"Justicia para Roberto Diaz!"
Justice for Roberto Diaz. This was the anthem echoing at the corner of 37th and Maple in South LA on last Sunday, August 25th.
Hundreds gathered (with Streets Are For Everyone and local advocacy group, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)) in support of Roberto Diaz, a South LA 15 year old hit by a hit and run driver on August 6th. The driver then dragged him 1,500 feet from the corner of 37th and Maple to the intersection of Woodlawn and Martin Luthur King. He survived but is currently in the hospital recovering from severe injuries.
The purpose of this event was to call attention to the epidemic of hit and runs in Los Angeles, particularly in the South LA area, what happened to Roberto and hopefully catch the driver responsible, therefore hopefully bringing justtice for Roberto and his family.
200+ people were in attendance with a press conference kicking off the event. Speakers included: Damian Kevitt of SAFE, Martha Sanchez from ACCE, Roberto's mother, Belen, Councilmember Price and Roberto's friend who was with him that night. Roberto even spoke via video from his hospital bed.
At the conclusion of the press conference, everyone marched the complete 1,500 feet from 37th and Maple to the corner of Woodlawn and Martin Luthur King, where yellow carnations which were carried by all in attendance were laid down at the location where Roberto was found.
More photos can be seen at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/StreetsAreForEveryone/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2940904416134193
Check out the live video of the press conference
Other live video can be found on our FB page.
Thank you to ACCE, LADOT, Lyfe Productives, the LAPD, Think To Be Happy and all the others who made this event possible.
UPDATE ON ROBERTO: His recovery is progressing very well. He is now able to get up to a wheelchair and is incredibly grateful for all the support that everyone has shown him and his family. He even has an interest is getting involved in street safety advocacy through his recovery. We will continue to keep everyone informed.