• Wrapping Up 2012!

    I’ve been meaning to blog about this for sometime now…. Being that its close to the end of 2012, I couldn’t have chosen a better moment than 7:30 in the a.m. on a rainy monday morning.
    First of all, as a member of the South L.A. community, I’d like to thank SAJE for their time and resources in assembling the people that helped these things come to pass.
    First, the-home-page.net has given our community an opportunity to amplify their voices and concerns, which lots of times are drowned out by simple negligence. You get to see, hear and read first hand accounts of how some of our neighbors’ are living. And with a focus on slum-housing conditions, we can address and transform these hazardous environments. So thank you SAJE, may you all find health and happiness in all your socks this Christmas đŸ˜€
    There were two other BIG developments in our community. One is The Lorenzo Project, and the the other is the USC Expansion. ( I’ll go into more specifics on these two developments in upcoming blogs.) The significance of these two projects is that they are paving the way for unprecedented partnerships between land-developers and communities. I personally believe this will have time-proven positive effects that we aren’t even aware of yet. But for now, there is one thing that you can walk away with here that is for certain: PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE THAN PROPERTY.

    Cheers y’all!

    December 25, 2012 by Admin

  • Living In The Damp

    Sometime in September, this video was captured by Gloria Serrano -SAJE- and Berta Garcia -Community Leader at SAJE- inside of a South L.A. resident’s home. By home I mean an apartment well passed the dire point in needing repairs, especially where water is concerned. Take a look at what Maria Gervacio and her downstairs neighbor are dealing with….

    December 25, 2012 by Admin

  • December 25, 2012 by Admin

  • SAJE vs Fannie Mae

    On March 1, 2012 I attended the emergency press conference at 1139 East Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90011. The Executive Director of SAJE, Paulina Gonzalez, had the conference because Fannie Mae was being irresponsible. Three different families were being affected due to serious damages at one of their buildings. The tenants, which include eleven children, had to live in severe slum conditions. For more than seven months they had to go without water and utilities. Broken windows, holes in the floors and walls, molds in the walls, and rat infestation that made the children sick were also serious issues. These families got involved with SAJE and a plan to take action was formed. On June 8, 2012 I attended the protest in order to document everything. It took place at the Fannie Mae building located at 135 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. During the protest, I witnessed a few security guards laughing inside the building and I felt it was disrespectful. Nonetheless, Fannie Mae needs to take full responsibility for the conditions these three families were forced to live under.

    December 7, 2012 by Admin

  • Night of Power and Love

    On Saturday October 13, 2012. I went to St.Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach, CA for the Night of Power and Love: API Undocumented Cultural Show, which is host by the DREAM Team L.A. and South Asians Justice for Justice L.A. The two people who host this event were Muneera Shariff and Bupendra, and also Muneera, who is a friend of mine since Speak Up! Their mission was too raise $5,000 in scholarship funds for undocumented students. Undocumented students are not only Latinos and Latinas from Mexico, Guatemata, El Salvador, Peru, Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic; they also include South Asians from Cambodia, Philippines, Taiwan, India and Vietnam, and the Pacific Islands. At the event, four people shared their experiences about coming to the United States without papers using poetry; Anthony Ng, Adrian James, Sofia Campos amd Mariella Saba. There were four or five USC students who also perform as part of the Indian Fine Arts. This event was very important for everybody to support the DREAM Act in the United States and the around the world to take a stand against corruptions and discrimination.

    October 18, 2012 by Admin

  • PLUM Meeting 10/10/2012

    For years, community residents in South Los Angeles have been fighting to hold USC accountable to the community. On October 10th, we achieved a historic victory at the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) meeting and were able to secure $20 million in affordable housing as part of USC’s Expansion Plan. But there is still more to fight for – particularly with small business protection and local hiring.

    October 17, 2012 by Admin