We would like to invite you to our Grand Opening Event for the Vermont Gage Carwash which is now owned by the workers. The event will be at 2:30 PM on February 22 at the carwash: 6219 S Vermont Ave Los Angeles CA 90034. We will have speakers for the Clean Carwash Campaign and city/county elected officials, along with the workers and unions involved. Music, vendors, other cooperatives with also be there. http://www.luci.coop
The carwash that made history by being the first unionized carwash has made history again by becoming the first worker cooperative carwash. Come join us to celebrate this victory for working people.
"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." –Margaret Mead"
LUCI Member , Niki Okuk, gives a TED talk at TEDx Crenshaw October 2016. Today it was released to the public.
Title of Talk: Business/Entrepreneurship
How does this fit in with our theme: This years TedxCrenshaw is about taking stock and getting a clear view of our community’s strengths and weaknesses. Our economy is owned by people that do not live in our communities, such as stock market investors and CEO’s of major corporations. Corporate employment pushes down wages and externalizes cost to achieve ever increasing profits. Those profits go out of our community to share holders and CEO’s that live all around the world, robbing our local tax pool as well as impoverishing our workers. Corporate employment is pumping wealth out of our communities. To affect real change to the social problems in our communities, we need a fundamental shift in the business paradigm.
Quoted from TEDxCrenshaw: http://www.tedxcrenshaw.com/speaks/niki-okuk/
There’s no question that Los Angeles is a city of cultural diversity and eclectic industry. But one doesn’t have to drive too far beyond the patchwork of mansions and high-rises to find encampments under freeways – revealing a city of gross inequality.
In L.A. today, a person needs to earn $34 an hour to afford an average apartment, yet the state’s minimum wage in most places is $10. Meanwhile, $26 million is stolen from the pockets of the lowest wage workers every week. Our system is in crisis. We need system change.
Hear economist Richard Wolff address the critical question:
"Is Economic Collapse Inevitable?"
Friday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.
1600 Campus Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Wolff returns to L.A. to discuss the mounting global turmoil as capitalism relocates from old centers in Western Europe, North America and Japan to new ones in China, Brazil, India and elsewhere in what used to be called the "Third World."
How will these global trends play out locally in L.A., as homelessness jumps and safety nets shred, while prison and jail spending is prioritized over poverty-solving programs?
Join the conversation co-sponsored by ACLU SoCal, L.A. Progressive, Democracy at Work and Occidental College of Community Engagement, and learn how you can get involved in our economic justice advocacy work.