Mar 152017
 

Los Angeles Against The New Travel Ban

 

CITY OF LOS ANGELES JOINS AMICUS BRIEF AGAINST REVISED TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

 

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the City of Los Angeles has joined a coalition of local municipalities opposed to President Trump’s revised Executive Order commonly known as the travel ban. The Cities of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles joined with jurisdictions across the nation in an amicus brief in State of Washington, et al. v. Donald J. Trump, et al. filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Read the official filing.

“All the window dressing in the world won’t magically transform a travel ban that’s unconstitutional at its core into a lawful order,” said Feuer. “Los Angeles proudly stands with cities across the nation at this perilous time, when many of our nation’s most fundamental principles hang in the balance.”

“The travel ban targets people indiscriminately and is far out of step with the values of religious tolerance and equality that we believe in as Americans,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Cities are coming together to lead this fight because we understand the urgency of working together to keep our country safe — and doing it in a way that honors our shared humanity, celebrates our diversity, and does not turn away from the ideals that define who we are.”

Prompted by reports that visa and green card holders were detained or denied entry at LAX, Feuer sought to intervene with federal officials at LAX the night of January 28. When Feuer’s efforts were rebuffed by these officials, Feuer sent this letter to top federal authorities seeking answers regarding the unlawful treatment of legal immigrants at LAX. When reports indicated LAX detainees suffered deplorable conditions -–for example, receiving little or no food or water for hours—Feuer submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the federal government last month.

Feuer’s office joined an amicus brief in February opposing the original travel ban.

 

 

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Nov 102016
 

Anti-Trump Protests Across The Country

From the East to the West Coast Americans took to the streets to protest the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. Hashtags #NotMyPresident and #HeIsNotMyPresident took over Twitter.

Anti-Trump rallies were held in most States including California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, Virginia, Oregon and in front of the White House. There were prayers as well as fear, anger, disappointment and outrage across the Land.

In cities with Trump buildings the protesters made a point of gathering in front of them. In other places, people gathered in front of local landmarks. In many areas, streets, highways and freeways were blocked by protesters. Students at colleges and universities nationwide were exercising their right to protest.

At one point, in Los Angeles there were so many protests taking place simultaneously, the LAPD didn’t have enough manpower to control them. Hundreds of people brought 101 freeway (between Downtown L.A. and Hollywood) to a halt last night. According to latest reports 28 people were arrested in anti-Trump rallies in Greater Los Angeles.

There were Trump piñatas, masks and puppets as well as burnings of the American flag. The prospect of #CalExit (cessation of California from the Federal government) was raised.

L.A. Mayor, Eric Garcetti said in a statement:

“One of our greatest privileges as Americans is the right to free expression. Last night, thousands of Angelenos came together publicly to make their feelings known.

I understand that the results of Tuesday’s election are painful for many of us, and this kind of engagement can be a meaningful part of the healing we need after such a long and divisive campaign. But walking and throwing objects onto freeways is dangerous for pedestrians and drivers — and it puts a heavy burden on people just trying make it home to their families or get to work safely.

I am proud that the demonstrations in Los Angeles have been mostly lawful and peaceful, and that our officers are working with demonstrators to keep people out of harm’s way. Protests can, should, and must proceed in that spirit — and I urge everyone to look out for their fellow Angelenos and put safety first.”

Several days after the Election and the first meeting between the First Family and the family of the President Elect the nation remains bitterly divided.

UPDATE: Anti-Trump protests continue in many States, including California. A large protest is scheduled for Saturday 11/12/16 in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. (10,000 people are expected.)

There is nothing wrong with protesting. However the time for self-expression was the election. Continued protests, some involving vandalism of property (ours, not the President Elect’s!) and violence against police officers (our city’s, not Federal government’s!) are not only futile but senseless. No protest can change the outcome of Presidential Election.
Social activism, civic initiatives – both of which are peaceful – might moderate the impact of some federal policies on Los Angeles and California.

The time for expressing our preferences has ended once the polls closed. Now it’s time to get ready for a new era with President Trump at the steering wheel. We and the President Elect will have to make some compromises. It’s time to look for the positive and focus on values we can agree on. It’s time to move on.

 

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Oct 022016
 
Kim Kardashian Robbed In Paris

Photo: Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

Kim Kardashian West – who is attending the Fashion Week in Paris – was held at a gunpoint in her luxury apartment at Hotel de Pourtales by two armed robbers wearing masks and police uniforms. Kim was tied up and left in the bathroom. The robbers left with an estimated 11 million dollars worth of Kim’s jewelry.

Upon learning of his wife’s traumatic experience – during his concert in New York! – Kim’s husband Kanye West immediately cancelled the rest of the concert due to “family emergency”. The audience unaware of details of the situation was stunned.

French authorities are investigating the incident. It isn’t known whether the couple’s children witnessed the robbery.

 

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Jan 122015
 

CTG SELECTS 12 STUDENTS FOR AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION REGIONAL FINALS TO BE HELD AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM ON MARCH 2

National Competition to Take Place May 4 in New York

Mark Taper Forum

Regional finals will take place at Mark Taper Forum

Center Theatre Group has selected 12 local students to participate in the regional finals of the 2015 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) to be held at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum on March, 2, 2015.

With the support of the CTG Affiliates, this is the fourth consecutive year that CTG will host the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth through the work of August Wilson.

“Center Theatre Group is honored to play a part in sustaining the legacy of August Wilson by introducing him and his work to a new generation. The power of CTG’s August Wilson Monologue Competition is in giving students the opportunity to study a significant African-American playwright as a source for their own education, self-reflection and creative expression,” says CTG’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships Leslie K. Johnson. “I am incredibly proud of all the young people who participated in the program and am excited to work with our regional finalists as they prepare for their performance at the Mark Taper Forum. I can’t wait to see this year’s participants bring Wilson’s characters to life.”

Those chosen to participate in the competition are Philip Patrick Bucknor (Los Angeles), Javen K. Crosby (Burbank), Danielle N. Davis (Los Angeles), Trécey Dory (Los Angeles), Shaila Essley (Chino Hills), Avery Girion (Sherman Oaks), Camryn Hamm (Rancho Cucamonga), Katharine Lauffer (Valencia), Wayne R. Mackins-Harris (Los Angeles), Miles Millikan (Los Angeles), Wendy R. Morrow (Los Angeles) and Paul Vincent III (North Hollywood). The students represent several local high schools including Idyllwild Arts Academy, Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Marlborough School, Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Rancho Cucamonga High School and Valencia High School.