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This weekend saw ongoing efforts on the part of L.A. activists to challenge systemic racism and police misconduct.

In an outdoor town hall-style event on Saturday, organizers of the People’s Budget L.A. and Black Lives Matter-L.A. convened 200 people – including L.A. City Councilmembers Herb Wesson, Curren Price and Mike Bonin – to brainstorm how the city can respond to non-violent incidents, other than bringing in the police.

"[Police] don't come with patience," said speaker Jan Williams, whose brother has schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. "They come with weapons and ready to defend themselves."

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Meanwhile, in Northeast L.A. on Sunday, hundreds of protesters marched in honor of Mely Corado, who was killed by LAPD officers while working at Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake two years ago. Corado was struck when two officers exchanged fire with an armed suspect, and her family is calling for the officers to face charges. The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled that the officers acted within policy during the incident.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

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The Past 48 Hours In LA

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#BlackLivesMatter: The late civil rights pioneer and Congressman John Lewis spread his message any way he could – including at Comic-Con. More than 200 people attended an outdoor brainstorming session organized by the People's Budget L.A. coalition led by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles.

Policing The Police: Protesters marched through Silver Lake in memory of Mely Corado and called for the LAPD to be held accountable for her 2018 death in a police shootout at the Trader Joe's in Silver Lake where she worked. The FBI will review the death of Andrés Guardado, an 18-year-old who was shot five times in the back by an L.A. County sheriff's deputy.

Opening And Closing (And Opening And Closing): Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop Gov. Gavin Newsom's ban on singing and chanting in places of worship. Catholic schools throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties will open the 2020-21 school year with distance learning.

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Protesters gather at Trader Joe's in Silver Lake to remember Mely Corado, who was killed there in 2018 by LAPD gunfire.

(Josie Huang/LAist)

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