URBAN TxT looking for support in crowdfunding campaign

URBAN TxT is working to grow impact and support to inspire more young men of color to become technology leaders through $100K crowdfunding campaign

URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT) is based in South Los Angeles and recruits young men of color between the 7th and 11th grade for its year-round coding academies. The organization officially launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 as a way to inspire more teens to become tech leaders through coding while developing positive communities.

One of the main philosophies at URBAN Teens eXploring Technology, the 3-year old organization based in South Los Angeles, is that “nothing is hard, just a lot of work.” The teens and staff live this mentality, making URBAN TxT’s new crowdfunding campaign on Razoo that much more exciting as the organization works to raise $100,000 between now and November 13th. [Read more…]

Fresh Fridays start this week in King Estates

From Community Coalition

Web only logoCreating an unlikely partnership with a local liquor store, community members of the local nonprofit, Community Coalition and Community Services Unlimited are opening “Fresh Fridays” Produce Stand on the corner of 39th Street and Western Avenue to sell fresh, organic fruits, vegetables and snacks. 

The grand opening of Fresh Fridays is this week on July 12 from 3-6 p.m. at 3894 S. WesternAvenue, in the parking lot of Century Market, a liquor store that just three years ago was the target of a large community protest by residents for being a public nuisance. The liquor store, which has since worked to maintain community standards and city ordinances, has agreed to host the produce stand every Friday. 

“This effort speaks to the power of what can happen when everybody comes together – neighbors, business owners, local non-profits – to build a better community for everyone,” said Marqueece Harris-Dawson, President & CEO of Community Coalition, which has been leading an effort to reduce crime and violence.

The produce stand in the King Estates neighborhood is part of a larger movement in the area to build a healthier and safer community. Over the past several years, Community Coalition has helped residents secure over $1 million in public funding to turnaround Martin Luther King park located across the street from the liquor store and to improve public health and safety by bringing in programs like the city’s anti-gang program Summer Night Lights.

“This produce stand represents another step in the right direction towards transforming our community and bringing better, healthier and safer opportunities for our families,” said Dorothy Redmond, a long time resident and mother of three. 

The stand will sell organic and locally grown fruits and vegetables, conduct cooking demonstrations, and give out free samples. Fresh Fridays start on July 12, 3-6 p.m. at 3894 S. Western Ave.

Youth film competition

Short and Strong is a film competition for students of all ages to tell their immigrant stories.

The competition is encouraging youth to be creative and resourceful, using whatever means accessible to create their stories (even cell phones).

There are three age categories: 13 and below, 14 to 17, and 18 and over (so long as the individual is a student in high school, community college, undergraduate graduate degree program or graduate degree program). There will be a 1st and 2nd place prize for each category, as well as a Most Viewed and Best Overall prize.

Cortos y Fuertes film contest is a joint project of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and UNITE HERE.

Deadline for submissions is September 20, 2013.



Low cost summer camp in South L.A.

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The King Center Imaging Project at CAAM

Hundreds of digitally preserved speeches, sermons and correspondence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be on view at the California African American Museum (CAAM) May 5 -11, 2013 as part of an unprecedented effort to showcase the work of the civil rights leader.

With the help of JPMorgan Chase and The King Center in Atlanta, a team of more than 300, including U.S. veterans and students, have digitized more than 200,000 pieces of paper, including Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech, the Letter from Birmingham Jail and his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Those documents are now travelling around the country, in an interactive display called The King Center Imaging Project.

JPMorgan Chase organized the project as part of its Technology for Social Good initiative, which provides technological solutions to social organizations across the globe.

“It’s important for JPMorgan Chase to support Dr. King’s legacy because of the important values he committed his life to promoting, such as equality, equal opportunity, and quality education for all,” said Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co. “People like Dr. Martin Luther King are what made America what it is today. The values he espoused are the values that JPMorgan Chase also tries to stand for around the world.”

The exhibition has traveled around the nation visiting such locations as the MLK Memorial Dedications and Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C.; The King Center, Madison Square Garden, NAACP National Convention, Dusable Museum, Wright Museum and many more. This interactive booth encourages visitors to share their own dreams on an illuminated Dream Wall. More information and a full archive of the project are available at www.thekingcenter.org/archive. 

Volunteers will be positioned near the booth to ensure visitors have the best experience possible. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on CAAM visit www.caamuseum.org.  CAAM is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, 90037.  Parking is $10 located in the lot adjacent to CAAM, at 39th and Figueroa Street. The museum will be closed on Monday, May 6th.


California assembly speaker endorses Curren Price

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez
endorses Curren Price for City Council
Influential leader calls top candidate in 9th District race
“a trusted leader with a record of achievement and results.”
California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez today endorsed Sen. Curren Price for City Council, calling him “a thoughtful and effective leader who is eminently qualified to find solutions to the challenges facing Los Angeles.”
Pérez said the support Price has earned in the business and labor communities “is a clear reflection of Senator Price’s long track record of bringing people together to find answers to often difficult questions. He is a trusted leader with a record of achievement and results.” [Read more…]

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Free Fair Housing Certification Management Training

Free Fair Housing Certification Management Training Offered on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Fair Housing Foundation will be holding a Fair Housing Certification Management Training at the Florence/Firestone Service Center at 7807 S. Compton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90001 from 1-5pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. This course is free and open to the public. This training is targeted towards property management professionals. Fair Housing Foundation will explain state and federal fair housing laws, discusses state and federally protected classes, advertising guidelines, and how to prevent allegations. Participants receive Fair Housing Certificate upon successfully passing course exam.

The Fair Housing Foundation is contracted to provide fair housing services to the residents of the city of Los Angeles. We educate the public about Fair Housing rights and responsibilities through workshops, trainings, and community events. FHF provides mediation and counseling services through our housing assistance hotline 1-800-446-FAIR and walk-in clinics. We also investigate issues of discrimination related to housing.

For more information or to RSVP for the Fair Housing Certification Management Training, call 1-800-446-FAIR

About the Fair Housing Foundation:
Founded in 1964, the Fair Housing Foundation (FHF) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational agency dedicated to promoting the enforcement of fair housing laws and encouraging an atmosphere of open housing through education, enforcement activities, counseling services, and outreach programs. We are contracted with cities throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties to provide Fair Housing services. Fair Housing Foundation serves over 10,000 clients annually through our programs.

Our Mission
Dedicated to eliminating discrimination in housing and promoting access to housing choices for everyone.

Reward announced for information on brutal attack on 14-year-old girl in South LA

News Release from the Office of Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry

Police Seek Public’s Help in Finding the Person(s) Responsible for Senseless Shooting of Jessica Garcia

LOS ANGELES, CA – Councilwoman Jan Perry introduced and received unanimous support for a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification and apprehension of the person or persons responsible for the brutal, senseless shooting of 14 year-old Jessica Garcia on December 9.

“This is a devastating and senseless crime. I am confident that with the publics’ help we can find and prosecute the person responsible for attacking this young girl in our community. I urge anyone with information, to please come forward so that we can find some measure of justice for Jessica, her family, her friends, and our community,” said Councilwoman Perry.”

On Sunday, December 9 at 1:20 a.m., Garcia was attacked and shot as she walked on Vernon Avenue near Hooper Avenue with a group of friends.  Garcia remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

The 18- to 25-year-old suspect is described as a Hispanic male with black or dark-brown hair.  He stands 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt with dark pants.

Witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident are urged to contact           Newton Division Homicide Detective Richard Arciniega at (323) 846-6556 or Detective Eric Spear at (323) 846-6579. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to   1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to http://www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”