Rim of the Valley Corridor Hike Congress Adam Schiff, NPCA, The City Project, FOLAR

August 29th, 2014

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Left to Right- National Parks Conservation Association’s Dennis Arguelles, Congressman Adam Schiff, The City Project’s Robert García, Lewis MacAdams hike Griffith Park August 26, 2014

To learn more about environmental justice and health as part of the Rim of the Valley Corridor please visit:

KCET Green Justice, Rim of the Valley: Congressman Adam Schiff Agrees Connecting Urban Residents to Parks Must Be a Priority

National Parks Conservation Association Park Advocate, Santa Monica Mountains for All 

 

Mejorar Comunidades Mueve a la Gente

August 28th, 2014

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San Gabriels Monument Hearing; Congressman Schiff Griffith Park Hike; Global Warming Funds for Underserved Communities Aug. 26

August 25th, 2014

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Hearing

Bridge to Nowhere East Branch San Gabriel River

Please join representatives from President Obama’s Administration – including the US Department of Agriculture and the US Forest Service – and the San Gabriel Mountains Forever coalition, The City Project, and community members to explore opportunities for enhancing environmental quality, health, and environmental justice through a national monument in the Angeles National Forest and portions of the San Bernardino National Forest.

August 26, 2014, 4 pm to 7:30 pm
Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center
4640 North Maine Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA 91706

For more information, please visit The City Project blog and RSVP at San Gabriel Mountains Forever.

Rim of the Valley: Griffith Park Hike with Congressman Adam Schiff

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August 26, 2014 6:30 pm 
Griffith Park
Parking Lot #2 
By the Merry Go Round 

To learn more about environmental justice and health as part of the Rim of the Valley Corridor please visit:

National Parks Conservation Association Park Advocate, Santa Monica Mountains for All 

KCET Green Justice, Rim of the Valley: Congressman Adam Schiff Agrees Connecting Urban Residents to Parks Must Be a Priority.

Public Workshop Greenhouse Gas Funds for Environmental Justice and Health

The California Environmental Protection Agency and Air Resource Board is holding a hearing on investing greenhouse gas emissions funds to benefit underserved communities, the identification of those communities, and the criteria for determining benefits under state law. The City Project advocates including green access, and publishing data based on race, color and national origin, to promote environmental justice and health.

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In the areas of California with the 10% highest score (most burdened) for CalEnviro Screen (CES) pollution burdens and population characteristics, fully 89% of the people are of color; only 11% are non-Hispanic white people. Statewide the population average is 58.4% people of color.

In the areas with the 10% lowest score (least burdened) for CES pollution burdens and population characteristics, only 31% of the people are of color; fully 69% are non-Hispanic white people.

August 26, 2014 6 pm to 8 pm
Junipero Serra State Office Building,
Carmel Room
320 West Fourth Street 
Los Angels, CA 90013

Social Equity Vital to the Mission of Parks and Recreation NRPA The Social Equity Issue The City Project

August 25th, 2014

NRPA’s three strategic pillars — conservation, health and wellness, and social equity — have been hailed both within and outside our organization as a concise, clear statement of the values and beliefs that underlie the importance of parks and recreation in today’s society. The pillars have arguably become a focus for all of parks and recreation.

But while conservation and health and wellness have been readily endorsed as part of the mission of parks and recreation, NRPA’s third pillar, social equity, has not been so easily understood. It is sometimes a difficult concept to embrace, and it is made even more so because it is not always clear where the responsibility and accountability for making decisions that promote social equity lies. We strongly believe that parks and recreation are for all people regardless of age, ability, income, ethnicity or geography. But the question remains — how do we activate this pillar as part of our mission?

Social Equity Vital to the Mission of Parks and Recreation

Advocates and leading thinkers throughout the history of the park and recreation movement ranging from Joseph Lee to Jane Jacobs have grappled with issues of social equity. Our founders fought to ensure the principles of fairness, equality and social justice always remain part of the mission of public parks and recreation.

Robert Garcia, founder of The City Project in Los Angeles and tireless advocate for social and environmental justice, characterizes the goal of social equity for parks as “equal access to the full range of values served.” He says it is not realistic to provide equal funding to every park, “but you can provide the benefits of parks across a range of alternatives that will benefit all people equitably.”

We know well the democratizing impact of public parks on our cities and communities. Freedom of expression in the public square is at the heart of American democracy. These are places where the free flow of ideas, cultures and association of people can occur between people of all ages, abilities, incomes and ethnicities. This is our birthright, and our parks have become an essential part of American culture and character. In fact, there are few better examples of how well our Union functions than public parks — parks are open to all, accessible to all and equally distributed for the benefit of all. Or are they?

Increasingly, it appears the broad social benefits that come from public parks, especially in urban metropolitan areas, are being threatened. Further, those threats are often greatest in communities where the majority of residents are poor, minorities or under-represented.

Read the rest of the article by Richard Dolesh on “Equity in the Big Apple” in the Social Equity Issue of Parks & Recreation (August 2014).

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Restoring the pedestrian and bicycle High Bridge between the Bronx and Upper Manhattan

Robert Garcia will be a keynote speaker at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Congress October 14, 2014.

Rim of the Valley Hike Griffith Park with Congressman Adam Schiff Aug. 26, 2014, 6:30 pm

August 22nd, 2014

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To learn more about environmental justice and health as part of the Rim of the Valley Corridor please visit:

KCET Green Justice, Rim of the Valley: Congressman Adam Schiff Agrees Connecting Urban Residents to Parks Must Be a Priority

National Parks Conservation Association Park Advocate, Santa Monica Mountains for All 

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Save the Date August 26, 2014, 4 pm to 7:30 pm Baldwin Park

August 21st, 2014

The San Gabriel Mountains Forever coalition with diverse allies has been working to diversify access to and support for the San Gabriels through (1) proposed legislation for a national recreation area, and for wilderness and wild and scenic river designations, and through (2) environmental and health justice laws and principles.

Congresswoman Judy Chu and her Congressional colleagues have asked President Barack Obama to declare the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument. The U.S. Forest Service and the White House will hold a joint public hearing on Aug. 26, 2014, to receive public comments on the proposed national monument. The President can act through a proclamation and order for the monument while Congress considers the proposed legislation. Representative Chu said it could take years for the bill to make it to the floor for a vote, and a new poll shows people want action now. Reps. Grace Napolitano, D-West Covina, Adam Schiff, D-Glendale, and Linda Sanchez, D-Whittier, wrote a joint letter in support: “We strongly urge President Obama to declare the Angeles National Forest a national monument.”

National monument status would protect more than 600,000 acres of federal land for recreational uses. Asking the President to use his executive authority would be a first step toward establishing the national recreation area for the mountains, the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo rivers, and the Puente-Chino Hills, according to Congresswoman Chu. A national monument would include only federal lands.

Please join San Gabriel Mountains Forever coalition, The City Project, youth groups, cultural preservation experts, land management specialists, and community members to explore opportunities for enhancing environmental quality, health, and environmental justice, and scenic, cultural and historic areas, in the Angeles National Forest and portions of the San Bernardino National Forest.

August 26, 2014 4 pm to 7:30 pm
Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center
4640 North Maine Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Please save the date and we hope to see you there!

San Gabriel Mountains Forever Environmental and Health Justice for All

San Gabriels celebration with Rep. Chu, Anahuak Youth Sports Association, The City Project, and other community leaders,  June 2014

Action Alert Tell Attorney General Holder US Department of Justice: We must take action to end police violence LDF

August 21st, 2014

Sign the petition now to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for reform in our criminal justice system and to take swift and decisive action to hold police officers accountable for violence against unarmed individuals, particularly African Americans and other people of color.

Dear Attorney General Holder,

I am writing to urge the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to address the unjustified use of lethal and excessive force by police officers against unarmed people of color including black people.

Specifically, I stand with NAACP LDF in calling for immediate action in four areas:

• Undertake a comprehensive review of police-involved assaults and killings of unarmed individuals, with a focus on killings of unarmed African Americans and people of color;
• Provide strong incentives for racial bias training and avoiding the use of force in the DOJ grant process;
• Hold police officers accountable to the full extent of the law; and
• Encourage the use of police officer body-worn cameras.

I recognize that criminal justice is a locally controlled and executed function. However, when the integrity and transparency of local law enforcement is in question, federal authorities must step in and exercise their significant influence to maintain the public’s trust and confidence in the criminal justice system.

Please employ the authority of the DOJ to help bring to an end the wholly unjustifiable police violence being perpetrated on communities of color. When young people’s lives are at stake, we can no longer afford to remain silent.

Act now to sign the petition by the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

Ariel Collins, The City Project’s Juanita Tate Social Justice Fellow

August 19th, 2014

Ariel Collins is the Juanita Tate Social Justice Fellow at The City Project. Ariel received her Master of Justice Studies from Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation. As a graduate student, Ariel worked with low-income residents, an elementary school district, and the City of Phoenix to promote community outreach and collaboration, and to build support for a neighborhood park in an underserved area of southwest Phoenix. Prior to graduate school, Ariel worked in outreach and education at a no cost dental clinic for the homeless. She served two terms as an AmeriCorps member, most recently in Santa Ana, California.  She graduated from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Ariel has worked with The City Project since 2013.

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The Fellowship honors the late Juanita Tate, a founder of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, community activist, and City Project friend, ally, and client. The City Project had the honor of representing Juanita and Concerned Citizens in the people’s victories to create Los Angeles State Historic Park and Rio de Los Angeles State Park, to protect the community and the park in the Baldwin Hills, and to create the civil rights park Walk a Mile in My Shoes. We represented her and Concerned Citizens in the successful fight for clean water justice to fix the sewer system city wide, and eliminate noxious odors in the heart of African American Los Angeles.

 

NRPA The Social Equity Issue – Green Justice: The Promise for Equity in Our Parks The City Project

August 19th, 2014

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“I recently sat down with renowned civil rights attorney and founding director and counsel of The City Project, Robert Garcia, and over the course of several hours, I got a glimpse into the mind and personality of a compelling individual, a man who has taken up the fight for civil rights and what he calls ‘green justice’ in Los Angeles and in communities beyond the city boundaries.”

Read the rest of this story by Gina Mullins-Cohen on Green Justice: The Promise for Equity in Our Parks in the Social Equity Issue of Parks & Recreation (August 2014).

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Robert Garcia will be a keynote speaker at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Congress October 14, 2014.

Ferguson Michael Brown KPFK Radio Antonio Gonzalez, City Project’s Robert García Aug. 18 4:40 pm

August 18th, 2014

Antonio Gonzalez in the KPFK studios

Tune into WCVI’s
President Antonio Gonzalez’s
Radio Show “Strategy Session”
on KPFK

The City Project’s Robert García will discuss the events in Ferguson, MO, and the killing of college-bound teenager Michael Brown by a St. Louis-area police officer on August 9, 2014. The shooting death of Ezell Ford, an unarmed 25-year-old black man, by a Los Angeles Police Department officer on August 11, 2014, is the most recent tragic killing of a black person at the hands of law enforcement. Just weeks earlier, on July 17, 2014, Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, was choked and killed by a New York City police officer. These deaths are not unique occurrences, but are instead emblematic of the deeply flawed relationship between the police and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve.

Robert García served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York prosecuting public corruption. He is a civil rights attorney who helped released the late Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt from prison after 27 years for a crime he did not commit. With Senator Tom Hayden and civil rights attorney Paul Hoffman, he helped persuade the US Department of Justice to monitor the Los Angeles Police Department under a court order in the wake of the Ramparts police misconduct scandal. He was an attorney in Thomas litigation to reform the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Monday August 18 from 4:40 pm to 5:00 pm!

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