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Anaheim Council To Consider New Police Review Board

Beefed-up citizen oversight of the Anaheim Police Department will be considered by the City Council Tuesday with the underlying issue a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU), which found Anaheim to be among the nation’s worst cities for deaths at the hands of police.

Council members Dec. 5 are scheduled to discuss the creation of a new police review board to replace a citizen review commission, the Public Safety Board, created in response to July 2012 police shootings that killed two young Latino men and sparked civil unrest and riots in front of City Hall.

The discussion comes on the heels of the Nov. 20 release of the ACLU report which found Anaheim ranks ninth among 60 of the largest U.S. cities for police-involved deaths. Anaheim Acting Police Chief Julian Harvey disputed the findings, and said the city actually ranks 27th.

Critics of the Public Safety Board – a pilot board that ran from 2014 to 2016 – contend it lacked purpose and authority. 

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10 Reasons to Revive the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign

Inspired by an initiative cut short by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., moral leaders are planning a wave of civil disobedience.
When profit motives “are considered more important than people,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once declared, it’s time for the nation to “undergo a radical revolution of values.”
To bring about that revolution, King and other leaders announced plans in December 1967 for a Poor People’s Campaign that would mobilize disadvantaged people across racial and geographic lines. Four months later, an assassin’s bullet prevented the campaign from reaching its full potential.
Today, 50 years later, we have a chance for a do-over. And do we ever need it.
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Lake Forest Finalizes Map to Create City Council Districts

Lake Forest is moving away from at-large elections to district-based elections after the City Council finalized a map to avoid a potential lawsuit and create a district that potentially could be won by a Latino.

Currently there are no Latinos on the City Council. The council will vote next month on whether to adopt the map.

Despite disagreements over keeping communities together, breaking them apart completely, reducing the population deviations between districts and what defines communities of interest, council members voted 3-2 for the map that attempts to keep communities and neighborhoods together while creating the near-majority district for Latino residents near the 5 freeway.

Councilmen Jim Gardner and Andrew Hamilton, during the Nov. 21 meeting, opposed the map.  

“We are forced down this road and I think there was a lot of people in this community who came out and spoke in favor of 116 …. I think the fairness is well-preserved in 116,” Mayor Scott Voigts said during the Nov. 21 council meeting. “We’re not going to have a utopia map.”

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Anaheim Police Ninth Deadliest

The killing of two young Latino men in 2012 by Anaheim Police Department officers, which sparked mass protests in front of City Hall that summer, were not isolated incidents but part of a troubling pattern that put the city near the top of a national list of deadly force used by police, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California released Monday.

The back-to-back deaths of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo in July 2012 were part of a pattern of fatal shootings that makes the Anaheim Police Department the ninth deadliest police force among 60 of the largest U.S. cities, the report states.

From 2003 to 2016, 33 people died following use-of-force by an Anaheim police officer. Of those 33, 29 were shot, three died in incidents where officers used a TASER and other physical force, and one after an APD officer placed the person in a chokehold, according to the report.

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Wall Street's Border Wall: How 5 Firms Benefit Financially from Anti-Immigrant Policy

This report looks at a set of players who are generally left out of Trump’s narrative about the border wall, but who have positioned themselves to be direct beneficiaries: the investors who could enjoy financial gain from its construction. 

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FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE USING PLEA BARGAINS AS A SECRET WEAPON FOR DEPORTATIONS

ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF Sessions is pushing federal prosecutors to bypass immigration courts as part of the Trump administration’s hard-line strategy on deportation. Behind closed doors, prosecutors are pressing noncitizens to sign away their rights to make a case for remaining in the country.

In the most dramatic cases, immigrants charged with crimes are signing plea agreements in which they promise they have “no present fear of torture” on returning to their home country. The pleas can block them from seeking asylum or protection from persecution.

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Welcome Amazon, But...

October 19th is the due date for interested cities to bid to become the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, dubbed “HQ2.” Based on earlier reports, Irvine Company (presumably in partnership with the City of Irvine) may be submitting its proposal in hopes of bringing Amazon to our community. Since Amazon announced its search in September, the company has been waving the prospect of 50,000 new jobs in front of city leaders everywhere. We welcome the idea but caution the taxpayers and the City of Irvine to watch out. Here is why:

In its request for proposals, Amazon provided a laundry list of the kind of things that any family would look for, if they are moving to a new city — great schools, cultural diversity, functioning public transit, excellent cellphone and fiber optic coverage, access to museums and theaters. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Who would not want these folks as neighbors — they sound just like us!

Of course, what Amazon is also looking for, is a “stable and business-friendly and tax structure,” coupled with “incentives…to offset initial capital outlay and ongoing operational costs…”

In other words, they would like us, the tax-paying public to subsidize their move, and to keep subsidizing their business for years to come. This is an inevitable fact. Look no further but at the relationship between The Walt Disney Company & the City of Anaheim.

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Hold those who tread on our freedom accountable

In Orange County last week, a car pushed through a group of mostly Latino families protesting outside Congressman Ed Royce’s office, sending several to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Officials won’t even call it a crime.

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MLC - Dia de Los Muertos event 10/25 picture album

Muslim Latino Collaborative - Dia de Los Muertos 10/25/17 picture album

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MLC - Building Bridges 10/21 picture album

Muslim Latino Collaborative - Building Bridges 10/21/17 picture album.

On Saturday October 21, 2017 the Bridging Communities program was launched bringing 30 Muslim and Latinx youth gathered at CSUF’s Dreamer Resource Center beginning one of three sessions that will take place over the course of the next two months.

At this first session the youth spent this Saturday together learning about both communities and exploring identity. Through a series of activities, we discussed and debunked myths and stereotypes that exist about the Muslim and Latinx community. They learned about the impact and real-world consequences that other people’s perceptions can have on a community and the importance of educating one another. We defined identifying terms such as “Latinx” and “Muslim”. We had two wonderful speakers from the Muslim community, Al Jabbar, Anaheim Union High School District School Board Member and Imam Tarik Ata. Through Bridging communities, we hope to build on the solidarity among Muslim and Latinx community through education and leadership development.

The next two sessions are scheduled for Nov 11th and Dec 2nd. The cohort will meet Latino leaders, visit neighborhoods and also do some service work in the field. This is first of several cohorts we hope to develop as we move forward. Following are couple of pics from this past Saturday.

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