6:00 PM18:00

Panel: The Criminalization of Immigrants & What We Can Do to Fight Back


Come listen to some of LA’s foremost attorneys and organizers about what powers the current administration actually has to criminalize immigrants and how we can resist, from lawsuits and legal representation for individuals to organizing protests and building the power to win elections. Talk Box: Stand is a panel discussion on immigration moderated by David Levitus, the founder of LAForward.

Wednesday, August 15
7:00 – 9:00 PM
The Box @ SIJCC | 1110 Bates Ave
$10 or pay what you can at the door

Light refreshments will be served

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Mario Fuentes: Lead Organizer with L.A. Voice

Cynthis Buiza: ED of California Immigrant Policy Center

Sara Vanhofwegen: Supervising Staff Attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights Project at Public Counsel

Lindsay Toczylowski: Founding member and the Executive Director of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center

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11:00 AM11:00

The Other Blue Wave: An Abbot Kinney Pop-Up Event


Water is life and California doesn't have enough to go around. Learn how you can make a difference by hanging out with us in Venice! 

Featuring your new favorite young experts, activists, and elected officials.

We'll be on the back patio of Sweetfin and 25% of what you spend will benefit LA Forward.

Saturday, August 18,

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

1146 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291


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3:00 PM15:00

August Organizing Meeting

Join us on for a special meeting of LA Forward focused on the November elections.

We're getting organized to do voter registration and education here in Los Angeles. You'll be able to sign up to host or attend important local actions like house parties and community outreach.

PLUS updates on our campaigns to legalize street vending, preserve and create affordable housing, ban oil drilling in residential neighborhoods and more!

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3:00 PM15:00

July Campaign Meeting - Housing and the November Elections

Join us for a first monthly meeting, where we'll spend an hour on learning and talking, followed by an hour of action to make change!

This month we'll focus on housing issues, especially relevant with the repeal of "Costa-Hawkins" rent control restrictions on the November state ballot.

Frustrated with the housing crisis? Confused about how the housing system works? Join us for this deep dive into how the housing system works, perfect for people who know almost nothing about the subject.


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6:00 PM18:00

Phone Bank for Bail Reform


Are you despairing about the state of our country? Here's something you can do that could make a huge difference. Make phone calls for money bail reform with us on July 12. We can get this done in CA and be a model for the states across the country!

Our current money bail system is unjust and unsafe. Today, the amount of money in your pocket determines whether you will get out of jail. Many people cannot even afford 10% and often choose between getting out of jail and making sure their family has enough money to survive. Families end up in debt for years. Today, wealthy people can bail out of jail even if they pose a serious risk of injuring another person if released. We must fix this system!

We will give you a phone script and train you before you start making calls. We welcome anyone to our phone banks—beginners and experienced phone bankers.

Join us in this urgent action to support SB 10, the Money Bail Reform Act.

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8:00 PM20:00

To The Future! Dancing/Merriment/Wishing We Had A Time Machine

Join us for LA Forward's Inaugural Birthday Celebration and Ballot Guide Release Party

LA Forward has grown by leaps and bounds since our first event less than year ago. Join in as we celebrate all we've accomplished together and our plans for the next year. No program, just fun with good people. Featuring music from the 50s, 80s, and the future, from a special guest DJ.

Get your discounted Early Bird tickets today — on May 10, prices go up. 

Food and drink available for purchase.

May 26, 2018 • 8:00 PM - 11:59 PM
at The Box • 1110 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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7:00 PM19:00

One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State: A California Primary Election Voter Guide

California has an election on June 5th. There'll be races for basically every statewide office from governor to school superintendent and ¾ of all state legislators, and we'll be voting on five propositions. Should we invest in parks and environmental protection? Should you be taxed if you install a rainwater capture system on your home? How should we spend our transportation dollars?

Join LA Forward and SIJCC for a discussion of all these ballot measures, based on LA Forward's popular voter guide. We'll have experts on hand for engaging discussion with you and the audience about our state's future.

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One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State
A California Primary Election Voter Guide
When: Tuesday May 22nd
Where: The Box @ SIJCC – 1110 Bates Ave
$10 suggested donation at the door, includes Drinks and Snacks 


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6:00 PM18:00

Transit-Oriented Communities Town Hall

  • Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (Gymnasium / Kaikan) (map)
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Los Angeles County is making a groundbreaking $160 billion investment in public transportation and mobility. Now we must ensure the buildout goes hand in hand with equitable development strategies. Join ACT-LA for a town hall meeting with Metro Board members and staff to discuss how we can ensure transit investments support community development, anti-displacement strategies, good job creation, and more. Learn about the upcoming policy landscape and what communities of color are doing to ensure equity in transit-oriented development.


Supervisor Mark Ridely-Thomas, Metro Board Member (Invited)
Supervisor Hild Solis, Metro Board Member (Invited)
Jenna Hornstrock, Executive Officer - Transit Oriented Communities
Therese McMillan, Metro Chief Planning Officer

Featuring: A panel of community residents and Metro transit riders

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7:30 PM19:30

SPRING INTO ACTION - Live Podcast Event featuring Kabira Stokes on "Redemption Against the Odds"


JOIN US for a free community event as LA Forward's founding director and podcast host, David Levitus, gets on the mic for a special interview with leading social entrepreneur, Kabira Stokes.


As Founder and CEO of Homeboy Recycling, Stokes will discuss Homeboy's work to discover great value in things that have been discarded by society, and share her inspiring, action driven approach to creating positive, lasting change in Los Angeles.

And she'll tell the story of how an aspiring costumer designer from the suburbs of Philly ended up working for the LA City Council Council and getting a master's in public policy from USC, before going on to launch a successful business.


Hosted in partnership with The Pico Union Project, this event will take place inside their majestic sanctuary. Don't miss this chance to SPRING INTO ACTION and connect with your community inside an historic space and hub for progressive Angelenos!


DTLA bakeries will be on-site with tasty treats, along with LIVE MUSIC & a special GIVEAWAY.

ALL guests will be eligible to win an original work of art by L.A. based artist Mike Stilkey. A master of recovering value, Stilkey's "Book Sculptures" feature whimsical paintings on the covers of discarded books and printed material. With Stilkey's work exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally, this is a rare opportunity to collect a painting donated by the artist himself. 

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Civics 101
to Mar 26

Civics 101

Exciting News — we are repeating the Civics 101 course we did this fall at the Silverlake Independent JCC.


Because even if you paid attention in high school social studies, our daily political news is probably confusing the hell out of you. How the government is “supposed” to work is very different from how it works in reality. And if you’re confused about all the executive orders, lawsuits, and investigations flying around the Trump administration, you’re probably even less clear on how our local governments are supposed to be dealing with challenges like our housing crisis. With a population of 10 million people and a budget of $30.1 billion, LA County, on its own, would be the 9th largest state in the country.

  • Mar 5: Federal Government 101
  • Mar 12: California Government 101
  • Mar 19: LA County & LA City 101
  • Mar 26: LA City (continued) & other local governments 101

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3:00 PM15:00

Fair Tax campaign meeting

The Make It Fair campaign to close a commercial property tax loophole and raise more than $11 Billion for schools, community colleges and other vital community services is taking off. We'll do a quick overview of the issue, talk strategy, and kickoff our plans to help gather signatures and educate the public. 

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6:00 PM18:00

LA Forward Happy Hour @ Monterey Park

A meet up and happy hour for progressive leaders and progressives looking to get involved for the first time from the Eastside, San Gabriel Valley, and Southeast LA County! Brought to you by LA Forward, which is building power among a diverse younger generation to enact progressive policy across the County. 

Tues, Jan 23, 2018, 6-8pm

Spirit House
123 S Lincoln Ave, Monterey Park, California 91755


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6:00 PM18:00

STAND for EJ at the Los Angeles City Health Commission Meeting

Join LA Forward and STAND LA on Monday, November 13 at 6PM to share your concerns about the health impacts and safety risks of neighborhood oil drilling in Los Angeles before the City of Los Angeles Health Commission. 

tand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling Los Angeles (STAND-LA) seeks to clean Los Angeles’ air, protect public health and fight climate change by ending oil drilling in LA neighborhoods. From South L.A. to Wilmington, communities are taking a stand for environmental justice by ending oil drilling near their homes, schools, places of worship and hospitals. Together, we are asking the City for a solution: a 2,500-foot health and safety buffer that ensures Angelenos will no longer have to live with the health impacts of having an oil well next door.

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2:00 PM14:00

Street Vending Press Conference + Joint Committee Mtg



Join LA Forward and our partners next Weds at City Hall for this important action to legalize vending!

After our historic win in February to drop criminal charges from illegal sidewalk vending, we’re heading back to council to hear the city’s proposal for a legal vending program. Join us at the Press Conference (2pm) and the Economic Development and Public Works joint committee meeting (3pm) to support a vending program that is just and truly reflective of vendor needs.

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