We had appearances by Willie Nelson, Danny Glover, Joan Baez and even a former mermaid up in a tree as dozens of demonstrators protested the attempt by 120 sheriff’s deputies to evict them from 14 acres of inner-city land where about 350 people grow produce and flowers in Los Angeles. This they protest.
Yet, half a mile north of the protest, at Nevin Elementary School, only 7 percent of African-American and 14 percent of Hispanic fourth-grade students are reading at the proficient level or above. At Carver Middle School (only 1.25 miles away), 0 percent of African-American and 1 percent of Hispanic eighth-grade students are proficient or above in Algebra 1. A mere .71 miles west of the South Central Farm, at Jefferson High School, 0 percent of African-American and 1 percent of Hispanic ninth-grade students have shown proficiency or above in Algebra 1, and 7 percent of African-American and 9 percent of Hispanic ninth-graders are reading at the proficient level or above.