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A Portal at LA Law Library
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Our Portal in Los Angeles is located at LA Law Library. LA Law Library is a vibrant community education center in Los Angeles County and a leader in providing public access to legal knowledge, putting national and international sources of law into the hands of those seeking legal information. In addition to acting as the curator and cultivator of a superior collection of legal resources comprised of nearly one million volume equivalents -- including one of the nation’s largest foreign and international law collections, LA Law Library serves as a gateway to legal information and a navigator facilitating access to the legal system for those who do not have or cannot afford legal representation. Their staff serves more than fifty thousand patrons annually, both nationally and globally, and the number continues to grow daily as new programs and workshops are developed with the assistance of our many partners to provide innovative legal research technology and services. These critical community efforts depend on revenue from civil court filing fees as well as private donations. For additional information on LA Law Library, please visit www.lalawlibrary.org or call 213-785-2529.
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The Portals Project at the Los Angeles Law Library in Summer 2017 will primarily focus on Criminal Justice Dialogues between Baltimore and Mexico City in addition to special conversations and activities to be announced.
Criminal Justice Dialogues
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.
Los Angeles Portal Curator
Maryam Hosseinzadeh is an arts administrator, researcher and walking tour organizer who has spent her whole life getting to know Los Angeles. She is interested the layered sites, memories, places and histories of all people in the every day, the micro to macro, the links connecting locations, the built environment, and spaces in-between.
The Parks Conservancy’s signature project, Crissy Field was transformed starting in 2001 from a former military airfield into a vibrant environmental showcase through the generosity of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and Colleen and Robert Haas, as well as thousands of community volunteers and donors. Today, the restored Crissy Field is a stunning place to walk or bike on a flat, hard-packed promenade with iconic views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. A beautiful, and much-loved trail winds through Crissy Field between Marina Green and Fort Point.
This Portal is hosted by Imagination Celebration, producer of the annual What IF…Festival of Innovation and Imagination. Colorado Springs is home to the United States Olympic Committee, the Olympic Training Center, and a famous 14,114 foot mountain - Pikes Peak - known as America’s Mountain. The Colorado Springs Portal is on the grounds of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, which portrays the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region in exhibits emphasizing the unique character of this uncommon Front Range community.
Established in 1960, The Rye Arts Center is the largest multi-arts center in the region. It is a community-based not-for-profit dedicated to inspiring interest and maximum participation in the arts in and around Westchester. They offer classes and lessons, performances, exhibitions, and a range of outreach programs.
Our Detroit Portal is located at Capitol, at the center of downtown Detroit’s most exciting emerging micro-neighborhood. It is also the historic home of Michigan’s first capitol building.
Our Portal in Mission, Texas is our first Portal along the US-Mexico border. It is located in Mission EDC, a component of the City of Mission, Texas, that is tasked with creating jobs, attracting capital investment, improving the quality of life and strengthening the workforce in Mission, Texas. Mission EDC accomplishes its task by focusing in five areas: Entrepreneurship and STEAM Education, Business Expansion and Retention, Recruitment, Infrastructure and Transportation and Quality of Life. In addition to the 1 million inhabitants on the American side of the Rio Grande River, Mission, Texas is just minutes north of the 2 million residents of Reynosa and Matamoros, popular manufacturing centers in Northern Mexico.
Our Portal is located right in front of Lexington Market, a site with more than 100 vendors selling everything from fresh seafood to Indian food. The market is more than 230 years old and is located right in the heart of downtown Baltimore.
Our Portal in Los Angeles is located at Self Help Graphics & Art, the leading non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino Community of Los Angeles. Self Help Graphics' mission is to drive the creation of new work by Chicano and Latino artists through fine art printmaking and multiple visual art forms.
Our Portal in Chicago is located beside the South Chicago Christian Center, a faith-based non-profit charitable organization anchored by a thrift shop that was started to empower the community. This Portal is in a part of Chicago with among the highest homicide rates in the United States.
Our Portal in Brooklyn is located in the Navy Yard at the New Lab. The New Lab is an interdisciplinary space designed to support entrepreneurs working in emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and connected devices.
Our Portal is located in Amani Park in the 53206 zip code, which has the highest black male incarceration rate of any zip code in America. The Portal is run in partnership with COA Youth & Family Center, a community development organization, the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, and numerous other local partners working on issues ranging from police-community relations to job trainings. Our media partner is Odyssey Networks, which created the film, Milwaukee 53206
The main theme of EXPO 2017 is “Energy of the Future”. It reflects the preoccupation of the international community with the problem of energy consumption, which is having an increasing impact on our planet. The main objective of the exhibition is to call for responsibility, to foster a discussion and to develop knowledge enabling people to plan and control energy consumption on our planet and to minimize damage to the environment.
The American Center Student Council (ACSC) is an organization that helps students gain access to global educational materials. By partnering with them, along with Turning Tables, a youth empowerment group, and a group called Fringe Diplomacy, based at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC, we are able to draw upon a wide base of support in Yangon.
The Portal is located at Turquoise Mountain, a non-profit, non-governmental organization regenerating the old city of Kabul, and spurring the sustainable development of the Afghan crafts industry. Since 2006 Turquoise Mountain has trained over 450 artisans in traditional arts, restored or rebuilt 112 historic or community buildings in the old city of Kabul, set up a local primary school and family health clinic, organized major international exhibitions from the Venice Biennale to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, and worked with prestigious international retailers from Bloomingdales and Kate Spade in New York, to Pippa Small and Monsoon-Accessorize in London.The Portal is located at Turquoise Mountain, a non-profit, non-governmental organization regenerating the old city of Kabul, and spurring the sustainable development of the Afghan crafts industry. Since 2006 Turquoise Mountain has trained over 450 artisans in traditional arts, restored or rebuilt 112 historic or community buildings in the old city of Kabul, set up a local primary school and family health clinic, organized major international exhibitions from the Venice Biennale to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, and worked with prestigious international retailers from Bloomingdales and Kate Spade in New York, to Pippa Small and Monsoon-Accessorize in London.
The Herat Portal is located on the campus of Hariwa University, in the center of town, and run by the Afghan Development and Inspiration Bureau (ADIB). ADIB is dedicated to empowering young Afghan men and women through the promotion of entrepreneurship. Their objectives are to encourage job creation through entrepreneurship, enhance social protection and strengthen the role of men and women in families and societies. By partnering with a local university, in collaboration with a community empowerment organization, we are able to reach deeply into Herat, across divisions of tribe or language. We have generated lots of local press in Herat.
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) was founded in 1984 as a graduate school of theology, formerly known as the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA). Today, the university is open to a wide range of studies from Science to Law, all contributing to it's stated mission: "To promote excellence in research, teaching and community service by preparing morally upright leaders based on the intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church."
Our Portal in Rwanda is located at Impact Hub in downtown Kigali and run by Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga (“To Create, To See, To Learn”), a public arts social enterprise using street-arts and art-actions to involve civil society in positive social change.
In particular, the organization creates large-scale public artworks, many of which seek to reduce the stigma against HIV-positive individuals. Impact Hub Kigali, which also hosts the Portal, is a co-working space nurturing grassroots ventures aiming to have a sustainable impact on their communities.
The Migration Hub Network creates spaces, where social entrepreneurs and organizations meet to design solutions around mass migration. Our network generates physical impact within communities and connects organizations across Europe. This fosters collaboration between actors in the public and private sector in order to transform the challenges surrounding mass migration into opportunities.
Our Berlin Portal is located at Tempelhof Airport, the site of the famous 1948 Berlin Airlift and a longtime host of Berlin’s largest events. In November of 2015, as refugee entry into Germany grew, the hangers in this shuttered airport were converted to a refugee shelter. Currently about 1,000 refugees live here. They fled violence in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and small numbers also fled persecution in Iran and Moldova. More than a quarter of the refugees housed at Tempelhof are children. They reached Germany and have applied for asylum, but are waiting for more permanent accommodations to become available. Our Portal at Tempelhof is located in the THFWelcome Cafe, a volunteer-run coffee shop at Tempelhof that both refugees and the general public can access. In addition to the Portal, the cafe offers legal counseling, live music and films, and seasonal clothing distribution.
Central & South America
Our Portal in Mexico City has moved around town, garnered major national press, and hosted celebrities including Telenovela stars. We are now in Platoon Mexico, a global creative collective based in Berlin, Mexico City and Seoul with more than 7,500 members. The Mexico Portal is run in partnership with Time Out Mexico, the largest arts, culture and entertainment guide in Mexico. Since 2015, the Portal has moved to numerous sites including Plaza Villa Madrid, one of the most iconic neighborhoods in Mexico City, and Arte Alameda, a space dedicated to the exhibition, documentation, production, and research of artistic practices that relate to technology.
The Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE) is an award-winning youth development NGO based in El Progreso, Honduras that creates youth leaders through scholarships, leadership workshops, and community engagement initiatives in the arts and sports. They received the White House National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award in 2015 for their work. The Portal is located at the largest high school in El Progreso called, La Perla.