March for Respect & Library Takeover
Monday, March 14, 2016
9am Meet to march from various locations
2pm-8pm Food, Workshops, Music, Art at Abandoned Public Library
6527 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90043
For More Information and Updates:
On Monday, March 14, youth and their allies from across LA will march a total of 50 miles from 10 different directions and take over an abandoned library to demand that LA invest in youth development. The LA City Library’s Hyde Park branch on Crenshaw and 66th has been abandoned since 2004.
WHY ARE WE TAKING OVER AN ABANDONED LIBRARY?
Four years ago, in December of 2011, youth leaders with the Youth Justice Coalition tried to convert this library into a temporary community center to demonstrate the need for more positive activities for youth. As youth were sweeping up trash and setting up food and information tables, the LAPD reacted with full force.
According to media who covered the event: “LAPD officers arrived within an hour–apparently alarmed that young people of color were trying to enter a library–and immediately shut the outside gates, trapping about half of the youth and supporters, including media and legal observers, on the property. Approximately 40 police closed nearby streets within 4 blocks of the library, and had arrest vans and a helicopter on the scene. The youth participating in the action were threatened with arrest for trespassing and $5000 bail. They were eventually able to leave the site without arrest when they accepted a commitment from the County Supervisors and the LAPD to meet regarding the need for abandoned public properties to be turned over for community use. Following the eviction, the city–which can never seem to find resources to provide for the basic needs of the community–constructed an 8-foot tall fence around the library and parking lot.”