Archive for April, 2015

Voices from #DeathByCop March Tuesday, April 7th “Remember Me”

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

(April, 2015. Authors: Nancy Flores, Emilio Lacques-Zapien, Aloni Bonilla, Mike Aguilar)

Mariella Death By Cop Gonzalo

Mariella Saba performs a skit in honor of people killed by L.A. police in front of LAPD Rampart Station. (Photo by Gonzalo Rios)

On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the L.A. County S.T.O.P Police Violence Coalition along with the Youth Justice Coalition and several community-based organizations organized “Death by Cop-Remember Me,” a 4-directions march into Downtown L.A. while carrying 617 life-size cardboard coffins in honor of the 617 people killed by Los Angeles law enforcement since the year 2000. The four marches came from North, South, East and West of the culminating rally point on the street in front of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors weekly meeting spot, the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration at 5oo W. Temple Ave. Check out this video of the rally and pieces of the West march.

Some of the core demands of the action were: 1. For Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and CA Attorney General Kamala Harris to appoint Special Prosecutors to investigate and prosecute killer cops and officer-involved shootings resulting in death of a resident. 2. For L.A. County officials to re-direct police and suppression funds back to youth development

Letter Of Support Due Today, 4/14/15: SB 504: Free Juvenile Record-Sealing

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

SB 504 Sealing-Juvenile-Records

Please take a few minutes today to submit a letter of support for Senate Bill 504 by Tues 4/14 at 5pm on your organization’s letterhead.  A sample letter of support is included directly below this message.  You can either fax your letter in to the Senate Public Safety Committee (916) 445-4688or e-mail it to kim@youth4justice.org and we’ll deliver it.

This bill would make it free to seal juvenile records in California, so that young people ​will be Starting Over Strong when they turn 18 and apply for jobs, school, housing and other opportunities. SB 504 is co-sponsored by Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Youth Justice Coalition, East Bay Community Law Center and the California Public Defenders Association.

SB 504 has its first hearing in Senate Public Safety on Tuesday 4/21 at 9:30am, and we’d appreciate your in-person support if you can come to Sacramento: State Capitol room 4203.

Thank you!!

————————————————————————————————–Sample Letter of Support

April 14, 2015

Senator Loni Hancock

Chair, Senate Public Safety Committee

Sacramento, CA 95814

Via Fax:  (916) 445-4688

RE: SUPPORT – SB 504 “STARTING OVER STRONG” (LARA)

Dear Senator Hancock,

The (name your organization) is writing this letter in full support of …

Thank You For Making #DeathByCop March A Powerful Day!

Friday, April 10th, 2015

04-13-15 S.T.O.P. Death By Cop Action Update

Thank you to dozens of families and friends of loved ones killed by law enforcement use of force along with hundreds of people in support who came out this week to make Tuesday’s Remember Me / #DeathByCop March happen.

Join us Tuesday, April 14 at 5:30PM-7:30PM for Debrief and Planning of the next Action! At Chuco’s Justice Center 1137 E. Redondo Blvd Inglewood, CA 90302

Send your pictures, videos and any other media you created or found plus your evaluation – “What went good that day and what you would change?” to action@youth4justice.org

Check out some of the media coverage:

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Marchers-Demonstrate-Against-Police-Brutality-298937171.html

http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20150407/los-angeles-marchers-carry-617-mock-coffins-to-protest-police-brutality

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/04/08/405245/US-activists-protest-LA-police-brutality

Thank you for everyone’s hard work to build the S.T.O.P. Coalition and the time that went in to planning this week’s action:

American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California; Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles; Boyle Heights CALO YouthBuild; Brown and Black Clergy Coalition; Californians United for a Responsible Budget; Church Without Walls; Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) Los Angeles; Coalition Against Police Terror; Compton YouthBuild; Critical Resistance; Dignity and Power Now; Dignity in Schools Campaign; East Los Angeles College Students for Social Justice; ENLACE; Immigrant Youth Coalition – Los Angeles; Instituto de Educación …