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. [...]

Fight the virus with permanent supportive public housing.

by End Homelessness Now-LA   An April article in the  LA Times, “Affordable housing can cost $1 million per apartment in California. Coronavirus could make it worse,” provides a powerful argument for creating and operating permanent public housing for low income and very low income members of our community.   As the COVID-19 pandemic has brutally revealed, a system based on every fat cat out to make the highest possible profit is categorically incapable of meeting human needs.  Just as we need a universal, public healthcare system [...]

Emergency Labor Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Emergency Labor Response to the COVID-19 Crisis *To sign on to this document please click here: httpss://forms.gle/RP72hrDGUvYFxkiJ7 Due to inaction by the federal government and other authorities, the COVID-19 pandemic has passed a tipping point in the United States, particularly in the northeast. This document aims to give voice to the immediate and long term needs of working people. With this document we are seeking to work in collaboration with the Connecticut labor and social justice movements, the unemployed, underemployed, and non-union to fight for a future [...]

LA City Council: Hold an Emergency Meeting to Address COVID-19 Needs

Los Angeles community organizations and unions call on the LA City Council to hold emergency meeting in response to COVID-19. Renters, unhoused residents and workers need immediate relief, groups say. In response to Council President Nury Martinez’ cancellation of a scheduled Tuesday, March 24, 2020 City Council meeting, organizations working in a newly formed network called Healthy LA responded by calling on LA City Council to immediately schedule an emergency council meeting this week. Groups operating under the Healthy LA banner have been calling on Council to [...]

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