What’s a low-income neighborhood of color to do, targeted by the police, with lethal outcomes? What to do beyond despair, beyond protest? A neighborhood de-colonizes public safety. Puts their heads and hearts together and evolves practices that create public safety through joyous comings together, joyous activity and collective problem solving.
Over many years Skid Row has emerged as a neighborhood with a number of profound and important values: empathy, looking out for each other, sharing, second chances, recovery, inclusion, tolerance, and embracing difference. And Skid Row has found ways to articulate these values in numerous community practices.
These values and practices are celebrated, analyzed, mused upon, and sung and danced on in Los Angeles Poverty Department’s new performance: “I fly !: or How to Keep the Devil Down in the Hole”
When people feel one another, they feel safe, Public Safety for REAL.
LAPD performance workshops take place Tuesday and Thursday from 7 – 9pm at our Skid Row History Museum & Archive (between 2nd and 3rd Streets). If you live or work in Skid Row, you are welcome to participate in the workshops and perform with us.