Message from MRT, August, 2014

Welcome to the August 2014 Newsletter.

The creation of a citizen’s oversight commission was delayed, but not denied. Hundreds of people attended the board of supervisor’s meeting to demand a civilian role in reforming the department. Despite overwhelming testimony in favor of a commission, we lacked one additional board vote needed to immediately push the agenda forward. But, ultimately, the commission has been delayed and not denied. There is no doubt the issue will surface again soon. Thank you to those who testified to secure the power of the people to promote transparency and accountable public safety in Los Angeles County.

On the subject of public safety, the issue of mental health is no small matter. To that end, we want to invite you on August 27, 2014 to the ribbon cutting of the new Mental Health Urgent Care Center at MLK Campus. We are breaking new ground and you should be a part of it.

The wins do not stop with mental health but continue with education. This is the fifth year of Freedom Schools in Los Angeles County. Freedom Schools started in 1964 in the state of Mississippi during the civil rights movement. This year we celebrated 50 years of literacy, civil rights and social justice through Freedom Schools. Our finale this year at Ladera Park was fantastic. We look forward to next year.

Lastly, it’s not often a lemon is considered a canvas. But to the artists David Burns and Austin Young of the collaborative Fallen Fruit, that is exactly what a lemon will be for their next experiment in bringing communities together through, well, fruit. Join Fallen Fruit for a lemonade stand on Sunday, August 24 from 10am-1pm in Rueben Ingold Park.

Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to seeing you again in September. In the meantime, thank you for reading August’s newsletter, stay cool with pools in Los Angeles County, and enjoy the balance of the Summer.

With hope,