South L.A. Happenings: Expanding CicLAvia, Raising Chickens, Riding for Solidarity, Health, and Fun, and Fighting Fracking

Urban Chicken on the Run. photo: sahra

As always, there is much happening in the streets of South L.A. this weekend.

First up tonight, a meeting in Huntington Park with the Ciclavia SouthEast Host Committee. If you love CicLAvia and want to support its expansion to other parts of Los Angeles, lend your voice at the meeting tonight and be a part of the movement. The meeting is from 6 – 8 p.m. at 6325 Pacific Blvd #300, Huntington Park, CA 90255.

At the CicLAvia expansion meeting tonight, you can meet up with the East Side Riders and join with them for their Friday night ride, which will take place after the meeting. I rode with them to Long Beach a few weeks ago, but the destinations change every week. Tonight, they are headed to Bob’s Big Boy Broiler in Downey.

Saturday, check out Community Services Unlimited’s workshop, Intro to Backyard Chickens and How to Preserve Summer Vegetables. They will convince you that raising chickens is much easier and more fun than you might think and teach you the basics so you can try it out yourself. They will also offer some simple home canning techniques for preserving your garden’s summer harvest. For more information or to RSVP contact CSU by phone at 323.299.7075. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon at their Mini Urban Farm at the Expo Center (at Bill Robertson Ln. and King Blvd).

On Saturday, If you’re in the Watts area, stop by the YO! Watts youth center (at 1513 103rd St.) to meet the YO Watts Rydaz. The new group, launched by Javier Partida, will take an exploratory ride through Watts. The ride comes at a critical time — just a few blocks east of the youth center, a one-year old child was shot and killed in his father’s arms on June 4 by a teen on a bicycle. Authorities believe the shooting was gang-related, owing to the recent escalation in tension between African-American and Latino gangs in the area. The more folks that can make it out to support the Rydaz can help to show solidarity with those in Watts who are affected by violence and help youth take back the streets for recreation. The Rydaz will meet up at 10 a.m. and should return to the youth center by 1 p.m.

Things to look forward to:

June 12 and 13: Learn more about State Regulations and Fracking. Does the word “fracking” give you the heebie jeebies? It should, given that there no regulation in place that protects us from any potential harmful effects of the practice. The more I learned about the practice in the Baldwin Hills (see here and here), the more disturbed I became. Get involved in holding corporations accountable for the drilling practices in the Baldwin Hills area by attending one of the upcoming workshops and helping shape future regulation. The Department and the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) will be on hand to listen to concerns and take recommendations. The workshops will be held Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 pm: City Council Chambers, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232 and Wednesday, June 13, 7:00 pm: Cal State University Long Beach – Student Union Building, 1212 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90815

Stop by TRUST South L.A.‘s office Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. to talk about how to improve life for residents in the area of the Figueroa Corridor in South L.A. Did I mention the free coffee and cool folks? You can have that, too.

On June 17, the East Side Riders and USC’s ParTour team will be reprising their 10-mile ride through Watts starting at Augustus Hawkins Nature Park. You may have run into them at the Hammer last night and been handed one of the Ride South L.A. maps. Hang on to it and join us on June 17th! Event information is here.

July 1, the Real Rydaz will be holding a their South L.A. Peace, Love, and Family Ride and Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 86th and Vermont. The day will begin with a riding tour of South L.A. leaving from Exposition Park and led in style by the Real Rydaz themselves. And while it may be too early for you to be thinking about events in July, it is a great excuse for me to offer up a link to a new video from the Subculture Club about the group.

Have a great weekend!

5 thoughts on South L.A. Happenings: Expanding CicLAvia, Raising Chickens, Riding for Solidarity, Health, and Fun, and Fighting Fracking

  1. Urban Chickens make tasty treats for me and my cousins.  And aren’t nearly the trouble to catch as that clever Roadrunner.  Please raise as many as you can!
    Signed,
    Wiley E. Coyote

  2. Yeah raising backyard chickens takes no time at all…errr, wait, yeah it does.  But like your blurbs says, they’ll show you how to get started and try it out — and if it doesn’t work out well you know, no loss of life or unncessary breeding that went into the animals you were using.  Yeah, so let’s bike around and be oblivious about other issues where violence and poor infrastructure abound!  :(

  3. Hi @517926b378f70b9400f4de33c940b8c1:disqus , I’m not sure exactly what your point is besides uninformed naysaying? CSU is a great org. with a long history of working with folks in the South LA area on gardening, cultivation, and health issues. A lot of people in the area already raise chickens–roosters are a common sight (or sound) in many neighborhoods. Being informed about how to do it is never a bad thing, I would think. Check it out first. THEN complain if you think it was useless or damaging. And with regard to the other events–the whole purpose of groups like the ESR, YO Watts Rydaz, and Real Rydaz is to get people out into the streets to help make them safer. If the streets are only the purview of those who use them for nefarious purposes, then the rest of the community loses. These folks are using their bikes to present an alternative to violence and to show the city that they use the streets and need better infrastructure. ESR and YO Watts Rydaz work specifically to reach out to at-risk youth. They are hardly oblivious to the problems in their community and neither am I.

  4. I don’t understand people who only take time to criticize without offering any positive solutions. Sounds like a lot of great things happening in South LA, Thanks for keeping the rest of us up to speed. Keep up the good work Sahra.

  5. There’s also suburban chickens in some of the heavily Latino areas of North Orange County. Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house, and wandering chickens were not hard to find or hear. I would peak over the fence and catch a glimpse of the neighbor’s cock and a few hens. I don’t know if they ate them or gathered the eggs, but they were around for as long as I can remember. 

    If there were consequences to this, I wouldn’t know about them. They were just part of the neighborhood.

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