South of the 10 Freeway. Going North on the 405. The 110 South. Freeways denote racialized and classed geographies of Los Angeles in profound ways. But who decided how, when, and where to build Los Angeles freeways? Which communities were torn apart when they broke ground? And, importantly, how did working class Angeleanos fight back in their dream to envision a Los Angeles built for everyone? In this class we’ll explore the important histories of working class struggle around the Los Angeles Freeway system. By exploring resistance to our current vehicle regime, we will also begin to imagine a future where public transportation, sidewalks, and other public spaces feature prominently in our vision for Los Angeles.
Join the DSA-LA Political Education Committee for our first class of the Political Education Committee’s 5-Part Night School Series: Lost Angles The Horizontal City on Thursday, July 1 at 6PM.
Each session features a brief, informal presentation followed by facilitated discussion designed to engage all levels and connect current events to foundational socialist concepts and debates.
Comrades are encouraged (but not required) to review recommended readings linked in the class reader aligned with session topic found here.
Check out more classes in this series:
- Building a Radical Los Angeles – 7/15
- Red Hollywood – 7/29
- Legacies of LA’s Third World Left – 8/12
- The LA Secession Wars – 8/26