Skid Row has been in the epitome of Los Angeles leadership’s policy failures for decades. It doesn’t matter which administrator sits in the mayor’s office. Skid Row is constantly overlooked as the people live in some of the worst conditions in America.
Current mayor and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Eric Garcetti tried to give an award to Steve Richardson, better known as General Dogon. The organizer of the Los Angeles Community Action Network accepted the award, then proceeded to rip it up in the Mayor’s face:
“This award is just like the mayor and his cronies: it’s worthless,” said General Dogon, an organizer with the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), as he tore a commendation from Garcetti in half.
General Dogon, whose birth name is Steve Richardson, advocates on behalf of L.A.’s Skid Row neighborhood, notorious for its high concentration of homeless people.
“For the last 16 years, you’ve been in leadership of City Council,” he continued to chide Garcetti, who served as a councilmember from 2001 until taking office as Mayor in 2013. “You have directly criminalized Skid Row, and I cannot accept this.”
If Garcetti was considered a longshot for the White House before, this event may be enough to bury him completely. It was a total miscalculation by the Democrat to think this was a good idea. Bravo, General Dogon, for not giving into government hypocrisy regardless of which party is spewing it.
This morning General Dogon of @LACANetwork raised the bar on how 2 speak truth 2 power. He rejected an award, reminded @MayorOfLA that he has regularly harmed the residents of Skid Row, and reiterated the demands stated in The Dirty Divide. Solidarity & Power to Skid Row ? pic.twitter.com/SlHuwpfkAP
— DSA-LA ? (@DSA_LosAngeles) December 4, 2017