About Dan Bluemel

Dan Bluemel is an editor and reporter with l.a. activist. Dan first began covering demonstrations and marches for the Santa Monica College Corsair newspaper in 2010 where he cultivated his passion for bringing to light that which does not want to be discussed. It has since become an addiction that he may never recover from. He graduated from SMC in 2012 with degrees in journalism and in social and behavioral science.

Prison Officials Connecting Inmate Literature to Terrorism

alifornia prison authorities are reporting on inmates to the FBI for possessing political, religious and other literature they deem radical, according to a document obtained by the ACLU of Northern California. As a result of such reporting, the inmates’ personal information are often placed in national counter-terrorism databases. The reports, which are coming from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), are mostly concerned with what prison authorities refer to as … [Read more...]

How Racial Profiling Feels

When news first broke about the death of Trayvon Martin, protesters held demonstrations across the country where they wore hoodies and held cans of iced tea and bags of Skittles, just like Martin did on the day he was killed by then neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. The protesters chanted, “We are all Trayvon Martin.” For many, that slogan was not mere rhetoric; it was literal. On July 20, a rally of Trayvon Martin supporters gathered at the federal courthouse in downtown to demand … [Read more...]