News Release: Community Responds to Actions of Federal Government and Inaction of Local Leadership

Mar. 30, 2017 / By

Speakers, performances will share what it will take for Long Beach to be a sanctuary that protects residents and embraces our diversity.

WHAT: More than 500 Long Beach residents and community organizations will come together at the People’s State of The City to hear about the most important issues facing marginalized communities and how individuals can take action for justice and inclusion.

At the sixth annual event, speakers and live performances will be sharing the progress made around efforts related to affordable housing, police and community relations, justice reform, environmental health, and immigrant protections. For more information about the People’s State of The City, visit and follow the hashtag #PSOTC2017.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 5, 2017; Community fair begins at 5:00pm followed by an indoor program at 6:30pm.

WHERE: First Congregational Church: 241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, California 90802

WHO: Community based organizations, elected officials, and residents from across the city. Speakers include:

  • Yunique Pettigrew, community member

  • Victor Espinoza, youth community member

  • Amber Rose Howard, community member

  • Maria Lopez, Housing Long Beach

Confirmed elected officials attending (as of March 27):

  • Long Beach City Councilmember Lena Gonzalez, District 1

  • Long Beach City Councilmember Jeannine Pearce, District 2

  • Long Beach City Councilmember Suzie Price, District 3

  • Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga, District 7

  • Long Beach Unified School District Board Member Felton Williams

  • Long Beach Unified School District Board Member Megan Kerr

  • Long Beach Unified School District Board Member Diana Craighead

  • Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna

  • Representatives from United States Representative Alan Lowenthal

  • Representatives from California Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

WHY: “Since the November 2016 election, the combination of the federal government’s actions, the continued policing of our community’s most vulnerable instead of social and emotional support, and the lack of real policy action from our local leaders have had chilling effects on low-income families of color,” says Amber Rose Howard, one of the speakers for this year’s program. “Despite this, our community is fighting these fear tactics and continuing to come together for solutions that will create the inclusive and united community that can keep Long Beach diverse. This is our moment for everyone to come together and move into action for real solutions at the local level.”


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