South Central Rooted unfolds a history of inequities in South Central LA that spans over a century and the grassroots resistance that has risen to combat these inequities. This tension has broader implications to our larger City of Los Angeles. The report offers a blueprint to answer this question: What will it actually take to ensure low-income communities of color can thrive in Los Angeles over the next fifty years?
Driver of Disparity #1
Gentrification, Displacement, & Homelessness ►
We envision living in neighborhoods that are safe, and people are free from state violence. Public safety emerges from positive neighborhood conditions and the dismantling of the culture of police abuse against South LA residents. We want an alternative to the economy of violence and to walk in freedom without being racially profiled or criminalized for being poor people of color or gender non-conforming. The policy solutions in this section combat the many ways that South LA residents face immediate and ongoing threats to their life, freedom, and well-being, due to racism in law enforcement, court systems, and repressive public policies that were the root causes of the 1992 LA Uprising and which persist today.
Reduce Policing and Jails and Make Police Departments Accountable to the Public.
End the Criminalization of Poverty and Racial Discrimination in the Justice System.
Use Public Tax Money to Support Community-Based Crime Prevention.
End the School to Prison Pipeline and Stop the Militarization of Schools.
Protect Immigrants and All Residents from Harm, Criminalization, and Deportation.
Driver of Disparity #2
Poverty, Disinvestment & Joblessness ►
South LA is and will continue be a home for working class people of color, a center for Black culture, a haven for documented and undocumented immigrants, and innovation into finding permanent housing for the homeless. A place where people matter more than dollars. The policy solutions below represent areas of work that attempt to address the crisis forcing poor people and people of color out of their homes and into the streets or entire communities out of South LA due to failed public policies and structural racism. By supporting these community-driven solutions to displacement and homelessness, South LA can be a beacon to show that poor and working class people of color have a future in LA.
Prevent Displacement of Residents and Ensure Housing Security
End Housing Discrimination
Honor Community Control over Neighborhood Development
Increase the Affordable Housing Stock
Ensure South Los Angeles Neighborhoods Receive their Fair Equitable Share of Basic County and City Services
Driver of Disparity #3
Policing, Suppression, Deportation, and Mass Incarceration ►
We believe in building a South LA where all residents have access to housing, jobs, careers, business opportunities, safe neighborhoods, and low-cost transportation. The policy solutions below represent areas of work that attempt to increase financial security and build a human safety net that would allow South LA residents to have a basic level of health, well-being, and an opportunity to not just survive but thrive. They reflect policies and the infrastructure needed to ensure individual and community wellness that ties to financial security. They seek to erase all disparities in health outcomes which arise from structural racism and the dehumanization of the poor as reflected in current public policies that deny people a chance to make a living and neighborhoods to develop thriving economies.
Promote People-Centered Economic Development and Anti-Displacement Strategies to Maintain Them
End Job Discrimination and Barriers to Careers due to Criminal Record Histories
Increase Worker Civil Rights Protections Against Exclusionary Practices that Reduce Black Workers’ Access to and Retention of Employment
End Health Disparities due to Poverty
Ensure Poor and Working Class People Can Afford to Get To and From Work and to Use Streets Safely
Driver of Disparity #4
Environmental Racism ►
We believe that children have the right to clean air, land, and water, and safe streets where they can play, grow and thrive. We believe that families have the right to raise their children in homes free from environmental health hazards and in neighborhoods free of toxins and pollution. We believe families have the right to parks and green space and to local, healthy food. We are determined to end environmental racism – the disproportionate impact of environmental burdens and glaring, lack of environmental benefits on people of color – a root cause of health disparities and social unrest in South LA. Furthermore, communities that are poor and communities of color have a fundamental right to participate in all decision-making structures that shape the physical environment in which they live. The policy solutions below outline how we can achieve this goal and end environmental racism.
Ensure Poor and Working Class Communities are protected by California’s air quality and climate policies
Require Public Agency Action to Protect Residents from Disproportionate Exposure to Pollution
End the Disparities in Access to Parks, Green Space, and Community Gardens