Morning Brief: LAUSD Teachers Join the Defund Movement

Also fire conditions return, TikTokers run amuck in Bel Air, and more

» LAUSD teachers have formally joined the “defund” movement. The union representing school teachers specifically wants to see an end to a 400-member force of in-school cops, for which the district is charged $70 million per year.  [ABC Los Angeles]

» Police have killed 886 people in L.A. County since 2000. Of them, 80 percent were Black or Latino. [Los Angeles Times]

» One of the founders of Black Lives Matter speaks about why this time is different. Opal Tometi co-founded the organization with Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza in 2013. [The New Yorker]

» The average L.A. resident needs to work at least 60.9 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental. That is among the highest number of hours anywhere in the U.S. [Patch]

» Extreme heat and high winds have created dangerous fire conditions. A brush fire broke out Tuesday near the Hollywood Bowl and authorities are on alert for more fire activity. [Los Angeles Times]

» Sway House, a “collab house” for online influencers, is running afoul of its Bel Air neighbors. Denizens of the posh ‘hood are not having it with the TikTok party boys.  [The New York Times]


»  California Movie Theaters Can Reopen as Soon as Friday The state has laid out guidelines that include dramatically limiting capacity

» The Annenberg Space for Photography Won’t Reopen After the Pandemic The city’s one and only photography museum has decided to shutter permanently

» What Are the Alternatives to Calling the Cops? Some situations may be more effectively addressed without the involvement of law enforcement. Here’s how to do it


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Celebrity Stylist Jason Bolden Speaks Out About Racial Bias at Celine

As Americans hit the streets to protest against institutional racism in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death, many brands have been compelled to dispatch messages of solidarity. Some have been big hits (Ben & Jerry’s got major props for its heartfelt and purposeful “dismantle white supremacy” missive), and others have been flops, particularly when past behaviors have made the gesture ring hollow.

French fashion brand Celine took to Instagram to declare that it “stands against all forms of discrimination, oppression, and racism.” Celebrity stylist Jason Bolden, who dresses everyone from Cynthia Errivo to Yara Shahidi, wasn’t about to silently accept the brand’s outward display of performative wokeness.

Bolden says he was “shocked” when he saw the brand’s Instagram post. “Now lives are on the line and you decided to do this? It’s a big fuck you to Black people.”


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