Human Rights

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…

Solidarity with Charlottesville: Indivisible Facilitates a Sherman Oaks Galleria Flash Gathering

The Indivisible Movement Facilitates A Sherman Oaks Galleria Flash Gathering to Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville http://act.indivisibleguide.com/event/stand-in-solidarity-with-charlottesville/create/ Have you wondered how Indivisible groups are organizing?  They are mentioned on MSNBC and the national founders, including Angel Padilla, have been interviewed on several media outlets.  But, what is it like on the ground with everyday volunteers…

Eugenics Revived in US Criminal Justice System

Tennessee Judge offers reduced sentences to county jail inmates who agree to free vasectomies or birth control implants By: Chris Conte / Source: News Channel 5 / The Dawn News / July 19, 2017 Inmates in White County, TN will get reductions in jail time if they “voluntarily” agree to have a vasectomy or birth…

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…

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