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Our Portal in Los Angeles is currently hosted at Mercado La Paloma, a project of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation located in the Figueroa Corridor of South Los Angeles.

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation is a social justice non-profit that achieves comprehensive, long-term community development in South Los Angeles.  Low-income community residents of all ages and ethnicities are the foundation of Esperanza’s grassroots work.  Esperanza creates opportunities for growth, security, participation, and recognition by developing and preserving affordable housing; ensuring quality education; promoting health and access to care; stimulating involvement in the arts, science and culture; pursuing economic development; and advocating for progressive public policy and human rights.  Esperanza works collaboratively through partnerships to strengthen our neighborhood. In all our actions, Esperanza builds hope with the community.

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Continuing at Mercado La Paloma

Following the Criminal Justice Dialogues which concluded on March 30, the Portal will relaunch as a pop-up at Mercado La Paloma and hosted by Esparanza Community Housing Corporation with curated programming and connections for two months beginning April 7. 

A kickoff event for the pop-up will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 7th. Youth orchestra Maqueos Musica Banda Filarmonica will provide music for the event. The kickoff will coincide with the launch of a Community Mural Project by muralist and graffiti writer @dangerbeez  in partnership with Muralist Alliance. A Community Paint Day will follow on April 12.

A complete schedule is coming soon! 

This pop-up is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and with the support of Community Partners.

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Criminal Justice Dialogues

The Portals Project at the Mercado La Paloma in December 2017-March 2018 will primarily focus on Criminal Justice Dialogues between Chicago, Baltimore, and Mexico City in addition to special conversations and activities to be announced. 

Criminal Justice Dialogues are conversations between cities and communities around the U.S. and Mexico about how people feel about policing in their communities as part of a research study conducted by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale University. These mutual one-on-one conversations on both sides ask participants to consider the following question:

There is a great deal in the news about how police interact with people in the communities where they work. How do you feel about police in your community?

Participants are also asked to complete short, confidential survey and to consent to being videotaped as part of this study. Researchers at Yale will utilize the confidential conversations to understand common themes that emerge in them. Video files are kept on a secured server that only these principal investigators have access to and all videos are professionally transcribed. Significant measures are undertaken to protect each participants' confidentiality. The video will never be used in presentations and the transcribed and written version will exist at Yale University to help to contribute to further knowledge and record on the topic.

Read more about the dialogues  here.


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