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COALITION ACTIVITIES — December 5th, 2021

Greetings friends! This week the Coalition was visited by a group of brilliant young people from Roosevelt High School; held our in-person Community Policing meeting; and continued our War on Youth Retreat!

This week the Coalition invited some brilliant students from Roosevelt High School to LA CAN to discuss Data Driven Policing and their communities. The youth in attendance were part of a group of students trained learning Arc-GIS mapping, who have volunteered to use their skills to map LASER zones in their community. Cris (who famously built automatingbanishment.org website) led the youth in conversation around the map development process, including how he was able to turn LASER zone information from mission sheets into an interactive map. Being familiar with the Boyle Heights area Cris and Ni were able to have an in-depth conversation with the youth about how the neighborhood has changed, and what role the police have in these changes. We look forward to working with these powerful youth again soon!

On Friday 12/3 the Coalition held its Community Policing Working Group meeting and we were so thrilled to have so many new people join! The Community Policing working group works to understand community policing as counterinsurgency. We delve into the history of community policing and its historic ties to federal efforts to squash revolutionary dissent. Email us at [email protected] if you would like to join our next meeting.

Later that day the War on Youth Working Group met for part two of their retreat. The team continued to develop their strategy for the upcoming year and discussed the current political landscape around the surveillance of Youth.

A reminder that the War on Youth working group is hosting a special workshop for teachers, social workers, counselors, youth, and youth organizations on “Building Power Against School Surveillance.” The workshop will be held on Saturday 12/11 at 10 am over zoom. Register Here.

On Saturday 12/4 the Coalition held a follow up meeting with BLM-LA’s Police Accountability Team to strategize around the LAPD’s 2022-2023 Budget proposal. The proposed budget would increase the LAPD’s budget by 12%. If you have a keen eye for accounting or are interested in delving into the budget docs, email us at [email protected] .

The Coalition continues to build with the community on our recently released report: Automating Banishment: The Surveillance and Policing of Looted Land. If you or your organization are interested in hosting a teach-in or discussion regarding our report please fill out this google form.  The first teach-in and discussion is scheduled for the third Tuesday on the month webinar on December 21st at 6 PM. Please stay tuned for zoon details.