Homelessness is still a big problem in Los Angeles, I remember when Chuck D organized an Occupy/Operation Skid Row in 2012, calling the place ‘Los Angeles dirty secret’. He wanted things to change, bring the attention on the largest concentration of homeless in the US, located just 20 minutes east of the Beverly Hotel,… it was the same Sunday than the Golden Globes, and the eve of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Chuck D had advertised the event in the media, but the police had said that they could shut down the concert as the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN) had a permit to open a street festival but not to hold a concert. This did not stop Chuck D and Public Enemy was announced to go on around 4 pm with other acts, following a 10 am press conference at the Grammy Museum at LA Live.
Four years later the problem is still predominant, I see homeless people everywhere, especially when I go downtown and this is revolting.
According to Stereogum, The Strokes have announced their participation to the inaugural City Of Angels Benefit Concert on July 25th at the Wiltern. All the proceeds will go to three charities that benefit the homeless in LA: The Center In Hollywood, Waste Not Want Not Now, and Downtown Women’s Center.
In a press release, Julian Casablancas made the following statement about the show:
‘Homelessness and mental health are big issues in LA and we’re happy to do a little something that can hopefully help a bit. The Center in Hollywood and Waste Not Want Not Now are great, well-intentioned and trustworthy charities doing wonderful work.’
I am glad he is linking homelessness with mental illness because this is so often the case. Since it’s gonna be the Strokes’ last US show of the year, and the band’s only LA show of 2016, tickets will probably sell in a micro-second. So get ready, they go on sale here, on July 7th a noon PST
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