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Visiting activists from Detroit talk about water crisis

July 29, 2014
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Two Detroit-based activists spoke in Los Angeles this week about fighting their city’s decision to shut off water and sewer services to poor residents past due on their bills.
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Evictions paving the road toward gentrification at Jordan Downs

February 19, 2014
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As if the health threats that come with living in spitting distance of a lead- and arsenic-contaminated industrial site aren’t enough of a worry, the impoverished residents of the Jordan Downs housing development have an even more pressing...
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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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Business interests at the heart of petition to ban food lines

December 16, 2013
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The fallout from Saturday’s protest in Hollywood against a possible ban of food distribution in public is a mixed bag. On the one hand, an official statement by City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell proposes to address the issue of feeding the hungry with a “common sense solution that will make it easier for pop-up food...
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Hundreds in Hollywood protest to protect right to publicly feed the homeless

December 15, 2013
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Yesterday afternoon and well into the evening hundreds of protesters gathered near the bustling intersection of Hollywood and Vine to support their right to feed the homeless in public. The protest was organized by Monday Night Mission founder Mel Tillekeratne, whose group of volunteers help feed thousands of people each week living on the...
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Crowds rally against pending free trade agreement

November 26, 2013
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Will Rogers famously said that he “watches the government and reports the facts.” It’s only fitting then that a small but vocal group of protesters yesterday took to the Beverly Hills park named in his honor to shed light on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement that opponents say has been cloaked in a...
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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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