The People’s Budget for Los Angeles 2021-2022

https://peoplesbudgetla.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/peoplesbudgetreport2021_firstedition.pdf [Excerpts] The People’s Budget LA Coalition, led by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, undertook an urgent public process of participatory budgeting to solicit input from Angelenos about their priorities for the city and how they would like public resources to be invested. This participatory project exposes the secretive and undemocratic processes that shape Mayor Eric Garcetti’s draconian spending plans year after year. We know that budgets are moral documents. Despite this, the mayor’s budget routinely drains unrestricted revenues to resource an already-bloated police budget. Against this backdrop, [...]

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The Status of Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Status of Mumia By Mumia Abu-Jamal I don't normally do this, that is, I don't write about myself. I find it much more interesting to tell other people's stories, the spinning balloon we live in, stories generated by the fragile human condition and the liberation struggles of humanity. But I divert from the topic, uncomfortably. This is a commentary on the commentator. Several weeks ago I underwent a medical procedure known as open heart surgery, a double bypass after it was known that there were obstacles [...]

Baldwin Hill Elementary Magnet School Parents Declare a “Charter-Free” Zone

Baldwin Hills Elementary School Parents Won a Resolution from West Adams Neighborhood Council Declaring their School a “Charter Free Zone https://michaelkohlhaas.org/wp/2019/03/24/baldwin-hills-elementary-school-parents-present-resolution-to-west-adams-neighborhood-council-declaring-school-a-charter-free-zone-co-locating-privatizers-from-new-los-angeles-charter-scho/B [Edited excerpts] Since January 2019, I’ve been following the story of New Los Angeles Charter Elementary School and its forcible colonization of Baldwin Hills Elementary Pilot and Gifted Magnet School. I was inspired by the UTLA strike and a fine article by Daniel Hernandez of LA Taco. After a relatively minimal amount of fuss, I managed to obtain a small cache of emails that revealed a [...]

Radical Queer Organizing Against Racist Police Terror

Radical Queer Organizing Against Racist Police Terror https://outfm.org/liberation/index.php/home/internship-application/464-queer-resistance-in-minneapolis-to-police-terror (Excerpts) I'm Bob Lederer. We're recording this segment on April 18, as the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd moves to a conclusion and perhaps a verdict may be announced by the time this program airs. Community resistance grows in the nearby suburb of Brooklyn Center in response to the outrageous murder of Daunte Wright. It's critical to speak to local activists on the ground in Minneapolis. We're joined by two guests via zoom. First, [...]

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 [...]

Commemorating the #RadicalKing

by BLMLA Black Lives Matter and Clergy 4 Black Lives celebrate the radical legacy of our beloved ancestor, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His courageous example of sacred resistance, for which he paid the ultimate price, guides us forward in today’s Black freedom struggle. Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community compels us to build the conditions of Black flourishing that demand the abolition of white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and racism through nonviolent, direct action. We move in the spirit of radical love that our most powerful [...]

Black Lives Matter LA Boycotts Amazon

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. https://bds-la.org/2020/12/19/black-lives-matter-la-boycotts-amazon/ On Saturday, December 19, Black Lives Matter L.A. held its final protest of the year 2020. Their recent victories include driving D.A. Jackie Lacey from office for her adamant refusal to prosecute killer cops, and blocking LA Mayor Eric Garcetti from a position in Joe Biden's cabinet because of his horrible record on dealing with LA's houseless population, which is disproportionately Black, his terrible record on promoting gentrification and displacement, and his appointment of the rubber stamp Police Commission that functions [...]

Nina Simone – Tomorrow Will Be the 22nd Century

I don't know how I was completely unaware of this incredible song by Nina Simone, whose music I have always loved, but it's mind-blowing and I can't resist sharing it.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYcgCiWAv8c

People Get Ready

People Get Ready:  There's a Bad Moon on the Rise by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA (https://antiracist.org) As you read this, there is barely a month to election day. What are you doing to prepare for the possible outcomes and their consequences? Given recent realities, including vehicles being driven at racial justice protesters here in L.A., the murder of two protesters in Kenosha, exposures of organized racist violence being planned in Portland, the repeated refusals by Trump to say he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power, it [...]

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 [...]

Officer Shoots at Black Children in Waycross, GA

Officer Shoots at Black Children in Waycross, GA by Color of Change On August 8, a 16-year-old was driving his younger siblings home when Officer Jesse Shook began following his car. Officer Shook claims the driver ran a stop sign, but Shook didn’t flash his lights or tell the driver to pull over. Instead, he followed the car full of Black children to their home. Scared and confused, the teen driver told the youngest kids — a 9-year-old, a 12-year-old, and a 14-year-old — to get their [...]

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