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Latino Community Justice Center Records, 1987-1991
MSS 079  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content
  • Separated Material
  • Related Material at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
  • Bibliography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Latino Community Justice Center Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1987-1991
    Collection number: MSS 079
    Creator: Latino Community Justice Center
    Extent: 3 legal document boxes; 1 linear foot
    Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
    Los Angeles, CA 90044
    Abstract: This is a collection of case files from the Latino Community Justice Center. Each of the case files documents a complaint regarding misconduct/abuse on the part of police or sheriffs department personnel or misconduct/abuse on the part of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (I.N.S.). This collection also contains one administrative file from the Center.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles. The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may NOT make any copies of any portion of the collection and no names of individuals appearing in the records may be recorded, noted or published until the year 2040. Publication of other material from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Latino Community Justice Center Records, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles, California.

    Provenance

    Cynthia Anderson, an employee of the Latino Community Justice Center, donated these materials to the Library in 1993.

    Organizational History

    The Latino Community Justice Center was formed by Antonio H. Rodriguez, Father Greg Boyle, S.J. and other community activists in 1987. It was established with the mission to provide amnesty and other legal services to the East Los Angeles community in general, and immigrant workers in particular. From their offices on Brooklyn Avenue in East Los Angeles, Antonio H. Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Center, and his staff conducted legal aid clinics for members of the community who had been victims of police misconduct or abuse.
    Antonio H. Rodriguez, both lawyer and activist, began practicing law in 1972, representing various community activists, who had been charged with failure to disperse, in a series of trials. That same year he also took over the appeal of one of the three community activists known as "Los Tres del Barrio". In 1974 Antonio traveled to Kansas to represent one of the Leavenworth Brothers, a group of inmates charged with several counts of kidnapping prison guards during a prison strike for better prison conditions. Antonio Rodriguez practiced public interest law exclusively, working at various times for Legal Aid, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, before joining with Father Boyle and others in 1987 to form the Latino Community Justice Center.
    Father Greg Boyle, S.J., once pastor of Dolores Mission, has devoted his time, energies and influence to the Pico/Aliso District community of East Los Angeles. Nicknamed G-Dog by the gang members he ministers to, Father Boyle joined the Jesuit Order in 1984 because of its social-activist bent. He has spent his years serving both his community's religious needs and its economic and social needs as well. In 1994 Father Boyle received the assignment to concentrate exclusively on job development and related ministries with neighborhood gangs. Through Jobs For a Future (JFF), Father Boyle has begun Homeboy Industries, Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Landscaping, Homeboy Cleaning Service and Homeboy Artesania.
    These two men, along with local community activists, recognized their impoverished community's desperate and vital need for legal services. Being men accustomed to action, they discovered a solution and worked together to form the Latino Community Justice Center, which served the communities of East Los Angeles and beyond from 1987 until 1991.

    Scope and Content

    The Latino Community Justice Center Records are comprised of 175 case files from the Center, dating from 1987-1991. Each file contains documents relating to a claim of misconduct/abuse on the part of either a police or sheriffs department in the Los Angeles area or the Immigration and Naturalization Service (I.N.S.). Most files contain a citizen's complaint declaration, a questionnaire and a description of the incident(s) of misconduct or abuse. Some files contain correspondence from the Center and from the various police or sheriffs departments involved. One administrative file containing correspondence regarding a copier machine lease is also included in this Collection.

    Arrangement

    The collection is divided into 2 series: 1. Case Files, 1988-1991 and 2. Administrative Files, 1987-1989.

    Arrangement

    The collection has been arranged alphabetically according to clients' last names.

    Separated Material

    No items have been removed from this Collection.

    Related Material at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

    Title: Los Angeles Committee for Protection of Foreign Born Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1938-1973;
    Physical Description: 5 2/3 linear feet
    Title: Myerson vs. City of Los Angeles Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1971-1985;
    Physical Description: 2 1/3 linear feet
    Title: Urban Policy Research Institute Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1970-1985;
    Physical Description: 48 cubic feet
    Title: Christopher Commission Report on the LAPD,
    Date (inclusive): July 1991
    Title: State of Emergency: Inside the Los Angeles Police Department, Elizabeth Canner and Julia Meltzer,
    Date: 1993,
    Location: Video Collection # 233

    Bibliography

    Domanick, Joe. To Protect and Serve: LAPD's Century Long War in the City of Dreams, New York: Pocket Books, 1994.
    Herbert, Joe. Policing Space: Territoriality and the Los Angeles Police Department, Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 1997.