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In El Paso’s wake, a corrido honors the dead and points fingers at the villains | Los Angeles Times

“It’s a cultural need that happens right away,” said Steve Loza, a professor of ethnomusicology at UCLA and a composer of politically salient Latin orchestral music. “It’s a way of paying tribute and honor and respect to people, be they a political hero, a baseball player or people who have been killed through a politically related hate crime. The people who died are considered to be heroes. The corrido is a form of acknowledging the people who died for their cause and their culture.”

Hundreds of workers were arrested in Mississippi ICE raids, but no employers have been charged | Time

Although undocumented immigrants often face deportation in the aftermath of raids like these, the consequences faced by the employers who hire them are usually “really minimal,” Victor Narro, a project director with the UCLA Labor Center, tells Time…. “The message needs to be clear: employers cannot violate the labor standards of the workplace because they feel like ICE is going to back them up. That may be the Trump way of looking at this, but [it is] creating unsafe and very egregious working conditions.”

Why Big Oil fears being put on trial for climate change | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Ann Carlson) Climate liability litigation, filed by state and local governments around the country, raises a fundamental question: Who should pay for the damage climate change is already causing, and will continue to cause well into the future with accelerating sea level rise, more-intense flooding, larger wildfires, growing droughts and stronger hurricanes, if the federal government does not pick up the tab? Local taxpayers or the companies whose products caused the damage?

UCLA is No. 4 on publication’s college value rankings | Money

About one-third of its students come from low-income families, and nearly 91% of freshmen eventually graduate — about 17% more than is typical for schools with similar student bodies. Bruins tend to graduate into good jobs, reporting average annual salaries to PayScale of about $60,000 within three years, slightly above the average. (Full rankings)

Wealthy San Francisco suburb agrees to desegregate school | Associated Press

Pedro Noguera, education professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the real question is whether the district can voluntarily attract affluent parents. “It’s good they called them out on this attempt to reinforce the inequity. Now can they come up with a strategy to educate the kids together and provide them with a high quality education?”

A return to Brotherhood Raceway, and Big Willie Robinson’s legacy | Los Angeles Times

Brenda Stevenson, professor of African American history at UCLA, said Willie’s achievements make him an “important example for people not just in L.A., but people across the nation. The LAPD was considered the enemy of the people — black people and Latino people in particular. And he made an opening for himself to be a peacemaker. And I think that that’s really his innovation.”

Gun-control backers concerned about changing federal courts | Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court so far has left plenty of room for states to enact their own gun legislation, said Adam Winkler, a gun policy expert at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. But he said the success of the Trump administration in appointing federal judges, including to the high court, could alter that. “Those judges are likely to be hostile to gun-control measures. So I think the courts overall have made a shift to the right on guns. We’ll just have to see how that plays out.”

L.A.’s Green New Deal polarizes voters in a district haunted by environmental disaster | Los Angeles Times

The Valley campaign is “a little bit of a microcosm of what’s happening on the national stage around the Green New Deal,” said Colleen Callahan, deputy director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA.