Archive for January, 2014

Remembering Pete Seeger: America’s Folk Legend

January 28, 2014

America lost a true legend last night in Pete Seeger. He was 94 years old and passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family members.

Pete’s music has been a big inspiration to me and to millions of people from around the world. He was a man with a great soul, someone who spoke truth to power and use his banjo as a weapon to sing about the injustices in the world. Pete was the Grandfather of the Social Justice Movement. He was the conscious that you would expect to see from an elder. A man with so much love to give that we were blessed to have him for 94 wonderful years of his life. A true American jewel whose legacy will never be forgotten.

To remember Pete, here is a great show put together by Amy Goodman. The whole team of Democracy Now did a great job of putting this together as we get to hear Pete talk about various issues as well as how he found out about his famous song, We Shall Overcome.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/28/we_shall_overcome_remembering_folk_icon

Here are the obituaries from the L.A. Times and NY Times:
http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-pete-seeger-20140128,0,2122566,full.story#axzz2riP3knAA
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/arts/music/pete-seeger-songwriter-and-champion-of-folk-music-dies-at-94.html?_r=0

I like to remember him with my favorite Pete Seeger songs. Some songs are by Victor Jara that were inspired by Mr. Seeger. Enjoy:

Little Boxes in Spanish


Pete Seeger doing Justice to Jose Marti’s Poem

Photos from Cano’s Birthday Boat Ride

January 27, 2014

Photos from Cano's Birthday Boat Ride

Community Connection-December 2013-January 2014 Issue

January 27, 2014

Here is the Community Connection for the month of December and January. In the Community Connection, you will find articles relating to:
1. Your health
2. The power of community as various organizations got together to defeat the motion that L.A. City Council member Tom LaBonge was planning on implementing which would have banned public feeding in L.A
3. Articles on housing-such as Housing Authority of the City of L.A. (HACLA) not letting the residents of Jordan Downs in Watts know bout the health risk in their vicinity
4. My article dealing with homeless veterans as well as my poem, Remembering Me on Thanksgiving and Christmas
5. Latest info on the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
6. Take Back the Night event in Skid Row
7. Information on a Produce Market in South L.A.
8. A great article on the passing of one of Skid Row’s legend-Blu
9. Information on the Homeless Bill of Rights and finally
10. Pictures of the struggle for Human Rights in Skid Row, South L.A. and Beyond.
Here is the paper that writes about issues that you won’t find in the L.A. Times. Enjoy:
http://cangress.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/dec13jan14-print-color.pdf

Slideshow of Photos from This Past Weekend’s Homeless Bill of Rights Action in Venice

January 24, 2014

More photos and video coverage to come from this past weekend’s amazing celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in support of a California Homeless Bill of Rights.

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Support A CA Homeless Bill of Rights By Coming To Venice Beach

January 17, 2014

Support A CA Homeless Bill of Rights By Coming To Venice Beach

Tomorrow in Venice Beach, we will be meeting at 11am at Ocean Front Walk and Rose Ave. Please spread the word.

Kelly Thomas Life Mattered! Once Again Cops Get Away With Murder!

January 17, 2014

In a blow to Kelly Thomas’ family and those who believe in Justice, the “law” once again ends up protecting killer cops. We saw it in the case of Oscar Grant and now we see it in the case of Kelly Thomas. What is it going to take for killer cops to get justice? Why is it okay for cops to kill innocent human beings and get away with it? How can the Jury see the whole video where the cops murdered Kelly Thomas and not come to a conclusion that the police are responsible for his death? I have a hard time grasping that the jury didn’t hear Kelly yelling and asking the killer cops that he couldn’t breathe. How can any sane person not see this case and see the obvious-that the killer cops murdered a 37 year old man.

On the video one can clearly see Kelly apologizing and informing the police officers that he couldn’t breathe. He is later heard calling out for his father, who was a former cop, to help him out. The un-edited video is very painful to watch but one can clearly see there was no reason for the killer cops to use excessive force on Kelly. Here is the un-edited video for those who wish to see it.

http://www.latimes.com/videogallery/69846618/News/Full-un-edited-video-presented-in-Kelly-Thomas-murder-trial

The community of Fullerton and those who are concern about Justice should be outraged at this verdict. We cannot continue to have Killer Cops patrol our streets where on any given day they can kill an innocent person and then hide behind a freaking badge.

What is it going to take for killer cops to be treated like regular civilians and be sentence to prison for killing a human being? What kind of “Justice” system is it that only protects those in uniform and yet they are the biggest threat to our communities? How are people supposed to have faith in the “system” when we end up getting verdicts such as this one?

Let’s hope that the community of Fullerton puts pressure on this case and doesn’t stop their fight to get justice for Kelly Thomas.

West Coast Day of Action in Support of a CA Homeless Bill of Rights

January 14, 2014

West Coast Day of Action in Support of a CA Homeless Bill of Rights