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Walk the Talk is no ordinary walk. It’s a biannual parade! LA Poverty Department brings Skid Row to life with performances along the parade route that pay tribute to neighborhood initiatives and the men and women whose contributions to the community call for a big, blaring celebration!

On May 30, 2020 we celebrated this year’s honorees with new performances and portraits all wrapped inside the publication of our

The website provides on-line access to the 68 people whose real-world accomplishments —-from 1970 until today, have been celebrated in Walk the Talk from 2012-2020.  The website, created by artist / technologist Rob Ochshorn, includes: hour-long video interviews and transcripts of the interviews, for each honoree as well as videos and scripts of the scenes distilled from the interviews and performed by Los Angeles Poverty Department in each Walk the Talk performance / parade.

Walk The Talk 2020 PERFORMANCES by LA Poverty Department and PORTRAITS made by Man One.

2020 Skid Row visionaries are: community organizer Coach Ron Crockett, a leader of the Skid Row Brigade that is monitoring the City’s Covid-19 deployed port-o-potties and hand washing stations, social entrepreneurs Danny Park and Andrew Kang of Skid Row Coffee and The Skid Row Peoples Market, public interest lawyer Gary Blasi, grass roots advocate Angelia “Big Mama” Harper, informal multi-service provider, Stephanie Arnold Williams, musician and Co-Founding Director of Urban Voices Choir, Leeav Sofer, and deceased, beloved community organizer Leslie Croom.

THE PARADE stops along the way: Gladys park, former Drop in Center, San Julian park, Skid Row People’s Market on the corner of 5th & San Pedro street, The White House the big white tent on the other corner of  5th and San Pedro street, Wesley Health Center across the street on the S/E corner of 5th & San Pedro street and the last stop will be at the DPSS office on 4th Place.