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Are Arizona’s anti-immigrant laws going to help Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid win re-election? In 1994, when California Republicans passed the anti-immigrant Prop. 187, Latinos started voting Democratic in overwhelming numbers. JOHN NICHOLS will comment; he’s Washington Correspondent for The Nation, and writes “The Beat” blog at TheNation.com — now redesigned and re-launched.
Also: Greil Marcus on Van Morrison, the wild and turbulent Northern Irish singer-songwriter who recorded the songs “Wild Night” and “Brown Eyed Girl” and the albums “Astral Weeks” and “Moondance.” Greil’s new book is When That Rough God Roes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison. Greil will be reading and signing Friday at 7:30pm Skylight Books , 1818 N. Vermont Ave.
Plus: yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the Kent State killings; and we’ll also have Your Minnesota Moment: St. Paul’s mayor takes action against Arizona for its new anti-immigrant law.
Daniel Widener talks about culture and black struggle in postwar L.A. — he teaches history at UCSD and his new book is Black Arts West. We’ll also talk about the recent racist activity at UCSD — and the compendium of documents about it, ‘Another University is Possible.’ Danny will be speaking at Eso Won Books on Fri. May 7, 7pm in Liemert Park.