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West Hollywood recognizes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May
WeHo Times
May 8, 2024

Angela Peñaredondo, an assistant professor of creative writing at CSUSB, was one of the panelists for the program, “WeHo Reads: Asian Pacific Diaspora Talk Story,” that took place May 8,at the West Hollywood Library, the West Hollywood community newspaper reported.

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Antisemitic incidents are up. What do we know about them?
May 8, 2024

“Here & Now's” Scott Tong speaks with Brian Levin, former director of the California State, San Bernardino Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, about a rise in antisemitic incidents on college campuses.

Column: MAGA loves Gaza protests on campus. Here’s why
Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2024

Brian Levin, founding director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed by columnist Anita Chabria about recent campus protests, and how the far right using the protests to its advantage. “It’s clear that many of these people who pronounce themselves to be protectors are oftentimes just exploiters,” Levin said.

There is even some “happiness” among far-right extremists that the fallout of the Israel-Hamas war has landed on liberal college campuses because it gives MAGA Republicans an excuse to “plant their flag in the heart of liberalism at Columbia and UCLA,” he added. “These horrible people who come onto campuses to encourage more division are doing so when students both Jewish and Muslim are experiencing generational grief.”

THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: Campus protests aren’t necessarily antisemitic
Los Angeles Wave
May 9, 2024

Columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson quoted Brian Levin, founding director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, for an article about campus protests stemming from the Israel-Hamas war. Levin discussed the rise in hate crimes that followed Oct. 7.

“These kinds of spikes in hate crimes are unlike 20 years ago because they are elongating,” said Brian Levin, the founder of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. “We aren’t only seeing a higher number occur, but that increase is resilient and plateaus for longer. Or, after a period when hate crimes have gone down, we sometimes see them reignite like wildfire.”

Indiana primaries 2024: Spartz survives, big spenders prevail
ABC News/538
May 7, 2024

Meredith Conroy, professor of political science and a 538 contributor, joined 538 staff writers and fellow contributors on a live blog following the Indiana primary election on May 7 as they down the election results as they came in with live updates, analysis and commentary.

Conroy’s concluding comment: “So far in 2024, the GOP seems to be running behind where it was last cycle when it comes to nominating women in competitive or safe seats. Tonight, female (GOP congressional) incumbents (Erin) Houchin and (Victoria) Spartz held on and will very likely win reelection in the fall. But a couple qualified female candidates didn’t fare as well tonight. The sitting lieutenant governor, (Suzanne) Crouch, lost the gubernatorial primary, and in the 3rd District, it looks like (Wendy) Davis also failed to win. Both of these women could’ve benefited from more unified support. ... Women, especially Republican women, face many invisible hurdles in their effort to win elected office. Add hurdles like these, and the challenge is insurmountable.”

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