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Curfew in Burbank and businesses take action

A curfew goes into effect in Burbank at 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. today and many businesses are taking action. Some, like the Apple computer specialist, MelroseMac, 2400 West Olive Avenue, are boarding up doors and windows preparing for the worst. Before the City of Burbank issued the order for a 5 p.m. curfew, plenty of chatter on social media and around town about protests planned for this afternoon at various places here. The protests are part of the national and global outrage over suspicious deaths and mistreatment of African... Read More →

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Photo: Greg Reyna/ Freelancer / Media City G --(l-r) Demonstrators Tina McDermott and Chris Kelley held up protest signs in front of Hobby Lobby in Burbank July 26, 2014

Demonstrators continue the protest against Hobby Lobby

Demonstrators returned to Hobby Lobby in Burbank yesterday in small but determined numbers.They are protesting the  recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which allows the giant crafts and home decor retailer to refuse to cover certain forms of  female birth control in its employee health insurance plan because of the religious beliefs of the owners. The controversial high court decision allows Hobby Lobby to opt out of a mandate to provide all types of contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. For several hours in... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Protest organizer Cheryl Holt explained the issue against Hobby Lobby to a Ralph Grocery store employee in Burbank July 12, 2014

Demonstrators spread their anti-Hobby Lobby message in Burbank

Protesters returned to the Hobby Lobby in Burbank yesterday to spread their message.  The protesters are upset because Hobby Lobby won the right to opt out of providing certain female contraceptives in its employee health insurance plan for religious reasons. The decision was handed down last month by the U.S. Supreme Court in a close vote of 5-4.  On Saturday, the protesters held-up signs condemning the ruling. Frequently, they were greeted with cheers and honking of  horns from motorists.  Some of the drivers, as well... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Protesters waved signs and chanted near the parking lot entrance to the Hobby Lobby in Burbank July 9, 2014

Dueling demonstrations at Burbank Hobby Lobby

The new Hobby Lobby in Burbank was the scene of not one but two demonstrations late yesterday. On the sidewalk, near the entrance to the parking lot, a group of demonstrators gathered with protest signs.They’re upset with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which allows Hobby Lobby to opt out of providing certain contraceptives  through the company’s employee health insurance plan. The evangelical Christian family who own the national chain claim birth control like “I-U-Ds” and “morning-after” pills go against their pro-life religious beliefs. Jan Hines of North... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Hobby Lobby store at 641 North Victory Boulevard Burbank June 5, 2014

Major protest planned for Burbank Hobby Lobby grand opening today

A major protest is shaping up for the grand opening ceremony at the Burbank Hobby Lobby today. Social media is buzzing about the protest, which will focus on Hobby Lobby’s  U.S. Supreme Court victory. Last Monday, the high court ruled that the craft and home decor chain, run by a conservative Christian family, could deny coverage in the company employee health insurance plan for certain types of birth control. Hobby Lobby co-founders, David and Barbara Green, claim contraceptives such as I-U-Ds” and the “morning after” pills... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Protesters gathered at the parking lot entrance to Hobby Lobby in Burbank July 5, 2014

More Protests at Hobby Lobby in Burbank

Protesters converged on the new Hobby Lobby store in Burbank yesterday for the second straight day. Picketers greeted customers at the parking lot entrance on North Victory Boulevard July 4th during the soft opening. This is the newest Southland store for the controversial national craft and home decor chain run by the evangelical Christian family of David Green. Last Monday, Hobby Lobby won the right to deny employee insurance coverage for certain contraceptives, which the Green family feels violates its pro-life stance. They... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- SEIU-UHW picketers demonstrated in front of Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank June 19, 2012

Labor trouble at Burbank hospital

A noisy picket line on West Alameda Avenue in front of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank yesterday drew stares from many and horn blasts of support from some motorists. The demonstrators marched, blew whistles, and waved picket signs for several hours. Paul Matakiewicz, chief negotiator for SEIU-UHW, says 80 members took part in the demonstration, which he characterized as an informational picket line. Matakiewicz says these employees are service and tech professionals and they have been working without a contract for nine months.  He says the two sides... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Disney Studios in Burbank

Protesters arrested at the Walt Disney lot in Burbank

Two protesters, dressed as Minnie and Mickey Mouse, chained themselves to a gate at the Walt Disney Studios today, according to the Los Angeles Times. The costumed activists reportedly were protesting because of a fiber in Disney’s children’s books, which they say is from endangered Indonesian rain forests. Updated: 2:15 p.m. A short while ago, Burbank Police sent out a press release about the incident saying four demonstrators were arrested at Disney this morning.  The cops arrived at the entertainment company on south Buena Vista Boulevard around 7 a.m. The police along with... Read More →

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Protests against ban on gay marriage

Barbara Davidson/ Los Angeles Times The anger over the passage of a bitterly fought California proposition denying marriage to gay couples has spilled into the streets of several communities in the Southland. Thousands of opponents of Proposition 8 began protesting Wednesday night, when it became clear the measure had passed 52 percent to 48 percent in Tuesday’s election. Last night, the marches were in West Hollywood and Westwood, where the protesters targeted the Mormon Temple on Santa Monica Boulevard.  Some gay-rights activists are accusing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of helping bankroll... Read More →

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Huge anti-Sarah Palin rally in Alaska

                                                                   Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is back on the campaign trail now after taking a break to spend some time in her home state of Alaska. Palin and her husband were cheered by a large crowd of supporters when they arrived in Fairbanks on September 10. For the next few days, Palin would sit down with ABC’s Charles Gibson for her first TV interview, speak at the deployment to Iraq ceremony for her son Track’s Army unit, and then wrap up her stay with a rally of 1,500 in Anchorage.  Palin flew out of... Read More →

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A petition drive underway against FOX

Nearly 100, 000 people reportedly have expressed outrage at FOX for using racism, prejudice, and fear to smear presumed Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, that’s according to the political action website. The site lists the charges against FOX … “First, a paid FOX commentator accidentally confused “Obama” with “Osama” and then joked on the air about killing Obama. Next, a FOX anchor said a playful fist pound by Barack and Michelle Obama could be a “terrorist fist jab.” And then, FOX called Michelle Obama “Obama’s baby mama” –slang... Read More →

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