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July 12, 2023
L.A. teachers union to vote on urging the U.S. to cut aid to Israel, sparking controversy.
The leadership body of the Los Angeles teachers union is expected to vote in September on a resolution that would urge the U.S. government to end all aid to Israel — a move that has sparked internal debate, drawn praise and scorn from the outside, and diverted some of the union’s focus from post-pandemic education issues.
The declaration, which was brought forward during the recent deadly conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants, urges United Teachers Los Angeles to “express our solidarity with the Palestinian people and call for Israel to end the bombardment of Gaza and stop displacement at Sheikh Jarrah” — a site where Palestinian residents face forced removal. In addition to the cutoff in aid, the resolution asks members to endorse “the international campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against apartheid in Israel.”
Some critics of Israel welcomed the looming vote as an opportunity for the union to take an important stand on an issue of life and death as well as the right of self-determination for Palestinians. Those in opposing camps criticized the resolution as one-sided, insensitive to Jewish students and school employees, and inappropriate for a teachers union — especially as educators confront the challenges of student learning loss and social isolation caused by the pandemic.
July 12, 2023
City Council candidates face off at town hall debate
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July 12, 2023
Senator Christine York endorses Sandra Booker for City Council
Free thought Society presents National Day of Reason, Mayday4Humanity event
to end homelessness and hunger.
Full details at FTSociety
Your Musical Journey: Sandra Booker discusses highs and lows of
life and music in the age of Covid-19.
The jazz siren talks about finding liberation in her R&B and gospel music roots
and how it gave her a new lease on life, love and career.
Full interview for Metro Entertainment News
Unrequited: Rape, Rage and Remission
Unrequited: Rape, Rage and Remission is Sandra Booker's one-woman show based on her
experience as a sexual assault and cancer survivor. Directed by Juliette Jeffers.
Scheduled to premiere in August 2021 at the Whitefire Theater
Sandra Booker releases new single "Until We Meet Again" featuring Robert Turner
There is something beautiful about artists whose insight into the human condition allows them to create works that meet our collective moment at a time we most need their inspiration. Marking a dynamic transition and stylistic expansion from her years mastering the Great American Songbook as a popular jazz singer in the 90s and 2000s, Sandra Booker is releasing her extraordinary new single “Until We Meet Again” into a very different world than she could have imagined when she wrote the song several years ago.
The heartfelt, deeply soulful track – which drops March 30th - reflects the New Orleans bred, Los Angeles and Paris-based singer’s long-awaited return to her Southern R&B and gospel music roots. Produced by Sandra and featuring her co-producer and co-arranger, veteran L.A. based musician Robert Turner, on classic retro keyboards, including Fender Rhodes and organ, the track couples her graceful and intimate, emotionally impactful performance with a slow-simmering arrangement, artfully blending a sense of old school cool reminiscent of Herbie Hancock’s jazzy funk, Curtis Mayfield’s dreamy soul and Donny Hathaway’s spirit-stirring storytelling. She avoids the pitfalls of vocal histrionics and over-embellishing, instead she lets the story speak for itself, which makes this performance compelling, poignant and personal. Full review for JWVibe