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#BadHombres and #NastyWomen Doing Equal Justice #SurvivingtoThriving

@EJinAction: Civil Right &  EJ Champion @Robert_Garcia shares he is one Bad Hombre and loves working with Nasty Women #SurvivingtoThriving…

Bad hombre = I am a Latino immigrant from Guatemala with citizenship papers and a law degree, and I know how to use it. Proud to work with nasty women like Vernice Miller Travis and EPA’s Gina McCarthy on civil rights and environmental justice compliance and enforcement.


@EJinAction: Powerful opening Panel at the #SurvivingtoThrivingSummit @Robert_Garcia @NAACP & Cecillia Martinez & Calvin Booker & Jackie Patterson NAACP

@econonprofitpro: Dr. @Robert_Garcia on disparities in access to Greenspace/LA Greenway project = @AtlantaBeltLine #equity issues. #survivingtothriving


US EPA Administrator on civil rights and environmental justice
Revitalizing Vital Communities National Training & Resources Summit 2016

Park Funding for All – Yes on Measure A! L.A. County Ballot Measure Nov. 8. Vote!

The L.A. County park funding measure, Measure A, would prioritize parks and recreation in the communities with the greatest needs. Communities of color and low income communities disproportionately have the greatest needs for more parks, more park facilities, and improved park conditions. This is demonstrated by demographic analyses and mapping by The City Project with GreenInfo Network, coupled with the county park needs assessment. Measure A is the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Protection Measure of 2016.

If voters pass Measure A, we need to ensure the funding is actually invested in the areas with the greatest needs. Planning by and for the community, standards including the needs assessment, and data are needed to measure equity and progress, allow for midcourse corrections, and hold officials accountable. This will help ensure compliance with civil rights and environmental justice laws, and equal access to parks and recreation for all.

As demographics change, parks need to change to meet the needs of the people. California’s Latino population, for example, is projected to grow from 38% in 2010 to 45 percent in 2040. “Millennials,” born between 1980 and 2000, constituted 29% of California’s population in 2010 and represent the largest generation in history. An even higher percentage of millennials, 46%, were Latinos in 2010, while 51% of 12 year olds were Latino.

People of color and low income people are consistently the biggest supporters of park and resource bonds in California. And they vote.

The City Project supports Yes on Measure A!

Click here for The City Project’s complete policy report with demographic analyses and maps.

Click here for Measure A and the county park needs assessment.

Surviving to Thriving Revitalizing Vital Communities National Training & Resources Summit 2016 The City Project

For Tom Hayden

Click here for live streaming, remote participation, and registration Oct 25-26 2016

Keynote Speaker US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy


Tue Oct 25th 8:45am – 10:15am

Opening plenary

Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Founder, Center for Environment, Energy and Democracy

Calvin Booker, Vice President, Waste Management Inc.

Robert García, Director-Counsel, The City Project

Moderator: Vernice Miller-Travis

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Summit Organizer
Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization


Free the Beach! Coastal Justice, the Coastal Act, and the Coastal Commission

“So proud of The City Project and their allies. Governor Brown recently signed legislation amending California’s Coastal Act to promote coastal access and justice for all. Love this video by Sam García, which says it all. Sam was just a tiny guy when I first started working on beach access at The City Project . . . now he’s a talented advocate in his own creative way.” Erica Flores Baltodano, civil rights advocate.

Sam García, Stanford ’18, is Robert García’s son.

National Public Lands Day with NEEF, Anahuak Youth Soccer Association & The City Project!

NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation), The City Project and Anahuak Youth Sports Association celebrated the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day at Río de Los Angeles State Park with art workshops, sports, lunch, and a park clean up. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This was the first bilingual and multicultural NEEF event ever! We look forward to even more.

Click here to view The City Project Flickr Album for National Public Lands Day.

Photos by Armando Ruiz courtesy NEEF

Robert García is on the NEEF Board of Directors

Diversity in Children’s Books to Reflect the Reality of Our Lives

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison demonstrates that a vast majority of children’s books depict non-Hispanic white characters. This sends a message to children of color that their lives don’t matter. We should work to “promote anti-biased and anti-racist children’s literature, support writers and artists from underrepresented communities, and remove barriers to inclusivity” so that children of color can dive into books that better reflect their own lives.


Click on the infographic for a larger image.


Hispanic Latino Heritage Month the Language of Music Todos Somos Americanos

Hispanic or Hispano?
Latin or Latino?
Spanish or indigenous?
Spanish, Spanglish, or English?

“No son estranjeros, somos hermanos” our Cubano brothers told us in Habana at the Stones concert 2016

Van Van’s lesson that music is one and unites us applies to people and language too.

 Esa musica que heredamos  The music we inherited
 Hijos y nietos de los africanos  Sons and grandsons of Africans
 La que mezclamos con la española  That we mixed with the Spanish
 Con la francesa y la portuguesa  With the French and the Portuguese
 La que fundimos bien con la inglesa  That we mixed well with the English
 Por eso decimos que es una sola  That’s why we say it’s only one
 Timba con rumba y rock  Timba with rumba and rock
 Mambo con conga y pop  Mambo with conga and pop
 Salsa con mozambique  Salsa with mozambique
 Y clave de guaguanco’  And clave of guaguancó
 Cumbia y congas con swing  Cumbia and congas with swing
 Songo con samba y beat  Songo with samba and beat
 Merengue con bomba y son  Merengue con bomba y son
  Y clave de guaguanco’  And clave of guaguancó

Rolling Stones Habana 2016

The Rolling Stones performed their first concert in Cuba in Habana in 2016 before 500,000 people. We enjoyed the free show live. The crowd ranged from Cuban babies rocking in their mothers’ arms, to a US woman who traveled to Cuba to celebrate her 92d birthday with her extended US family.

Mick Jagger spoke in fluent Spanish (he was married to Nicaraguensa Bianca Jagger), but the Stones played in English. “Gracias Cuba por toda la música que has regalado al mundo,” Mick told the crowd. The Stones threw away the chance to jam with AfroLatino rhythms by the finest musicians and percussionists in the world. The Stones played their old standards, some from as long ago as the early ’60s, when the US first imposed el bloqueo, “the blockade,” against the Revolution. The Stones could have done even more to bring people together through music on the last stop of their America Latina Olé tour. Musicians speak the common language of music.

The night before the concert, Pedrito Martinez played a party at La Casa de la Música with Mick there. Mick said afterwards, “Lo mejor de todo fue bailar rumba cubana.” Pedrito playing with the Stones would have been chévere.

Pedrito played with Cuban jazz pianist Chúcho Valdes, Wynton Marsalis, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York City in 2014. Wynton and JLCO held cultural exchange workshops in Habana and NYC in 2010.

Las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (ENA) La Habana 2016

We enjoyed a jazz workshop at las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte with St. Olaf College.

Todos somos Americanos! Restore full relations with Cuba.

Las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (ENA) La Habana 2016

Escuelas Nacionales de Arte with Cuban artist Felipe Dulzaides and Sam García. Visit the Músca Cubana photo gallery.


Long History of US Interfering with Elections and Overthrowing Democratically Elected Governments Washington Post

The Washington Post reports on U.S. acting with impunity when it meddles in and overthrows democratically elected governments in Guatemala, Chile, Iran, Congo, and other nations:

[T]he threat of foreign meddling in U.S. elections is not restricted to fears of Russian plots. [Foreign meddling in the U.S.] has done little more than emulate a long pattern of U.S. manipulation, bribery and covert operations to influence the political trajectory of countless countries around the world. . . .

[T]he United States does have a well-documented history of interfering and sometimes interrupting the workings of democracies elsewhere. It has occupied and intervened militarily in a whole swath of countries in the Caribbean and Latin America and fomented coups against democratically elected populists.

The most infamous episodes include the ousting of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953 — whose government was replaced by an authoritarian monarchy favorable to Washington — the removal and assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba in 1961, and the violent toppling of socialist Chilean President Salvador Allende, whose government was swept aside in 1973 by a military coup led by the ruthless Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

For decades, these actions were considered imperatives of the Cold War, part of a global struggle against the Soviet Union and its supposed leftist proxies. Its key participants included scheming diplomats like John Foster Dulles and Henry Kissinger, who advocated aggressive, covert policies to stanch the supposedly expanding threat of communism. Sometimes that agenda also explicitly converged with the interests of U.S. business: In 1954, Washington unseated Guatemala’s left-wing president, Jacobo Arbenz, who had had the temerity to challenge the vast control of the United Fruit Co., a U.S. corporation, with agrarian laws that would be fairer to Guatemalan farmers. The CIA went on to install and back a series of right-wing dictatorships that brutalized the impoverished nation for almost half a century.

A young Che Guevara, who happened to be traveling through Guatemala in 1954, was deeply affected by Arbenz’s overthrow. He later wrote to his mother that the events prompted him to leave “the path of reason” and would ground his conviction in the need for radical revolution over gradual political reform.

Todos somos Americanos. Support restorative justice for Guatemalan victims of US nonconsensual medical experiments.

Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Monumento Nacional de las Montañas de San Gabriel Junta Publica 13 de Octubre, ¡Justicia Ambiental y Salud Para Todos!

La reunión pública el Jueves, 13 de Octubre se llevará a cabo en español.

South Gate Park – Salón de Banquetes

4900 Southern Ave.

South Gate, CA 90280

Siga este enlace para leer el trabajo del Proyecto del Pueblo en las Montañas de San Gabriel.

Jack Greenberg Civil Rights Giant NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. LDF

I am profoundly saddened to learn that Jack Greenberg died today.

I had the honor of starting to work with the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., (LDF) representing indigent Death Row inmates in Georga, Florida, and Mississippi while Jack was Director-Counsel of LDF.

Thurgood Marshall named Jack as his successor when he left LDF and later became the first African American US Supreme Court Justice.

Jack is one of the greatest civil rights advocates in the history of this nation. Jack is the last surviving member of the team of legal giants who won Brown v Board of Education. The US Supreme Court in Brown upheld equal justice and human dignity when it struck down “separate but equal” schools in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. With LDF, Jack pioneered equal justice in and out of court. The genius of LDF, Jack said in 2014, was “the ability to be creative in matters of legal and social justice.” Equal access to schools, parks, recreation, and other benefits, equal access to medical care, the Death Penalty, voting rights, equal pay for equal work, impartial juries, employment discrimination, transportation justice, environmental justice . . . . LDF and Jack led civil rights efforts on behalf of women, Hispanic- and Asian-Americans, gay men and lesbians. Jack helped found the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Asian American Legal Defense Fund, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund (now LatinoJustice), and Human Rights Watch.

I treasure my copy of Jack’s book Crusaders in the Courts: How a Dedicated Band of Lawyers Fought for the Civil Rights Revolution. Jack signed my copy when I became Western Regional Counsel at LDF in 1994.

The City Project joins with our brothers and sisters in the LDF family, and the civil rights and human rights community across the nation and the world, in celebrating Jack’s life and work. The nation and the world is a better place because of Jack. He made many of us better people. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack’s family.

Brown continues to stand for Americans’ determination to live up to the ideals of their Constitution,” he wrote, “and for the proposition that our Supreme Court can be a catalyst for fundamental change.” Jack Greenberg, 2014.

The struggle continues.

Robert García, Director-Counsel, The City Project

LDF Remembers Civil Rights Icon Jack Greenberg, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

Legendary Civil Rights Pioneer and Beloved Professor Jack Greenberg ’48 Dies at 91, Columbia Law School

Jack Greenberg, Civil Rights Champion, Dies at 91, New York Times