South Central LA Update: A $1.2-billion mixed-use complex in South L.A. is closer to being built, despite community opposition

Article originally published by The Los Angeles Times on November 1, 2016 By Angel Jennings Plans to build a $1.2-billion residential, hotel and retail complex in South Los Angeles are one step closer to approval after city officials Tuesday rejected the arguments of community activists who said the project could lead to widespread displacement of low-income[…]

Rising Change-makers: Community Praxis Leaders

It is with great pleasure that we announce the recipients of CDTech’s Inaugural Community Change Praxis Awards. The Community Change Praxis Awards are presented to CDTech Alumni who are practicing community empowerment and change-making leadership. These rising change-makers have been a part of one or more of CDTech’s programs, projects or community engagement efforts and[…]

Denise Fairchild, Community Visionary

  CDTech’s Visionary Award is presented to an individual who uplifts Los Angeles through innovation and vision. For our inaugural year, CDTech is proud to present the Visionary Award to CDTech’s founder and continued advocate for community change, Dr. Denise Fairchild during our 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 19th. Denise Fairchild is the inaugural President of Emerald[…]

Linda Griego, Champion for Change

  CDTech’s Founder’s Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the values of economic opportunity and community impact. For our inaugural year, CDTech is proud to present the Founder’s Award to a long-time partner in community transformation and advocate for economic opportunity, Linda Griego, during our 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 19th. Ms. Griego[…]

Mark Ridley Thomas, A Community-Focused Leader

CDTech’s Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has dedicated themselves to exemplary community-focused leadership. This year, we are proud to honor Hon. Mark Ridley Thomas with the Leadership Award during CDTech’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 19th, 2016.  Since he was overwhelmingly elected in November 2008 and reelected in June 2012 to the Los[…]

Creating Community through Workforce Development

In South L.A., the unemployment rate is 2-3 times higher than the rest of the city. This past fall, 25 individuals refused to let this statistic define them and completed the UNIDAD Workforce Development Training Program, gaining much more than workforce skills. We invite you to hear and share their stories.

Inspired by family’s survival, Los Angeles Ally commits to fighting for marginalized communities of all backgrounds

Sophanarot is currently a First Year Ally in our Public Allies, Los Angeles program. During a recent visit by Public Allies CEO, Adren Wilson, Sophanarot shared a bit of her family story.  The Public Allies office were inspired to share her story nationally. We are truly honored to have incredible leadership working with our communities.[…]

Unity, Peace & Opportunity

  For the second consecutive year, CDTech, Vermont Square community residents and a number of community organizations such as Brotherhood Crusade, TRUST South LA, LATTC’s CPED Student organization and others will be gathering in solidarity in South Central Los Angeles to promote peace, unity and opportunity. The Vermont Square Unity, Peace and Opportunity Walk arose[…]

Los Angeles Students Honor Sandra Bland

Written by: Lamont Lilly (This article was published by and originally appeared in Workers World) Los Angeles — The Community Planning and Economic Development Club at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College honored Sandra Bland, a victim of police terror in Texas, in a Student Day of Action Series on Oct. 7. The goal of this series[…]