“Taming the Perfect Storm”

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Please Contact:  Sharon H. Jimenez, Icon Imaging PR, 310-409-3306 cell, enzah@aol.com

 

SOUTH LOS ANGELES POVERTY LEADERS

JOINED BY HUNDREDS IN SIGNING OF A

DECLARATION OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS

(“This community is determined to fight for the rights of the poorest population in Los Angeles.  An historic community that has suffered for generations.” Jim Mangia, CEO, St. John’s Well Child & Family Centers)

 

OCTOBER 12th, 2008-SOUTH LOS ANGELES

            As news of the Dow Jones sharp declines dominate headlines, hundreds of determined social service providers in LA’s hardest hit community have dedicated themselves to fight for a place at the table.   “We have a high density population in South LA whose suffering has been going on for generations,” declared the CEO of 11 public health clinics in the region.   “Homelessness is rising at an alarming rate among people who just can’t afford the increases in their rent.  Housing is inadequate and dangerous with lead paint, mold, rodent and cockroach infestations that undermine the health of children and families.   There isn’t enough housing.  And, law enforcement is so misguided that poor and homeless people are criminalized and plucked from their communities simply because they have fallen through all safety nets.”

 

            Jim Mangia was joined by Dr. Rishi Manchanda, coordinator of the South LA Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Collaborative, Gilda Hass, Executive Director, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), Nancy Halpern Ibrahim, MPH, Executive Director Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, Pete White, Executive Director of Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), for a Town Hall Meeting addressing the Crisis on Main Street.  

 

Dr. Rishi Manchanda has authored and released a white paper, “Taming the Perfect Storm”, http://hhrjournal.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/taming-the-perfect-storm.pdf now on the Harvard website, which was given out to community leaders today during the provocative call to action which underscored the important town hall meeting.

 

“The collaborative relationship between these social service agencies offers leadership for “Taming the Perfect Storm” which threatens the health and welfare of hundreds of thousands of people in South LA,” Dr. Manchanda declared.    “Anyone who cares about the future of this great city must read, “Taming the Perfect Storm” and become involved in finding solutions which is the mission of this leadership collaborative.

For Interviews with Jim Mangia, Dr. Manchanda, of the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center Clinics, Please contact:  Sharon Jimenez, Icon Imaging PR, 310-409-3306,  Report is available online.  A hard copy is available to media upon request.

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