During an early morning rally on March 22 at Grand Park in front of Los Angeles City Hall, Councilmember Curren Price stood in solidarity alongside thousands of local labor union members, clergy and community members to protest the tactics Amazon is using in its attempt to curb their workers’ rights to organize- as most recently seen in Bessemer, Alabama.
Councilman Price and allies marched from Grand Park to the headquarters of the Law Offices of Morgan Lewis, a firm that is being used by Amazon and other large corporations to discourage workers from forming unions, and take a stand against the entities who profit off of suppressing workers’ voices.
“From Los Angeles to Bessemer and beyond, our essential workers are deserving of respect, dignity and advancement,” added Price. “I hope that powerful companies like Amazon get the message that it’s morally wrong to exploit and bully their employees, and we won’t let them get away with it; not today, tomorrow, and especially during a pandemic!”
On March 13, Councilmember Curren Price was joined by partners St. John's Well Child and Family Center, Labor Community Services and The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO at Exposition Park for a morning filled with serving District 9 neighbors.
During the drive-thru event, more than 2,000 community members received a 40lb box of food to help them get through the rough patch many are experiencing during the pandemic. An added resource to the event came in the form of vaccinations, administered by the St. John’s Mobile clinic, as they were able to provide 400 individuals shots to fight against the coronavirus.
Check out the video below from our friends at LA CityView35 featuring highlights from the Saturday event.
Councilmember Curren Price joined community partner Kedren Community Health Center in District 9 on March 13 to welcome union members for a Labor Vaccination Program.
Union workers with Service Employees International Union (SEIU), UNITE HERE! and AFSCME employed in various industries including hospitality, healthcare, childcare and janitorial were able to take advantage of the event targeted to individuals who live and work in CD 9. By the end of the day, more than 1,000 workers received their first COVID-19 vaccine.
Within CD 9, eligible residents, including those with underlying medical conditions, can contact Councilmember Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651 to make an appointment or request a ride to one of our mobile vaccination clinics. Individuals can also check their eligibility and make an appointment at VaccinateLACounty.com.
Meet Hailey and Lauren: two Girl Scouts in middle school who joined Team Price at a mobile vaccination clinic at Vermont Square Park in March.
The two young ladies developed a business plan to sell cookies in their community and presented it to Councilman Curren Price’s team. Needless to say, the teenagers were a hit at a recent pop-up selling Samoas, Thin Mints and Do-si-Dos, among other cookies.
“My Office first learned about Hailey and Lauren from an email they wrote asking for ways to get involved in District 9,” added Councilman Price. “Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, they wanted help in identifying locations from which to sell their cookies in a safe and responsible manner.
“Team Price is proud to play a small role in their overall success. I was especially impressed by their drive, work ethic and go-getter attitude. They are two prime examples of what our future holds when we support our children’s goals, enthusiasm and initiative.”
Central Avenue was the cultural, social and entrepreneurial epicenter of the Black community in Los Angeles from the 1920s through the 1940s.
Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing you to the newly installed Central Avenue Angels Walk. We will preview some of the highlights from this self-guided historic walking trail and hope that you are inspired one day soon to take advantage of a beautiful sunny LA day to enjoy what the full 1.6 mile trail has to offer.
Visit the website: https://www.angelswalkla.org/walks/central-avenue/. Printed guidebooks are available for this walk at Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office, call (323) 846-2651 for more information.
Second Baptist Church
A block west of Central Avenue, radiating from the corner of 24th Street and Griffith Avenue, stands Second Baptist Church, among the most influential of the city’s African American faith institutions. The church has had a remarkable history steeped in both spirituality and activism, particularly with regard to civil rights and community development.
Paul Revere Williams, an African American architect, and Norman Foote Marsh designed the building, Second Baptist’s third home. The gold-toned brick, Romanesque Revival structure, which opened in January 1926, featured seating for more than 2,000 congregants. It was Williams’ first major public commission and one of the few from the black community.
Liberty Savings and Loan
Organized in 1924, Liberty Building-Loan Association, later renamed Liberty Savings and Loan Association, was the first African American-owned business of its type west of the Rocky Mountains. The institution offered economical home mortgages at a time when white lenders refused to finance housing for African Americans and other marginalized groups in most parts of Los Angeles. Liberty’s founders established offices at 2504-2512 S. Central Ave. to encourage African Americans to save money and to invest in Liberty and other sound African American-owned businesses.
Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Officer Jose Luis Anzora who perished in the line of duty in early March, after being struck by a car while conducting traffic control in South LA. Officer Anzora was a 10-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and spent the majority of his career in CD 9’s Newton Division. The 31 year old will be remembered for his courage, bravery and dedication to the District 9 community and to the uniform he so proudly wore.
To our Newton PD family, we lost a member of our own team. Our condolences to his wife, family, colleagues and loved ones. May he rest in eternal peace.
Courtesy of County of Los Angeles Public Health
A record number of shots were administered as part of Councilmember Curren Price’s COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinics at South Park Recreation Center during the week of March 1.
Since February, the CD 9 grassroots campaign has been responsible for vaccinating thousands of eligible local neighbors from South Los Angeles. Earlier this week, the opportunity expanded to individuals working in education, childcare, emergency services, food and agriculture, as well as seniors aged 65 and older and healthcare workers who were already allowed to sign up.
“We are beginning to see the light of what was once a very dark tunnel. People are beginning to get vaccinated in record numbers and all of the efforts the community has put forward to stay safe is starting to pay off,” added Councilmember Price. “Getting the vaccination will put us closer to the finish line with the pandemic.”
The District 9 COVID-19 mobile vaccination program, in partnership with CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), continues tomorrow, Saturday, March 6 at South Park Recreation Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Walk ups will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis from 12-3 p.m.
Another pop up is scheduled from March 9 to March 13 at Green Meadows Recreation Center. Details below. You can schedule an appointment or request a ride (must reside in District 9) for the coming week by contacting Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Click on the image below for a video highlighting this week’s event at South Park from our friends at LA Cityview 35.
On March 4, Councilmember Curren Price held a virtual open house for Slauson Connect, a brand-new, transformational community jewel slated for District 9. The project will provide South LA with cutting-edge education, training, access to information, and the resources needed to help neighbors grow and thrive.
“I fought to use this underutilized parcel as a center that will connect South LA communities for generations to come!” added Price. “Slauson Connect will not only have the green space South LA is lacking, but it will also meet the needs of our youth, as well as our working class community members.”
The first-of-its-kind center in District 9 will include a daycare facility, afterschool programming, a tech center, multipurpose rooms and many other amenities, including recreational activities and a business incubator. To view the presentation, which was broadcast live via the Councilman’s Facebook @CurrenDPriceJr and on LA Cityview 35, please click on the image below.
As part of Read Across America, Councilmember Curren Price on March 4, spent quality time via zoom with students from 28th Street Elementary going over “The Giving Tree.”
The Councilman read the classic children’s book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein to an animated class of fifth grade students. Shout-out to the school staff, including Assistant Principal Ms. Verduzco, Ms. Morales and Ms. Gaither, for making this happen. The young students were interested in learning more about the Councilmember and asked him a series of questions such as, how he got into public service, what his day-to-day looks like and which schools he attended during his youth.