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February 2012 Newsletter

Workers win historic jobs agreement at Metro


The Metro board of Directors unanimously approved a historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and Construction Careers Policy on Thursday, January 26, that will significantly increase the number of workers from disadvantaged areas to be hired on the agency’s multi-billion-dollar transit projects. Read more

Educating, engaging, and empowering in 2012: The 20th anniversary of empowerment

More than 2,000 community members, activists, dignitaries, elected officials, and religious leaders registered to attend the 20th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit hosted by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Empowerment Congress on the University of Southern California’s campus, Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Read more


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center mural - A community undertaking

Watts, Willowbrook, and Compton residents met to give their input to the artists who will design the Martin Luther King Multi- Service Ambulatory Care Center walkway at a creative workshop at the Hudson Auditorium in Willowbrook. The workshop was held to encourage community members to share their thoughts and ideas both pictorially and verbally for what they would like to see on panels that will make up the 800-foot-long panel at the Martin Luther King Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center. Read more

Empowering future leaders through dialogue

While civil rights leader and activist Rev. Al Sharpton was speaking to a rapt audience at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium during the 20th Anniversary Summit of the Empowerment Congress, a gathering of a different kind was occurring across campus.

A diverse group of 250 children, youth and chaperones convened the 2012 Youth Summit. Participants, ranging from first graders to high school seniors, engaged in a dialectic approach modeled after “Days of Dialogue,” a series of conversations between cultural groups born in the wake of the 1992 civil unrest. The day’s event was entitled, “Youth Empowered: Celebrating Our Heritage, Strengthening Our Community.” . Read more


Free Florence-Firestone community gardens workshop


Join the office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Los Angeles Community Garden Council for an “Introduction to Gardening Workshop.” This free course for beginner gardeners will teach the basics about what to plant when, how to choose the right plants for each season and how to grow vegetables and herb plants organically.. Read more



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