SAN BERNARDINO, CA- (EMPIRE NEWS NETWORK (ENN)- Dozens of community organizers and volunteers are gearing up for the inception of a community space that will provide effective, supportive resources to low income residents.
The co-operative, located at 802 N. E Street, is the only of its kind in the Inland region. A community kickoff will take place on Friday, April 20 to introduce residents to the community service model that utilizes shared governance to resolve social, economic and cultural issues.
Organizations working out of the center are not offering “charity” or “pity” to residents, but instead looking to empower fellow residents living near or in poverty.
“We’re here in this space to be responsive for our community’s needs” said Mary Valdemar, Co-founder of the Chicano Indigenous Community for Culturally Conscious Advocacy and Action (Ch.I.C.C.C.A.A.). “Whether its jobs, education, immigration, or environmental justice, we’re looking for local, grassroots solutions.”
The kickoff will feature live performances from local artists and musicians. Organizations are also hosting a community potluck with the community. Students organizing walkouts across the region are expected to also be in attendance.
The following groups are located at the center: Chicano Indigenous Community for Culturally Conscious Advocacy and Action (Ch.I.C.C.A.A.A.), Sierra Club My Generation Campaign, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, Inland Regional Equality Network, the Indigenous Defense and Resistance Movement, Progressive Alliance of the Inland Empire, Village and Child Co-Op, Mother Earth Co-Op, San Bernardino Valley College LGBTQ+Pride, San Bernardino Valley College Progressives, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) de San Bernardino Valley College, I.E. Hack Lab, and Team Abigail.
Date: April 20, 2018
Time: 4:20 p.m.
Location: 802 N. ‘E’ Street, San Bernardino, CA, 92410
For more information on the kickoff, contact the core team at firstname.lastname@example.org.