Frontlines to Headlines April 2016

by Crystal Shaw on April 25, 2016



After campaigning for two years for a wellness center to serve Long Beach youth, Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) has achieved their goal. Read about KGA’s victory in the Long Beach Press Telegram.






Thanks in part to work by the Labor/Community Strategy Center, the Los Angeles School Police Department has returned the last of its heavy arms collection to the Department of Defense. According to the Los Angeles Times the stockpile included grenade launchers and a mine resistant armored vehicle


The Guardian reported on a recently-introduced California bill to ban long-term solitary confinement for youths, co-sponsored by Youth Justice Coalition (YJC). The article quotes YJC organizer Kim McGill on how the practice is deadly and inhumane.

Truthdig featured a podcast conversation between co-founder of Dignity and Power Now and #BlackLivesMatter, Patrisse Cullors, and California Endowment head, Robert Ross.

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and KPCC each covered recent developments in L.A.’s homelessness crisis, acknowledging Los Angeles Community Action Network’s (LA-CAN) leadership on the issue.


According to My News L.A., the Los Angeles City Council is supporting a plan to call on Governor Jerry Brown to boost funding for programs that keep people out of prison and curb recidivism under Prop. 47. Community Coalition is pushing for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to adopt the stance too.


Black Women for Wellness released a groundbreaking study on how hair products marketed to Black women can contain toxic chemicals and undergo less rigorous testing. See Madame Noire for more.



Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling (STAND-LA) and Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) have been working to end dangerous neighborhood drilling in L.A.’s low income communities of color, and Hollywood is taking notice. See Good Magazine for a story about how actors Mark Ruffalo and Leonard DiCaprio are using their star power to elevate this issue.


The L.A. Times reported on the experiences of Wilmington residents living close to urban oil drilling operations. The article mentions the work of CBE and Coalition for a Safe Environment, both fighting for stronger regulation.

Mark Lopez and Hugo Lujan of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) sat down with Fox 11’s Tony Valdez to discuss environmental racism in relation to the Exide and Porter Ranch catastrophes, where the response to community health threats has been far from equal.



T.R.U.S.T. South L.A. helped transform the corner of Crenshaw and Florence into a temporary pedestrian-friendly zone with music and activities for an event called Street Beats. Read more on Streetsblog L.A.


KPFA produced a radio segment on life in L.A.’s garment district, featuring Garment Worker Center (GWC) director, Marissa Nuncio.

See People’s World to find out how Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) is standing up for a Rialto family fighting an unfair foreclosure.

In a KCET report on minimum wage increases in California, Scarlett De Leon of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) stressed the importance of implementing and enforcing laws against wage theft.

An L.A. Times article on how rent controlled housing is being replaced by luxury units featured quotes from Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) on the need to preserve existing affordable housing while building more.

KCET profiled the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, describing the organization’s impact securing jobs for Black workers constructing the Crenshaw Line and covering the history of African American labor issues in the city.

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported on domestic workers rallying for permanent labor rights, mentioning the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC), the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC).









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