred.  We will redouble our efforts to…

Santa Ana City Council Agenda Item: Action on Alvarez

Santa Ana City Council (Official Photo 2011)

The Santa Ana City Council meeting agenda for next week is out and on page 13, you’ll find an interesting item on the agenda relating to last week’s caustic council meeting — action on a possible violation of the city’s code of ethics. From the agenda: CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM Pursuant to Santa Ana Charter…

OC Human Relations Commission Seeks to Mediate Alvarez/Chase Situation; Martinez Leaves Alavrez off her Supporters List

Earlier this week, acting Santa Ana City Manager Paul Walters asked the OC Human Relations Commission to intervene in the case of anti-Semitic comments made by Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez.  Executive Director Rusty Kennedy confirms he has since spoken separately with all parties in the case as a part of his organization’s…