Preparing for the Showdown at MTA

Join us this Saturday at a critical organizing meeting, and the worldwide premiere of the Crenshaw Line documentary trailer by Park Mesa Heights resident and filmmaker Ted Levy.

Sat April 14, 12:30 – 2 PM
Angeles Mesa School Auditorium
2611 W. 52nd Street

(4 blocks west of Arlington at 4th Ave)
Download the flyer (pdf)

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What is The People's Motion?

The People’s Motion is an effort to request the MTA simply study a tunnel in Park Mesa Heights (from 48th to 59th Streets) in the only section of the Crenshaw-LAX Line currently proposed to be built at street-level on Crenshaw Blvd.

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Maxine Waters Seeks Federal Funds for the Leimert Park Station

In a press release issued yesterday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters announced that she sent a letter to MTA CEO Art Leahy, urging him to seek TIGER funds for the construction of light rail stations in Leimert Park and Westchester on the Crenshaw-LAX Rail Line. Both stations are currently considered “optional” by the MTA at this juncture. The TIGER program is a nationwide competitive grant program that creates jobs by supporting investments in transportation infrastructure.

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Coalition Calls on Mayor & Ridley-Thomas to Support the People’s Motion

On Monday, Crenshaw Subway Coalition, the community coalition that on October 21st filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County MTA for failing to appropriately plan the $1.749 billion Crenshaw-LAX Light Rail Line, held a standing-room only meeting of 150 residents, merchants, property owners, parents and stakeholders in the Crenshaw community to discuss how they intend to “Win the Battle for Crenshaw” over the largest public works project in the history of South Los Angeles. Also in attendance were representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Karen Bass, Assemblymember Mike Davis and Councilmember Bernard Parks.

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Mtg Nov 7: Revealing the 3rd Component of Our Strategy & Reviewing Our Lawsuit

Join us on Monday, November 7 as we reveal the third component of our strategy to achieve a Crenshaw Blvd subway and Leimert Park Village station, and review our lawsuit.

Crenshaw Subway Coalition Community Meeting
Monday November 7, 6 PM
Crenshaw DWP Auditorium
4030 Crenshaw Blvd
(near MLK next to Krispy Kreme)

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Saying What We Mean and Meaning What We Say

Last month, Thandi Chimurenga of the new CyberGround Railroad, an e-publication focusing on Black Los Angeles run by African-American activist reporters, questioned the seriousness of modern day social activist movements in the context of our statement that we would stop construction of the Crenshaw-LAX line if people of the community are not guaranteed a small percentage of the construction jobs — just 30%. (As an organization, Crenshaw Subway Coalition has called for a local hire requirement of 40% and a goal of 50%). It’s an important question and provides us the opportunity to discuss the seriousness of our organization in protecting the future of Crenshaw Blvd.

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Breaking News: Lawsuit Filed Against MTA to Protect the Future of Crenshaw & Our Civil Rights

Last Friday, our coalition of residents, merchants, property owners and stakeholders concerned about the future of Crenshaw Blvd and Leimert Park Village took the historic step of filing a lawsuit against the Antonio Villaraigosa-led MTA for violating environmental and civil rights laws when the MTA board approved the Crenshaw-LAX project on September 22nd: Crenshaw Subway Coalition v. Los Angeles County MTA (LA Superior Court Case No. B134507)

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Op-Ed: We Go to Court in Response to Villaraigosa’s Betrayal

Our op-ed on the betrayal of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of the Crenshaw community and the systemic disinvestment of South L.A. appears in Intersections South LA and CityWatch. The full op-ed is below.

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Not So Fast: Crenshaw-LAX Rail Project Fast-Tracked for Review by the Obama Administration Headed to Court

Los Angeles, CA – Last week the South Los Angeles community non-profit, Crenshaw Subway Coalition, filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for violating environmental and civil rights laws in approving the Crenshaw-LAX light rail project. The lawsuit names the Federal Transit Administration as a party in interest. The legal challenge was filed just 10 days after President Barack Obama picked the Crenshaw-LAX line as one of 14 projects of national significance and directed the administration to fast-track review of the project.

“We’re going to court to preserve the environment, to protect the future of Crenshaw Blvd, and to defend our civil rights,” said Damien Goodmon, chair of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition.

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In Action at Taste of Soul

Every October over 100,000 people enjoy good food, good music and safe fellowship on Crenshaw Blvd at the L.A. Sentinel’s Taste of Soul. Volunteers for the Crenshaw Subway Coalition were out in full force collecting petitions and distributing information about how MTA’s proposed plan would affect our community and wonderful festivals like Taste of Soul.

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