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Weekly Update – March 3, 2023

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

On Tuesday morning (2/28), the Coalition alongside our comrades in the LAPC Fails Coalition held a press conference in response to the Mayor’s newly released public safety plan. Community members lambasted the three page insubstantial “plan” for lacking any real content and being completely absent of the solutions to public safety continually uplifted by community organizations. You can watch the press conference here.

That evening the Data Driven Policing Work Group held their monthly webinar. The group provided details on the priorities listed in Mayor Bass’s public safety plan, including dispelling the claim that LAPD has a Facial Recognition Technology Prohibition in place. The group also provided updates on our other fights.

On Wednesday (3/1) the Coalition’s War on Youth work group continued our residency with students at Stem to the Future. This week students continued fleshing out their Five Point Plan (modeled after the Black Panther Party’s Ten Point Plan). The students were then introduced to the Coalition’s organizing model and reviewed some of the popular education materials we have created.

On Thursday’s (3/2) episode of Radio Insurrection, Hamid Khan led a conversation with guests Pete White of LA CAN, Paula Minor of BLM-LA, and Gloria Gonzalez of the Youth Justice Coalition in further dissecting the Mayor’s Public Safety plan.

On Friday (3/3) LA CAN hosted the United Nations Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Rights. LA CAN’s various committees presented the fights that are currently underway in bringing about liberation to our community here in Skid Row. The Coalition discussed Data Driven Policing’s role in facilitating the banishment of communities in Skid Row.

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.