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 [...]

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 [...]

AUTOMATING BANISHMENT

AUTOMATING BANISHMENT The Surveillance and Policing of Looted Lands   Report Summary   Automating Banishment was researched and written by dozens of community members collaborating through the Stop LAPD Spying Coalitionʼs Land and Policing Workgroup. Over the past decade, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition has been building community power to abolish LAPD surveillance. This report grew out of that organizing and examines the relationship of data-driven policing to real estate development, displacement, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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