I know there have been complaints and an LA Weekly article over Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's autocratic and secretive "consolidation of power" over the City's taxpayer gang intervention program money. It looks like Louis Farrakan-based Venice 2000 (V2K/H.E.L.P.E.R.) is ONE of the groups to get the mayor's "Golden Ticket" of taxpayer money.
From: LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) - May 28, 2009 - Venice 2000 (V2K) has won the ability to expand their gang intervention and prevention services into key gang-riddled South Los Angeles neighborhoods by way of two funding grants awarded by the City's new Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Program.
V2K is based on the study course developed by Minister Louis Farrakhan.
V2K did not qualify for support under the new program, but they were approved, allowances were made so they could get the program money.
“I believe that Allah definitely has had his hand in our affairs. It means that we pretty much had our eyes set on the areas that we've served for the past three years. We always wanted to expand, but didn't have the resources, and now we have the opportunity,” a V2K spokesperson said.
“Everything that we're doing is predicated on the Study Guides and taking what the Minister has given us in writing and making it a reality in our community,” Mr. Muhammad continued.If you go to the H.E.L.P.E.R.S./V2K website, you can see their BIG project they are working on:
Prison Reform Petition of the H.E.L.P.E.R. Foundation, Africa Resettlement Petition (In conjunction with Venice 2000 (V2K))
The Helper of Muhammad Resettlement Petition is an appeal to the American government to free all Islamic Prisioners (State and Federal) within the United States borders.
So in case you were wondering who the taxpayer gang intervention money is going to, I know some of it is going to the Farrakahn-based group whose mission is to free all Islamic prisoners in the country. Does that, or does that not include Gitmo detainees that will be brought to the U.S.?
I've been focusing on local issues, so I'll need to evaluate those consequences and form a position.
I do have a feeling that V2K is doing good work in the community, helping to keep the peace, but this is a political nightmare for Villaraigosa.