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, [...]

Trickle-Down Housing is a Failure

Trickle-Down Housing is a Failure. Here’s What You Need to Know. by Patrick Range McDonald, Housing Is a Human Right Trickle-down housing policy, pushed by the real estate industry and politicians, has been a colossal failure. It hasn’t built the affordable housing that’s needed for California’s housing affordability crisis, and it fuels gentrification in working-class communities, especially those of color. Activists have long used the term trickle-down housing, but not everyone knows what it is. Here’s an explanation. Trickle down is an economic concept that may have [...]

Baldwin Hill Elementary Magnet School Parents Declare a “Charter-Free” Zone

Baldwin Hills Elementary School Parents Won a Resolution from West Adams Neighborhood Council Declaring their School a “Charter Free Zone https://michaelkohlhaas.org/wp/2019/03/24/baldwin-hills-elementary-school-parents-present-resolution-to-west-adams-neighborhood-council-declaring-school-a-charter-free-zone-co-locating-privatizers-from-new-los-angeles-charter-scho/B [Edited excerpts] Since January 2019, I’ve been following the story of New Los Angeles Charter Elementary School and its forcible colonization of Baldwin Hills Elementary Pilot and Gifted Magnet School. I was inspired by the UTLA strike and a fine article by Daniel Hernandez of LA Taco. After a relatively minimal amount of fuss, I managed to obtain a small cache of emails that revealed a [...]

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 [...]

Stop the Take-Over! Fight for Democracy & Diversity at Pacifica Radio!

Virtual National Membership Rally Sat. March 27, 12 noon PDT The folks who illegally shut down WBAI in 2019 and were behind the "Pacifica Restructuring Project" (PRP) Bylaws replacement that was roundly rejected by 2:1 margin in March 2020, are back again, calling themselves "New Day Pacifica", with a new plan to rule or ruin Pacifica. For more details, see https://pacificafightback.org. They are trying to use financial concerns and red-baiting to scare you into signing away your democratic rights with a new set of Bylaws that would [...]

Save the AFIBA Center

PRESS CONFERENCE AND PROTEST “Gentrification Strikes Again “ A Historical Community Center in the Black Community The SECRET closing of a well-known center in the black community located in the Crenshaw District has been targeted for a project that Called “Destination Crenshaw”, feeds no one, houses no one, and assists no one. They wait until Black History Month, in order to slap the community in the face yet again, by the taking of more services. In 2018 AFIBA Center members joined with others in the community and [...]

Biden Administration Day One Immigration Actions

by National Immigration Law Center https://www.nilc.org/biden-administration-day-one-immigration-actions/ Excerpts   On January 20, 2021, just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden took several immigration-related actions that together signal a new era for immigration policy. They comprise an important first step towards redressing some of the ways in which immigrant communities have been profoundly harmed — in particular, over the past four years — and towards the United States becoming more welcoming of immigrants and refugees. These Day One actions are the first of what we will fight [...]

Don’t Let Them Use “Domestic Terrorism” to Criminalize Our People Again

Senator Biden speaks at the signing of the 1994 Biden Crime Bill as Attorney General Janet Reno, President Bill Clinton, and local law enforcement officials look on. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) By Shakeer Rahman, Pete White, and Hamid Khan Joe Biden returning to power in this moment is ominous. As Democrats retake the presidency, Trump devotees have shown they can supplement their harm toward Black and brown people with violent defiance of the political system. Across the mainstream partisan spectrum, their actions are begrudgingly referred to as “domestic [...]

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 [...]

How L.A. Keeps the Poor, Poor

How Los Angeles Keeps the Poor, Poor by Gayle Fleury https://citywatchla.com/index.php/cw/los-angeles/20715-how-los-angeles-keeps-the-poor-poor Of the 15 Council Districts in the city of Los Angeles, there are a few that house the most homeless and have the poorest people. Those are Districts 3, 4, and 15, seeing a jump of from 45-53% in homelessness, while other Districts had an increase of 10-30% I live in CD 15, Joe Buscaino’s district. The Harbor and the Port are located here, one of the three big moneymakers for the City of LA. The [...]

Pacifica Fightback Town Hall, Oct. 31 – Don’t Be Scared into Abandoning Democracy!

New Day's Pacifica Restructure - Trick or Treat? by Pacifica Fightback Why is democracy under attack at Pacifica and in the US? Is the NDP Petition a solution or part of the problem? There is a new Bylaws petition to restructure Pacifica circulating. Signing it amounts to signing away your rights to local elected representation or oversight and abolishing collective control of the Foundation’s destiny by Pacifica members. New Day Pacifica (NDP)  tried to scare people into eliminating democracy and diversity at Pacifica by raising the specter [...]

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 [...]

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