Why can’t Garcetti talk to Black people in Skid Row? Read the latest on our work to make sure Black women on Skid Row are prioritized in Mayor Garcetti's plans. We've been writing and writing and have not heard back. Garcetti is talking loud and saying nothing. Read the latest Skid Row a message of love purple background Breaking LA CAN and DWAC demand Mayor Garcetti and the city of Los Angeles stop ignoring the needs of LA’s most vulnerable populations. Unhoused Black and Brown women need emergency housing and access to public health services. Stop ignoring the needs of women. Negligence is deadly. Read the letter bokchoy Looking ahead to 2022 Looking ahead to next year’s election season, Skid Row-based nonprofit Los Angeles Community Action Network will soon begin a non-partisan dialogue and education effort informing Angelenos about where local elected officials stand on homeless issues Read more Freedom Now Hosts and Guest Appearances Watch Our Freedom Now Celebration Missed our Freedom Now broadcast? You can still catch the show! Gather your loved ones online and host a watch party. Help us hit our one million dollar goal! Watch Freedom Now

Mission Statement

The mission of LA CAN is to help people dealing with poverty create & discover opportunities, while serving as a vehicle to ensure we have voice, power & opinion in the decisions that are directly affecting us.

The Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) was formed in 1999 when 25 residents of Downtown Los Angeles came together and acknowledged the issues that existed in our community. We made a commitment to address those problems by organizing and becoming a force that demands change. Today we work on a variety of initiatives and projects across Skid Row and South Central LA.

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LA CAN maintains that Housing is a Human Right and has engaged in preserving and improving extremely low-income housing since our inception. EcoHood is the newest extension of LA CAN’s critical housing work.

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ACTION ALERT: This Monday, March 7th we are celebrating International Women’s Day by urging the mayor to take advantage of FEMA funding and immediately house women. We will meet at the Biddy Mason memorial park at 9 am to lead a short program of speakers and artists. We will film our program and post it online so folks can participate in a covid safe way!
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ACTION ALERT: This Monday, March 7th we are celebrating International Women’s Day by urging the mayor to take advantage of FEMA funding and immediately house women. We will meet at the Biddy Mason memorial park at 9 am to lead a short program of speakers and artists. We will film our program and post it online so folks can participate in a covid safe way!
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Here is the first episode of our People’s Medicine Workshop Series! Today, we learn how to propagate aloe and use it for it’s health benefits. Check us out in the coming months for more healthy plant and food tips. #thepeoplesmedicine

Video Transcript: Hi! My name is Indy and I’m here atop our rooftop garden at the Los Angeles Community Action Network in beautiful downtown Skid Row. I am happy to welcome you to the first episode of our People’s Medicine Workshop series.

Today we’re gonna be learning how to propagate aloe. And this workshop is in honor of Black history month because aloe is a plant that we grow here in our rooftop garden that’s native to both North and South Africa.

This is our big aloe bed that started with actually just one aloe plant. And all of the aloe plants that you see around it are called pups. And some of the pups have grown into bigger aloe plants. And so today we’re harvesting a small aloe plant, or a small pup, so that we can propagate it and grow even more aloe maybe in a different bed, or maybe in a pot, or however we want to grow it.

Down here I see a really small pup, it’s about 1/5th of the size of the original plant. And in order to harvest it without harming our big aloe plants, I want to just dig it up from its root – you can just kind of pull it out – and it looks like this! Aloe likes a really sandy, dry, not very nutrient dense soil, because it’s a desert plant. And so you can just pour the soil in, and I like to scoop it out so there’s about a one-inch space between the top of the soil and the top of the pot.

As you can see, aloe has these long aerial roots, or these long rhizomes. We want these to be completely submerged in the soil so that it can grow. So I’m just going to take my hand and I’m gonna dig down into the soil as deep as the longest rhizome. And then I’m gonna plop my aloe inside.

So it’ll go in its little hole, and then I’m just loosely packing the soil around the plant. You don’t want to pack the soil down too hard because, like we mentioned it’s a desert plant, so imagine aloe growing in really sandy, loose soil. And it’ll just look like this. And it’s really happy like this. And you can leave it unwatered for about a week. After about a week give it a little bit of water just to help it grow and further establish its roots.

You can cut aloe into fillets, and use the inside gooey part to rub on your skin for sunburns. The inside of the aloe is really gooey, and this is the part, this is the flesh or the meat of the aloe that you actually want to consume. So when you’re preparing it, so you just take a knife and cut away all of the spiky, darker, green outside of the aloe, and just discard it because it’s bitter and it’s not that great for you. And so what you want is this nice, almost jello consistency, raw inner aloe part. And you’re just going to take that goo and you can use a spoon to just kind of scrape it into a cup. And you can drink it with a juice, I like to put it in orange juice, or you can put it in a cup of water.

And when you drink aloe it’s really soothing to your digestive tract. So if you have any upset stomach issues or any sort of ulcerative issues it can be really soothing and calming, and better aid in your digestion.
Thanks for joining us for our first episode of our People’s Medicine Workshop series. Join us in the following weeks for other episodes on how to do things from growing your own microgreens from home, to making your own tinctures using medicinal herbs.

Also, if you would like to propagate aloe from your own home, join us on Wednesdays and Sundays, and we’ll give you aloe of your own that you can take home and propagate.
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This morning at 10 am! Call in to make a public comment on agenda items 10 and 34. We need DIVESTMENT from the LAPD and real INVESTMENT into the community.

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This morning at 10 am! Call in to make a public comment on agenda items 10 and 34. We need DIVESTMENT from the LAPD and real INVESTMENT into the community.

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Over the years, we added core projects addressing women’s rights, the human right to housing, and healthy food access. LA CAN also has projects focused on economic development, civic participation and voter engagement, and community media.

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Facts about LA CAN

LA CAN has been a strong and visible leader in promoting and defending human rights in Downtown and South LA, with additional impacts regionally, nationally and internationally.
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Reversed a unanimously-passed redevelopment plan, preventing displacement for almost 9,000 low-income households

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Significantly improved health and safety conditions in more than 2,000 homes previously in slum conditions

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Eliminated the guest fee practice in more than 2,500 homes, saving tenants from an unjust charge

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Organized community-lawyering projects that resulted in 2.84 million dollars

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LA CAN provides legal assistance and organizes to protect poor communities against illegal evictions.They do a great job focusing on many areas of poverty, housing, civil rights and community health.

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