South L.A. community leaders will share their diverse and dynamic visions for food justice, urban agriculture, community arts and recreation. Panelists include Ben Caldwell (Kaos Network); Karen Mack (LA Commons); Javier “JP” Partida (Los Ryderz); and Neelam Sharma (Community Services Unlimited).
In light of USC’s recent expansion and potential impact on our neighbors, it is crucial that we take stock of the university’s role in the civic and community life beyond our walls, and understand the significant work, service and fellowship already being cultivated by community members and institutions. A three-part series will examine community building in and around USC and South Los Angeles, with a focus on movements and organizations that are responding to the disparities and injustices that structure life in South L.A. Their daily leadership, sacrifice and creativity helps bind South L.A., catalyzing progressive and sustained neighborhood change.
A diverse panel of cultural workers will offer community visions relating to food justice, urban agriculture, community arts and recreation. Panelists include Ben Caldwell of Kaos Network, a Leimert Park–based media and arts organization; Karen Mack of the community arts organization LA Commons; Javier “JP” Partida of the youth cycling/gang intervention movement Los Ryderz Bike Club; and Neelam Sharma of Community Services Unlimited, which has created an exemplary food-justice program in South Los Angeles.