Monument in the City of Lawndale dedicated to its residents and Mike Juarez (Jackson)
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We are proposing the placement of a small monument in the city dedicated to the residents and Mike Jackson. On October 23rd, 2017 a long time resident passed away. This man's name was Mike Jackson. You may know him as the homeless man who called the corner of 166th and Hawthorne Blvd his home.
For many decades (longer than I have been alive) this man has been a local "celebrity" of sorts. When we heard of his passing it was devastating to the community. Not only did a man pass away but the whole city feels as if a piece of our home has been erased. In no time at all people who are current residents or who had been traveled to his known location and set up a vigil and placed flowers, messages, and objects in memory of him.
When residents passed by during there daily commutes and seen this man they would get the sense of being at home as many people do when they seen landmarks in there hometowns. Knowing this would no longer be the case left us with heavy hearts.
Lawndale being as small as it is we do not have many things that we can call our own and take pride in. This, in a way, was one we created ourselves. So I propose this. Although all things must come to an end others can take it's place. Let us as a community come together and make this monument happen united. To lessen the burden of our mourning and to assure a legacy does not die. Most importantly to bring this community together with a common goal which we need DESPERATELY. I believe the residents of this city can do amazing things and it would be such a positive thing to show the youth of this city what it looks like to work together in peace. This can be just the beginning of something amazing and blossom a change in our community.
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