“Gentrification Strikes Again “

A Historical Community Center in the Black Community

The SECRET closing of a well-known center in the black community located in the Crenshaw District has been targeted for a project that Called “Destination Crenshaw”, feeds no one, houses no one, and assists no one.

They wait until Black History Month, in order to slap the community in the face yet again, by the taking of more services.

In 2018 AFIBA Center members joined with others in the community and individuals in a town hall and other meetings questioning the underlying tensions and consequences of councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson and his “Destination Crenshaw” project that is leaving long-standing community members with nothing.

The AFIBA center is an African American centered Community institution in South Los Angeles located on Crenshaw Boulevard which for the past 20 years has hosted comprehensive programs aimed at expanding the cultural community consciousness and addressing residents’ concerns whenever they arise, and whatever they might be.

To discuss the critical need for Community Services and Community Organizations that provide those services now more than ever do to COVID-19 and exacerbated by the corporate takeovers and gentrification projects that has targeted, THIS COMMUNITY with the eradication a black businesses, homes, and governmental services like EDD Office that has been removed and created more devastating effects on a community that has shown the marks of disinvestment for decades.

The neighborhoods of Baldwin, Leimert, View Park, Park Mesa, and Crenshaw invite you to a Press Conference:

DATE: Monday, February 8, 2021

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

PLACE: The AFIBA Center 5730 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los AngelesCalifornia90043


  1. Jabari Jumaane, Executive Director, AFIBA Center
  2. Lynn Moses, Co-Chair, CEMOTAP West
  3. Damien Goodman, Director, Crenshaw Subway Coalition
  4. Assata Umoja, President of H.O.P.E- Hyde Park Organizational Partnership for Empowerment


Zerita Jones, Vice-Chair, Liberty Community Land Trust, Member ACCE Action LA,

Co-Founder Baldwin/Leimert/Crenshaw Local LA Tenants Union, member of Right to

Council Coalition and others.

The purpose of this news conference is to alert the press to the Secret lock out of the Center In the heart of Black Los Angeles, and all its community members during a time when lockouts are illegal. The press conference will include the information from the executive director, legacy community members, community organizers, residents, and stakeholders of the community. We demand the Center is left OPEN to the community and demand City Council Member Marqueece Harris-Dawson not remove another service to the community.

Call His Office (213)473-7008 or email


Zerita Jones

AFIBA Center

5730 Crenshaw Boulevard

Los Angeles California 90043

(323) 292- 5550

For further information contact:

Jabari Jumaane, Executive Director

Zerita Jones, Community Organizer



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