Community Calendar July 2020

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Tell the PUC: No rate Hike for So Cal Edison

Speak Up at the Public Utilities Commission To Stop The Outrageous So Cal Edison Rate Increase Requests! by Sheila Goldner Make your voice heard at virtual CPUC hearings. Edison has asked for a record-breaking 40% increase in rates by 2023.  That means paying $500 more a year for the same services you get now, unless we act now. Due to COVID‑19 and physical distancing restrictions, the CPUC will hold remote hearings, so that customers can voice their concerns and objections to Edison’s proposed rate changes. Children and [...]

For a #PeoplesBudgetLA

https://peoplesbudgetla.com/ In the face of an unprecedented public health crisis and historic economic instability, LA Mayor Garcetti has proposed a $10.5 billion budget that reduces services, furloughs city workers, and cuts the budget of all city departments with one big exception: the LA Police Department. Garcetti proposes increases to the police budget, specifically $34 million dollars in overtime pay. The  LAPD already receives 54% of LA’s discretionary spending. This would increase their share. Moreover, the Mayor has attempted to fast track this, to stop community input. He [...]

A Perspective on Privilege and COVID-19

"Author unknown" Thanks to Susana Hurlich <delfines8@nauta.cu> for sending it. "If anyone knows who wrote this, please let us know so we can give credit."   There are no bombs raining on our heads. I am not a prisoner held in solitary confinement, as millions are. I am not a refugee trying to escape with my life. I am not standing in line waiting to fill a pot of water. I have access to fresh food and I'm not starving. I have hot running water. My country [...]

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Donald Trump Minimizing and Sugarcoating Coronavirus Perils! By Ralph Nader Donald Trump can’t fake his way through the coronavirus. It’s spreading and doesn’t respond to his delusions. Donald is flailing, failing, fibbing, stumbling, and scapegoating. With the stock market collapsing and the economy shaking, Donald fears defeat in November. Trump is a daily clear and present danger and he is the worst person to handle the COVID-19 crisis. Last weekend, Trump and Mike Pence met with Brazilian officials at Mar-a-Lago, after which Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s press secretary [...]

The World is in Flames, and the US is Barely Smoldering

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. httpss://antiracist.org/the-world-is-in-flames-and-the-us-is-barely-smoldering/ There are simultaneous protests going on around the world on a scale perhaps not seen globally since the uprisings of 1968 shook the imperialist system to its foundations. Massive demonstrations in Ecuador nearly toppled the government and forced a roll back of exploitative policies. In Chile, protests against a rise in Metro fares have led to the government announcing a state of emergency in two provinces, including the capital. In Haiti resistance to the US-imposed government is growing steadily despite repression. [...]

E-cigarettes and Vaping Can Kill

Update on Lung Illnesses and Deaths Associated with E-cigarettes The LA County Dept of Public Health warns residents about the use of vaping and e-cigarette devices as potentially harmful to proper lung function, and urges residents to STOP VAPING NOW! As of September 19, 2019, there have been 16 reports of serious vaping- associated pulmonary injury and one death associated with e-cigarettes in Los Angeles County. Nationally, there continue to be reports of people showing up in emergency departments with similar symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, [...]

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Why Does L.A. D.A. Jackie Lacey Still Use the Racist, Ineffective Death Penalty?

The Death Penalty is Discriminatory,  Unfair, and Officially Suspended. Why Does L.A. D.A. Jackie Lacey Still Use It? by the ACLU So Cal httpss://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/061819-dp-whitepaper.pdf Los Angelenos have repeatedly rejected the death penalty at the ballot box. The death penalty is racially biased, and all too often, it is handed down to those with the worst lawyers. We have seen innocent persons wrongly convicted and sentenced to death in California.  Jackie Lacey has admitted the death penalty does not deter crime and does not provide closure to victims. [...]

Skid Row 2040 – and Today

Skid Row Today and 2040 [excerpts] by L.A. Community Action Network LA is one of the most  expensive cities in the  US, right  behind NY and  SF. Rents  are rising, forcing 1000s more  into the streets every  year. Housing is a basic  human right, the key  to solving this crisis,  and criminally scarce in  a city with our resources. With simple changes to our land use policies, we can build a city where homelessness isn’t common or lethal. LA is updating all 35 community plans that form [...]

Family Dairy Farming is Dying

Family dairy farming is dying By Jim Goodman   [Excerpts] httpss://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/dairy-farming-is-dying-after-40-years-im-out/2018/12/21/79cd63e4-0314-11e9-b6a9-0aa5c2fcc9e4_story.html Ed note: As of 2011 — as is true with much of the country's wealth — the top 10% of farms in size account for more than 70% of cropland in the United States; the top 2.2% take up more than a third. After 40 years of dairy farming, I sold my herd of cows this summer. The herd had been in my family since 1904; I know all 45 cows by name. I couldn’t find anyone [...]

Viking Economics: A Review

Viking Economics:  How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and How We Can, Too by George Lakey Reviewed by Jeffrey Hirsch In a brief look at America currently, we might ask, “Why do we have a president as incompetent, vicious and unqualified as Donald Trump?” But to look at Donald Trump in isolation is a big mistake. CBS gave him almost two billion dollars  in free air time running up to the 2016 election because Donald Trump’s histrionics increased viewership, and thus advertising profits, enormously. We are getting close [...]

Human Rights in LA: A Long Way to Go

Human Rights in Los Angeles: Still a Long Way to Go by Pete White, LA Community Action Network Groups fighting for human rights in Los Angeles celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on Monday (12/10) by standing up for justice wherever violations occur. Now, the City of Los Angeles needs to do the same. A coalition of organizations — including Los Angeles Community Action Network, Los Angeles Catholic Worker, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Democratic Socialists of America, Black Lives Matter Long [...]

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