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A selection of past Knock LA video productions. Subscribe to the Knock LA YouTube channel then click the bell and choose All for notifications, and follow @groundgamela on Twitch for live broadcasts.

Echo Park Lake Protest
Footage right before LAPD arrests dozens of journalists and protestors on the streets near Echo Park Lake. Minutes later, two of our journalists—Kate Gallagher and Jon Peltz—were arrested.
Read more about that night here and follow all our Echo Park Lake coverage.
Footage by Kate Gallagher
Echo Park Lake – 3.24.2021 – Queen’s Speech
At sunrise on March 24, 2021, the Echo Park Lake Tent Community held a peaceful action alongside hundreds of local allies. By sunset, 60 cop cars, two buses and sanitation trucks were poised to destroy the community that had been building in the park for the last year. Then, 400 cops descended and kettled, using force and entrapping anyone left. Queen, a resident and activist living in Echo Park, delivered this speech to the crowds.
Weekly News Wrap Up Ep 145 – Los Angeles City Redistricting 101
Hosts @bushidosquirrel and @christopherroth (and Terry!) are having a conversation with @robquan_ focusing on redistricting in LA this week!

KNOCK at Nite Episode 32 – COVID-19, One Year Later
This week we’ve got Eleanor Bray and Rachel Ben-Menachen hosting! – @bushidosquirrel joins us for a rundown of the COVID timeline! – Teddy & Vivienne here to talk about the Ground Game LA Youth organizing and what it takes to organize your teachers! – Wendy Barranco and Kylie Jansen here to talk about Mutual Aid LA and the Community Health Worker (CHW) Program! – Tabatha Yelós here from the Nithya Raman office to talk about the transition their team went through from campaign work into holding power in a city council office. – Steve Diaz and Stasi Cusack-Mercedez here from LA CAN to talk about the organizing work that’s been going on in Skid Row! AND THEN WE HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH 6 FOLKS TO WRAP IT ALL UP!

What’s up with the CSP program in LA’s public housing?
After today’s disappointing vote on the future of the CSP program, POWER‘s Bill Przylucki called in to offer some perspective of what’s going on RIGHT NOW in the organizing work within Los Angeles’s public housing communities.

What is TFAR and how does it work in these DTLA developments? Chris’ impromptu explanation.
Chris took a few minutes after the Los Angeles City Council meeting on February 9th 2021 to explain what TFAR refers to and how it works to allow megadevelopments in Los Angeles to avoid having to include affordable units in their projects. Note: Chris is not an expert on this, nor a lawyer, but is providing a good-faith effort with what familiarity he has gleaned from a few years of interacting with municipal government on these kinds of issues. Please let us know if he’s mistaken in any of this!

Beltalouder for the People in the Back – Ep 01
Beratnas! It’s time. Let’s talk CLASS WAR in SPACE! Hosts @bushidosquirrel, @Loganchance, & @christopherroth are LIVE to discuss the politics, technology, & class struggle in The Expanse.

KNOCK at Nite Episode 31 – Non-traditional Union Organizing!
This week we’ve got Eleanor Bray and Caroline Johnson hosting! We’re joined by @bushidosquirrel for some emergency preparedness discussion, and guests Channing Martinez from the Bus Riders Union & Tyler Sandness from Rideshare Drivers United to talk about non-traditional organizing! Plus a special $GME investor guest appearance!

Los Angeles Public Comment Teach In
We had Alex Cave of Ktown For All and Rob Quan of Unrig LA joining Chris Roth to talk all about how to give public comment in municipal meetings in Los Angeles. We cover the Board of Supervisors, the City Council, the Police Commission, the Civilian Oversight Commission, and even Neighborhood Councils! We also answered a bunch of questions and gave some general tips & tricks that are super useful for anyone interested in giving public comment! Toolkit here

KNOCK at Nite Episode 30 – The Inauguration of Healing
KNOCK at NITE is live with @BushidoSquirrel and @VickBooz. We’re talking to Daniel Lee, CA State Senate Candidate, and Mike Dickerson, co-founder of Ktown for All.

Cancel Rent LA Tour
Organizers, tenants, and artists visited the homes of all 5 LA County Board of Supervisors members to wake them up to the fact that it’s time to Cancel The Rent! With appearances by Right To The City Alliance (Twitter: @ourcityRTTC, Facebook: @RTCalliance, IG: @ourcityRTTC), Cancel Rent Collective (Twitter: @CancelRentLA, Facebook: @CancelRentCollectiveLA, IG: @CancelRentCollective), Community Power Collective (Twitter: @cpcolectivo, Facebook: @cpcolectivo, IG: @cpcolectivo), Eviction Defense Network (Facebook: @evictiondefensenetwork, IG: @evictiondefensenetwork), and performances by La Marisoul (Twitter: @LaMarisoul, Facebook: @LaMarisoulMusica, IG: @la_marisoul), Mariachi SuperEstrella, Chakra Sok: Cambodian Classical Dance (IG: @chakra.sok), Le Balet Dembaya (Twitter: @LDembaya, Facebook: @leballetdembaya, IG: @leballetdembaya), Bloco Obini/Extra Ancestral: Afro Brazilian Drumming (Facebook: @blocoobini, @extraancestral, IG: @bloco_obini, @extraancestral)

KNOCK at Nite Episode 28
Hosts Trinidad Ruiz and @bushidosquirrel are here with guests Walt Senterfitt, a founding member of the Los Angeles Tenant’s Union, and Iris De Anda of the group Reclaim and Rebuild Our Community. Support our work on Patreon and follow us on Twitter.

KNOCK at Nite Episode 27
Hosts Tabatha Yelós and John Motter are joined by Sasha Grey and @bushidosquirrel to talk about COVID-19, organizing, mutual aid, and a whole bunch of other topics. Support our work on Patreon and follow us on Twitter.

KNOCK at Nite: JUSTICE EDITION
Ground Game’s @bushidosquirrel is hosting a panel of badass lawyers to talk through Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s new sentencing and other reforms.

Aliso Canyon Disaster 5th Anniversary Protest – Food & Water Action
On October 22nd, 2020, protestors gathered in front of the SoCalGas Company Tower in Downtown Los Angeles to demand Governor Newsom put people, health and climate above SoCalGas profits. Hosts Nicole Levin and Christopher Roth are joined by live on-the-ground coverage from Jasmyn Vargas, Alex Nagy and Walker Foley from Food and Water Action. We’re also joined by guests Dr. Loraine Lundquist, Andrew Krowne, and Scott Schmerelson. Gov. Newsom must keep his promise to #ShutAlisoDown​! He promised Los Angeles families he would shut down Aliso Canyon but instead, use of Aliso has increased by 3000% since he was elected. SoCalGas is a very bad actor. They are dodging investigations at the CPUC, suing the state for not promoting “natural” gas enough, and misusing customer funds to lobby for policy that benefits its bottom line. Here’s a thread for more background on the impact the leak has had on nearby communities.

KNOCK at Nite Episode 25
This episode Chris, Caroline, Steven, Rachel, and Motter chat politics and decarceration in Los Angeles. Support our work on Patreon and follow us on Twitter.

Vote Today, Ground Game Tomorrow!
Voting is just the beginning. Let’s get together and fix the city we love. Join us every Thursday night in Hollywood for open-door meetings @GroundGameLA

KNOCK at Nite – Ep 23 – KNOCK.LA Voter Guide Part 2
This is part 2 of the KNOCK.LA 2020 Progressive Voter Guide presented by [email protected]! October 14, 2020

KNOCK at Nite – Ep 22 – KNOCK.LA Voter Guide Part 1
This is part 1 of the KNOCK.LA 2020 Progressive Voter Guide presented by [email protected]! October 7, 2020

Ground Game Summer Camp: Follow the Money – July 30, 2020
Hosts Rob Quan (tw: @RobQuan_) of Unrig LA (tw: @unrigla) and Chris Roth (tw: @christopherroth) of Ground Game LA (tw: @GroundGameLA) present a crash course on how to use the ethics.lacity.org website to Follow the Money at LA City Hall! We go through the basics and answer some great questions from the Twitch and FB audience who tuned in live when we recorded this. Hit us up on Twitter if you’ve got more questions for Round 2 of this presentation which we will ABSOLUTELY have to do soon.

Ground Game Summer Camp: LA City Council Basics – August 17, 2020
Host @christopherroth breaks down the basics of what the LA City Council is and how they conduct their business!

Ground Game Presents: Lights, Camera, Direct Action!
A Crash Course in Local LA Organizing, brought to you by: – Ground Game LA (groundgamela.org @GroundGameLA) – Nithya Raman for City Council District 4 (nithyaforthecity.com @cd4losangeles) – Ktown For All (ktownforall.org @KtownForAll) – Black Policy Project (@uclabpp) – LA Forward (laforward.org) Speakers: – Kendall Mayhew, Co-Founder, Ground Game – @kmay (Tw) @ladykmay (IG) – Meghan Choi, Co-Campaign Manager, Nithya Raman for City Council District 4 – Sherin Varghese, Co-Founder, Ktown For All – @rehashingverse @sherinv1984 – Tim Hayes, Organizer, Ground Game – @bushidosquirrel – Mariesa Samba, Graduate Researcher, Black Policy Project – Godfrey Santos Plata, Organizer, LA Forward – @GodfreyPlata

Ground Game Live Episode 17
Guests Maggie Clancy (@maggieclancy) of Knock LA, Cait Raft (@caitraft) of the @hotandrichshow, and Ashley Bennet (@AshleyNicholeB) of Ground Game LA join our hosts @VickBooz and @Rachel_Reyes to discuss the USPS, shitty famous people and alleged property schemes, and organizing with the unhoused community at Echo Park Lake.

Ground Game Live Episode 18
Guests Bailey Benningfield (@baileybenns) of Knock LA, Paisley Mares (@paisleymares) of the LA Tenants Union, and Theo Henderson (@TheoHen95302259) of the We the Unhoused podcast join our hosts @BushidoSquirrel and @Rachel_Reyes to discuss housing issues, from the perspective of activists who are both housed and unhoused.

Ground Game Live Episode 16
Guests Annie Powers (@abolishollywood) of KNOCK LA, Melissa Acedera (@mellemusic) of Polo’s Pantry, and Kiran Wali of LifeKit LA (@lifekitla) join our hosts @VickBooz and @BushidoSquirrel to discuss recent LAHSA firings and their connection to Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s office, and food equity activism in Los Angeles!