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 […]
April 13, 2018

Statement Release: STOP SB 827!

August 17, 2017

Statement Release: USC University Village

June 12, 2017

Media Advisory: The People’s Plan

April 26, 2017

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

March 2, 2017
UNIDAD members studying Southeast LA community plan map

“No on S” say UNIDAD Coalition: Longstanding Anti-Displacement Groups Make Clear Measure S Is Not the Answer

May 5, 2016

43,000 South LA Residents Risk Being Priced Out Due to Proposed Commercial Development

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.
December 21, 2022
"no hotels on public land" written in sidewalk chalk black and white photograph


Never underestimate the power of the people!
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.
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 […]
February 3, 2023

Remember Bethune: We Must Keep Fighting for Public Land for Public Good

In spite of opposition from the community, the City Zoning Administrator, and the South LA Area Planning Commission, LA City Council has voted to move forward with selling public land to a corporate hotel. The vote was 10 to 1 in favor, with Monica Rodriguez of Council District 7 dissenting.  On Thursday, Feb. 2, the UNIDAD coalition hosted a community meeting to discuss next steps on this campaign. More than […]
February 14, 2023

Letter to Mayor Bass: The Bethune Site Is Public Land. It Should Be Preserved as Part of Your Executive Directive.

Dear Mayor Bass, United Neighbors in Defense Against Displacement (UNIDAD) is a coalition of residents and organizations in South Central Los Angeles dedicated to keeping families in their homes and improving the health and economic well-being of low-income communities of color through responsible development. We applaud your recent decision to issue an Executive Directive to inventory vacant, surplus, or underutilized city-owned property and assess its suitability for permanent or affordable […]
March 6, 2023

SAJE Files Suit against the City of LA for Approving a Hotel on the Bethune Site

On Friday, March 3, 2023, Carstens, Black & Minteer LLP filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles on behalf of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), a UNIDAD coalition member, for failing to comply with the law when they overrode regulatory decisions and allowed publicly owned land in South Central Los Angeles to be developed into a luxury hotel. This over-33,000-square-foot vacant lot was formerly home to […]
June 26, 2023

Streamlining Affordable Housing Is Important, but So Is Protecting Renters

Los Angeles City Council members are considering a motion to codify Executive Directive 1 (Council File 23-0623), which aims to streamline affordable housing project applications. Making affordable housing easier to build is a good thing: the city desperately needs more affordable units, and we need to build those units faster. However, creating these new buildings often necessitates the demolition of existing rent-controlled housing. In such cases, we must be sure […]