2009-04-25: Restore SouthCentral Farm
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Restore SouthCentral Farm
From: Daniel Santana <tmontanaff7@...>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 10:42:19 -0700 (PDT)
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NEVER FOREVER 21
"TAKE BACK SOUTH CENTRAL FARM!"
PASADENA ROUND 3!
SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH. 11:30AM-3PM
35 N. DE LACEY AVE. PASADENA CA.
FLIER IS ATTACHED
myspace (click on the link):
BOYCOTT FOREVER 21 ACTION! TAKE BACK SOUTH CENTRAL FARM
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The South Central Farmers' Demands to Forever 21
We demand that Forever 21 restore the South Central Farm land, at 41st
and Alameda in Los Angeles, to the Farmers.
The South Central Farm is the people's land, given to us by Mayor Tom
Bradley, in 1993 after the Los Angeles Uprising. The people built an
inner-city paradise, the nation's largest urban farm. In 2006, Mayor
Bradley's promise was broken: the Los Angeles City Council took the
land away and gave it to a developer to build a mammoth shipping
center for the sweatshop clothing manufacturer Forever 21. We're
here today to tell Forever 21 that we won't work for sweatshops, that
we are Farmers. We are the people: the Farm is our land!
Further, we demand that Forever 21 recognize the rights of working and
poor residents of Los Angeles:
The right of residents to have green spaces in their
Residents signed 140 letters and spoke before the City Planning
Department in June to demand environmental justice, in opposition to
the proposed warehouse. Eight hundred people signed. The project
developer agreed that the residents deserved an Environmental Impact
Report before beginning construction.
A children's park is planned next to the shipping center.
The shipping center is unnecessary. Ample existing warehouse space is
available since imports from the Port of Los Angeles have dropped 20%
Twenty-five hundred truck trips daily, according to the developer's
plans, would add tons of particulate matter to the neighborhood,
endangering the young, the elderly, and other at-risk populations with
risks of asthma, cancer, and other lung disease. Children especially,
who cross near the Farm site on their way to and from two nearby
schools, are at increased risk of traffic accidents. The site of the
Farm is already bounded by ground-level freight and passenger train
tracks on the west, with 1200 train trips daily, and by Alameda Avenue
on the east, a major shipping artery from the Port of Los Angeles.
The plans for the warehouse raise concerns about ground water
contamination from the underground parking garage, increased noise
levels from the increased truck traffic, light pollution from 24-hour
lighting, and aesthetic concerns, with workers trapped inside a
complex bounded by an iron fence.
Major civic and environmental groups joined with residents to oppose
this construction. The National Defense Resource Council, the Center
for Biological Diversity, and Communities for a Better Environment
have joined with the Farm and residents to demand environmental
justice. The esteemed Acequia Institute wrote, "the proposal, if
approved as is, would constitute the most serious and egregious
violation of environmental justice principles by LA City and County
governments, the Port Authority, land use planning authorities, and
other interested parties." The South Coast Air Management Quality
District recommended restricting traffic along the western perimeter
of the site, park and ride programs for employees, reconfiguration of
the main entrance away from residential areas, limiting the operations
to "clean" trucks, and adding a freeway off-ramp to the site, all to
mitigate the hazards of the shipping center.
Industrialization continues to blight poor and minority neighborhoods.
The Environmental Protection Agency requires environmental justice
statements for "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all
people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with
respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of
environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for
all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved
when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental
and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to
have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work." A
railroad track between the neighbors and the proposed shipping center
does not mitigate the need for environmental justice.
The right of people to feed themselves:
Three hundred and fifty families supplemented their diet with fresh
produce grown at the South Central Farm. The City took that right
away and told the people to get sweatshop jobs instead.
The South Central Farm preserved an agricultural way of life, teaching
children how to grow food in ancient traditions suitable for desert
The South Central Farm was and will be a world-wide model of communal,
The South Central Farm is the center of a green revolution in Los
Angeles, a revolution that, because of the Farmers, today brings fresh
produce to the inner city and will soon bring to Los Angeles an
ecological consciousness of backyard, rooftop, and community gardens.
Further, we demand Forever 21 accede in their business practices the
rights of workers to a safe and humane work environment and to prompt
redress of grievances:
An end, once and for all, to sweatshops:
Even after a four-year boycott and eventual settlement with its
workers in 2004, Forever 21 continues to violate workers' rights and
its six Los Angeles plants and supports subcontractors who do the
The Garment Workers' Center negotiates on-going complaints of labor
law violations with Forever 21. â€œWe want to make it clear to the
public and to the politicians that they cannot use the economic
argument about â€˜the good jobsâ€™ that will stay or be added to the
Los Angeles economy if this land is given to Forever 21. The
experience of the garment workers that work with
the GWC makes it abundantly clear, that the jobs they have sewing in
factories which subcontract with the company are sweatshop jobs, not
good jobsâ€ said Delia Herrera, one of the organizers at the GWC.
Dignified, safe, and productive labor:
Forever 21's warehouse jobs at the trucking center are dangerous and
dead-end, the worst of back-breaking labor. They offer no future to
workers there. As a former warehouse worker testified to the city
Planning Commission: "It's not a nice job, and I don't think any of
these men would have their sons and their nephews working in these
warehouses, much less if they didn't say it was going to be union
jobs. I'm sure it's going to be twelve hundred non-union jobs, low
wage, long hours. . . . So I implore you, please, please, I implore
you to take into consideration everything that the community has
talked about here, including the things that these power brokers smirk
at, like the kids and the hawks and the trees. That's what's
important to us. That's what makes up our sacred church. So please,
I implore you, it's not as easy as they make it sound, there's a lot
of complicated things involved here, including the health and the
lives of our children."
People, even poor people of color, deserve jobs with dignity and
guarantees of safety, and even when jobs are scarce. Forever 21 is
offering nothing to the residents or the South Central Farmers except
brutal labor for a 24/7 shipping machine hidden behind an iron fence
in a remote corner of Los Angeles. We demand that land be returned to
the people to whom the City originally ceded it, for their use and
Honoring Native America & the Legacy of Richard Oakes. Georgetown,
California NATURE FEST & KFOK CONCERT, April 25, 2009. This pivotal
date offers two family-friendly events, and is fast approaching.
Please Save The Date!
*Booth application deadline is Friday, April 3rd. Non-profits free.
$35 for vendors & fee includes 2 tickets to KFOK Spring Concert.
*For KFOK Concert tickets contact Mignon, 530-333-0298, and mention
Richard Oakes & Indians of All Tribes, FM Global shall receive $l for
each ticket sold in our name. A sell-out concert is expected, so
please act now. Only $12.50 in advance or 15.00 at the door. Concert
proceeds to benefit KFOK (Licensed to American River Folk Society, a
501(c) 3, IRS EIN# 68-0422260).
*Consider a donation to help cover travel & lodging, Four Directions
and MexicaAzteca danzantes in helping cover expenses. Make check
payable to Moreno & Associates, 1130 E Clark Ave #150-126, Orcutt, CA
*Visit our Friends of the Nature Area (FONA) website for more info:
*Spread the word by forwarding to others who may be interested and/or
download the new poster from the website and post to your websites and
community bulletin boards.
Thanks for your support!
Gathering "Indians Of All Tribes"
Honoring Native America and the Legacy of Richard Oakes, Mohawk Warrior
Call Out for volunteers for DQU cleanup committee, respond to Anamaria
Argumedo <malinalcihuatl@...>, or
Look for April 4th date for Maestro from Mexico, c/o Anamaria
Elders of 4 Colors 4 Directions
Hitec Aztec Collaborations/FM Global
We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For!