Posts Tagged ‘family’

Taking Back the City — One Movie at a Time!

Taking Back the City -- One Movie at a Time!

  When we first moved to Compton in the mid 90′s, it was an accepted reality that most residents stayed away from the city parks.  Parks were considered “dangerous” and “run by gangs”, and other than for some occasional summertime relief at the city pool, best to be avoided.  I drove past Lueder’s Park almost [...]


Christmas Around Compton — Part Three

Christmas Around Compton -- Part Three

I was standing outside in the rain at the annual Ortega Holiday Party, put on by Community Lawyers, Inc. and El Nido Family Centers. My head was cold and my jacket was damp. My feet were downright soggy.  My heart, however, was full, because the smiles on the kids’ faces were pure sunshine! A special shout out [...]


Building Community on Peck Street (Part 2)

There’s no freedom like that of a child that’s totally in the moment.  Worries and cares (and cleanliness) are all cast aside — all that matters is the joy and experience being sought at the time. That freedom makes children beautiful.  They are even more beautiful when they can hold onto that essence in the [...]


Building Community on Peck Street (Part. 1)

Building Community on Peck Street (Part. 1)

I’m pretty sure cities are transformed one family, one block, one section at a time.  Many people in Compton love this city and want to build a stronger sense of community in their neighborhoods. On Easter Sunday just passed, several such families came together to host an all-invited BBQ for their entire street!  They fired up [...]