ARTICLE: Resistance in march at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles


Show up, dive in, stay at it
Barack Obama, January 10, 2017

The Hammer Museum takes the lead of Resistance in Los Angeles

Since Trump inauguration and first week in the White house, California cries river -actually it is raining so much that the Four years of drought is over now- And since then the people of Los Angeles protest with meetings at LAX, and marches Downtown Los Angles against the recent executive orders…

Monday February 6th, 2017, this was the turn of the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles to enter in resistance.  The Hammer/UCLA has welcomed  a panel of organization and community leaders who shared their respective points of view about potential or likely consequences of the election and the confirmation of the new administration, and offered suggestions to those who are interested in getting involved and taking action.



The panel conversation took place at participants Royce Hall in the UCLA campus instead of the Hammer, too small for the occasion.



  • Susan Dunlap, President & Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
  • Hector Villagra, Executive Director at the ACLU of Southern California
  • Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
  • Devon Carbado, Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, UCLA
  • Ann Philbin, the Director of the Hammer Museum, will give opening remarks.

The panel discussion was moderated by Jessica Yellin is the Emmy and Gracie award winning former Chief White House correspondent for CNN.



Titled from the last words Barak Obama told at his last meeting in Chicago as President of the United States “Show up, Dive, Stay at it”

Ann Philbin

In Brief, below, the remarkable introduction by Ann Philbin, Director of UCLA/Hammer Museum



This is beautiful, LA is showing up once again

The last time we had a meeting at the Royce Hall it was in2003, it was at the eve of Irak war

Why is an art museum having a form about social and political issues?: we have a clear mission statement which is that we believe in the promise that Art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world.

The Hammer is part of UCLA whose primary purpose as a public university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our Society.1929

on the front of UCLA’s building is that sentence “education is learning to use the the tools that the race has found indispensable”

One indispensable and time honored tool we have is the act of resistance when we feel our core values and beliefs have been challenged….



How can we get involved in the Resistance? Role of Los Angeles…

Effect of the Muslim Ban at UCLA? Immigrant community. Legal assistance to protect people from deportation, Racism in America, Civil Rights issues, LGBT issues, Parenthood issues, Abortion, Environment …..

Angelica Sarlas at CHIRLA:

LA Sanctuary city? We should own it and be proud of it

50% California’s population is immigrant


Susan Dunlap from Planned Parenthood:

we are standing up for our values… We have to be a sanctuary State…


Lorri L. Jean from the LGBT:

Every body can do something. Get out your couch. say