Economy

Do the Homeless Deserve Dignity?

By Nia Asante There are 10 million residents in Los Angeles County. At least 45,000 people are homeless. I was one such person. Can you remember your first encounter with a homeless person?  I can. It was 1974,  I was 4 years old.  Our family vacation that summer was spent in Philadelphia and while strolling downtown…

In Memoriam: KevinMichael Key

by John Malpede, Los Angeles Poverty Department Our dear friend and collaborator and Key LAPD staff member KevinMichael Key has passed on.  He died on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving children, brother, grandchildren and friends. Kevin is a big and loving presence in the Skid Row community, working as an advocate with…

Which Vision for Los Angeles: Updated General Plan or Real Estate Bubble?

Which Vision for Los Angeles: Updated General Plan or Real Estate Bubble? by Dick Platkin http://citywatchla.com/index.php/los-angeles/13622-which-vision-for-los-angeles-an-updated-general-plan-or-another-real-estate-bubble By now most of us know what ails Los Angeles. To cite some of the city’s most imminent emergencies: Expanding housing crisis resulting in evictions, homelessness, overcrowding, and long commutes to distant suburbs with affordable housing. Climate change barreling…

Input wanted: Where Has the Dignity Gone?

Coming in July: A 4-part conversation daring to ask: Where Has the Dignity Gone? by Nia Asante Do homeless people in L.A. deserve dignity? We will attempt to define and dissect dignity in order to determine if indeed dignity has a place in the homeless society. Does it? If you think “yes,” then this conversation…

Prisoners’ work strike ongoing

Anyone relying on mainstream media wouldn’t know it, but the US prison system is shaking up right now. Here are some speculative numbers we can share with confidence at this time: At least 29 prisons were affected. We expect this number to rise dramatically as we gather reports. More than 24,000 prisoners missed work. There…

Labor Day March & Rally in Wilmington

Celebrate Labor Day this year at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition’s 37th Annual Labor Solidarity Parade in Wilmington, California. The march starts at Broad and E Streets; assembly starts at 8:00 am and the march departs at 10:00 am. After the march, there will be a rally in Banning Park (PCH at “M”)…

“Recapture Democracy in the Streets of Philadelphia”

Shut Down the DNC by Chris Hedges http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/shut_down_the_democratic_national_convention_20160605 On July 25, opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Cheri Honkala, leader of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, who was denied a permit to march by city authorities, will rally with thousands of protesters outside City Hall. Defying the police, they will…

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