One LA is launching a bi-monthly newsletter to allow our members to share and collect information pertaining to the activities occurring in each cluster throughout the year. We will have special announcements as they happen to keep everyone informed. To submit an upcoming event or current news, please email Diane Vanette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The South LA Cluster of One LA held a pilot “Breaking Barriers” Clinic on June 20, 2015 at St. Brigid Catholic Church. OneLA volunteers joined with Neighborhood Legal Services, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, UMMA Community Clinic, Holy Name of Jesus Church, First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), Hillsides, Bethel Community Development, Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center, Los Angeles Urban League, Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services, and Los Angeles Work Source Centers to provide assistance and information around issues related to Restorative Justice, Employment, Healthcare and Prop 47.
After several meetings with Board Member Monica Ratliff (LAUSD District 6) and Richard Ramos (Principal of Haddon Avenue Elementary School), One LA presented an organizing proposal to engage the parents, community, teachers, administrators, and Ms. Ratliff’s office in a strategy to identify and address impediments to improve educational outcomes. This work begins with the identification of a team of players that represent the key constituencies involved. We have already identified over 300 families that attend Mary Immaculate Church (One LA member) who have children that attend Haddon Avenue Elementary. We are also involved in an “Education” Roundtable that has brought 13 different organizations together, including UTLA and UCLA, and meets monthly to discuss how we can collaborate on the many issues facing public education in Los Angeles.
–Janet Hirsch / Temple Isaiah
Many congregants at Temple Judea have identified the high cost and limited access of higher education in CA as an issue (community colleges, UC and Cal State Schools). We have begun to do research on this issue and are currently working on expanding our core group of leaders. Also, Leaders of Temple Judea are collaborating with a Rabbi of a neighboring temple who is a local leader of a National coalition called Caring Across Generations. This group is working toward in-home health care workers rights, as well as professionalizing these workers to give patients a higher level of care.
San Gabriel Cluster has completed a series of over 40 house meetings with over 300 parishioners. St. Anthony’s parish held an assembly in June to report on pressures in the community and met with Lt. Samuano from the Sheriff’s department to start a relationship and open discussions addressing the increasing crime issues in our community. We will identify new leaders and set up meetings with both the Sheriff’s department and Hilda Solis in the last quarter of the year. Crime in our neighborhoods, affordable housing, jobs, the cost of college and outstanding student loans, and elder care are the issues we have identified. The work in the San Gabriel Valley has helped us to reach across cultural lines, develop more collaboration among parishes in the San Gabriel Valley, and better understand the work going on throughout L.A. county.
In May, about 70 One LA members attended the monthly MTA Board meeting to welcome the new CEO of the MTA, Phillip Washington. Our purpose was to welcome Mr. Washington to Los Angeles and to seek a public commitment to sit down with a group of our leaders at a future date. We talked with him about One LA’s transit priorities. He was also very supportive of our affordable housing and jobs planks. Without prompting, Mr. Washington said he wanted to “partner” with us. We proposed, and he agreed to, a larger meeting at a One LA institution. We continue to have regular, joint meetings with the transit deputies from the offices of Mayor Garcetti and Supervisor Kuehl.
–Eric Stockel / Leo Baeck Temple
One LA leaders have recently turned their attention to addressing gun violence. Working with our sister organizations throughout the country, most specifically Metro IAF, One LA is in the research phase of its efforts to move forward on this agenda item. Specific areas of interest include working with gun manufacturers and local police and sheriff’s departments. The goals are to identify gun stores selling illegally and not in compliance with local and State laws and using market forces, (i.e. the purchasing power of governmental agencies such as police and sheriff’s departments) to speed up the development of “smart guns.”
–Skip Koenig / Temple Judea
NEXTSTAGE NextStage: Looking Forward and Giving Back is an ongoing project of Temple Emanuel designed to address the needs of community members who are fifty and above. This cohort holds a vision for our future in which we are fully engaged in lives of meaning and purpose and are part of a vibrant and supportive community. Currently Temple Emanuel, Temple Isaiah, and Congregation Kol Ami have partnered to facilitate the creation of a Village – a concept commonly known as Aging in Place. We received a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles to launch this Synagogue-Based Village as a strategy to help congregants age-in-place.
–Diane Vanette / Temple Emanuel
HEALTH CARE One LA leaders have been in the forefront in the design and implementation of ACA in Los Angeles County. Over a 12-month period, trained One LA leaders vetted and enrolled over 7,000 LA County residents into health programs funded at the federal, state, or local level. Through this effort, One LA leaders built an organized constituency of Los Angeles residents who now advocate for increased funding and expansion of these programs, including programs for those lacking immigration status.