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Mayor Villaraigosa and Blair Taylor, President of L.A Urban League

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Los Angeles Urban League Symposium

 The symposium was well attended

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 Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson, Sacramento Mayor
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Los Angeles Urban League Symposium
(L to R) Chris Strudwick-Turner, VP of Marketing and Communications, LA Urban League; Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento; Pamela Bakewell, Chief Neighborhood Officer, LA Urban League; Renita Smith, VP of Strategy, LA Urban League

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"2011 State of Black Los Angeles Report" Reveals that Despite Progress since 2005, Black Equality Remains Behind Other Ethnic Groups

On Monday, April 25, at the California African American Museum, the Los Angeles Urban League, with support from The California Endowment, the James Irvine Foundation, Weingart Foundation, The Nielsen Company and FedEx, held a Spring Symposium titled "Placed-Based Neighborhood Change: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities" and also released The 2011 State of Black Los Angeles Report, introducing the "Healthy Neighborhood Index(r).

Blair H. Taylor, President of the Los Angeles Urban League, welcomed the large crowd of over 300 guests from community based-organizations, corporations, foundations, universities, government, neighborhood groups including public officials, education reformers, health professionals, safety officers, housing specialists, workforce development and economic development experts, the cultural arts community and a host of partners interested in learning more about Place Based Neighborhood Change Models.

 

"2011 State of Black Los Angeles Report" Reveals that Despite Progress since 2005, Black Equality Remains Behind Other Ethnic Groups

On Monday, April 25, at the California African American Museum, the Los Angeles Urban League, with support from The California Endowment, the James Irvine Foundation, Weingart Foundation, The Nielsen Company and FedEx, held a Spring Symposium titled "Placed-Based Neighborhood Change: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities" and also released The 2011 State of Black Los Angeles Report, introducing the "Healthy Neighborhood Index(r).

Blair H. Taylor, President of the Los Angeles Urban League, welcomed the large crowd of over 300 guests from community based-organizations, corporations, foundations, universities, government, neighborhood groups including public officials, education reformers, health professionals, safety officers, housing specialists, workforce development and economic development experts, the cultural arts community and a host of partners interested in learning more about Place Based Neighborhood Change Models.

 

"2011 State of Black Los Angeles Report" Reveals that Despite Progress since 2005, Black Equality Remains Behind Other Ethnic Groups

On Monday, April 25, at the California African American Museum, the Los Angeles Urban League, with support from The California Endowment, the James Irvine Foundation, Weingart Foundation, The Nielsen Company and FedEx, held a Spring Symposium titled "Placed-Based Neighborhood Change: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities" and also released The 2011 State of Black Los Angeles Report, introducing the "Healthy Neighborhood Index(r).

Blair H. Taylor, President of the Los Angeles Urban League, welcomed the large crowd of over 300 guests from community based-organizations, corporations, foundations, universities, government, neighborhood groups including public officials, education reformers, health professionals, safety officers, housing specialists, workforce development and economic development experts, the cultural arts community and a host of partners interested in learning more about Place Based Neighborhood Change Models.

 


Three neighborhood reform models were featured, "LA Best Start" of First 5 LA led by Dr. Randi Wolfe, the California Endowment's "Building Healthy Communities" led by Beatriz Solis and Neighborhoods@Work(tm) presented that morning by Taylor and led by the League's Chief Neighborhood Officer, Pamela A. Bakewell. The sponsors, presenters and guests gathered to share strategies for "place-based" neighborhood transformation and shared best practices, lessons learned, and ideas for improving neighborhood transformation outcomes in education, health, workforce development, housing, safety and community engagement.

Highlights of the day included greetings from the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, who also introduced the Mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, the Keynote Luncheon Speaker. Other special guest presenters and panelists included Deputy Mayor Larry Frank, Deputy Mayor Aileen Adams, Ed Dandridge, SVP of the Nielson Company, Dr. Michael McAfee, Director of Promised Neighborhoods Institute for PolicyLink, Dr. Frank Gilliam & Dr. Michael Stoll of UCLA, Dr. Kenya Covington of California State Northridge, Renita Smith, VP of Strategy for the League and Anna Cabellero, Secretary of the State & Consumer Services Agency of the State of California who brought greetings from the Governor.

The 2011 State of Black Los Angeles Report is a comprehensive update of the 2005 State of Black Los Angeles report, delivering a clear but sobering picture of the social and economic status of Los Angeles' Black residents.

The new report measures tangible progress since 2005 via the Racial Equality Index and introduces a new tool, the Health Neighborhood Index(r).


The report shows that Blacks' outcomes on equality measure only 71% of those of whites. Latino outcomes' also trails those of whites, while Asian outcomes slightly exceed those of Whites. The report explores the drivers of the inequality and tracks progress. The Spring Symposium also presented solutions underway to address the daunting challenges revealed in the report through the presentation of the three neighborhood reform models, the League's Neighborhoods@Work(tm), the California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities, and First 5 LA's model, Best Start LA. To learn more about these models, you can go to the website of each organization or contact them directly. The State of Black Los Angeles Report, including the Healthy Neighborhood Index(tm) can be found on the Los Angeles Urban League's website.

Founded in 1921, the Los Angeles Urban League is Los Angeles's premier leading community organization in advancing equal opportunities on behalf of African-Americans and other minority youths and adults through innovative job training, job placement, youth achievement and business development programs. The Los Angeles Urban League serves over 100,000 constituents annually through its 11 offices located in the Crenshaw District, South Central Los Angeles, Inglewood, Pomona, Long Beach and Pasadena. The Los Angeles Urban League is one of the largest and most successful affiliates of the National Urban League, which has offices in 109 cities throughout the U.S.

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