An Open Letter From Immortal Technique About South Central
An Open Letter from Immortal Technique About the South Central Farm in Los Angeles
EVICTION TIME HAS COME.
The time has run out and the people of the South Central Farm are going to be under threat of bulldozers come May 23rd. the women and children are under threat of being homeless because the seemingly unquenched thirst of developers and a mayors broken promise. In this time of need many people have come out of the woodwork, my supporters and many media outlets came to initiate the discussion and spread the word in late April. For that I am indebted to you, you spread the word and brought more people who have the same logical vision to the cause.
***I would personally like to thank Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Harper and Joan Baez for expressing and pledging their support for the South Central Farm***
I told you people this wasn't about me, or about anyone else people are doing this because it benefits the entire LA community. Because it provides life in a polluted miserable place.
Tomorrow 5/19 - 9AM ( IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT THEN PLEASE AT LEAST COME TO THE BENEFIT SHOW TONIGHT AT THE FARM!!!)
Demonstration at the LA Convention Center.
Figueroa & Pico St.
The Mayor of City of LA Antonio Villaraigrosa has been dodging the phone calls made by all of you, and he has conveyed a message of disrespect for the community by not addressing his pledge to the South Central Farm. A while ago I put out a blog and an announcement to the people of LA that i would come to do a show out there and come to do the Invasion tour, I did. It was very successful we confronted the powers that be and we raised lots of money for this scholarship program that i am going to announce at the end of the year. I might even pick a myspace Candidate, but thats neither here nor there. The mayor had promised to raise money for the people of the South Central farm but upon calling his office the response from his cronies and office workers not him was that the money was there. The people have yet to see any of that put into the fund. I think that because he has supported immigrants rights politically by going to Washington to he has decided to put this issue on the back burner. Now a forum on National Immigration is good but I hold that man to his word of helping the farm. I promised him and his people that I would be their greatest ally if they helped and the engineer of a personal hell if they didn't.
The night of the 23rd when it turns midnight ALL WOMEN AND CHILDREN are considered illegal occupants. This is the same mayor who is supposedly fighting for our rights as Latinos nationally and he can't hold back a corrupt politician like Jan Perry and a handful of city developers from taking over one city block. He had originally gave his word before he was elected to gain support among voting immigrant residents that the farm would be preserved, and now he must fulfill his promise. Not for the glory of his own self serving vanity as he attempts to leave city hall and run for Congress or Senate but so that 350 families, can have food to eat and so the entire community of South Central can provide sustenance for the children that are there.
I am asking anyone who is reading this last minute request if you could show up or at the very least take some time out of your day to continuously bombard his phone and leave message after message... Bomb his phone with messages because a leader has to answer to the people, he has to know we need him to stand up for these things, and he has to grow from criticism not become angered that community wants more than rhetoric from him.
Email: email@example.com Phone: (213)978-0600
... There is a benefit show this Friday afternoon at the South Central Farm that will feature the following people.
05/19/2006 - South Central Farm Benefit
41st & Alameda, Los Angeles, CA 90001
Tom Morello (Nightwatchman)
Son del Centro
plus special guests...
$10 / All Ages
(Please also bring supplies if you can for the people that are gonna camp out and defend the farm. Such as flashlights, sleeping bags, blankets, batteries, bread and water.)
(ON SAT AND SUN)
10AM - 6PM Open Market at the South Central Farm.
And lastly May 23rd in the afternoon around 6PM anyone who has an interest in taking this issue to heart and standing with the farmers to plan a resistance to the corruption of land development. Please come through to the farm and show your support. I will send another word out until then I stand here in NYC and prepare to go back to the lab to work on these records and to continue building the army and massing more and more pressure against the political aristocracy here in America that thinks they can just avoid dealing with a problem by ignoring it. These people are not going to carried away quietly. They aren't going to be thrown in the streets with their children starving in an orderly fashion they are going to be attacked by sheriffs and by hired security. They are going to be targeted for eviction by people like Ralph Horowitz and Jan Perry, two gutless individuals who use racial division to keep the community down. Jan Perry you haven't done @#%$ for the black community, you are the epitome of a female uncle tom. Let the word be known I know how to return messages. And Mr. Mayor, learn how to keep your subordinates in check, and learn how to keep a promise. Because if you abandon the people now let it be know you are not the only popular Latino politician on the West Coast who can win an election for control of California.
The people make those decisions.
And the people are watching you Mr. Mayor.
Deliver, or be delivered.
Here's more info on the South Central Farm
L.A. City Mayor Villaraigosa Fails to Raise Matching Funds to Save 350 Poor Families in South Central Los Angeles From Brentwood Developer
For the last three years, 350 families have been fighting to preserve the largest contiguous piece of open green space in South Central Los Angeles. On April 22nd 2006, Trust for Public had negotiated a 30 day buy option that depended on the city matching 5 Million put up by a private foundation. It appears that the City of LA and the Mayor's office will not match the money and the land will fall to Brentwood Developer.
WHEN: Friday, May 19th, 2006 @ 9:00 a.m.
WHO: South Central Farmers
WHAT: Protest and Press Conference
In the week of May 15 2006 the community was informed that, "Mayor Villaraigosa and his office would not be able to raise the matching 5 Million that he had promised to the community," stated Tezozomoc, elected representative of the South Central Farmers. "The community is in shock. Everyone thought that it was a done deal and now families face a bleak future with the possible destruction of the community farm," stated Albert Tlatoa, farmer. According to the Los Angeles Superior Court Brentwood real estate developer has already acquired the legal right to deploy the Los Angeles Sheriffs department to remove 350 families from the largest urban farm in the U.S. This could happen as soon as May 24th, 2006. There will be only 3 days to Save the Farm!
WHERE: Location Changed!
We will now be demonstrating at the intersection of S. Figueroa St. and W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles
WHY: This is a unique opportunity to eliminate park poverty in this highly urbanized, blighted and semi-industrial neighborhood. This site is a singular opportunity to make permanent and public the community and cultural benefits of the green oasis created by 360 families over the years as they continue to grow healthy fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants to supplement their food budgets. This urban garden, once purchased, will remain open space for generations to come.
South Central Los Angeles, CA (SCFs) May 18, 2006 -- For three years 350 families have been fighting against the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Port, and Brentwood real estate developer Ralph Horowitz to preserve 14 acres of contiguous open green space in the form of the largest urban farm in the U.S. On March 6, 2006 the community of the South Central Farm, located at 41st and Alameda, was served an eviction notice from the Los Angeles Superior Court giving the Farmers 5 days to prevent the eviction by the Los Angeles Sheriff's department.
The community rallied and organized themselves through the South Central Farmers and went to court to prevent the eviction. In what was deemed close to being a miracle when the Trust for Public Land, along with Mayor Villaraigosa's office negotiated a 30 day buy option from developer Ralph Horowitz.
This situation arose when the city erroneously settled a lawsuit in a backroom deal without giving the community due process. "As citizens and tax payers of the City of Los Angeles, we are outraged that the city of LA settled a speculative lawsuit(BC272571 LIBAW HOROWITZ INVESTMENT COMPANY VS CITY LOS ANGELES ET AL) with Mr. Horowitz." Even after Judge W. Crispo had ruled three times against Horowitz, the city officials conceded to give the land back to Horowitz for a mere 5.1 million dollars, extremely under the fair market value, since in 1994 it had been sold for 13.3 Million dollars.
"We are outraged that the community is now being asked to bear the profit of 11 million dollars for the real estate developer. Further, we address the primary decision maker regarding the land, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, urging him to do more than suggest that the working class community connected to the farm raise $16 million or more through individual contributions."
"It is not necessary to destroy the community farm. Help us prevent the destruction of this 14-year project that has become an asset to South Central Los Angeles. We call upon you to reconsider the destruction of the 14-acre community farm in South Central Los Angeles," says Fernando Flores, Organizer of the South Central Farmers' Support Committee.
In the week of May 15 2006 the community was informed that, "Mayor Villaraigosa and his office would not be able to raise the matching 5 Million that he had promised to the community," stated Tezozomoc, elected representative of the South Central Farmers.
"The community is in shock. Everyone thought that it was a done deal and now families face a bleak future with the possible destruction of the community farm," stated Albert Tlatoa, farmer. According to the Los Angeles Superior Court Brentwood real estate developer has already acquired the legal right to deploy the Los Angeles Sheriffs department to remove 350 families from the largest urban farm in the U.S. This could happen as soon as May 24th, 2006.
The South Central Farmers will be holding nightly vigils at the Getty House, the official residence of the Los Angeles Mayor. On May 19th, 2006 at 9 am the farmers and community supporters will be holding a protest outside Los Angeles City Hall and a press conference at 10:00 am. They will make one last overture to the Mayor of Los Angeles and the City Council who may be able to save the farm by stepping up to the plate and displaying real leadership.
Discussions with elected representatives and grassroots supporters centered on the disbelief that Mayor Villaraigosa was not able to raise the matching funds and that he would so easily give up on the people that he touts to represent. "If Villaraigosa can not wrestle 14 acres in South Central, how does he hope to tackle a leviathan like LAUSD?" asked Tezozomoc, elected representative of the South Central Farmers.
The community expressed a great desire to continue pressing the issue to the press, city officials and people across the city.
For more info www.southcentralfarmers.com
Contact information for Los Angeles City Mayor and Council:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (213)978-0600
Mayors Mansión: The Getty House @ Windsor Square
605 S. Irving blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90005
8 blocks west of Western (off Wilshire)
Council Meetings are held on the 3rd floor in the John Ferraro Council
Chamber at Los Angeles City Hall:
200 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA Every Tue, Wed & Fri at 10:00am.
District 1 Ed Reyes: (213)-473-7001 email@example.com
District 2 Wendy Greuel: (213)-473-7002 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 3 Dennis P. Zine: (213)-473-7003 email@example.com
District 4 Tom LaBonge: (213)-473-7004 Labonge@lacity.org
District 5 Jack Weiss: (213)-473-7005 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 6 Tony Cardenas: (213)-473-7006 email@example.com
District 7 Alex Padilla: (213)-473-7007 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 8 Bernard Parks: (213)-473-7008 email@example.com
District 9 Jan Perry: (213)-473-7009 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 10 Herb J. Wesson, Jr.: (213)-473-7010
District 11 Bill Rosendahl: (213)-473-7011 email@example.com
District 12 Greig Smith: (213)-473-7012 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 13 Eric Garcetti: (213)-473-7013 email@example.com
District 14 José Huizar: (213)-473-7014 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 15 Janice Hahn: (213)-473-7015 email@example.com
Office of Ralph Horowitz(developer evicting the families):
11911 San Vicente Blvd, Ste. 310
Los Angeles, Ca 90049
Intersection of San Vicente and Montana
Phone: (310) 440-7878
As we reach the end of our court granted stay on the land, we hope you will
echo your thousands of messages of support with demonstrations of support in
solidarity with our efforts.
The struggle continues.
South Central Farmers