Posts Tagged ‘ Immigration ’

Las Cafeteras: Bringing song and dance to the struggle

May 28, 2013
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A band born out of the immigrant’s rights movement in Los Angeles is reinvigorating the struggle, providing uplifting and empowering music for people to dance to. Las Cafeteras, a seven-piece band, produces music that embodies the transnational identities of LA by taking the afro-indigenous influences of Son Jarocho, folk music from Veracruz, Mexico, and...
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Occupiers hope to flex their ‘99%’ muscle on May Day

April 17, 2012
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It is predicted that, on May 1, four winds coming from the north, south, east and west will collide in downtown Los Angeles leading to a mass uprising. But this is no apocalyptic weather report, it’s Occupy LA’s plans for a general strike. Called “The Four Winds,” occupiers are planning four separate caravans of...
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Housing advocates fight to keep family together

March 11, 2012
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Occupy activists and immigration advocates joined forces today in a battle to keep a family together. On Feb. 22, Gerardo Quinones and Blanca Cardenas were removed from their North Hollywood home of eight years by the LAPD after Bank of America foreclosed on their mortgage. Because she refused to leave her house, Cardenas was...
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Labor of love: a conversation with Carlos Montes

January 21, 2012
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Carlos Montes was not expecting visitors at five a.m. After a confusing shuffle of flashlights, badges and broken doors, he ended up in the back seat of a police car in his pajamas, and with no idea of what was going on. They mentioned something about gun possession but it wasn’t clear. It was...
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State boycott brings human rights conference to LA

November 19, 2011
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Due to the passage of a controversial immigration bill in Georgia, the U.S. Human Rights Network will hold its national conference in Los Angeles next month for “Human Rights Weekend.” In April, Georgia passed HB 87, a similar bill to Arizona’s SB 1070. The law grants Georgia police to check the immigration status of...
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Checkpoint crashers help motorists keep their property

July 16, 2011
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Pro-immigrant advocates rallied yesterday at Florence Avenue and Main Street to warn drivers of a police sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint. Standing down the street from the checkpoint, members of the Southern California Immigration Coalition, or SCIC, held placards warning motorists of the police stop. Their signs read “checkpoint” in both English and Spanish....
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Cyclists ride to OC in support of California Dream Act

February 20, 2011
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Supporters of the California Dream Act participated in a 50-mile bike ride from Los Angeles to Orange County today to raise awareness for their cause. The bill would open the door to student financial aid for children of illegal immigrants. Bicyclists departed Boyle Heights for Santa Ana after a 9:00 a.m. news conference. An...
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Westlake community group celebrates anniversary, gives aid in MacArthur Park

November 20, 2010
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On Sunday, Nov. 14, Revolutionary Autonomous Communities of Los Angeles, a organization that promotes a communal effort of aid and self sufficiency, celebrated its third-year anniversary in MacArthur Park. The special event commemorated the organization’s food distribution efforts, as well as its volunteers. Mauricio, a Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC) volunteer, who asked his surname...
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Demonstrators rally in support of education, social services

October 8, 2010
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The Los Angeles March 4th Committee to Defend Public Education and Social Services demonstrated yesterday against layoffs and budget cuts. Although a local action, it was coordinated with similar events around the nation and conducted in solidarity with international movements. Assembling in front of the LA Unified School District building in downtown, they marched...
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Police harassment of vendors may shed light on Westlake anger

September 11, 2010
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A candlelight vigil was held last night for Manuel Jamines, the Westlake man who was shot and killed by police Sunday, Sept. 5 for allegedly coming after officers with a knife. Participants held Styrofoam cups with lit candles inside, marched down Sixth Street and demanded justice for what they see as an illegitimate use...
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