We are having this event because by design and purpose, the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners continue failing to acknowledge and address police violence, the war on youth, the growing architecture of surveillance, spying and infiltration, and the over-saturation of police in the Downtown Skid Row community.
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Diana Zuñiga: Given all of the shifts in leadership, in jail construction plans, in mandated jail reduction policies and in growing community pressure, is LA really committed to building new jails and high levels of incarceration?
Jasmyne Cannick: Before Black Lives Matter became a movement, her life mattered.
Victor Narro: The entanglement of law enforcement with ICE has bred serious human rights violations that should concern us all.
Susan Burton: Mira Loma is a hidden hold-over, a relic to the old thinking, an artifact in the sand reminding us of what never worked. Let us invest in people, not prisons.
Danny Feingold: Public health advocates fear that a mega-agency would favor medical care, relegating ambitious prevention initiatives to second-class status.
LA Top Cops: LA’s cop culture remains what it’s always been—tribal and brutal—whether it’s Bratton and Baca or Beck and McDonnell running our largest police agencies.
Cheryl Ford: I understand that Ezell Ford had a “history.” I get that Ezell may have been involved in gang activity. Neither are punishable by death.
Peter Dreier: Why did LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich hire a phony corporate-backed ‘research’ firm to kill the minimum wage plan?
Rosemary Jenkins: Currently, about one million Angelenos are working for starvation wages but after this ordinance goes into effect, at least three quarters of a million workers and their families will have more spending power which will change the quality of their lives forever.
Randy Shaw: L.A. is suffering from a wave of Ellis Act evictions that local officials have the ability to stop.
Michael Haas: Ryu refused contributions from developers, and promised never to accept any money from developers while in office.
Dick Platkin: Mayor Garcetti’s pLAn, like Mayor Villaraigosa’s Green LA, is nothing more than an Executive action, without any formal, legislative component. It includes a plan-like document and a Mayoral directive to City Departments, along with a public relations outreach program.