South LA Muslims, Civic Leaders Team Up to Deliver ‘Safety through Service’ on Saturday

(Los Angeles – 12/16/15) — Gang violence in South L.A. is on the rise, with the Los Angeles Times reporting that it has spiked 11% since last year. In September, local activists, organizations, urban media publications, and community leaders took to the streets to declare “No more violence!”

When the Coalition to Preserve Human Dignity (CPHD) went into local parks and gang territories to initiate building safe communities of resilience this fall, they heard one sentiment over and over again from active community leaders, “Our families and the community need services.”

The ILM Foundation, UMMA Clinic, and Stop The Violence Increase the Peace Foundation teaming up to answer this urgent call with “Safety through Service” Humanitarian Day.

“Humanitarian Day is about answering the call to push back against violence and poverty with direct services, resources and civic engagement,” said Umar Hakim, Executive Director of the ILM Foundation. “We invite our fellow Angelinos to join us as volunteers to inspire people, protect American morality, and help one another. We hope this event will become an annual initiative to promote wellness and peace in negatively impacted areas throughout Los Angeles.”

This Saturday, December 19, the CPHD will host Humanitarian Day (HDAY) in South Los Angeles; bringing medical and dental screenings, hygiene products, line items for 500 local children and adults.

WHAT:            Safety Through Service Humanitarian Day

WHEN:            Saturday, December 19 | Kick-off at 10:00 a.m. | Distribution starts at 11:00 a.m.

WHO:              500 community members will be served

Sponsored by the Coalition to Preserve Human Dignity

WHERE:         Jesse Owens Park – 9651 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles 90047

As a South L.A. faith-based organization, the ILM Foundation will show its support and provide direct support and care for a resilient community. #United4HumanityLA

CPHD members supporting HDAY are: Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, UMMA Clinic, ILM Foundation, LAPD, Stop the Violence Increase the Peace Foundation, Hearts of Mercy, Orange County Islamic Foundation, Ansar Service Partnership, Will and Jada Smith Foundation, Muslim Public Affairs Council, CAIR-LA, Islah LA, NewGround, Bend The Arc, DHS_LA, Asians Americans Advancing Justice-LA, California Community Fund, and the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.

[CONTACT: Umar Hakim || 310-346-4106 | |]