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Weekly Update – September 9, 2022

Dear friends, check out some of the work we have been doing!

On Monday 9/5, LA CAN celebrated Labor Day the Skid Row way! It was a party here on 6th street with food, games, and music by our incredible community of artists. We cooled down in the sweltering heat with ice cold water, a mister, and an ample supply of water balloons. LA CAN gave out dozens of pairs of sneakers, and also recruited community members to join in on the work we’ve been doing to build power here in Skid Row. We also celebrated our September birthdays here at LA CAN including the Coalition’s very own Ni, Hamid, Matyos, and Brother Pancake (wow lots of midwinter conception of community organizers!).

On Tuesday 9/6, the Gender and Sexuality team held their monthly community meeting, leading a collective conversation on cis-hetero-patriarchy and the ways that we replicate the state’s tactics on each other.

On Wednesday 9/7, the Coalition held our regular weekly outreach here in Skid Row. We hung out and talked to community members in San Julian park about the dangers of LAPD targeted surveillance, and the state’s efforts to target, harass, and push us out.

That evening, at the invitation of our friends at the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, Stop LAPD Spying attended the Long Beach Equity & Human Relations Commission meeting on a Police Surveillance Oversight Body recommendation for Long Beach PD. Community members entirely opposed the establishment of an oversight body, and an overwhelming number of community members demanded a complete ban on surveillance technologies. The Commission acquiesced to our community’s demands and recommended a complete ban, opposing the establishment of an oversight body.

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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