Beyond the Gates: Tour of the Neighborhood Surrounding USC

Date: February 7, 2014

PELA, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), and Esperanza Community Housing are working together to host a community tour in the neighborhoods surrounding USC. This is a great opportunity to learn about the community’s history and the work SAJE and Esperanza are doing around USC. More details and information to come! Please invite all of your friends who you think would be interested in attending and help spread the word!

More information can be found here.

PELA Picnic at the Park

Date: February 1, 2014

This will be our first meeting/gathering to finalize our path for the spring and beyond, get everyone on the same page and also a great chance for us to see each other after our winter break. REQUIRED OF ALL ATTENDEES: a smile,open mind, a funny story from your holiday travels, a blanket for you and I to lay on together (no cuddling though), most importantly something to eat/drink.cups/plates/forks/knives will be provided.

More information can be found here.

PELA: Reflection and Visioning Potluck

Date: December 6, 2013

Please join us next Friday, December 6th for a PELA Reflection & Visioning Potluck, 5pm-8pm. This will be in lieu of our typical monthly meeting.
To prepare, we would appreciate your feedback on what you’ve found valuable from PELA so far this year and what you’d like to see us focus on in spring and beyond. The potluck RSVP link includes a field for your feedback. Even if you cannot attend, please consider providing feedback via the “tickets” (RSVP) link below.
This meeting is open to current students and to alumni, to those who have been actively participating, and to those who want to be more involved in Spring 2014. Please come and help us plan for the future of PELA.
Anyone who would like to can bring a dish to share, a snack or something to drink. The potluck will take place at Alison’s home, just North of Koreatown, off the Red Line. Please find more details on the invite form.

More information can be found here.

PELA’s Fall Networking Night 

Date: November 15 2013
Location: Nirvana Bar and Grill

PELA, Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles, is hosting a nonprofit networking event in order to create greater relationships with professionals in the community doing amazing work. PELA is a USC student organization committed to connecting with community struggles and use planning & policy as social justice tools. Please join and meet people in the field or other students interested in policy, planning, and public administration.

More information can be found here.

PELA Happy Hour

Date: November 8, 2013
Location: Golden Gopher

Come join us on Friday night at the Golden Gopher for PELA’s first happy hour of the year!
Happy Hour is from 5 pm to 8 pm, with plenty of other options nearby. The Golden Gopher is easily accessible by transit, though street parking might be more of an adventure; post on the event page if you need a ride from campus.

More information can be found here.

Place & Identity Spoken Word presented by PELA

Date: April 26, 2013
Where: The Last Bookstore

PELA, USC’s Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles, in partnership with Sunday Jump invites you to a free open mic poetry night at The Last Bookstore in downtown LA!
We have the pleasure of partnering with the dynamic community organization, Sunday Jump, who abide by two guidelines for their weekly Sunday poetry session: (1) Free speech, not hate speech and (2) Express, not impress.
For USC students, this can be an opportunity to share your experience in the often complicated role of planner, policy creator or implementer.
The venue is in the heart of a transforming Los Angeles and is the perfect place to speak to experiences related to identity and place.

More information can be found here:

PELA Presents: CBAs 101

When: April 4, 2013
Where: RGL 100

Please join us as USC’s Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles hosts Community Benefits Agreements 101, a workshop that will give an in-depth overview of how CBAs can be effective tools for community planning and development. Attendees will hear from organizers and leaders involved in the Los Angeles community, learn about past success stories and the legal framework behind agreements, and take part in a working with a real-worldl Community Benefit Agreement template. Panelists will include:

  • Nona Randois, Esq. Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Sandra McNeill, Executive Director of TRUST South LA
  • Joe Donlin, Economic Development Director at Strategic Actions for a Just Economy

More information can be found here.

Community Asset Tour

When: March 9, 2013
Where: Meet at Mariachi Plaza

Join PELA and Price Students for an Eastside Community Asset Tour on Saturday, March 9th. We will visit two amazing community-based organizations employing empowerment approaches to leverage existing community assets in the East LA community. Tour will end at a diner where we’ll have a guided discussion about community assets.

More information can be found here.

PELA Ugly Sweater Social

When: December 14, 2012
Where: Casey’s Irish Pub

Please join PELA in celebrating the end of finals and Andrea’s and Pedro’s birthday this Friday! Don the ugliest sweater you own and join us at Casey’s for drinks at 6pm. The address is 613 S. Grand Ave and is near the 7th/Metro station. There is a chance that we might change locations after an hour or two so feel free to give any PELA board members a ring if you are coming late.

More information can be found here.

PELA goes to Central Avenue Jazz Festival!

When: July 28, 2012

Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles (PELA) will be attending the 17th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival on Saturday, July 28, 2012! Please join us for an amazing day in the sun filled with jazz, food, and a warm community. This annual festival will be held in front of the historic Dunbar Hotel (where jazz greats such as Billie Holiday stayed) in South Los Angeles. There will be an amazing lineup, including Sons of Etta performing a tribute to the late Etta James. Check out for more information.
Come join PELA as we attend the festival together. It’ll definitely be a great time to meet up with folks you haven’t seen all summer! Please meet in front of Sol Price on Saturday, July 28 at 11:00am. Please rsvp so we can coordinate transportation accordingly. If you prefer to meet at the festival, then we’ll see you there!

More information can be found here.

Our Fight to Stay: Community Poetry Night

When: March 30, 2012
Where: Mercado La Paloma

Join us for a night of poetry and music telling stories of communities fighting to remain intact. See how creative expression is an essential part of community development regarding issues of policy and planning.

More information can be found here:

PELA’s Community Organizing Workship

When: February 12, 2012
Where: Tutor Center

Please join us as PELA hosts Community Organizing 101- a workshop that will discuss ideas related to collective action and community organizing, specifically how to define and implement community goals, objectives, and tactics in creating social change.

Our guest speakers will include:

– Pete White, Los Angeles Community Action Network
– John Raphling, Occupy L.A. Protest Defense Team
– Leslie Ivie, Ambassador for Liberty Hill Foundation

More information can be found here.


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