Los Angeles Poverty Department Hosts Free Movie Screenings

Los Angeles Poverty Department pic

Los Angeles Poverty Department
Image: lapovertydept.org

Based in San Dimas, California, and operating as Priority Financial Group, Priority Mortgage Group provides mortgage loans and mortgage loan processing services. Led by president David Gomez, the firm seeks to help those in the community by supporting several organizations, including the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD).

Founded in 1985 by activist and performer John Malpede, the LAPD became the first group in the country that consisted primarily of homeless or formerly homeless people. It was the first arts organization on Skid Row and helped change the perception of the area as a place where poor people lived. LAPD believes that imagination motivates people, and it has collaborated with advocates and community members to create performances that accentuate the connections between their experiences and the arts.

On the first and third Fridays of each month, the LAPD screens movies about Skid Row and the downtown community. People can attend the free events at the Skid Row History Museum and Archive in Los Angeles.

On August 18, 2017, the LAPD hosted a screening for Herman’s House. The movie told the story about Herman Wallace, who is the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the country. He has spent more than four decades in a small Louisiana cell. The movie discusses the friendship he formed with artist Jackie Sumell and how the power of art transformed him. Afterward, people were able to direct questions to Sumell.


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