Re: Be Kind

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2016-04-17 13:18 GMT-07:00 Maria del C Lamadrid purple.violeta@gmail.com:

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Be Kind

María del C. Lamadrid diseñadora gráfico (787)308-6459 purple.violeta@gmail.com ............................................................. Esta dirección de correo-e es privada. Favor de no incluirla en listas privadas o públicas, como tampoco dársela a otros. Este correo electrónico y, en su caso, cualquier fichero anexo al mismo,contiene información de carácter confidencial exclusivamente dirigida a su destinatario o destinatarios. Queda prohibida su divulgación, copia o distribución a terceros sin la previa autorización escrita.

Fw: Magdalene Blog Update from Joan Lipkin

Hi ! This is Becky, Joan Lipkin's assistant. She asked me to send you her most recent blog update again, as we've had some email going astray and I didn't see it on the blog. Attached please find the blog update and a photo to go with it. Can you please let me know you get this and that the files arrive and open correctly? I am resending as I sent earlier this week and didn't receive a reply. All Best,Becky Becky Galambos  Office Manager & Arts Admin Assistant That Uppity Theatre Company (314)839-2869 - home   (314)736-2325 - cell  (314)534-1454-office becky_galambos@sbcglobal.net

Handwritten from Germantown

We recently completed a pilot event http://www.freedomsbackyard.com/programs-events/first-families-geocaching-creative-reflection-with-yolanda-wisher/ for our project at Historic RittenhouseTown, the site of the first paper mill in British North America. We used a mix of geocaching, creative writing, and dance to engage locals ages 6 to 70 in exploring issues of genealogy, class, and privilege. We’re moving towards developing a new Historic Germantown youth program based on similar practices and themes.

EVNW

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Last Wednesday night, I attended a meeting of the Elysian Valley Neighborhood watch. It’s a monthly gathering where Frogtown residents sit for about an hour and discuss what’s happening around safety and crime in the area. Coffee was provided. We started with a brief introduction, where everyone would say their name and how long they’ve resided in Frogtown. Most of the attendees have lived there for twenty or more years; their endearment of the place was apparent.

For the first forty minutes, two officers from Northeast Community LAPD talked to residents about recent local crimes before fielding questions. There was a lively discussion about an incident the week prior that had officers pursuing suspects driving on the pedestrian/bike path. No one was injured, but some residents felt the decision to engage in a police chase on the pedestrian path was questionable.

You can read tweets about Frogtown, or articles in LA Weekly or other outlet, and that will give some impression of the neighborhood, but it’s a limited view. We get a clearer idea of who the people in the neighborhood are by hearing about the local guy stealing mail, seeing someone’s eyes beam as she talks about kid next door landing a college scholarship, or even learning about mundane municipal affairs. So that was one reason to attend the meeting: to see the place and see the people. It was also a chance for David De La Torre to introduce us and our project to the community. Which we did, briefly, mentioning the upcoming workshop and answering a few residents’ questions. They seemed receptive overall to a pedestrian/bike path intervention. If the first half of the meeting is any indication of how locals feel about this place (granted with much elbow grease), we can look forward to a nice turnout.

Shawn Jackson

CicLAvia

Anniversary ride! CicLAvia turns 5 and what better way to celebrate than closing down half of DTLA for pedestrians and cyclist.

It was awesome to see 7th street overtaken by bikes and advocating for their place in the streets of LA. Hope to see something similar on the Los Angeles Greenway Trail: active streets for people and bikes.

PathHack

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It was almost 96 degrees by 9am last Saturday October 10, 2015 when Shawn Jackson and I visit David De La Torre in Elysian Valley.

We found David wrestling a lime tree inside Jardín del Rio, a beautiful community garden in Elysian Valley. He was clearing away wild branches that blocked some of the neighbor's plots. David has rightfully earned himself the moniker 'Mayor of Elysian Valley'. Between Jardín del Río, organizing job fairs, the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch and gathering resources for earthquake readiness he has his hands full.

That morning we discussed the follow-up ideas we had put together since the CPCP convening in August. We were thinking of calling it PathHack: A day of "hacking" the Los Angeles Greenway Trail to create a slow-zone in direct reaction to the lack of action by the City to institute safety measures on the path.

During 4 hours we will hold multiple activity stations:

-A station with the Bike Coalition and the EVNW were they can give away bells and discuss the safety guides created in Elysian Valley along the EVNW. (How not to yell left and use a bell, where to slow down, etc.) -A station were kids can draw their dream monster bike (which then Shawn and I can try to translate into the Monster Barricade bike). -We can have an hour within the event were EVNW, SuperCommunity and the Bike Coalition talk bike safety: discuss the rules step by step even as the other stations keep working. -A station were people can sign a petition advocating for a slow-zone on the path.

Still organizing the intervention tho but excited to be well underway.

The Frog Spot (Neighborhood Locations 1/4)

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The Frog Spot was one of the first businesses to open in the neighborhood that catered to River visitors and is located along the Elysian Valley area of the Los Angeles Greenway trail. This gathering spot only open during the summer were locals and visitors alike can rest. The organization is run by the local non-profit Friends of the Los Angeles River.

Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) was founded by Lewis MacAdams in 1986 and it's mission is to protect and restore the natural and historical heritage of the Los Angeles River. It

On Saturday Shawn and I stop by to grab some refreshments. The space was bustling, with visitors that had come to participate of the Ten Feet exhibition. However most of the FoLAR volunteers were Downtown LA for the FoLAR Fandango Fundraiser.

It's going to be alright

I wish the first post was about what the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch and SuperCommunity are collaborating or beautiful pictures of the L.A. River.

However, David De La Torre of the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch just shared a frightening anecdote via email about events that took place this morning in the Elysian Valley on the L.A. River Greenway Trail, a pedestrian and bike path along the L.A. River:

"Councilmember O’Farrell, Adam, Gina, Capt. Sandoval and others:

I just took a call from a frightened Elysian Valley stakeholder reporting an LAPD vehicle in pursuit of a black jeep on the Elysian Valley pedestrian/bike path. This marks the third instance that I am aware of a private vehicle entering the Elysian Valley recreational pedestrian/bike path endangering community stakeholders. This is the first involving LAPD in pursuit of.

I have been ringing this alarm for some time now and the urgent necessary remedy continues to fall on deaf ears. I reiterate my call to secure the access to private vehicles immediately before we lament an avoidable fatality."

Originally a pedestrian path, this area of Elysian Valley or Frogtown was paved to make way for L.A. River Greenway Trail. Some in the neighborhood have expressed mixed feelings ever since. Ideally the Greenway Trail brought benefits to all: exercising in open space, being in contact with nature, meeting with neighbors, etc. However, residents haven't been feeling safe on the path or included in the transformation of their neighborhood. They feel disrespected by cyclist that run through the area too fast, sometimes running into neighbors. And now cars? Overtime things seem to be getting more and more complex.

If nothing is done we run the risk of alienating neighbors further. At this point, instituting a slow-zone on the weekends is might not be enough. There are many problems with the trail and it all seems to go back to the inability of a few to acknowledge and offer respect towards the people of Frogtown.

I wasn't born or raised in Frogtown. So I have less authority in my claims than neighbors like David De La Torre. But Frogtown is my home away from home. I feel in love with the neighborhood 3 years ago shortly after I moved to Los Angeles. A friend invited me to bike on the L.A. Greenway trail along the L.A. River to escape the concrete jungle. I decided to join the ride, secretly hoping to see frogs. Little did I know then that they had been long gone.

With the increasing pressure on the neighborhood I fear many people will be pushed out too. I just personally hope the path does not become one of those points of contention or reasons for people to leave.

Questions to consider...

  • What are the pieces you worked on this month?
  • Describe something you see as a success in the work this month.
  • Describe a point of challenge in your work recently.
  • Describe something you learned recently.
  • What ripple effects are you seeing as you’re working — what’s happening as it’s happening?
  • What about the project is working? What’s making it work?
  • What’s not working? Why do you think it’s not working?
  • What are you learning about language and translation?

Welcome to the Catalyst Blog.

This is a password-protected area where you can upload writing, reflection, photos, video links, eval tools, or just be in conversation with each other as your projects evolve.  

We've learned through the pilot round of projects that the colleagues you are surrounded by can be great resources in your work and your thinking throughout the year.  

We've also learned that checking in regularly allows you to capture intra-process moments, learning, and pivot points that might otherwise be lost to the fray of memory.  So we're holding this space for forensic purposes in addition to the hopes it sparks some interesting conversation and gives future civic practice artists and partners some insights...