Annual May Day demonstration sparks conversations on social change

Long Beach residents marched for their rights as workers for International Workers’ Day.

People’s State of the City to showcase city problems from residents’ perspectives

While Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia introduced city problems and statistics in his January State of the City event, one thing was missing from the speech: live resident input. “The people won't be denied, the people won't back down” are the first words of the People's State of the City 2018 event description. The People's State of the City, unrelated to the mayor’s event, is a community-driven response and platform for marginalized groups to give their perspective on city government shortcomings. The event will take place at the First Congregational Church in downtown Long Beach at 5 p.m. on March 1. The seventh-annual event will be hosted by Long Beach Rising, a coalition of organizations that focus on civic engagement among marginalized groups. “This is an event that talks about city challenges and progress from the perspective of working people, which is not really reflected in the actual State of the City,” said James Suazo, an organizer for Long Beach Rising. According to the press release, the event will include free food and a Spanish and Khmer interpretation. There will be 16 organizations involved with Long Beach Rising. Organizations that will be present at the event include the Los Angeles