Residents of Los Angeles County and Esteemed Constituents
Today, IN-BETWEEN-THE-BUILDINGS, come before you to address crucial matters that demand our immediate attention.
It is with great concern for our community’s well-being and justice that IN-BETWEEN-THE-BUILDINGS call for a Declaration, Acknowledging the ‘Crimes against Humanity’ being committed by the State, Los Angeles County and City as well as all its host of representatives along with those receiving funds on behalf of impoverished communities, such as LAHSA, HOPICS, THE BLACK WORKER CENTER, THE URBAN LEAGUE ETC., which will indeed be the FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION’ FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, filed with the appropriate courts.
First and foremost, IBTB emphasize the urgent necessity for a Wellness and Equity Fund, similar to that which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB2218 into law for the Trans Community in September 2020,which will be specifically aimed at Supporting Families and Victims of Mass Incarceration, with a particular focus on the Black community, who is currently the only ethnic group without an Agenda, let alone a Black Agenda. The Facts are, and the Data proves a knowingly and willingness, through deceptive and malicious practices, throughout America, to keep the Black Family Impoverished and Oppressed.
In order to overstand the Black Family’s place in poverty, we must reflect upon the detrimental impact of Crime Bills which was sponsored by representative Jack Brooks of Texas. The bill was originally written by Senator Joe Biden of Delaware and then was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The constitutionality of such legislation including the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) of 1996 in itself, dismantled what was left of the Black Family Structure as young, miseducated Black men were sentenced to draconian sentences starting at 20 and 30 years, for low level offenses, if any offense at all.
The Crack era of the 1980’s, the LA Riots of 1992, and the AEDPA of 1996, in conjunction with the stigma associated with being Black in America, is a testament to the economic pressures, hurdles and obstacles, intentionally in place to keep the Black Family oppressed, depressed and dependent. The AEDPA was passed unanimously however, no plan of Action or Recourse was set in place for the return of the fathers reentries, making homelessness the only option. It is imperative that we recognize our collective identity and purpose as a community. By coming together and understanding who we are, we can forge a path towards a brighter future that upholds justice, equality, and compassion. Additionally, IN-BETWEEN-THE-BUILDINGS urge the establishment of Local Community Workshops and vocational training, led and funded by Equity and Wellness Fund Re-entry Instructors that leads to certification through education that focuses programs that provide for quality living standards. These workshops will play a vital role in facilitating successful reintegration into society for those affected by the unjust criminal enterprise system.
We also cannot and will not overlook the corruption that has come out of Los Angeles City over the last five years. It plagues our city and county’s elected officials, and in return it only harms and effects the constituents who are constantly left unrepresented due to leaked audios, pay to play-kick back schemes with contractors, and so much more. Furthermore, the creation of an Equity and Wellness Fund will provide the necessary resources for those affected by unjust incarcerations, ensuring their well-being and promoting a fairer society.
Let us also acknowledge the Rapid Development and Construction that has taken place in Los Angeles County over the past five years. To rectify any imbalances, IN-BETWEEN-THE-BUILDINGS propose that 3% of all building and development projects from the past five years be retroactively allocated to the Wellness and Equity Fund for families and victims of mass incarceration. This will serve as a tangible step towards rectifying past injustices. Finally, we must hold all levels of our leaders accountable for their failures in leadership. Civil litigation against the LA County and City representatives is a necessary course of action to address their shortcomings and demand justice for our community.
In conclusion, IN-BETWEEN-THE-BUILDINGS implore each and every one of you to stand united in solidarity for justice, equity, and the well-being of our community. Together, we can create a brighter future, where the rights and dignity of all individuals are safeguarded. Let our voices be heard, and let our actions inspire positive change.
Thank you, and may we strive towards a better tomorrow.
E. FLEMING, CEO & IBTB Director of Community Relations
1704 W. Manchester Ave.
LA CA, 90047