ICUJP Marks 20th Anniversary of 9-11 with Regas Peace & Justice Awards

ICUJP Marks 20 Years of Struggle for Peace & Justice by Steve Rohde & Grace Dyrness Twenty years ago, only days after the devastating 9/11 attacks, the late Rev. George F. Regas brought together Christians, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, humanists and people of many other faiths and beliefs to found Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP). Acutely aware that such a dire moment posed a grave threat to peace and justice, George knew that peacemakers needed to create a place to gather, organize, pray, and act [...]

On the Recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom

by DSA-LA Electoral Committee, Aug. 12, 2021 On September 14, voters will decide whether to remove Gavin Newsom as governor. As socialists, we are no fans of Gov. Newsom. We'd much prefer the option of replacing him with a socialist. However, this isn't the election we're faced with. Instead, we’re looking at a fascist, reactionary, capitalist rebellion against the belief that government has any responsibility or right to improve living conditions. Newsom getting replaced by a Republican would be deleterious to our mission, and would destroy momentum [...]

Evictions Wrongfully Proceeding in LA Courts

Evictions Proceeding in LA Courts Despite COVID, Moratorium By Ray Jones and Michael Novick Earlier this year, Public Counsel filed suit on behalf of itself and numerous LA-area legal aid organizations, to demand the LA Superior Court shut down, rather than continuing civil trials on traffic citations and “unlawful detainer” – eviction – proceedings. Their claim is that the needless court actions endanger the health of the poor people being dragged into court needlessly, and the attorneys who represent them. “This lawsuit highlights how perfunctory rules and [...]

Crenshaw Mall Quietly Sold to Failed Developer, not Black Community

The Battle For The Crenshaw Mall Continues by Downtown Crenshaw We have confirmed the Crenshaw Mall was quietly sold to the corrupt, racist and failed developer David Schwartzman of Harridge Development Group. This is of course disappointing. At its root, the decision by the sellers of the mall (public pension funds and Deutsche Bank/DWS) to sell to Schwartzman instead of the Black community illustrates that systemic and generational racism in real estate remains alive and well over 70 years after the landmark Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court [...]

Fauxgressives on Neighborhood Councils: Liberal Slogans Encasing Developers’ Agenda

Fauxgressives on the march, winning recent Neighborhood Council elections By Dick Platkin* https://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/los-angeles/22421-fauxgressives-on-the-march-winning-recent-neighborhood-council-elections Planning Watch: Lately my in-box has included emails from local community activists dealing with “progressives” who won recent Neighborhood Council elections.  One email included a recent on-line article from Knock-LA, written by an LA Forward organizer who spearheaded these successful election campaigns.  This article, however, revealed little about what these winners hope to achieve through LA’s Neighborhood Councils. Do the newcomers support the Peoples Budget and its shift of the LAPD’s enormous budget to [...]

Housing & Gentrification Issues

Community Control of the Crenshaw Mall! Fight Gentrification! The major players involved in the sale of the Crenshaw Mall trying to gentrify Black L.A. are some of the world’s most powerful people and shady characters. It can get complicated, so we broke it all down. Several of America's largest public pension funds #LACERA #NYCERS #UCRegents #TRSNYC #TexasTeachers are the investors in Capri Urban Investors, a private equity fund that owns the Crenshaw Mall. To manage and sell the mall, the pension funds selected DWS, a subsidiary of [...]

Mike Hall of Venice was murdered June 25

A houseless man was murdered on Venice Beach. There's more that needs to be said about what’s happening there. by Peggy Lee Kennedy Mike Hall, a 49 year-old Venice local, was murdered on Dudley hill next to the Venice Boardwalk on June 25. He was previously living in a vehicle by Electric and Venice Blvd.. His RV got towed and he came to the boardwalk because he heard people were getting housing from there. A man whose street-name is “Midget Mike,” who is short and not technically [...]

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Trickle-Down Housing is a Failure

Trickle-Down Housing is a Failure. Here’s What You Need to Know. by Patrick Range McDonald, Housing Is a Human Right Trickle-down housing policy, pushed by the real estate industry and politicians, has been a colossal failure. It hasn’t built the affordable housing that’s needed for California’s housing affordability crisis, and it fuels gentrification in working-class communities, especially those of color. Activists have long used the term trickle-down housing, but not everyone knows what it is. Here’s an explanation. Trickle down is an economic concept that may have [...]

Corporate Landlords Are Taking Over L.A.

Corporate Landlords Are Taking Over L.A. Will Politicians Do Anything About it? by Patrick Range McDonald https://www.housinghumanright.org/corporate-landlords-are-taking-over-l-a-will-politicians-do-anything-about-it/ A new, must-read report by Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) has made one thing eye-poppingly clear: corporate landlords are taking over Los Angeles. With that, SAJE points out, L.A. renters are increasingly dealing with predatory practices — such as sudden evictions and unfair, excessive rents — that turn their lives upside down. The question now is, will Mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A. City Council do anything about [...]

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 [...]

Save the AFIBA Center

PRESS CONFERENCE AND PROTEST “Gentrification Strikes Again “ A Historical Community Center in the Black Community The SECRET closing of a well-known center in the black community located in the Crenshaw District has been targeted for a project that Called “Destination Crenshaw”, feeds no one, houses no one, and assists no one. They wait until Black History Month, in order to slap the community in the face yet again, by the taking of more services. In 2018 AFIBA Center members joined with others in the community and [...]

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