A political organization that is opposing Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics announced Wednesday that it has been joined by eight other groups.
The local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America first announced its campaign last week, days before an International Olympic Committee delegation arrived to assess the city’s bid.
DSA-LA said its “NOlympics LA” coalition now includes groups such as Saje, which advocates for tenant rights; Union de Vecinos, a nonprofit organization that works on housing and other issues; and the National Alumni Assn. of the Black Panther Party.
The LA 2024 bid committee has responded to the opposition by saying that it has already held dozens of meetings with community groups and is willing to speak with anyone who has concerns about the possibility of hosting the Games.
L.A. is competing with Paris and there is a growing chance the IOC will select both cities, giving 2024 to one and 2028 to the other.
During a news conference at Staples Center last week, Olympic executive Patrick Baumann was asked if he’d had any contact with DSA-LA.
“None whatsoever,” he said.
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