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Red Pins to be Worn on Oscars Red Carpet to Advocate for Cease-Fire in Gaza

The Oscars red carpet is not only a platform for glamour and style but also a stage for important social issues. This year, amidst the glitz and glamor of the Academy Awards, some attendees are planning to make a powerful statement by wearing red pins calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war. In a season where many Hollywood stars have shied away from addressing the conflict, these red pins symbolize a bold stance for peace.

The red pins are a representation of solidarity with Artists4Ceasefire, a coalition of celebrities and members of the entertainment industry who have signed an open letter urging President Biden to call for an immediate cease-fire. Among the nearly 400 signatories are notable figures like Bradley Cooper, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Drake, Ben Affleck, and Jennifer Lopez, all of whom have lent their voices to this important cause.

According to Artists4Ceasefire, the pins symbolize collective support for an immediate and permanent cease-fire, the release of all hostages, and the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza. The message is clear – compassion must prevail in the midst of conflict and suffering.

Each Artists4Ceasefire pin is designed as a glossy red quarter, featuring an image of a hand surrounding a small black heart. These pins have been making intermittent appearances throughout awards season, with stars like Mark Ruffalo, members of the indie rock trio boygenius, and actors Tony Shalhoub and Ebon Moss-Bachrach proudly wearing them on various red carpets.

Mark Ruffalo, a nominee for the Oscar for best supporting actor, spoke passionately about the importance of giving a cease-fire a chance at the Directors Guild of America Awards. “We’re not going to bomb our way to peace, and all we’re saying is, what’s wrong with giving a cease-fire a chance?” Ruffalo stated, echoing the sentiments of many who advocate for peaceful solutions to conflicts.

The Israel-Hamas war has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 people in Gaza, according to Gazan officials, and about 1,200 people were killed in Israel in the Hamas attack. The devastating toll of this ongoing conflict underscores the urgency of calling for a cease-fire and putting an end to the violence and suffering.

In recent years, award show red carpets have become platforms for stars to raise awareness about various social issues. From voicing support for refugees to solidarity with victims of sexual harassment, Hollywood celebrities have used their visibility to shed light on important causes. The red pins at this year’s Oscars signal a shift towards addressing the Israel-Hamas conflict and advocating for peace in a region plagued by violence.

As the Oscars approach, the Los Angeles Police Department is preparing for possible protests related to the Israel-Hamas war. Security around the Dolby Theater, where the award show is held, will be heightened to ensure the safety of attendees and to manage any potential demonstrations.

In a sea of glitz and glamour, the red pins on the Oscars red carpet serve as a reminder that even in the world of entertainment, there are voices advocating for peace, compassion, and humanity. The symbolic gesture of wearing these pins is a small yet powerful way for Hollywood stars to make a statement and call for an end to the violence in Gaza. As the world watches the Oscars, these red pins will stand out as a beacon of hope and solidarity for all those affected by the conflict in the Middle East.

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Forest Lawn Drive now free of RV encampment and parking

Nancy Sexton was thrilled when city crews cleared out more than 50 RVs in December that had been parked near her business for months, blocking parking spots and leaving behind trash and waste on Forest Lawn Drive.

Then she realized the long stretch of road near Barham Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills was suddenly off limits for not just parked RVs, but all parked vehicles. Much of the curb was painted red. No parking signs lined the sidewalk.

“It’s a dumb decision,” said Sexton, who owns the Muse Rooms, which offers leased office spaces. “It’s frustrating.”

The more than 50 RVs, which had been stationed along the winding road for months as a semi-permanent living encampment, were removed in December as part of the city’s operation known as Inside Safe. One goal of the program, which is part of Mayor Karen Bass’ initiative to bring people living on the streets indoors, is to end the cycle of homeless encampments being cleared by the city only to return a few weeks later.

But days after the RVs were removed, Sexton said, the curb was painted red and parking was limited. The new red zone is about a quarter mile long, running between Warner Bros. Studios’ Gate 9 entrance and North Coyote Canyon Drive.

The areas that do allow parking, meanwhile, have two-hour limits.

City officials also said the decision to restrict parking was done out of fire safety concerns, not to keep the RVs from resettling along the road. Sexton has her doubts.

The lack of parking along the street suddenly imposed a new, unexpected expense on her clients, prompting some to look elsewhere. The red curb has also become an irritation for some students and workers at the New York Film Academy and businesses nearby.

A road with RVs lining its right side.

RVs are parked on Forest Lawn Drive on June 27, 2023, in Burbank.

(David McNew/Getty Images)

Since the no-parking signs went up, Sexton said, she’s lost two regular members and two potential clients. All of them had aired concern about the lack of street parking and the added expense of paying $12 a day at the parking structure on site.

The parking fee, Sexton said, doubled the monthly costs for some members.

“I didn’t know how much of a problem it was going to be until there were people saying, ‘I can’t pay $12 a day,’ ” she said. “I’m really feeling it now.”

The situation highlights some of the unintended results as city officials look to address homelessness and the concerns of businesses and homeowners affected by makeshift encampments, whether they involve tents, vehicles, or both.

RV encampments have sprung up across the city amid a housing crisis that has left many people priced out of permanent homes. Local officials have looked for ways to address the issue, including new regulations that have targeted overnight RV parking.

According to the mayor’s office, the Inside Safe program has addressed 39 encampments so far, moving more than 2,400 people into interim housing and an additional 440 into permanent housing since December 2022.

Bass spokesperson Zach Seidl said the RVs that were removed from Forest Lawn Drive were themselves causing parking issues in the area, as well as raising other significant safety and public health concerns.

Members of the surrounding community have said removing the RVs “has helped on all three fronts,” Seidl said in a statement. “This operation has saved lives.

Stella Stahl, spokesperson for Councilmember Nithya Raman, said the city has helped many of the RV residents along Forest Lawn Drive to find housing indoors.

In a statement, Stahl credited the decision to limit parking to a request by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which called the area a “high fire severity zone.” A 2019 brush fire in the area burned more than 30 acres and threatened homes and businesses.

In a Sept. 19, 2023, letter, LAFD Assistant Chief Dean Zipperman asked the city Department of Transportation to install “Tow Away No Stopping Any Time” restrictions on the road due to the stopped and parked vehicles there.

To avoid the hassle of looking for parking, cinematography students Sanchin Vinay, Yifan Xiang, and Davide Picci carpool to their classes at the New York Film Academy, which shares a building with the Muse Rooms. Eliminating the RVs has opened some spots to them, although Picci said they’d been able to find spaces on the street before — “really far down.”

A couch on a sidewalk near an RV.

The curb along Forest Lawn Drive, where someone has left a couch.

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Sometimes they pay the $12 for the daily parking to avoid being late for class. Carpooling helps cushion the cost.

Leslie Bates, a film production instructor, said she heard of students and faculty members having “volatile” interactions with the RV residents.

Now that the RVs have

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