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Three Years of the Safer Cities Initiative

September 26, 2009

overview_-_year_3 _3_ click on link above to read entire report Excerpt: Allocation of Officers Not Supported by Crime Statistics “It’s not abnormal for the DA to have a policy. But this policy is about targeting the homeless in that area because the city is redeveloping that area. It’s a policy to get people off the […]

Safer Cities Initiative: 2nd Year Anniversary

September 19, 2008

    The Safer Cities Initiative is a Failed Policy End Human Rights Violations and Build Housing Today!   Prepared by Lamp Community and the Los Angeles Community Action Network, September 2008   Background In September 2006, the Los Angeles Police Department, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo launched the Safer Cities Initiative […]

On Homeless Memorial Day, LA CAN Releases Survey Data on the Devastating Impacts of Safer Cities Policing in Skid Row

December 21, 2010

On Tuesday, December 21st, the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) held a press conference to release a human rights assessment of Skid Row’s Safer Cities Initiative, an intensive policing effort launched by Mayor Villaraigosa that has been sustained for more than four years.  Residents also delivered the report to the Police Commission and […]

Protesting racist Safer Cities policing in Skid Row and it’s expansion to Venice

October 8, 2010

As Councilmember Bill Rosenthal calls for an SCI expansion to invade Venice Beach, residents from downtown and Venice align forces to stop all SCI policing. The Safer Cities Initiative, still very much active in Skid Row, recently passed  its 4th Anniversary with still no intervention to stop it from any elected officials. In years past […]

SAVE the Date…End Safer Cities Policing NOW!

September 17, 2009

Save the Dates: September 28th – September 29th For three years the LAPD, City Council, City Attorney, and Mayor Villaraigosa have waged war against poor and predominantly Black people in downtown Los Angeles. Casting aside empirical evidence that clearly illustrated the depth of damage to people’s lives; the waste of precious and shrinking resources that […]

IN THE NEWS: Short-Sighted Safer City Initiative [SCI] Earns LA the Meanest City Dis-Honor

July 15, 2009

Daily News, L.A. is criticized as \”meanest city\” in America A cursory search using the terms ” 10 meanest cities” quickly leads the researcher to one conclusion, bad things are happening in downtown Los Angeles.  Troy Anderson, reporter for the Daily News, wrote a story about “Homes Not Handcuffs,”  a report released by the National […]

DOJ Complaint Filed on Safer Cities

March 10, 2009

DOJ complaint link COMMUNITY ASKS FEDS TO INVESTIGATE LAPD’S SKID ROW TACTICS Justice Department Complaint Outlines Rampant Discrimination and Other Civil Rights Violations Community residents and groups will file a color of law complaint with the Justice Department this Wednesday, asking federal officials to investigate the Los Angeles Police Department’s Safer Cities Initiative on Skid […]

Safer Cities…for whom?

October 13, 2008

Marchers from San Julian Park in the heart of skid row were greeted with thunderous cheers as they joined residents and friends from organizations throughout Los Angeles gathered in an empty lot across from the LA Community Action Network storefront. The rally and protest against the LAPD’s occupation of our community had begun. The large […]

Video: Safer Cities Policing

September 19, 2008

This videos captures LAPD brutalizing a downtown resident that suffers from mental illness. LA CAN provided a copy of this video to the Public Defenders Office after learning that the resident was being offered a lengthy prison sentence, without any real investigation. During the Preliminary Hearing the judge ruled that the resident was not fit […]

Updated: Open Letter from Skid Row Leaders to City of LA Electeds and LAPD #CANTKILLAFRICA #BLACKLIVESMATTER

March 17, 2015

To add your organization to the letter, please contact Becky at 213.228.0024 | Link to PDF: Open letter to City of LA elected officials, Los Angeles Police Department, public agencies, and others in Los Angeles We write in sadness and anger at the killing of yet another unarmed man by the Los Angeles Police Department […]