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Weekly Update – February 10, 2023

Greetings, here’s what we’ve been up to:

On Saturday (2/4) the War on Youth work group exhibited some of the work our students from Stem to the Future have been working on at STTF’s Community Day at Mudtown Farms in Watts. Watch a recap of the community day here.

On Tuesday (2/7) the Gender and Sexuality work group led a webinar on Radical Love. The group was joined by the Palestinian Feminist Collective to discuss the topic.

Other coalition members were present at the Long Beach city council meeting where a motion was agendized that would provide LBPD with 40 Automated License Plate Reader cameras. The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition organized community members to provide public comment in opposition to the cameras. The council approved the motion. You can see Hamid Khan’s public comment here.

On Wednesday (2/8) the War on Youth Work Group continued our residency with Stem to the Future. This week students learned about the racial disparity in citations issued by police to students in LAUSD schools.

During Thursday’s (2/9) episode of Radio Insurrection we were joined by Jenan, community organizer with Palestinian Youth Movement, to discuss the recent advent of cities implementing IHRA definitions of anti-Semitism, classifying criticism of the state of Israel as racism in an effort to stifle support for Palestinian liberation. Hamid and Matyos concluded the show with a conversation on political repression.

On Friday (2/10) the Coalition held a press conference alongside UCLA’s Carceral Ecology Lab announcing a lawsuit against Los Angeles County challenging the LASD’s refusal to release basic records about their helicopter fleet. Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and the Carceral Ecologies Lab have been examining how the helicopter fleet of varying police agencies are affecting Black and Latinx communities in Los Angeles. Dr. Nick Shapiro of the Carceral Ecologies Lab released some preliminary findings. You can check out some of the coverage of our press conference here:

To plug in with any of the work groups listed above, or for more information about the Stop
LAPD Spying Coalition, email us at [email protected].

If you or your organization are interested in hosting a teach-in or discussion regarding our report, Automating Banishment, please fill out this google form.