Jan 232018
 

Life Goes On

 

We’ve been biding time in hope that it will solve our problems. It didn’t happen, at least not yet.

Still, time marches on and none of us can afford to put our lives on hold. So here is a recap of what happened since the day Los Angeles Liberal Magazine went on hiatus. (Click on any of the links below to read more.)

 

United States Of Righteous Indignation

 

Californian Values Stand In Spite Of Fires And Flood But The Trash Stinks

 

#MeToo And #TimesUp Movement Call For Social Justice

 

And here we are: Anything L.A., Los Angeles Liberal Magazine stands by Californian values. We are forward thinking, socially sensitive and climate change aware. We believe in healthcare for all as well as living wages and human rights, human rights of all: including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
We don’t hold a grudge against anyone EXCEPT of those whose decisions / actions endanger our lives, future and values.

But enough politics, we all have multifaceted lives and many interests unrelated to politics. In this spirit, Anything L.A. will try to limit our coverage to news that don’t involve our “Very Stable Genius” In-Chief directly and expand on other interests Angelenos share. Never mind politics, let’s talk life!!!

Our faith that the American Spirit and American Values will eventually prevail is unshakable.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

Jan 212018
 

“Me, too” And “Time’s Up” Movement Call For Social Justice

There is no better day to reflect on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement(s) than the day following the massive Women’s Marches in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. These weren’t voices of the “suffragettes” we’ve just heard. These are the voices of the human beings who balance checkbooks, give lives and raise future generations. They know what our collective household’s needs are and how to meet them, better than anyone. Hats off to the spectacular women, men and families who marched for a better life, yesterday!

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement(s) begun with accusations leveled against the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein who was initially outed by one person, the actress Rose McGowan. She was soon joined by other female, well-known American – and not only American – actresses. The list of over 50 accusers includes many A-listers. (Eventually, Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, left him and he was forced out from the company he founded.)

In response to the shockingly long list of victims of one man’s – Harvey Weinstein’s – victims, actress Alyssa Milano created the #MeToo hashtag on Twitter which opened the floodgates for women from all walks of life who suffer – or suffered – sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace. We have quickly learned the magnitude of sexual harassment in the U.S.

Meanwhile, other male celebrities, entertainment industry heavyweights, politicians, etc. continue being outed. Some of the best known names include: Tavis Smiley, Mario Batali, Matt Lauer, Dustin Hoffman, Sen. Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, and others.

Out of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement came about #TimesUp. #TimesUp took center stage at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards which gave exposure to the solidarity of women against sexual harassment which was on full display when all female participants of the event wore black. (Of course, the most profound statement on #TimesUp came in form of a fiery speech given by Oprah during the Golden Globe Awards ceremony.)

Sexual harassment and / or sexual assault aren’t laughing matters and against popular opinion have nothing to do with sex. The life of a sexually harassed – or sexually assaulted – person is severely damaged and in some cases, permanently destroyed. It’s not about sex. It’s about human life. We each have only one and it is ours to run. Nobody – regardless of their success, gender, money or power – has the right to damage or destroy another. Each of us has ONE life and no claim on the lives of others. Sexual abuse in its many forms changes the trajectory of human lives.

The perpetrator’s abuse of power compels sexual harassment and / or sexual assault victims to give up their beliefs and dreams. The pursuit of safety often becomes more important to them than life itself. Their self-respect, leave alone self-esteem plummets. Many succumb to the trauma entirely (out of respect for victims, we are not naming names!) use alcohol or drugs to cope and stop pursuing their goals.

For the perpetrators nothing changes. They lead “successful” lives, have rewarding careers and sleep well at night. If anything, their self-confidences raises with each “conquest”.

This could have been a long story detailing individual instances of sexually violated individuals who failed miserably at the game of life in the aftermath of sexual assault. It isn’t.

This is a brief story intended to inspire men to think. For just a moment, forget about sex. How would YOU feel if someone in a position of power attacked you, overpowered and / or threatened you and yours, limited your options, deprived you of what’s rightfully yours and effectively derailed your whole life?…

Do not diminish – leave alone, ignore! – a woman’s complaints about workplace sexual misconduct suffered at the hands of a superior or coworker. She isn’t speaking about a flattering compliment but criminal behavior which may threaten hers – and by extension, yours! – way of life.

Anything L.A., Los Angeles Liberal Magazine supports #MeToo and #TimesUp: sex crimes of any magnitude violate human rights. The shape of genitals and bank balances aside, we are all equally human. Violations of human rights and social injustice aren’t male or female. They compromise our collective humanity.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

United States Of Righteous Indignation

 

Californian Values Stand In Spite Of Fires And Flood But The Trash Stinks

 

#MeToo And #TimesUp Movement Call For Social Justice

 

 

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Aug 162017
 

White Los Angeles Against White Supremacy

 

Anything L.A. – Los Angeles Liberal Magazine – unequivocally condemns white supremacy, hate groups, hate crimes and white hypocrisy in Washington D.C.

 

We all have CULTURAL preferences and sentiments. The concept of white supremacy, KKK and the Neo-Nazi movement however has nothing to do with cultural sentiments. These people actually believe that their skin color alone entitles them to superiority over others. But there is NO superiority, leave alone supremacy based on race. There is supremacy based on merit, only.

White power, white supremacy, KKK and the Neo-Nazi movement have no merit and no power. Members of these organizations use vandalism and violence to assert their imaginary power.
Real merit and power can be easily and openly asserted. Think of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, each of them has proven his value: peacefully and constructively. Each earned our respect. Recently, an older man – by the name of Jose Prieto – gave his life while trying to help a woman and children in the aftermath of a massive car crash on the 10 freeway in Fontana. He was a real man, a remarkable human being and a Good Samaritan. His life mattered. His legacy has value. These are examples of superiority based on merit; superiority earned. (There are of course, many other examples: there are African American preachers, politicians, professionals, artists, etc. who have earned their way to success and recognition like the individuals I named above.)

Since President Trump took office instances of vandalism of houses of worship and cemeteries that are not Christian are on the rise. There were two well-publicized cases of American nationalists who killed foreigners to “rid America of illegal immigrants”. (In the first case, the victim was an American citizen and a successful businessman. In the second, the victims were highly-skilled professionals from India here on work visas to help make America greater, yet.) The latest outburst of white nationalism killed Heather Heyer: she was white, born and raised in the United States, professional and patriotic that’s why she was among the counter protesters in Charlottesville.

In solidarity with victims and survivors of the white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville (Virginia), Anything L.A. – Los Angeles Liberal Magazine – unequivocally condemns white supremacy, hate groups, hate crimes AND white hypocrisy in Washington D.C. In the same spirit, we suspend all further activity (including our newsletter) until the United States of America have a President that represents the majority of Americans.

As much as we tried to pretend that Los Angeles is an island, it isn’t. We, our city and our values are threatened by the actions of – and statements from – the White House. It isn’t possible to provide coverage of our city while ignoring United States’ news and the world’s reactions to them.

It was never our magazine’s intent to judge the leadership of our Country and until President Trump came to power we never did. As it is, it’s impossible not to. When the federal government tramples on American values staying silent implies acceptance. Let there be no misunderstanding: WE DON’T SUPPORT – LEAVE ALONE, SHARE – PRESIDENT TRUMP’S VIEWS. Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine isn’t anti-government. It is against the erosion of American values and terrorism either foreign or domestic.

For the record: Anything L.A. – Los Angeles Liberal Magazine – is published and run by white people who are American patriots and support American values.

American values don’t include the destruction of natural environment, intentional acceleration of global warming, economic discrimination, divisiveness, racial discrimination, walls that divide nations, religious discrimination, immigration policy that rips families apart, hate groups, white nationalism, hate crime, relentless attempts to deprive Americans of healthcare, a return to the dark days of Confederacy, violence or vandalism.

Be sure to understand: the so called “white power” DOESN’T represent all white people. Normal white people are as outraged and disgusted by the actions of “white supremacists” as the minorities being targeted by them. Perhaps unlike the minorities, we understand better that the “white supremacists” are losers. They have no merit or credibility as individuals or as a “movement”. Worse, we are embarrassed by the fact that we – the normal white people – may be perceived as a part of the “white nationalism”. The difference between the “white supremacists” and all other white people isn’t political, but moral. For the President of the United States to take the side of immorality blows our collective white mind!

Make no mistake, Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine didn’t fold. We will resume the day common sense and American values return to Washington. Until then: GOD BLESS AMERICA, we hope and pray that once the current storm passes there’ll be enough of the America we know and love left to restore it to its former glory.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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