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SABE 2018: Norma Garcia on Creating A More Inclusive History Education

As United Teachers LA and LAUSD move towards the largest strike we've seen in decades student Norma Garcia joined me to talk about new ideas for high school history curriculum. Every year students travel to Sacramento for the Student Advisory Board on Education meeting to develop ideas to improve their education.Norma helped develop plans to make high school history curriculum more inclusive so that students feel more directly connected to what they are learning.If you want to learn more about SABE: https://www.casc.net/sabeTo read the proposal: https://www.scribd.com/document/397301519/History-Proposal-Proposal-SABE-2018-Google-Docs


12 Jan 2019

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Weekly News Update for June 22nd, 2019

Today we're talking about the Ryan Twyman shooting, positive developments for Section 8 vouchers, California's plans for wildfire insurance, our new boring machines for the Purple Line, the Mayor of Beverly Hills and his very bad opinions on the housing crisis.Occupy ICE LA Anniversary: https://www.facebook.com/events/319873248946638/Housing Not Hotels canvas: https://nolympicsla.com/homes-not-hotels/John Mirisch's essay: http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2019/06/no-density-doesnt-rhyme-with-sanity/If you see ICE activity in your neighborhood here are some rapid response hotlines you can call: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F_-2DccenvfK4WnfDVm_kx12QThciqDk/view

1hr 27mins

22 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Weekly News Update for November 2, 2019

Today we’re talking a bit about the fires and some updates around PG&E and we discuss the situation surrounding Katie Hill and then take a bit of a deep dive into two big District Attorney races, as well as looking at the new #CheckTheSheriff campaign.Join: http://GroundGameLA.orgRead: http://KNOCK.LAContribute: http://patreon.com/knock_laSources (coming shortly)

1hr 38mins

2 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Weekly News Update for June 15th, 2019

Today we're talking about a proposed vacancy tax in LA, numbers from the new CA state budget, parking laws in Los Angeles, Sheriff’s Deputies killing three black or brown men over the course of 24 hours, and the final Los Angeles Police Commission’s decision on the Trader Joe’s shootout from last summer.Dr. Melina Abdullah on the "Cowboy Culture" of LAPD: https://thenorthstar.com/articles/cowboy-culture-on-the-rise-among-lapd

1hr 26mins

16 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 6: The Humiliation of the Will

For our sixth episode, we explore how fascists have co-opted and manipulated the platform of mega sports through the annals of history - whether it's Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco with soccer and the Olympics - or more recent despots or power-hungry individuals who use the games to enhance their power. It turns out the pageantry and bright shiny object-ness of mega sport gives bad people a tremendous amount of cover.To learn more: NOlympicsLA.com or KNOCK.LA


31 Oct 2018

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To Live and Drill in LA: Unmaking Our Dirty Energy Legacy

Los Angeles is in the midst of major changes to how it generates and uses electricity. In a recent announcement Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged to stop the re-powering of 3 gas plants and to put LA on the path to getting power only from renewable sources. This victory didn't come without a fight though; neighborhood groups and community organizers spent years developing these plans before finding real political traction.Alex Nagy and Walker Foley, organizers with Food and Water Watch, join me to talk about how LA has a unique moment to lead the nation in sustainability. Monied interests still control our power grid, but their power is slipping under the weight of sustained community pressure.To learn more about Food and Water Watch: https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/ https://www.facebook.com/FoodWaterWatchCaliforniaTo learn more about STAND LA: https://www.facebook.com/STANDLosAngeles/


2 Mar 2019

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Weekly News Update for August 3, 2019

Today we’re talking about car sleeping, transit CEQA calculations, a little more detail on the lawsuit against the city regarding 56.11, and a fun reading series about bus lanes.


3 Aug 2019

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Weekly News Update for January 12, 2020

This week we're talking about Rep. Duncan Hunter, SB 50's rebirth, developments in a new LAPD scandal, and a rash of sweeps across LA right before the Point In Time CountDonate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/gglaGet involved: https://groundgamela.orgRead: https://KNOCK.LASourcesDuncan Hunter: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-01-07/rep-duncan-hunter-resignsSB 50: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/california/article239000628.htmlLAPD Metro Division: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-06/dozens-of-lapd-officers-accused-of-portrayed-innocent-people-as-gang-members-falsifying-records http://www.lapdonline.org/newsroom/news_view/66155Moms for Housing: https://twitter.com/TweetBottNBC/status/1215722593073778688 https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Judge-rules-homeless-mothers-must-leave-vacant-14965783.phpSweeps: https://www.instagram.com/p/B7H8f-qBqO4/?igshid=1ap2r1ctn11hk https://twitter.com/nithyavraman/status/1215332852146900992?s=21Newsom homelessness plan: https://www.npr.org/2020/01/08/794687084/california-governor-pushes-1-4-billion-plan-to-tackle-homelessness

1hr 31mins

12 Jan 2020

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Weekly News Update August 18, 2019

Today we're going to be talking about some recent actions against the Ellis Act and evictions, the CD 12 special election results, some disturbing news out of the Sheriff's office, how LA is getting one less jail, and there finally some data that shows that e-scooters aren't the good for the environment.To see the full schedule of LATU events: https://latenantsunion.org/To see the full live stream of the Ellis Is Hellish protest: https://www.facebook.com/chris.roth.90014/videos/173014773744726/ https://www.facebook.com/chris.roth.90014/videos/173045587074978/

1hr 14mins

18 Aug 2019

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Weekly News Update for November 25, 2019

Today we're talking about some more fallout from the Camp Fires, a rash of punching down coverage from the LA Times and NBC LA, a potential "obligation to shelter" coming to California, and a new paper that shows how many vacant units in LA could be covered by a vacancy tax proposal.SourcesCold Open audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83OUn8vMO9g&feature=emb_share&fbclid=IwAR0VCXTfdC4rnN5cdmX09iRI-JhvniqYavezPsWnrDZLTOME6OaM21A1dsYCamp Fire: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Long-Term-Wear-Found-on-PGE-Line-That-Sparked-Camp-Fire-565181442.htmlLA's deadly streets: https://psmag.com/news/more-homeless-people-are-dying-of-hypothermia-in-los-angeles-than-in-new-york-could-climate-change-be-to-blameStreets of Shame: https://twitter.com/nondblon/status/1194300746654797824Vacant homes report: https://laist.com/2019/11/20/los-angeles-housing-vacancy-homeless.php?utm_campaign=LAist+Daily+11202019&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sfmc_&utm_content=

1hr 23mins

25 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Left In Los Angeles Interview

Welcome to the first interview by Beau Delight! I interviewed Left in Los Angeles (LILA) members Moya and Pilar about their organization.Find more information on LILA by following them on Twitter @LosOlvidadosLAFollow Beau Delight on Twitter @DelightBeauEnd song: Interlude by City of Orchestas


15 May 2019

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Weekly News Update for September 20, 2019

Today we’re talking about the Board of Supervisors siding with Trump on homelessness, the Police Commission providing cover for officers shooting another black man, an alleged serial sexual predator / murderer finally being arrested at his home in West Hollywood, and an international news media shoutout for a local organizing group that we and other members of Ground Game roll with.Read: https://KNOCK.LAGet Involved: http://bit.ly/JoinGGLAVisit: https://GroundGameLA.orgSources:Martin v. Boisie: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-18/trump-housing-homeless-ben-carson-california-deregulation https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-17/la-county-supervisors-homeless-boise-case-amicus-brief-supreme-court-challengeEd Buck: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-19/source-ed-buck-to-face-federal-drug-charges-after-deaths-of-men-at-his-west-hollywood-homeStop LAPD Spying: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/17/tech-climate-change-luddites-data

1hr 16mins

20 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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2018 Midterm Election Wrap FBI Party

Holy smokes, the Ground Game Podcast is 1 year old!So to celebrate we had the FBI raid LA City Hall and held an election.We're covering the newest #TeamHuizar scandal and breaking down the election results.Not sure what to do for next year's birthday, got any good ideas?

1hr 9mins

10 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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Weekly News Update for January 25, 2020

This week we're talking about the Point In Time count, new developments in the Metro Division scandal, Garcetti and Trump's plans for fixing the crisis on our streets, and the resistance to sweeps at Echo Park.Get Involved: https://GroundGameLA.orgDonate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/gglaRead: https://KNOCK.LASources[coming shortly]

1hr 6mins

25 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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Weekly News Update for May 24th, 2019

Today we’re talking about SB-50, again, cuts to LA Metro service, Alex Villanueva’s lackluster approach to actually kicking ICE out of the jails as promised, and a quick note about the LA Justice Fund before we do a dive into what has been happening in the State Assembly, which is, frankly, A LOT.As I promised here's all the bills we discussed in the Assembly wrap upAB 392: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB392AB 927: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB927AB 36: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB36AB 891: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB891AB 302: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB302AB 289: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB289AB 190: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB190AB 409: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB409AB 1328: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1328AB 1460: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1460AB 1481: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1481AB 1482: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1482AB 857: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB857

1hr 27mins

25 May 2019

Rank #15

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Weekly News Update for October 18, 2019

Today we’re talking about the Saddle Ridge Fire, PG&E being shitty about their bankruptcy, Jackie Lacey protests going strong at 2 years in, a followup on the random definitely-not-racial-profiling stops we discussed last week, an uptick in horrifying crimes against our unhoused neighbors, and we’ll finish things off on a lighter note with a return to the reading series about how to retire in your 30's.To get involved: http://GroundGameLA.orgTo read more: http://KNOCK.LASources:Crimes against the unhoused: https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/homeless-crime/LAPD "random stops": https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-13/after-times-investigation-lapd-to-make-major-changes-to-elite-metropolitan-divisionPG&E rejects buyout: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/pg-e-rejects-san-francisco-211304520.htmlSaddle Ridge fire: https://www.lafd.org/news/saddle-ridge-brush-fireFire in the sewers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEPoEsqJAe8Reading series: https://www.businessinsider.com/early-retirement-live-frugal-to-build-wealth-2019-10

1hr 28mins

18 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 5: A History of Olympic Grift

For this episode, we invited Olympic author and expert Jules Boykoff to call in and give us a broad look at how the modern Olympics came into being, how their power is structured, and how they've evolved over the decades, growing more insidious at every turn. The Olympic machine has been around since the late 1800s and operated as a sort of sideshow. To this day the IOC still feels like it's being led by carnival barkers trying to hook the next gullible sucker, and this conversation tracks how they've managed to stay alive and where they're potentially vulnerable. To read more by Jules Boykoff: http://julesboykoff.org/


23 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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Barrier To Entry: Frontline Journalism At The Border

For the last several months the caravans of migrants making their way to the US border has cycled in and out of the US news cycle. While national and international attention have waned local journalists and activists are still working at the border to bring relief and tell the stories of the people who are risking their lives for a chance at a new start. Journalist Ryanne Mena has dedicated herself to working on the border as this situation develops. As a young journalist she sat down to talk about her experience working on a story this large, what it's like to deal with US authorities, and how the people living in the shelters are fairing.To read more of Ryanne's coverage: https://www.thecorsaironline.com/


22 Dec 2018

Rank #18

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Weekly News Update for April 28th, 2019

Today we’re talking about traffic fatalities, police use of force legislation, some major housing bills in the legislature, a quick update on public banking, and some more in the ongoing saga of our California utilities being...interesting.


29 Apr 2019

Rank #19

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Weekly News Wrap Up for January 12th, 2019

New year free episode!We’re talking about the LAUSD teachers going on strike next week, the coroner’s office removing yet another dead gay man from a local political donor’s home, the upcoming California Democratic Party’s Assembly Delegate elections, Google’s move into the West Side, and a reform package that was recently passed regarding public moneys in campaign financing.For more info on the ADEM elections: https://www.adems.vote/To read Jasmyne Cannick's work on the death of Gemmel Moore: https://knock-la.com/thanks-to-the-l-a-s-21d24a99234b


12 Jan 2019

Rank #20