Why Cuba Matters Tom Hayden Listen Yankee Book Tour

May 5th, 2015

Tom Hayden Cuba Listen Yankee: Why Cuba Matters D.C.

City Project Board Member Tom Hayden discusses his book Listen Yankee: Why Cuba Matters at Bus Boys and Poets in Washington, D.C.

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Tom Hayden, Cuba, Listen Yankee: Why Cuba Matters D.C.


Lessons of the Peace Movement against the US War in Vietnam D.C.

May 3rd, 2015

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City Project Board Member Tom Hayden has spent fifty years practicing activism, politics, and writing,
beginning as a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society, freedom rider in the deep South, and prominent Vietnam War opponent. He was arrested for protesting at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, becoming one of the “Chicago Seven” defendants who were convicted for conspiracy to incite violence but later had their convictions overturned. He was the principal author of the seminal 1962 SDS manifesto, “The Port Huron Statement,” and has gone on to write twenty books, including the just released Listen, Yankee! Why Cuba Matters.

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L-R Alan Canfora was a student who was shot by the National Guard at the Kent State massacre; his friend next to him was shot dead. Susan Schnall was a military nurse court who was martialed for organizing against the war. Mark Rudd, secretary of SDS and a founder of Weather Underground, was a fugitive for over seven years. David Harris, who was Stanford student body president and helped found the Resistance, did 20 months in federal prison for refusing to be drafted during the Vietnam war.

These are people from the peace movement who shaped my life and work. I was an organizer for David Harris after college and before and during law school at Stanford when David ran for Congress. I met Tom Hayden, who’s on the City Project Board, at David’s in 1976 when Tom was running for US Senate. I talked to former Congressman Ron Dellums at the conference. I was one of 13 people who voted for Dellums for vice president on the floor of the 1976 Democratic National Convention when I was a delegate for Jerry Brown. I cut classes in high school to see Jerry Rubin speak against the war at Cal State Northridge and read his book Do It!. I wrote my senior paper in high school history on Abbie Hoffman’s Revolution for the Hell of It! and the Yippies.

Robert García

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The Peace Movement against the US War in Vietnam drew on the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement. Celebrate the Civil Rights Revolution: The Struggle Continues…

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Peace Movement Vietnam The Power of Protest 40th Anniversary

Commemorate 50th Anniversary of First Vietnam Peace March, Vigil at MLK Memorial May 2nd at 5pm

April 30th, 2015

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The Antiwar Movement drew on the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement.
Celebrate the Civil Rights Revolution: The Struggle Continues…


Rim of the Valley Tour & Town Hall Rep. Adam Schiff & Community National Park Service

April 28th, 2015

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Congressman Adam Schiff and The City Project’s Robert Garcia, right, talk about green justice at North Atwater Park along the Los Angeles River. The tour of Rim of the Valley sites included Brand Park in Glendale, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and the Santa Susana Mountains. The draft proposal by the National Parks Service analyzes Environmental Justice and health under the President’s Executive Order 12898, citing The City Project’s work, at pages 327-29. A diverse alliance including National Parks Conservation Association is building support for Alternative D. The day ended with a packed town hall meeting led by Rep. Schiff at Descanso Gardens. (See more photos by Keith Durflinger at Pasadena Star News). Mas información en español.

LA Times housing, displacement, and green justice on the LA River LA Business Council

April 24th, 2015

Concerns about affordability are at the top of Robert Garcia’s mind too. Founder of the City Project, a nonprofit that works to improve access to parks and green space in low-income neighborhoods, Garcia sat on the business council’s advisory panel for the study and urged its authors to focus on ways to avoid displacing residents, so they can benefit from the housing and jobs that might come.

“That has been our experience, that communities of color and low-income communities that engaged in this epic struggle to create green space will no longer be able to afford to live there or even work there,” he said. “That people have to move out of their houses and smaller businesses have to move out. That’s the risk.”

That’s why making sure affordable housing is part of the mix and getting community input on design guidelines are both so important, [LA Business Council President Mary] Leslie said. And, she pointed out, many of the neighborhoods that line the river are not only low-income and largely minority but also among the most polluted places in the state.

Read the rest of this story by Tim Logan in the LA Times

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Earth Day Call by Latino Organizations for Climate Justice at Paris Conference

April 22nd, 2015

Latino Rebel Editor’s Note: Earlier this morning, we received the following post from the groups listed at the end of this piece:

Grounded in a strong culture of conservation, Latinos in the United States routinely poll as the biggest supporters of government action to combat climate change. Although this may come as a surprise to some outside our community, this is simply the natural civic expression of a way of life.

Guided by a common sense approach, conservation has been at the heart of our values, and appreciation for La Madre Tierra that sustains life, is central to our culture. José González, Founder and Director of Latino Outdoors, agreed: “Our concern for nature and the environment is embedded in our culture when you really look in there—it’s mixed in. Culturaleza, a mestizaje of Cultura and Naturaleza, Culture and Nature, that demonstrates how we have a voice in how we need parks for now and the future, how we have a history with public lands, how we have a role to play in the protection of our open spaces, and the values and relationships we have in connection with the environment, our cultura in nature.”

“California and the West currently suffer a crippling drought, and unfortunately, conditions like these could become the norm unless we work to remediate Climate Change now,” said Marce Gutierrez, Director of La Madre Tierra and Azul. (NOTE: Gutierrez is also a key contributor to LatinoRebels.com.)

Often overlooked and erroneously branded as a nascent phenomenon, Latino environmental leadership instead goes back decades. Starting with the lawsuit on behalf of farmworkers that ultimately resulted in the banning of DDT, our role in the conservation movement is one that we seek to highlight and honor. Inspired by the leaders who came before us, we work to protect our natural resources and call on government officials to do the same in Paris.

“The protection of land, water and wildlife is important to our families, culture and communities. Global action on climate is a critical step to ensure we preserve our natural resources for future generations,” said Maite Arce, Executive Director of the Hispanic Access Foundation.

Mark Magaña, President of GreenLatinos added: “For years we have been using the term ‘cultural conservationists’ to represent Latinos historical relationship with the land, air and water and the creatures that live there. Respect for and conservation of natural resources is something we begin learn at a very young age from our abuela; from tugging at her apron in the kitchen as she found a creative use for every part of the animal, to running away from her chancla when we forgot to turn off the water or close the refrigerator door. Stewardship becomes as ingrained in our psyche as any tradition or practice, and just as we were taught, we take it as our responsibility to pass it on to our future generations.”

This Earth Day, Latino conservation groups call on political leaders to act decisively to combat climate change and hope to see meaningful accords at the Paris Climate talks this December. We are heartened by countries’ initial response to the Lima Call to Climate Action and look with hope to the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) for a strong global agreement on to lower emissions and combat climate change.

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Climate is a civil rights and moral issue, as well as a health, economic, and environmental issue.

Chicano Park was founded on April 22, 1970 — the same day as the first Earth Day — when the Barrio Logan community joined activists to protest the construction of a Highway Patrol station on the present site of the 8 acre park. The community had already been degraded by the demolition of hundreds of homes to make way for Interstate 5, toxic industries and junkyards, and by the lack of community facilities, good schools, jobs, and medical or social services. The park was designated an official historic site by the San Diego Historical Site Board in 1980, and its murals were officially recognized as public art by the San Diego Public Advisory Board in 1987. In 2013, Chicano Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Chicano Park Mural Restoration Project received the Governor’s 2013 Historic Preservation Award.

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Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Expert Consultation on Health in All Policies

April 21st, 2015

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Group photo from the Pan American Organization/World Health Organization Expert Consultation on Health in All Policies, March 31 – April 1, 2015 in DC.

The expert consultation panel included Robert García, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project, and Community Faculty, Charles Drew University.

The objective of the conference was to provide guidance and key recommendations on the implementation of the Health in All Policies Regional Plan of Action adopted at the 53rd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization in September of 2014.


Pope Francis Summit on Climate Change April 28

April 20th, 2015

Climate is a civil rights and moral issue as well as a health, economic, and environmental issue.

Vatican Announces Major Summit On Climate Change

“[The conference hopes to] help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.”

Parks and environmental justice Rep. Judy Chu US House Natural Resources Committee Forum

April 17th, 2015

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“Well thank you ranking member Grijalva and the Natural Resources Committee for holding this very important forum on the state of environmental justice in the L.A. area. I’d like to talk about environmental justice as it relates to parks. Los Angeles is one of the most park poor places in the country. Just 15% of the region’s population has pedestrian access to green spaces, leaving more than 85% of residents without easy access to public parks or green spaces, particularly affecting minorities and those from low-income communities. And there’s a color divide. Did you know that in L.A., white neighborhoods enjoy 32 acres of parks per 1,000 people, but for African American neighborhoods it’s 1.7, and for Latino neighborhoods it’s .6.”

Representative Judy Chu spoke on the lack of park access for low-income communities and communities of color at the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Forum on Environmental Justice. The Forum featured remarks by seven Members of Congress, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and community leaders including The City Project’s Robert García. The Forum was held at the L.A. River Center on April 8, 2015.

Click here to view the video of Rep. Chu’s remarks. 

Audio Reading of Letter from Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963

April 16th, 2015

I hope this letter finds you strong in the faith. I also hope that circumstances will soon make it possible for me to meet each of you, not as an integrationist or a civil rights leader but as a fellow clergyman and a Christian brother. Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.

Yours for the cause of Peace and Brotherhood,
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Listen to the audio Letter from Birmingham JailApril 16, 1963, at the Stanford Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute

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