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There’s No Way Around It, California. You Owe Descendants of Enslaved Black Americans
June 11, 2020
Last year, I read a book titled “The Color of Law.” Every Californian should read it, too — especially if you truly care about Black lives.    ... read more »
Community Reflections on Justice for George Floyd and the 2020 I Can’t Breath Rebellion
June 4, 2020
The City of Los Angeles hasn’t dealt with this much commotion since the 1992 Los Angeles Riots when LAPD officers brutally beat Rodney King. Unfortunately, with white nationalist on the rise, more savage police misconduct is being reported in record breaking numbers throughout the United States. On the flip side, as the harshness of hate gains exposure the power of love is in an uproar to protect The People and the sanctity of justice. We checked-in with Los Angeleno protestors to hear their thoughts and share in their first hand accounts when demanding justice for George Floyd. Since it’s difficult for people to rapidly respond in the center of compacted trauma, I asked community members to answer any of the following questions: “As an observer or protest participant, Why was it important for you to participate in the #justiceforgeorgefloyed protest? How has the 2020 I Can’t Breathe Rebellion impacted your life? What are you called to do? Or, Why do Black Lives Matter to you?” ... read more »
A Wounded Nation: Why We Can’t Give Up in the Fight for Justice
June 3, 2020
As our fellow Californians and Americans protest across our country, we must not lose sight of why they are protesting. It’s because of a deep pain that we recognize all too well. The pain of not confronting a dark history that has spanned the life of our country. The pain of recognizing our fathers, uncles, brothers, mothers, sisters, and aunts in the faces of so many Black men and women who were taken from us because of racism and violence. ... read more »
Never A Dull Moment with Larry Aubry
May 21, 2020
You never wanted to get on Larry’s bad list. It didn’t matter whether you were Black, White, an elected official, or dirty police officer, he’d call you out in hot minute. But Larry would never call you out without speaking to you first. ... read more »
L.A. Prosecutors Can Hold Cops More Accountable with One Simple List
July 18, 2019
California is moving toward transparency for bad cops. As we learn more about the violence, biases, misconduct, dishonesty, and abusive acts of law enforcement (in spite of recent efforts by police to erase the evidence) it’s easy to focus on the role cops play in the streets. But equally if not more impactful is the role they play in the courthouse. In almost every criminal case, the prosecutor must call at least one police officer witness in order to prove the charges. Police are professional witnesses, trained to go under oath and testify as to their recollections, actions, findings, and practices. If making the arrest is the first half of their job, working with prosecutors and testifying is the other half. ... read more »
Rodney King’s Daughter Launches Scholarship to Honor Her Dad
May 2, 2019
She hopes to remove the financial barriers that sometimes get in the way of paying for bond-building outings. ... read more »
The Time I Met President George H.W. Bush
December 13, 2018
During this week, as we all join in the natural reflection of the character, conviction, and contributions of our 41stPresident, George Herbert Walker Bush, I was reminded of the time when I had the honor of meeting that great man. ... read more »
Sustaining Righteous Community Outrage
August 23, 2018
Righteous outrage must be sustainable.it is necessary to bring about the political pressure crucial for actual long range change.  Of course, ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Black community itself to forge its own future which requires new mindsets and most important, new behavior. Developing sustainable righteous outrage is only one of other important tasks that collectively, we must undertake as part of a self-determined Black agenda. ... read more »
Black Lives Matter Activists Criticize Selection of Moore as LAPD Chief
June 11, 2018
Garcetti was given three finalists to choose from by the board, the civilian body that oversees the LAPD. They were Moore, San Francisco Police Chief William “Bill” Scott and Deputy LAPD Chief Robert Arcos. Moore has been with the department since 1981. ... read more »
Righteous Outrage and Action Must Be Sustained
January 25, 2018
Since the civil rights era, there’s not been sustained outrage to high-profile incidents, or countless other similar incidents of police abuse. ... read more »
‘LA 92’ Documentary Screening and Panel discussions
November 16, 2017
LA 92 is told in news clips and summaries of journalists and newsmen and women on the ground as the 92’ unrest was in progress. ... read more »
Blacks Must Define and Stand Their Common Ground
October 26, 2017
Blacks must work cooperatively among themselves and collaborate with allies to reduce the likelihood of current and future Trayvon Martins being killed again and again.” ... read more »
Smithsonian Channel’s “The Lost Tapes: LA Riots” Captures the Essence of the L.A. Uprising 
May 2, 2017
“The Lost Tapes: LA Riots” showed all the important events leading up to the 1992 uprising, from the protests for the firing of then chief Daryl Gates, to the shooting of Latasha Harlins. ... read more »
“THE LOST TAPES: LA RIOTS” Recounts The Chaotic Days Following The Rodney King Verdict
April 21, 2017
Hour-long documentary premieres April 23 at 8 pm et/pt marking 25TH anniversary of The L.A. Uprising ... read more »
25 years later, L.A. Uprising protestor Mark Craig recalls why he rebelled
April 12, 2017
Mark Craig, the man behind one of the most powerful L.A. Uprising Images ... read more »
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