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La Opinion Article on RAC-LA

by John A Imani Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010 at 7:08 PM
johnaimani@earthlink.net 3239321235 2531 Ridgeley Dr #1

Article from La Opinion 7-18-10 PA-3 on the "serve the people" work that RAC-LA (Revolutionary Autonomous Communities-Los Angeles have been doing for 2 3/4 years in MacArthur Park following the police riot there on May Day 2007.

(JAI: I am afraid that the writer gives much too much attention to myself. For the record, I was and am one of the founding members of RAC. However, the credit for the idea and the work, the heart and the soul must go to my comrade, Mauricio. The first week of August marks 2 years and 9 months that RAC has 'served the people' every Sunday averaging well over 100 people with a workforce of 20-25 volunteer members of RAC. The Google translation is extremely rough (as for where it says that people come to "beg" for food. Anyone who has been to the Food Program knows better than that.



We do thank the writer and his photographer.)





Voluntarios operan su banco de comida

La Opinion 7-18-10 P3A

http://www.impre.com/laopinion/noticias/la-california/2010/7/18/voluntarios-operan-su-banco-de-199790-1.html



Cerca de 200 personas hacen fila cada domingo en el parque para recibir su caja de frutas y verduras. Los alimentos son donados por abarroterías que ya no pueden tenerlos en sus mostradores. Ciro Cesar/La Opinion

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Empezó como una acción personal, de buena voluntad de John A. Imani hace aproximadamente dos años, y con el tiempo se le han unido otras personas.

Es una obra de voluntarios.

Todos los domingos, Imani y un puñado de estos descargan cajas con verduras y frutas en un costado del parque MacArthur, y las donan a las personas que las necesitan. Casi el 100% de estos son hispanos a quienes la situación económica ha arrastrado a aceptar alimentos regalados.

El proyecto empezó con diez cajas, y ahora rondan el centenar. Frutas, verduras y legumbres.

"Hemos visto hasta 200 personas que vienen a pedir comida", explicó Imani, que vive en el Sur de Los Angeles. Calcula que hasta ahora ha llevado a cabo 150 donaciones.

A su obra se han ido sumando decenas de colaboradores. Al principio algunos de ellos se le acercaron para pedir alimentos, ahora echan una mano proveyendo a otros.

"Míre, están contentos de ayudar", comentó Imani señalando a los voluntarios..

Uno de ellos es René Jijón, que se unió al grupo de Imani hace dos o tres meses.

"Empezamos a las 9:30 y venimos terminando a las tres o las tres y media", explicó. Según él, el proyecto de banco de comida fue creciendo con el desempleo.

El trasfondo de su esfuerzo es el descalabro económico de los dos últimos años, que según los economistas se expresa en la tasa más alta de desocupación desde los días de la Gran Depresión. En estos días, los bancos de comida, sancionados o no, proliferan.

Imani recolecta los alimentos de abarroterías y otros negocios, que donan productos que ya no pueden tener en el mostrador porque ya están un poco pasados. A primera vista, sin embargo, las frutas y verduras desplegadas en la grama del McArthur se miran bien. Ciertamente los que las llevan a casa para alimentarse no le encuentran reparo.

Antonia Samudio, que vive con su hija en un complejo de apartamento en la calle Beverly (a unas cuadras del McArthur), dijo haberse enterado del reparto por boca de una pareja en la calle.

"Es el primer día que vengo", dijo.

Foodbank de Los Angeles, una despensa humanitaria que opera en el condado anticipa que este año la persistencia del desempleo creará una situación difícil en la provisión de alimentos, especialmente en lo que concierne a niños y personas de la tercera edad.

Según la fundación, uno de cada siete angelinos padece de hambre en la actualidad.

Gracias a la ampliación de un programa del Gobierno Federal de donación de alimentos conocido como CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program), Foodbank Los Angeles empezó a llegar a más lugares, y con más frecuencia, donde se necesitan alimentos.

Pero la necesidad es enorme, y mientras la economía no se recobre, los bancos de comida no institucionales como el de John Imani van a seguir activos.

Empezó como una acción personal, de buena voluntad de John A. Imani hace aproximadamente dos años, y con el tiempo se le han unido otras personas.

Es una obra de voluntarios.

Todos los domingos, Imani y un puñado de estos descargan cajas con verduras y frutas en un costado del parque MacArthur, y las donan a las personas que las necesitan. Casi el 100% de estos son hispanos a quienes la situación económica ha arrastrado a aceptar alimentos regalados.

El proyecto empezó con diez cajas, y ahora rondan el centenar. Frutas, verduras y legumbres.

"Hemos visto hasta 200 personas que vienen a pedir comida", explicó Imani, que vive en el Sur de Los Angeles. Calcula que hasta ahora ha llevado a cabo 150 donaciones.

A su obra se han ido sumando decenas de colaboradores. Al principio algunos de ellos se le acercaron para pedir alimentos, ahora echan una mano proveyendo a otros.

"Míre, están contentos de ayudar", comentó Imani señalando a los voluntarios..

Uno de ellos es René Jijón, que se unió al grupo de Imani hace dos o tres meses.

"Empezamos a las 9:30 y venimos terminando a las tres o las tres y media", explicó. Según él, el proyecto de banco de comida fue creciendo con el desempleo.

El trasfondo de su esfuerzo es el descalabro económico de los dos últimos años, que según los economistas se expresa en la tasa más alta de desocupación desde los días de la Gran Depresión. En estos días, los bancos de comida, sancionados o no, proliferan.

Imani recolecta los alimentos de abarroterías y otros negocios, que donan productos que ya no pueden tener en el mostrador porque ya están un poco pasados. A primera vista, sin embargo, las frutas y verduras desplegadas en la grama del McArthur se miran bien. Ciertamente los que las llevan a casa para alimentarse no le encuentran reparo.



http://www.impre.com/laopinion/noticias/la-california/2010/7/18/voluntarios-operan-su-banco-de-199790-1.html



Google Translation:



Volunteers operate the food bank

Vegetable boxes are distributed on Sunday at MacArthur Park





About 200 people line up every Sunday in the park to get a box of fruit and vegetables. Food is donated by grocery stores that they can not have them in their desks . Ciro Cesar / La Opinion

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It started as a personal action, goodwill by John A. Imani about two years ago , and over time has been joined by others.

It is a work of volunteers.

Every Sunday , Imani and downloaded a bunch of these boxes with vegetables and fruit on the side of MacArthur Park , and donated to people who need them. Almost 100 % of them are Latinos who have dragged the economic situation to accept food gifts .

The project began with ten boxes , and now are around a hundred. Fruits , vegetables and legumes.

"We have seen up to 200 people who come to beg for food , "said Imani , who lives in South Los Angeles. Estimated that up to now has carried out 150 grants.

In his work have been added dozens of employees. At first some of them approached him to ask for food, now providing a helping hand to others.

"Look, are happy to help, " Imani said pointing to the volunteers ..

One is René Jijón, who joined the group Imani two or three months ago .

"We started at 9:30 and we have been closing at three or three and a half , "he explained . He said the food bank project was growing unemployment.

Underlying their efforts is the economic downturn of the last two years, which economists say is expressed in the highest unemployment rate since the days of the Great Depression. These days, food banks , sanctioned or not proliferate.

Imani collects food from grocery stores and other businesses who donate products no longer can have on the counter because they are a little old . At first glance , however , fruits and vegetables displayed on the lawn of McArthur look good. Certainly those who take them home to eat do not find shelter.

Antonia Samudio, who lives with her daughter in an apartment complex in Beverly Street (a few blocks from McArthur ) , said he learned of the deal by the mouth of a couple in the street.

"It's the first day I come , "he said .

Foodbank Los Angeles, a store operating in humanitarian County anticipates that this year the persistence of unemployment will create a difficult situation in the food supply , especially in regard to children and the elderly.

According to the foundation , one in seven Angelenos suffering from hunger today.

With the extension of a Federal Government program known as food donation CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program) , Foodbank Los Angeles began to reach more locations and more often , where food is needed .

But the need is enormous, and as the economy recovers , the non-institutional food banks as John Imani will remain active .

It started as a personal action, goodwill John A. Imani About two years ago , and over time has been joined by others.

It is a work of volunteers.

Every Sunday , Imani and downloaded a bunch of these boxes with vegetables and fruit on the side of MacArthur Park, and donated to people who need them. Almost 100 % of them are Latinos who have dragged the economic situation to accept food gifts .

The project began with ten boxes , and now are around a hundred. Fruits , vegetables and legumes.

"We have seen up to 200 people who come to beg for food , "said Imani , who lives in South Los Angeles. Estimated that up to now has carried out 150 grants.

In his work have been added dozens of employees. At first some of them approached him to ask for food, now providing a helping hand to others.

"Look, are happy to help, " Imani said pointing to the volunteers ..

One is René Jijón, who joined the group Imani two or three months ago .

"We started at 9:30 and we have been closing at three or three and a half , "he explained . He said the food bank project was growing unemployment.

Underlying their efforts is the economic downturn of the last two years, which economists say is expressed in the highest unemployment rate since the days of Great Depression. These days, food banks , sanctioned or not proliferate.

Imani collects food from grocery stores and other businesses who donate products no longer can have on the counter because they are a little old . At first glance , however , fruits and vegetables displayed on the lawn of McArthur look good. Certainly those who take them home to eat do not find shelter.

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