Our democracy is at a crossroads as we reach the most historic election of our lifetimes. The same can be said for what is at stake on the state and local ballot for Eastside residents. This November, we have the opportunity to advance racial justice and equity in our neighborhoods like never before.
And the more informed we are, the more likely we are to use our civic power and vote for our vision of the world. It is going to take people like you and me talking to our friends, families, and our neighbors so that we can be empowered and educated to vote.
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It's time for us to put schools and communities first by voting Yes on 15
Eastside Families for Prop. 15
Eastside families agree. In the midst of a health and economic crisis, our schools and communities are in desperate need of funding.
That’s why in partnership with California Calls, Power California, and the Million Voters Project, we’re mobilizing voters across the state to Vote Yes On 15, the “California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act.” Proposition 15 will restore $12 billion annually in funding for California’s schools and community colleges, including 40% that will go directly to fund K-12 education and community colleges. According to a recent report by USC, Los Angeles County alone is expected to receive $3.75 billion annually.
“I am voting yes on Proposition 15 because my grandaughter deserves to have a quality education that prepares her for college.”
- Ana Alvarenga, parent and grandmother
Volunteer with InnerCity Struggle
Virtual Phone Banking Team
Out-of-state corporations and special interests are bankrolling the opposition to Proposition 15. Every vote matters in this election. But to reach all of them by election day, we need your help.
Now is the time to get involved! Sign up to join our virtual phone bank team to reach Eastside voters and help us win this November.
“Our vote is our voice. I volunteer with the Prop. 15 campaign because I know it will take all of us to win in November. ”
- Fabiola Argueta, College Student
Closing the Corporate Loophole, Protecting Small Businesses
For decades, corporations haven’t been paying their fair share. Schools & Communities First will invest in our schools and local communities by Prop. 15 will close the big corporate property tax loopholes – all while protecting those homeowners and renters, small businesses, and farmers who will be key to California’s recovery.
Join our movement to close the digital divide for Eastside students.
On March 16th, the Los Angeles Unified School District closed down schools to protect students, families, and educators in response to the rising spread of COVID-19. After polling more than 400 Eastside of Los Angeles residents, we discovered that one of the most pressing concerns for Eastside students and their families is the limited access to technology and high-speed internet.
The transition to online learning coupled with the lack of access to technology has created an unprecedented educational crisis -- inequitable access to academic instruction and support for our most vulnerable students.
That’s why InnerCity Struggle has joined forces with Community Coalition and Brotherhood Crusade to launch an ambitious grassroots campaign to close the digital divide to raise $400,000 for 5,000 Eastside and South Los Angeles students for technology and emergency needs.
We are hoping you can be a resource to this critical need.
Chip in by making a donation at innercitystruggle.org/donate. Please note in the comment section: ‘Digital Justice Campaign’
The Regents of the 10-campus University of California voted unanimously on Thursday to suspend the requirement that first-time applicants submit scores from SAT or ACT standardized test scores for admission.
"I think it's an incredible step in the right direction," said UC Regents Chair John Perez.
The vote suspends the requirement through 2024 while UC studies whether to require scores from another test that UC either creates or adopts.
"By one measure this is a conversation 43 years in the making, since the 1977 adoption of the test as a weeding mechanism, as a way to decrease the number of students admitted to the University of California," Perez said.
The proposal to put the standardized test requirement on hold while UC re-evalutes its admissions criteria was first floated by UC President Janet Napolitano, who had already dropped the test requirement for applications due in the Fall 2020 because of the COVID-19 crisis. She said she was "unpersuaded" that requiring the tests for admissions "was sufficient to outweigh all of the extensive mitigation measures we employ to counteract the effect of the standardized test on certain populations."
Applicants for Fall 2020 can submit SAT or ACT results, but they aren't required to do so, and UC admissions offices may choose whether to consider those scores. The new policy extends that arrangement for another year, and adds another two years during which UC campuses will not use the standardized scores for admissions decisions even if students submit them.Read more
We’re keeping physically distant but staying socially connected
On March 15, 2020 L.A. Mayor Garcetti issued a “safer-at-home” emergency order in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. InnerCity Struggle followed suit and we closed our physical space temporarily. Our community organizing, however, has not stopped. Now, more than ever we are dedicated to staying connected, taking care of one another, and working together for a better tomorrow. In the immediate, and in the aftermath of COVID-19, InnerCity Struggle is dedicated to advance solutions to bring quality health care, housing security, an equitable education, and an end to mass incarceration for all Eastside residents and their families.
California and Los Angeles city residents protections due to COVID-19
If you cannot afford rent, your landlord cannot evict you
As of March 4, 2020, landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants for nonpayment in the city of Los Angeles. Eviction protections apply to all rental units in the city.
If you cannot pay rent, submit a letter to your landlord within 7 days
If you have not done so already, please send a letter immediately to your landlord explicitly stating that your loss of income is due to the COVID-19.
If you need support, Los Angeles City residents should call (866)-557-7368.
Effective March 30, 2020, renters across the city of Los Angeles are protected from unjust rent increase in this time of a health crisis. Rent stabilization protection applies only to rental units subject to the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) and is subject up to 60 days after the local emergency expires.
Los Angeles County protections due to COVID-19
Residents in Unincorporated Los Angeles cannot be evicted for non-payment
On April 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors extended the previous moratorium on evictions and rent freeze to now cover all residential and commercial tenants in Los Angeles County, including mobile home residents, except those who live or conduct business in cities that have already enacted their own eviction moratorium. The moratorium includes a ban on evictions for:
The county eviction moratorium and rent freeze are effective March 4, 2020 through March 31, 2020 unless extended by the Board of Supervisors. Renters also now have 12 months after the moratorium ends to pay any back rent.
For more details about the Board’s recent actions and other landlord-tenant issues, please contact the L.A. County Disaster Help Center. Call (833) 238-4450; email email@example.com; or visit lacountyhelpcenter.org
You have increased rights as a worker
On April 28, the LA County Board of Supervisors passed a motion so that all workers in unincorporated LA County will now be entitled to 2 weeks of supplemental paid sick leave.
At the City Level, laid-off janitorial, hotel workers, & others in the hospitality & building services industries won right of recall & worker retention on April 29th.
Resources for Undocumented Residents
CHIRLA’s Directory: Resources during COVID-19/Recursos durante COVID-19
Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs COVID-19 Information and Resources for Immigrant and Refugee Angelenos
On April 15, Governor Newsom announced the development of a $125 million statewide Disaster Relief Assistance fund to provide financial support for undocumented workers affected by COVID-19. The funds will be disbursed through a community-based model. More information to come soon.
Applications for California’s Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants launched on May 18, 2020 through a community-based model. Eligible Californians may receive one-time COVID-19 disaster relief assistance at a value of $500. A limit of two adults per household can receive this assistance (maximum assistance of $1,000 per household).
Assistance will be available until the funding is spent or until June 30, 2020, at the latest. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
The following three L.A. County organizations are supporting the community with processing your application:
CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) (tel. 213-315-2659)
CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights) (tel. 213-201-8700)
How to Apply for Unemployment
For information about unemployment benefits and to submit an unemployment insurance claim, click here.
Stimulus Check Resources
The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), is providing free COVID-19 testing to ALL Los Angeles County residents, whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
LA County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19 are given priority to free, same-day tests. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Community members cannot be denied COVID-19 testing regardless of their:
Appointments are required and can be scheduled here.
Join the waitlist for the Street Vendor’s Relief Fund by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobility Aid: Grocery and Supply Runs
Contact (707)390-0269 or email email@example.com
@peopleforpeoplelosangeles offers assistance to people that absolutely cannot leave their homes during the COVID-19 viral pandemic. Their trusted volunteers will pick up your groceries, medical supplies, or anti-bacterial wipes and soap.
Comprehensive Resource Guides
#HealthyLA for today and tomorrow
InnerCity Struggle has joined Healthy LA, a network of 300 advocacy organizations, worker centers, labor unions, service providers, community groups, and many more united to propose concrete solutions to the many hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we call for:
- A strong moratorium on evictions
- Rent forgiveness and mortgage suspensions
- An immediate freeze on all residential and commercial rent and utility bill increases
- 14 days of paid sick leave to all workers and prohibit retaliation
- Dumpsters, showers, hand washing stations, bathrooms, and other services at every informal settlement
Learn more about the demands and how to take action at healthyla.org
Decenas de trabajadores en Los Ángeles exigen al gobernador un presupuesto que incluya a las minorías
Durante este lunes se llevó a cabo una protesta que derivó en una caravana por varios edificios federales. En la manifestación, miembros de la comunidad, activistas y empleados de distintos sectores económicos, le exigieron al gobierno estatal y a líderes políticos auxilios en las que se tengan en cuenta a los inmigrantes indocumentados y a los desamparados que también han sufrido los efectos de la pandemia.
DeShae Johnson in Fresno worries about finishing her senior year, taking Advanced Placement tests, and completing scholarship applications for college while taking care of her younger siblings so her mother can continue to work as a janitor.
Daniela Hernandez, a youth leader on the eastside of Los Angeles, couldn’t get her employer, a food retailer, to provide protective equipment even as shelter-in-place orders began. She won the right to wear gloves, but ultimately decided to quit her job to prevent exposing vulnerable family members to the coronavirus.
Lidia Cruz is a mother of three young children living in Sacramento. With schools closed and limited resources, she worries how to keep food on the table and get pencils and workbooks so her children can learn from home.
Each of these women’s stories resonate with thousands of Californians whose lives also have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.
As education and youth advocates working in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Fresno, we see first-hand how our
students and families are navigating the new reality when confronted with impossible circumstances.
The challenges created by the pandemic lay bare what we always have known: First, working-class families and students of color are one small crisis away from a dire situation, while living and learning in communities with fewer resources than upper-income communities.
Secondly, if we are to truly achieve equity in our schools and communities, the voices of the most-affected students and parents are necessary to create policies that meet student needs.
That is why the California Partnership for the Future of Learning, a statewide alliance of community organizing and advocacy groups, directly asked students and families from low-income communities of color how they are experiencing this viral disruption to life and schooling.Read more
Yesenia Vélez, de 18 años, es estudiante de último año en la secundaria Garfield, en el Este de Los Ángeles, y hasta principios de año todavía estaba haciendo planes para asistir a su fiesta de graduación.
Cerrar el ciclo de la clase de 2020 y abrir camino para empezar la universidad eran algunos de sus sueños. No obstante, han quedado truncados debido a la pandemia del coronavirus.
Yesenia tiene cinco hermanos y su padre es el único proveedor del hogar. Tras la pandemia ha quedado sin empleo y por la falta de estatus migratorio legal en el país, no pueden obtener ayuda del gobierno como el cheque de estímulo federal.
“De la escuela, a mí me prestaron una computadora con un hotspot [un dispositivo para obtener Internet]”, dijo Yesenia, quien es estudiante sobresaliente y actualmente toma dos clases avanzadas (AP).Read more
He vivido en el este de Los Ángeles por 25 años y este año será la primera vez que lleno el Censo. Soy madre de tres hijas y un hijo. Soy abuela de tres nietos de siete, cuatro y dos años. Aunque estamos sufriendo con los pagos, tenemos nuestra salud.
Mi esposo y yo somos vendedores ambulantes de fruta y así hemos sobrevivido día a día. Desafortunadamente, debido a la pandemia del COVID-19 ya no podemos trabajar.
Me da mucho miedo de que mi familia se enferme. Cuando dejamos de trabajar, fue difícil porque fue así como hemos salimos adelante.
Me siento decepcionada porque aunque pago impuestos como todos, el gobierno me ha excluido de recibir el estímulo económico federal. En estos momentos de crisis, aunque también contribuimos a este país, los inmigrantes indocumentados hemos sido ignorados.
Pero hay esperanza.Read more