Not Chavez Ravine!!!
This is a two-part series on the untold history of Palo Verde La Loma and Bishop our 3 communities that are buried under Dodger stadium today. Please take the time to view and share the documentary of this very important time in indigenous / Mexican history in Los Angeles. This documentary was created by @amlagunitas and @atrujillo88 please take the time to follow them on their great work. A very special thanks to @brownissues for sharing their platform on this and other very important Brown Issues.
We would first like to acknowledge that the land Dodger stadium is built on is Kizh land and was home to Palo Verde, La Loma, and Bishop!
Why not Chavez Ravine?
We had the three communities of Palo Verde, La Loma, and Bishop. Chavez Ravine was never used to identify all three communities by any of the original residents.
Is it bad to use Chavez Ravine to identify the three communities?
Yes, The Dodgers and city of Los Angeles elected officials have used the term "Chavez Ravine" knowing of the violent, traumatic, and inherited trauma from the violent evections of May 9, 1959, also know as "black Friday". The Dodger corporation has used "Chavez Ravine" and profited off of it in their branding and marketing of their organization disregarding the hurt and pain still being felt by survivors of the violent evictions. We can not normalize these types of violent actions against our indigenous communities by elected officials or corporations like the Dodgers.
Were the three communities slums and poor?
No, The city of Los Angeles has always used the terms slums and blight to give a reason for them to use the law to destroy brown and black communities for their personal gain. Our communities were vibrant with stores, farms, gardens, livestock, herbal healers and some of the old community members stated " it was a big rancho with a big familia". No, not all were poor. You need to understand what our people valued in the three communities, they valued each other and the community as a whole. The doors were always open to neighbors for food or help and in many ways, they all were the richest people on earth. We had families like the Arechiga family that had many homes that were estimated to be worth over $75,000 in 1959 but still lived in their community of Palo Verde. The residents of Palo Verde, La Loma, and Bishop money was not what they valued it was a unified community helping one another and we all can learn a lesson from them.
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Think Brown Not Blue!
The Los Angeles Dodger are at it again and we don’t mean the World Series. For all of you, Latino/a caught up in the hype of the blue wave winning the world series. Take the time to go back to May 9, 1959 (Black Friday) where the three Latino/a communities of Palo Verde, La Loma and Bishop (#notchavezravine) were destroyed and Latino/a homeowners were forcefully removed from their generational communities to make way for your Boys in Blue. The history and pain still lie beneath Dodger Stadium for some survivors that are still alive from the 3 destroyed communities of Palo Verde, La Loma and Bishop (#notchavezravine) their stories should be told and passed down from generation to generation so our communities can learn to protect future communities of color. Well, some may say that’s in the past or we need to move on or get over it, we can’t and won’t not as long as we are still seeing our communities of color being erased through Gentrification. The grandchildren of the survivors were always taught not to go to the Dodger games and not to give our Latino/a dollar to the corporation that will turn your dollars against you. It’s happening right now to all who rent and are in fear of losing their homes and communities because of Gentrification. Dodger investment money, your Latino/a dollars are being used to purchase land and build luxury units and not Low-Income units. In many ways, the Latino/a dollar when purchasing tickets to the Dodger game, beer, soda and you have to have a dodger dog, go right back into your communities against the Latino/a. Los Angeles Dodger is buying properties in low-income areas then flipping them while you the Latino/a are being kicked out onto the street in the name of progress. Will you still wear the Dodger jersey as you are forcefully evicted in the name of progress? This is why we won’t stop because they have continued to use gentrification in our communities generation after generation. Our communities of Palo Verde, La Loma, and Bishop (#notchavezravine) are no different from the communities of Echo Park, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, Highland Park, South Central, San Monica, Koreatown, and East Los Angeles. You will find the Boys In Blue (Los Angeles Dodgers) money or should we all say our Latino/a dollars in our communities that are right now undergoing the same issues our three communities went through in 1959. You can not say you are culturally aware if Palo Verde, La Loma and Bishop (#notchavezravine) are not part of the history, artwork, or discussion when the topic is the Los Angeles Dodger. We can not forget Palo Verde, La Loma, and Bishop because we can not forget the great communities we live in right now that currently are under attack by the blue wave of Gentrification. It’s time to wake up out of the hypnotizing Think Blue by THINKING BROWN! and take back Viva Los Dodgers to VIVA LA RAZA! #notchavezravine #thinkbrownnotblue #displacers
Palo Verde! La Loma! Bishop!