The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

King closed

Aug 20, 2007

L.A. county officials shut down King hospital’s ER last Friday. The rest of the hospital is supposed to be closed within the next two weeks.

Was the quality of care at King poor? Yes. But now there are only four county hospitals available for L.A. county’s more than two million uninsured residents – which means things will get even worse.

Some community activists say they will fight for a new, and better, hospital. Who could disagree with that! In fact, we urgently need not one, but at least one dozen new, good hospitals in L.A.!

And it’s also true that we’ll have to fight to get them. That’s exactly where King hospital came from: out of the Civil Rights Movement, and the 1965 Watts uprising in particular.