Source: The AV Times – Avtimes.com, The Antelope Valley Press,
December 2009 in the Antelope Valley The Community Action League (TCAL) started witnessing and receiving complaints from our community members that they were being harassed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, US Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD, The City of Palmdale and the City of Lancaster for being on Section 8. On July 2010 we received the report the Bob Merritt report which revealed a disproportionate in amount of arrests involving African American people and Latinos in the Antelope Valley.
August 10th 2011 TCAL announced how we were going to move forward with the information on Bob Merit report. August 25th 2011 the Community Action League host a section 8 community forum to hear complaints from the community about the sheriff's department harassing people on section 8. August 19, 2011 the Community Action League lawsuit against the sheriff's department and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD spurred the US Department of Justice announced that they will launch an investigation into the ledge discrimination by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in Palmdale and Lancaster. September 18th 2011 TCAL takes on the justice system a “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” community forum and town hall meeting sponsored by Liberty Hill. September 29th 2011 the Community Action League met with the Department of Justice. The meeting started an investigation to the discriminatory policing by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
December 9th 2011 the Community Action League held a press conference for our community so that DOJ could hear complaints from the Antelope Valley residence. December 13th 2011 DOJ attorneys and investigators here from the Av residence over 300 residences attended this community forum sponsored by Liberty Hill. January 26 2012 the Los Angeles County settles with TCAL, Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) and County Council for section 8 discrimination allegations. July 2012 the Community Action League calls for citizen review board for the harassment of African American people and Latinos here in the Antelope Valley. By October 10th 2012 Palmdale, Lancaster, the sheriff's department, the US housing department (HUD) all settle the Community Action League's lawsuit.
April 29th 2015 Sheriff's Department settles with DOJ for $750,000 in discrimination case against African American people resulting in 150 new policies on how the sheriff's department must deal with the African American communities. On July 20th 2015 the Los Angeles County Housing Authority settle in the AV section 8 discrimination cases for $2,000,000
September 2015 Department of Justice held a TCAL community forum to talks to the community member about Section 8 statement. DOJ stated “NONE OF THIS COULD HAVE BEEN ACIEVED WITH OUT THE HELP OF TCAL”
The purpose of this proposal is to continue the successful work that we have done here in the Antelope Valley. Starting with the section 8 we have eliminated the section 8 investigators so there will be no more harassment of people on section 8. We work with the Department of Justice to bring a lawsuit against the sheriff's department and the housing authority in 2016 both entities with pay 2.7 million dollars to African American people here in the Antelope Valley. Also there are new regulations on how the sheriff's department is to treat African American people here in the Antelope Valley.
The Community Action League is proud of our partnership with the sheriff's department and the City of Lancaster we were once fighting against each other now we are working in partnership to make this community better for everyone.
TCAL did several March on the courthouse with the help of Liberty Hill Foundation. Our focus is on justice for people of color at the courthouse. Unfair charges I've been placed on our community members and they are forced to take plea deals that ultimately ruin their lives and their families’ lives over crimes that would normally be misdemeanors. Our new mission is now to transform the court systems, juvenile court systems and the way we work with the court systems in general.
The Department of Justice appointed monitoring team will be coming down in January 2016 to host a series of town hall meetings on the new policing practices. We will be explaining the new policies on how the sheriff's department is to relate to the community members.
TCAL will also host a series of workshops on how the community should relate to the sheriff's department and also the “Community’s Code of Conduct” when it comes to dealing with the court systems. We will be working from both ends as we will work with our community members on how to effectively deal with the court system and then we will be working with the court systems on communication lines and better relationships with community members. We are building on the success that we had here in the Antelope Valley dealing with the municipalities. TCAL has a commitment to make a significant contribution to better the quality of life for all residents by improving the physical nature of our neighborhoods and environment. We are a grassroots movement focused on establishing community bonds with each other and on building a community, governed, ruled and empowered by the people.