Where To Stand In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter This Weekend In L.A. [Updated]
If you are looking for somewhere to show up and stand in solidarity against the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and so many others at the hands of police, there will be several events across the Southland in the coming days. Events affiliated with the official Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter are denoted with an asterisk.FRIDAY, JULY 8
BLACK LIVES MATTER LA-HOSTED DIALOGUE*
Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter co-founder), Shamell Bell (BLMLA Art + Culture),Tanya Lucia Bernard (Art + Culture, Black Lives Matter), and Anthony Ratcliff (BLMLA Action Team and Political Education) will "hold court and sacred space" in honor of Alton Sterling, Wakiesha Wilson, Keith Bursey, and Redel Jones at the Underground Museum at 7 p.m. The Underground Museum is located at 508 W. Washington Boulevard in Mid-City. It's free, but RSVP here.
SATURDAY, JULY 9
PEACE GATHERING FOR ALTON STERLING
Black Book LA reports that there will be an oceanside peace gathering in memory of Alton Sterling on Saturday morning in Venice. Meet at 11 a.m. at 701 Ocean Front Avenue.
RALLY/MARCH IN BEVERLY HILLS
Organizers plan to peacefully walk from Roxbury Park to the Beverly Hills Police Department headquarters (two miles). The march starts at 12 p.m. at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills.
USC BLACK LIVES MATTER VIGIL
Students and non-students alike are invited to heal and mourn at this vigil, which will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in front of Tommy Trojan in the center of the USC campus.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
PUTTING PRAYERS INTO ACTION
All Saints Church in Pasadena "will suspend 'business as usual' on Sunday, July 10, in order to focus on ending the culture of violence that disproportionately targets black lives in our nation and fuels the fires of anger and fear that claimed the lives of five police officers in Dallas." The Rev. Zelda M. Kennedy will preach on the topic at the 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services, and the congregation will lead a silent procession after the 9 a.m. service. Those unable to attend the service are invited to gather on the church's lawn at 10 a.m. and join the prayerful procession. You can also live-stream the 11:15 a.m. service here. All Saints Church is located 132 N Euclid Avenue in Pasadena.
PEACE RALLY ON THE BLUFF
There will be a rally at noon at Bluff Park in Long Beach. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs, candles in vigil of those lives senselessly taken, music, poetry/spoken word, art and blankets and chairs to sit on. Bluff Park is located at Redondo Avenue and E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach.
MARCH ON THE 3RD STREET PROMENADE
This march is organized by a local father and he urges other attendees to bring their children and make signs. They will start their walk at 10 a.m. on the Wilshire side of the 3rd Street Promenade and continue south to the other end, and then back to Wilshire "in solemn solidarity with the fallen, and in peaceful protest against those who seek to divide us using fear and hate."
BLACK LIVES MATTER LA GENERAL MEETING*
The Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter will be holding their general monthly meeting at Chuco's Justice Center in Inglewood. Families, friends, children and allies are welcome to attend, and learn more about showing up and supporting Black Lives Matter. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is closed to media, elected officials and their staff. Chuco's Justice Center is located at 1137 E. Redondo Boulevard.
PEACEFUL PROTEST AT PAN PACIFIC PARK
There will be a protest and vigil in honor of Alton Sterling and Philando Castilo at Pan Pacific Park Sunday evening at 5 p.m. Organizers urge attendees to bring posters, although they are not mandatory. Pan Pacific Park is located near the Grove at 7600 Beverly Boulevard.
PEACEFUL PROTEST IN ANAHEIM
There will be a protest in support of Black Lives Matter outside of Anaheim City Hall at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees are urged to wear all black.
BROWN & BLACK LIVES MATTER RALLY IN SANTA ANA
Yabasta Colectivo will be holding a rally protesting police brutality outside of the California Highway Patrol building in Santa Ana from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring signs and noise makers. The address is 2031 E. Santa Clara Avenue in Santa Ana.
MONDAY, JULY 11
MCCARTY MEMORIAL & BLM PRESENT: PRAISE, POETRY, PRAYER *
McCarty Memorial Christian Church in support of Black Lives Matter is hosting a night of healing and expression: Praise, Poetry, Prayer. There will be a brief opening call to action by Pastor Eddie Anderson, followed by praise, laments of the people, prayers for the people, poetry, song and a closing prayer. Parking is free—there is a small lot behind church (enter via 11th Avenue) as well as street parking in the neighborhood. McCarty Memorial Christian Church is located at 4101 West Adams Boulevard in West Adams.
TUESDAY, JULY 12
ALL OUT ACTION
Black Lives Matter Los Angeles will be holding an action outside of the L.A. Police Commission meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Meet at 100 W. 1st Street.
COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING
The Community Coalition (also known as CoCoSouthLA), a community-based organization working in South L.A., will be hosting a conversation on the recent police killings and what our communities can do to address police violence. It will be a safe space for the community to come together and collectively try to make sense of these senseless actions. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at 8101 S. Vermont Avenue in South L.A.
Events on 7/9 are in RED. Events on 7/10 are in BLUE. Events on 7/11 are in GREEN. Events on 7/12 are in YELLOW.
Are you going to a protest or action? Know your rights. The ACLU has a helpful tipsheet for protesters, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation has a guide directly relating to cellphone rights. We also highly recommend downloading the ACLU's free Mobile Justice app, which lets users record and report interactions with law enforcement. Recordings can be made directly in the app and are automatically transmitted to the ACLU.