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Stop CCFO Coalition holds press conference

This morning the Stop CCFO Coalition held a press conference on the steps of Los Angeles’ City Hall. Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr., Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Pastor Lewis Logan and various interfaith leaders, veterans, and advocates for seniors, disabled and homeless individuals protested Councilmember Englander’s proposed “Community Care Facilities Ordinance” which would force thousands of vulnerable people out of their homes and violate civil rights. The morning’s speakers invoked the memory of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, who fought tirelessly to protect the civil liberties of all individuals, arguing that the CCFO would be a retroactive step to progress made during the Civil Rights Movement.

Rabbi Jonathan Klein, a member of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE L.A.), told the crowd that the CCFO “is an economic justice issue. If we do not insure that people have access, which is a matter of economics, to housing we are going to find that all the struggles people have are going to be exasperated by being in the streets and by being socially isolated from one another.” He went on to say that, “on the most spiritual level, any pathway to recovery of peoples challenges and minds…requires removing the social isolation, the loneliness, the vaporization to their relationship to this world. The CCFO would do just the opposite.”

Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr., a civil rights leader who worked side by side Dr. Martin Luther King from 1956 to 1968, concluded the press conference by expressing his disappointment that, as we near the celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, the legislature is considering an “ordinance that is contrary to the best this country is supposed to represent; that is contrary to the best interest to the people of Los Angeles.”

Following the press conference advocates visited the offices of all Los Angeles City Councilmembers, urging them to protect affordable housing options and residential choice for thousands of low-income individuals.

If passed the CCFO will restrict shared housing in single family neighborhoods, an option almost 50,000 Los Angelenos use to make housing affordable. HELP STOP THE CCFO.  Keep up to date with the latest news regarding the CCFO by visiting www.stopccfo.org. You can also message your representatives directly by clicking here to utilize United Way’s advocacy page.

Together we can protect affordable housing in the city of Los Angeles! 

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