Of Our Teams!
In addition to our monthly meetings which take place on the last Thursday of every month, we also have several teams who meet throughout the month and carry out the day-to-day activities of our movement. We are still growing so meeting times for each team is TBD and all leadership positions are open for those who would like to lead a team. Participation is very flexible and you are welcome to participate as little or as much as you want to any or all of our teams. Each team will be expected to give a very brief report during our monthly meeting. Please reach out to us at email@example.com with any questions!
Maintaining a consistent presence in our community is integral to our community-building work. In order to achieve this, we hold protests every Sunday at the corner of Foothill and Angeles Crest Highway. This allows us to provide community members an opportunity to make their voices heard and stand as allies and advocates for their BIPOC neighbors. We use our protests to pressure our City Council to take action to address systemic racism and police brutality in our community and surrounding areas. Our protest and event team is responsible for the planning and execution of both our weekly protests as well as any other special events. The team is also responsible for planning, setup/cleanup, rule enforcement, and management of all of our protests and events. The team has the liberty to develop and propose new and innovative events/campaigns as well as the unique artistic liberty to design creative protest materials. Let us know if you are interested by filling out our interest form below!
Our mission at La Canada BLM is to make La Canada a safer, more inclusive, and antiracist community by 1) advocating for the creation of a truly just and equitable public safety system. 2) providing our community with the knowledge and resources necessary to combat racism. In order to properly fulfill this mission our community must reckon with its racist legacy. Our research team is made up of volunteers who are interested in conducting research to examine La Canada’s history, specifically in regards to systemic racism. The team also helps us collect data and other information related to racial justice in Los Angeles County, which can then be included in our protest campaigns, events, reports to the Council, etc… Let us know if you are interested by filling out our interest form below!
Three of our founding members are alumni of La Canada High School and our experiences growing up in La Canada directly inspired our decision to start this movement in our community. Since our inception we have worked closely with La Canada Alumni for Anti-Racist Education (LCAARE) to address racism as La Canada High School. We were also active during the school board elections and were fortunate enough to meet with Christina Hale-Elliott who was then a DEI consultant for LCUSD. We have also been in contact with The Flintridge Press, as well as racial justice social media pages run by students at St Francis, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, and La Canada High School. We hope to continue to push for anti-racist education in La Canada by working closely with students interested in advocating for racial justice. Our schools team is open to any and all students and community members in La Canada who are interested in supporting the District's DEI initiative and continuing to pressure the district to support BIPOC students. We are also eager to support any students interested in creating a club or service organization that is a ranch of or related to our movement. Let us know if you are interested by filling out our interest form below!
Over the summer of 2020 we sent a petition to our city council demanding that they defund and terminate our contract with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD). In response, the Public Safety Commission compiled a report advising the board against our petition. While the Council agreed with the Public Safety Commission’s report in a public meeting, we were never sent a formal response from anyone on the Council regarding our petition. Regardless of their decision on our initial, we believe that the information we presented to the council is urgent and demands attention. Our demands were purposefully crafted to set an ambitious target of creating a public safety system that is truly equitable and more effective in keeping every member of our community safe.
Our movement relies on effective communication with the public, with elected officials, as well as with other advocacy organizations and coalitions. Our communications team is responsible for attending and engaging in City Council meetings, relaying information from our movement to the Council/public/partner organizations as necessary, and have the ability to review any published communication from our movement. Let us know if you are interested by filling out our interest form below!
Social Media/Website Team
Clear, consistent, accessible information is essential to maintaining and growing our movement. In an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible we actively maintain an instagram, twitter, and facebook page for our movement in addition to our website. Our Social Media/Website Team is responsible for keeping all of our social media pages updated, actively monitoring and responding to messages and comments, as well as maintaining and updating our website. Volunteers work closely with the events and protest team to help advertise actions in a timely manner. Let us know if you are interested by filling out our interest form below!