What happened to LA Weekly?
At the end of last year, a shadowy group of semi-anonymous right-wing investors from Orange County purchased LA Weekly and fired nine out of 13 editorial staffers. In the process, they decimated the paper’s institutional knowledge and destroyed what made it the premiere alt-weekly in America.
In the three months since, the new owners have repeatedly violated ethical and journalistic standards, insulted the culture of Los Angeles, sought to recruit unpaid writers, and failed to cover key local news events in favor of vapid stories that read like paid advertisement.
Why does it matter?
In light of the the turmoil experienced at the LA Times and LAist, along with the deeper cuts recently made at about a dozen community dailies across the region, the city needs LA Weekly now, more than ever.
Alt-weeklies not only highlight new and important restaurants and art galleries, but also uncover political scandals and hold city officials accountable.
Over the course of the last four decades, LA Weekly published the stories that national publications often didn’t have the time, resources, or insider know-how to accurately cover. In a city as sprawling and diverse as Los Angeles, it is essential to have experienced critics and reporters bringing you curated recommendations and monitoring our civic institutions.
Lots of people -- and you should too!
After writers and editors banded together to boycott the new owners and stage a mock funeral, a grassroots movement emerged across the city, gathering support from director Ava DuVernay, actor Mark Ruffalo, and Doors drummer John Densmore.
Punk legend and longtime columnist Henry Rollins resigned in protest. Beloved institutions such as Amoeba Records, Angel City Brewery, and Councilmember José Huizar’s Night on Broadway pulled their ads in protest.
After alerting sponsors to the new ownership’s alarming misdeeds, the #BoycottLAWeekly movement succeeded in forcing the cancellation of the paper’s annual Sips & Sweets event, one of its crucial sources of revenue. The fight to boycott and save LA Weekly is not over.
How can I help?
The #BoycottLAWeekly movement is fighting to prevent the new owners from profiting off a city they clearly despise in the hopes that they return the paper to capable, responsible owners who understand their responsibility to cover the nation’s second largest city with thoughtfulness and tenacity.
To do this, we need your help to shut down LA Weekly’s "The Essentials" event by talking with advertisers and sponsors about the paper’s recent loss of integrity and pressuring them to pull out.
You can also make calls to print advertisers, post about the campaign on social media using the hashtag #BoycottLAWeekly and contact elected officials to weigh in on L.A.’s local news crisis.
Together, we can bring the paper back into the hands of people who care about and understand the importance of LA Weekly’s role in our great city.
Call an advertiser
Without ads, the new LA Weekly owners can't produce a print publication. It's imperative that we let advertisers know what's happening.
Donate to the campaign
Every dollar donated to our Go Fund Me goes directly back into paying for website hosting, flyer printing, casket rental and more #BoycottLAWeekly promotional efforts.