By Mark L. Friedman, RLN labor contributor
A 100-car caravan wound its way for 2 hours through downtown Los Angeles on January 18, Martin Luther King Day, demanding House Keys, Not Handcuffs, an end to cop killings, health care for all, and other demands raised by the 20-organization coalition. It was organized by the MLK Coalition of Greater LA and LA Community Action Network.
Some of the organizations that participated included: SEIU Local 721, Healthcare for All – LA, CA Medicare for All, Echo Park Services Not Sweeps, ANSWER Coalition – LA, SOLA (South of LA), Medicare Para Todos. Supporters of the fight to end the US blockade of Cuba also participated, demanding that Mayor Garcetti invite volunteer Cuban nurses and doctors to LA to assist medical personnel fighting the pandemic.
Coalition spokesperson Kwazi Nkrumah told the assembled protesters that we must stand up, be collectively determined “to stand against displacement that has created skid row (pointing to the tents lining street after street in downtown LA). “MLK linked the issue of housing and jobs with moral issues. We need to take inspiration from Dr. King to make our world a better place to live in.”