The Labor/Community Strategy Center's 30 Anniversary Celebration and Block Party was a Black/Latinx/multi-racial gospel/testify/community building celebration of hope and revolution. The spoken word was magnificent and from the heart as old and new friendships were deepened and nobody wanted to go home as the night just continued—as Earlez or Crenshaw and La Casita Mexicana fed the body and soul and Krispe Kreme coffee and donuts fueled the late night energy.
The celebration was held at the center's Strategy and Soul Movement Center at historic King and Crenshaw in South Central L.A. as we also watched a wonderful new film—The Revolution Will Be Strategized—by film-maker Lucas Yahraus chronicling 30 years of our work in our Strategy and Soul 100 seat theater with Digital Cinema Projection and Dolby Atmos Surround Sound.
We spoke of our bold plans for the future—our Campaign for Urban Reconstruction with our five interrelated demands—expressed beautifully by high school sisters Kassandra and Angeles Soriano and Kim Rachal:
- Free Public Transportation
- Stop MTA Attacks on Black Passengers
- No Police on MTA Trains and Buses
- No Police in LAUSD Schools
- No Cars in L.A
And we plan to win those demands over the next years starting now! With your help.
We also celebrated the great victory of Channing Martinez, of Audubon Middle School, Crenshaw High School, and Otis School of Art and Design, and yes, a lead organizer at the Strategy Center, who was able to get more than 900 people to sign his petitions to place him on the March 3 ballot in his race for the L.A. City council in District 10—Leimert Park, Crenshaw, from Robertson to Western and Olympic to Stocker. This campaign is completely separate from the Strategy Center but we are proud of him nontheless.
In a later version I will highlight the many wonderful people who came to join us, offer friendship, solidarity, love, and our growing community of strong allies rooted in South L.A., East L.A. and other oppressed communities in our megacity run by the privatizing, polluting, policing, Democratic Party elite. For now let the wonderful pictures reflect the thousands of words that were beautifully crafted as movement veterans and young people brought "the spoken word" to life.
We are filled with profound gratitude for all that we have built and the small role we play in building a far larger movement of oppressed Third World people inside and outside the U.S. We urge you to take seriously our call for "The social justice state not the police state' the climate justice state not the warfare state" and consider supporting our work in 2020 and beyond.
With much love,
Eric Mann, Barbara Lott-Holland, Channing Martinez, and Brigette Amaya
for the Strategy Center team and community