VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Keynotes South Los Angeles Human Rights Conference

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.”


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Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Reflects on Accomplishments of Second Year in Office, Vows Bold Action for Year to Come

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today marked the second anniversary of his taking the oath of office with a look back at the year’s many
accomplishments and a vigorous plan of action for the year ahead.

Since taking office on December 1, 2008, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has spearheaded a number of projects to improve the quality of life in the Second District and throughout Los Angeles County. In partnership with dedicated community leaders, elected officials in all levels of government, and with the continued guidance of his transition team, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has:

 Secured nearly $4 billion in County funds for major capital projects throughout the Second District;

 Reached major milestones in opening a new Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Medical Center, a $400 million investment that will bring the highest quality of patient care to the Second District. The new 38-acre site will include space for an emergency department, inpatient pharmacy, operating rooms and 120 patient beds. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas broke ground on the campus’ $20 million South Health Center in September and is working with the University of California Board of Regents, the newly appointed Board of Directors, and countless community stakeholders to open an Inpatient Tower and a Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center for outpatient services beginning in 2013;


Second District Photo Galleries

Have you checked out the Second District photo galleries lately? We add many great photo sets from around the Second District every month. See the fantastic slideshow above from the recent Lennox Park wall mural unveiling as just one example.

In the future you can view all photos by clicking on “Photos” under the “Multimedia” tab at the top of the page.

VIDEO: Jenesse Center Salute to Supervisor Mark and Avis Ridley-Thomas

View video at Vimeo.

The Jenesse Center honored the husband and wife team of Supervisor Mark and Avis Ridley-Thomas for their tireless efforts in preventing domestic violence. At the April 18th gala, chaired by Academy-Award winning actress Halle Berry, the Supervisor and Mrs. Ridley-Thomas were awarded the 30th Annual Silver Rose Award. The short video above evidencing some of the couples efforts to combat domestic violence was aired during the event.


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PHOTO: President Obama Lands at Expo Park


Exposition Park on Monday, April 19, 2010.