Dahlia Ferlito: Lacey’s conservative positions on criminal justice are more closely aligned with the old white guard, city and county real estate developers, and allies of Donald Trump.
Dahlia Ferlito: AB 392 changes existing law to mandate that deadly force is only used if there are no alternatives remaining for the officer, while also taking into account the officer’s actions leading up to the use of deadly force.
Dahlia Ferlito: The shouting matches, punches, Trump rallies, and chants of “USA,” are obscuring a sense of loss. A loss of actual or potential power, opportunity, prosperity, and security.
Dahlia Ferlito: Time after time, we see this pattern of law enforcement justifying reckless murder with character assassination, dehumanization, and the promotion of centuries-old racist ideas of Black criminality and violence, ultimately laying the groundwork for justification of Black death.
Our country has a rich history of forced removal of children from families. In essence, this is exactly who we are. This is who we have always been.
Dahlia Ferlito: Instead of shunning and extracting humans from our spaces, what would it look like to keep people in?
Dahlia Ferlito: You are now a martyr for anti-racist white people in America — for those of us who work to co-create an America free of racist violence; where the ideals of justice and equality enshrined in the constitution and espoused by politicians on all sides are actualized for all who reside here.
Dahlia Ferlito: In the person of Ed Buck, a wealthy, white, gay, West Hollywood political donor, we see how racism, classism, and internalized homophobia intersect to cause grave physical and emotional harm to young, gay Black men – and in the case of Gemmel Moore, even death. It is appalling that Ed Buck is still free.
Dahlia Ferlito: I find myself wondering why our community has been so quick to welcome LAPD’s participation in our events while it’s repressive tactics continue, unabated, toward other vulnerable groups in our city, primarily LA’s Black and Brown communities.
Dahlia Ferlito: The law and order policies, under the guise of public safety, serve to indoctrinate the vast majority of white people into a culture that supports and promotes incarceration as the tool to solve so many of our racial and social problems.
Once again, grassroot feminists who promote Palestinian human rights are concerned that a hostile environment is promoted by the organizers of WMLA — whether inadvertently, or not — by the choice of featured speakers, major donors, and major partners.
Dahlia Ferlito: We invite you to attend a community Town Hall Meeting on January 23, 2018 at Los Angeles Community Action Network, 838 East 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021 at 12PM to meet with all families and concerned constituents in a public forum to address the petition demands.