LA County’s $8.6M Accenture Contract Violates Care First Policy & Measure J

CFCI / Measure J Funding is intended for independent pretrial services and treatment – not expensive consultant contracts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2023  LOS ANGELES – La Defensa co-founded the ReimagineLA Coalition with the explicit intent of moving LA County dollars to community-based services outside of law enforcement, including pretrial services. With the support of over 2 million … Read more

La Defensa’s 5 Days of Year in Review

2022 Year in Review

A look back at the work we did in 2022 This post was originally an email series with additional content. You can read the individual emails here. REIMAGINE LA  THE DEFENDERS OF JUSTICE RATE MY JUDGE LEADERSHIP TRANSITION OPERATIONS & COMMS Some of our favorite moments from the past year From left to right, starting at … Read more

Early Post-Election Analysis

A pink and orange background with palm trees and water color splotches with the text “EARLY ELECTION ANALYSIS - Midterms 2022” and the La Defensa logo

🗳 While it’s still too early to call many of yesterday’s election races, early results show that California voters are ready to stand in solidarity and vote for #progressive #CareFirst policies, accountability, and candidates who work for our communities instead of perpetuating harmful systems of oppression. 💥 We are so proud of the showing all … Read more

Meet Our New Executive Director: Ivette Alé-Ferlito

Ivette & Eunisses

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Executive Director Ivette Alé-Ferlito. Ivette, one of the co-founders of La Defensa, has officially taken the helm of the organization, as our other co-founder, Eunisses, steps into her new role as Los Angeles City Council Member of the First District. Ivette transitions to La Defensa from … Read more

Statement: LA City Council Leaked Audio

Download the PDF of this statement Today, the anti-Black statements of LA City Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Kevin de Leon, and LA Labor Federation President Ron Herrera were exposed. This confirms what we have long understood about Los Angeles’ Latino old guard – they may represent some of our identities but not … Read more

Reproductive Justice Media Statement

FUCK SCOTUS, Fund Abortion -

Los Angeles (June 24, 2022) – This morning the Supreme Court published a final opinion that confirmed May SCOTUS leak. The Court ruled that abortion is a Constitutional right, signaling that the states will make decisions about the right to abortion for their constituencies. Within minutes, Eric Schmitt, Missouri’s Republican Attorney General, signed an opinion … Read more