Archive for June, 2012

Labor protests proposed Chinatown Walmart

June 30, 2012
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A few thousand union members marched through Chinatown today to protest Walmart’s labor practices and its proposed retail store in the neighborhood. The march was led by Walmart employees who were joined by truck drivers, janitors, warehouse workers and others. Borrowing language from the occupy movement, demonstrators held signs saying “Wal-Mart: How the 1%...
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Harsh Skid Row policies driven by business lobby, say advocates

June 24, 2012
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Homeless people have historically gained the ire of city dwellers. In 1875, the editors of the New York magazine Appleton’s Journal took issue with the destitute who made themselves “an object of abhorrence to decent folk” in Central Park. They criticized the installment of park benches, saying that the “mendicancy of a free seat...
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At Wilshire and Hope, a lesson in escalation

June 10, 2012
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It began with a corn dog and ended in three arrests. Last night, a man who only asked to be identified by his first name, Mike, sat on the steps of the Aon Center building at Wilshire Boulevard and Hope Street to eat his corn dog and rest. Building security told him he could...
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Despite victories, battle against LAPD ‘spying’ continues

June 8, 2012
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Although the Los Angeles Police Department announced it would modify the way it stores its reports on suspicious activity that it deems related to terrorism, a coalition of community groups is skeptical of the reforms and is calling for the program to be ended. Due to concerns over privacy, the department said last month...
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Proyecto Jardín: A Garden Grows From Indigenous Roots

June 7, 2012
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Proyecto Jardín has been functioning as a community garden for over 10 years in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Like most East LA neighborhoods, it is common to find liquor stores and fast food chains yet little health-food establishments or fitness centers. A Boyle Heights Beat analysis shows that there is...
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