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 [...]

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 [...]

F*CK CHRISTOPHER STREET WEST

F*CK CSW by Hannah Howard https://medium.com/@techgirlwonder/fuck-csw-12c6a11f88a9 The “All Black Lives Matter LA” march has been a shit show from the beginning. Originally announced as a “Solidarity Protest” by LA Pride, the march was later handed over, after much protest, to a “Black Advisory Board” appointed by LA Pride/Christopher Street West which called themselves All Black Lives Matter LA. At no point was Black Lives Matter Los Angeles directly involved. You can learn more about the history of LA Pride and anti-blackness here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1985563248242309 I had resolved to [...]

The Power of the People is the Force of Life

The Power of the People is the Force of Life by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART) I was sent the following link to a piece worth reading by Henry Giroux: A searing and penetrating essay by Henry Giroux: https://truthout.org/articles/racist-violence-cant-be-separated-from-the-violence-of-neoliberal-capitalism/ Giroux is a powerful critic of fascist trends based on white supremacy and capitalism. But I don't know exactly why he often has a failure of nerve, or of something, when he draws towards solutions. For example in this piece, after the searing indictment, he [...]

Poetry Corner: UN-Official

UN-official by D.O.T. Marceo   With darkness fallen, light had long eloped. Inside my motor vehicle she smoked. We laughed and chatted just outside her home.   Police drove near to see this lovely sight. Her blonde hair out of place this time of night: A Puerto Rican, but was very white.   Pulled up, and said the car was far away. My braided hair became a flaw this day. The curb ‘not close enough’—they called a play.   “Get out the car,” I heard. I asked [...]

End LAPD Corruption, Racism, And Abuse

End LAPD Corruption, Racism, And Abuse by Black Lives Matter-L.A. We Demand an end to LAPD's continued pattern of corruption, racism, and abuse, and remedies for the harm they have caused. Please share this analysis and these demands widely: On January 6, 2020 a Los Angeles Times article detailed an internal investigation that confirms what community members have been reporting for many years, that officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have been falsely and knowingly entering innocent people into gang databases. LAPD claims to have [...]

Why All Cops Are In Fact Bastards

Why all Cops Are In Fact Bastards By Imani Beckett It is no secret to anyone that is somewhat left-of-center that police abuse is a serious issue. Police have a long history of brutalizing Black and Brown people at a significantly higher rate than whites and disproportionately arrest them for committing petty crimes. At the same time, they fail to investigate homicides and rapes in the Black community. Still, most liberals are seldom willing to criticize the institution of the police. Many claim that most police are [...]

Fight for Community Control of Police Goes National

A (Re)Born National “Black and Left-Led” Organization Fights for Community Control of Police Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report executive editor 28 Nov 2019 httpss://www.blackagendareport.com/reborn-national-black-and-left-led-organization-fights-community-control-police   On the momentum of Chicago’s vibrant anti-police movement – the most advanced in the nation – the city’s Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression has gone national after a highly successful conference.   “This movement will be ‘black-led and left-led.’”   Eight-hundred organizers from 28 states gathered last weekend at the Chicago’s teachers union hall to “re-found” the National Alliance Against Racist [...]

100,000 Angelenos Forced to Work for Free or Go to Jail

Work, Pay, Or Go To Jail: Court-Ordered Community Service In Los Angeles by Lucero Herrera, Tia Koonse, Melanie Sonsteng-Person, Noah Zatz, UCLA Labor Center [excerpts] httpss://www.labor.ucla.edu/publication/communityservice/ This is the first study to analyze a large-scale system of court-ordered community service in the US. It finds that court-ordered community service functions as a system of unregulated and coercive labor, which worsens the effects of criminal justice debt and displaces paid jobs. Among other discoveries, the report finds: Over 100,000 people in LA County register to perform mandated community [...]

#LAFreeway9 Expose LAPD Spying

LA Freeway 9 Facing Second Trial by Refuse Fascism L.A. Monday, Sept. 16, Chantelle Hershberger and Miguel “Alex” Hernandez of the LA Freeway 9 returned to court. Despite 9 jurors finding them not guilty of all 12 charges in July, the City Attorney is proceeding with a second trial. The hearing came days after the announcement by LAPD Chief Michel Moore of the results of a promised “top to bottom investigation” of spying by the Major Crimes Division (Anti-Terrorism Division) that was exposed during the discovery proceeding [...]

POETRY CORNER: Sirens!

Sirens by Michael Novick   I live in the city of L.A. near Culver City's environs And any hour of every day, I am besieged by sirens.   Ambulances, paramedics, fire engines and cops -- each walk or bike ride I take, the wailing never stops.   When I try to cross the street, they go tearing through the light. And when I try to go to sleep, they go screaming through the night.   For weeks in Europe with hardly a claxon, I enjoyed the quiet. [...]

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 [...]

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