Making a Difference


Walking around his neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley in 2009, Rick Nahmias noticed all the fruit that would fall from his neighbors’ trees and rot. The recession had begun the year before, and people everywhere were struggling to make ends meet. And then he made a connection: rotting food and the need for it.…

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Watts service organization rose from ashes of 1965 riots

WATTS — Before the 1965 riots, pressure in the community was mounting. “There weren’t enough jobs, there was little housing, our education was terrible, young people did not have opportunities to work, there was no employment or job training activities,” Timothy Watkins, president and chief executive officer of Watts Labor Community Action Committee, said. “In…

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: SAJE helps the public lift its voice in housing issues

For 11 years, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy has lifted the voices of South Los Angeles residents into demanding healthy and equitable housing. “[SAJE] was founded as a class at the University of California, Los Angeles of urban planners,” said Cynthia Strathmann, executive director of the nonprofit. After completing a class project with co-founder…

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