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To schedule a tour please call 323.563.5639 Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

A seven-acre arts facility is waiting in Watts for you to visit. Tucked away for those privileged to know, the Center features stunning public art installations, statuary, exhibits and galleries devoted to American history and healing. Born of the ashes of the 1992 civil unrest, the Center, the premiere art facility of WLCAC is a special gift to the public, aimed at helping neighbors near and far understand the unique conditions that contribute to racial injustice in America. 
S​hown above is a 10,000 square-foot mural installed by a graduate of our youth program, phenomenal artist Richard Franco, who partnered with community leader and artist Toni Love to hand paint the mural, which serves as backdrop to a playground.​

WLCAC GANG REDUCTION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (GRYD) PROGRAM
WLCAC uses a unique approach of developing close, dedicated relationships with clients paired with staff commitment to client success and Comprehensive Vertical/Horizontal Strategies. The purpose of the program is multi-fold: to provide a variety of services for families by encouraging overall community wellness, individual and group self-sufficiency. The overall goal is to reduce the number of kids who become involved in gang activities and build stronger families for around 300 youth.

​Program Highlights:                 
  • Serving families for more than twenty years. 
  • Established GRYD alumni who helped create peace treaties between Jordan Downs, Imperial Courts, and Nickerson Gardens. 
  • We still have integration happening across gang territories where they see WLCAC as a gang neutral zone. 
  • Location is a neutral site (members of any combination of 19 local sets gather peacefully).
  • Current top-performing GRYD contractor in the City of Los Angeles.  
  • Awarded for Best Use of Data to Inform Practice on May 11th 2018
  • Recognized by Mayor's Office for service excellence May 30th 2018 
  • Conducted training for other GRYD contractors in recruitment for the Mayor’s office. 
  • Grassroots approach to form partnership between WLCAC, the City of Los Angeles, LAPD, LAUSD, and families with or without gang-affiliation.

History:

With the guided interactive Civil Rights Tour, photographic environmental justice exhibit Watts: Then and Now, and a rich perspective on community development and leadership, visitors can experience a glimpse into a world where the focus is on understanding how past events continue to shape and influence our present and future.

Healing:

​Through each compassionate, painstakingly tailored tour, visitors are allowed to safely face themselves, and helped to see how they can influence our present and future.  By teaching the truth about the uplifting, empowering, yet violent and dark history of America, particularly as relates to communities like Watts and the people of color who live in them, we can help every visitor learn something new about themselves, their neighbors and their nation. 
Welcome to Watts.

About WLCAC

The Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3, community-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for South Central Los Angeles residents. 

We have continued our progress towards achieving our mission by building the community, building families, and serving people, and speaking out about current issues of the day. Check out our events and activities posted around our site and for updates on events, initiatives, and news. We are in the midst of updating and re-organizing our website. Please bear with us during the changes and contact us by phone at 323-563-5639 for more information.

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CIVIL RIGHTS TOURS

​Civil Rights Tour highlighted as part of Congresswoman Maxine Waters' Black History Month tour showcasing the visual and performance arts in the 43rd Congressional District.

WLCAC Youth Services System

  • Are you looking for your first job?
  • Do you need help getting back into school?
  • Interested in exploring your career options?
  • Looking to further your Education or start vocational training?

THE BETTER WATTS INITIATIVE (BWI): A collaborative for environmental justice in Watts

Under the leadership of President and CEO Timothy Watkins Sr., ​WLCAC launched the "Better Watts" Initiative in 2016 with our partners Black Community Health Task Force, Physicians for Social Responsibility LA, LA Right to Housing Collective and Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. The BWI, is a collaborative of community members and groups organized for environmental justice in Watts.

Our first Town Hall meeting, was held on January 31, 2016 and introduced community members to the issues around the lack of sufficient clean air, land and water. Our second Town Hall meeting occurred on Thursday, March 31, 2016 and provided an update of progress around soil testing at the Jordan Downs Housing Projects. Our third Town Hall meeting, held on May 7, 2016, illustrated the lack of clean water in local households that border Central Avenue and the railroad right of ways. Check back for details about the next town hall meeting.

Title VI Compliance

WLCAC se ha comprometido a ofrecer excelente servicio al cliente y alta calidad de atención sin ser descriminado. Cualquier persona que sienta que ha sido discriminado en base a raza,color u origen nacional por WLCAC puede presentar una queja bajo Título VI completando elformulario disponible en la parte de abajo de esta pagina.

WLCAC is committed to providing excellent customer service and quality of care on a non-discriminatory basis.  Any person who feels they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, or national origin by WLCAC may file a Title VI complaint by completing the form provided below. 
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