February 2019 Community Calendar

Peace vigils: https://change-links.org/ongoing-peace-vigils-and-community-programs/   Other Calendars: https://ocprogressiveevents.info/, https://la.indymedia.org/calendar/, httpss://www.facebook.com/pg/ieprogressivealliance/events/, https://www.activistsandiego.org/event, httpss://vcpjn.org/calendar/ httpss://echoparkfilmcenter.org   On - Going & Continuing Events   Thru Mar 5 - Voting for KPFK Local Station Board listener delegates. See elections.pacifica.org   Weekends, Crenshaw Farmers Market offers farm fresh produce and artisan goods, featuring locally grown favorites. Ties into the mall’s health initiative promoting wellness in the Crenshaw community. The B Fit program includes weekly Zumba, cardio kick and [...]

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LA Teachers’ Strike Set for January 10: First in 30 Years

LA Teachers' Strike Set for January 10 by Michael Novick, UTLA-Retired After 20 months of fruitless bargaining and lies and manipulation on the part of LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has announced a strike date of Thursday, January 10 unless there is a settlement as outlined in their contract demands. UTLA is demanding that LAUSD immediately: * use its $1.9 billion in unrestricted reserves to fund smaller class [...]

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 [...]

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The Passage of SB 1421: Police Transparency & Accountability

JUSTICE TEAMS NETWORK: ON THE PASSAGE OF SB 1421 by Annie Banks Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 1421, a major reform bill that will give the public access to internal police investigations for the first time in California. Impacted families, community members, and several of the Justice Teams Network anchor organizations across the state worked tirelessly to ensure the passage of the bill. We are encouraged to see California join [...]

Proposition 10: Abolish Costa-Hawkins Ban on Rent Control

We Win With Proposition 10 Rent Control Ed. Note: To learn more about the Yes on 10 campaign and how you can get involved in the weeks before the election, you can contact Liz Hirsch at renters@dsa-la.org, who is with the Democratic Socialists of America-LA chapter, which has made repeal of the Costa-Hawkins prohibition on rent control by cities one of its top priorities. httpss://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Los-Angeles-County-Rent-Apartments-Housing-Cost-492959341.htm [Excerpts] Over protests from landlords and real [...]

Measure B: A Public Bank for Los Angeles?

A Public Bank for Los Angeles? httpss://www.laprogressive.com/public-bank-for-los-angeles/ [Excerpts] Voters in the city of Los Angeles will be the first in the country to weigh in on a public banking mandate, through Measure B on the November ballot that would allow the city to form its own bank. The City Charter currently prohibits the creation of industrial or commercial enterprises by the city without voter approval. The measure would allow the city to [...]

Other Propositions on the Nov. Ballot

httpss://elections.calmatters.org/2018/california-ballot-measures/ Elections aren’t just about hiring lawmakers to write the laws that govern our state. Sometimes, you the voter, are asked to set some rules yourself. Some ballot measures will invite you to weigh in on the most consequential and controversial issues of the day. The death penalty, marriage equality, marijuana legalization, and basic questions of who should pay for the price of government have all been decided by voters in past [...]

Turning the Tide on Gas Plants

The battle over fossil fuels in CA signals the start of a clean energy era by Jessica A Knoblauch httpss://earthjustice.org/content/newsletter-september-2018 [Excerpts] The days following President Trump’s election in 2016 were a turning point for many. Lilian Bello was no exception. At that time, Bello was a student at Hueneme High in Oxnard, Calif., a diverse community along the iconic Central Coast that’s also known as one of the strawberry capitals of the [...]

Split California into 3 Separate States? A Billionaire Wanted Voters to Decide!

Splitting up California? Not so fast. The California Supreme Court decided unanimously in July to remove from the November ballot a measure aimed at dividing California into three states. The decision was a defeat for Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist considered an eccentric entrepreneur who spent $1.2 million on the measure. The court said it acted “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity and because we conclude [...]

Indefinite Detention of US Citizens Without Trial

Indefinite Detention of US Citizens Without Trial by David Monkawa 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which issued a presidential apology and a $20,000 payment to 82,219 survivors of Japanese American concentration camps during World War II. 120,000 Japanese Americans, mostly citizens and mostly under voting age were indefinitely locked up without charge or trial as potential security threats after FDR signed Executive Order 9066. Today, [...]

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