January 17, 2023

City Council Approves Motion to Use Bethune Public Land for Marriott Hotel

Today, Los Angeles City Council passed a motion sponsored by Council District 8 to appeal the South LA Planning Commission’s decision to deny a permit for a hotel on the vacant Bethune site in South Central. We just elected a new slate of folks on the grounds they are going to be progressive on housing, so this vote is especially disappointing. We are grateful to all who wrote or called […]
January 11, 2023

Open Letter to City Council

South Central Urgently Needs More Affordable Housing. Click Here to Email LA City Council and Tell them to Vote Against Using the Bethune Site for a Luxury Hotel Development.
December 21, 2022
"no hotels on public land" written in sidewalk chalk black and white photograph


Never underestimate the power of the people!
June 9, 2022
UNIDAD bethune library map los angeles

Public land for public good: UNIDAD letter in opposition to SB 1373

The proposed amendments allow the City of Los Angeles to continue their plans of using valuable public land for gentrifying development.
June 2, 2022

Affordable Housing Grant Program

United Neighbors In Defense Against Displacement (UNIDAD) Coalition is a strong, proud, and diverse alliance of labor and community organizations with a history of building successful partnerships that secure real community benefits from large urban development projects.  Through our campaign work, we are committed to future development of South LA that includes and benefits all members of the community. This Affordable Housing Grant Program has been established because of past organizing efforts […]
June 21, 2021

UNIDAD Affordable Housing Report

In 2019, the City supported a change in plans to use the former Bethune Library site in Council District 8 for the development of a Marriott Hotel. The site’s initial plans were for affordable housing development, something the community had advocated for years to address the District’s increasing affordability crisis.   The UNIDAD coalition opposes the hotel project, which would serve tourists, not community members. The coalition would like to […]
June 1, 2021

UNIDAD 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

The United Neighbors in Defense Against Displacement (UNIDAD)Coalition is the product of a community collaboration formed to preventthe displacement of residents in South Central Los Angeles (LA).UNIDAD is a coalition of residents and their organizations in SouthCentral LA dedicated to keeping families in their homes and improvingthe health and economic well-being of low-income communities of colorthrough responsible development. We recognize that structural racismand exploitative economic systems linked to housing, policing, […]
September 11, 2020

“Community Groups Demand Affordable Housing at The Bethune Library Site” USC Annenberg Media
September 3, 2020

LA Times Article “He paved the way for big electronic billboards. Then $75,000 poured in for his reelection”

August 30th, 2020
August 5, 2020

UNIDAD Launches Public Land Campaign in South Los Angeles

For Immediate Release: July 29th, 2020 Contact: Maria Patiño Gutierrez  Ralph Jean, (404) 895-7004 Over 20 organizations and coalitions in South LA Sign Letter to Elected Officials  “Build Affordable Homes on Former Bethune Library Site, not a Hotel” South Los Angeles, CA—The United Neighbors in Defense Against Displacement (UNIDAD) Coalition and over 20 community organizations and coalitions serving in South Los Angeles have signed on to a public […]
October 27, 2015

Building Hope with Community

The narrative of South Los Angeles has been one of serial displacement. Community residents, primarily low-income people of color, have systematically been priced out of our homes and neighborhoods to make way for industry and for gentrifying trends. We’ve faced higher rents, skyrocketing property values, and a cost of living that has become unmanageable — even when working multiple jobs. This combination is a result of the city’s poor planning […]
April 26, 2017

The People’s Plan: Create Equitable Opportunities for South LA

June 12, 2017

Media Advisory: The People’s Plan

August 17, 2017

Statement Release: USC University Village

April 13, 2018

Statement Release: STOP SB 827!