10th Anniversary Commemoration March of ‘La Gran Marcha’

March 21, 2016

Please join us as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of La Gran Marcha, where on March 25, 2006, a million people march thru the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to protest the racist HR4437 Sensenbrenner Bill.

10 years later we have a presidential candidate in Donald Trump running a racist, xenophobic and divisive campaign.

On Saturday, March 26 come out as we march through the streets of Downtown L.A. by marching for immigrant rights, human rights, and social justice, and against Trumps’ racist and xenophobic agenda.

Come and bring your signs and banners as we will gather at 11am on the corner of Olympic and Broadway in Downtown L.A.

Favor de acompañarnos para commemorar el Decimo Aniversario de La Gran Marcha, del 25 de Marzo, 2006, cuando un millon de personas marcharon por las calles del Centro de Los Angeles para protestar la racista legislacion HR4437 (Sensenbrenner Bill).

10 años despues tenemos a un candidato a la presidencia estadounidense en Donald Trump promoviendo una campaña racista, xenofobica y causando mucha polemica. El Sabado, 26 de Marzo vengan y acompañenos cuando marchemos por las calles del Centro de Los Angeles marchando por los derechos de inmigrantes, derechos humanos, y justicia social.

Como una gran comunidad hay que manifestarnos contra el racismo y la xenofobia que marca la agenda de Donal Trump.

Vengan y traigan sus pancartas este Sabado a las 11am en la esquina de la Olympic y Broadway en el Centro de Los Angeles.

 

Commemorating La Gran Marcha Flyer

Spanish Flyer 4 La Gran Marcha

Pictures of the I Love 90s Concert

March 10, 2016

Pictures from Saturday’s I Love 90s concert. They perform classic 90s songs such as, Back in the Day, Hey DJ, Homies, On A Sunday Afternoon, Funky Cold Medina, Wild Thing, I Swear, etc. Took video footage of some of these songs. Hope to upload them soon.

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Pictures of Brother Africa’s 1 year Death Anniversary Demonstration

March 10, 2016

On March 1st, L.A. CAN, the Skid Row community and the Black Lives Matter movement gather at the LAPD headquarters to take our message to the police commission that we demanded justice in the name of Brother Africa and that the officers be prosecuted, which LAPD has stated that the officers didn’t do anything wrong by killing our brother even when the video of his death went viral and showed that he posed no threat to the officers.
After some members came out of that police commission, we took the streets and peacefully march to the site where he was gun down to remember his spirit.

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Los Caminos De La Vida

March 8, 2016

One of the most powerful and emotional parts of Sunday’s march is when we serenated the inmates with this song. I cried when seeing the inmates waiving at us.

El domingo pasado, en Los Angeles, se organizo la marcha por la mujeres mas larga en la nacion.

La parte que me emociono mas fue cuando le dimos una serenata a los que estaban detenidos. Esta cancion me hizo llorar.

 

 

The Largest Women’s Day March in the Nation

March 8, 2016

This past Sunday, Af3rm and several organizations led the largest women’s day march in the nation.

One of my favorite moments of the march is when the demonstrators march underneath the bridge and started chanting, “Whose Streets? Our Streets!”

 

 

International Women’s Day March in L.A.

March 8, 2016

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, Af3rm and several organizations led the largest international women’s day march in the nation.

Here is video footage of the thousands of people that took to the streets this past Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures of Women’s March in L.A.

March 8, 2016

On Sunday, March 6th, Af3rm and several organizations organized the largest international women’s day march in the nation. Here are some of the pics I was able to capture on one of the most powerful and beautiful marches I have participated.

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Inmates waving to us as we serenate them with Los Caminos de la Vida. I cried during this part. I uploaded the video on YouTube to show how powerful this was.

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Inmates waving to us. This was a very emotional and powerful part of the March.

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I took video of the March going underneath the bridge. Video on YouTube. It was powerful to hear people chanting, “whose streets? Our streets!”

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There is video footage I uploaded to YouTube that shows people arriving and shutting down the bridge.

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Baby wearing a Comandanta Ramona shirt.

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Remembering Brother Africa

March 1, 2016

Today is the 1 year death anniversary of Charly Keunang, better known to the world as Brother Africa, the homeless man whose death at the hands of LAPD was caught on video and went viral.

Today members of Los Angeles Community Action Network, Stop LAPD Spying, Black Lives Matter L.A. and the Skid Row Community gather at the steps of LAPD Headquarters that they “#CantKillAfrica!”

We have not forgotten that the LAPD let the officers who killed Brother Africa free withouth any charges file against them. We have not forgotten that one of the witnesses of Brother Africa is Trishawn Carey and continues to be in jail. Let’s get one thing clear here. Trishawn Carey is a political prisoner. #FreeTrishawn!

Here is footage of today’s demonstration. First is a great theatre play done by the amazing Suzette.

Here is video I took of today’s powerful peaceful demonstration.

 

These are articles from last year if people want to read how Brother Africa’s death took the nation by surprise.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-on-skid-row-empathy-for-homeless-man-fatally-shot-20150302-story.html

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-0308-lapd-protest-20150308-story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/02/us/los-angeles-police-shooting/

I highly recommend people reading this great article, which one will get a better picture of who Brother Africa was.

http://www.gq.com/story/skid-row-police-shooting-charly-keunang

Dr. D., A Story of An Amazing College Professor

February 9, 2016

Greetings Readers,

Today is the 8th year anniversary of the death of my beloved college professor, Dr. John A. Dennis, affectionately known to his students as Dr. D.

Dr. D. to many was more than a college professor. He was not your average professor either. This man taught at Saint Mary’s College of CA, City College of San Francisco, and at the Edward Sands School in East Oakland. And on the weekends taught Prison Ministry. As you can see, Dr. D. was no ordinary man. He was an amazing human being with an extraordinary gift of educating countless beautiful souls.

I can go on and on but words won’t do Justice to what Dr. D. meant to me or to those who were fortunate to know him.  Dr. D, created a beautiful garden of LOVE. In his garden, he cultivated seeds in the hearts and minds of all his students. He planted sees of understanding, respect, compassion, laughter, friendship, spirituality, and knowledge. Each one of his students is a seed in Dr. D’s garden of LOVE. I think every one of his students carry seeds that have been cultivated in us and continue planting seeds of compassion, respect and dignity to the people that we come across whether it be a homeless person, youth, our elders or fellow peers. In doing so, we resurrect the spirit of Dr. D. but at the same time we give those who were not fortunate to meet him a glimpse of what a special person Dr. D was.

Now that one has an idea of who this amazing person was, it is my honor to inform you all that my dear friend and former student of Dr.D., will be doing a film about his life. I am attaching the link below for those who want to get further information and want to support this project. One huge favor I ask is to please spread the word. I think it is very important that this story get told and what better way than one of his former students.

Here is the link. Please check it out. There is also a video where you can see for yourself, “Dr. D. in action.” Please help my friend make Dr. D.’s Film a reality.  Thank you all in advance.

http://opificermedia.com/wordpress/

Last Pictures Of The 6th Street Bridge

February 6, 2016

These are the last pictures I took of the historical 6th Street Bridge.
As an amateur photographer, I took several pics and didn’t know which ones to delete so here they are. Apologize for the repetitive ones. I’ve learn that in photography one sec makes a huge difference so what may appear as the same picture to some, to others can make a big difference.
Hope u enjoy some of these pics.

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