From Intersections South LA:
“From Declaration to Action!” That was the theme of this year’s Second Annual South Los Angeles Health & Human Rights Conference, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on December 10, 2010.
The call to action comes after the drafting last year of a South Los Angeles Declaration of Health and Human Rights.
The declaration calls for the right to: health and behavioral health, education and employment, housing and a safe environment, food and food sovereignty, and dignity and safety.
With the declaration in hand, the community, health, labor activists and residents, were fired up to take turn those words into tangible approaches that will bring better health care to South Los Angeles.
“It’s time for movement again,” declared keynote speaker Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor for the Second District. Ridley-Thomas reminded the audience of how much has changed in the year since the group first gathered.
“Last year at this time, we didn’t have a health reform bill in the nation’s capital. There is a lot of debate about the issue itself, but when you think it, it is to be considered progress, significant progress.”
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today honored Susan Burton for her years of work helping Los Angeles County women rebuild their lives after incarceration. Ms. Burton, who founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project after her own struggles with substance abuse and incarceration, was one of ten finalists for this year’s CNN Heroes Award.
Vowing to break America’s pipeline to prison for minority teens, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman announced a comprehensive proposal to prevent recidivism among Los Angeles County youths.
The analysis of “re-entry” in Los Angeles County — the process by which incarcerated youths leave custody and seek to establish themselves in society — examines the failures of the current system and proposes 10 steps for improvement.
Los Angeles County’s juvenile probation population is the largest in the nation, at 20,000. Nationwide one in three African American males born in 2001, and one out of six Latino males born that year are at risk of imprisonment, according to the Children’s Defense Fund.