A coalition comprising South Central neighbors and esteemed clergy members is uniting to host “Prayers for the Ninth,” an evening devoted to uplifting the District 9 community and showing support for L.A. City Councilmember Curren Price.
The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., at McCoy Memorial Baptist Church, located at 802 E. 46th Street in South Los Angeles.
Earlier this year, charges were brought against Price by the District Attorney’s Office. Despite the allegations, he maintains his innocence and vehemently denies any wrongdoing, labeling the charges as “unwarranted.”
The District 9 community has wholeheartedly backed the Councilmember, demonstrating overwhelming support by turning out in large numbers at City Council Committee hearings, expressing solidarity via letters, and securing formal declarations of support from Neighborhood Councils on his behalf.
“Prayers for the Ninth” is set to bring together residents and faith leaders from throughout Southern California in a show of solidarity and support for their Councilman and the people of the District.
“Though the clouds of accusation may cast shadows, Councilmember Price’s servant heart shines bright,” said Senior Pastor Shep Crawford of The Experience Christian Ministries (ECM).
“He has been and continues to be a beacon of hope and support for the people of the Ninth District and in the mighty force of truth, justice will surely prevail.”
Since 2013, Price has dedicated himself to serving the constituents of Council District 9 and is widely regarded as one of the most progressive members of the Los Angeles City Council. He has been a prominent figure in addressing the city’s most pressing concerns, staunchly advocating for the most vulnerable populations, championing the rights of working families and defending immigrant communities.
Supporters point to his success in enacting policies that have led to increased wages, strengthened worker protections, economic progress, and a more secure, cleaner environment for the local community.
“Over the years, Councilmember Price’s strong values and tireless efforts have empowered neighbors and transformed our community for the better,” said Adela Barajas founder of the non-profit, L.A.U.R.A., which stands for Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts.
“His dedication reminds us all that positive change is possible when we stand together, and Councilmember Price has consistently been the unwavering voice of our community that has often been overlooked and neglected. Now is the time for us to stand up for him, just as he has done for us.”
The Councilmember is expected back in court on Dec. 15 for a court hearing. In November, his legal defense team filed a demurrer, challenging the sufficiency of the prosecutor’s Complaint.