That’s the slogan we’ve come up with for the Bastille Day rally at City Hall at noon July 14.
It is meant to launch a new era in L.A., to give birth to a democratic movement that empowers the people and the communities to solve the growing problems caused by a failing educational system and a failing government.
The battle for a greater Los Angeles will not be won through pleading for our leaders to solve the city’s problems or through a series of reforms or at the ballot box.
It can only be won through people power. Thousands of people across the city have worked hard to make their communities better and become angry and frustrated by the lip service, the indifference, the arrogance, of a system taken hostage by special interests.
The Saving L.A. Project — S.L.A.P. — is organizing a rally for July 14, Bastille Day, the moment the French Revolution began, to launch a movement that will bring together people who love L.A. and want to see change. The protest will start at noon at the South Lawn of City Hall.
Already, people from San Pedro to Sunland-Tujunga and many neighborhoods between them have committed to come to the rally and dump their grievances at City Hall and demand redress.
It is the start of something big. In numbers there is strength and by forming a coalition of concerned citizens we can make a difference, something dozens of local community groups have been unable to achieve over decades of struggling.
Take Back L.A. — Demand A Great City. That’s the theme of the protest. And greatness is our goal.
Great schools where every child is given the opportunity to learn and realize their full potential.
Great neighborhoods, free of gangs and the constant menace of violence, where families can live in safety.
Great businesses that add to the quality of life and provide great jobs.
We must confront the traffic congestion now by finding solutions that give people the choice between walking, biking, busing or driving from place to place.
We must become partners in every development to make sure that every project enhances the quality of our lives.
L.A. is a great place and now it must become a great city before it is too late.
The path we are being led down is the road to ruin, a city of rich and poor. A great city is built around the middle class and offers opportunity to all to achieve that It is not built out of mansions in guarded enclaves and slums under the control of hoodlums.
The people of the city must become full partners with the government in deciding how L.A. moves forward and that can only be achieved by having the power to help or hurt our political leaders. For too long, developers, contractors and public employee unions have held all the power and the residents of L.A. are left begging for what they believe will protect or improve their lives.
The Saving L.A. Project will change that by forming a united front. We don’t have to agree on everything. We just need to support each other in our efforts to make our communities better and our city greater.
Come to the Bastille Day rally. Join hands with your neighbors. This is the birth of real democracy in L.A. where the people are the bosses and the politicians and bureaucrats are the public servants.