community activism

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Update posted 5 hours ago

Petition to Mr. Gil Cedillo, Ms. Danielle Brazell, Mr. Daniel Tarica, Mr. Leslie Thomas, Mayor Eric Garcetti

Keep our Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center (LHYAC) Director, Angélica Loa Pérez!

We, community stakeholders and supporters of Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center (LHYAC), express our opposition to the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ (DCA) plan to replace Angélica Loa Pérez from her position as LHYAC Director and call for her to stay and continue serving in this leadership role with the experience, qualifications, dedication, and success that she has brought to the Center for the past 7 years. We understand that this decision is not based on her merit or performance, which have been praised by her superiors. She has not done anything wrong to deserve this action but instead has made positive impacts throughout her 13 years with DCA. Since 2005 to 2016 she successfully managed the DCA citywide music education program for youth, Music LA, providing music education programs for kids in partnership with various non-profits, music teachers, and other organizations throughout the City of Los Angeles. These achievements led her to become the founding director of the Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center as requested by the Department of Cultural Affairs in 2011. Under Ms. Loa Pérez’s leadership, the citywide Music LA program served thousands of students, and hundreds more have been served at the Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center. Since the inception of Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center, Ms. Loa Pérez began building the foundation of this new DCA Arts Center by developing a strong music education program, which since, has expanded to include multidisciplinary curricula with the following classes being offered: poetry writing workshops, Son Jarocho, dance, theater, visual arts, violin, music theory, guitar, bass, choir, woodwinds and brass, percussion, early childhood education, and yoga. She has created a space where artists in many disciplines and from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds can come and pursue their artistry as professional teaching artists to share their expertise, talent, and passion with the community’s next generation. Because of these many wonderful feats, many Lincoln Heights community members, business owners, organizations, parents, students, and other supporters of the Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center and Ms. Loa Perez as community stakeholders hereby oppose the Department of Cultural Affairs’ plan to remove and replace the Director of Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center, Angélica Loa Pérez and to allow her to continue serving as Director.

LH Supports Angelica
394 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo

Tell the MTA to Repair and Restore the Kew Gardens, Queens Lefferts Blvd. Bridge

Don't let MTA/LIRR destroy the heart of Kew Gardens! Since the late 1920's the Kew Gardens’ Lefferts Blvd bridge over the Long Island Railroad - home to the mom and pop stores that give the town its character and serve the shopping needs of its residents -  has been the heart of this "Urban Village in the Big City".  MTA and LIRR own the bridge and surrounding real estate. Over 26 years ago the MTA set aside plans to develop a high-rise building over the MTA/LIRR tracks at the Kew Gardens Station.  The MTA abandoned its proposal in the face of unified opposition by the community’s residents, civic associations, and elected officials.  Hundreds of people came together to fight the proposed destruction of the Lefferts Blvd. bridge of stores - the heart of Kew Gardens. The heart of Kew Gardens is once again threatened. The MTA/LIRR is using the results of their intentional neglect as the excuse for a revived attempt to destroy the heart of our community.  This site – a one-of-a-kind structure in New York City and the United States - is now once more the target of destructive development. Too many American “somewheres” have become “nowheres.”  We won’t let Kew Gardens become a “nowhere"!  We demand a full repair and preservation of the Lefferts Blvd bridge and its properties, with community oversight. 

Save Kew Gardens Coalition
5,183 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Development partners

Support Community Benefits Agreement in response to the redevelopment of JFK Airport

The planned $10 billion dollar renovation of John F. Kennedy Airport is expected to bring potential benefits and detriments to the surrounding communities. Sign the petition to support the proposed Community Benefits Agreement that calls for inclusiveness and accountability in the development process. We must come together as a unified community to ensure that the main purpose of economic development is to bring measurable, permanent improvements to the lives of affected residents.  Southeast Queens has historically been a neglected community that falls victim to the economic priorities of others in large-scale government economic development within its borders. While the redevelopment project of John F. Kennedy Airport holds incredible potential to benefit surrounding neighborhoods and sets a goal of 30% utilization of MWBE contractors, no social and economic benefits will be materialized unless the voices and needs of the residents are heard and adhered to. We cannot wait for change to happen. We must make change happen. We must pressure the governor, PA and developers to sign a Community Benefits Agreement that will promote and protect our community’s interests, and to not only ensure that a broad range of community concerns are heard and addressed but promises are made specific, legally binding and enforceable by the community. The proposed Community Benefits Agreement calls for mitigations on negative environmental impact such as noise, pollutant emissions and an economic benefits package that will increase MWBE participation rate and create job opportunities with pre-apprenticeship program, non-construction training, targeted hiring, construction/ non-construction work, concessions, business development & assistance and job readiness & training programs for eligible residents of the Project Impact Area.  Show the governor, PA and developers that we will no longer stand to be excluded from the development process, and that we as a community demand our concerns be addresses and benefits be accrued. Your support will empower the community and help the Community Benefits Agreement to be secured, incorporated in the development process, monitored and enforced. Add your name to the petition and spread the word! Read the Community Benefits Agreement

Center for Community Advancement
40 supporters