09/24/2013

Chinatown Youth Say 'This Is Our City Too'

The high-school youth of the Southeast Asian Community Alliance are thinking big. They are planning for the future of their neighborhood on the rapidly changing edge of downtown Los Angeles.

They created a 2-minute video called "It's my city too" to educate Los Angeles leaders about the need for jobs and homes in their community.

“All that we’re asking for in our community are jobs that you can feed your family with, a home that you can live in, and a place with air to breathe that doesn’t kill you,” 15-year-old Brandon Cao told the Los Angeles Times, which called him a “community leader in training.”

Click here to read the story in the Los Angeles Times.

Public Counsel helped incorporate the Southeast Asian Community Alliance and has stayed involved as the group pushes for a community voice in its neighborhood. With new parks, mass transit, and development planned along the Los Angeles River, the working-class communities of Chinatown and Lincoln Heights are poised for rapid redevelopment.

“This area is a template for what the rest of Los Angeles could look like some day,” said Public Counsel Senior Staff Attorney Serena Lin. “We want to make sure there’s room for everyone.”