March 24, 2020
A story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city.
Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The hills that cradle the stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities. In the early 1950s, those communities were condemned to make way for a utopian public housing project. Then, in a remarkable turn, public housing in the city was defeated amidst a Red Scare conspiracy.
Instead of getting their homes back, the remaining residents saw the city sell their land to Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now LA would be getting a different sort of utopian fantasy -- a glittering, ultra-modern stadium.
But before Dodger Stadium could be built, the city would have to face down the neighborhood's families -- including one, the Aréchigas, who refused to yield their home. The ensuing confrontation captivated the nation - and the divisive outcome still echoes through Los Angeles today.
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!
"Stealing Home has a driving plot, a humane heart, and a proud conscience. Read it and enjoy the story, or read it and get mad, or read it and change your mind. Most importantly, read it."--Chuck D, founding member of Public Enemy