March For Humanity On Dr. King’s Birthday!—Mon. Jan 15th
THE MARTIN LUTHER KING COALITION OF GREATER LOS ANGELES endorsed by civil and human rights advocates calls for a showing of determination to resist police brutality, war, anti-Black, anti- Brown, anti-Muslim, anti-Indigenous and anti-Immigrant hatred, attacks on women, the LGBT communities, the poor, the homeless, the elderly, working people, youth and the environment.
Mark one full year of mass resistance to the Trump regime's efforts to roll back civil and human rights across the board in the interests of racism and corporate power! Join with the MLK Coalition, the New Poor People's Campaign and other civil and human rights advocates in expressing our on-going commitment to establishing and maintaining full social, economic and political justice for all!
ALERT OUR COMMUNITIES, AT LARGE, TO THE COMING OF THE NEW POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN AND MORAL REVIVAL MOVEMENT THIS SPRING!
The MLK -- PPC contingent has two major focuses:
- The signs we carry: All participating groups are encouraged to make signs related to their own primary issues, as well as the Four Pillars of the Poor People's Campaign: systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation. On Jan 11, there will be a PPC-sponsored sign making party at the "Fight for 15" office at 1545 Wilshire Blvd from 6-10pm. All interested are invited.
- Street theater (especially at fast food places along the route, as well as on the sidewalks and in the Parade itself). A major focus of the street theater will be showing solidarity with the workers in the fast food industry, who are fighting for decent pay and working conditions, and the right to have a union and collective bargaining. The PPC street theater group will meet and rehearse at 3PM on Jan 14th at the SEIU office: 828 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. All interested are invited.
THE MLK COALITION'S JUSTICE AGENDA FOR 2018 INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Black Lives Matter! End Excessive Use of Police Force in Our Communities. Prosecute Killer Cops.
- End Mass Incarceration and Criminalization of Communities of Color
- Healthcare Access for ALL
- Decent and Affordable Housing for ALL
- Defend the Civil and Human Rights Gains of Communities of Color, Women, and LGBTQ People. Defend the Sovereignty, Cultural and Treaty Rights of Native American Nations, Peoples. Massive and Immediate Aid and Reconstruction Assistance to the Island of Puerto Rico. Adopt a Just Immigration Policy -
- New Jobs, New energy and A New Economy: Fight Global Warming and Climate Distortions, End Fossil Fuel Dependence, Support A Massive Public Investment in Energy Conversion and Jobs for a Green Economy!
- Push Back Against Corporate Power:
- Raise the Minimum Wage in the Marketplace, Establish A National Minimum Family Income Policy: Defend Workers' Rights In the Workplace and in the Community -- Recognize the Value of and resources for Domestic Care, Child-Rearing, Labor in the Home as well as Labor in the Marketplace including the right to welfare, a living wage and for resources to keep families together rather than remove children and place in foster care with strangers or up for adoption because their mothers are poor.
- Abolish war and militarism, in all its manifestations, both at home and abroad.
- Build the New Poor People's March and Moral Revival Campaign (coming in the Spring). We think that Dr. King summed it up very well when he launched the original Poor People's Campaign all the way back in 1968: “And one day we must ask the question, "Why are there forty million poor people in America?"
No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for "the least of these". A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society." The MLK Justice Agenda provides the themes for the March for Humanity, but it also provides a guide for the work of the MLK Coalition throughout the coming year.
If your organization would like to participate and/or endorse
contact Kathleen Hernandez 310.339.1770 or email: [email protected]
MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, The American Indian Movement (AIM) Southern California, Sacred Places Institute, Black Lives Matter, L.A., Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), Health Care For All - LA Chapter, Los Angeles Anti-Eviction Network, Hunger Action LA., Veterans for Peace LA, Topanga Peace Alliance, Global Women's Strike, Code Pink, DCFS Give Us Our Children Back, Military Families Speak Out CA (MFSO), Office of the Americas, Food and Water Watch, SoCal350, Los Angeles Anti-Eviction Campaign, Unión del Barrio, Revolutionary Autonomous Communities Los Angeles, Common Peace, Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence, The Bernie Sanders Brigade, Occupy Fights Foreclosures. Anti-Racist Action LA, Progressive Democrats of The Santa Monica Mountains, OUT AGAINST WAR, Schools L.A. Students Deserve, Revolutionary Poets Brigade, Project Great Futures, HealthyCA, San Fernando Valley Peace Alliance, SFV Greens, Addicted to War, Radio Justice LA, LA LGBT GREENS, Peace and Freedom Party LA, The ANSWER Coalition, L.A., National Alliance of Social Workers Social Action/Social Justice Council, SOA Watch-LA, Colectivo Guatemalteco LA, La Resistencia - LA, LA Progressive, CWA Local 9003, Sholem Community, Guerrilla Food Not Bombs, Women of Color/Global Women Strike; Every Mother is a Working Mother Network, Movement for Peoples' Democracy,
Governor Releases Budget
Western Center on Law and Poverty analyzed Governor Brown’s budget proposal thus:
"The Governor today released his 2018-19 budget blueprint. The budget projects continued robust revenue for 2018-19 and directs the revenue increases into the Rainy Day Fund, the budget reserve, and full funding for K-12 education. The budget notes that poverty continues to be a problem for many Californians and that the lack of affordable housing is a major cause for poverty. Unfortunately, the Governor’s budget does little to either reduce the incidence of poverty or expand access to affordable housing. The budget does include some new ideas including a CalWORKs Home Visiting program, a pilot program to move traffic tickets to civil adjudication and funding to promote participation in the upcoming census."
Two of the largest anti-poverty cash assistance programs, CalWORKs and SSI, were not increased in the budget, although some new forms of help will be introduced to CalWORKs:
"CalWORKs. The Budget provides $26 million for a new CalWORKs Home Visiting program for pregnant or first time parents with children under 24 months old. The Budget does not provide an increase in CalWORKs grants. Grants would remain at just 41 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of three. Research shows that brain development for children living in deep poverty lags behind children who have more resources and that the trauma caused by deep poverty has a host of long term negative outcomes."
Regarding SSI, "The budget provides no new state increases for the 1.3 million persons relying on SSI grants. The budget actually reduces state spending by $34 million due to decreases in caseload projections. Cuts to state funding dating to 2011 have never been restored and the state’s multi billion surplus is due in part to the savings the state has enjoyed for the past 8 budgets. The cuts to SSI have been a major reason why California’s poverty rate has remained stubbornly high."
Remember, the Governor’s budget is just his opening proposal. We will push our legislators to do more for those in poverty between now and May, when the “May Revise” of the budget is released (based on the tax receipts that actually arrive in April.) Please stay tuned!