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2 days ago

La Defensa
Listen to the razor-sharp public comments from La Defensa Co-Founder and Dignity and Power NOW Senior Policy Lead Ivette Ale at the @CountyOfLA Public Safety Cluster Meeting!Ivette’s insights and directives are a roadmap for authentic public safety and justice in our County! We must move now to #CloseMCJ !#CareFirst #CareNotCops #CareFirstJailsNever #CloseMCJ #FullyFundMeasureJ #ReimagineLA @reimagine_la #JusticeLA ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

La Defensa
#DaunteWright should be at home with his loved ones. This isn’t an accident. This is racism and state sanctioned violence. We must defund the police and invest in communities! We send our deepest condolences to the Wright family and Daunte Jr. #AbolitionNowSWIPE ⬅️ to see ways to support Daunte’s loved ones.Confirmed ways to support #DaunteWright’s family, via @HolisticHeaux Share and give what you canCash App: $hubby98 cash.app/$hubby98Venmo: @/ thuy-jonesPayPal: @/ holisticheaux ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

La Defensa
Let’s recall our #MeasureJ origin story! As many of us know, this past November, Black-led organizations such as Black Lives Matter LA and the Reimagine LA Coalition, anchored by La Defensa, helped move over 2.1 million voters to pass Measure J, which permanently changed the County Charter to require a minimum of 10 percent of the County’s unrestricted revenue go toward alternatives to incarceration and direct community investment into Black communities and low-income and/or POC communities. More recently, community members participated in a five-week subcommittee process to develop sets of recommendations, including an approved recommendation to close Men’s Central Jail from the Health, Behavioral Health, and Diversion subcommittee. BUT, earlier this month, the LA County Chief Executive Officer (CEO) released a memo to the County Board of Supervisors that included a $100 million set-aside proposal for Measure J funding for the 2021-22 county budget. We know that the CEO’s math doesn’t add up! We demand more than $100MM in #MeasureJ funding, including the allocation of #MeasureJ dollars to fund community-based services instead of sinking more dollars into the operations of #MensCentralJail and the lawsuits that come as a result of Sheriff brutality. We will keep fighting until we win![📸]: @fraudfix#CloseMCJ #FullyFundMeasureJ #LaDefensa #ReimagineLA #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeLA #CareNotCages #JusticeNotJails #DefendBlackLives ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

La Defensa
So many community organizers moved the crowd and reminded us why we must #CloseMCJ at our action last week! Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of Frontline Wellness Network ( @FrontlineWellnessNetwork ) and a leader in both the Reimagine LA ( @Reimagine_LA ) and Justice LA ( @JusticeLANow ) Coalitions as well as the Black Lives Matter Global Network, ( @BlkLivesMatter ) dropped knowledge on us!He shared:“Our county wastes $46 million a year arresting Black houseless people alone, often for public health related charges. At the same time, the rising costs of lawsuits against the Sheriff's department due to brutality, corruption, and violation of people’s rights cost our County $84 million last year. So, we want to be very clear that when we say, “Close Men’s Central Jail,” we mean reallocating the community’s money from those harmful systems into Measure J and into care, housing, and dignity for Black people.”Mic DROP! We are grateful for your leadership and power, Mark-Anthony, and grateful to be in Coalition with you! [📸]: @fraudfix #CloseMCJ #FullyFundMeasureJ #LaDefensa #FrontlineWellnessNetwork #ReimagineLA #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeLA #CareNotCages #JusticeNotJails #DefendBlackLives ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

La Defensa
La Defensa’s roots and mission are grounded in demands for judicial accountability. We know that transparency in the judiciary and uplifting judges that center values of abolition, diversion and racial and social justice are essential to the transformations to the criminal legal system that our communities are fighting for. @CourtwatchLA has long been a leader in judicial accountability. We are grateful for their partnership. We cannot stand for the abusive and punitive approach of LA Superior Court Judge Patrick E. Connolly.His questioning of a jury and abusing defence lawyers by calling into question their ability to social distance and cursing at them is dangerous and harmful.We’re thankful for @CourtwatchLA ‘s advocacy and we stand alongside them. We must hold judges accountable and reduce the size and scope of the judiciary! #Repost @courtwatchla・・・Compton Judge Patrick Connolly has been admonished by the Commission on Judicial Performance for the third time. ... See MoreSee Less
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We stand in solidarity with all those protesting the murder of #DaunteWright. The killing of unarmed black people by police is the manifestation of the racism of the legal system and has become a frequent nightmare.

#DaunteWright should be at home with his loved ones. This isn’t an accident. This is racism and state sanctioned violence. We must defund the police and invest in communities! We send our deepest condolences to the Wright family and Daunte Jr. #AbolitionNow

The answer to police killing our people isn’t more training or better recruitment of officers.
The answer is abolishing a policing system that hails from slave-catching and intentionally puts targets on our backs.
Build a strong, well-resourced community & #AbolishThePolice.

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A project of Tides Advocacy,  is leading a movement to decarcerate the largest jail population in the United States–the LA County jail system–by reducing the power and scope of the judiciary, law enforcement and the legal injustice system. We do this by fighting for a fair & transparent pretrial process, state & local budgets that reflect our values, life-affirming alternatives to incarceration, and judicial accountability.

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