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Weekly Update – September 16, 2022

Greetings friends! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

On Monday 9/12, the Coalition supported the Palestinian Youth Movement in voicing our opposition to their recent adoption of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism which criminalizes support for Palestinian Liberation. The Coalition and members of the Palestinian Youth Movement provided public comment during the WeHo Public Safety Commission. We’re preparing to fight back against the adoption of this definition at the West Hollywood City Council.

On Tuesday 9/13, the War on Youth work group held our monthly community meeting. This month we uplifted the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Abolition Week of Action. Our team uplifted the targeting of Black Migrants in the government’s implementation of these youth surveillance programs. We also discussed the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, how it stands to criminalize advocacy for the liberation of Palestine, and the history of its adoption by different groups and agencies.

On Wednesday 9/14, the Coalition participated in a press conference as part of the BAJI Abolition Week of Action, condemning Biden’s “United We Stand” Summit. Speakers included BAJI LA Organizer Maraky Alemseged, the Coalition’s own Akhil and Matyos, and LA CAN Civil Rights Organizer General Dogon.

Later that day, the Coalition held our monthly Coordinating Team meeting where we provided updates on our various fights and discussed next steps for our fights.

On Friday 9/16, LA CAN held its regular Resident Organizing Committee meeting. Pete led the group in a discussion around the inadequacy of LAHSA’s Homeless Count, highlighting the urgency these downplayed numbers highlight. Maritza discussed recent efforts to squash tenant protection programs that were implemented as a result of the Covid pandemic. General Dogon discussed the National Homeless Coalition’s recent Meanest City list, highlighting how and why Los Angeles ended up on the top of the list. We received updates from other committees at LA CAN and the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.

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LAPD Spying Coalition, email us at [email protected].

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