We are connecting dots, riding around our neighborhoods, in an effort to solidify our local networks, making everything and everyone more accessible for and to each other. Decentralized autonomous community response networks are needed everywhere!!
**Below is a reference list to activist collectives, orgs, groups, and spaces in Los Angeles. Please note: Some of these groups may no longer be in existence**
East Los Angeles
Bike Oven– : www.bikeoven.com/ (323) 223-8020 M-T 7-10 TH7-10 F-Su 1-4
The Bike Oven endeavors to serve the community and improve the quality of urban life by promoting and facilitating the use of bicycles as an alternative to non-sustainable, air-polluting motor vehicle transportation. 3706 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065,
CESA– https://www.facebook.com/CESALosAngeles Community Education for Social Action (CESA) is a collective in the Greater East Los Angeles area collaborating with working-class communities to educate each other about social-economic issues to gain political consciousness for social action.
Centro de Communicacion http://cimarrones.org/
(213) 215-0738 open 12pm-4pm. Weekends (call for other times) This independent multimedia center is located in Boyle Heights. Currently the project is developing a community based video news show, video editing bays, audio production and info/book shop.
1214 E 1st St, Boyle Heights, CA 90033 (213) 215-0738
Cultivarte Gallery is a DIY framing and silk screen printing business based out of East Los Angeles, operated by Rey Sepúlveda and Yunuen González since 2010.
3923 1/2 Olympic Ave East Los Angeles, CA (323) 943-9292
East Side Café – http://eastsidecafe.org/
5469 N. Huntington Drive, El Sereno, CA 90032
We are an autonomous community space that is sustained by community members and collectives. We offer a space for members of the community to engage, have events, classes, meetings, workshops, and organize.
Echo Park Film Center – www.echoparkfilmcenter.org (213) 484-8846/TH-F 2-10 SA 12-5 1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Echo Park Film Center is a non-profit media arts organization committed to providing equal and affordable community access to film/video resources via five channels: a neighborhood microcinema space, free and nominal cost education programs, a comprehensive film equipment and service retail department, a green-energy mobile cinema & film school, and a touring film festival showcasing local established and emerging filmmakers.
Comida No Bombas Food justice collective providing the Los Angeles community with other means of self sustainability. Food is provided from farmer markets or dumpster diving, then it’s cooked and redistributed to the community. Everything being salvaged and used to eliminate waste and bring about change in this mass consuming society.
Greater/Central Los Angeles
ACRAS https://www.facebook.com/acrascollective acras.weebly.com Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org We provide FREE/LOW COST ABORTION DOULA SUPPORT for people in Los Angeles, CA (tambien en Español).
ARMA www.armacollective.com email@example.com ARMA is part of the urban Zapatismo work that began shortly after the uprising. We attempt to walk together not only with the Zapatistas, but with other groups who align themselves with the notion of dignity and community healing.
Art Division http://artdivision.org/ (213) 385-1585 Art Division is a non-profit (501)(c)3 organization dedicated to training and supporting underserved youth who are committed to studying the visual arts. Art Division distinguishes itself by providing in-depth services to young adults aged 18-25 in the Rampart District of Los Angeles, an at-risk population within one of Los Angeles’ most densely populated and underserved communities.
Bici Libre https://www.facebook.com/bicilibre
1205 W. 6th St , Los Angeles, California 90017 Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri- 12-8pm, Tues & Thurs- 12-5pm Bici Libre is a volunteer run bicycle workspace.
Comida No Bombas – https://www.facebook.com/CNBxLA cooking days Wednesdays. Ask for info on facebook or e-mail. We are Comida No Bombas L.A., a horizontal collective sharing free vegan meals to the people, on bicycles. “Solidarity, not charity!” firstname.lastname@example.org
Cucci LA https://www.facebook.com/ilovecucci Sex Education. Sex Toy Parties.
Elefante https://www.facebook.com/elefantecollective The Elefante Collective’s mission is to focus on building community by sharing ideas, knowledge, and art through creative photography and video production. http://elefantecollective.tumblr.com/
Free Association of Anarchists http://theanarchistassociation.wordpress.com/ We publish the quarterly newsletter Black Flag, conduct an annual Skid Row Clothing Giveaway during the Winter holiday season, and are constantly engaged in all sorts of projects around labor organizing, education, immigrant rights, animal liberation, anti-capitalism, feminism, anti-authoritarianism and all other forms of legitimate resistance to illegitimate authority.
Herbal Freedom school https://www.facebook.com/groups/439449209499030/ HFS is a collective looking to share skills with an emphasis on the healing and transformative properties of herbs.
Immigrant youth coalition http://theiyc.org/ The Immigrant Youth Coalition is an organization led by undocumented youth and immigrants and students to fight for immigrant rights, education and against criminalization.
Indigenous DRUM https://www.facebook.com/indigenousDRUM Indigenous Defense & Resistance Unity Movement is a coalition formed by Southern California relatives and allies to support and supply land defense.
Justice for My Sister Collective http://www.justiceformysister.com/ The Justice for my Sister Collective is a co-ed, feminist, pro-immigrant rights organization that advocates for women’s access to justice and gender equality. LA
Queer Resistance Collective https://www.facebook.com/LAQRzine laqrcollective.tumblr.com/ We are a Los Angeles based collective of feminists, activists, glamourchists, anarchoqueers, and whatever-the-fuck-we-feel-like-that-day seeking kindred spirits to build queer resistance! JOIN US! Calling for all visual art, scribbles, rants, poems, essays, and whatever else you’ve got!
LA Worker’s Center (Red House) http://www.losangelesworkers.org/ Our mission is to promote the education and general welfare of working people in Southern California, and to conduct educational and cultural activities, which advance the well being of workers and their families. 1251 South Saint Andrews Place, Los Angeles, CA 90019
LACE Center https://www.facebook.com/lacecenter.org The LACE (Liberation Arts and Community Engagement) Center is a working collaborative and community resource for community-based arts and movement-building
Labor strategy center http://www.thestrategycenter.org/ (213) 387-2800 3780 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1200; L.A., CA 90010 Our campaigns, projects, and publications are rooted in working class communities of color, and address the totality of urban life with a particular focus on civil rights, environmental justice, public health, global warming, and the criminal legal system.
On Resistance- https://www.facebook.com/onresistance On Resistance radio is a HORIZONTAL collective determined to empower RESISTANCE against ALL FORMS/ SYSTEMS of oppression and assimilation.
Radical Dis-abiliy https://www.facebook.com/radicaldisability Radical Dis-ability is the facebook page for a local effort in Los Angeles, to bring dis-ability rights, inclusion and process into the larger discussion on human rights and social justice
Revolutionary Autonomous Communities https://www.facebook.com/raclosangeles We support community in movement to inspire a local/global network of revolutionary autonomous communities through action, mutual aid programs, worker alternatives, educational skill shares, access to community health resources, access to legal resources, access to housing, as well as social media. Food distribution Every Sunday 12-5PM Macarthur Park on the corner of s park view and Wilshire.
Raices root ridazzz https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raices-Roots-Ridas Raices Roots Ridas is a collective of cyclists embarking on a journey from Los Angeles, California to San Andres Itzapa in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
SQUAD https://www.facebook.com/qpocsquad As a collective, our mission is to build more queer visibility and solidarity within the punk and hardcore scene.
Semillas del Pueblo http://www.dignidad.org/ Semillas Del Pueblo Community Schools (Semillas Del Pueblo) enrolls over 400 students in our Kinder-12 continuum of learning. Semillas is a community-based, education non-profit organization led by Indigenous Mexican educators in Los Angeles, California.
Southern CA Immigration Coalition https://www.facebook.com/SCIC.Info http://immigrationcoalition.org/ The Southern California Immigration Coalition is unified to bring an end to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s raids of communities and workplaces. We believe in Full Legalization for the undocumented and their right to live in liberty, an unalienable right.
Tochtli Collective – Los Angeles https://www.facebook.com/tochtlicollective Tochtli Collective is a DIY not for profit collective and distro comprised of punx, artists and activists that organize shows in the greater LA area
North Los Angeles
Bicycle Kitchen/bitchen– www.bicyclekitchen.com (323) 662-2776 M 12-5, T-TH 6:30-9:30, SA 12-4, SU 2-6 Bitchen M 6:30-09:30 The Bicycle Kitchen is a nonprofit bicycle repair educational organization. We are a group of volunteers who run a space in Los Angeles filled with tools and stands for working on bicycles. 4429 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
LA Food Not Bombs https://www.facebook.com/pages/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs We cook from 3 – 6 p.m. at 1069 Sanborn Avenue, near Sunset Junction in Silverlake. We begin serving at Pershing Square at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday.
South Los Angeles
Chicas Rockeras South East Los Angeles https://www.facebook.com/chicasrockerassela http://www.ChicasRockerasSELA.org Chicas Rockeras promotes healing, growth, and confidence for girls through music education while building self-esteem and encouraging group collaboration.
Cielo https://www.facebook.com/groups/168780496503546/ CIELO is a multifu nctional/multifaceted art/community/cultural space in South Central LA that is whatever it needs to be at any given time. 3201 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, California 90011
Long beach FNB https://www.facebook.com/fnbinthelbc Help us cook or come eat with us, and we will love you forever. Cooking starts at 2:00 pm every Friday, and we leave to picnic around 5pm. email@example.com
Southern California Library http://www.socallib.org/ (323) 759-6063 W-Sa 11-6 The Southern California Library documents and makes accessible histories of struggles that challenge racism and other systems of oppression so we can all imagine and sustain possibilities for freedom. 6120 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044
United Riders https://www.facebook.com/UnitedRidersofSouthLA United Riders is a combination of East Side Riders (ESR) and Los Ryderz Bike Clubs in Watts.
West Los Angeles
Bikerowave– http://bikerowave.org/ 310-230-5236 M – Th: 6:30pm-10pm , Sa 11am-5pm Su:11am-2pm 12255 Venice Blvd. Mar Vista, CA 90066 Bikerowave is a bicycle repair collective. We provide space, tools, and equipment in order to effectively teach people how to build, repair, and maintain their bicycles.
Chucos–http://www.youth4justice.org/ (323) 235-4243/1137 E Redondo Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302 Chuco’s Justice Center serves as a youth and community space, resource center and gathering place for organizers, artists, educators and organizations building a social justice movement in Los Angeles. The CJC works to challenge the criminalization and mass incarceration of youth and communities; police un-accountability and state violence, or the creation and/or expansion of the prison industrial complex. Chuco’s is home to the Youth Justice Coalition
Gender Justice LA is building a strong grassroots multi-racial coalition of transgender people and allies to advocate for our rights, win concrete improvements in our lives, and challenge oppression. 6815W. Willoughby Suite #203 Los Angeles CA 90038
Heart of Art Gallery https://www.facebook.com/HeartofArtGallery Heart of Art Gallery is a gallery that supports art made by women, and LGBTQ. We bring all forms of art together such as: painters, 3d art, street graffiti, photography, music, fashion and entertainment. 1907 Rodeo Rd., Los Angeles, California 90018
Leimert park http://www.leimertparkbeat.com/ Leimert Park is considered the center of the African-American arts scene in Los Angeles, with flourishing blues and jazz clubs, as well as venues for hip hop and numerous dramatic performances and poetry readings. You can find radical history books here as well as good eats with vegan options. Martin Luther king blvd/Crenshaw blvd Youth Justice Coalition https://www.facebook.com/YouthJusticeCoalition (323) 235-4243 http://www.youth4justice.org The Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) is working to build a youth-led movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in the Los Angeles County juvenile injustice system. 1137 E. Redondo Blvd, Inglewood, California 90302
San Fernando Valley
1384 Screen Printing/Art in Resistance – https://www.facebook.com/1384screenprinting A DIY screen printing operation looking to create a hub for the community to be able to have access to screen printing materials at a not for profit basis. We use water based eco-friendly inks and are locate in the garage of El Hormiguero. Feel free to contact the facebook for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bikesan@’s Del Valle – https://www.facebook.com/bikesanxs bike wrenching nights Wednesdays 7PM-10PM Bikesan@s is a self-sustained cyclist collective from the East San Fernando Valle riding to inspire a community on wheels. Bikesan@s provides a not for profit service to the community by promoting cycle mechanics and awareness as well as social justice and autonomous living 12545 Terra Bella St. Pacoima 91331
HOODSisters https://www.facebook.com/hoodsisters http://hoodsisters.org HOODsisters (Honoring our Origins, Ourselves and our Dreams) is an all-womyn and womyn-identified crew from the northeast San Fernando Valley dedicated to creating awareness through public art.
El Hormiguero. https://www.facebook.com/HormigueroPacoima (818) 794-2192 El Hormiguero is a collective and reflective home that actively works towards building a safe, sustainable, and community oriented space. Our purpose is to create a transformative and dignified place through dialogue, mutual aid and accountability. We are an autonomous collective of queer/ally people of color from various communities in struggle. 12545 Terra Bella St Pacoima, CA, United States 91331
Food Not Bombs SFV – https://www.facebook.com/pages/SFV-Food-Not-Bombs/236960679815 Every Sunday 2-4 PM at Reseda park on the corner of Reseda and Victory in the San Fernando Valley.
Tia Chuchas– http://www.tiachucha.com/ (818) 939-3433 M-Th 2-8 , F 2-10, Sa 11-6 Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural is a not-for-profit cultural arts center and bookstore. The Centro provides a positive space for people to activate what we all share as human beings: the capacity to create, to imagine and to express ourselves in an effort to improve the quality of life for our community. 13197 Gladstone Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342
Valley Bikery http://www.valleybikery.com/ M 5-8 T 7-10 W Su 8-12(by appointment only) The Valley Bikery is an organization that promotes and supports cycling as a sustainable, healthy, and fun method of transportation in the San Fernando Valley. 14416 Victory Blvd. Suite #104 Van Nuys, CA 91401
Youth Speak Collective http://youthspeakcollective.wordpress.com/ 818.890.2928
Youth Speak Collective is a youth-driven organization founded on the idea that all young people can succeed if provided with the right opportunities. We follow a “for youth, by youth” philosophy in which young people are empowered to help design and implement our programs. 444 South Brand Blvd. Suite #201, San Fernando, CA 91340
San Gabriel Valley
Bridgetown DIY https://www.facebook.com/bridgetowndiy Bridgetown DIY is a not-for-profit social center and music/art space. We are dedicated to empowerment through education, collaboration, and sharing. 1421 N Valinda Ave, La Puente, California http://bridgetowndiy.org/
Blood orange https://www.facebook.com/bloodorangeinfoshop Th 4:30-8 The Blood Orange Infoshop is a collective of artists and activists who believe in the transformative potential of Do-It-Yourself culture and radical political intervention. We collaborate to provide a non-commercial space for art exhibits, performances and free education.
3485 University Ave, # 2, RIVERSIDE, CA 92501