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Category: Everyday Heroes

Zoot Suit Riots 75th Anniversary June 3 to 10, 1943

From June 3 to June 10, 1943, servicemen stationed at the Chavez Ravine naval station near today’s L.A. State Historic Park beat up young men wearing Zoot Suits throughout Los Angeles. The sailors brutalized their victims and left them lying […]

Obama Boulevard and MLK Boulevard Celebration and Resistance!

City Project Intern Alex Ruppert reports: The community celebrated the unveiling of the new street sign renaming Rodeo Road for President Barack Obama Blvd. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. The day long event featured live music, food, […]

Intersection of Obama & MLK Boulevards is a symbol of hope & resistance – L.A. Times

Few would dispute the significance of the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood in the history of L.A. race relations. It’s where Tom Bradley, Los Angeles’s first black mayor, once had to enlist white “dummy buyers” to purchase a home. For decades, discriminatory practices, […]

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest @ 50 Civil Rights NYT

Festival organizers estimate that it brings $300 million into the New Orleans economy. . . . [T]his year’s lineup includes 688 groups, “and 600 of them are from New Orleans and South Louisiana.”. . . Jazz Fest is nonprofit, channeling […]

April 17 Roberto Clemente April 15 Jackie Robinson Equal Justice

In addition to Roberto Clemente’s accomplishments on the field — a 15-time All-Star, 12-time Gold Glove Award winner, two-time World Series champion with the Pittsburgh Pirates and member of the 3,000-hit club — he was a fierce advocate for Latino […]

Hate Crimes, White Nationalism, and White Supremacy House Judiciary Committee Eva Patterson Equal Justice Society

I am President of the Equal Justice Society located in Oakland California.  Our mission is to transform the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. . . . I come in peace. . . . Fast […]

Luisa Moreno, Guatemalan Immigrant, Labor Activist, Feminist Pioneer, Poet, before UFW, Deported by US #StanfordLatinoSummit

Luisa Moreno, born Blanca Rosa López Rodríguez in Guatemala City in 1907, moved to the US in 1928. A journalist and poet, she became a leader and organizer for immigrants, laborers, work place reform, and women’s rights. She laid the […]

Abolish the Death Penalty as Fundamentally Wrong Morally, Legally, Inefficient and Unnecessary Gov. Newsom NY Times Editorial

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced Wednesday that no executions will occur on his watch, granting temporary reprieves to all 737 inmates on the state’s death row. . . . “I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be […]

Celebrate Bruce’s Beach and Black L.A. CA Coastal Commission #EnvironmentalJustice

Dear Chair Bocho, Honorable Commissioners, Director Ainsworth, and Esteemed Staff Members: Congratulations and thank you again for adopting the Environmental Justice Policy on March 8. We are delighted to be part of the diverse allies who stand behind you. We were […]

Gov Gavin Newsom Halts Death Penalty in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom is suspending the death penalty in California, calling it discriminatory and immoral and granting reprieves to the 737 condemned inmates on the nation’s largest Death Row. “I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be […]