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 [...]

Gluten-free Almond and Coconut Pancakes with Spiced Plums – By Lisa Linder

Gluten-free Almond and coconut pancakes with spiced plums – By Lisa Linder (Recipe from the UK and mostly uses metric measurements, but we converted the oven temp to Fahrenheit.) These protein-rich pancakes are a great option if you're eating gluten-free. And the accompanying spiced plums and rich plum sauce are bound to elevate your breakfast fare.--Bella Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes. Serves Four. INGREDIENTS: For the plums: 12 ripe plums / 1 tbsp runny honey / 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice / 1 tsp [...]

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Propositions on the CA Ballot; Measure on LA County Ballot

Propositions on the CA ballot based on info at https://calmatters.org/election-2020-guide/   PROPOSITION 14: Have California continue funding stem cell research, by borrowing up to $5.5 billion. Prop. 14 would generate the money to keep open the state’s own stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and expand its research capacity. That would include dedicating $1.5 billion for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, epilepsy, and other brain and central nervous system diseases. The rest of the money would go for other research, medical training, building new research facilities [...]

LA County Library Offers Laptops and Hotspots on Loan

LA County Library Offers Laptop & Hotspot Loans at Select Libraries Printing Pickup Will Also Be Offered at All 46 Sidewalk Service Locations LOS ANGELES COUNTY (September 1, 2020)— LA County Library is pleased to announce two new services developed to assist those without computers, internet, or printers at home—a Laptop & Hotspot Loan at select libraries, and Printing Pickup at all Sidewalk Service locations. The Laptop & Hotspot Loan kit includes a Chromebook laptop and a wireless hotspot for internet connectivity. The program is currently being offered [...]

By |2020-09-02T01:33:23-05:00September 2nd, 2020|COVID-19, Education, Los Angeles|0 Comments

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Children of the Corn

CHILDREN OF THE CORN {col.writ.7/13/20} © 2020 by Mumia Abu-Jamal   When we think of politicians, we too often see them as great, even mighty figures, seemingly larger than life. That’s because of how the media projects them - and far too often, protects them. But in times like these, times of plague, crises, massive failures of institutions, and yes, of death, we begin to see them differently. For some, the spell is broken. We see them as they are, flawed beings, driven by ambition and hunger [...]

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 [...]

Disband LA Schools Police Department

The Struggle for No Police in the Los Angeles Schools: a Great Leap Forward and Victory is in Sight by ERIC MANN, Labor Community Strategy Center On Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles, the decade’s long struggle for No Police in the Schools had a major breakthrough. Los Angeles School Board member Monica Garcia introduced the most structural and hopeful motion to make “defund the police” a reality. Her motion, expressing gratitude to the national Black uprising, called for cutting the $70 million budget of the Los [...]

Organic Strategies to Protect your Vegetable Garden

Organic strategies to protect your Vegetable Garden     Hi there, Bella De Soto here.  I shared content I compiled regarding easy ways to grow your veggie garden from your indoor sunny window… plant in pots first till they are strong enough to go on the ground.  When transplanting to soil, don’t forget to always water, and water some more anywhere until they reach sensible adulthood… Now I need to also let you know ways to protect that delicious veggie garden you have been growing so patiently.  But [...]

The Power of the People is the Force of Life

The Power of the People is the Force of Life by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) I was sent the following link to a piece worth reading by Henry Giroux: A searing and penetrating essay by Henry Giroux: https://truthout.org/articles/racist-violence-cant-be-separated-from-the-violence-of-neoliberal-capitalism/ Giroux is a powerful critic of fascist trends based on white supremacy and capitalism. But I don't know exactly why he often has a failure of nerve, or of something, when he draws towards solutions. For example in this piece, after the searing indictment, he [...]

For a #PeoplesBudgetLA

https://peoplesbudgetla.com/ In the face of an unprecedented public health crisis and historic economic instability, LA Mayor Garcetti has proposed a $10.5 billion budget that reduces services, furloughs city workers, and cuts the budget of all city departments with one big exception: the LA Police Department. Garcetti proposes increases to the police budget, specifically $34 million dollars in overtime pay. The  LAPD already receives 54% of LA’s discretionary spending. This would increase their share. Moreover, the Mayor has attempted to fast track this, to stop community input. He [...]

Black LA Demands Over COVID-19 and Black Death Rates

Los Angeles County has the second-highest population of Black and African-descent people of any county in the US, with over a million Black residents, behind only Cook County, Illinois, and ahead of Kings County (Brooklyn) in New York, (c. 922,000) or Harris County, TX (Houston) with c. 903,000.      But despite that fact, and a history of having two of the largest and most serious rebellions in US history (Watts 1965 and after the acquittal of the cops who beat Rodney King and the slap on the [...]

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