About Us

Founded in 2010, LA Activist is a news media outlet dedicated to covering the various campaigns for social and political change in Los Angeles. It exists to give a voice to activists.

In general, we believe activists are under-reported, under-valued and marginalized in the mainstream media. However, much of what we have to be thankful for in the United States comes from the hard work of activists. Change in the interest of the public good rarely comes from the government or corporations, but from individuals within the society.

LA Activist has no affiliation with any activist or advocacy group. This website does not serve to tell the public how to feel, but show the facts and particulars behind activist actions in Los Angeles. Power is with the readers and what they seek to do with the information within.

Although LA Activist exists to give a voice to activists, it also aims to search out the rebuttals, the replies and the responses to these catalysts. The opposing forces, and their perspective, is just as critical in assessing the true solution to our society’s problems.


Dan Bluemel

Dan Bluemel, editor and reporter:

Dan first began covering demonstrations and marches for the Santa Monica College Corsair newspaper in 2010 where he cultivated his passion for bringing to light that which does not want to be discussed. It has since become an addiction that he may never recover from. He graduated from SMC in 2012 with degrees in journalism and in social and behavioral science. Dan is now seeking freelance work in journalism.


Carly Gillis

Carly Gillis, editor:

Carly is a journalist, content manager and avid media literacy advocate. Her work reflects a passion for advocacy journalism, startup companies and new media. In 2010, she co-founded LA Activist where she applies her past experience as an associate editor for The Huffington Post and a content manager for Counterspill.org. Carly is currently a deputy editor at Upworthy.com.



Daniel Ross, reporter

MC Barnes, illustrator

Ross Peters, reporter


Amber Stephens, reporter

Amor Yates, reporter

Brian White, photographer

Jessica Jewell, reporter

Lucy Guanuna, reporter

Marc Korgie, photographer

Marina Cruz, reporter

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