Jewish Journal

Playing With Fire

By  David A. Lehrer

March 11, 2011 | 4:17 pm

Frequent, and even occasional, readers of this blog know that Community Advocates avoids the “Chicken Little” theory of human relations, that is seeing any hint of criticism or negative... read on

  • A Forward Looking Decision in Civil Rights

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 9, 2011 | 4:56 pm

    A couple of weeks ago the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most liberal, if not the most liberal, federal appellate court in the country, handed down an opinion that has slipped under the radar of the news media and the punditry who are normally attuned to events... read on

  • Exaggerated and Misplaced Concern

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 25, 2011 | 4:24 pm

    Yesterday I learned that a group of members of the IKAR congregation and of LA Voice authored a blog in the Jewish Journal taking issue with my blog of February 10, Their blog, entitled Good Blog, Bad Analysis—-Misrepresenting Reality, vigorously argues that there is food inequality... read on

  • Toyota Plus One Year—-A Sordid Tale

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 18, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Lots of folks in the public arena must assume that we have no memories and that we are incapable of a simple search for reporters’ and politicians’ prior speeches, press releases, and comments—-that, despite the omni-presence of Google and other powerful search engines.

    How else... read on

  • Even Less to Kvetch About

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 15, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    Last Sunday Community Advocates had an op/ed in the Daily News entitled “Some Kvetchers Can’t Bring Themselves to See Good News.” The article argues that too many, especially in the civil rights realm; prefer to ignore positive societal trends for a variety of reasons.

    Civil... read on

  • Good Radio, Bad Facts—-Misrepresenting Reality

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 10, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    I was driving home Tuesday night on my regular route (Downtown LA to Lincoln Heights—to pick up my wife—to home) when I heard an interesting piece on NPR’s All Things Considered entitled “LA Community Starved for Healthful Food Options.”

    It started out innocently enough,... read on

  • Explosive Charges With No Evidence

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    January 20, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    The political dust has settled and facts have begun to emerge about the evil and/or mentally disturbed Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old man who sits behind bars charged with shooting to death six people and wounding 14 others in Tucson, Arizona. 

    In the days since the tragedy a... read on

  • “Sharpening Our Instincts for Empathy”

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 19, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    Last week, when President Obama delivered his moving address in Tucson it was hard to predict what its impact might be. A brief moment when we were asked to appeal to our better angels that would pass as the trauma of the awful shooting faded from memory or, perhaps, a pivot after... read on

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