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Weekly Update – June 9, 2023 –

Greetings friends, check out what we’ve been up to:

On Tuesday (6/6) the War on Youth work group proudly supported an action led by our students from Stem to the Future. The group, which had named themselves Bloom YEAH (YOUTH EAT ALL HEALTHY) held an action in front of the LAUSD building demanding free healthy lunches in their school. This protest was the culmination of a semester’s worth of research and preparation by the students. Students shared personal stories about their experiences with inedible lunches. They also led a march in front of the building while leading a crowd of supporters in chants.

Later that evening, the Gender and Sexuality work group held their monthly webinar. This month, participants discussed an outbreak of anti-LGBTQ+ violence that took place during the prior weekend. Attendees also discussed the targeted arrest of abolitionist organizer Xodiac by the LASD during a Pride event.

This week’s episode of Radio Insurrection featured returning guests Monique Noel and Keke of the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition, discussing the Coalition’s new report on DCFS entitled, “Dividing and Conquering Familie(s)”. The report, principally authored by Victoria Copeland, uncovers the ways that the Department of Child and Family Services criminalizes Black and indigenous families. The report was launched with a town hall led by a panel consisting of Monique, Keke, and other Black women directly impacted by DCFS. On the show, Keke and Monique recounted the experience of creating that space within the town hall for community members to share their experiences with DCFS.

Later that day, the Coalition welcomed UCLA students participating in a course entitled “Data, Justice, and Society.” The Coalition shared the extent of our work with students and talked about the different ways we work toward abolition.

On Friday (6/9), we hit Echo Park lake to conduct outreach for our event the following Sunday pointing out LAPD’s cameras!

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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