2015: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SERVICE!

The Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) is a non-profit, community-based, human social services organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for South Central Los Angeles residents.

WLCAC is looking forward to 2014 as we continue to lead by example. During this transition time, we continue to move toward achieving our mission with an internal look, so we can be the best we can be: Improving ourselves so we can better help others.

We hope you'll check back often for updates on events, initiatives, and news.

WLCAC and Ford teamed up for their first Jam Session and it was a great success!

Spring edition of Bones & Blues was fabulous, stay tuned for the Fall concert coming in September!

Book Phoenix Hall for your next event! 

Call 323.563.5639 for details.


Rebuilding Watts: In the 50th Anniversary year of the Watts Rebellion, community gathers for historic groundbreaking for streetscape improvements on 103rd Street, once known as "Charcoal Alley" 

Monday March 16th WLCAC joined our neighbors in Watts, Council Member Joe Busciano (CD15), the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Watts Towers Arts Center Campus Artists in residence, City of Los Angeles Public Works Department, and LAPD to celebrate a new Gateway Monument and signage, breaking ground on much needed improvements to 103rd street. The Watts Our Town project envisioned a new look for the historic Watts train station, as part of a connection point from Central Avenue to the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus to encourage visitors to make the most of their time in Watts.

Though the Our Town project funded conceptual design only, thanks to creative thinking and effective collaboration the Watts neighborhood will be able to see part of this dream come to fruition. Our Town design elements and artist input will be incorporated into the design for an existing streetscape improvement project.

The new monument has been designed by artists in Watts and will be built by Street Services, part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

Major improvements planned along 103rd street include the Frank Gehry -designed Children's Institute facility, the Jordan Downs redevelopment, MudTown Farms construction, and Roy Choi's new restaurant: More than a billion dollars will be invested in Watts on 103rd Street in the next few years. 50 years ago it was nicknamed Charcoal Alley after the destruction of the 1965 Watts Rebellion.
 
We are so honored to see artists designing the environment for all residents and visitors to Watts to enjoy! 

Sold-out reading reflected a great partnership between WLCAC, the Watts Village Theater Company, and the Center Theater Group. 

More than 150 visitors came from all over Southern California to WLCAC in Watts for a rich night of history, art, networking and fun thanks to the California Plays Project and WLCAC's partners.

​The night started with a powerful and emotional tour of the Civil Rights exhibit, an experiential journey through American history. Following the tour, the reading started promptly with a phenomenal cast executing the challenging and exciting work of playwright Evangeline Ordaz.

Immediately after, the audience enjoyed a rare moment of history in sharing feedback with the playwright before going on to enjoy delicious tacos under the stars on WLCAC's Patio del Sol. 

The Story of This Land: 
Over 150 years, four families with ancestry in different parts of the world make their home on one particular plot of Southern California land now known as Watts. A host of old curses and blessings, traditions and recipes, loves and betrayals travel down family lines from the 19th to the 21st century, forcing each successive generation to ask in times of hardship, “Should I stay or should I go?” Los Angeles native Evangeline Ordaz crafts a rich and complex web of diverse characters who through triumph and despair discover how deeply they are rooted in the dreams of their ancestors and the land on which they stand.
The California Plays Project
Fascinated by the landscape, people and politics of our home state, Center Theatre Group recently commissioned four Los Angeles playwrights to write four plays on California themes.  To aid in each play’s development, CTG is partnering with four Los Angeles cultural institutions to bring these California stories to different corners of our city—and to make a wide range of Los Angeles audiences such as yourself a part of the creative process. 

Click for more information about the California Plays Project , Center Theater Group or the 
 Watts Village Theater Company 

 



WLCAC Youth Services System

  • Are you looking for your first job?
  • Do you need help getting back into school?
  • Interested in exploring your career options?
  • Looking to further your Education or start vocational training?
Youth Services Flyer.pdf
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Watts Our Town Project

The Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) is engaged in creating a new design to improve the area near the 103rd Street train station called Watts Station, pictured below.
Watts Station (103rd Street and Graham, Los Angeles, circa 1920)
Watts Station (103rd Street and Graham, Los Angeles, circa 1980)
The design will include an artistic pathway between 103rd Street and the Watts Towers Art Center Campus, as well as a Visitors Center to celebrate the cultural history of the Watts Community.
 
Design coming soon!
 
This project is supported in part by an award from
the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
If you have questions about the project, or would like more information,
please contact WLCAC at 323.563.5639.
 
 
The Watts Our Town Project includes esteemed partners:

Title VI Compliance

WLCAC se ha comprometido a ofrecer excelente servicio al cliente y alta calidad de atención sin ser descriminado. Cualquier persona que sienta que ha sido discriminado en base a raza,color u origen nacional por WLCAC puede presentar una queja bajo Título VI completando elformulario disponible en la parte de abajo de esta pagina.

WLCAC is committed to providing excellent customer service and quality of care on a non-discriminatory basis.  Any person who feels they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, or national origin by WLCAC may file a Title VI complaint by completing the form provided below. 
Title VI Public Notice and Complaint Procedures (1).pdf
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