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What would Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say about the State of America if he were alive today?
January 14, 2021
Dr. King’s belief in non-violence as a moral and political basis for achieving the “Dream” he envisioned did not include a passive or patient acceptance of a lower place in society. He knew this would be a multi-generational quest for our freedom, and prophetically told us that we would eventually get to the mountain top even if he were unable to be there with us. ... read more »
The 15th Annual Taste of Soul Brings Community Food Distribution to Crenshaw
October 22, 2020
The food distribution comes at a critical time as our community struggles with economic downturn during COVID-19 pandemic. ... read more »
LA Council Votes to Initiate Process of Making Juneteenth City Holiday
August 27, 2020
Juneteenth is not recognized as an official federal holiday, although on June 19 of this year the U.S. Senate passed a resolution seeking to make it a federal holiday. ... read more »
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City’s LA Alfresco Program Supports L.A. Restaurants During COVID-19
July 30, 2020
Expanded outdoor dining options provides a safe way for restaurants to remain open during COVID-19. ... read more »
Councilmember Curren Price Leads on Police Reform, Re-Inventing Public Safety to Better Serve the City
July 2, 2020
Councilmember Curren Price this week continued to champion efforts that reimagine public safety in Los Angeles and address systemic racism and injustices in communities of color.  ... read more »
L.A. Community Leaders and Grass Roots Organizations Come Together to Discuss ‘The People’s Budget’, Redefining the City’s Financial Pipeline
July 2, 2020
Elected officials along with activist members unveiled the fear behind the word “defunding” in reference to the irrigation adjustment of city budget. ... read more »
Wesson, City of Los Angeles Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis
June 25, 2020
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to approved a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis in the city. The resolution, put forward by Councilmembers Herb Wesson, Curren Price, and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, also calls on City of Los Angeles departments to review their internal policies and procedures. ... read more »
Wesson, Martinez Call for Reforms to Replace Police Officers with Non-Law Enforcement Agencies For Non-Violent Calls
June 18, 2020
Councilmember Herb Wesson and Council President Nury Martinez, supported by Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and Curren Price have called for the development of an unarmed model of crisis response that would divert non-violent calls for service away from LAPD, replacing them with the appropriate non-law enforcement agencies. ... read more »
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The Struggle, As Well As Protest, Continues
June 18, 2020
Calls to #defundthepolice have become the rallying cry of a majority of protests against the Memorial Day death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The protests, which have been ongoing in several cities across the U.S. since that time, have also created a backlash amongst many Whites. ... read more »
Wesson Moves to Create Community Care Corp, Donate Public Land to Bridge Wealth Gap in Communities of Color
June 11, 2020
Councilman Herb Wesson has called for the City of Los Angeles to launch a transitional public/private collaborative "New Deal" style jobs program - titled the People's Bailout Los Angeles - designed to train and hire out-of-work Angelenos as community health workers and contact tracers in order to fill gaps in our inadequate health care system and provide meaningful employment to Angelenos who desperately need it during this economic recession.  ... read more »
The State of Re-Entry in South Los Angeles
May 28, 2020
In response to public outcry about the safety of low-level offenders during this Coronavirus pandemic, thousands of men and women are being released and re-entering our communities from prisons and jails. They face all of the traditional barriers to re-entry and are forced to navigate a world devastated by COVID-19. ... read more »
Larry Aubry: A Social Justice Warrior Remembered
May 21, 2020
LA Sentinel veteran columnist, Larry Aubry has passed. No one can deny that Larry was an uncompromising, relentless, no-holds-barred warrior for social justice. For decades, he fought to improve conditions for African Americans in Los Angeles, but other minorities - such as Latinos and Koreans – also benefitted from his strident advocacy for equal rights. ... read more »
The Truth About Black and Brown Communities and COVID-19
May 21, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 has irrevocably altered our way of life. Who knows when we will be able to gather together again. This crisis continues to have a pervasive impact across South LA and the city as a whole. As coronavirus restrictions begin to lift, it’s important to remember that there is no such thing as going back to normal. ... read more »
Governing Through Crisis
April 30, 2020
“This crisis is presenting new challenges to our community and forcing us to collaborate on new progressive solutions locally as well as citywide, said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. It’s vital that residents remain connected and informed to keep themselves and their neighbors safe during this time. The city and state are requiring folks to make sacrifices and stay indoors and I will continue to fight for legislation that will allow our residents to remain safely in their homes and ensure they can return to work after this pandemic is over.” ... read more »
LA Councilmember Marqueece-Harris Dawson Partners with Lyft to Help Thousands of Seniors Receive Free Healthy Meals from Local Restaurants
April 16, 2020
LOS ANGELES – City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson’s Office is partnering with Lyft to expand an emergency program providing free healthy meals to thousands of local seniors during this COVID-19 pandemic. ... read more »
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