In the July-August 2014 Issue


Before Edwin Rivas could get his license back, he had to pay $7,000 in fines and fees for failure to pay a $340 speeding ticket.

Driving While Poor

By Karren Lane

“I got a $340 speeding ticket when I was 17 years old, and it spiraled into $7,000 in fines and fees that I had to pay before I could get my license back,” says Edwin Rivas, a 26-year-old South Los Angeles resident.  Read more Leer en español



Susan Burton

Susan Burton

Women and the Struggle Against Prisons

By Susan Burton

As a formerly incarcerated woman working to organize others who have spent years behind bars, I was honored to help bring Professor Angela Y. Davis, a former political prisoner and survivor of the prison system, to Watts on June 14. “Angela Speaks” was organized by the 2014 cohort of Women Organizing for Justice, (“WOJ”) a project I began to build leaders among formerly incarcerated women.  Read more 

South L.A. Students Win Campaign for Equity at the LAUSD School Board

South LA students celebrate the five to one L.A. Unified School Board vote that will send millions of dollars to the highest-need schools in the district.

By Joshua Busch

On June 10, while most students were celebrating their first week of summer vacation, hundreds of students from South and East Los Angeles gathered in downtown a more profound cause. Holding signs and chanting, the students had come to encourage the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education to adopt their “Equity is Justice” Resolution, a historic policy that will send millions of dollars to the highest-need schools in the district. Read more / Leer en español

Pushing City Hall to Go Beyond the Box

By Saul Sarabia

More than 800,000 Californians have signed petitions to give voters a chance to change six of the lowest level, non-violent crimes — such as simple drug possession and shoplifting under $950 — from felonies to misdemeanors. The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act will redirect up to $250 million to mental health, drug treatment, school-based prevention, and crime victim programs. It will not apply to people with previous felony records for rape, murder or child molestation. Read more 


City Attorney Unveils Neighborhood Prosecutor Program in South L.A.

City Attorney Mike Feuer returned to Community Coalition to meet with over 150 South Los Angeles residents to introduce a new neighborhood-based initiative to improve safety.

South Los Angeles residents engaged three new Neighborhood Prosecutors from the L.A. City Attorney’s office who will be housed at LAPD’s Southwest, Newton and 77th Street divisions. The expansion of the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program was part of the city attorney’s campaign platform to make his office more accessible to neighborhood residents. Read more