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Linda Milazzo was a Managing Editor of Opednews until Fall 2014, and a Los Angeles based writer, educator and activist. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations, community development projects and educational programs.
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(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 23, 2010 "LOST ANGELS" at LAFilm Festival, Friday 6/25: Director Thomas Napper Illuminates Skid Row
Finally we meet the real people. We learn their names, their histories, their demons and their delights. Thomas Napper fills every frame with the realities of Skid Row. His lens shines the light on a people and a place too many turn choose to turn away from. He gives them his camera and they give him their confidence, their respect, and their truth.
(12 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 30, 2010 Harman Uses Bush/Cheney Fear Tactics On Winograd & Voters
One would have hoped Bush and Cheney's terror-filled tack would have ended with their regime - but it didn't. It continued on with Jane Harman. Witness for yourselves her fear-based ad, replete with Osama bin Laden, directed at Marcy Winograd, Harman's progressive opponent, and the voters of the 36th Congressional District:
SHARE Tuesday, April 27, 2010 "What Are You Reading?" Asked The L.A. Times Festival of Books
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is a cornucopia of literary and intellectual treats. It is two full days of panel discussions, live stage events and seemingly endless booths of books, reading paraphernalia and special interest vendors. There are booths devoted to spirituality, religion, and to no religion at all.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, March 22, 2010 Winograd vs. Harman in CA Primary: Will U.S. or Israel's Interests Come First?
Winograd's grassroots momentum so concerned her opponent that Harman retaliated with an ideological assault of minor relevance to most residents in her district. Rather than going toe to toe with Winograd on constituent specific matters, Harman chose Israel as her main campaign strategy. Though Harman and Winograd are both Jewish Americans, they hold radically different views on Israel.
SHARE Sunday, February 14, 2010 Jon Karl & ABC Give Cheney A Sunday Valentine
Had Karl used this interview to take Cheney to task re: specific accusations from experts and scholars, Karl may have achieved a new found respect as a reporter. But he didn't. Like the corporate hacks before him, Karl towed the corporate line. He was dismissive of the public trust and disparaging of the best traditions of journalism by not digging for the truth.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 13, 2010 Will Jonathan Karl Confront Cheney's Crimes In ABC's "THIS WEEK" Interview Sunday Morning?
Tomorrow morning, in his reportedly live interview with Dick Cheney, Jonathan Karl has the opportunity to use his This Week host audition to become the first journalist to publicly and directly confront Dick Cheney on his crimes. If Karl honestly and brazenly takes Cheney to task, he just might deserve the This Week host position. If he does not, he'll remain an unremarkable hack enabling an unrepentant criminal.
(17 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 10, 2010 Waxman Attacks Winograd On Israel; Ignites A Political Firestorm
In a move characterized by one Harman constituent as desperate, Waxman sent the following letter to Harman's Jewish supporters, attacking and misquoting Winograd's position on the issue of Israel/Palestine. Here is the text of Waxman's letter, distributed on his letterhead:
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 30, 2009 The Israel/Gaza Face-Off In Los Angeles
I've attended many opposing sides events in Los Angeles between those who support Palestinian-occupation and those who support Palestinian-liberation. The occupation supporters are always wrapped in the American flag, championing U.S. government bias toward Israel. They have a swagger that the occupation protesters don't.
(15 comments) SHARE Friday, December 25, 2009 UPDATED: Terrorism Attempt On Northwest Airlines Flight From Netherlands to Detroit
UPDATED: 6:00PM (ET) 12/26/09
23 year old suspect, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, has been formally charged with trying to destroy the Northwest jetliner and for bringing the volatile powerful explosive PETN aboard the plane. The suspect's hearing took place earlier today in a makeshift court in a conference room at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he's being treated for burns.
(12 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 13, 2009 INVICTUS Kicks Off New Campaign For The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights
Friends, I've made my vow to stand up for the rights of others and for the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights across our globe. I'm only one person but I'll do the best I can. Please join in this most important cause. To get involved, contact Mary Wald and Bonnie Abaunza at email@example.com
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 11, 2009 Step Up To Mike's Challenge
Our pal Mike, who's never asked a thing from us, is now asking us to act - and act fast. At the end of "Capitalism: A Love Story," Mike issues this challenge to his audience: "You know, I can't really do this anymore - unless those of you who are watching this in the theater want to join me. I hope you will. And please, speed it up." But what is Mike's challenge?