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Weekly Update – July 29, 2022

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Last Sunday (7/24), the Coalition marched in solidarity with our comrades at Anakbayan-LA during their annual People’s State of the Nation Address. Crowds joined together to reject the Marcos-Duterte regime in the Philippines and demand an end to the violent oppression of Filipinx people world wide.

On Monday (7/25), the Coalition said “bye for now” to our favorite organizer and musician, Stasi! Folks might recognize Stasi as one of the stars of the LA CAN Freedom Singers, having graced more than a few of our events with her beautiful voice. Good luck, Stasi!

Tuesday’s (7/26) Data Driven Policing featured a deeper dive into the LAPD’s Architecture of Surveillance and the tie-ins with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Peter discussed the physical manifestations of CPTED along with some of the more abstract components of its implementations in policing. This led to a discussion on how CPTED is a vital component in the increased criminalization of unhoused Angelenos, specifically municipal code 41.18. General Dogon discussed the expansion of Municipal Code 41.18 which was set to be expanded during a city council meeting on the following morning. He concluded

The following morning (7/27) the Coalition joined General Dogon and the Services Not Sweeps Coalition in fighting back against 41.18. In response to the overwhelming demands of the community the cowards at City Hall moved the vote on the expansion of the ordinance to Tuesday August 2nd.

Photo by @jeremotographs on Instagram

Lastly on Friday (7/29) the Coalition held our first Academic Complicity convening. The Academic Complicity Work Group spent the day discussing ways to grow on campus organizing that supports the work of students and academics fighting against the state within the academy. The group also discussed ways in which they can more readily fight back against academics that work to legitimize and sanitize police violence.

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].

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