I’d venture to say police brutality is as much a part of skateboarding as ollies and powerslides are.
What are your thoughts on this pressing issue?
*Less Hate, More Skate: Skateboarding as Community-Building*
YouthNoise and Community Partners Rally Together for the *Less Hate, More
Skate* Competition on May 22, 2010
LOS ANGELES: This spring, YouthNoise is partnering with the Skate Park
Association to host the ultimate skate competition for all ages at the
Salvation Army in South Los Angeles. The *Less Hate, More Skate* event will
combine skateboarding with social justice to repeal the No Skate laws in
SoCal. Participants will enjoy snacks, a live DJ, skate contests, prizes and
art, and will take action by painting a banner and signing a petition to
decriminalize skateboarding in many public spaces. The Salvation Army will
also be showcasing their full programming for youth of all ages and will be
selling memberships for teens at half-price for the day of the event ($7.50
for six months)! The *Less Hate, More Skate *event will bring youth
activists, adult allies and community groups together to break down
stereotypes about skateboarders and to advocate for skateboarding as a fun
and healthy activity.
*Less Hate, More Skate* is a YouthNoise campaign that seeks to raise
awareness and prompt community action to address laws targeting skaters in
Southern California. YouthNoise believes that skateboarding gives youth an
opportunity to build skills, socialize, spend time outdoors, and utilize an
alternative form of affordable transportation. Anti-skateboarding laws make
it difficult for boarders living in the heart of the city to practice their
skills. “When we say skateboarding is a creative expression and healthy
activity that keeps people away from deviant activities in the big urban
jungle, the state and subsequent counties all over LA say (in legally
binding terms) that it’s a menace to society,” says Oakley Anderson-Moore, a
local Play City blogger and skateboarding advocate.
“By making skateboarding illegal in many public spaces, Los Angeles not only
promotes a culture of distrust of skateboarders, but also discourages youth
from becoming involved in a productive and healthy pursuit,” says Anne-Marie
Herwig, campaign organizer for *Less Hate, More Skate*. Chris Gutierrez from
Venice, California, agrees, “Before, I was into hanging out in the streets
with my homies, doing dumb stuff. Skateboarding was a way out. It is a
blessing to have it in my life and changed me a lot from what I used to be.”
Participants will have an opportunity to sign the *Less Hate, More
Skate*petition, to be presented to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
*More information and ways to take action:*
· Check out the campaign on
YouthNoise Play City
· Read blog posts
*Less Hate, More Skate*, watch the videos and be a part of the movement.
· Sign the
the No Skate laws.
· Go to the *Less Hate, More Skate* event on May 22, at
7651 S Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90001
For more information, contact