C.R.A.S.S. pushes for community unity

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By Victoria Silva 

From making free zines to organizing a student walk out, East Los Angeles College’s newest student collective Creative Revolutionary Association of Students in Solidarity is trying to make students’ voices heard.

CRASS was founded by a group of students at ELAC about a year ago. Their first meeting was at a local pizzeria Purgatory Pizza in Los Angeles.

CRASS was not intentional at first, but it came about because of their distress over student apathy.

“We tried being in a lot of different clubs, but it never worked out because we didn’t really dig the environment of a lot of clubs. They weren’t doing much. We never went beyond the classroom. There was no practice, no action,” Alan Bacanal, co-founder of CRASS, said

Their first project was trying to keep a local elderly woman from getting evicted from her long time home. The elderly woman’s home was between Mednik and Hammel, which is down the street from ELAC. Though they did not succeed in saving her home, it was their first lesson in student unity and activism.

CRASS has hosted two more events on the ELAC campus.

First was an informative open discussion with a Chilean anarchists. Second was putting on a punk rock showcase and book signing, featuring feminist punk icon Alice Bag, at the Ingalls Auditorium Foyer.

One member, Cuauhtémoc Negrete, had the idea to make a zine called “Da da zine,” which have even reached the campus of Humboldt State.

Being that CRASS is a collective filled with people with artistic inclinations and strong opinions, making a zine seemed like the perfect thing to do.

Recently CRASS organized a student walkout on May Day.

“We’re still developing,” Bacanal said. “Overall, our goals are to push for student solidarity all over the LA County and hope that it spreads across the United States,” he said.

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