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Tens of Thousands Protest in LA in Solidarity with Armenia, The OC Update, Voting in Indian Country

Published October 12, 2020 at 3:05 PM PDT
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A man holds up an Armenian flag during a protest organized by the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) outside the Azerbaijani Consulate General in Los Angeles on September 30, 2020 to protest what they call Azerbaijan's "aggression against Armenia and Artsakh" (Nagorno-Karabakh). (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
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A man holds up an Armenian flag during a protest organized by the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) outside the Azerbaijani Consulate General in Los Angeles on September 30, 2020 to protest what they call Azerbaijan's "aggression against Armenia and Artsakh" (Nagorno-Karabakh). (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Tens of Thousands Protest in Solidarity with Armenia

We discuss yesterday's Armenian solidarity protest in Beverly Hills in which tens of thousands of supporters rallied around the Turkish consulate. Moreover, we explain the significance of the protests for the Armenian diaspora locally as well as around the world.

Guests:

  • Lila Seidman, a reporter from the Los Angeles Times
  • Liana Aghajanian, an Armenian-American journalist who writes about issues of diaspora identity

The OC Update 

Mail in ballots have been sent out all 1.7 million registered voters in Orange County...and when filled out and signed, those ballots can be dropped off at ANY of the 116 collection boxes throughout the county. There will also be more than 150 vote centers where people can drop them off in person starting October 30th. This weekend, however, there were a number of reports of UNOFFICIAL ballots boxes being set up around the state by the California Republican party and some of those are in the OC.

Guest:

  • Nick Gerda, nonprofit news site the Voice of OC

OC Ballot Boxes 

From unofficial ballot drop-boxes to what poll watchers can do or say to voters in line, we discuss concerns surrounding security measures about your ballot.

Guest:

  • Justin Levitt, election law expert

Voting in Indian Country

Today is Indigenous People’s Day in Los Angeles, the third year L.A. county has celebrated the official holiday. The county is one of numerous cities across the country that have decided to replace “Columbus Day” with the holiday celebrating the history and culture of Native American people. Yet, with an election less than a month away, Native Americans across the U.S. are still experiencing obstacles when it comes to casting a ballot. 

Guest:

  • Jean Schroedel, Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy at Claremont Graduate University and author of “Voting in Indian Country: The View from the Trenches”

Sports and Activism 

When the Lakers won their 17th NBA title last night it ended a season altered by the pandemic and impacted by the country’s reckoning around race and social justice. Lebron James -- who is leading a get out the vote campaign off the court-- was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy….and spoke about many social justice issues when he accepted it. But he and the NBA aren't alone.

Guest:

  • Richard Lapchick, President of The Institute for Sport and Social Justice at the University of Central Florida
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