Worker Correspondents: Amazon and Third-Party Employers Lay Off Delivery Driver Hired during Pandemic

By Serran Soledad Villagrana Logistics Inc. a delivery service provider for Amazon, laid off a worker from their Camarillo location in January, despite her taking on increasingly heavy workloads through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company cited a “lack of work” as the reason for the lay-off. “They were essentially saying that there wasn’t enough volume to keep me on. Basically saying people … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon and Third-Party Employers Lay Off Delivery Driver Hired during Pandemic

Los Angeles: Police Shoot Protester in Head with ‘Less-Lethal’ Round, Deny Medical Attention and Legal Council

By Serran Soledad On Saturday night, an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) shot Benson Williams in the head using a ‘less-than-lethal’ beanbag round during a protest in Hollywood, landing him in the hospital with 19 stitches. Williams, who is a Black man, was subsequently arrested and is facing one charge of ‘Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer.’ Marking one … Continue reading Los Angeles: Police Shoot Protester in Head with ‘Less-Lethal’ Round, Deny Medical Attention and Legal Council

Los Angeles: Tenants Protest at Courthouse Against Retaliatory Lawsuit

By Serran Soledad The East Hollywood chapter of the Los Angeles Tenants Union (LATU) led a protest in front of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse Thursday morning, mobilizing tenants and activists in support of the N. Madison Tenants Association (NMTA), who were in court facing a retaliatory lawsuit from their landlord Aaron Marzwell. Marzwell filed an emergency restraining order following months of NMTA organizing against poor … Continue reading Los Angeles: Tenants Protest at Courthouse Against Retaliatory Lawsuit

Santa Barbara: Eight Activists Arrested Protesting Land Development

By Serran Soledad On Thursday morning, eight protesters were arrested for a sit-in at the San Marcos Foothills, a piece of land in Santa Barbara, CA once inhabited by the native Chumash tribe. The action was held as a protest of luxury homes set for development on the land by the Chadmar Group, a Santa Monica-based multi-million dollar real estate agency.  The action was initially … Continue reading Santa Barbara: Eight Activists Arrested Protesting Land Development

United Neighborhood Defense Movement Presents Demands to City Government, Property Managers

By Blake Garrison and Jakob Stein The United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) carried out actions in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles this past week demanding, among other protections, an end to evictions for non-payment and the collection of back rent. In Pittsburgh, activists hung a banner reading, “The UNDM Demands: An End to All Evictions for Nonpayment, Government and Corporations Pay Back Rent” in the front … Continue reading United Neighborhood Defense Movement Presents Demands to City Government, Property Managers

Oxnard: Ironworkers Hold Strike At Future Amazon Fulfillment Center

By Serran Soledad Last Friday, dozens of union workers held a picket line outside the future Amazon fulfillment center in Oxnard, California. This was day two of a strike organized by Ironworkers Local #433, who initially walked off the jobsite the previous day. Upon the announcement of the development of the Amazon fulfillment center, and in response to some community backlash, local politicians promised the … Continue reading Oxnard: Ironworkers Hold Strike At Future Amazon Fulfillment Center

Bakersfield: Community Protests outside ICE Processing Center

Photo Credit: La Hummingbird Flicks By Serran Soledad & Vanessa Garcia Protesters rallied outside the Mesa Verde Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Processing Center in Bakersfield, California on Saturday, demanding the release of undocumented youth detained at ICE facilities across the US. The protest, meant as a follow-up to actions held in January, hoped to put pressure on the newly inaugurated President Biden. Owned by … Continue reading Bakersfield: Community Protests outside ICE Processing Center

Santa Paula: Community Protests New Police Chief with History of Sexual Abuse

Photo credit: @La Hummingbird Flicks  By Serran Soledad Last Saturday, community members protested outside the Santa Paula Police Department (SPPD), demanding the removal of newly hired Police Chief Travis Walker. In 2019, Walker was dismissed from his position as police chief of Cathedral City following a lawsuit stemming from allegations of sexual harassment against a female officer. The announcement of his hiring drew backlash from … Continue reading Santa Paula: Community Protests New Police Chief with History of Sexual Abuse

California: Community Protests Racial Profiling of Black Teenagers, Calls For Boycott of Target

By Serran Soledad Last Saturday, demonstrators rallied against a Target store in Westlake Village, California, marching to the front of the building following a brief press conference in the parking lot. Organized by 805 Resistance, a group based in Thousand Oaks, the protest was called in response to the racial profiling and detainment of three Black teenagers at the shopping center in mid-January. Organizers also … Continue reading California: Community Protests Racial Profiling of Black Teenagers, Calls For Boycott of Target

Santa Paula: Community Protests New Imperialist Administration, Calls for End to Child Detention Centers

By Serran Soledad On Wednesday, the Brown Berets of Santa Paula, with the support of various Ventura County-based community organizations, led 50 people on a march in the agricultural city located just 65 miles north of Los Angeles. The protest, which demanded the release of the estimated 48,000 undocumented youth confined in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities, was part of a national call to … Continue reading Santa Paula: Community Protests New Imperialist Administration, Calls for End to Child Detention Centers