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Articles written by Maria Loya

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  • It should disturb every Democrat to learn where the City of Santa Monica has placed itself on the issue of voting rights

    Maria Loya, Pico Neighborhood Association|May 15, 2023

    April 12th, 2023 marked seven years since the Pico Neighborhood Association and I filed a lawsuit challenging Santa Monica's at-large city council elections for violating the California Voting Rights Act. By then, the at-large election system had worked for 70 years to largely prevent Black & Latino candidates supported by voters of color and allies to win a seat on the Santa Monica City Council. For all that time, the Pico Neighborhood, where Santa Monica's Latino community is concentrated,...

  • SMMUSD Mother Protests Renewal of PCR Test Contract for Schoolchildren

    Maria Loya, Mother of 2 SMMUSD students|Dec 13, 2021

    We have all gone through collective trauma as a result of COVID. In August the SMMUSD School Board approved the COVID Surveillance Program that included the required weekly PCR test along with the indoor and outdoor masking of our children in order for them to receive in person public education. Many parents felt coerced to consent to the PCR test in order to have their children return to in-person schools. The Covid Surveillance Program was put together quickly to address the fear of COVID as...