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  • Housing and Civil Rights advocates gathered to attend a special meeting of the LA City Council for Housing, Community and Economic Development committee. Giving testimony in front of a panel chaired by Councilmember Herb Wesson, residents of public housing and renters from all over Los Angeles county gathered to address the housing crisis.  Speakers covered the pending descruction of public housing and down sized workers unable to keep up with annual rent increases.

  • Jeanette Charles, Strategy Center member and co-coordinator of the 2010 Spring Break Take Action, blogs about the most impactful lessons the group experienced and the inspiration she gained witnessing the youth take leaps and bounds in their own organizing skills and expanding their understanding of our histories in this country as...

  • The Community Rights Campaign recently provided a "Know Your Rights" training where students, parents and organizers came out from around the city. We focused on the daytime curfew restrictions (informally known as "truancy tickets") the court process and we covered legal rights on police and school searches. As a group, we analyzed the ways in which the police, the schools and the courts interact with students and communities.

  • Streetsblog has been highlighting exciting innovations in New York City that parallel our Clean Air efforts in L.A.: bus-only lanes, bus-centered transit and a car-free Times Square! It's exciting to see these projects developing simultaneously across the country.

  • We met with councilmembers Labonge and Rosendahl because their continued leadership is crucial to making sure the Wilshire Bus Only Lanes project is finalized with final EIR approval by the end of this year. Both councilmembers are on the city council's Transportation Committee. Committee Chair Rosendahl assured us that he will work to consolidate the rest of...

  • Seeking support for improved transit operations and a public hearing, Los Angeles members of the Transit Riders for Public Transportation met with City Council members.
  • Transit Riders for Public Transportation advocates joined Transit Labor members and Reverend Jesse Jackson at a press conference to address the loss of transit jobs due to massive cuts in transit operations.

     

  • Last November, I blogged about being disturbed by the absence of anger and the outrage in the middle of the worst economic crisis in 80 years. But maybe things are starting to change. Last week the L.A. Daily News was talking about people feeling left out if they didn't have a protest...on Wednesday.
  • UPDATE 4/22: On Thursday, April 15, Mayor Villaraigosa introduced Motion #49 to the MTA Board, with L.A. DOT General Manger Rita Robinson and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The motion proposes an informational briefing to announce the fare increase and listen to “comments”; this is not a public hearing and not...

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