Los Angeles and the Country Enflamed by Racist Police Murders

Check out this account of recent police killings, shootings and other attacks in L.A. by cops, deputies & CHP, and an amazing photo-essay: https://www.lataco.com/la-black-lives-matter/ Hundreds Block 101 in Protest of Police CHP Hits, Hospitalizes Demonstrator, Protests Escalate As Change Links went to press, 100s of people from BLM-LA, AIM and other groups blocked the 101 freeway in DTLA to protest the police execution of George Floyd in Mpls, and the racist police murders with impunity in LA. A CHP vehicle accelerated into the crowd as demonstrators swarmed [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Coronavirus, Militarism and the End of an Illusion

Coronavirus, Militarism and the End of an Illusion Black Alliance For Peace 25 Mar 2020 People are waking people up to the fact that the US state and government does not belong to them but to a capitalist class that is only looking out for itself. “The ‘sheltering in place’ order is starting to look like a convenient tool for the state to manage the growing frustration, fear and anger.” “The nation that considers itself to be the apex of capitalist achievement on planet Earth turns out to [...]

International Women’s Strike

Celebrate International Women's Day in South LA      March 7th, join in solidarity with events happening globally for International Women’s Day, starting  at 12 noon, at 800 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (corner of MLK & Hoover) Los Angeles 90037. Public transport & parking are close by. Join a Feminism for the 99% dance party; interactive performance piece, rally, street art, music, healing & action areas. Wear Red.      To mark International Women’s Day women and girls in several countries participate in the International Women’s Strike, [...]

Issues and Individuals in March 3 Primary

Criminal Justice System On Trial in March 3 Ballot      Whether you think the criminal justice system is broken, or you believe it's doing what it was designed to do by targeting poor people and people of color, that system is on the March 3 primary election ballot in many ways. The presidential primary, along partisan lines, offers stark choices among candidates and visions. The other races in CA are all essentially non-partisan -- anyone can vote for any candidate on the ballot for each position, and [...]

Poetry Corner: UN-Official

UN-official by D.O.T. Marceo   With darkness fallen, light had long eloped. Inside my motor vehicle she smoked. We laughed and chatted just outside her home.   Police drove near to see this lovely sight. Her blonde hair out of place this time of night: A Puerto Rican, but was very white.   Pulled up, and said the car was far away. My braided hair became a flaw this day. The curb ‘not close enough’—they called a play.   “Get out the car,” I heard. I asked [...]

Op Ed: Yes on R-Reform LA Jails, No on D.A. Jackie Lacey

Measure R: Reform LA Jails on March 3 Ballot Op Ed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA UPDATE:  D.A. Jackie Lacey was forced into a run-off in November, and Measure R passed by a 70+% majority in LA County. There are several races beyond the presidential primary on the ballot in L.A. County and in the city of L.A., that merit people's engagement. First and foremost is Measure R, the Reform LA Jails initiative placed on the ballot through a major volunteer signature gathering effort initiated by the [...]

End LAPD Corruption, Racism, And Abuse

End LAPD Corruption, Racism, And Abuse by Black Lives Matter-L.A. We Demand an end to LAPD's continued pattern of corruption, racism, and abuse, and remedies for the harm they have caused. Please share this analysis and these demands widely: On January 6, 2020 a Los Angeles Times article detailed an internal investigation that confirms what community members have been reporting for many years, that officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have been falsely and knowingly entering innocent people into gang databases. LAPD claims to have [...]

Black Lives Matter Excluded from 4th Women’s March

Black Lives Matter–Los Angeles Excluded from Women’s March Los Angeles    Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles was excluded from the 4th Annual Women’s March in Los Angeles. WMLA did not invite Black Lives Matter to participate, failed to respond to an email request for inclusion, and further refused speaking time during a subsequent telephone conversation. This marks the first time that BLMLA will not participate and is the culmination of ongoing disagreement and tension where Black Lives Matter and some of our members, including children, have experienced significant [...]

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