Los Angeles: A look back at 2016 and ahead to the coming year

The Global Women’s Strike/LA and Women of Color/GWS look back at the year drawing to a close and ahead to the coming one, as all of us are finding ways to come together
to build strength across movements as we face the coming onslaught.

Here are examples of some of our work this year and also some of what is coming up in 2017. We thank you for your support and wish you strength and power for the coming year!


To Celebrate International Women’s Month 2016:

International Women's Month Film Festival

  • Held an International Women's Month Film Festival which brought together films on women and work, women and incarceration, sexual assaults on women in the military, and Indigenous women’s fight for mother earth.
  • A delegation met with Congressman Ted Lieu’s office requesting his support for a Living Wage for Mothers and Other Caregivers and the RISE Out of Poverty Act introduced by Congresswoman Gwen Moore.
  • Held a Speak Out Against Poverty and War outside the welfare office at Adams and Grand, marking the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination and carrying on his work against poverty.

 Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders

The Black Coalition, other family members and supporters attended the so-called ‘Grim Sleeper’ trial daily
The Black Coalition, other family members and supporters attended the so-called ‘Grim Sleeper’ trial daily

 

  • Margaret Prescod, Women of Color/GWS, founded the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders in 1984 to fight for justice for Black women victims of a serial killer in So Central LA. With the Coalition’s decades-long efforts, LAPD finally paid attention to these murders and an arrest was made. This year the man was tried and found guilty in the murder of 10 women.
  • The Coalition held public events to get the word out, and continues getting information out to the community about the women who remain missing. They are also raising funds for a permanent memorial to the victims.
  • JUSTICE BY ANY MEANS on TV1, featuring the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and its efforts to make the murder of Black women a police priority, was shown on December 5th. 

As part of National Events

50th Anniversary of the founding of the Welfare Rights movement
50th Anniversary of the founding of the Welfare Rights movement in Detroit, Michigan in June  

  • Some of us participated in the People’s Summit held in Chicago in June and gained support for inclusion of a Living Wage for Mothers and Other Caregivers in the People’s Agenda, as Sanders’ supporters and other activists came together to build an ongoing national movement.
  • GWS sent representatives to the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Welfare Rights movement in Detroit, Michigan also in June.
  • That delegation also traveled to Flint, Michigan to meet with residents who continue to fight for clean water, for Flint to be a superfund site, Medicare for all residents & more.

 We stand with Black Mesa and Standing Rock

Sidney Ross-Risden joined 3-4000 people at event called by SoCal Indigenous Peoples and Allies in Support of Standing Rock in front of LA office of Army Corps of Engineers, Nov 15th
Sidney Ross-Risden joined 3-4000 people at event called by SoCal Indigenous Peoples and Allies in Support of Standing Rock in front of LA office of Army Corps of Engineers, Nov 15th

 

Lane Gold, Tanya Selig  and Lane’s son Ethan tabling for support for the Black Mesa Caravan with Veterans for Peace at Arlington West, Santa Monica, Nov. 12th
Lane Gold, Tanya Selig and Lane’s son Ethan tabling for support for the Black Mesa Caravan with Veterans for Peace at Arlington West, Santa Monica, Nov. 12th

We helped raise money and other support for the annual Caravan bringing support to Black Mesa organized by Guerilla Food Not Bombs. While at Black Mesa GFNB was asked to help provide food support at the Red Warrior Camp at Standing Rock in early December, and we helped organize support for this effort as well. We also participated in demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Save the Date
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Fundraiser for Haiti
with Dr. Gerald Horne, Pierre Labossiere, Margaret Prescod

(time and venue to be finalized)

Get the latest news from Haiti. Margaret and Pierre Labossiere, who is with the Haiti Action Committee, traveled to Haiti as part of a delegation to monitor their November elections. Since preliminary results were announced, tens of thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets in protest of yet another stolen election. Get the latest updates, and hear a report on their trip. Historian and author Dr. Gerald Horne will present on his new book Confronting Black Jacobins: The United States, the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic.

Haitians in tens of thousands protest daily in the streets against what they are calling another electoral coup d’etat
Haitians in tens of thousands protest daily in the streets against what they are calling another electoral coup d’etat

Margaret meeting with Haitian women, many of whom worked hard for free and fair elections.  Women’s efforts have also been central in ongoing recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.
Margaret meeting with Haitian women, many of whom worked hard for free and fair elections. Women’s efforts have also been central in ongoing recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.
 

For more info and to help, contact: la@allwomencount.net, or call 323-276-9833 (after Jan 4th)


 

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