On the Recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom

by DSA-LA Electoral Committee, Aug. 12, 2021 On September 14, voters will decide whether to remove Gavin Newsom as governor. As socialists, we are no fans of Gov. Newsom. We'd much prefer the option of replacing him with a socialist. However, this isn't the election we're faced with. Instead, we’re looking at a fascist, reactionary, capitalist rebellion against the belief that government has any responsibility or right to improve living conditions. Newsom getting replaced by a Republican would be deleterious to our mission, and would destroy momentum [...]

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 Mall. To manage and sell the mall, the pension funds selected DWS, a subsidiary of [...]

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Judge Orders Video Surveillance of CA Prison Guards

Federal Judge Orders Video Surveillance in 5 CA Prisons to stop abuse of imprisoned men & women with disabilities by Celeste Fremon https://witnessla.com/federal-judge-orders-video-surveillance-body-cams-in-5-ca-prisons-to-stop-abuse-of-men-women-with-disabilities/ On Thursday, March 11, Senior U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken handed down a  blistering ruling that ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to institute a series of changes with which the judge hopes to put a stop to what she describes as a pattern of systemic abuse of incarcerated people with disabilities at five of the state’s prisons. The abuse and various [...]

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 question now is, will Mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A. City Council do anything about [...]

The Decline and Fall of the U.S. Empire

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies In 2004, journalist Ron Susskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.” He dismissed Susskind’s assumption that public policy must be rooted in “the reality-based community.” “We’re history’s actors,” the advisor told him, “…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” Sixteen years later, the U.S. wars and war crimes launched by the Bush administration have [...]

Incarcerated Women Confront COVID, Forced Sterilizations

PBS recently released a documentary on the forced sterilization of women in CA prisons, as they struggle for accountability by the state and the CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the consequences of the practice, which went on for years. Although it has now been outlawed, there has been no justice or recompense for the hundreds of women who were affected. the PBS Independent Lens documentary is no longer available for streaming but the trailer is here: https://www.kpbs.org/news/2020/nov/23/independent-lens-belly-beast/ Initial press reports said 148 women had been [...]

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 [...]

Eviction Crisis Looming

L.A. Campaign Proposes Solutions Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 41, No. 6, December 2020-January 2021 https://www.socialism.com The US has a massive unhoused population. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition predicts that 30-40 million people, 30-40% of currently housed renters, could lose their lodging in the next several months. In the midst of this crisis, the Freedom Socialist Party calls for cancelling rent and mortgage payments for those in need. Across the country, grassroots activists have pressured local governments to help solve this crisis. One group is End Homelessness Now–LA [...]

L.A. County New Epicenter of COVID Crisis

Public Health Reports 44 New Deaths and 13,580 New Positive Cases of COVID-19 in LA County in a Single Day The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) today released the latest data on COVID-19. 13,580 new COVID-19 cases (719,833 cases to date) 44 new deaths due to COVID-19 (9,482 deaths to date); deaths are under reported due to holiday and weekend reporting delays 6,815 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 20% are in the ICU More than 4,600,000 individuals tested; 15% of all people tested [...]

Shared Solar: Solar Electricity for All!

LADWP's Shared Solar -- Solar for All! Renters, this is the program for you. The Shared Solar enables residential customers living in multifamily dwellings (apartments, condominiums, duplexes) to fix a portion of their electric bill against rising utility costs for 10 years, as well as support renewable energy, help create local jobs, help reduce the carbon footprint of LADWP’s generation portfolio and lessen the impact of global warming. There are no enrollment fees, ongoing costs, maintenance costs, nor the hassles of installing a solar array on your [...]

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