Loisaida Center Talks
Youth-led discussion and action board
Based on past civic engagement workshops, attending a criminal justice town hall, an anti-Asian hate crime roundtable, an interview with criminal justice student Gabriela Ramos, and research through articles and social media since July 2020, it is clear that communities are calling for a significant increase in community investment, as well as divestment from police departments in order to achieve long term, sustainable safety and health in communities.
The Loisaida center is opening back up to the public, offering senior programming and media opportunities to the community, but are also beginning to host youth leadership council discussions facilitated by PSA 4 (Police Service Area) at the center. Repeated calls for discussion and action can be realized at the Loisaida Center with the help of an interactive booth designed to both track topics being discussed, as well any actions neighbors take to address the topic. The addition of this youth-led conversation booth to the space at Loisaida Center will provide the opportunity to host regular, focused discussions that disseminate information, allow participants to meet and network, and support actions that can be informed or inspired by the discussions.