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LA Forwards & Backwards
83 minutes | 4 months ago
Lessons from the Campaign Trail
Excited to share a panel discussion with three progressive candidates for office in 2020 who shared what they learned, what they wish they knew when they got started, and how we can build the political power needed to advance our movement for justice! Moderated by David Levitus and featuring Aura Vasquez, Godfrey Plata, and Yasmine-Imani McMorris, Culver City Councilmember.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Redistricting in Los Angeles and How You Can Be Involved
For the 1st time ever, LA County has an independent Redistricting Commission that gives residents, not politicians, the power to draw district maps and prevent gerrymandering. YOU can shape the redistricting process by serving as a commissioner. You will need to apply by August 31. Learn more by listening to this workshop hosted by LA Forward and Common Cause. Full video version is available at https://losangelesforward.org/redistricting
64 minutes | 2 years ago
Putting Our Schools & Communities First
Our schools and communities face huge challenges. A major culprit is the lack of resources to ensure small class sizes and comprehensive student and community services. Thankfully we have the opportunity to change that by closing a corporate loophole on commercial property. Check out this panel discussion of the Schools & Communities First measure to learn how we can reclaim $3 billion a year for LA schools, colleges, social services, parks, libraries, health clinics, affordable housing, and infrastructure.
65 minutes | 2 years ago
Defending Democracy - Redistricting, the Census, and the Future of California
We're excited to have the Advancement Project's Alejandra Ponce de Leon on the show to discuss crucially important issues like getting a full, accurate census in one of the hardest-to-count places (hint hint-- it's Los Angeles), why it matters for our democracy and getting the resources we need to tackle our region's biggest challenges, and how people like you can prevent gerrymandering through the independent citizens redistricting commission.
55 minutes | 2 years ago
Housing the Houseless
We're back! Tommy Newman of the Everyone In campaign joins us to discuss one of our biggest challenges -- the 52,765 human beings who are homeless in Los Angeles County. It's cruel and immoral and fortunately Everyone In is leading efforts to make sure we actually build the affordable and supportive housing that's needed to solve the problem. We go deep into the long- and short-term causes of the crisis and what people like you can do to make a difference.
85 minutes | 3 years ago
Defending Immigrant Communities
This special episode was recorded live at the SIJCC and features LAFB's first ever panel discussion. We bring together leaders from four of California's leading immigrant rights organizations to discuss how to effectively fight back the Trump administration's attack on immigrant communities — through sanctuary policy campaigns, political organizing, lawsuits, legal representation for individuals, guerrilla post-it-noting, and more.
58 minutes | 3 years ago
California Power Politics, Net Neutrality, and more
Season 2 is here—thanks to the generosity of listeners like you! To kick things off, we welcome Sandra Fluke, California Director of Voices for Progress who gives us the inside scoop on how politics works in our state. From gerrymandering and term limits to corporate capture of certain Democrats, we get real talk about who wields power in Sacramento and how they do it. Then we discuss the fight for a strong "net neutrality" law and the abolition of "money bail," plus how you can get involved.
73 minutes | 3 years ago
Intersections of Injustice
Rabeya Sen of Esperanza Community Housing joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about the connections between issues as diverse as domestic violence, immigration enforcement, the criminal justice system, and urban displacement and gentrification.
63 minutes | 3 years ago
Urban Oil Drilling
Martha Dina Argüello talks with us about the STAND-LA coalition’s work to phase out the silent but deadly oil drilling that still exists near homes, schools, and hospitals across Los Angeles. A native of the neighborhood around Vista Hermosa Park and its plethora of oil wells, Martha shares her story and highlights the need to push for a just transition where disadvantaged communities and workers all benefit from the move from fossil fuels to clean energy.
56 minutes | 3 years ago
Homeboy Electronics Recycling with Kabira Stokes
Kabira Stokes of Homeboy Electronics Recycling joins the podcast for our first live show which took place at the beautiful, historic Pico Union Project building. Kabira shares the fascinating story of how she came to establish and lead a social enterprise that employs formerly incarcerated folks, boosting the local economy, and fighting both toxic pollution and climate change in the process.
60 minutes | 3 years ago
Julio Marcial of the Liberty Hill Foundation talks with us about LHF's work to transform the youth justice system so it focuses on investing in young people, intervening with community-based solutions, and shutting down youth prisons. We discuss how youth of color are overpoliced and overincarcerated and survey the incredible work of grassroots organizations across LA County that has already cut youth incarceration in half.
64 minutes | 3 years ago
Fighting Sexual Harassment and Violence
Maya Paley of NCJW-LA joins the show to discuss the fight against sexual harassment and violence beyond the headlines. After she shares the story, we dive into the data on the widespread nature of the problem, discuss this year's top policy priorities, and learn about NCJW-LA's "Talk Project" to engage teens in peer-to-peer trainings.
53 minutes | 3 years ago
Bryn Lindblad of Climate Resolve joins us to discuss the unique challenges faced by our region as a result of climate change and what we can and should be doing in response. We discuss how critical it is to stop the construction of "High Desert Freeway," which will generate massive carbon emissions and destroy Joshua Tree-filled wilderness. We also chat about the importance of more trees and shade structures to make our streets walkable, as well as initiatives to combat the "urban heat island" effect through "cool roofs" and "cool streets."
27 minutes | 3 years ago
Planning For Equity
Laura Raymond of ACT-LA joins us to discuss recent successes of the "Transit-Oriented Communities" program, why the market can't solve all problems, and the importance of regional planing that integrates a racial equity approach from the start. We talk about work to expand equitable transit-oriented development across LA County and the need to build upon, not undermine, such work at the state level.
67 minutes | 3 years ago
What Is Affordable Housing?
KeAndra Dodds of Enterprise Community Partners joins the show for a conversation about what "affordable housing" means, how the different types of affordable housing get built, and how local ballot initiatives like Measures H, HHH, and JJJ and recent state housing bills are part of this evolving landscape. If you've been affordable housing-confused or just affordable housing-curious, this is the episode for you.
55 minutes | 3 years ago
Jessica Meaney of Investing in Place talks with us about how she came to found a transportation advocacy organization, the often-ugly history of transportation in LA, and reasons for hope today. We discuss Measure M (the massive funding measure passed by LA County voters in November 2016), some of the good things it'll do, and where we need to keep pressing the Metro Board and the 88 city councils across the county.
71 minutes | 4 years ago
Criminal Justice Reform
Zach Hoover of LA Voice joins the show for a discussion of spiritually-based organizing and the enduring legacy of white supremacy, including “The New Jim Crow” of mass incarceration and repressive policing. We discuss the generational challenges we must overcome to create a fair society and the work of multiracial coalitions in confronting today’s architecture of injustice.
64 minutes | 4 years ago
Affordable Housing & Equitable Development
Mariana Huerta Jones of ACT-LA talks about their coalition's campaigns to create housing and transit that serve all Angelenos, including the backstory on Measure JJJ which City voters approved in November 2016, and how we can ensure implementation is done right. Plus a bite-sized segment on the history of inequitable development in LA to help us understand the present moment.
46 minutes | 4 years ago
For our inaugural podcast, we talk Street Vending and the campaign to decriminalize the immigrant entrepreneurs who keep our streets lively and well-fed with fresh fruit. Featuring an interview with Rudy Espinoza, ED of LURN, and a leader of the campaign. Plus a deep dive in the history of vending globally and in Los Angeles to give a context for the present day and where we go from here.
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