“The overall goal of his hunger strike is to raise awareness of the horrible homelessness on skid row, which takes in 50 blocks of the City of the Angels. More specifically, the Los Angeles Catholic Worker, Inner City Law Center, CAN (Los Angeles Community Action Network) and other agencies have formed a coalition, Skid Row Now & 2040, to advocate for the rights of the skid row homeless before the City Planning Department.
The department is currently making decisions for the redesign of its new 20-year citywide plan, which will be adopted in 2020, to create a “more prosperous, livable and sustainable Los Angeles,” according to its promotional literature.
The coalition’s “fixes” include that new housing developments be affordable for minimum-wage workers, that skid row have representation as a neighborhood council and that jobs of repairing and cleaning up the streets and sidewalks of the community go first to skid row residents.”
(Thank you Kaleb Havens!)