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Video: California Homeless Bill of Rights Launch

Posted in video with tags , , on October 18, 2013 by Cangress

And Ya Don’t Stop!: Continuing the Fight Against the Criminalization of Our Communities

Posted in civil rights with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2013 by Cangress

This week LA CAN members and allies continued our fight against the increasing criminalization of poor communities of color throughout the City of Los Angeles.




On Saturday, over a dozen community organizations convened to launch the California Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign (see photos above). After an overview of the campaign goals, those in attendance broke out into small groups to outline campaign strategies and create an action plan for the next few months. The campaign will be a long and hard fight, but when the event ended it was clear that organizations in Southern California are committed to organizing to protect and uplift the Human Rights of Homeless individuals throughout California and beyond!

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On Tuesday, LA CAN continued a busy week of Anti-Criminalization actions at both the LAPD Commission and the LA County Board of Supervisors.  At the Board of Commissioners, LA CAN members were on hand to let the newly appointed Commissioners know that while the Board has changed, the devastating impact of LAPD’s Safer Cities Initiative has not. We demanded a new commitment to dialogue as well as a Town Hall specifically on the Safter Cities Initiative, which has continued to make Skid Row the most heavily policed and criminalized community in the country. Just down the street, LA CAN members joined the No New Jails Coalition to demand that the LA County Board of Supervisors reverse its decision to create a $10 million contract with the City of Taft and instead put more resources into rehabilitation (NOT more incarceration). See the video above for more information. Stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved in the fight. Until then, ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

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.

HUNGER ACTION DAY LA 2011! September 22 at Los Angeles City Hall!

Posted in civic participation, food access, health access, organizing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 16, 2011 by Cangress

Hunger Action Day is Thursday Sept 22 at 3:30 pm at City Hall in Downtown LA. Activities begin on the Spring St. steps, between Temple and 1st st. downtown. We will be calling on Congress to protect programs that end hunger and promote healthy eating, especially the SNAP (Food Stamp) program and others that fund healthy food projects such as community gardens in L.A.

Invited speakers include LA City Council members and Congressman Xavier Becerra, who is on the 12 person committee that will be deliberating over $1.5 trillion in cuts to the federal budget—likely to impact SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. We need a large strong showing to get the message across that people do care about these programs and aren’t going to take huge slashes in benefits without a fight.

 The media seems to think of these programs as handouts and giveaways. They are work supports: there hasn’t been a raise in real wages for workers in the USA since the 1970s. One paycheck used to support a family: now even families with two paychecks struggle. 40% of SNAP (food stamp) participants are working people. We all pay into this system with our taxes and don’t need to apologize for accessing these benefits any more than we would with an insurance policy.

Click HERE to download a flyer for the event.