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Homeless woman arrested 87 times for resting on sidewalk

February 20, 2014
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Homeless woman arrested 87 times for resting on sidewalk

A special task force of LAPD officers has been targeting Annie Moody, a homeless woman in Skid Row for little more than sleeping, sitting or lying down on a sidewalk, according to police emails obtained by a public records request. Called “Operation Bad Moody,” the campaign has led to Moody being arrested scores of...
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Police behavior focus of demonstration supporting justice for Kelly Thomas

February 10, 2014
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Homeless and anti-police brutality advocates demonstrated in Hollywood on Feb. 8, demanding justice for the police killing of Kelly Thomas, a mentally-ill homeless man. Demonstrators, whose protest was held in front of the Hollywood and Vine Metro station across from the Pantages Theater, are also seeking greater police accountability. “My biggest fight, where I’m...
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Kelly Thomas and the frail rights of the homeless

January 26, 2014
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While poverty remains at Great Recession levels, Philadelphia has banned food lines; North Carolina’s state government has asked religious groups to stop feeding the hungry; Tampa banned panhandling and sleeping in parks or on sidewalks; Arizona banned begging for money or food, which was later overturned by a federal judge; and a state representative...
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Statewide actions planned for Homeless Bill of Rights

January 14, 2014
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Homeless advocates are planning actions across California to promote a bill of rights for the un-housed this coming Friday and weekend. Activists from at least 10 cities will be participating through community forums, speak-outs and marches. In Los Angeles, advocates are planning a “sleep-out” in Venice, where participants will pitch tents and sleep overnight...
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Green Party’s gubernatorial candidate focuses on poverty

December 31, 2013
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Luis Rodriguez, the Green Party’s pick for governor in 2014, stopped in Los Angeles this week to raise money for his campaign. Appearing at a news conference in Venice, Rodriguez said his campaign will be about an often unheard demographic in American politics: the poor. “It is … important that we have new voices...
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Photographers beware! Big Brother is watching you

November 27, 2013
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The next time you want to take a photograph in public, take pause, for that snapshot may land your personal information in federal counter-terrorism databases for the next 30 years. Photographers, both amateur and professional, as well as tourists, artists, college students, contractors, engineers, journalists, activists and others, have been secretly reported to the...
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Anti-Eviction campaigners put a little ‘sweat equity’ into South LA neighborhood

November 17, 2013
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Adam Rice is standing at the mouth of an alley in South Los Angeles. His long copper-blond hair is pulled back and around his neck is a breathing mask. He is sweaty from hours of picking up the dusty filth that completely fills the alley — discarded lumber, old carpets, paint cans, tires, pizza...
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Homeless advocates fear City Hall is gunning for food charities again

November 3, 2013
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Homeless advocates gathered to support a food line and mobile health clinic in Hollywood Wednesday, Oct. 30, fearing the charity may be under threat of being shut down by city officials. The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition and the UCLA Mobile Clinic are experiencing increasing pressure from the city to move from the location...
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Prison officials connecting inmate literature to terrorism

October 30, 2013
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California prison authorities are reporting on inmates to the FBI for possessing political, religious and other literature they deem radical, according to a document obtained by the ACLU of Northern California. As a result of such reporting, the inmates’ personal information are often placed in national counter-terrorism databases. The reports, which are coming from...
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LAPD’s secret reporting on non-criminal behavior to get public airing

October 14, 2013
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Los Angeles’ Human Relations Commission voted Thursday, Oct. 10, to hold public hearings or forums that would address the police department’s secret reporting on non-criminal behavior. The commission’s support marks a change in luck for the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, which has had difficulty gaining serious attention from the LAPD and the police commission....
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