Latino Philanthropic Leaders to Tour South Los Angeles Neighborhoods and Discuss Black-Latino...

Latino Philanthropic Leaders to Tour South Los Angeles Neighborhoods and Discuss Black-Latino Relations with Community Leaders Sunday, February 4, 2007


Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–January 26, 2007–Escalating violence between African Americans and Latinos in South Los Angeles—now predominantly Latino—fueled a nearly 25-percent increase in gang-related crime last year, including the killing of 14-year-old Cheryl Green after a confrontation between Latino gang members and a black man.

In response, leaders of Latino philanthropies and nonprofit organizations will tour the embattled neighborhood on Sunday, February 4, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. A town hall-style dialogue about black-brown community-building will follow, with representatives of local nonprofit organizations, major grant-making organizations and local residents. Tour leaders Manuel Pastor, director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UC Santa Cruz, and Stewart Kwoh, executive director, Asian Pacific Legal Center, are co-authors of Finding the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America.

This event is part of the three-day leadership conference, February 3-5, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, organized by Hispanics In Philanthropy (HIP).

“We want a candid dialogue that will lead to better understanding of root causes and potential solutions,” says Diana Campoamor, HIP president. “We believe that funders and community- based non-profits can play a vital role in providing positive choices for our youth. Working together with community leaders and the families living in these neighborhoods, we can find the common ground to turn things around.”

The tour leaves from the Wilshire Grand Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd. Sites will include:

— South Central Farm, community garden from which the farmers were evicted in 2006

— Dunbar Hotel, built in 1928 by John Somerville, an African-American; site of the first NAACP national convention in the western United States

— Fremont High School

— A New Way of Life Foundation, a sober-living home for women on parole

— Ted Watkins Memorial Park

— Watts Labor Community Action Committee, founded in 1965 by Ted Watkins

— Watts Towers, built by Simon Rodia

— San Miguel Church Hall

— Watts Century Latino Organization, founded in 1989 by Arthur Ybarra, vice president of the Watts Economic Development Advisory Council

— Jordan Downs Public Housing Development (home of the Grape St. Watts, a Crips gang)

— Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Panelists for the town hall meeting, at the Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, include: Arturo Ybarra, executive director, Watts Century Latino Organization; Marqueece Harris-Dawson, executive director of the Community Coalition; Alicia Dixon, senior program officer of The California Endowment; and Virginia Victorín, senior vice president, Washington Mutual.

The HIP Leadership Conference

The conference is designed to call attention to the gap between traditional philanthropy and the needs of the growing Latino population of the United States, who disproportionately face poverty, poor health, limited educational opportunities and illiteracy. Although Latinos constitute more than 15 percent of the U.S. population, it is estimated that less than 2 percent of all foundation dollars are directed to Latino groups and causes.

Conference events also include a roundtable on Collaborating for Stronger Communities, hosted by Manuel Pastor; creation of a mural envisioning black-Latino relations in 2025, a performance of Mariachi Much Ado About Nothing, by the East Los Angeles Classic Theatre; workshops for nonprofit organizations; and a gala awards dinner.

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)

Founded in 1983, HIP now has a membership network that extends across the Americas—more than 500 grantmakers committed to creating vibrant, healthy Latino communities by investing in Latino leaders and by increasing resources for the Latino population.

HIP members share a passion for diversity, a commitment to social and economic justice, and an understanding that progress requires partnership. HIP sponsors regional, national and international conferences and briefings, research and publications, and professional development programs, as well as providing referrals for foundations seeking Latino staff and trustees.

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Note to reporters/media representatives:

To join the bus tour and town hall meeting, you must RSVP.

Please contact Oralia Michel at 626-568-0902, ext. 10, or Mariza Quiroz at 510-508-3499.

Latino Philanthropic Leaders to Tour South Los Angeles Neighborhoods and Discuss Black-Latino Relations with Community Leaders Sunday, February 4, 2007