We ask you to make a year end contribution to support equal justice, democracy and livability for all.
Thanks to your support, The City Project is celebrating our second decade. In the past year alone we have enjoyed remarkable victories with diverse allies to define access to parks and recreation as an environmental justice issue, make public health for all a social justice imperative, and make physical education part of the right to a quality education in public schools.
Our work on green access to parks and recreation has been catapulted to the national level. Federal agencies and stakeholders rely on the work. A PBS documentary, California Forever, being broadcast nationally, features our work with diverse allies on urban state parks at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, Río de Los Angeles State Park, and Baldwin Hills Park. As the Los Angeles Times noted, the work in the Baldwin Hills community, park, and oil field has defined the standard for protecting human health and the environment in urban oil fields nationwide, including in communities of color and low-income communities. We submitted public comments with diverse allies in support of the proposed National Recreation Area to bring the San Gabriel Mountains closer to the people – and take the people to the mountains.
We have helped create new and improved parks and improve park access in Southern California over the past year. In Los Angeles, The City Project has helped created several multibenefit park and water projects to improve water quality and quality of life in South Los Angeles, Highland Park, and North Atwater, with more on the way. The City of Ventura authorized the purchase of a new park on Kellogg Avenue in August 2012. The community celebrated the restoration of Chicano Park in San Diego. And we continue to build support and work for equitable, dedicated park funding.
We are working to provide quality physical education under education and civil rights laws across the state. Dr. Robert Ross, President of the California Endowment, calls our work in Los Angeles Unified School District “a best practice example for districts across the state to provide a quality education for the children of California.” We are expanding our work to other districts across the state, working with California Superintendent Tom Torlakson and others.
Thank you. Please support The City Project before year’s end and in the New Year!
Robert García, Founding Director and Counsel
Ramya Sivasubramanian, Assistant Director and Counsel
Daphne Hsu, Staff Attorney