The Citizen E Project
Helps these community leaders develop, implement or expand their efforts. The focus for 2017 is the environment. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded.
Meet Two Citizen Es
“A single person can make a huge difference in a neighborhood,” says Aqeela Sherrills, a Watt’s-based activist known for his work preventing and defusing gang violence. “Citizen E is investing in an individual’s capacity to step out and take a risk,” he says. Sherrills’ 3 Worlds Café provides healthy food, a gathering place for people in Watts, and local employment.
Deputy Chief Sean Malinowski
Developed a plan for the LAPD to work with community partners in some of LA’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Called Casa Tienda, it would create multi-use housing complexes where business owners live near their stores. It would also encourage police officers to live in the inner city. “Eighty percent of cops in our city don’t live in the city limit,” says Sherrill, “so you talk about the disconnect between community and law enforcement, I think a lot of it has to do with folks not coming from these communities and not living in these neighborhoods.”
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