Stevie Wonder Performs Purple Rain

May 7, 2016

Yesterday, Los Angeles paid tribute to Prince. The show ended with Stevie Wonder perfoming Purple Rain.

Pics from 10 year Anniversary of La Gran Marcha

May 7, 2016

On March 26th, a group of folks got together to remember the 10 year anniversary of La Gran March. On March 26, 2006, over a million folks took to the streets to protest the HR4437 Sensenbrenner Bill. It was not only the largest demonstration in L.A.’s history but also the nation.

I felt that events similar to March 26th are dates that should be archieved in the history of the social movements of this country. If we don’t remember these dates, future generations will not learn the history of our freedom in the classrooms.

The event was advertised as a commemoration march to remember La Gran Marcha of 2006 but also as a rallying cry to stand up against Trump and his hateful rhetoric and letting folks know that L.A. stands in solidarity with cities such as Chicago who made it loud and clear that Trump hateful speech and xenophobia was not welcomed.

Although it wasn’t well attended, most of it may have to do with the divise politics that exist in L.A. and people’s ego getting in the way. The most important part was that a group of folks demonstrated to those who are “down with the people” that it doesn’t need a non profit or high profile people to make things happen and lead a demonstration. As a grassroots effort, an invitation was sent out to several organizations and progressive groups but for whatever reason they failed to participate.

The event was also a creative one in that a Trump piñata was brought and after some of the participants broke the piñata to demonstrate that in Los Angeles, we smash racism and xenophobia. Here are some images from the participation.

 

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


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