Los Angeles: Family and Activists Fight for Justice for Valentina Orellana-Peralta, Killed by Police

Photo: An altar for Valentina Orellana-Peralta at a vigil organized by People’s Struggle San Fernando Valley By Sarah Ahmed The family of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta and local activists are fighting for justice for Valentina, who was killed by police in December while shopping for a Christmas dress with her mother. Officer William Dorsey Jones Jr. with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed through his … Continue reading Los Angeles: Family and Activists Fight for Justice for Valentina Orellana-Peralta, Killed by Police

Worker Correspondents: Workers at B&S Waterway Plastics Face Constant Threat of Being Fired

By Sarah Ahmed At Waterway Plastics, workers are constantly threatened with being fired, and do not receive any breaks when they work the night shift. Waterway Plastics in Oxnard, California assembles materials for jacuzzis and pools. The night shift at Waterway Plastics is staffed with 20 workers, which is less than a third of the workers that work during the first shift. While California has … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Workers at B&S Waterway Plastics Face Constant Threat of Being Fired

Los Angeles: Police Kill Two at Department Store, Including 14-Year-Old Girl Trying on Christmas Dresses

By Jakob Stein On Thursday, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) shot and killed 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta in a dressing room of a Burlington Coat Factory in North Hollywood. The officers were responding to reports of an assault in the crowded store just one day before Christmas Eve, ultimately cornering and shooting an unidentified male suspect, who was also killed. When the officer … Continue reading Los Angeles: Police Kill Two at Department Store, Including 14-Year-Old Girl Trying on Christmas Dresses

Worker Correspondents: Management Retaliation, Going Without Bathroom Breaks at Lifetech Cosmetics Factory

By Sarah Ahmed Workers at the Lifetech Resources facility in Moorpark, California must wait long periods of time before being allowed bathroom or water breaks and can be ‘laid off’ when they complain to management, resulting in workers going weeks without paid work. The facility, which is mostly staffed by women, produces cosmetics like hair and skin products. Workers are not allowed to have water … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Management Retaliation, Going Without Bathroom Breaks at Lifetech Cosmetics Factory

California: Marine Corporal Found Dead on US Military Base, Family Leads Fight for Justice

By Serran Soledad On September 11, the family of Brandon Alvarez, 22, a former corporal in the United States Marine Corps, disrupted a Democratic Party event in Oxnard to demand justice for Alvarez, who was found dead in his barracks on June 5. The previous day, a group of protesters rallied at city hall in Thousand Oaks, California, before marching to a nearby US Marine … Continue reading California: Marine Corporal Found Dead on US Military Base, Family Leads Fight for Justice

Los Angeles: Home Protest Ordinance Protects the Ruling Class, Represses the People

Photo credit: Libby Denkman/LAist By Serran Soledad On Tuesday, the Los Angeles city council tentatively approved an ordinance which prohibits protesters from coming within 300 feet of the protest target’s private home—expanding a municipal code already in place that restricts targeted protests to no closer than 100 feet of a person’s residence. With the newest motion, introduced by city council president Nury Martinez and Councilman … Continue reading Los Angeles: Home Protest Ordinance Protects the Ruling Class, Represses the People

Ventura: Community Rallies Against Genocide of Indigenous Children

By Serran Soledad Last Saturday, community members marched in Ventura (officially known as San Buenaventura) as part of a mobilization to raise awareness of the genocide of indigenous children, exemplified by the mass graves discovered on the grounds of colonial boarding schools throughout Canada. The action was organized by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Group of Ventura County (MMIWG)—the march began with a rally … Continue reading Ventura: Community Rallies Against Genocide of Indigenous Children

Los Angeles: Police Detonation of Fireworks Causes 2 Deaths

Photo: Auzie Houchins, one of LAPD’s victims from their botched fireworks detonation By David Martinez Two men in Los Angeles died last month due to the impacts of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) reckless detonation of fireworks within a residential area of the South Central neighborhood in late June. Families of the two men say that the effects of the blast and the subsequent … Continue reading Los Angeles: Police Detonation of Fireworks Causes 2 Deaths

San Fernando Valley: March Against Police Murder of Chris Garcia and Guillermo Amezcua

By Serran Soledad On July 17, anti-imperialist organization People’s Struggle SFV (PSSFV) organized and held a march along with community members to demand justice for Chris Garcia and Guillermo Amezcua, both murdered by the police in southern California in recent months. Garcia was shot to death by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) following a vehicle pursuit as he surrendered at a northbound 5 Freeway … Continue reading San Fernando Valley: March Against Police Murder of Chris Garcia and Guillermo Amezcua

Los Angeles: Police Detonate 5,000 Pounds of Fireworks in Neighborhood, Injure Residents

Photo: The police-caused fireworks explosion as seen from a nearby street (Source: OC HAWK) By David Martinez On the evening of June 30, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detonated an estimated 5,000 pounds of seized fireworks on a residential street in a South Central neighborhood, injuring seven residents, three seriously. Nearby vehicles were destroyed and flipped over, and the windows of homes and businesses … Continue reading Los Angeles: Police Detonate 5,000 Pounds of Fireworks in Neighborhood, Injure Residents