All over Florida,
with dazzling monotony.
Poetrylandia 3 “Fortune Written on Wet Grass is now on sale.
“The staff and board of directors of the Poetry Foundation have published an open letter to Foundation membership in response to an ongoing controversy at the organization sparked by an open letter sent to the Foundation last week by a group of its fellows and programmatic partners. The letter from the Foundation follows the resignations, also last week, of Poetry Foundation president Henry Bienen and board of trustees chair Willard Bunn III, as was demanded by the original letter.” ~snip~ “The Poetry Foundation was established in 2002 after a $200 million donation made by Ruth Lilly, an heir to a fortune built by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, to Poetry magazine. The Foundation’s guidelines mandate that the organization never spend more than 5% annually of the total market value of the endowment in a given year.”
Poetry Foundation Responds to Criticism, Pledges Action, by John Maher, with reporting by Ed Nawotka, PW, 15 June 2020
“About six out of every 10 full-time CTG employees working before the pandemic either have been or will be furloughed, according to a statement from the organization.”
Ahmanson, Taper To Remain Dark Until April 2021, by John Horn, LAist, 16 June 2020
“California might not have any Confederate statues, but we do have plenty of monuments to Junipero Serra, widely known as the ‘father’ of the California Missions. The story of the mass destruction of the Native population in California is less prevalent in the history books.”
Native Angelenos Tore Down A Statue Of Junipero Serra In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter, by Gina Pollack, LAist, 20 June 2020
“PG&E, which had repeatedly failed to maintain a transmission line that broke from a nearly-100-year-old tower even though it cut through a forested and mountainous area known to experience strong winds, pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of illegally setting a fire.”
PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Counts of Manslaughter in Camp Fire Case, by Ivan Penn and Peter Eavis, NYT, 18 June 2020
“Dorothy Edwards is a believer in the power of Project Roomkey. In 2011, she was addicted to drugs living under the 210 freeway with her dog, Gunner was offered a placement through a similar hotel voucher program. In just 30 days, she moved from the hotel into permanent housing and has become one of the region’s activists for people experiencing homelessness as a board member for the Corporation for Supportive Housing.”
Thousands Housed in Project Roomkey in Los Angeles, but NIMBYism, Lack of Permanent Affordable Housing Blunt Progress, by Damien Newton, StreetsBlog, 19 June 2020
“During the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, some city buses and trains have run empty, while others have been packed. In Los Angeles, for instance, ridership on the LA Metro has dropped from about 1.2 million to around 400,000 a weekday. Meanwhile, Detroit’s number 17 bus route and various lines in New York City have run at a potentially dangerous capacity. To address this and other issues during the pandemic, some cities — including LA, Lincoln, Nebraska, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Berlin, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain — are turning to on-demand programs called microtransit. Microtransit operates like Uber or Lyft, but the technology companies create the digital routing and ride-hailing platforms for transit agencies. According to Jerome Mayaud, lead data scientist with microtransit company Spare Labs, cities can use the platforms with public transit to fill specific niches and to offer rides that can be more affordable than solely-private operations. ‘Imagine Uber and a city bus had a baby,’ Mayaud said.”
Amid a Pandemic, Transit Authorities Turn to Technology, by Doug Johnson, 15 June 2020
“The call to defund police has rapidly developed momentum, with mayors across the US considering budget cuts to their police departments, and Minneapolis City Council committing to full dissolution. These calls to defund and disband police have roots in decades of prison abolitionist organizing, which aims to end incarceration and policing in favor of a society grounded in collective care and social provision. In fact, from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to New York City, where local officials are most quickly announcing the most concrete changes, abolitionist organizing has been growing since the 2014 Ferguson and 2015 Baltimore rebellions. Minneapolis, for example, is not simply the place where the uprisings began after the murder of George Floyd last month—it is also home to the Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block, both of which have been working to defund the police since 2017.”
How Defund and Disband Became the Demands, by Amna A. Akbar, NYR Daily, 15 June 2020
“Researchers have come up with an ingenious way to listen in on conversations in a room at a distance without relying on planted bugs, sophisticated lasers, or eagle-eyed lip readers: they just stare at a light bulb.”
Eavesdroppers can use light bulbs to listen in from afar, by Danny Bradbury, Sophos, 16 June 2020
“The growing chorus of calls to defund or outright dismantle the Los Angeles School Police have reignited a debate over a long-simmering question: Are police on school campuses a detriment to learning? Advocates have been arguing that point for years. They point to research showing Black students can feel targeted by school discipline and law enforcement, and looking at how much money is spent on school police in comparison to support for vulnerable students. Experts say these experiences can affect students’ ability to learn.”
Why Advocates Want Police Out Of LAUSD Schools, by Carla Javier, LAist, 22 June 2020
“At 2 PM on Saturday, community members slowly gathered at Father Serra Park, a small patch of grass across the street from Union Station and Olvera Street that you’ve probably passed a million times and never noticed. On the west side of the park, a 15-foot statue of Father Junípero Serra—an 18th-century Spanish-born, Roman Catholic priest—stood across the street from La Placita. By approximately 2:18 PM, the statue was taken down by the brute force of over 20 men and women. There were also community members who chose to not participate in the taking down of the statue.”
‘This is The Beginning of Healing’: Descendents of Tongva, Chumash, and Tataviam Tribes Organized the Toppling of Junípero Serra statue in the Birthplace of L.A., by Lexis-Olivier Ray, LA Taco, 22 June 2020
“LACMA, which receives about 40% of its operating budget from the County of Los Angeles, secured a $6.7 million loan from the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The loan expires at the end of June, meaning that the museum, like other recipients of PPP lending, would then be free to reduce staffing and still have the loan forgiven, as long as certain terms are met.”
LACMA To Reopen In July, Thanks To A $6.7M PPP Loan, by John Horn, LAist, 22 June 2020
I bet LA County really wishes they still had the $75M they allocated for the new and smaller County museum. Oh sorry, it’s $125M: …goal of raising $475 million, to be matched by $125 million from the county. (Philanthropy News Digest, 29 April 2016, mmm, the $ amount might have changed but the song remains the same)
The Crazy Kill by Chester Himes
I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.
I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.
I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.
Simone de Beauvoir
I am not made for politics because I am incapable of wanting or accepting the death of the adversary.
I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
I believe that it’s better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked.
I didn’t discover curves; I only uncovered them.
I don’t believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
I draw from the Absurd three consequences: my revolt, my liberty, my passion.
“Most whites, some despite involvement in protests, do believe in ‘freedom in democracy,’ and they fight to make the ideals of the Constitution an empirical reality for all. It seems that they believe that, if we just work hard enough at it, this country can be what it ought to be. But it never dawns on these do-gooders that what is wrong with America is not its failure to make the Constitution a reality for all, but rather its belief that persons can affirm whiteness and humanity at the same time. This country was founded for whites and everything that has happened in it has emerged from the white perspective. The Constitution is white, the Emancipation Proclamation is white, the government is white, business is white, the unions are white. What we need is the destruction of whiteness, which is the source of human misery in the world.”
Reverend James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation, Chapter 5, p 107, 1986 edition, 1st ed. 1970