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Lessons for L.A. from the grass-roots -

Los Angeles was a city on the edge in 1992, one tipped over by riot and rebellion. Now the United States finds itself on its own sort of brink: The economic inequality often tolerated in a market society has become extreme, the racial tensions kept hidden by polite conversation are bubbling up, and the path ahead is uncertain. The hurly burly of politics matters in setting broad policy, but steadfast activism, the kind of movement-building that bridges differences, is necessary to forge a new economy and a society that works for all.

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