Archive for June, 2010

Seize BP Campaign holds public forum to discuss future action

June 30, 2010
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Members of the Seize BP Campaign hold a banner calling for BP's assests to be seized in Hollywood on June 17, 2010

Seize BP, an activist organization, held a public forum on June 29 at the offices of Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER). Members of Seize BP and ANSWER explained the nature of their cause and answered questions from the audience regarding facets of their strategy. Organizer Peta Lindsay explained that the...
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Three Strikes law still a hot topic of conversation for affected families

June 30, 2010
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The meeting began with a prayer, a simple request to end an injustice and reunite families. It was a prayer asking for the end of California’s Three Strikes law. They are a group of people – grandmothers, brothers, sisters, mothers – who have family members serving draconian prison sentences for non-violent offenses. They are members...
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Hands held in favor of renewable energy

June 27, 2010
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Dyan Kane shouts “No more oil” as she joins hands with other demonstrators on Santa Monica State Beach to demand the use of alternative, renewable sources of energy. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

On June 26, a variety of activist organizations joined together to participate in Hands Across the Sand, a public demonstration against the use of fossil fuel in America. Over 500 participants joined hands along the coastline
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Group takes steps toward universal health care in CA

June 24, 2010
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While the debate over health care may be over in Washington, D.C., a universal health care advocacy group is taking steps to ensure the issue is not forgotten in the Golden State.
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LA Zoo cruel to elephant, says animal rights group

June 19, 2010
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Animal rights activist holds signs calling attention to the plight of elephants in zoos. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

There is an elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo. His name is Billy and his fate is the center of controversy. According to animal rights activists, he has lived alone for over four years, despite being a highly social animal, confined to no more than a quarter-acre of land, despite it being natural for him...
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Seize BP protest draws small crowd with big demands

June 18, 2010
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A demonstrator voices opposition to British Petroleum in front of the CNN building in Hollywood. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

On June 17, the ANSWER Coalition, along with other activists, urged the public to honk against British Petroleum. The activist organization chose that corner to protest against inaction over BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “We don’t stand with BP like the government does,” said ANSWER Coalition organizer and anti-war activist, Michael Prysner....
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UC Irvine attempts to punish civil disobedience

June 15, 2010
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In February, members of the Muslim Student Union, a student organization at UC Irvine, interrupted a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren in protest of Israeli foreign policy. Now the university wants to suspend the student organization for a year, as well as have its members perform 50 hours of community service...
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Uncertainty over justice for Oscar Grant

June 14, 2010
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Aidge Patterson, an organizer for the Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant, leads demonstrators with chants for justice. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

Calls for justice were heard outside the Los Angeles Superior Court today as the trial of Johannes Mehserle, the first police officer in California history to be tried for a murder committed while on duty, got underway...
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Pride celebrated in LA

June 13, 2010
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Members of Bienestar, a latino health organization, call for an end to the Pentagon's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy at the LA Pride Parade. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

Santa Monica Boulevard became a river of vibrant colors Sunday as the LGBT community participated in the Los Angeles Pride Parade. Celebrators and activists alike joined in the 40th anniversary of the parade by showcasing floats, dancing and singing...
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