Areva Martin https://arevamartin.com Keynote Speaker | Civil Rights | Autism Wed, 07 Dec 2022 18:48:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://arevamartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/cropped-512x512_AM-favicon-32x32.jpg Areva Martin https://arevamartin.com 32 32 AREVA MARTIN WEIGHS IN ON THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN ABUSE TRIAL https://arevamartin.com/harvey-weinstein-abuse-trial/ Wed, 07 Dec 2022 18:48:11 +0000 https://arevamartin.com/?p=13444 Watch to hear Areva’s perspective about the jury deliberations on the Weinstein abuse trial.

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OP-ED: PALM SPRINGS’ DARK SECRET—BLACK AND BROWN FAMILIES FIGHT FOR HEALING AND REPARATIONS https://arevamartin.com/palm-springs-dark-secret-black-and-brown-families-fight-for-healing-and-reparations/ Sat, 03 Dec 2022 15:14:29 +0000 https://arevamartin.com/?p=13439 OP-ED: PALM SPRINGS’ DARK SECRET—BLACK AND BROWN FAMILIES FIGHT FOR HEALING AND REPARATIONS Read More »

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“I have seen a lot in my lifetime, but the stories of the Section 14 Survivors have again changed the way I view the world around me. Throughout much of my adult life, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time studying and observing majority-white communities. I have never once witnessed any of those upscale white neighborhood being targeted by the government and upended for the cause of “urban renewal.” Atrocities like Section 14—which the California Attorney General’s office described as a “City-engineered holocaust”—are reserved for Black and Brown communities.”

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HUNDREDS OF BLACK AND MEXICAN FAMILIES FILE RACIAL REPARATIONS CLAIM AGAINST CITY OF PALMS SPRINGS https://arevamartin.com/section-14-survivors-seek-racial-reparations/ Tue, 29 Nov 2022 17:09:42 +0000 https://arevamartin.com/?p=13436 Residents of Section 14 whose houses were bulldozed and burned by the City of Palm Springs in the 1960s Seek Restitution

Today, hundreds of Black and Mexican families who were forcibly and illegally evicted by the City of Palm Springs from their privately-owned houses in the Section 14 neighborhood in the 1950s and 1960s, announced the filing of an amended claim that asserts Palm Springs caused up to $2 billion in harm to the families.

Today’s action comes 14 months after the city formally apologized to the survivors for its horrific behavior – apologized but remained silent and largely disengaged.

“This was an atrocity,” said attorney Areva Martin, who represents the Section 14 families. “Until now it has largely been a shameful secret confined to the city limits of Palm Springs, but “Section 14” should be mentioned alongside Tulsa, Rosewood, and Bruce’s Beach. Palm Springs literally bulldozed and burned out its Black and Latino residents because it wanted the land where they lived.

Martin continued: “To be clear: there was no restitution, no assistance, no help – only fear, intimidation and fire,” Martin continued. “These facts are not in dispute. So, it is unconscionable that Palm Springs is not engaging with all its energy on making these families whole. How much longer should they wait? Many of the survivors  of these events are in their 70s, 80s and even 90s. They can’t wait.”

Background

While promoting an image of Hollywood luxury in the 1950s and 1960s, the City of Palm Springs’ racially restrictive covenants prohibited Black people from sharing that good life or living in white neighborhoods. Instead, Black and Mexican Americans could only build homes in the Section 14 area of the Agua Caliente tribe’s reservation. Then, over a 10-year span from the late 1950s through the 1960s, Palm Springs hatched a plan to demolish Section 14 for the purposes of developing it into more lucrative commercial enterprises. To gain possession of this prime downtown real estate, the city hired contractors to bulldoze the privately-owned houses, often with personal property and belongings inside, and then the city sent the Palm Springs Fire Department to burn the destruction.  Black and Mexican residents were often forced to flee Section 14 with only what they could carry.

Assessing Harm and Moving toward Healing

The Section 14 families retained renown reparations expert, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, noted economist, Cal State, LA Dean of Ethnic Studies, author, and president emeritus of Bennett College, to conduct a preliminary harm assessment on their behalf. Her calculations estimate the damages caused by the city of Palm Springs to survivors and their descendants to fall between $400 million to $2 billion dollars. To reach this figure, Dr. Malveaux utilized a model widely employed by economists when calculating destruction to communities caused by natural disasters such as wildfires, neighborhoods and tornados, or other calamities that have obliterated entire neighborhoods.

“No state has more experience calculating economic loss due to disaster “than California.,” said Dr. Malveaux. “We do it when there are mudslides and floods, droughts, earthquakes, and wildfires. The only aspect of this assessment that seems new, is that we are applying the same logic, the same factors and same economic models to a Black and Mexican neighborhood that was intentionally destroyed.

“Palm Springs must deliver justice – and by that I mean economic justice – to these families,” she said.

“I don’t hate Palm Spring, said Pearl Devers, whose family was ousted from Section 14 when she was 13 years old.  “You might think I would, after the way the city treated our parents and the way they broke up our families and our homes, but we don’t. “I hate what they did. But nonetheless, I am filled with hope. Hope that the City of Palm Springs will meet this moment with creativity and humility and come forward with the response we deserve.”

The following are suggested starting points for the City.

  • Develop a funding mechanism to compensate the survivors and defendants
  • Develop a process of identifying all impacted parties
  • Develop a framework for acknowledging the harm of the victims and their contributions to the city

City of Palm Springs formally apologized for its role in evicting individuals from Section 14 on September 29, 2021. However, justice is still due. 


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A SUCCESSFUL EVENT, THE 16TH ANNUAL EVENING UNDER THE STARS BENEFITING THE SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK https://arevamartin.com/2022-evening-under-the-stars/ Fri, 25 Nov 2022 17:46:22 +0000 https://arevamartin.com/?p=13365 The 16th annual Evening Under the Stars was an evening to remember. Guests turned out wearing their finest speakeasy attire ready to raise funds to support the Special Needs Network of L.A.

“The gala exceeded my expectations and proved yet again that Black and brown kids with special needs matter,” said Areva Martin, founder and president of SNN. “I continue to be overwhelmed by the elected officials, celebrities and community leaders that show up and stand up for kids with autism and special needs living in some of our most vulnerable communities,” said SNN board vice president, gala event chair, attorney Bonnie Berry Lamon.  

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AREVA MARTIN, REPRESENTS SECTION 14 SURVIVORS https://arevamartin.com/areva-martin-represents-section-14-survivors/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:55:20 +0000 https://arevamartin.com/?p=13360 “In the coming days, attorney Areva Martin told ABC News will be formally filing claims for restitution for these families, which she said still live with the trauma from being evicted… The city proposed that landowners terminate the leases of renters and give their tenants 30-day eviction notices, however, according to a 1968 report from the state Attorney General, homes were burned and bulldozed before eviction notices were formally issued… Martin said the survivors not only dealt with emotional trauma but were also prevented from building the kind of generational wealth those demolished homes and businesses could have provided.”

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AREVA MARTIN, AN ADVOCATE FOR SECTION 14 SURVIVORS https://arevamartin.com/areva-martin-an-advocate-for-section-14-survivors/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 16:21:05 +0000 https://arevamartin.com/?p=13355 AREVA MARTIN, AN ADVOCATE FOR SECTION 14 SURVIVORS Read More »

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“The city saw a chance to replace an unpretentious community of color, who had to renew their leases every few years, with glitzy hotels and shops that needed 99-year leases to pencil out. So it began the process of evicting, demolishing and burning. Survivors say confiscations often came with little notice, and that keepsakes and valuables were lost along with the homes.”

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Areva interviews, Nikole Hannah-Jones of THE 1619 PROJECT during the Leimart Park Village Book Fair https://arevamartin.com/areva-interviews-nikole-hannah-jones-during-the-lpvbf/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 19:24:17 +0000 https://arevamartin.com/?p=13352 During the 15th Anniversary of the Leimart Park Village Book Fair, Areva sat down with Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize winning creator of The 1619 Project for an engaging discussion about the persistence of anti-Black racism and inequality in American life today. As a follow-up, the book THE 1619 PROJECT: A NEW ORIGIN STORY continues the conversation as a definitive account of how racism and Black resistance have shaped the nation.

Nikole has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her many, many awards including a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, and as well as being named Journalist of the Year by the National Black Association of Journalist (NABJ). She was named one of the Most Influential People in 2021 by Time Magazine. Currently, Jones is the Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she founded the Center for Journalism & Democracy.

Watch the full interview here.

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Areva Martin Honored with Global Impact Award https://arevamartin.com/areva-martin-honored-with-global-impact-award/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 19:03:21 +0000 https://arevamartin.com/?p=13348 Areva Martin was honored by The Bowman Foundation for Workplace Equity and Mental Wellness with a Global Impact Award for making historic strides towards creating a fair, just, and equitable workplace among her companies. Founded by Natasha Bowman, a workplace expert and advocate for mental wellness, The Bowman Foundation for Workplace Equity and Mental Wellness is committed to changing lives and saving lives by promoting safe and healthy work environments. It is their mission to cultivate cultures of psychological safety and mental wellness in workplaces across the globe.

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The State of Black Women in America https://arevamartin.com/the-state-of-black-women-in-america/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 01:28:22 +0000 https://arevamartin.com/?p=13336 Hosted by Areva Martin on KBLA 1580

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Los Angeles City Council Audio Leak https://arevamartin.com/los-angeles-city-council-audio-leak/ Fri, 14 Oct 2022 14:47:34 +0000 https://arevamartin.com/?p=13332 Hear what Areva has to say about the racist comments leaked from L.A.’s City Council members.

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