Involuntary Servitude in Prison is Slavery

They Killed ACA3 But Prison Slavery Continues in CA by SF BayView Editor Nube Brown https://sfbayview.com/2022/08/they-killed-aca3-but-slavery-still-lives/ Last month [SF BayView] ran an article about the killing of ACA3, The End Slavery in California Act. To be clear, just because legislators allowed themselves to be strong-armed against their better nature and fear-mongered by the governor to ensure the bill didn’t make it to the floor for a last and final opportunity to [bring [...]

Services Not Sweeps – Stop LAMC 41.18

End Homelessness Now-LA is sending you an urgent request from our friends at Services Not Sweeps, urging EVERYONE to come to City Hall at 9:30am on July 27 and tell City Council that 41.18 is BAD POLICY and should be repealed. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/6121c5cab3151f3c2afd0920/t/62d964e9e360c75031141b83/1658414313600/SNS+Statement+on+41.18+2022.pdf Statement on City of LA’s Expansion of LAMC 41.18 The Los Angeles City Council is set to approve an amendment to LAMC 41.18 that will greatly expand the number of [...]

Poetry Corner: #HaikusAgainstSolitary #HaikusForSolidarity

Haikus Against Solitary Confinement #HaikusForSolidarity curated by Delores Chalmers Keystone Decarceration Bloc – Presentation by e_parsons315 https://www.canva.com/design/DAFC4NcV5ZY/yHJlMg8ZL0SJydHkxNgB9w/view   A rose cannot bloom Bleeding hearts can not flower If kept in darkness   --Cas Miller, 15 years old, SCI Muncy, They/Them pronouns   I wrote these while thinking of my own isolation. In the county jail. my cell had no windows. I went two weeks without seeing the outside. It was the hardest [...]

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Buffalo Racist Massacre: Black Love Resists in the Rust

Black Love Resists in the Rust Responds to Racist Mass Murder in Buffalo Members of Black Lives Matter-LA have gone to Buffalo in the wake of the racist murders there, and are returning for a national conclave shortly to chart out national next step to upend and uproot white supremacy. Black organizations have been working to get resources to the Buffalo shooting victims’ families. Phylicia Brown, executive director of Black Love Resists [...]

Memorial Vigil Against Gun Violence: Where Do We Go From Here?

Memorial Day Vigil in L.A. to End Gun Violence: Where Do We Go From Here? by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. On Memorial Day May 30, 2022, from 10am until a little past 12 noon, the Black Jewish Justice Alliance (BJJA), Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), SCLC, BEND THE ARC along with Clergy 4 Black Lives & NAACP-SFV held an Ecumenical and Interfaith community vigil to Honor the Lives [...]

Another Life, Another Loss – by Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Another Life, Another Loss.” by Mumia Abu-Jamal https://www.prisonradio.org/commentary/another-life-another-loss/ They came to America to escape from inter-ethnic wars in the DRC, the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Central Africa. Like many refugees of war, they thought that America was the land of peace. The Lyoya family settled in Grand Rapids, MI and began living their lives as refugees have done for generations.   But something as small as a traffic incident revealed the [...]

30th Anniversary of Pan African Film Festival

https://paff.eventive.org/films It's a virtual film festival at first this year because of continued COVID restrictions, as the Omicron spike slowly ebbs, but they are having a phenomenal 30-year anniversary retrospective for Black History Month. They ae planning for a hybrid in-person and on-line festival in late April and early May at the Directors' Guild Theater and the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw mall (including the art display). See details below. https://www.paff.org/ PAN AFRICAN FILM AND [...]

Keep Cops Out of the MLK Day Commemoration This Year

Martin Luther King Day Organizers Say No Cops in the Commemoration The reckless killing of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, a 14-yr-old struck down by an LAPD stray bullet from an assault rifle shot in a crowded store has further steeled the determination of a coalition of community and grassroots organizations to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy not be tarnished by any further inclusions of police, ICE or military contingents on the day of his [...]

#EndPoliceAssociations

To Help End Racist Police Murders with Impunity #EndPoliceAssociations Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and their allies, especially family members of people who have been killed by the police and sheriff’s deputies, hold a vigil every Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM outside the LA Police Protective League (LAPPL), one of a number of local police associations that defend criminal and corrupt cops, and work to prevent any accountability for law enforcement killings. [...]

Free Public Transit Now! End Anti-Black Policing & Policies on Metro!

The Bus Riders Union Calls on the Metro board to cease and desist all Anti-Black policies Immediately! Fight on the side of the BRU This Thursday Dec 2nd at 10am At the Metro Board Meeting This Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 10 AM the Bus Riders Union will be introducing the following motion and asking MTA board members to send it to the CEO for implementation “The MTA Board acknowledges that after [...]

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 [...]

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