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Weekly Update – August 27, 2022

Hi Friends, 

We hope you and your loved ones are well!

Here is the recap on what’s cookin for the coalition:  

On Monday, 8/22, our Academic Complicity working group held its monthly meeting to discuss the ways that academic institutions collaborate and profit from the police state. We mapped out some popular education tools we are working on and collectively discussed what data abolition could look like. 

We also held our first Collective Learning subgroup that is composed of different teachers skill sharing and developing lesson plans centered around our report Automating Banishment. Our goal is to make these wor 

On Tuesday morning, 8/23, we mobilized public comment along with our partners at #LAPCFails against different community policing and reform efforts that LAPD is proposing– including their expansion of Community Safety Partnerships (CSP) youth programs such as the mini-mounties and their new process for acquiring technology.  

Later in the day, we held our Data Driven Policing community meeting that looked at the recent adoption of an LAPD Special Order that will facilitate the expansion of LAPD surveillance technology arsenal and gave a sneak peak of our new zine from our community policing work group, highlighting the cyclical nature of reform in response to community resistance.

On Wednesday, 8/24, a few coalition members hit the streets to do our weekly outreach here in Skid Row. We visited our friends at the Skid Row People’s Market to drop off flyers and held several conversations with community members on what LAPD harassment has looked like in the past few months and the ongoing criminalization of poverty. 

On Friday, 8/26, our Fight Against the War on Youth group met with community members concerned with LAUSD / LAPD’s mandated reporting program for youth. We collectively  strategized what information we would want to know and what areas of research to conduct as we build a new Public Records Act request to learn more about this youth surveillance. 

On Saturday, 8/27, we celebrated the life of our comrade Kei Utsumi who recently transitioned to be with their ancestors. Kei was a devoted human rights advocate, long time member of LA CAN, and always spoke truth to power. 

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