Archive for August, 2010

East Los Angeles commemorates 40 years of struggle

August 29, 2010
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With a police escort, they marched down Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles yesterday, just like their predecessors did nearly 40 years ago. Their was a sense that history is repeating itself. Back then it was about ending the Vietnam War. Now, it’s about ending the Afghan War. And just like then, it’s also...
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Metro rail plan raises concerns for bus union

August 25, 2010
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On Aug. 13, the steps of City Hall were the stage for an AFL-CIO rally. With high unemployment and an ailing economy, workers demanded their government help create badly needed jobs. A proposed solution advocated at the rally is the so-called “30/10 Initiative,” a plan that calls for the completion of 30 years worth...
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Downtown organizations fight for the right to feed homeless

August 18, 2010
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A local church serves food to the homeless near Gladys Park on July 18. Community organizations that provide food for Skid Row’s residents say their “right to share food” is being threatened by irrelevant Health Department codes. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

Due to a perceived rise in law enforcement by the Los Angeles Police Department and Department of Public Health, members from a variety of human rights and homeless empowerment organizations joined together to discuss ways to defend, as they put it, their “right to share food.” Members from Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), Los...
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No support from Councilman Parks, says Oscar Grant coalition

August 16, 2010
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Members of the Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant picketed the office of City Councilman Bernard Parks today, asking him to support the Justice Department’s investigation into possible civil rights violations. Oscar Grant was an Oakland youth who was shot and killed by then-Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle, on...
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Workers rally for jobs on steps of City Hall

August 13, 2010
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Workers from a myriad of unions gathered in front of City Hall today to demand that government fix the ailing economy through jobs creation. Sheet metal workers, sprinkler fitters, boiler workers, film workers, electricians and iron workers, to name a few, stood on City Hall’s south lawn and chanted “We want jobs.” They were...
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USC students exposed to alternative view on 9/11

August 12, 2010
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The 9/11 Truth organization WeAreChange confronted students at USC yesterday, asking them to take another look at the official story surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Situated on the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street, members gathered to engage passersby. They handed out DVDs containing several 9/11-related documentaries. According to organizer Katy Kurtzman,...
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Jerry Rubin runs for Santa Monica City Council

August 11, 2010
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Activist Jerry Rubin has announced his run for an open spot on Santa Monica’s City Council. This is his fourth run for City Council in ten years. “It’s part of my activist responsibility,” said Rubin. His platform has a heavy emphasis on environmental and sustainable issues. He plans to propose a Santa Monica Tree...
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Anti-corruption campaign snubbed by Waxman

August 11, 2010
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Members of MoveOn.org rallied outside Rep. Henry Waxman’s office yesterday to ask for his pledge in fighting corruption in Washington. The action was part of the organization’s strategy to neuter corporate influence in politics and restore representation to the people. MoveOn has been asking citizens and Congress to sign its “Fight Washington Corruption Pledge.”...
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Demonstration against police brutality in the works

August 9, 2010
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Planning for the October 22nd Coalition’s yearly demonstration against police repression and brutality got off to a slow start yesterday when only three members showed up for its kick-off meeting. Despite the minor setback, members took the opportunity to get the ball rolling by discussing fundraising and community outreach. The lack of attendance was...
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9/11 Truther blows whistle on US military in Costa Rica

August 7, 2010
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The recent U.S. military deployment to Costa Rica was the primary subject of a presentation given today by Chuck Noyes, a member of 9/11 Truth LA, which, he says, has gotten little to no media attention in the United States. According to Noyes, the U.S. has sent 7,000 soldiers, 46 warships and 200 helicopters...
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