HomeBoy Industries Partners with LA County to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

L.A. County Public Health Partners with Homeboy Industries to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations New PSAs talking about the importance of getting vaccinated, overcoming hesitancy, and the impact the virus has had on the community. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) and Homeboy Industries partnered together to promote the COVID-19 vaccinations in new public service announcements (PSAs) showcasing Father Greg Boyle and employees speaking about the importance of getting vaccinated, overcoming hesitancy and understanding the impact the virus has had on the community. Public Health, [...]

Open Letter: L.A. Needs Publicly-Owned Social Housing

Tackle L.A.'s homelessness catastrophe with publicly-owned social housing On February 19, the End Homelessness Now-LA campaign and 39 endorsing organizations sent a letter to city officials calling for immediate implementation of the kind of government-owned social housing that will bring unhoused people indoors and keep low income folks from losing their homes.  (See letter below.) It has been over three months since the Los Angeles City Council passed a motion on November 4, 2020, asking city administrators to study types of government-owned social housing used in other [...]

L.A. County New Epicenter of COVID Crisis

Public Health Reports 44 New Deaths and 13,580 New Positive Cases of COVID-19 in LA County in a Single Day The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) today released the latest data on COVID-19. 13,580 new COVID-19 cases (719,833 cases to date) 44 new deaths due to COVID-19 (9,482 deaths to date); deaths are under reported due to holiday and weekend reporting delays 6,815 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 20% are in the ICU More than 4,600,000 individuals tested; 15% of all people tested [...]

California Court of Appeal Orders 50% Cut of Prisoners at San Quentin

California Court of Appeal Orders 50% Cut of Prisoners at San Quentin by Hadar Aviram https://www.hadaraviram.com/2020/10/20/breaking-news-california-court-of-appeal-orders-50-population-reduction-at-san-quentin/ [Excerpts] We won In re Von Staich, the habeas corpus case challenging CDCR’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis at San Quentin. Justice Kline wrote: “We agree that respondents–the Warden and CDCR–have acted with deliberate indifference and relief is warranted.” Here is an analysis of the opinion. Justice Kline begins by stating the magnitude of the San Quentin catastrophe. Even against the horrific history of disease and contagion in prisons–including three separate [...]

COVID Cases Rising Again in L.A. County

Last week, county officials reported that a technical error had slowed their data reporting systems. After the issue was a resolved, backlogged cases were included in counts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Even after accounting for the backlog, L.A. County has gone from about 940 new cases per day at the beginning of October to, as of last week, nearly 1,200 new cases per day, said Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County director of public health. This week, that's up to as many as 1600 per day, and [...]

October 2020 So Cal Community Calendar

URGENT UPDATE: Supreme Court lets Trump end Census early The US Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and has allowed Trump to end census data collection on October 15!! Be sure to complete the 2020 census form for your household IMMEDIATELY.  GO TO: HTTPS://census2020.govorCALL:for English 1-844-330-2020for Spanish 1-844-468-2020for Haitian Kreyol 1-844-477-2020.Help is available in other languages. See:https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html  Apportionment of many legislative and Congressional seats, and allocation of federal program funding rely on the figures from the decennial census (every 10 years by Constitutional mandate). Trump has [...]

Behind the Viral Right Wing Video of BLM protest at Fundamentalist Church

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/viral-video-seemed-to-show-blm-storming-a-church-the-real by Anne Helen Petersen BuzzFeed News [Excerpts] The clip posted to Twitter — and viewed over 1.2 million times — purports to show protesters invading a church, screaming “Black Lives Matter” and even abusing parishioners. The clip was uploaded by Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, the pro-Trump student group, who added his own interpretation of events: “Christians have not been allowed to attend church for months,” Kirk tweeted, referring to coronavirus-related pauses in services. “But when they finally are, BLM rioters are allowed to [...]

Letter to the Editor

MSW Students Concerns Regarding Youth's Mental Health During Covid-19 The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting multiple areas of youths’ lives including social, mental health, and emotional well-being.  Many youths across our nation received little to no information about the COVID-19 virus prior to the stay at home orders being put into place.  Additionally, youths did not receive prior notice about possible changes to their daily routines and intended school disruptions.  New challenges arose when school and home life were forced to coexist in the same place. Socialization is [...]

F*CK CHRISTOPHER STREET WEST

F*CK CSW by Hannah Howard https://medium.com/@techgirlwonder/fuck-csw-12c6a11f88a9 The “All Black Lives Matter LA” march has been a shit show from the beginning. Originally announced as a “Solidarity Protest” by LA Pride, the march was later handed over, after much protest, to a “Black Advisory Board” appointed by LA Pride/Christopher Street West which called themselves All Black Lives Matter LA. At no point was Black Lives Matter Los Angeles directly involved. You can learn more about the history of LA Pride and anti-blackness here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1985563248242309 I had resolved to [...]

100,000 People Killed by COVID-19 in the US

Don't Mourn, Organize! by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. The command to devote ourselves to getting organized in the face of death and repression rather than spending time in lamentation,  was attributed to Joe Hill in a farewell letter while facing execution, Mother Jones, discussing others rather than herself, said "Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living." Either way, it has never been more pertinent than today, in the face of the mass murder at the hands of the settler colonial-capitalist system in the US [...]

A Perspective on Privilege and COVID-19

"Author unknown" Thanks to Susana Hurlich <delfines8@nauta.cu> for sending it. "If anyone knows who wrote this, please let us know so we can give credit."   There are no bombs raining on our heads. I am not a prisoner held in solitary confinement, as millions are. I am not a refugee trying to escape with my life. I am not standing in line waiting to fill a pot of water. I have access to fresh food and I'm not starving. I have hot running water. My country [...]

Communities of Color Demand a New Normal

Beyond Covid-19: Communities of color demand a new normal https://socialism.com/statement/beyond-covid-19-communities-of-color-demand-a-new-normal/ A common question heard during the Covid crisis is this: “When will things go back to normal?” But people of color don’t want to return to what is “normal”: daily racist violence by police, children in ICE cages, homelessness, mass incarceration, distressed schools, job and food insecurity, and lack of healthcare.   This is the same nightmarish “normal” that led to the tragic death of Rana Zoe Mungin of Brooklyn, New York, a 30-year-old teacher with asthma. [...]

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