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Oxnard reunion comunitaria salud y industria del petróleo Community Meeting Pollution & Public Health LULAC The City Project Corazón Latino GreenLatinos May 16 6pm

Español/English May 16 6 pm Conoce sobre las implicaciones a la salud y al clima que están asociadas a la industria del gas y el petróleo. Entre otros padecimientos a consecuencia de esta contaminación, se encuentran el asma, irritación de ojos, garganta y nariz, y los dolores de cabeza. Aprende qué es lo que puedes hacer para combatir y proteger la salud de tu familia. / Understand the health and climate implications that are associated with oil and gas development, such as asthma, eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, and more. Learn what you can do to fight back to protect your family’s health. CA LULAC The City Project Corazón Latino GreenLatinos mas/more. . .

Who signed the statement by former federal prosecutors that Trump would be charged with obstruction of justice if he weren’t the sitting president?

“Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.” Read the statement by over 800 former federal prosecutors.

Read “Who Signed the Letter” in the Washington Post.

I served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York in the Public Corruption Unit. Robert García, Founding Director-Counsel, The City Project.

Hundreds of Former Federal Prosecutors Agree Trump Would Be Indicted for Obstruction of Justice under Mueller Report If He Were Not President

“Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice,” according to a statement by hundreds of former federal prosecutors – including the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John Martin, other AUSAs for the SDNY, and me.

Obama Boulevard and MLK Boulevard Celebration and Resistance!

City Project Intern Alex Ruppert reports: The community celebrated the unveiling of the new street sign renaming Rodeo Road for President Barack Obama Blvd. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. The day long event featured live music, food, and public officials on May 4, 2019. The intersection is a symbol of strength and hope for African Americans and others across the nation.

Mayor Eric Garcetti & City Council Member Herb Wesson Jr. unveil the street sign


Intersection of Obama & MLK Boulevards is a symbol of hope & resistance – L.A. Times

Few would dispute the significance of the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood in the history of L.A. race relations. It’s where Tom Bradley, Los Angeles’s first black mayor, once had to enlist white “dummy buyers” to purchase a home. For decades, discriminatory practices, including the use of racially restrictive covenants on deeds to prevent people of color from buying homes, kept the area off-limits to non-whites.

After the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed housing discrimination, and segregation was scaled back, black residents moved west into the formerly white enclave of Baldwin Hills. That movement, paired with stepped-up integration efforts between neighborhood groups and grass-roots civil rights organizations, established the first of L.A.’s black middle- and upper-class neighborhoods.

“The Baldwin Hills is one of the epicenters of African American excellence in the nation, along with Sugar Hill in Harlem, and the White House during the Obama administration,” said Robert García, a civil rights attorney and founder of The City Project, a nonprofit that has worked on social justice issues in the neighborhood for 20 years. “There is no better place to commemorate his accomplishments as president.”

Read the inspiring story by Alexa Diaz in the L.A.Times . . .

The City of L.A. will dedicate President Barack Obama Blvd. May 4, 2019, near the intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The City Project for 20 years has helped lead community victories in South L.A. from Baldwin Hills Park and Watts to Compton. We have helped create and protect the largest urban park space designed in the US in over a century, stop a power plant there, stop a garbage dump there, and save the Baldwin Hills Conservancy when the governor threatened to eliminate its budget. We filed a successful lawsuit with allies that resulted in the Baldwin Hills-Inglewood Oil Field becoming the most heavily regulated oil field in the nation, according to the county. We worked with US EPA and others to reach a $2 billion clean water justice agreement with the City of L.A. to eliminate noxious sewer odors that plagued the community for decades, monitored by a community advisory board.


MLK Mural at Baldwin Hills Park

Park Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for All CA Prop 68 #prop68forall

On behalf of frontline communities, we support full funding to comply with the mandate of the people in Prop 68 to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to parks, waters, and monuments for all. Furthermore, we support ensuring recipients of Prop 68 funding comply with equal access provisions.

Dear Governor Newsom, President Atkins, and Speaker Rendon:

On behalf of frontline communities in California, we urge you to include full funding in the state budget for 2019-20 in order to comply with the mandate of the people in Proposition 68 to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to parks, waters, and monuments for all. Furthermore, we urge you to ensure recipients of Prop 68 funding, including state and local agencies and others, comply with equal access provisions under section 8 and other applicable laws.

People who are of color or low income disproportionately lack the benefits of parks and recreation, including access to parks and recreation, and are disproportionately burdened by pollution and health vulnerabilities in California. This is well documented by the US EPA’s EJ Screen, as well as CalEnviroScreen.

California voters who are of color or low are consistently the strongest supporters of funding, protections, and access for natural and cultural resources. Yet they remain marginalized by mainstream environmental organizations, government agencies, and foundations. The people overwhelmingly passed Prop 68 in 2018.

Diversity, equity and inclusion lies at the heart of Prop 68. Prop 68, including section 8, does the following:
• Recognizes the underinvestment in parks, trails, and outdoor infrastructure in disadvantaged areas.
• Favors disadvantaged communities for certain projects.
• Provides workforce education and training, contractor and job opportunities for disadvantaged communities.
• Provides standards for outreach to minority, low-income and disabled populations, and tribal communities.

Requires annual audits to measure progress and equity, and hold public officials accountable.

Prioritizes projects that avoid green displacement as communities become greener, more desirable and more expensive.

Programs and activities to engage diverse populations, including minority, low-income and disabled people and tribal communities, include the following:
• Conduct active outreach to diverse populations about programs and opportunities.
• Mentor new environmental, outdoor recreation and conservation leaders to increase diverse representation.
• Create new partnerships with state, local, tribal, private and nonprofit organizations to expand access.
• Increase visitation and access.
• Expand multilingual and culturally appropriate materials.
• Develop or expand efforts to promote youth engagement and empowerment, including partnerships with diversity-serving and youth-serving organizations.
• Identify staff liaisons to diverse populations.

Calls for “equity,” without proper data and accountability standards, will not work and instead will exacerbate inequities.[1]

For these reasons, we urge you to require that all state agencies and conservancies adopt grant guideless for community access in consultation with frontline environmental justice organizations before any funds are distributed and before December 1, 2019.

Prop 68 and section 8 is based on the Presidential Memorandum called Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Our National Parks, National Forests, and Other Public Lands and Waters (2017). Both in turn are based on federal or state laws or both. The purpose is to ensure all the people of California have the opportunity to enjoy public lands and waters, to engage in decisions about how public lands and waters are managed, and that the public workforce is drawn from the rich range of the diversity in our Nation. In this memorandum, “diversity” refers to a range of characteristics including national origin, state and nation so that all individuals have opportunities to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Best practice examples to promote implementation of Prop 68, including section 8 and the community access provisions, include the following:
• California Coastal Commission, Environmental Justice Policy 2019.[2]
• National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity (2017).[3]
•  PRRAC, Strategies for Health Justice: Lessons from the Field (2018). [4]

California LULAC is the state council of the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,00 LULAC councils nationwide. LULAC involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.

The Praxis Project is a national movement support intermediary committed to capacity building for social change. Our emphasis is on developing fields of work in ways that encourage multi-level, trans-disciplinary learning and collaboration across issues, across the country, and across the globe.

GreenLatinos is a national non-profit organization that convenes a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources, conservation and social justice issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States.

National Parks Conservation Association is protecting and enhancing the National Park System for present and future generations. 

The City Project / Proyecto del Pueblo, a non-profit civil rights team dedicated to equal justice, democracy, and livability for all, has been a leader in equal access to parks and recreation, environmental justice, and health equity for twenty years.

Thank you for your leadership.

Very truly yours

Yvonne Gonzalez Duncan, State Director, California LULAC

Rick Castaniero, Director, Ventura County LULAC, District 17

Miguel Rodriguez, Oxnard LULAC Chapter President

Xavier Morales, Ph.D., The Praxis Project, Inc.,

Jessica Loya, National Policy Director, GreenLatinos

Ron Sundergill, Senior Director, NPCA Pacific Regional Office

Robert García, Founding Director-Counsel, The City Project,

[1] Policy Report, Park funds for park poor and income poor communities under Prop 84 and AB 31 standards (2014),

[2] The policy report is available at Related information is available at

[3] National Academies at pp. 354-55 (2017). The full committee report, along with recommendations and a comic book summary, is available at

[4] Mark Magaña, Xavier Morales, & Robert García, A Framework for Civil Rights, Environmental Justice, and Health Equity, chapter in Strategies for Health Justice: Lessons from the Field (2018), pp. 45-57 (Poverty Race & Research Action Council). The handbook is available at available at

Download the public comment letter.

Watts Students Enjoy UCLA Cub Day

Watts middle school students visited UCLA for a full day that included eating in the dining halls, touring the campus, and meeting student athletes. The students asked questions and listened to a panel of UCLA students, hearing their diverse stories and paths which brought them to UCLA. The Cub Day goal is to expose students to the prospect of college who might not think of it as even a possibility because of their family, social, and economic backgrounds.

Cub Day is sponsored by UCLA Cub Tours and the UCLA Watts Leadership Institute. UCLA Cub Tours is an organization of undergraduate students who voluntarily give tours to groups of local elementary and middle school children, to expose them to college at an early age. The UCLA Watts Leadership Institute empowers community leaders and local nonprofits in Watts by connecting them to resources like funding, technology, and research. These campus groups teamed up with Watts leaders and school teachers to organize the successful day.

Access to higher education is a problem that plagues many communities that are low income and color. The City Project advocates for equal access to education, parks, recreation, and health equity. Cub Day is a step towards college access for students from underrepresented communities.

Alex Ruppert, UCLA Intern and Cub Day Organizer, The City Project

Students and UCLA guides with the Bruin Bear

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest @ 50 Civil Rights NYT

Festival organizers estimate that it brings $300 million into the New Orleans economy. . . .

[T]his year’s lineup includes 688 groups, “and 600 of them are from New Orleans and South Louisiana.”. . .

Jazz Fest is nonprofit, channeling revenues back into Louisiana music. “The mission of the festival all along has been to make a full circle,” Davis said. “To go back and support the culture that you’re promoting.”

Jazz Fest generates about $3 million each year for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit [501(c)(3) nonprofit, according to the foundation’s executive director, Don Marshall. The foundation owns the license of the New Orleans public  radio station WWOZ-FM which plays the kind of music heard at the festival year-round — and provides the bulk of its funding. The foundation also gives 8,500 Jazz Fest tickets to community groups; runs the free Heritage School of Music and supports other music-education programs; presents four free annual music festivals in New Orleans; subsidizes performances by Louisiana musicians across the state; underwrites a musicians’ clinic; documents the region’s musical history, and steps in with other efforts at maintaining New Orleans traditions. . . .

“In so many areas the heritage traditions are struggling to survive,” Marshall said. “But in New Orleans they’re growing.“. . .

The festival’s own legacy began with the producer George Wein. He had presented the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival, and in the early 1960s he was approached by New Orleans city officials and its hotel association. He told them he could not produce a jazz festival in a city that enforced segregation.

Eventually, years after the passage of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, he seized the chance to create a New Orleans festival “combining the two festivals I had done in Newport, the folk and the jazz,” he said in an interview.

Read the full story by consummate music critic Jon  Pareles in the NY Times . . .

The City Project has long celebrated culture, history, art music, food, fun, and civil rights! Fais do do . . .

Aaron Neville NO Jazz

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest WWOZ

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest