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  • Breaking: Downtown Crenshaw Bid Submitted to Buy the Crenshaw Mall

    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:

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  • published Send a Message for Community 2021-02-25 09:59:29 -0800

  • published Donations of $25,000+ 2021-02-25 03:14:31 -0800

  • Community Thwarts LivWrk-DFH Partners Attempt to Buy the Crenshaw Mall


    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 in the New York Times


    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.

  • published Stories 2020-11-09 00:57:26 -0800

    Stories (#WeAreCrenshaw)

    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:

    And if you need some help, consult a 5th grader :-) or drop us a line at [email protected]

  • Electeds & Candidates Stand with the Community

    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 #40AcresAndAMall

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  • published Logo Ten in Partner 2020-11-08 12:26:51 -0800

  • published logo nine in Partner 2020-11-08 12:16:10 -0800

  • published Supporters 2020-11-08 01:08:56 -0800

    Supporters of Our Radically-Inclusive Effort

    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)

    ADOS-Los Angeles

    ADOS-Southern California

    AFIBA Center

    African American Cultural Center (Us)

    African American Cultural Center Long Beach (AACCLB)

    AfricaTown Coalition

    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

    Rahkua, 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

    Seed Commons

    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

    Conaxion, Inc.

    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

    Moonwater Farm

    Mo Juice

    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

    TEC Leimert

    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)

    Black Skeptics

    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

  • published You've Already Signed 2020-11-02 23:48:29 -0800

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  • published Make Crenshaw Great Again 2020-11-01 09:11:10 -0800

  • published Logo One in Partner 2020-10-26 20:59:25 -0700

  • published Logo Three in Partner 2020-10-26 20:57:56 -0700

  • published Logo Two in Partner 2020-10-26 20:57:03 -0700

  • published Logo Five in Partner 2020-10-26 20:56:35 -0700

  • Statement on LivWrk Agreement to Purchase the Crenshaw Mall

    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.

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  • published Downtown Crenshaw Bid Submitted in Blog 2020-09-28 09:32:45 -0700

    Downtown Crenshaw Bid Submitted

    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.

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  • published About Us in The Vision 2020-09-07 07:39:45 -0700

    About Us

    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.


    Niki Okuk


    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.