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Harvey Milk Day of Service: Transforming Our Entry Into A Drought Tolerant Paradise + Roundtable with West Adams Historian Les Wills

“It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.” -Harvey Milk unnamed

On May 30, as part of the Harvey Milk Day of Service, The William Grant Still Arts Center will receive a drought tolerant landscaping treatment thanks to L.A. Works, a non-profit organization that mobilizes and coordinates volunteers across Los Angeles.

Help us turn the our dusty front area planters – unwatered due to watering restrictions – into a drought-tolerant paradise of sage, aloe, low-water succulents, and (fingers crossed) even a few plants that attract butterflies provided by L.A. Works.

We’ll also be repainting the front bench and planting sweet smelling jasmine in planters in back for the summer campers to enjoy. Participants will be involved in service from 10:30am-2:00pm where volunteers will engage in weeding, planting, mulching and creating toiletry/snack kits for homeless neighbors.

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In addition to the hands-on service, volunteers are invited to participate in a post-service roundtable discussion highlighting civil rights and social issues significant to the LGBT queer community with West Adams based historian Les Wills.

You can contact us if you are interested in volunteering at 323/734-1165 or sign up at this link on L.A. Works website.

Harvey Milk led a life of service and community engagement. The grassroots activist and community leader made history when he became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in 1977, when he was elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. He was tragically assassinated the following year, and the Harvey Milk Day of Service commemorates and honors his life and legacy.

Special thanks to local resident and landscape designer Jessica Gramcko for volunteering landscape planning services.