CicLAvia Visits SouthLA

ciclavia_120714_NOTIFICATION_F_REV3-733_Page_2-231x300NO CARS ALLOWED. CicLAvia is the event that shuts down different streets around LA in support of any other transportation other than cars, ideally bikes but open to feet, skateboards, rollerskates, scooters, etc.   December 7’s CicLAvia South LA will mark the furthest southern CiciLAvia.   The LA event, which shuts down streets to cars and opens them up to other forms of transportation allows LA to slow down for and take in the many things so quickly pass in our cars.  The event also allows the community to showcase business along the routes choosen for the event.  Theciclavia_120714_map_9-3201-1024x791 route will travel six miles from a Leimert Park Village hub down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to a northern and southern hub along Central Ave.

CicLAvia is Coming South!


National BLACK OUT September 8!


African American life is obviously being expressed as something America can do without or holds no value, lets show America just how valuable we are. We need to continue to bond together and fight in numbers and Monday September 8th, TOMORROW, will be another chance to tell America its time to cut the crap, not only are we here but we belong here!

County Fails To Enforce Federal Hiring Quotas


Words from Damien Goodmon

Folks –

See the article in this week’s Wave Newspaper below highlighting gross non-compliance on county construction projects receiving federal dollars. Black contractors, black workers and women have been cut out of work despite federal laws requiring their participation. I had the opportunity to participate in the meeting with Ms. Pleasant referenced in the article, and first a hat tip to the NAACP, NAEJA and YBCA leaders for being on this issue. The extensiveness of the documentation is impressive and disturbing.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has been touting the local hire record at the MLK Hospital, which is to be commended. However, the reality is, the bulk of county money is being spent on hundreds of projects elsewhere – everything from sidewalks to courthouses. And the record outside the MLK Hospital complex based on the information I viewed and Ms. Pleasant reported on is abysmal. There are laws that are being broken, and the advocates on this issue have apparently been unable to get even a meeting with Supervisor, let alone agreement to champion enforcement of said laws.

Just like the Crenshaw Line project is being touted as this major job creator. “Thousands of jobs” is the claim of many politicians. The reality is at most the project will employ 250-300 construction workers at any one point. Do the math: if one out of every 3 of those workers is black that is just 83-100 jobs. Far more than 100 jobs will be lost from the 4-5 year long  street-level and cut-and-cover construction period and even more economic loss will occur long-term from the street-level design in Park Mesa Heights.

These are just the facts and intended to help provide a full perspective so that you can hold your politicians on the LA County and MTA board accountable.

Yours In the Struggle,

Damien Goodmon

Crenshaw Subway Coalition

TODAY! “What Do We Tell Our Sons?”


In light of the Trayvon Martin case, Atty. Jaaye Person-Lynn will moderate a panel tonight: What Do We Tell Our Sons? Please don’t miss this forum from the legal perspective! Don’t let your sons and daughters navigate Los Angeles without these details! Sponsored by Black Women Lawyers, Inc., and N.A.N.

Today! Thursday, August 15, from 5-8pm, (light refreshments from 5-6pm and discussion from 6-8pm), at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., LA, CA 90018, our legal community will communicate the law as it relates to the Zimmerman verdict in Florida and racial profiling in California.

This is forum is your legal community in action, doing our part to ensure that Trayvon Martin’s, Kendrick McDade’s, Oscar Grant’s, and the many others unnecessary deaths will not be in vein.  Knowledge is Power and gives Confidence.  This is literally the type of knowledge that saves lives! I look forward to seeing you.

Historical African American Hotel Convert To Apartments

new dunbar

Historic Dunbar Hotel on Central has recently wrapped up a $30 million dollar renovation actually restoring most of its historical design.  Now known as the Dunbar Village  just pened Dunbar Village, the new center offers 83 apartments for low-income families and seniors with on-site amenities like management and maintenance, laundry rooms, outdoor barbecues, a health and fitness center, and a media room, and group programing like movie nights and monthly birthday parties. Rents range from $437 to $875 per month.

Dunbar Village, Historic African American Hotel now Apartments

Liberation School of L.A.


The Liberation School of L.A. is housed in Skira Martinez’s CIELO galleries/studios.  The School borrows from the unschool movement and takes learning out of the ivory towers and places it in accessible places so that all social- economic classes, races and generations can teach and learn.The School is going on all summer. There are free workshops on a variety of topics as well as a GED prep class.  It’s friendly to older people who have been in various political movements and want to share their knowledge and to younger people who want to learn first hand from people who were there.

Morningside Chronicles on Liberating LA

New Ninth District Councilmen, Curren Price Jr.

506f60d1f26e3.imageNew Councilmen Curren D. Price, Jr. was sworn in July 13 to serve as the Councilmen to the 9th Distrct following former Councilwomen Jan Perry. Sworn in by Adela Barajas, President of Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts (LAURA), Councilmen Price was joined by his wife Del Richardson-Price and mother Charlena Price. Price highlighted his plans to first focus on beautification and safety, economic development, and youth empowerment for the district he calls “The New 9th” saying, “I am excited to accept this challenge because The New 9th will be a place where people will want to live, work and play—and our potential is limitless. I pledge to build upon the legacy and committed service of (Former L.A. City Council Members) Jan Perry, Rita Walters, Gil Lindsey, Ed Roybal provided with distinction.

New Ninth District Councilmen



Mark Your Calendar’s, SouthLA Is Starting The Year Off Right!

 Pull out those red pens and mark your calendar, we got some meetings to attend.  The Coalition For An Active South Los Angeles is starting the year off right, with meetings.  Doesn’t sound so great but people we’re planning our own, our kids, and our grandkids future here so please try to attend what can.  Well between The Coalition For An Active South Los Angeles and Community Health Council its looking like January is going to be busy.  Events and Meetings are as follow:

Coaliton For An Active South Los Angeles Meeting

January 23, 10am – 12pm
Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Food Policy Roundtable, Making SouthLA Healthier

January 24, 10am – 12pm
Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

The Weight Of The Nation

(Screening for a New HBO Documenterary)
February 2, 10am – 12pm
Childrens Collective
915 West Manchester Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90044
and don’t forget 

Call To Action January 15th

Open House and Public Hearing for the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Park
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5pm-9pm
 Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016


2013 Fruit Tree Giveaway

Fruit TRees

The Social Justice Institute, along with Inglewood Unified School District and Tree People are sponsoring a free Fruit Tree at the 2013 Fruit Tree Giveaway Festival Saturday, January 26th, 2013 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  The Friut Tree Giveaway Festival will be held at Morningside High School (10500 Yukon Ave. Inglewood, CA 90303) .  Be sure to apply for your free friut tree, call 323.952.3466 or email to reserve your tree TODAY!

Interrogate LA’s Future Mayor For A Hour


The annual Empowerment Congress Summit this year will feature a mayoral debate jointly hosted by the Empowerment Congress and the Second Supervisorial District.  Residents are encouraged to not only attend but submit questions for candidates.  I have been to couple politcal and community open houses and I’m kind of glad questions have to be submitted in advance, because the things some people ask, you swear they just like to hear themselves on the mic. The candidates forum will take place at 9 am on January 19, 2013, at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium. All are welcome to and encouraged to attend.  Five of the best questions will be posted on Chairmen Mark Ridley-Thomas website for us to vote, (Chairmen Ridley-Thomas is really exercising our democratic right with all this voting, but I like it!)  and the top vote-getter will be provided to the moderator for possible inclusion in the mayoral debate. If you would like to attend the Summit in person, click here to register or you can stream the debate also from Chairmen Ridley-Thomas’s site. Can someone thro Ridley-Thomas a Gatorade, this man is putting in work! Keep Up The Good Work!