Los Angeles

The LA Riots and the Politics of Autonomy - Robert Borg

Looting during LA riots

Robert Borg on the LA Riots, from London Notes #1, 1992.

"NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!" - Harry Cleaver

Looting during LA riots

Harry Cleaver on the LA Riots, from London Notes #1 1992.

Los Angeles! There she blows! by Louis Adamic

The Hollywood Bowl in the 1930s.

Louis Adamic's classic 1930 essay on the origins and development of Los Angeles. For those who saw this mentioned in Mike Davis' City Of Quartz this is the entire article from Outlook Magazine.

Cops and Cocaine: Bent for the cause – Black Flag

In Black Flag issue 212, in the article "Scotland Yardies" we argued that "police strategy is in reality about the confinement of crime within working class areas" and that "whether for political purposes or private gain, some police are actively involved in the drug trade in inner cities." This article attempts to further substantiate that contention.

Riot and Representation: The Significance of The Chicano Riot

A text, credited to "Herbert Marcuse" but actually written by the Bay Area pro-situ group 1044, on a Chicano riot in East Los Angeles in 1970. This text was first hosted by Bureau of Public Secrets.

Billie Eilish and the Woke-Washing of Highland Park Gentrification

The celebration of pop star extraordinaire Billie Eilish as the defiant “socially conscious voice of Generation Z” is being used to manipulate the narrative of the anti-gentrification struggle in her home neighborhood of Highland Park, Los Angeles.

Picket Line Lessons: The UTLA Teacher Strike

Assembly of teachers, parents, and students at UCLA Community School in Koreatow

Members of Black Rose/Rosa Negra – Los Angeles who were involved in community mobilization in support of the strike and as members of UTLA provide their summary and analysis. The article highlights the community-worker nature of the strikes demands, the conditions of the settlement, the pitfalls of union leadership and labor law, as well as outlining next steps in the struggle.

LA Teachers Strike Over the Emptying Out of the City's Classroom

Following the six-day teachers' strike in Los Angeles, January 14-22, 2019, a look at union demands, contract results, and a union with a history of following the commands of the capitalist Democratic Party.

"The writing is on the walls": Interview with a striking LA teacher

At the time of this writing, members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) have been on strike for a total of six school days. The school district for which these teachers work, Los Angeles Unified, is the second largest in the United States. Salvo, a working-class paper for the greater LA area, spoke with Claire, a member of UTLA, about why teachers are striking over much more than a simple pay raise