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Gangs Watts Peace Truce Bloods Crips Parks & Recreation Riots & Rebellion

Parks & Recreation. Los Angeles parks shall receive a complete face-lift, and develop activities and programs in the parks throughout the night. Stages, pools, and courts shall be reconstructed and resurfaced, and the city shall provide highly visible security 24 hours a day for those parks and recreation centers. Programs at the park shall be in accordance with educational programs and exchange programs by the city for adults and young adults. $1 billion dollars shall be appropriated for this program over and above existing appropriations.”

“Give us the hammer and the nails, we will rebuild the city.”

Bloods and Crips agreed to the historic Watts Peace Truce as riots and rebellion broke out after the jury acquitted defendant police officers for the Rodney King beating in April 1992.

I started working as a civil rights attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund that same week. Twenty five years later we are still fighting for equal access to parks and recreation and other publicly funded resources in communities of color and low income communities. Fighting for the simple joys of playing in parks and school fields for children of color and low income children is the hardest work I have ever done. And I’ve represented indigent clients on Death Row, prosecuted Mafia mobsters, helped reform the L.A. police and sheriff’s departments, and helped spring the late Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt after 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

The Truce calls for maximizing education programs, and school construction and modernization; rebuilding abandoned structures and improving sidewalks, pavements, lighting, and landscaping; community driven law enforcement; workforce diversity with jobs and contracts for minority owned enterprises; and hospitals, health care, wellness, and parks and recreation. The demands remain valid today.

Robert García, The City Project

Read the original 1992 Bloods/Crips Gangs Watts Peace Truce.

Read my article Riots and Rebellions: Los Angeles Police Reform Time Line 1965-2012