Occupy

Women OccupyLA, At the End Of Our Rope

  •  Sat March 10
    To mark International Women’s Day the 99% will circle City Hall on March 10th. Followed by Speakout and Rally on the West Steps.Gather at 11;00 am, Speakout and Rally at 1:00 pm

    WE WILL BE CIRCLING CITY HALL. HOW MANY FEET WOULD YOU LIKE TO RESERVE? WE WILL BE HANGING ART AND BANNERS FROM A ROPE WE WILL HOLDING THAT WILL ENCIRCLE THE WHOLE OF THE CITY HALL BLOCK, APROX 15OOM, BRING YOUR OWN ROPE OR RESERVE SOME OF OUR FABULOUS BLUE ORGANZA.

    END POVERTY, WAR, SEPARATION OF FAMILIES: WEFARE IS OUR RIGHT, A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL OUR WORK EVERYWHERE.

    We refuse to be exploited in any way by the 1% and their thieving friends! Every grievance against the system deserves a collective response!

    For Info and to help plan,
    CONTACT 323-276-9833 or la@allwomencount.net

Community Continues Opposition to Massive Expansion of LA County Jails

Los Angeles–Young people, advocates, formerly incarcerated people and their families will gather outside the Los Angeles County Supervisor’s (BOS) meeting on Tuesday to challenge LA County’s proposed expansion of its jails and continue to voice their rejection of the County’s application for $100 million in state AB900 funds for the creation of a women’s jail in Castaic. On March 8, Corrections Standards Authority will announce which counties are qualified to receive AB900 Phase II Jail Construction dollars. Twenty counties in California have applied for a total of  $1,102,855,803 including a $100 million application from LA County.

Community members will also voice opposition to using state prisons to “house” LA County detainees as well as the board’s proposal to give $5.7 million of county funds to controversial firm AECOM for an assessment of whether the County needs additional jail cells.  AECOM is a prominent construction firm that has built several jails and prisons.  Many have expressed doubts that AECOM would make a recommendation against construction.

“If the County insists on accepting the funds, then we want the supervisors to push a redirection of those funds toward construction or repair of community-based mental health centers, drug treatment centers, housing and ‘welcome home’ centers for people returning home from state prison,” says Christine Wang  from Critical Resistance.

Organizations working against jail expansion in LA County have emphasized that realignment was not designed to re-incarcerate people released from prison in County jails. “LA communities have turned out so strongly against the jails because they have had such a devastating impact on our loved ones, our neighborhoods, the entire county,” says Kim McGill of the Youth Justice Coalition.  “LA already locks up more people than anywhere else in the world.  This decades-long addiction to detention and incarceration has bankrupted our ability to provide adequate community services, including the much more cost effective alternatives to arrest, court, detention and incarceration that also better provide for public safety and reduce recidivism.”

The threat of jail expansion comes amidst numerous lawsuits surrounding allegations of systematic abuse and torture in LA’s jails as well as numerous reports and expert opinions recommending against the rampant misuse of incarceration in the county.

Press Contact:

Kruti Parekh – (323) 490-0601 Youth Justice Coalition

Danae Tapia – 626.244.4009, Youth Justice Coalition

Mary Sutton – 310-709-8602, Critical Resistance

What: Press Conference

When: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012, 10am

Where: steps of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration –LA County Board of Supervisors, 500 W. Temple Street between Hill and Grand.


Occupy Boston: Rally today, Monday Dec. 12 4-6pm #OccupyBoston #OWS

Occupy-Boston PHOTO BY PIPE MEADOW

Occupy-Boston PHOTO BY PIPE MEADOW

Dear friends and allies in the struggle for a more just, free, and egalitarian world:

Come express your solidarity with Occupy Boston, and with the broader Occupy movement, in the wake of the recent eviction of Dewey Square,
TOMORROW, MONDAY DEC. 12. 4-6pm at City Hall Plaza (by Government Center).
Bring your thoughts, your signs, your music, your drums.  And your friends.
From 4-6 there will be a Speak Out, (and drum circle?) open to all.
Some will express their protest at the Mayor’s eviction and destruction of our encampment at Dewey Square.  (This will include those recently rendered homeless by the raid.)
Some will testify to the ongoing determination of our movement for global social and economic justice.
Some will speak in solidarity with the West coast occupiers, workers, and students (among others) who are –even as I write this–upping the ante and building to shut down the 1% controlled ports of the Northwest, from Oakland to Seattle.
What do you have to say at this key moment in the history of our new movement?  Come and share what you have to say!  And invite others.  Spread the word.
Around 6pm we will hold a march back into the Financial District, by the recently lost Dewey Square.  Have you seen Dewey since the police raid?

ARTISTS’ MARCH TO OCCUPY LOS ANGELES: Monday, November 14, 2011 – 5:00pm

Assemble at 5pm at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles, then march to City Hall.

Join members of the arts community as we march to Occupy Los Angeles for a performance-rally on the steps of City Hall. Artists, administrators, arts students, educators, and supporters from all disciplines are welcome. You are encouraged to wear costumes, bring musical instruments, carry banners and signs and generally make your voices heard.

Artists performing include Luis J. Rodriguez and Ruben Guevara anA Saldana, avantRadio, Ellen Geer & Melora Marshall, Allan B. Mancia, Jason Luckett, Jewell Jae Jeffers, Ivan Robles and more.

Bring your flashlights and sweaters!

We may still have space for a few short performances. Please contact Susie Tanner twproject@me.com if you would like to be on the program, or have any questions.

WE ARE THE 99%. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!

LOCATION:
CALIFORNIA PLAZA IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES AT 5PM
March to City Hall 200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles
See map: Google Maps

DATE:
Monday, November 14, 2011 – 5:00pm

Update: Our performance lineup is currently full. If you would like to perform, you are welcome to do so at Califiornia Plaza while the marchers assemble and/or along the march en route to City Hall. Contact Susie at twproject@me.com for more info