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Racism in LA – Justice LA hits the streets with 100 jail beds to take direct action against Los Angeles county’s $3.5 billion prison construction project.
By Patrisse Cullors
JusticeLA hits the streets with 100 jail beds to take a direct action against Los Angeles County’s $3.5 billion prison construction project.
RESIST is a 12 episode docuseries that follows the grassroots work of the intersectional organizations fighting the Los Angeles county’s $3.5 billion jail expansion plan in 2018. RESIST examines the issues of cash bail, unlawful arrest, over-policing of Black and brown neighborhoods, and mass incarceration.
Transcript provided by YouTube:
– Los Angeles has one of the largest
prison systems in the world.
that’s gonna fight against the 3.5 billion jail expansion
which includes a mental health jail,
They’re in the business of institutional racism.
All it’s led to is 2 million people
incarcerated across the country.
– There are people who are suffering,
who have mental health conditions, who are dying.
There are police officers who are abusing people.
Sheriffs are hurting people, killing innocent people.
And I wouldn’t feel right…
if I knew that information and didn’t do anything with it,
coming from where I come from.
(woman): Go south until Temple,
That’s where you stop, you don’t go past Temple,
you turn right on Temple,
and you pull over and block that lane.
– That sounds great. Alright Kim,
so we have the whole team here. We’re gonna go over
this plan one more time, and then we’re gonna come over.
– OK. Thanks everybody. – OK, bye!
We are doing a huge action
to challenge the County Board of Supervisors
building a 3.5 billion dollar jail, and, um…
We are gonna be delivering a hundred jail beds
right in front of their building.
For us, this is sort of like phase one…
of a long campaign to make sure that we don’t
keep caging folks here in Los Angeles.
– These are the types of things that change hearts and minds,
and that changes society.
somebody’s gotta do it.
– And we’re off! – Yeah!
– This is the biggest action I’ve ever (bleep) done.
– The worst case scenario today would be…
that the LAPD would use some sort of force or violence.
You’re never prepared for that.
My sister was murdered by the Torrance police
on Halloween of last year.
And they shot her over thirty times.
I’m nervous today, I’m not gonna lie.
Direct action and civil disobedience
gives us the opportunity to tell the community
how important these issues are.
For us, part of the message
is saying we are willing to disrupt business as usual.
– Orlando! Let’s move ’em out.
What I need to know right now… – Yes?
– …is time frame. I need to know time frame.
– OK, I’m gonna find that out. – Or else…
what’s gonna happen is I’m going to implement a time frame.
– They wanna shut down… – They wanna do, like, 9:30.
– Right, which is when the BOS meeting starts.
– It starts at 9:30? – Yeah.
– OK. Alright. – So, no.
‘Cause we want them to know that we’re here.
– What I asked… No, no, no, what I asked you to do
is tell them to leave their trucks here
to expedite the time to unload, and then reload.
– You tried taking the truck away.
– We won’t take it away. – Excuse me.
– Now they’re moving it, now that’s gonna add time.
Now I have to get the trucks back.
– They want us to keep the trucks here,
’cause they’re going to want us to, um…
They’re going to want us to pick up the beds
and leave at a certain time, but we’re not.
So we’re gonna go ditch the truck.
– We wanna be able to disrupt.
But we also want to be able to keep people safe.
So having an attorney negotiate things with the police
can prevent things from getting out of hand.
– OK. They say that they want y’all to move in an hour.
But we know that until they say those magic words,
unlawful assembly, you don’t have to go anywhere.
(helicopter blades whirring)
– One, two, three, four.
Open up those prison doors!
Stop the (bleep) prison state!
– This campaign, it’s really about imagining.
It’s about reinventing what we’ve been doing.
And we have a number. You got 3.5 billion dollars.
Let’s imagine something with that.
Something that doesn’t mean
continuing to do the same thing,
and criminalize our people.
– This visual is a plead
to divest from the jail plan
and invest in health care, invest in youth centers.
(man): That’s right! – Invest in education,
and other resources that benefit our communities.
The system of incarceration is one that continues
They criminalize us simply for who we are.
The trans community is here today in solidarity
with the LA Justice Coalition
to make sure that the Board of Supervisors
ensure that trans and gender nonconforming communities
and all marginalized communities here in Los Angeles,
get social support services that we need.
– Jail did not help me.
My community, when I came home,
and who allowed me to even have a second chance.
‘Cause if it was left up to the system, I’d be in prison.
(Bleep) this. We need alternatives.
We don’t want new jails.
We want alternatives for our communities,
and we need help for our loved ones that are coming home.
– If we can figure out a way to sit down together,
we can figure out ways that can be beneficial
to that many more people.
(crowd): No more jails! No more jails!
– Not now! – No more jails!
– Never! – Two hundred people are here.
Many of us are going inside the County Board of Supervisors.
LA does not want to see 3.5 billion dollar jails.
The people are speaking today.
We’ll see what the elective officials have to say.
– A lot of times, elected officials get to avoid
interacting with the public.
But we want the people who are making
decisions about our futures to look at us up close.
And to know that this is only the beginning of our fight
Good afternoon supervisors Mark-Anthony Johnson
with Dignity and Power Now and Justice LA,
a coalition of over 40 organizations
across the County, who came together
to draft and support the motion you have in front of you.
– We’re urging you, please,
to invest in something beyond mass incarceration
for Black and Brown people in LA County.
– These beds represent trauma,
torture, embarrassment, isolation, shame, and death.
By building these new facilities,
the Board of Supervisors are saying
that state-sanctioned violence is OK.
– Right now, I’m supposed to be at the Justice LA protest
but I was just too overwhelmed.
My son John was killed while he was under police custody.
This is very hard for me just to…
(Crowd in video): No more jails!
No more jails! – Shut ’em up!
(Helen): It’s just so powerful. (sniffling)
Because when I first started, I only had me and my family.
to help me get out there.
I’m just glad everybody here now.
That finally everybody coming together and fighting.
– As undocumented people, as immigrants,
as Black people, as queer… trans people,
we need to win this fight.
Like, there’s no way around it.
the trajectory that this country has,
and that this new President
– I believe that we will win.
That is the power of our people.
and the fact that, you know, we’re…
prepared to do whatever it takes.
(Patrisse): We’ve done really well this far.
But we’re only just beginning.
– I didn’t think I’d be able to do this a long time ago.
Five years ago. But I can.
♪ You’re stronger than the world ♪
♪ And its illusions ♪
♪ Don’t be afraid ♪
♪ It’s all a game ♪
♪ I’ll help you start a silent revolution ♪
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