Social Justice & May 12th

Social Justice: “Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, or privileges within a society. Originally a Catholic term, first used about 1840 for a new kind of virtue (a habit) necessary for post-agrarian society…”

Skid Row having a Skid Row Neighborhood Council is more than a Social Justice Issue; it’s a Social Justice Movement.

Skid Row separating from the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) lost on April 6th by 60 votes — 826 No to 766 Yes — and Grievances were filed against DLANC to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) in City Hall. On May 3rd, a Regional Grievance Panel convened with about 125 folks in attendance.

The meeting was scheduled to go from 6:30 to 8:30. It went from 6:30 to 11:30.

Forty-five people gave their “power to the people” one minute Comment to the Panel. Three or four were in favor of Skid Row remaining with DLANC and 41 or 42 wanted a Skid Row Neighborhood Council.

During the Comments, an interesting tidbit surfaced — the new LLC, United Downtown LA, that hired the former City Attorney of Los Angeles to press their case against a Skid Row Neighborhood Council, was formed in Delaware, known as a good place to avoid accountability.

At 11:10, when the Regional Grievance Panel decided on their Recommendation, the head of DONE asked for a back-up Recommendation (probably something like “repeatedly thrash DLANC with a giant cotton ball”). They said no, they had their Recommendation.

Their Recommendation: an independent investigation for 60 days and if there is enough evidence, void the election and award Skid Row a Skid Row Neighborhood Council. If not, then use the 60 days as part of a 90 day election cycle so a new election would take place within 30 days following the 60 day investigation.

The head of DONE said once they receive the Recommendation in written form, they will make their decision in one to two weeks.

One to two weeks. That would be around May 12th.

AWAKE: a Dream from Standing Rock May 12th 7:00

History will tell us “Standing Rock” began when a group of Native American teen-agers came together as a result of close friends committing suicide. Over time they found their cause: the political blah blah blah between Washington D.C., Energy Transfer Partners, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council.

Electrified by the youth, some Elders -women- started Sacred Stone Camp, dedicated to prayer and healing. Sacred Stone Camp went on Facebook and hundreds, then thousands, of folks showed up.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council took notice and Oceti Sakowin (literal name for the Sioux) Camp opened up. From June to September many thousands of people — 10,000 at one time the largest estimate — came to the Camp and this time was the historic gathering of Native American tribes as well as video showing the brutal treatment of “water protectors” by law enforcement and private security hired by Energy Transfer Partners.

All this culminated when the Army Corps of Engineers announced in mid-November that on December 5th people would be subject to arrest for trespassing; military veterans who raised money online to travel to Standing Rock and offer peaceful protection arrived on December 3rd; and the Army Corps announced December 4th they were not granting the final permit to Energy Transfer Partners in favor of an Environmental Impact Study.

Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles is home to Indian Alley, one of the most culturally important urban Native sites in America.

Skid Row just went through a very intense election campaign for her own Neighborhood Council. A Board Member for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council said: “The history of the world is the history of self-determination. It just depends how bad you want it.”

Standing Rock wanted it really bad.

AWAKE: a Dream from Standing Rock

Friday May 12th 7:00

Skid Row History Museum & Archive

250 South Broadway