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The fast concluded on the 26th day when the governor worked out a deal to refinance the West Contra Costa School District loan.

See their website for more information on what you can do to support their fast!

As the public sphere shrinks, the outcaste class of society are repeatedly marginalized. This report about Long Beach library policy is one example of what happens when homelessness is so common that it merits roundabout policies to restrict their access to public libraries, which are one of the few places they can go to access restrooms.

From a letter pleading the case of the Watts Towers, by "Jose Citizen":

I was raised in the community of Watts one of the more recognizable areas of Los Angeles, home to the famous Watts Tower of Simon Rodia. As I was growing up in Watts, it was known as one of the most violent and poverty stricken communities in Los Angeles.... In my life there were only two things keeping me from a downward spiral leading to crime or drugs. One was my family, and the other was Cultural Affairs Department, through the Watts Towers Arts Center. It was my family that would always inspire and support me to become the best that I could in the hope that I might have a better life someday; it was the Watts Towers Arts Center that provided that way out. In the front lines of gang territory stood the haven that I and so many other children badly needed.

How can Los Angeles claim to be a hub of world culture when we cant operate a tour program for one of the more recognizable landmarks that has been in this city for over 50 years? What kind of greeting will we give to the international community when we have one of the marquee sites of cultural tourism closed because of insufficient funding? How will Los Angeles and Hollywood cultivate talent from this city where there are no programs out there to help develop the arts in the inner city? Who will support the muralist from Echo Park, who will support the writer from South LA, who will play the music of Los Angeles, who will look to honor the Simon Rodias of this city?

Read the entire letter, and add your comments.

2001 LA Indymedia article about the re-opening of Watts Towers.

The California Federation of Academics is calling for a regional protest against fee hikes and the ending of EOP. The demonstration will be at the Governor's office downtown, at 11:30 on the 26th of April. Click on the link for details.

The Cal State system has been the university of first resort for millions of Californians, serving a diverse economic population. For many working class people, it opens the door to middle class jobs.

(Taken from, written by Mumia Abu Jamal)

On March 8th 2004, women around the world in LA, England, Argentina, Uganda, Peru, Philadelphia, San Francisco, in Guyana, in southern India, in Trinidad and Tobago, in Spain, women will be staging the 5th Global Women's Strike. A movement involving women in some sixty countries many involved in grassroots organizations. Fighting for payment for housework, for clean safe water resources, for housing, education, gender justice, and peace. In a world where war is now our norm, the Global Women's Strike is part of the vast throng against war and occupation. Not only in Iraq, but in Palestine, in Columbia, in the Congo and in Kashmir. Their organizing slogan, which unites strikers from a broad array of struggles, is deceptively simple: 'Invest in Caring not Killing.'

Events have been going on this weekend, and the main event is at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Monday the 8th, International Women's Day. Read the events calendar for details.

Global Women's Strike Website

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