Author: Brian Biery

The holidays are the perfect occasion for candid conversations about race

BY David Campt and Brian Biery   With the holidays approaching, a profound anxiety is welling up within many progressive white folks: How do I keep the Thanksgiving Day dinner conversation civil and maintain some loyalty to my values? More to the point, how do white folks deal with family members who have explicitly racist views, or even those who are a bit more open minded but are still part of the 55 percent of whites who think that racism against them is as big of a societal problem as racism against people of color? Since the civil rights...

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Can law enforcement reinvent itself in the 21st century?

By Darryl Qualls, Keith Roberts and Brian Biery In many ways, 2016 was not an auspicious year for law enforcement. With increasing scrutiny on how police do their work, last year was filled with angry protests, viral videos and lawsuits filed in response to current police practices. However, we would be remiss if we did not recognize and acknowledge that law enforcement agencies around the country lost many brave men and women in the line of duty last year and this year, many who were simply trying to do their jobs and make their communities better and safer. Their...

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Upcoming Events

Dec
11
Mon
1:00 pm Vox Feminae Concert at the Hunti... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Vox Feminae Concert at the Hunti... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The vocal ensemble Vox Feminae sings sacred and secular holiday music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras, dressed in elaborate costumes and performing on period instruments, from 1 to 2 p.m. Free.
7:00 pm Vroman’s Bookstore Event with Fa... @ All Saints Church
Vroman’s Bookstore Event with Fa... @ All Saints Church
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm
Father Gregory Boyle, gang intervention expert and founder of Homeboy Industries discusses and signs “Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship” at 7 p.m. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $27 and[...]
7:30 pm Free Staged Reading at Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Free Staged Reading at Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm
A free, staged reading of “Bus Stop” by William Inge starts at 7:30 p.m., the story of a bus traveling from Kansas City that pulls up at a roadside diner during a snow storm, as[...]
Dec
12
Tue
10:00 am Arboretum Wreath Making Class @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Arboretum Wreath Making Class @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
An old-fashioned wreath making class runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests will use traditional and unusual greens, including some from the LA Flower Mart, to make the wreaths. All materials are included. Guests should[...]
7:00 pm J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade @ Matt Denny's Ale House
J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade @ Matt Denny's Ale House
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
The weekly showcase features Christmas carols with Annette Conlon, Brainard & Corman, Tim Tedrow, Alice Wallace, Wild Mountain Mystics, The Hardly Sisters and Marty Axelrod at 7 p.m. Free.

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