On may 1992,in the aftershock
of the Rodney King riots, the two major Los Angeles based gangs offered
a far-reaching plan for the reconstruction of Los Angeles. Accompanied
by a gang truce, this plan stands as the most comprehensive program
to deal with poverty, racism, and gang violence in America's history.
Cockburn's commentary on the plan in New
us the hammer and the nails, we will rebuild the city"
Bloods/Crips proposal for LA’s face-lift
Burned and abandoned structures: Every burned and abandoned
structure shall be gutted. The city will purchase the property if not
already owned by the city, and build a community centre. If the structure
is on a corner or vacant lot, the city will build a career couselling
centre or a recreation area respectively.
Repavement: All pavements/sidewalks in Los Angeles are
in dire need of resurfacing. The Department of Transportation shall pay
special attention to the pedestrian walkways and surface streets located
in predominantly poor and minority areas. Our organisation will assist
the city in the identification of all areas of concern.
Lighting: All lighting will be increased in all neighborhoods.
Additionally, lighting of city streets, neighbourhood blocks and alleyways
will be amended. We want a well-lit neighbourhood. All alleys shall be
painted white or yellow by the building owners and alley lights will be
installed at the cost of the owner.
Landscaping: All trees will be properly trimmed and maintained.
We want all weeds/shrubbed areas to be cleaned up and properly nurtured.
New trees will be planted to increase the beauty of our neighbourhoods
Sanitation: A special task force shall be assigned to
clean up all vacant lots and trashed areas throughout the deprived areas.
Proper pest control methods shall be implemented by the city. The city
will declare a neighbourhood clean-up week wherein all residents will
be responsible for their block -- a block captain will be assigned to
Blood/Crips Educational Proposal
1) Maximising education standards in
the low income areas is essential to reduce the possibilities of repeated
insurrection. The Blood/Crips propose that:
a) $300 million will go into the reconstruction and refurbishment of the
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) structures.
b) $200 million will be donated for computers, supplies and updated books
(each student shall have necessary books).
c) All teachers’ salaries shall be no less than $30,000 a year to
give them an incentive to education in our districts.
d) Re-election shall be held for all Los Angeles Board of Education members
2) Reconstruction shall include repainting,
sandblasting and reconstruction of all LAUSD schools; remodelling of classrooms,
repainting of hallways and meeting areas; all schools shall have new landscaping
and more plants and trees around the schools; completely upgrade the bathrooms,
making them more modern; provide a bathroom monitor to each bathroom which
will provide fresh-up toiletries at a minimum cost to the students.
3) A provision for accelerated educational learning
programmes shall be implemented for the entire LAUSD to provide
aggressive teaching methods and provide a curriculum similar to non-economically
deprived areas. Tutoring for all subjects will be made available to all
students after school hours. It will be mandatory for all students with
sub-level grades to participate.
In these after-school tutorial programmes, those students whose grades
are up to par will receive federally funded bonus bonds that will be applied
to their continued education upon graduation from high school. They will
also receive bonus bonds for extra scholastic work towards assisting their
fellow students. All institutions shall maintain a second shift of substitute
teachers in the schools to enforce educational excellence.
Special financial bonuses shall be given to students who focus on education
beyond the school’s requirement in the areas of applied maths and
sciences. High achievers in these areas shall be granted a free trip to
another country for educational exchange. Fifty students from each school
will be granted this opportunity each year for an indefinite period.
4) The LAUSD will provide up-to-date books to the neglected areas
and enough books to ensure that no student has to share a book with another.
5) LAUSD will remove all teachers not planning to further their education
along with teachers who have not proven to have a passionate concern for
the students. All teachers shall be given a standard competence
test to verify they are up-to-date with subjects and modern teaching methods.
Psychological testing will also be required for all teachers and educational
administrations. All teachers shall be given a competency test verify
they are up to date with subjects and modern testing methods.
6) All curriculums shall focus on the basics in high school requirements
and it shall be inundated with advanced sciences and additional applied
math, English and writing skills.
7) Bussing shall become non-existent in our community if all of
the above demands are met.
Blood/Crips Human Welfare Proposal
Hospitals and Health Care Centres.: Federal government
shall provide the deprived areas with three new hospitals and 40 additional
health care centres. Dental clinics shall be made available with ten miles
of each community. The services shall be free and supported by federal
and state funds.
Welfare: We demand that welfare be removed from our community
and welfare programmes be replaced by state work and product manufacturing
plants that provide the city with certain supplies. State monies shall
only be provided for invalids and the elderly. The State of California
shall be provide a child welfare building to serve as day care centres
for single parents.
Parks & Recreation: Los Angeles parks shall receive
a complete face-lift, and developed activities and programmes in the parks
throughout the night. Stages, pools and courts shall be reconstructed
and resurfaced, and the city shall provide highly visible security 24-hours
a day for these parks and recreational centres. Programmes at the parks
shall be in accordance with educational programmes and social exchange
programmes developed by the city for adults and young adults.
Blood/Crips Law Enforcement Programme
The Los Angeles Communities are demanding that they are policed and patrolled
by individuals who live in the community and the commanding officers by
ten-year residents of the community in which they serve. Former gang members
shall be given a chance to be patrol buddies in assisting the protection
of the neighbourhoods. These former gang members will be required to go
through police training and must comply with all of the laws instituted
by our established authorities. Uniforms will be issued to each and every
member of the “buddy system”, however no weapons will be issued.
All patrol units must have a buddy patrol notified and present in the
event of a police matter. Each buddy patrol will be supplied with a video
camera and will tape each event and the officers handling the police matter.
The buddy patrol will not interfere with any police matter, unless instructed
by a commanding officer. Each buddy patrol will also be supplied with
Blood/Crips Economic Development Proposal
Loans shall be made available by the federal and state governments to
provide interested minority entrepreneurs interested in doing business
in these deprived areas. The loan requirements shall not be so stringent
that it will make it impossible for a businessman to acquire these loans.
These loans shall not exceed a 4 per cent interest bearing charge per
year. The businessman shall not be required to have security for the loan.
However, the businessman must present at least two years of business operations
and taxes, with a city licence before funds will be allocated. The owner
must have either an established business desiring to expand or a sound
business plan. Assistance for business plans shall be made available to
these businessmen by the Small Business Administration. Additionally,
the Small Business Administration will provide agents to help each business
to develop a sound business plan from beginning to end. No one will be
neglected in receiving adequate assistance. These business owners shall
be required to hire 90 per cent of their personnel from within the community
and the monies shall not be distributed in a lump sum. Funds will be released
in increments outlined by the business plan. Any businessman that doesn’t
conform to the hiring practices will have funding ceased until they conform.
In return for these demands, the Blood/Crips Organisation will:
1) Request the drug lords of Los Angeles take their monies and
invest them in business and property in Los Angeles
2) Encourage these drug lords to stop drug traffic and get them
to use the money constructively. We will match the funds of the
state government appropriations and build building-for-building.
3) We will match funds for an Aids research and awareness centre
in South Central and Long Beach that will only hire minority
researchers and physicians in the Aids epidemic.
Meet these demands and the targeting of police officers will stop!
You have 72 hours for a response and a commitment, in writing, to support
these demands. Additionally, you have 30 days to begin implementation.
And, finally, you have four years to complete the projects of construction
of the major hospitals and restorations
Give us the hammer and the nails, we will rebuild the city.
Proposals for LA’s Face-Lift: $2 billion
Education Proposal: $700 million
Law Enforcement Programme: $6 million
Economic Development Proposal: $20 million
Human Welfare Proposal: $1 billion
Total: $3.728 billion
*To be appropriated over and above existing appropriations