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This week John met with Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, who is working to unleash the power of civic participation. We met at Homegirl Cafe, the cafe component of the innovative social enterprise Homeboy Industries that provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women. Raphe and I discuss his work studying and developing city coalitions and how they can politically empower marginalized communities, as well his mission of increasing widespread civic literacy…