Los Angeles Human Right to Housing Collective Moves Out!!!
November 8, 2012
Dear Developers, City Officials and Members of the General Public,
This letter is meant to express one simple intention: we will not leave our community without a fight.
We are the residents of the neighborhood known as “University Park” and the building located at 2913 South Flower Street. What we would like for you to know about us is that we know what it is to be a community. With the length of time that we have lived in this building, between 15 and 35 years, we have managed to create friendship, security and trust amongst ourselves. Amongst us, we are never without a safe place to leave our children in time of emergency or a pair of hands that are ready to help. Among our children, we notice that the community which we have created together offers them more than just a sense of security but also healthy social development that includes mutual respect, companionship, and a strong self-esteem. Moreover, among the young students who, several years ago, began living among us, we see a good example for our children. We are part of the neighborhood and the neighborhood is a part of us. Everything we need is within a short distance: work, schools, and transportation. For these reasons we love our community and we will defend our right to live in it.
The changes and the development of the land are evident; our community is not the same as it was five years ago. Today, what we see through our windows are new luxury buildings, a glorified train which will one day reach the sea, cranes and more cranes, little by little enveloping us. Recently, a group representing a local developer began knocking on our doors, offering us money to leave our homes. We recognize that the immense value that exists within these walls for us does not exist in the development plans of ICON, USC, Palmer, AEG, or even in the plans of the City. For this reason, we wish to make the following very clear: We demand people oriented development. We demand to be included in the development plans because WE WILL NOT BE MOVED.
In closing, we welcome development, and all the benefits that go with it- these benefits belong to us too- however, we do not welcome development that displaces families and destroys communities. We will not stand for it. We will defend our rights, our community, and our homes to the very end. There is NO PRICE that is worth our stability – emotional, physical, economic and social. We repeat: WE WILL NOT BE BOUGHT.
A video highlighting the various campaigns, actions, and achievements of LA CAN in 2011!
This past weekend, members of the Los Angeles Human Right to Housing Collective, honoring International Human Rights Day, revamped and repurposed the Old LAPD Rampart Police station through clean ups and offering services.
We will be posting a full wrap up of the event, including photos and videos, shortly.
For now, check out this coverage:
“Demonstrators want to reclaim Rampart Station” (TheEastsiderLA.com)
Click on the photo above to read the September/October 2011 Edition of the Community Connection (or download a PDF version HERE).
On February 14, 2011, the Los Angeles Human Right to Housing Collective stopped by L.A. City Councilman Herb Wesson’s Campaign Office to deliver a Valentine and demand that he move forward with the community’s recommendations to reform rent control in L.A.
With another budget crisis looming and more City employees and other workers losing jobs and hours, the issue of affordable rent is even more critical. As Chair of the City Council’s Housing Committee, Wesson has put these urgent reforms on hold for months, as he prepares for the March election – putting politics over people’s lives and homes.
Tenants have been fighting for rent control reform for two years, since the City released a $1 million study showing that landlords benefit more than tenants under the current Rent Stabilization Ordinance.
Last Spring, after failing to enact a temporary rent freeze in the midst of an economic and housing crisis, the City Council ordered the Housing, Community and Economic Development committee to prepare comprehensive reforms to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Councilmember Wesson, as Chair of this committee, has refused to act.
January 20, 2011
For Immediate Release
Bill Pryzlucki, (310) 439-8564
Becky Dennison (213) 840-4664
HACLA Tenants and Other LA Human Right to Housing Collective Members File Lawsuit against Housing Authority
Tenants who were excluded from recent public meetings and processes file suit for violations of the State’s Brown Act and tenants’ right to organize
What: Last month, LA Human Right to Housing Collective members filed a lawsuit in State court to address the Housing Authority’s violations of the right to participate in public processes during the contentious 2011 Agency Plan approval. The lawsuit will be formally served to HACLA representatives today.
Why: HACLA continuously fails to provide adequate notice for the Board of Commissioner meetings, and regularly takes actions that exclude the public from real participation, all actions that violate the Brown Act. During the 2011 Agency Plan approval process last year, the Housing Authority used a variety of tactics to exclude tenants from participating, provided misinformation to tenants and tenant organizations, and excluded tenant rights organizations from their legal right to educate and associate with tenants upon invitation. Additionally, HACLA continues patterns and practices that violate the Brown Act, such as holding special meetings in lieu of regular meetings, posting agendas only on the door of HACLA on weekends, and not allowing the public into meetings or to address the Board. Tenants active in the LA Human Right to Housing Collective have taken steps to counteract HACLA’s exclusionary tactics but after HACLA refused to respond to letters with demands to correct these issues, tenants had no choice but to initiate legal action to invalidate the 2011 Plan and correct the participation process in the future.
Who: Los Angeles Right to Housing Collective is a coalition of organizations from across the City of Los Angeles. Our members consist of tenants, homeowners, immigrants, low income families, homeless people, seniors and youth from across Los Angeles, including East LA, Downtown, South Central, Venice, Koreatown, and Pico Union. Member organizations include Union de Vecinos, LACAN, POWER,¡Comunidad Presente!, Inquilinos Unidos, SAJE, and others. We believe that affordable, decent, safe, and sanitary housing builds stable communities and that housing must be accessible to everyone. In a country with an abundance of resources housing should not be out of reach for the most poor and the most in need.
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