LA
2018
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
Main Hall
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY August 25, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Event Organizer: 
Description: 
In Los Angeles today, transit and climate racism demand racial and environmental justice. The Labor/Community Strategy Center is carrying out a Free Public Transportation/Stop MTA Attacks on Black Passengers Campaign but there is virtually no white or progressive support as the racial (racist) divide In Los Angeles continues as Black and Latino communities struggle alone while most white people talk about Trump, Bernie, Wall Street, but do not challenge their own or societal racism. This is a chance to change those dynamics. We are demanding Free Public Transportation/No Cars in L.A., No Police on MTA Buses and Trains, No Police in L.A. Schools, Stop MTA Attacks on Black Passengers/Stop U.S. Genocide Against Black people. This panel will feature lead organizers Channing Martinez, Barbara Lott-Holland, India Tate, and Elmo Gomez in conversation with Strategy Director Eric Mann and the audience about how we can work together to actually win those demands over the next 2, 5, and 10 years—starting now. The discussion will focus on how all of us can get involved, through pressure on MTA board members Mayor Garcetti, Supervisors Mark Ridley Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, Janice Hahn, and Hilda Solis. Raise funds, hold house parties, go door to door, do social media, show up at MTA board meetings, really get involved in this historic movement and historic struggle.

Participants

Eric Mann is a veteran of the Congress of Racial Equality, Newark Community Union Project, Students for a Democratic Society, the United Auto Workers New Directions Movement, and now director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center and host of KPFK’s Voices from the Frontlines.
Associate Director, Labor Community Strategy Center, long-time South Los Angeles resident, NGO representative to the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference in Paris 2015, organizer Fight for the Soul of the Cities
Producer of Voices from the Frontlines. Channing Martinez is a Black-Garifuna Queer Organizer with the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles. His also the producer of Voices from the Frontlines, on KPFK/Pacifica Radio www.voicesfromthefrontlines.com.
Co- Lead Organizer, Fight for the Soul of the Cities, organizing at Roosevelt, Augustus Hawkins, and Ouchi O’Donovan High Schools
India is a graduate of Tougaloo College in Jackson Mississippi and the Strategy Center’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Summer Organizers School, she is now an organize with the Fight for the Soul of the Cities