When a caterpillar enters its chrysalis stage, it begins transforming from an immature, inactive larva into a beaming butterfly. Myron Tobin, a 57-year-old South Central native, entered his chrysalis stage in 2013 when he was released from prison after 33 years.
At an L.A. City Council meeting on Tuesday, Joumana Silyan-Saba, a director in Mayor Garcetti’s office of public safety, could barely get through a sentence without interruption from a gallery of people who had come to protest a $425,000 federal counterterrorism grant. The protesters contend that the grants target and stigmatize Muslims, marginalize communities and pose an acute threat to civil liberties.
Angelenos took to the streets of downtown L.A. once again on Saturday, June 30, to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. The nationwide rallies, collectively dubbed Families Belong Together, also protested the administration's stance on DACA and seeming indifference to human rights within the United States. A number of celebrities and politicians addressed the crowd, estimated to be in the tens of thousands; among them were L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, state Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, as well as Laura Dern and John Legend.
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At least 700 marches, rallies and sit-ins are planned across the country on Saturday, June 30, to protest the ongoing illegal separation of children from parents. Currently more than 2,000 children are sequestered in prisonlike containment facilities (with less oversight then we give to the facilities housing the chickens that produce California eggs,) with no answer to when they might, if ever, see their parents again.
To kick off the Saturday protests, a rally and toy/clothing/basic necessities drive, organized by the nonprofit Women's March Los Angeles, was held outside City Hall on Thursday, June 28. Over and over again the speakers repeated the necessity to VOTE this November.
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Currently on June 30 there are protests planned in Long Beach, downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, Pasadena, WeHo, Redondo Beach, Malibu, Claremont and Valencia. To get more information on a rally or march near you, go to moveon.org or click here.
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The organizers of this year’s Queer Biennial have focused the art event around the highest aspirations imaginable, utopian hopes and visions. “The title of this year’s Queer Biennial is ‘What If Utopia,’” curator Ruben Esparza says. “I think it’s important to have something thematic that drives a point. … The artists have been creating something beautiful the world has never seen.”
The nonprofit Venice Pride has accomplished a lot this year, from helping to secure a lease to reopen Roosterfish to preserving, indefinitely, the Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower, and last weekend it was time to celebrate. Venice Pride is one of the last free Pride celebrations in Southern California, and the Boardwalk-adjacent block party was filled with LGBTTIQQ2SA people dancing, eating and celebrating under the world's largest Rainbow Flag (that can fly, at least).
The 1,410-square-foot gay pride emblem was the result of a partnership between the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Venice Pride. Now that Venice Pride weekend is behind us, the giant rainbow flag, created as part of the 40th-anniversary celebration of the establishment of the rainbow as a symbol for the uniting of the LGBTQ+ community, will travel to San Francisco, where it will fly June 23-25 above San Francisco Pride. Then it will begin its United We Pride tour, a yearlong world tour, with eight stops both international and domestic, finishing in New York City in June 2019.
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