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#RentersDayLA – April 23rd 2014

Posted in housing victories, human & civil rights on April 21, 2014 by Cangress

Join the growing list of organizations, sponsors, and tenants who will make April 23rd, Renters Day! The tenant voice (a majority by the way) can’t be silenced and continues to push for a Los Angeles that we all can be proud of. #RentersDayLA is the first step – please join in.


Renters Day Flier with Logos


The August/September Community Connection is NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted in art & culture, civil rights, community connection, health access, housing victories, organizing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2012 by Cangress

Click on the Photo above to read the Community Connection Online.
You can also download a PDF version HERE.


Posted in housing victories, human & civil rights, LAPD, legal with tags , , , , , on June 21, 2012 by Cangress

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Many living within America’s borders assume or believe that human rights violations simply don’t exist. How easily many people turn a blind-eye to those things we experience on a daily basis (hunger, homelessness, economic insecurity, joblessness, etc.) at home and instead point the finger at some far and distant place and condemn the human rights violations happening there.

We are humbled by the United Nations taking the case of General Dogon and the Los Angeles Community Action Network seriously and conducting an investigation. We are appalled that the United States government, the self-proclaimed beacon of democracy, has refused to reply/comply with the investigation. The Los Angeles Police Department and City Attorney have spent considerable resources in their attempts to silence General Dogon, LA CAN, and other organizers and activists – so they surely have the resources to collect information requested by the United Nations and respond in a timely manner.

More and more community organizers and activists in the United States face growing and intensifying surveillance, arrest and other human rights violations when attempting to exercise their constitutional rights and redress their government. Many of the tactics employed by law enforcement harkens back to more sinister times in US history. Remnants of Cointelpro, the Black Codes and Red Squads exist today and attempts are being made to use this as standard operating procedure.

If you are wearing an orange t-shirt bearing the words LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK, the repressive rubber meets the road rather quickly. In an attempt to silence and stop LA CAN’s work, our leadership has been blatantly targeted for a number of years. False arrests, constant civil rights violations, and the spreading of lies have characterized the strategy employed by the state. However, much to their chagrin, it has not proved effective because the influence of the organization continues to grow.
General Dogon’s social change work ethic and consistency has been long recognized by the LAPD. His leadership in the community and ability to connect with a broad array of people has been a chief concern for those wanting poor people to simply shrink away into the night and disappear. LAPD and the City Attorney took a “by any means necessary” approach to squash and silence his courage and leadership before it spread to other poor people and encouraged their participation.

Amidst numerous detentions, arrests, and protracted court battles where General Dogon faced life-sentences for his leadership and organizing, his commitment to the idea of human rights never faltered. This week, he and others throughout the world who have been unjustly targeted will at least receive an open hearing on an international stage, with a reiterated demand for the US Government’s response.


Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: An LA CAN Week in Review

Posted in art & culture, civic participation, civil rights, DWAC & Women's Issues, grassroots policy, health access, housing victories, human & civil rights, LAPD, politics, press coverage, video, women's issues with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by Cangress

Last week LA CAN organized numerous actions and events across the state that received a lot of media coverage. Here is a quick review of just some of the highlights of a busy and successful week.

Play Fair Farmers Field

On May 16, residents from Downtown LA, Pico-Union, and South LA testified at a public meeting on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed stadium and Convention Center project. Although the hearing was largely filled with boosters who have direct ties to AEG (the developer of the project), community members spoke powerfully about the potential negative impacts that a stadium might have on the community, including gentrification, increased policing, housing displacement, and increased traffic. Another one of the main issues brought up by residents was the lack of sufficient time – 45 days – that the public had to read and analyze the 10,000 page EIR.

The event was covered by a number of outlets. LA CAN’s Pete White was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying “The current and unrealistic 45-day comment period insists that residents and stakeholders read, digest and analyze nine pages per hour, 24 hours per day, starting the day the EIR was released up until comments are due. This is an unrealistic expectation and raises many due process concerns.”

Also covering the event were KPCC, The OC Register, and the Associated Press. In addition, the Natural Resources Defense Council, who early on backed the stadium project, has come out and said that the stadium EIR failed to fully analyze the increased traffice-related health impacts that the stadium would have on the community. They’ve called on AEG to redraft and recirculate the EIR.

Women’s Day in the Park

Last Friday the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition it’s 11th Annual Women’s Day in the Park. The event was covered by ABC7, Spanish TV networks, as well as local media/blogs, like Blogdowntown.

Camping Ban

LA CAN’s Becky Dennison was quoted in the Los Angeles Times last week as saying that the proposed City Hall camping ban is “such a waste of legislative time.” The ban would prohibit sleeping bags, hammocks and bed rolls at City Hall. It is direct response to Occupy LA and in anticipation of the reopening of the City Hall lawn this month. Dennison was specifically speaking to the redundancy of the ordinance since camping is already banned in city parks.

Hunger Action Day

On May 17, members of LA CAN joined over 300 residents from across the state for Hunger Action Day. Hunger Action Day is an annual lobby and advocacy day organized by the California Hunger Action Coalition that provides the opportunity for communities to travel to their State Capitol to push their elected representatives to support and vote  for statewide policies that increase food security and nutrition.

Dale Garrett

Last week Our Weekly published a piece covering LA CAN’s May 10 Action and Vigil to Stop Police Murders which was held in remembrance of LAPD slain community member Dale Garrett.


Tenants Win Preliminary Injunction Against Owners of the Huntington Hotel for Discrimination and Illegal Rents

Posted in civil rights, health access, housing victories, legal, press release with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by Cangress

Attorneys at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Steptoe & Johnson, LLP  won a preliminary injunction yesterday that enjoins the Huntington Hotel owners from discriminating on the basis of source of income, disability and age.

The lawsuit was filed in December, 2011 on behalf of four displaced tenants and the community organization the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) . The Huntington owners, who bought the 200 unit building in September 2010, had displaced all but two tenants. After renovating the units, they are leasing up the property, but have refused to accept applications from anyone on public benefits, including testers sent by LA CAN.

The Court found that plaintiffs “submitted ample evidence that the Huntington has engaged in a practice of violating fair housing laws by discriminating against persons based on their source of income” and also that plaintiffs submitted “credible evidence that defendants have discriminated against elderly and disabled tenants.”  Becky Dennison of LA CAN explained: “LA CAN members with disabilities had been turned away from the Huntington, being told the building was only for working people and students.  Not only is this illegal, but completely disregards and disrespects the large community of people with disabilities in great need of housing in Skid Row.”

Plaintiffs had won a previous preliminary injunction that enjoins defendants from renting 50 units for market rates because under a city law, the rents cannot be increased above the amounts they were at while the building was in the Rent Escrow Account Program (REAP).

However, defendants have stated that they will not rent the lower priced units for a year until they are lawfully entitled to charge higher rental rates. “Los Angeles faces a shortage of affordable housing options, especially during these tough economic times,” said attorney Fernando Gaytan. “This landlord’s decision to purposefully keep this valuable affordable housing off the market when it is most needed only exacerbates the city’s housing crisis.”


The March/April 2012 Community Connection is NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted in art & culture, civic participation, civil rights, community connection, DWAC & Women's Issues, education, housing victories, human & civil rights, LAPD, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2012 by Cangress

Click on the photo above to read the

March/April 2012  the Community Connection.

A PDF version is also available for download HERE.



Posted in art & culture, civil rights, DWAC & Women's Issues, housing victories, human & civil rights, LAPD, organizing, video with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2012 by Cangress

A video highlighting the various campaigns, actions, and achievements of LA CAN in 2011!