Voting Rights Celebrated in August

By: Alderman Sharon Dixon

Two voting rights anniversaries were celebrated during August, but they also recall historic divisions between the main beneficiaries.

First, on August 6th we celebrated the 45th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the 1965 voting Rights Act. The act is the implementing legislation (95 years later) of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which was added in 1870. Continue reading

Hawthorne tattoo shop owner creates Batman art to help shooting victims fund

BY RICH MARDEKIAN

A local artist is doing his part to use his love of Batman to help people suffering from a tragedy that has rocked the nation.

Christian Masot, 33, of Kearny, is an artist and owner of Silk City Tattoo in Hawthorne. Like many fans of the Caped Crusader, Masot was looking forward to seeing the last film in the Batman trilogy “The Dark Knight Rises.” That enthusiasm was tempered considerably when on July 20, a mass shooting occurred at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. during a midnight screening of the film. A gunman set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others, the highest number of casualties in an American mass shooting. James Eagan Holmes was arrested outside the theater minutes later. Continue reading

DNA and “the Banality of Evil”

Mainstrem media ignores the real story with serial killer

Sikivu Hutchinson
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“Mainstream media fixation on the DNA evidence has eclipsed focus on the victims’ families as well as consideration of the case’s double-edged implications for communities of color in the U.S.”

The intersection of Figueroa and Slauson in South Los Angeles is an unremarkable one, a mundane swath fronting a gas station, an old train right of way, and a Harbor freeway overpass. It is the site of a spate of serial murders committed during a ten-year period by serial rapist and murderer Chester Dwayne Turner. Like the Grim Sleeper serial killer, Turner, aka the South Side Slayer, stalked South L.A. from 1987 to 1998 in pursuit of African American female victims. Until DNA evidence revealed Turner’s identity in 2004, his background fit the “stock” profile of the misogynist sexual predator operating right under the nose of local law enforcement. Continue reading