Civil Rights

Making history: CRC's 14-0 victory at City Hall to roll back the truancy ticketing law LAMC 45.04

In a letter from the CRC steering committee, we reflect on the meaning of our victory at City Hall last week, a 14-0 vote to roll back truancy ticketing and school policing under LAMC 45.04, the Daytime Curfew Law.  Civil rights, our generation's fight against separate and unequal education, and the role of organizing...

In-depth investigative reporting on HuffPo: "LA Moves Haltingly Toward Ending Fines for Truancy"

In an in-depth story on the Huffington Post, investigative reporter Susan Ferriss (iWatch News) delves into two students' harsh treatment by police in Nov, raising questions as to whether new guidelines issued last year by LAPD and LASPD to curb truancy and tardy policing are working.

Sign our petition to tell City Hall you support rolling back truancy ticketing!

City Hall will vote next week on whether or not to roll back the infamous truancy law (LAMC 45.04). We are asking everyone to sign a petition to the Mayor, City Hall and city leaders to express our support for ending this assault on our most vulnerable students!

ALERT! City council to vote Wed 2/22 to roll back truancy ticketing--we need your support!

We are looking for support on over-turning the punitive truancy practices for LAUSD. Two vital votes will be held this month. The Public Safety Committee on Feb. 13th and the full LA City Council vote on Feb. 15th. We are collecting signatures on petitions and asking for support from students and their families to let our City leaders know where we stand.

ALERT! Tell Congress to Vote NO on House Transportation Bill (HR 7)-- Attack on Public Transit, Civil Rights and Enviro Justice

Word has raced out that House Republicans are moving to eviscerate transit in the federal transportation bill. But there's also a series of provisions in the bill that are aimed at our grassroots communities of color who make up the backbone of transit ridership across the country. They include the elimination of environmental requirements and planning tools that project our rights.

City-wide coalition accuses LA Metro of undermining damning results of federal civil rights audit

A city-wide coalition of civil rights, labor, environmental, immigrant rights, health, and housing organizations will bring their demands to the Board of LA Metro and hold a public conference and rally outside of Metro Headquarters. The Federal Transit Administration's just-released report found Metro guilty of a wide range of civil rights violations and deficiencies and calls into question the legitimacy and legality of policies that punished low income bus riders and bus riders of color - namely repeated cuts in bus service and fare increases.

MTA tries to deflect attention away from its civil rights crisis and current federal probe

Lead Organizer Sunyoung Yang's response to the FTA's recent clarification on federal procedure and MTA CEO Art Leahy's effort to spin it into a victory by for the MTA.

The Occupy Movement and Its Demands

Many in the Occupy movement believe that making specific demands will leave the movement open to cooptation and division. But without demands that ask the president, Congress, and Wall Street to make radical changes in policy, there is the danger that they will still carry out business as usual while the protests grow stronger.

BRU in the news: 14 orgs give scathing indictment of MTA

Check out news coverage on the new report co-authored by the BRU and 14 other civil rights, labor, environmental, public health, and housing organizations from around los Angeles. The report Transit Civil Rights & Economic Survival in Los Angeles: A Case for Federal Intervention in LA Metro details the 4 year storm since the end of the consent decree.  LA Opinión, LA Weekly, and Streets Blog report.