Kei Utsumi touched many lives before his death on July 15, a few days shy of his 87th birthday. In conversations with friends, in being present at countless demonstrations, or in putting pen to paper, his was a passionate, unyielding voice for freedom movements, which will be sorely missed.
Barred from entering City Hall by LAPD officers, LA Black Lives Matter started an occupation of City Hall Plaza protesting Police Chief Charlie Beck’s ruling that shooting Redel Jones five times was within policy.
200 youths of all races gathered at the Norwalk Fusion Center on the First National Day of Protest. Protests were also held in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, Dallas, San Francisco and Oakland.