Ch 5: Watts Action
There are 1.5 million food insecure people in Los Angeles County. Many communities of color and low-income communities often have to choose between putting healthy food on the table or paying the rent. In food deserts, such as Watts, the prices of healthy foods actually becomes more expensive especially when compared to the boxed, packaged goods that often contribute to diabetes or hypertension in the community. 
Amid this growing disparity of food access, viewers learn more about the agricultural past of Watts, which now the densest neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles. They learn about founder Ted Watkins and the 52-year old organization he founded, Watts Labor Community Action Committee. WLCAC is working to address food access in the neighborhood. Viewers will also imagine the future of Watts when “Mudtown Farms,” a project of WLCAC, realizes its goal of being an urban agricultural center. The 2.5 acre plot of land where the community can grow healthy, nutritious food for the community. 
Clare Fox, Executive Director of Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and urban planner Jonathan F.P. Rose, Ph.D share the plight of some communities in Los Angeles because of this growing disparity of food access and how food organizations all along the food chain are working together to address these problems. 

MudTown Farms Groundbreaking!


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.

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.