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    APRIL 22 & 23, 2006

    Eco-Maya Festival, an environmental hemispheric event, connects the indigenous cultural heritage of the Americans, with the urban mecca diversity, Los Angeles California. A one of a kind event, the festival provides a cross-cultural nesting environment where families join in a two-day celebration of cultural, education, entertainment, and fun. The festival brings universal balance with all cultures through the celebration of Mother Earth Day.

    ECO-links: Los Angeles Audubon www. laaudubon.org

    William Velazquez Institute www.wcvi.org/


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    William C. Velásquez
    Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra
    Saturday, April 22, 2006

    Be a part of the first Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra in Los Angeles and join the growing number of activists who are creating a Latino urban-greening agenda within the environmental movement.

    On April 22, 2006, in celebration of Earth Day, three earth-friendly, low emission buses filled with community leaders, activists, artists/celebrities, and elected officials will visit four sites, uniting with each respective community in support of their efforts to clean and green their environment. Students from urban Los Angeles will also participate in the Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra, expressing their “good will and solidarity” with their neighbors by participating in planting ceremonies and clean-up activities.

    The Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra will depart from the Chiparaki Cultural Center (1635 N. Spring St. L.A.) at 9:30am and return at 4:15pm. For more information call (323) 222-2217 or contact cbrugman@wcvi.org.

    The first stop of the Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra will be Mac Arthur Park in metropolitan Los Angeles where community activist will celebrate their first Earth Day by conducting activities that draw attention to the community health/environmental needs of this community.

    At MacArthur Park, the Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra will be joined by a bus carrying the Anahauk Youth Soccer Association from Taylor Yards, after they conclude a clean-up at the Los Angeles River earlier in the morning.

    The Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra will next travel to Ford Park where the City of Bell Gardens is hosting its second annual Earth Day Festival. This site was selected because of the recent efforts in establishing a new Commission on the Environment of the City of Bell Gardens.

    One of the most exciting stops on the Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra tour is the urban garden of the South Central Farmers, the largest urban farm in the United States. The Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra participants will be given a personal tour of the 14-acre farm where they will learn about traditional indigenous/mesoamerican crops tended by the 350 tenant-families.

    The Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra tour will culminate at the “under construction” Chiparaki Cultural Center across the street from the Los Angeles State Historic Park where the annual ECOMaya Earth Day celebration will take place.

    The Chiparaki Cultural Center, located in the second oldest industrial building of down town Los Angeles, will be the back-drop of a special live radio broadcast of “Strategy Session” hosted by Antonio Gonzalez on KPFK radio (90.7 FM).

    The goal of the Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra is to raise awareness within the Latino community on the importance of protecting the environment. It will also support events performing important tasks such as park clean-ups and environmental education. The Earth Caravan/Caravana de la Tierra will unite communities from Los Angeles County participating in Earth Day events specifically youth from different neighborhoods will be brought together in an attempt to promote understanding and solidarity among them.


    9:30 AM DEPARTURE : Chiparaki CulturalCenter.
    1635 N. Spring St, Los Angeles.
    (entry by Cornfield on Baker St.)

    1) McArthur Park, Organized Communities for a Better Environment.
    Wilshire Blvd./Alvarado Ave. LA. from 10:30 to 11:30 a..m.

    2) Ford Park: City of Bell Gradens
    7800 Scout Ave. Bell Gardens, from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m.

    3) South Central Farmers
    Long Beach Ave /41st St. LA, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m

    4:15 PM ARRIVAL at Chiparaki (Departure point)

    Following Events:
    Chiparaki Center: KPFK and WCVI Reception from 4:30 to 6:00 PM
    Strategy Session Live Broadcast from 6:00 – 8:00
    LA State Historic Park: Eco Maya Festival from 4:30 to 10: 00 PM

    Celia Brugman
    Program Director
    William C. Velásquez Institute
    2914 N. Main Street, 1st Floor
    Los Angeles, California 90031
    ph 323.222.2217
    fax 323.222.2011