Downtown Crenshaw Team published Breaking: Downtown Crenshaw Bid Submitted to Buy the Crenshaw Mall in Blog 2021-03-04 09:50:45 -0800
Backed by over $28.4 million in philanthropy (quietly raised in just 2 weeks) we submitted our bid to buy the Crenshaw Mall shattering all records and crafting a story that will be told for generations.
In just two weeks, we secured:
- $28.4 million in donations from over 120 philanthropists (to create permanent Crenshaw community ownership/equity in the mall and community support programs/investments!)
- An additional $6 million in pledges from non-extractive/community-friendly/socially responsible investors from across the country
- Another $19-37 million in strong letters of interest from philanthropists and socially responsible investors currently undergoing their due diligence to determine how much they will contribute/invest.
- And a large mission-aligned and values-aligned investment firm financially backing our bid.
The decision could come at any moment. MUST SEND A MESSAGE TO THE SELLERS NOW: http://www.downtowncrenshaw.com/petitionRead more
Downtown Crenshaw Team published Petition Directory Community in Send a Message for Community 2021-02-25 10:02:41 -0800
Downtown Crenshaw Team published Community Thwarts LivWrk-DFH Partners Attempt to Buy the Crenshaw Mall in Blog 2020-12-15 13:02:53 -0800
We have confirmed that the agreement for LivWrk to purchase our beloved Crenshaw Mall was terminated as of Friday, December 11th. The following is the official statement from Downtown Crenshaw Rising:
Niki Okuk, Downtown Crenshaw Board Chair: "This is a tremendous Black community victory and testament to the power of the people. Downtown Crenshaw stood up and defeated LivWrk-DFH Partners, an unqualified out-of-town Trump-Kushner development partner, who sought to do harm to our beloved Crenshaw. On behalf of all of the leaders of this movement, we extend a heartfelt thank you to the nearly 13,000 people who signed our petition and sent in letters, hundreds of community organizations and civic leaders who stood united, and the many activists who took to the streets, from the powerful Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles crew to the Grandmamas of Downtown Crenshaw. We have shown that when we come together to defend our community, not even the powerful business partners and close friends of the president's family can defeat us."
Damien Goodmon, Downtown Crenshaw Board Member: "The Downtown Crenshaw Rising development team of global award-winning firms backed by the best of investors looks forward to sitting down with the public pension funds to identify a win-win. Our offer remains 5% over the next most credible offer."
Downtown Crenshaw Team published Downtown Crenshaw in the New York Times in Blog 2020-12-15 06:36:56 -0800
Our movement has made it all the way to the pages of the New York Times in an incredible article written by the talented Erin Aubry Kaplan titled: "Black Empowerment Outside the Headlines." Here is our favorite part from Erin's piece:
"Black people aspiring to normal or status quo feels out of the question. The ideal Black living space is no longer defined by the presence or absence of big companies and brand-name chains, if it ever was. The new livable space is one forged by self-determination and self-preservation in which the community has a real say and a stake — not merely an advisory role — in what gets built, and for whom. The ideal is major economic development that is also Black empowerment, two things that have been at odds in the real world for a long time.
"Mr. [Damien] Goodmon says he is betting that the momentum around antiracism — and more important, around pro-blackness — will help Downtown Crenshaw Rising prevail, and to establish in Crenshaw a new normal of agency and prosperity. That’s exactly what Black people here have wanted for the last 30 years. We just didn’t know what it looked like."
Read the whole article.
The power of this movement is in the people. We all share a strong bond to our beloved Crenshaw community.
We invite Crenshaw community stakeholders to share their stories. Simply take your camera phone and record a brief statement (or a long-one if you choose) talking about your Crenshaw community.
Here are a few prompts for your consideration to get you going:
- Why is this effort so important to you?
- What do you love most about Crenshaw?
- Why is it important for the Black community to remain in the Crenshaw community?
- What is your fondest memory of the Crenshaw Mall?
- What is your favorite shop on Crenshaw?
Be sure to share to upload your video on social media using the hashtag: #WeAreCrenshaw
And please fill out our Google form at: http://bit.ly/wearecrenshaw
And if you need some help, consult a 5th grader :-) or drop us a line at [email protected]
Downtown Crenshaw Team published Electeds & Candidates Stand with the Community in Blog 2020-11-08 20:20:15 -0800
With over 13,250 signatures signed, including over 300 community organizations, business, civil rights, neighborhood council, block club and homeowners association leaders, over 1,000 members signed up in less than 2 months, and with a capable and competent development team and financial partners by our side, some of our elected officials and candidates for office are speaking out for community-ownership of our Crenshaw Mall and against this blatant attempt by the Trump-Kushner-CIM trio to steal it from our community through LivWrk. In the past few days several our elected officials and candidates for office have spoken out in support of our incredible effort.
State Senator Holly Mitchell, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA City Council President Emeritus Herb Wesson, Jr., LA City Councilmember Robert Farrell (Ret.), Culver City Councilmember Daniel Lee, LA City Council District 10 Candidate Grace Yoo, and LA Community College District 1 Candidate Tori Bailey have add their voices to the chorus. If we stand united, we can claim our #40AcresAndAMallRead more
In just a few short months, Downtown Crenshaw organizers have galvanized a diverse set of Crenshaw community leaders, Black Los Angeles stakeholders, local allies and supporters from across the globe. We are pleased to be building a broad-based and radically-inclusive effort of homeowners, renters, houseless, merchants, property owners, neighborhood associations, faith-based institutions, civil rights organizations, business leaders, civic leaders, scholar-activists, artists, and affinity groups. (Sign the petition and volunteer to join the movement).
Supporters Include (partial list):
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment-Los Angeles (ACCE-Los Angeles)
Concerned Community Members for Chesapeake Apartments
Hyde Park Organizational Partnership for Empowerment
Liberty Community Land Trust
Lincoln Heights Against Gentrification
Long Beach Residents Empowered (LiBRE)
Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN)
Los Angeles Housing Compliance
Los Angeles Tenants Union Baldwin Leimert Crenshaw Local
Oakland Community Land Trust
People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER)
African American Cultural Center (Us)
African American Cultural Center Long Beach (AACCLB)
Anti-Racist Action Los Angeles
Black Community Clergy and Labor Alliance
Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles
Brothers, Sisters, Selves Coalition
Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People-West (CEMOTAP-West)
Committee for Racial Justice
Congress of Racial Equality-California
Creating Justice LA
Crenshaw Subway Coalition
Decolonize This Place
Humanity First Coalition
Kwanzaa People of Color
Jazzalyn Livingston, NAACP National Programs Officer
Labor/Community Strategy Center
Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
NAACP San Fernando Valley
National Action Network-Los Angeles
National Council of Negro Women Southern California Area Chapter
Dr. Ron Daniels, Executive Director, Institute of the Black World 21st Century
SEIU Local 99 African American Caucus
SEIU Local 721 African American Caucus
Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Southern California
Students Deserve Los Angeles
UCLA Beloved Community Initiative
Union del Barrio
White People 4 Black Lives
Youth Justice Coalition
Akosua Hobert, Senior Minister, First Woman's Church of LA
Baptist Ministers Conference of Los Angeles and Southern California
Clergy for Black Lives
Pastor Cue JnMarie, Church without Walls (Skid Row)
Rev. Donald L. Wilson
Pastor Eddie Anderson, McCarthy Memorial Christian Church
Rev. Erica Byrd, KRST Unity
Holy Name of Jesus Church Knights of Peter Claver Council 121
Rev. James Thomas, Living Word Community Church
Pastor KW Tulloss, Weller Street Baptist Church
Morningside Congregational Church, UCC
Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement
St. Peter Claver Foundation
Rev. William D. Smart, Jr., Pastor, Christ Liberation Ministries
Artist Among Us Talent Agency
Ayuko Babu, Founder, Pan African Film Festival
Brandi Kane, Artist
Dr. Adrian Dove, Ph.D., Kingdom Day Parade
Lauren Halsey, Artist
Six Sev, Artist
Dr. Melina Abdullah, Ph.D, Professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State University Los Angeles
Dr. Jody Armour, Author & Professor, University of Southern California School of Law
Dr. Maulana Karenga, Ph.D, Professor & Chair of Africana Studies at Cal State University Long Beach & Creator of Kwanzaa
Dr. W. Gabriel Selassie I, Professor, Los Angeles City College
Anna Tutt, 2nd Vice President, Consolidated Board of Realtist
Bee Hall, Pan-African Community Development Corporation
Buy Back the Block Los Angeles
Gilda Haas, L.A. Co-Op Lab
Leimert Park Investment Group
Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative
Lucas Renaissance Group
Dr. Ronald Galvin, Vice President for Racial Equity and the Democratic Economy of The Democracy Collaborative
Sandra McNeil, Former Executive Director, TRUST South LA
Ted Brass Real Estate Solutions
The Working World
Ade Nuff, President of the Leimert Park Village Merchants Association
Anastasia Clemons, Co-Founder, Lucas Renaissance Group
Clare Kelly, CEO, Hesse Press
Christiane Eubanks, Co-Owner, Who's Hungry Caribbean & Catering
Dawn Modkins, Diaspora Beauty Supply and Salon
Daniel Desure, Total Luxury Spa
Danielle's Soul Kitchen
Dianne Lawrence, Editor, The Neighborhood News
Dr. Kathye Jenkins, Founder/President, Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation
Gina Viola, CEO, Trade Show Temps
Hank's Mini Market
Jackie Ryan, Past President of Leimert Park Village Merchants Association
Linda Morgan Sam, Living Legends Foundation
Los Angeles South Chamber of Commerce
Love Tafari, Owner, Love Tafari Realtor
Seth Gottesdiener, CEO, Indigo Fitness
Marva Smith, Owner, Marva Smith Consulting
Mobile Science Labs
Mohawk General Store
Olympia Auset, Owner, SÜPMARKT
Page Bryant, CEO, Page Bryant Production
Patricia Diggs, Executive Director, Operation Backlot
Philip Bucknor, Founder/CEO, FORTHEFUTURE
The Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles
Ride On Co-Op
Dr. Rosie Milligan, Author, Business Owner & Self-Appointed Mayor of South Central
Skid Row People's Market
SoLA Food Co-Op
South LA Cafe
Toss It Up Salad
Troya Ellis, CEO, Trajectory of Hope
Mable Wilson, Owner, Wilson's Divorce Clinic
YUTE Juice LLC
We Love Leimert
59th Place Block Club
Akili, Director, Fannie Lou Hamer Institute
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Upsilon Chi Chapter
Andrea Canty, Past President of North Area Neighborhood Development Council
Black American Political Association of California-Los Angeles
Clint Simmons, P.E., Commissioner, Los Angeles Aviation Commission
Connye Thomas, Chair, Community Action Mobilization Team
Dominique Bell, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Long Beach
Black American Political Association of California-Los Angeles (BAPAC-LA)
Carolyn Fowler, California Senior Legislature
Clean Up South Central
The Honorable Daniel Lee, Culver City City Councilmember
Danielle Lafayette, Founder/Executive Director, Unite A Nation
Dwayne Wyatt, Los Angeles City Planner (Ret.)
Grace Yoo, Co-Founder, Environmental Justice Collaborative
Ground Game LA
The Honorable Isadore Hall, III, California State Senate (Ret.)
Jacquelynn Hawthorne, Board Member of Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee
Jon Lafferty, CEO, Latebloom Entertainment
Kenneth Collins, Sr., President/CEO of Kebeco Construction Services Inc.
Kevin Harbour, Sr., Past President of UCLA Black Alumni Association
Lance Collins, AIA, NOMA, President of Southern California Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (SoCalNOMA)
Linda Ricks, Past Chair of Community Redevelopment Agency-Los Angeles Crenshaw Community Advisory Council
Mac Shorty, Founder, Community RePower Movement
Make Crenshaw Great Again
Dr. Michael Batie, Ph.D., President of Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers
Michael Guynn, President of Association of Black Social Workers-Greater Los Angeles
National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ)
National Association of University Women
New Frontier Democratic Club
Patrick McCullough, Expo Neighbors Association
Places In The City
Project Africa-Los Angeles
Queen Sho King, Moor Enterprises
The Honorable Robert Farrell, Los Angeles City Councilmember-8th District (Ret.)
Serge Hall, Board Member of Mid-City Neighborhood Council
Sikivu Hutchinson, Noted Author & Activist
Tanya Walters, Founder/CEO of GodParents Youth Organization
Tim Watkins, President/CEO of Watts Labor Community Action Committee
Torrence Brannon-Reese, Founding Director of FAMLI, Inc.
Women's Leadership Project
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Downtown Crenshaw Team published Statement on LivWrk Agreement to Purchase in Blog 2020-10-06 14:48:13 -0700
The following statement is released on behalf of Downtown Crenshaw in response to the breaking news that New York City-based real estate company LivWork, who is in multiple business dealings with Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and CIM Group, has entered an agreement to purchase the Crenshaw Mall.
In short, the mall has not yet been sold and we will continue to organize and strategize to buy our Crenshaw Mall, stabilize it and redevelop it into a 21st century sustainable urban village, known as Downtown Crenshaw.Read more
Despite their best attempts to thwart us, Downtown Crenshaw submitted an incredible and competitive bid to buy the Crenshaw Mall on behalf of the community.Read more
Downtown Crenshaw is powered by the Crenshaw Community with support from South Central natives and allies throughout the region and globe.
The founding Board of Directors of Downtown Crenshaw Rising, a California nonprofit corporation, consists of the following change agents, organizers, community leaders and real estate professionals. They work with the Development Team to implement the vision of the community in the project.
Board President - Niki Okuk
South Central resident Niglmoro (Niki) Okuk founded Rco Tires in 2012. They have since recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber, diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills with 16 employees, making it one of southern California's largest sustainability plants. Rco creates alternative uses for trash tires, turning them into new products. Because of Okuk's progressive hiring and management practices, it provides stable jobs for local Black and Latino residents who struggle to find employment because of past criminal convictions or legal status. Okuk grew up in Los Angeles and majored in economics at Columbia University. After working in development with the office of Joseph Stiglitz and working in finance in Korea and Singapore, Okuk completed her MBA with Nanyang University in Singapore, including a sustainability certificate at Sloan School of Business at MIT.
Board Treasurer - Paul Yelder
The grandmother of Paul Yelder, MCRP was one of the first Black residents of Leimert Park, buying her home in 1953. A resident since 1963, he has over 30 years of experience in the field of community development, working in a variety of capacities in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He has submitted and reviewed affordable housing project financing for hundreds of affordable housing projects across America. As a consultant, he provides a variety of organizational development assistance to nonprofit community development organizations in the areas of strategic planning, business planning, governance, and project planning/management. He was recently employed by The Enterprise Foundation as a Senior Program Director in the Housing and Community Development Workgroup, where he provided organizational management assistance to numerous housing and community development organizations throughout the country. He also co-authored the manuals: “Effective Strategic Planning” and “Planning a New Business Venture” of The Enterprise Foundation’s Community Development Library. Prior to joining The Enterprise Foundation, Paul was the Executive Director of Dudley Neighbors Incorporated, a community land trust established by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, a nationally recognized model of resident-driven community development. He is currently serving, or has served, on the Board of Directors of a variety of nonprofit and civic organizations, including the Institute for Community Economics, YouthBuild Boston, and The Howard County Planning Board (Maryland). Paul holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Urban Studies from Dartmouth College.
Board Secretary - Malcolm Harris
An Oakland native, Chesterfield Square resident Malcolm Harris has lived in Los Angeles since 1984, moving to the Crenshaw District in 1995. Mr. Harris is a labor & community organizer, starting as an organizer in 1995 with the Community Coalition in South Central Los Angeles. He worked with the AMASSI Center of South Central Los Angeles, and spent 13 years as an organizing coordinator with the SEIU. Mr. Harris began working at T.R.U.S.T. South LA, a member-based community land trust on the eastside of South Central LA, serving as the Organizing & Programs Coordinator. In 2016, T.R.U.S.T. started the 2-year long process to re-develop the existing 48 unit 100% affordable building, into a 100% affordable 138 unit building on the site with a neighborhood health clinic. Mr. Harris led a comprehensive door-to-door community engagement effort to get the community resident and stakeholder support to secure the permits needed to move the redevelopment. There were many positives during the community engagement, and his skill set as an organizer helped T.R.U.S.T. navigate through them to develop community consensus.
Board Member - Damien Goodmon
27-year Leimert Park resident Damien Goodmon has been labeled a “visionary” by the LA Times, recognized as one of the L.A.’s “100 Most Influential African-Americans” by the LA Wave Newspapers, chosen beside former LA Mayor Richard Riordan and actress Drew Barrymore for the 2009 “LA People” issue of LA Weekly, and is a lead subject of the award-winning documentary “Beyond the Echo of the Drum,” which premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. As a nonprofit executive director he has led some of the Crenshaw and Black Los Angeles' most impactful community advocacy campaigns. As a political operative he has managed, led departments and advised electoral campaigns from the school board level up to the presidential. As an executive management consultant and systems thinker, he has built, reconstructed and managed multiple large companies and departments, including some with over 400 employees, and successfully guided complex projects and partnerships, featuring actors with divergent interests. In the public sector, Mr. Goodmon served as a policy assistant for Board District 1 of Los Angeles Unified School District, America’s second largest school district. In that capacity he was directly responsible for overseeing the largest school expansion project in the country on behalf of the Board Member, and reviewing hundreds of contracts and bids in the LAUSD’s multi-billion dollar procurement process. Mr. Goodmon has worked to secure public funding for large real estate projects, and advocate for additional investment in public infrastructure projects. In his most recent capacity, he served as a senior advisor and an initial thought leader for the creation of the affordable housing program of a global nonprofit. Mr. Goodmon is a fifth-generation Angelino and descendant of Charles and L.M. Blodgett, who were successful Black builders and the founders of the first Black-owned bank on the West Coast, Liberty Savings and Loan. The Blodgett's built the first FHA financed housing for Black people in America, Blodgett Tract. He is also a relative of Colonel Allen Allensworth, the founder of Allensworth, California, the only town in the state to be founded, financed and governed by Black people. A graduate of L.A. Loyola High School, he has studied at the University of Washington and Harvard University programs.
Board Member - Jackie Ryan
Affectionately referred to as the "Godmother of Leimert Park Village," Jackie Ryan has been a Baldwin Hills and Windsor Hills resident for 55 years. She currently serves as co-vice chair of the Black Community Clergy & Labor Alliance, a collective of civil rights, labor, and community-based organizations focused on advancing a Black united front. Ms. Ryan also serves as a Baldwin Hills area representative for the Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council. She is a Platinum member of Links, Inc., and the producer of the Leimert Park Village History Banner Project. Ms. Ryan is a past member of the International Black Buyers & Manufacturers Exposition and Conference, past president of the Leimert Park Village Merchants Association, and past member of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles Crenshaw Project Area Community Advisory Council. She is the retired co-owner of Zambezi Bazaar, which was a cultural and retail store in Leimert Park.
Board Member - Jan Williams
West Adams resident Jan Williams is a Los Angeles native whose family moved to the city in the early 1960s from Louisiana. After serving the country’s second largest school district as a school bus driver for over 20 years, Jan currently works as a union organizer. Her commitment to fighting for a better life for Black people is reflected in her service to several community organizations pushing for the betterment of Black people by improving education outcomes, housing justice, workers rights, and economic inclusion, and ending state sanctioned violence. As a core team organizer with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles chapter, Jan leads the labor action team. Jan is a mother to two sons, including a current Dorsey High School Don, a sibling to eight and graduate of Palisades High School.
Board Member - Dwayne Wyatt
A staple in every major planning conversation for the Crenshaw community for the past 25 years, Dwayne Wyatt retired as a city planner for the Los Angeles City Planning Department after 32 years of service. In that capacity, Mr. Wyatt worked in a variety of areas, including general plan development, zoning regulation, processed land subdivision cases, managed and developed historic overlay zones, staffed specific plan boards, and served as liaison for neighborhood councils and the Planning Department. While serving with the Planning Department, he worked on several special city projects and community initiatives, including the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative program, the Hyde Park Pedestrian District Project, the Crenshaw Summit Organizing Committee, and the South Central/Southeast Task Force. During his tenure he was assigned to the Crenshaw project area. Mr. Wyatt is now a consultant on a number of land use issues and has been a long-time advisor to Hyde Park Organizational Partnership for Empowerment. He earned a Masters of Arts degree in Regional/Urban Planning from the University of California at Los Angeles.