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Headlines: L.A. Teachers Union Planning to Strike, Likely to Shut Down LAUSD Schools For Three Days

Los Angeles, CA – Jan. 18: UTLA Teachers Stike Rally on January 18, 2019. (Brian Feinzimer)

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—The L.A. teachers union plans to join an anticipated three-day strike—possibly within two weeks—with thousands of L.A. Unified’s non-teaching workers, actions that would likely shut down schools amid an explosion of labor discontent. The labor action would be led by Local 99 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents 30,000 cafeteria workers, bus drivers, custodians, special education assistants, and others. Local 99 would be joined by United Teachers Los Angeles, which represents about 35,000 teachers, counselors, therapists, nurses, and librarians. [LAT]

Redondo Beach: A man was shot in the foot on Saturday afternoon at South Bay Galleria. He was rushed to the hospital and is recovering. Police say a suspect fled the scene in what was described as a dark-colored vehicle. Details regarding the make and model, as well as what lead to the shooting, were not immediately released. [KABC]

—Deon Jones, a 31-year-old performance artist, was awarded $375,000 last week by a jury that found his constitutional rights were violated when he was wounded by an LAPD officer who fired a projectile at his face during a May 2020 demonstration in the Fairfax district to protest the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. [CBS]

—Migrant justice organization Al Otro Lado has released a statement about President Joe Biden's plans to reinstate the detention of families seeking asylum across the U.S. borderby the managing attorney of its Family Reunification Projectm Carol Anne Donohoe, noting, "I'll never be able to erase the memories... of a detained mother holding her 12-day-old newborn, the bloody t-shirt of a toddler who'd been vomiting for days, and a little boy who entered Berks with his mother at age one and did not exit that brick-walled prison until he was three years old." [Al Otro Lado]

East L.A.: Family members of Miguel Lopez, a 70-year-old shot and killed by a Sheriff's Department gang unit executing a gang warrant earlier this year, rallied outside the Sheriff's station on Saturday, joined by other families of victims of deputy shootings. [Cerise Castle/Twitter]

Boyle Heights: Twenty-one-year-old cosmetology student Bambi Alacran discusses her Boyle Heights and East L.A. upbringing, including her coming out at 12 and her transition while still a student at student at Theodore Roosevelt High School. [Boyle Heights Beat]

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