Tomorrow, 17 community organizations will gather in Watts to endorse a new gang "Constitution," a follow-up to the 1992 truce between the Crips and the Bloods. The "fair partnership agreement" is a grassroots effort that aims to reduce violence, empower the community, and improve conditions in impoverished neighborhoods that are still domestic "war zones." Sheriff Lee Baca, former gang member Aquilla Sharell, and scholar Malcolm Klein assess the ten-year initiative and its chances for effecting positive change in LA.
- Newsmaker: State Coastal Commission in Trouble - Wednesday a judge in Sacramento declared the California Coastal Commission unconstitutional. Attorney Ronald Zumbrun, who won the case against the agency, says that he wants to restructure the agency that has shown no respect for private property rights, rather than to relax protections for California's 11,000 mile coastline.
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Community Self-Determination Institute
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Marine Forests Society