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This has been a turbulent few months, to say the least. A global pandemic. A financial crisis. The killing of yet another unarmed black man at the hands of white police officers.

But yesterday there was an undeniable feeling of hope and positive change vibrating through SoCal, as protesters across the region gathered in various neighborhoods with a united message — to end racial inequality in this country.

After three months of isolation from friends and family, it's good to see at least some of our humanity is still intact.

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Read more about what's happening this weekend and beyond. And stay safe out there.

-Gina Pollack


There were at least 15 protests happening across L.A yesterday. It was the 11th day that Angelenos gathered to demand justice for black Americans killed by police officers. Sure, the National Guard was present with tanks and camo, but from Hollywood to Simi Valley, our reproters saw no looting or violence between police officers and protesters. As reporter Josie Huang said, a week after documenting LAPD shooting rubber bullets and tear-gas at the crowds in the Fairfax District, we hope it stays that way.

Curfews in L.A. County are (hopefully) a thing of the past, but that didn't stop Santa Ana officials from instituting their own last night.

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It's 2020, but... a LOT of people are still posting questionable memes on social media. Protesters are calling for a Simi Valley councilman to resign after he suggestedin a Facebook post that they should be hosed by septic tanks. The L.A. Galaxy ended its contract with player Aleksandar Katai after his wife posted a meme on Instagram suggeting that protesters should be killed.

Being a journalist right now is a morality trap. Either you're too biased, too harsh, or too objective. Sometimes we get it wrong. And sometimes we do our best to get it right. Emily Guerin spent 24 hours covering two discordant but simulateous events — peaceful protests and destructive looting in downtown Santa Monica. She has some thoughts.

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Moment of Zen

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LAist/KPCC reporter Josie Huang recorded a moment of protesters coming together to chant on a sunny afternoon in the Fairfax District, exactly one week after demonstrators ran from tear gas, rubber bullets and smoke from burning police cars.

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