If you're looking for a specific action to take, or just want to learn more, immerse yourself by attending one of these meetings or events, which range from art openings to conversations about gentrification, and everything in between.
Eastside Rap Sessions
Saturday, May 20th, 2-5:30pm
2058 West 120th St, Hawthorne, 90250
"Rap Sessions is on the Grassroots Vibe all month. This session will discuss the industry relationships that started in the community. Hood politics all across the country have given rappers the opportunity to make it in the mainstream. It's all about connections and who you know. Pull up to the session and get to know some real people that share the same love for Hip-Hop that you do. We are a collective of passionate artists, writers, photographers, poets, painters, sculptors, singers and writers that come together for the love of Hip Hop Culture. We will have a freestyle cypher to close out the session. Follow @rapsessions on IG for some visuals and more info."
Carol Quan: Special Presentation from the LA County Tax Assessor Office
Thursday, May 25th, 10:30am-12:30pm
3301 Airport Dr, Torrance, 90505
"Topics and Overview: Homeowners’ exemption, Disabled veterans’ exemption, Parent-child exclusions, Senior replacement dwelling benefit.
Speaker: Carol Quan was raised in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Certificate in Business and Administration. Mrs. Quan has worked for over thirty-one years at the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor. She began her career in 1986 as a real property appraiser trainee and has risen through the ranks in assignments ranging from property valuations to special investigations. She now works in Public Affairs under the administration of Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang"
Do Words Matter? Journalism, Communication and Alternative Truth
Thursday, May 25th, 12:30-8:30pm
Centennial Ballroom, Luskin Conf Center
425 Westwood Plaza, LA, 90095
**registration is required
"Steve Bannon has labeled the press the “opposition.” President Trump called them “the enemy of the American people.” What does this mean in a country in which democracy is based in large part on the foundation of a free press?
The Luskin School of Public Affairs by its very nature is committed to the essential value of information (fact, evidence, analysis) and its effective communication through words (scholarship, reports, lectures, forums, interviews, and, of course, teaching). What does all of this mean in a world in which words don’t matter?
Join us for an examination of communication in the Trump era: a look at how the news media covered the 2016 campaign, how Trump’s followers have tried to redefine the truth, and the challenges facing the press as they cover the White House.
The events will include three panels looking at the different challenges media faced during the 2016 election season and what those challenges mean for the future with the Trump administration. The daylong event will conclude with a Luskin Lecture by Ray Suarez, a journalist who covered the rise of Donald Trump and the host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America."
How to Kill a City: Gentrification in LA and Beyond
Tuesday, May 30th, 7:30-9pm
The Last Bookstore
453 S. Spring St, LA 90013
"Gentrification has become a household word, but few really understand its causes. We talk about hipsters, craft beer and condos as they're all unexplained phenomena, part of some mysterious process that we can neither foresee nor control. But gentrification is more predictable and more pernicious than we're often told. In HOW TO KILL A CITY, journalist Peter Moskowitz explains the hundred-year-long quest to turn cities into gated communities for the rich at the expense of the lives of the poor and middle classes. He'll explain how that shakes out in LA and beyond at this event, and what to do about it. Peter will be in conversation with Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenant's Union. (L.A. Tenants Union is a diverse membership-based tenant-centered movement fighting for the human right to housing for all. Our mission is to strengthen tenants’ political power through education, advocacy, and direct action.)"