Posts Tagged ‘Civil Rights’

Did You Know Edmund Pettus Bridge Is Named After a KKK Leader?

March 7, 2015

As the nation remembers the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, where demonstrators from Selma, Alabama march over Edmund Pettus Bridge and were met with deadly force by the racist police, did you know that Edmund Pettus was a Alabama KKK leader?

The best way to honor the victims who gave their lives for the right of many of us to vote, is by putting pressure to the city of Selma to change the name of the bridge. To reclaim our history is to change the bridge name. It is the right thing to do. One of the names that the bridge can change them name to is Jimmy Lee Jackson. Jimmy Jackson was the young man who got killed in the restaurant in movie, Selma.

I hope elected officials in Selma and the leaders of this nation will pay attention to the name of the bridge and really start thinking of erasing some of this countries trouble history.

Let us hope that one day, folks from Selma, Alabama will no longer be able to cross the bridge name after a kkk leader and will one day cross the bridge name after one of the leaders who lost their lives so that others can have the right to vote. I hope that one day will be soon. I hope that the bridge will one day be named Jimmy Lee Jackson Bridge.

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The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

April 4, 2014


Today is the death anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. To remember his legacy I came across this well done documentary that explains how the FBI assassinated MLK. Check it out and share it to those who may find it useful.

Footage and Coverage of LA CAN Press Conference on LAPD Lawsuit

March 13, 2014

Yesterday morning in front of LAPD Headquarters the Los Angeles Community Action Network announced our lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, LAPD, and the Central City East Association because of their coordinated efforts to silence LA CAN, prevent us from exercising our first amendment rights, and their malicious acts that resulted in the wrongful prosecution of one of LA CAN’s longest term organizers, Deborah Burton.
Click HERE (or on the photo to the left) to read the Los Angeles Times article covering the announcement.

This lawsuit is a result of years of unfair and unjust targeting of LA CAN staff and members by LAPD, a long history of retaliation against us for fiercely and loudly opposing LAPD’s racist Safer Cities Initiative in Skid Row, and, more recently, their efforts to even more blatantly favor the Downtown business community’s position by stifling our right to protest and manufacturing charges against…

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LA Times: “Skid row activists file lawsuit accusing city of stifling dissent”

March 10, 2014

Below you will find a Los Angeles Times piece by Gale Holland covering the announcement of the LA CAN lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Central City East Association (CCEA), Downtown Industrial District Business Improvement District, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, LAPD Lieutenant Shannon Paulson, and former CCEA Executive Director Estela Lopez.

Click HERE for the full press release.

Deborah Burton
By Gale HollandMarch 10, 2014, 4:29 p.m.

A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Monday accuses the city of Los Angeles of malicious prosecution for charging a skid row community organizer with assault after she blew an air horn during a demonstration.

City Atty. Carmen Trutanich charged Deborah Burton, 62, with misdemeanor assault and battery for allegedly blowing the horn in officials’ ears during a 2011 skid row protest. Burton was acquitted of all charges last July. The suit says the charges were aimed at stifling political dissent.

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Fighting for a Homeless Bill of Rights: A look From the Front Lines

November 5, 2013

Hollywood, CA–

The food and medical services provided for poor people on Sycamore and Romaine Streets has been going on for nearly a quarter. Recently there has been a campaign by Los Angeles Councilmember LaBonge and “neighbors” to shut the services down. Connected to the shutdown is a larger attempt to create policy that would effectively stop charitable services from being provided on public property. We who believe in freedom cannot rest until freedom comes and will not sit by idly while special interests dictate how we take care of one another.

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JOIN US at the Homeless Bill of Rights SoCal Launch Event THIS SATURDAY!

October 3, 2013

1186126_10201139849032034_1743356466_nJoin LA CAN, Hunger Action LA, the LA Human Right to Housing Collective, W.O.R.K.S. and many more THIS SATURDAY for the Southern California Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign Launch Event.

Saturday, October 5 | 10am – 12pm
Young Burlington Apartments | 820 S. Burlington, Los Angeles, CA 90057

For more information or to RSVP please call 213.228.0024.

HBR Campaign Flyer - 19 September 2013

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The court martial of Jackie Robinson

July 7, 2011

On July 6, 1944, Jackie Robinson refused to move to the back of an Army bus. The bus driver had the military police take Jackie into custody. During the questioning phase, Jackie felt that he was being asked racist questions and later confronted the investigating duty officer over his questioning. Jackie was court martial and charge with several charges including drinking in public, even though Jackie was not a drinker. When the court martial came around in August, 1944, Jackie was only charged with two counts of insubordination during his questioning. Jackie Robinson was acquitted by an all white panel of nine officers.

This is the Jackie Robinson that very few people know. The Jackie who always had the passion for justice and equality. Jackie Robinson had the courage to refuse to move to the back of the bus way before Rosa Parks did. I like to say that Jackie played an instrumental role in the civil rights movement. Although, he is best known for carrying his struggle in the baseball diamond, Jackie was a political activist by heart.

I admire Jackie Robinson for the amazing human being that he was. What Jackie’s court martial tells us today is that our “justice” system has not change at all. It continues to be a racist fucked up system.

Here is what I wrote about Jackie Robinson back in April. Check it out.
https://victorjara42.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/remembering-jackie-robinson/

Here is the movie trailer of the court martial of Jackie Robinson. Enjoy it.

http://www.videodetective.com/movies/trailers/the-court-martial-of-jackie-robinson-trailer/3294

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