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Dueling Medical Marijuana Rallies Target City Council Before Tuesday's Dispensary Ban Vote -

Los Angeles City Council members are scheduled to vote on a citywide plan to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A. on Tuesday, and activists on both sides of the battle came out in full force today to make their cases.

Backed by Councilmembers Jose Huizar, Mitchell Englander, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, the proposed ban would allow primary caregivers and patients to grow and transport marijuana, according to City News Service. Additionally, the measure would permit two to three patients to collectively grow and share cannabis in homes or apartments—not storefronts.


Thousands rally against Wal-Mart in Chinatown

Several union and civil rights activists speak at the event opposing a new Wal-Mart store in Chinatown, and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello plays 'This Land Is Your Land.'

Several thousand people, led by a banner that read "Wal-Mart= Poverty," marched through Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to decry the giant retailer's plans for a neighborhood grocery store and the chain's low-end wage scale and non-unionized workforce.

In LA Walmart Protest, Thousands Of Angelenos March On Chinatown In Anti-Walmart Action - Huffington Post

Led by a motorcycle brigade and Chinese lion dancers, thousands of Angelenos marched through the heart of Chinatown Saturday to protest Walmart moving into the historic downtown Los Angeles neighborhood. Walmart workers, large groups from various unions and others shouted slogans such as "Walmart hurts the 99 percent" and "Walmart, Walmart, you're no good. Treat your workers like you should" as they passed many of the neighborhood's small Chinese businesses.

Unhappy 50th Birthday, Walmart! -

After losing her job in advertising when her small-business employer folded during the recession, Marie Kanzer-Born, 54, found herself turning in desperation a year ago to a night shift job stocking shelves at a suburban Chicago Walmart. But she wasn't happy with what she calls "the weird culture of fear" that its hovering, hectoring supervisors created, the inadequate staffing that forced everyone to work faster and at risk of injury, the erratic scheduling, the refusal to pay for overtime work, and the retaliation aganst anyone who was not subservient--often through cuts in hours of work.

Community, Faith, Labor to Unite in Largest Ever Rally to Stop “Walmartization” of L.A. Jobs

Ten thousand in L.A.’s Chinatown to tell Walmart:
“L.A.’s future won’t be bought off”

Los Angeles – On Saturday, ten thousand Southland residents concerned about the growth of L.A.’s low wage economy and the influence of the nation’s largest retailer will march through L.A.’s Chinatown to call for an end to the “Walmartization” of L.A. jobs. Saturday’s march and rally will be the largest demonstration in history calling for Walmart to change its business practices to help rebuild the American economy.

Musicians stand up to Walmart in Los Angeles - LA Fed

Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Ben Harper, No Age contribute their
voices to massive protest against Walmart in L.A.’s Chinatown

(Los Angeles, CA) As thousands prepare to hit the streets of L.A.’s historic Chinatown on Saturday, June 30, for the largest protest against Walmart ever held in the U.S., several acclaimed musicians, including three Grammy winners, are joining the growing effort to stop the world’s largest retailer from opening in Chinatown and expanding across Los Angeles with poverty-level jobs and practices that hurt local businesses and communities. Musicians are also backing hundreds of Walmart workers who will march on June 30 to demand Walmart treat them with respect and provide wages that can support families.

Los Angeles: County of 212 Walmarts? - FryingPanNews

Maybe you will be one of the 10,000 people expected at a June 30th protest in L.A.’s Chinatown against a controversial plan to open a Walmart store there. The uber-retailer’s reputation for wrecking the atmosphere of historic districts like Chinatown, and posing a potential threat to local businesses, has generated strong resistance to plans for a 33,000 square-foot “express” Walmart at Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues.

Terrifying New Map Shows Walmart's Anticipated Growth in L.A. County - LA Weekly

Every time plans for a new L.A.-area Walmart leak to the public -- recent targets include Burbank, Chinatown and Altadena -- we see a familiar wave of outrage and picket signs and union pressers.

But Wal-Mart knows what it can and can't do. A company this savvy isn't going to waste time trying to open its doors where city ordinances don't permit. So Wal-Mart has instead found local loopholes...

Cannabis Campaign Update

At today's Los Angeles City Council meeting, Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. agreed to continue the items related to medical cannabis. There was no vote on the full dispensary ban put on the table by Council members Jose Huizar and Mitchell Englander. The new date for the vote has been tentatively scheduled for the City Council's regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 24 at 10 am.

Today’s vote continuation allows us more time to build, but must continue to rapidly grow our movement to win a responsible medical cannabis ordinance for Los Angeles.

If you are a nonunion dispensary owner that wants to join, please contact UFCW Local 770 Organizing Director Rigo Valdez (213-201-7120).

Patients and caregivers who want to join our movement - please contact Matt O'Malley (213-201-7124) for more information on how to get involved.

All supporters of safe access, please take a moment to fill out and submit a letter to your L.A. Council member. Like UFCW Medical Cannabis Division on Facebook, for important campaign updates and information.

Reefer madness: committee votes to ban medical marijuana clinics in Los Angeles - KPCC

Medical marijuana clinics would be banned in the city of Los Angeles under an ordinance approved today by the Public Safety Committee.

The proposed ordinance, which still requires approval from the full Los Angeles City Council, would shut down existing dispensaries throughout the city. Angelenos with the proper prescription would be allowed to cultivate marijuana for their personal medicinal use, under the proposal. Residential care facilities and hospices could also continue to provide medical marijuana.

Labor stands up for safe access in LA - SafeAccessNow

Organized labor spoke up on behalf of medical cannabis patients and workers in Los Angeles today. One hundred medical cannabis patients, workers, and advocates gathered on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall for a press conference hosted by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, which represents workers at more than twenty of the most reputable patients’ cooperatives and collectives in the city. UFCW Local 770 called the press conference to oppose a motion by City Council Members Jose Huizar and Mitchell Englander calling for an outright ban on patients’ associations. The motion will be before the Public Safety Committee tomorrow, and may be before the full City Council within days.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Rally To Stop Proposed Dispensary Ban - CBS

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Medical marijuana advocates rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to sway city leaders from approving a proposed citywide ban on their medication.

KNX 1070′s Margret Carrero reports terminally ill patients and dispensary workers were among those who showed up on the steps of City Hall.

LA Latina Leaders Reveal New Details about Walmart’s Negative Effects on the Local Economy

NELP Report Documents Walmart’s Stranglehold on Working Conditions in Southern California that Adversely Affect Latino Warehouse Workers

LOS ANGELES — Major retailers like Walmart are driving down wages and workplace safety standards on a scale far greater than understood before, a report released today by the National Employment Law Project shows.

Albertsons lays off up to 2,500 workers Supermarket chain has more than 50 local stores; stores affected are in California and Nevada - U~T San Diego

Albertsons will lay off an estimated 2,200 to 2,500 workers at stores in California and Nevada, the company announced today, blaming the job cuts on a reduction in foot traffic and sales.

The company is among the leading supermarket chains in the San Diego region, where it operates more than 50 stores including a handful in Riverside County. The move comes 10 months after the chain agreed to a new contract with the grocery-workers union, which followed months of negotiations and strike threats.

Medical Marijuana Patients To Protest Potential Ordinance Shutting Down Dispensaries - CBS

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Terminally and seriously ill medical marijuana patients will gather on the steps of City Hall Thursday to protest ahead of a City Council meeting that could shut down pot dispensaries.

The Public Safety Committee meeting, planned for 8 a.m. Friday, will consider a preliminary ordinance to either ban medicinal cannabis dispensaries completely or allow a little over 100 to continue to operate.

Safe Access, Good Jobs in LA

Los Angeles City Council is preparing to vote on a total ban on medical cannabis dispensaries.

Join our rally for safe access. Good jobs and a responsible approach.

Medical Cannabis Patients, Licensed Dispensaries, Union members, Labor and Community allies will join UFCW Local 770 to show their support to City leaders for a responsible approach.

TIME: 10:00AM

Click to download the flyer

For information, contact:
Matt O'Malley: 213-201-7124
Jean Tong: 213-201-7123