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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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 [...]

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action Los Angeles https://antiracist.org/between-the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-sea/ This piece was written after midnight on last Thursday. As I wrote, the election of a president had still not as yet been accomplished, even though a clear and insurmountable majority of all the votes cast for the office has been won by one of the two major candidates. The election was finally called for Biden on Saturday by the media, but Trump has refused to concede, declared himself the winner, is bringing suit over his allegations of fraud, [...]

California Court of Appeal Orders 50% Cut of Prisoners at San Quentin

California Court of Appeal Orders 50% Cut of Prisoners at San Quentin by Hadar Aviram https://www.hadaraviram.com/2020/10/20/breaking-news-california-court-of-appeal-orders-50-population-reduction-at-san-quentin/ [Excerpts] We won In re Von Staich, the habeas corpus case challenging CDCR’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis at San Quentin. Justice Kline wrote: “We agree that respondents–the Warden and CDCR–have acted with deliberate indifference and relief is warranted.” Here is an analysis of the opinion. Justice Kline begins by stating the magnitude of the San Quentin catastrophe. Even against the horrific history of disease and contagion in prisons–including three separate [...]

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 [...]

L.A. Sheriff’s Deputies Shot In Self-Defense (A Counter Spin)

By Kevin "Rashid" Johnson On Sept 12, 2020, two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were shot in a 'citizen involved shooting' in the city of Compton. According to credible citizen accounts, the two deputies were shot by a passerby in self-defense. The citizen, they report, was walking down the street on the way to church, when the cops pointed firearms at him from crouching positions in their patrol car and yelled the gang slogan, "Blue lives matter!" The citizen was able to avoid harm by using the [...]

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 [...]

AWARE-L.A. White Anti-Racist Saturday Dialogues

In response to the enormous upsurge in racial justice struggles, AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere; a somewhat grandiose title), which birthed White People for Black Lives, the Los Angeles affiliate of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) has been busily integrating hundreds of new members who have been activated and energized in the streets in response to leadership from Black Lives Matter, the American Indian Movement, Centro CSO and other BIPOC organizations. Their long-running (15 years plus) Saturday drop-in dialogues are one of the main methods [...]

Disband LA Schools Police Department

The Struggle for No Police in the Los Angeles Schools: a Great Leap Forward and Victory is in Sight by ERIC MANN, Labor Community Strategy Center On Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles, the decade’s long struggle for No Police in the Schools had a major breakthrough. Los Angeles School Board member Monica Garcia introduced the most structural and hopeful motion to make “defund the police” a reality. Her motion, expressing gratitude to the national Black uprising, called for cutting the $70 million budget of the Los [...]

Delbert Africa: Revolutionary

Delbert Africa Revolutionary! By Mumia Abu-Jamal (c) 06/19/20   He was born under the name Delbert Orr, but is known in the world as Delbert Africa, a prominent member of the MOVE Organization. In the 70s in Philadelphia he was perhaps its best known and most frequently cited member. With more years than most, he was adept at using the media to spread information and promote MOVE purposes. His country accent around Chicago and his ingenious puns made his remarks interesting and gave them journalistic value. I [...]

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