Sister Cities of Los Angeles needs your help to raise funds for the terrible tragedy in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan slammed the Tacloban shoreline and left a landscape of debris in its wake. Homes and businesses were lost, so too were thousands of lives. The catastrophic storm left an estimated 2.5 million people in need of emergency food assistance, and forced survivors to relocate and find temporary homes.

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Colorfully Protest Anti-LGBT Laws in Russia.

City Councilmembers and LGBT community leaders attached a rainbow flag to the St. Petersburg sign on the Sister Cities landmark at First and Main Streets in Downtown Los Angeles as part of a protest over discriminatory and dangerous anti-LGBT laws on Russia. 

The symbolic protest was one in a series of actions Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Mitch O'Farrell and Tom LaBonge took in response to the approval of laws in Russia that criminalizes expression of "non traditional sexual relations." 

In addition to the protest at the Sister Cities landmark, the Councilmembers introduced a resolution to the City Council calling on the Federal Government to immediately and aggressively expand asylum programs offered to people facing persecution because of sexual orientation and gender identity around the world. 

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A Streetcar Named After Los Angeles in the City of Bordeaux

 The City of Bordeaux has a history of naming its trams after their Sister Cities, and named one if its street cars after the City of Los Angeles, and for the 50-year anniversary, the City of Bordeaux has asked our city to be honored guests of the Fete le Vin, for the first time ever. The Sister City of LA will showcase a diverse arts program from some of Los Angeles' most famous arts institutions.

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