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For LA Metro Black Lives, Don’t Matter. LA Metro criminalizes black riders who are only 19% of riders, but make up over 50% of all LA Metro fare citations, fines and arrest are Black riders on Metro rails – Black riders are stopped, check, profiled, harassed, frisked, cited, fined, jailed, and beaten all forms of dehumanization of Black life to ensure a sterile lily white rail experience for LA Metro imaginary and non-existing choice rider.
Los Angeles Metro is putting a new sales tax on the November Ballot. They called it Prop R 2. We call it Prop Racism x2 This would be their fourth sales tax since 1980. They already have $5 billion of our money. The MTA is a known civil rights violator. Their goals are clear. Build up a Rail and Highway Empire—Destroy the Public Bus System Gentrify L.A. and Drive Black and Latino working communities out of LA. Criminalize Black life. Assault, insult, ticket, and arrest Black passengers Destroy Public Transportation, Deny Global Warming, Build More Highway. Burn the Planet. Tax you again and again.
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Strategy and Soul Reconstruction L.A. and U.S. Cities from the Bottom Up Revolutionary Opening The Strategy Center is opening a new center—Strategy and Soul. Join us for the night of the opening as we open Strategy and Soul Revolutionary Theater, Strategy and Soul Books, and Strategy and Soul Revolutionary Organizing hub.
Today, after 18 months of ferocious uphill organizing the Labor/Community Strategy Center reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles School Police Department.
The Paris Climate Talks: A Victory for President Obama, a Defeat for the Planet and a Challenge to the Climate Justice Movement
The just concluded Paris Climate Conference -- the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -- was a critical juncture in human and planetary history. Could the world's governments, all representing Homo sapiens often at war with each other, come together to stop the capitalist and carbon-based catastrophe that in only 200 years is destroy all that God and nature produced for millions of years -- since the last mass extinction.
Maria was an important figure of the Bus Riders Union-she and many other Latin America leftists from the First Unitarian Church and their Monseñor Romero congregation were one of the first recruits to the Bus Riders Union-it's like the left gods crossed for the Strategy Center and this group of Latin American leftists to meet.
We urge you to reject the DOD 1033 program and support our movement to end the program all together. Like the rounding up of immigrants, shooting of unarmed civilians, police brutality, and mass incarceration, the DOD 1033 program is indefensible. The LAUSD must get out of, and condemn, the DOD 1033 program now.
A delegation of the South Los Angeles students and alumni of Manual Arts attended Congress woman's Karen Bass Congressional Hearing on 21st Century Policing. The conversation elevated theories of investing in services such as our schools, housing, public transportation not maintaining and expanding the policing forces in the city.
The Strategy Center's Fight for the Soul of the Cities and Community Rights Campaign is organizing a Rally and Resist-In at Los Angeles Unified School District on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm. The growing outcry and struggle to bring an end to state sanction violence against the Black community is on the rise. We stand in solidarity with the national day of action under the slogan #StoptheWaronYouth coordinated by the Alliance for Educational Justice, Journey for Justice and other youth national alliances.
After many months of work in schools in South Los Angeles and Boyle Heights the Strategy Center's Community Rights Campaign has been organizing our classrooms and neighborhoods to push for the approval of an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement at LAUSD.
NO CARS IN L.A. NO TANKS IN L.A. NO APARTHEID PASSES ON MTA BUSES AND TRAINS IN L.A. NOT ONE MORE DEPORTATION IN L.A. Los Angeles today is ruled by the privatizing, polluting, policing corporate class that is making life unbearable for the vast majority of the people. The city and the entire country, is creating a low-wage, no wage, global warming empire backed up by police, immigration raids, and military occupation. We need your help to fight for the social welfare state not the police state, the environmental justice state not the warfare state. The Fight for the Soul of the Cities is the fight for the soul of the United States-inside and outside its territorial borders.
The Fight for the Soul of the Cities is the Fight for the Soul of the United States. U.S. society is facing a moral, spiritual, economic, ecological, racial, political crisis and is carrying out a war against it own people and the people of the world. At a time when the need for social revolution has never been greater the people are disorganized, demoralized, terrified and alone-but that is beginning to change before our very eyes.
It has come to our attention, in information released this past week that several California school police departments, including Los Angeles Unified School Police, have received highly specialized military equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense 1033 program. Make no mistake, the equipment doled out to these school police departments are the same ‘weapons of war' we have witnessed utilized by police in response to social activism in the Black community in Ferguson, Mo.
After more than two years, Community Rights Campaign and allies Public Counsel have secured a comprehensive school police policy reform to decriminalize student discipline, currently in effect in the new school year.
In the fall, the Community Rights Campaign released our report with explicit recommendations for LAUSD to put in place concrete and lasting policies to decriminalize student behavior on campus and to ensure that criteria are in place to properly define and limit the role of police at school.
We need innovation not incarceration. LAUSD let's end the cycle criminalizing Black and Brown students. The new funds from Prop 30 and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is supposed to help schools with the highest rates of poverty, foster care, and English-Language Learner students to reach an even playing filed for educational justice. Join us for the LAUSD LCAP Public Hearing Tuesday, June 17th. 4pm @ 333 S Beaudry.
New Report: 20,000 California Students Arrested or Ticketed in 2009-10, Vast Majority Are Youth of Color
The Community Rights Campaign (CRC) and the Black Organizing Project (based in Oakland) released a report that presents startling new data on the role of police officers in schools and the need to address this statewide problem within the new Local Control Funding Formula.
We're excited to present an analysis of President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative by Labor/Community Strategy Center's Director of Organizing, Manuel Criollo. We hope you will engage with the challenges he raises for the public, the administration and the movement.