imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Los Angeles Teacher Hunger Strike Carries On. Days 14,16 and 17 Photos

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

LAUSD Rescinds 505 Cuts But 2500 Jobs Still Headed For Termination Next Week. Overcrowding Chaos Looms Large on the 2010 - 2011 Horizon

 Los Angeles Teacher...
img_0999.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x687

The hunger strike against the cuts and layoffs being implemented by the Los Angeles United School District is in its 18th day.


Most of the protesting teachers while drinking only water have been working a full class schedule while participating in this fast that started on May 27th.

The activists have taken up the hunger strike in one of several ways. Some teachers are taking a leapfrog approach and relieving each other by taking up the fast when a colleague can no longer physically participate. This approach gives the students some assurance that their teachers can alertly deal with the school day, which is terrifically essential in the critical areas that these instructors work in.

And then there are the long distance people such as Sean Leys, Martin Torrones or Kait Leonard. Ms. Leonard is on her 13th day without food, while Sean Leys and Martin Torrones are each at 18 days of self imposed starvation.

Last fridays announcement by district Superintendent Ramon Cortines that 505 teacher pink slips had been rescinded has not stopped this protest.

There are still 2500 teaching jobs scheduled for layoff in the next week, which according to all involved will inflate class size to unmanageable levels leaving the students in the poorer parts of LA at a severe academic disadvantage. Some schools may lose 50% of their teaching staff.

Many teachers are also concerned about the security and safety environments that overcrowding will foster. http://la.indymedia.org/news/2009/06/228093.php

The UTLA has cited that the LAUSD has restored 1000 non-teaching positions and that those restored jobs should have been teaching or counseling positions.

In a press statement that the UTLA issued on Friday they argued for two points ......

The District can save jobs and stop class-size increase by:

• Spending Title 1 money centrally. The decision to send the money to schools with no time or preparation to make informed staffing decisions will result in large numbers of displaced teachers and inequities in class size across LAUSD. In elementary schools, more out-of-classroom personnel were hired than classroom teachers. Complaints have been filed by UTLA on behalf of more than 40 schools that decisions made by School Site Councils were ignored or overturned.

• Making more significant, transparent cuts to nonessential spending. Some meaningful reductions have been made, but in a District whose bureaucracy has grown much faster than student enrollment, we know there is more to cut. LAUSD should, for example, close the eight costly mini-Districts.



Details aside, the main thrust of the protest is that this is a civil rights issue as opposed to a labor dispute, since the severest of the layoffs are happening in disadvantaged latino and black schools in the toughest and most gang populated areas of LA.

The signs of the wear and tear on the hunger strikers are becoming more than apparent. A day ago Martin Torrones needed a wheelchair as his leg muscles began to fail him. English teacher Sean Leys used to walk a moderate distance to his teaching position at Lincoln High each morning but not lately...no food for 18 days has left him looking just on the good side of gaunt.

The fasting teachers who wear black armbands are surrounded each evening by a group of supporters made up of community activists, parents, students and fellow instructors who wear a pink arm band of support in contrast.

Each evening the hunger strikers also help to organize a potluck dinner for these non fasting supporters with food supplied by everyone from parents and teachers to local restaurants. Of course one reels a bit from that almost absurd juxtaposition until you see how Ghandian and selfless it is for these folks to be more concerned about their communities' stomachs than their own.

The teachers are maintaining a positive and embracing attitude which according to those asked is due to the stream of well wishers such as Dolores Huerta who stopped by on Friday to bolster the spirits of the participants with memories and advice from her days of working with Ceaser Chavez and their cofounding of the United Farm Workers.


The following sets of photos are from the 9th, 11th and 12th of June. The camper/ hunger strikers were at the Santee Learning Center and the LAUSD headquarters.

Robert Stuart Lowden
Los Angeles,
6/13/2009

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Martin Torrones

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Martin Torrones...
img_0352.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x562

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Tent Work

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Tent Work...
img_0231.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x746

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Jose Lara and his Son

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Jose Lara and his So...
img_0771.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x592

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Kait Leonard

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Kait Leonard...
img_0639.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x690

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Brenda Barragan

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Brenda Barragan...
img_0670.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x800

Ms. Barragan fasted for 6 days.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Jacinto Delapaz

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Jacinto Delapaz...
img_0687.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x888

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Kimo Delgado

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Kimo Delgado...
img_1011.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x853

Kimo is a student of Sean Leys.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Sean Leys and Joel Jordan of the UTLA

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Sean Leys and Joel J...
img_1160.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x438

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Judith of Danza Cuauhtemoc

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Judith of Danza Cuau...
img_0882.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x489

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


John Jackson Community Activist

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

John Jackson Communi...
img_1265.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x748

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Martin Torrones

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Martin Torrones...
img_0870.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x686

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Martin Torrones and Sean Leys

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Martin Torrones and ...
img_1017.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x565

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Dolores Huerta

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Dolores  Huerta...
img_1565.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x800

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Sean Leys' Mother

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Sean Leys'  Mother...
img_1531.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x800

Mrs. Leys was telling me about the terrible conditions that Sean's first class at Jordan High School was in.It was ten years ago and she feared the return of such conditions.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Sean Leys and his student Kimo.

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Sean Leys and his st...
img_1450.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x423

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Supporter

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Supporter...
img_1342.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x800

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Sean Leys

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Sean Leys...
img_1087.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x652

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Teacher Protester

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Teacher Protester...
img_1126.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x800

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Sean leys

by Robert Stuart Lowden Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM
rlowden@earthlink.net

Sean leys...
img_1044.jpg, image/jpeg, 600x712

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

In LA, San Diego, Sacramento and 147 Other Cities, McD And Other Fast Food Workers Picket S05 1:08PM

Did LA pro-Israel group conceal right-wing identity from Hollywood celebs and media? S04 11:39AM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus S02 4:49PM

Anti-blackracism in the U.S. S01 12:10PM

New Zine on Activist Collective Living A29 9:19AM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 2 of 2 A21 9:09PM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 1of 2 A21 7:01PM

Running Down the Walls 2014 A20 8:48PM

Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery Extends Exclusive Engagement A19 3:37PM

Los Angeles Declares “Hands Up!” in Peaceful Protest of LAPD Murder of Ezell Ford A18 4:09AM

Ezell Ford and Ferguson Solidarity A17 6:35PM

Family and Supporters of #Justice4Fords Protest LAPD Execution of Ezell Ford in South L.A. A17 2:49PM

Southern California Swarms to Save the Bees in Solidarity with Honey Bee Day Around the Gl A17 5:30AM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 4 A05 7:03PM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 3 A05 6:45PM

More about KPFK via Pacifica turmoils A05 6:29PM

L.A Supports August 2nd International Gaza Protest Photoset 2 A05 6:23PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Nuclear Bomb Witness, Mobile Audit Club Daily Forewords, ISIS good Sissies like Reid Fag, S16 10:15AM

police training problem S16 8:19AM

How Neoliberalism Gained Hegemony S16 7:11AM

Dreaming War, Threatening Humanity S16 5:56AM

18 Ways AntiHealth Departments Connected To Drug Co. Pawns In The CDC Do Harm S15 2:59PM

Israel's Genocidal War on Palestine Without End S15 1:55PM

Israeli Persecution of Palestinians Unrelated to Defense S15 7:48AM

Beat the Heat S14 6:32PM

Israeli High Crimes Against Peace Examined S14 1:30PM

Russell Tribunal on Ukraine S14 10:16AM

TISA versus Public Services S14 9:29AM

Russia Denounces New Western Sanctions S14 6:13AM

I demand right to inform Chch post-quake victims of human rights truth and ethical plan. S13 6:28PM

Abbas Blocks Israeli War Crimes Investigation S13 1:20PM

Wolf Patrol enters Yellowstone backcountry to document and protest Montana wolf hunt S13 8:45AM

3 More NW Illinois Counties Show Insect Resistance to Monsanto's GMO Bt Corn S13 8:00AM

IDF Soldiers Denounce Israeli High Crimes Against Peace S13 6:45AM

Mustafa Barghouti on Operation Protective Edge S13 3:41AM

Jewish Voice for Peace= Jewish voice for Hamas? S12 11:37PM

Artists, Actors and the creative Community for Israel S12 11:22PM

Marijuana – A Real Danger to Young Lives S12 2:53PM

Washington Hawks Want Greater Middle East Spending S12 2:38PM

MSM Ignore International and Constitutional Law S12 11:34AM

How to Combat ISIS Without War S12 10:37AM

Modus operandi de l'apocope S12 12:51AM

The Shortwave Report 09/12/14 Listen Globally! S11 4:53PM

Beyond Development: Alternative Visions from Latin America, 198 pp S11 3:53PM

Amnesty International Fronts for Power S11 2:16PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy