Congressman John Lewis and his Award-Winning Graphic Novel Collaborators Visit Southeastern San Diego!

This past Sunday, the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation welcomed nearly 800 residents, community leaders, and elected officials to the Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall for a special presentation from legendary civil rights activist and respected member of Congress John Lewis and his award-winning graphic novel collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Lewis, Aydin, and Powell made a special visit to Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods after their 2015 Comic-Con panel to discuss their bestselling graphic novel series MARCH. MARCH recounts Lewis’ experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and provides valuable lessons in nonviolent activism and youth empowerment.

Several local students who participated in reading and discussion activities about MARCH had the opportunity to ask Congressman Lewis and his collaborators questions and pose for a photo.

Several local students who participated in reading and discussion activities about MARCH had the opportunity to ask Congressman Lewis and his collaborators questions and pose for a photo.

The Jacobs Family Foundation and Jacobs Center Board Members Valerie Jacobs Hapke and Norm Hapke donated 1,000 copies of MARCH: Book One and Book Two to students in Southeastern San Diego. EIS used the books to coordinate reading and discussion activities with various local schools, churches, and community organizations to engage students in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of the students who participated in these activities were in attendance on Sunday. They welcomed the co-creators with a symbolic march across the Chollas Creek bridge from the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater to the Jacobs Center.

Local students performed a symbolic march across the Chollas Creek Bridge from the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater to the Jacobs Center.

Local students performed a symbolic march across the Chollas Creek Bridge from the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater to the Jacobs Center.

The event started with a rousing performance by the Thunder Squad Drumline from the Heartbeat Music Academy. Young performers brought the crowd to their feet and shared personal monologues.

Following Thunder Squad Drumline, Courtney Davis, an alumna of EIS, welcomed the community and shared her experience, the importance of education, and spoke about the inspiration she received from Congressman Lewis’ career.

Thuder Squad Drumline opened the show with a bang!

Thunder Squad Drumline opened the show with a bang!

Lewis, Aydin, and Powell each spoke about their own social justice influences and what inspired them to create MARCH. Following their presentation, several students had the opportunity to ask Lewis about his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and his thoughts on some of today’s social justice movements.

Congressman John Lewis, joined by his award-winning graphic novel collaborators spoke to a packed room at the Jacobs Center's Celebration Hall.

Congressman John Lewis, joined by his award-winning graphic novel collaborators spoke to a packed room at the Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall.

Copies of the best-selling MARCH: Book One and Book Two were available for sale at the event. They can also be purchased at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.

MARCH: Book One and Book Two and the comic that inspired Congressman Lewis to write a graphic novel,

MARCH: Book One and Book Two and the comic that inspired Congressman Lewis to write a graphic novel, “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story”

With many communities across the country still struggling with social and racial issues today, the messages of hope that MARCH offers were especially meaningful for residents in the Diamond Neighborhoods.

The graphic novel series has become a key resource to teach the next generation about a pivotal moment in our nation’s history and has been embraced by countless readers. It’s been adopted in classrooms nationwide, spent 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and even become the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

You can view more photos from the historic event here.

Trolley Residential Groundbreaking Coming July 15

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New Places to Call Home Are Coming to the
Diamond Neighborhoods!

Join us and our development partner Chelsea Investment Corporation to celebrate the start of construction on 52-units of new affordable multi-family apartment homes.

Trolley Residential Project Groundbreaking Ceremony
Wednesday, July 15
3:30 pm

Southeast corner of Market Street and Market Creek Place Driveway

FREE parking is available at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA

Located adjacent to the MTS Euclid Transit Center, this project will help create a more walkable community and is one part of transforming the Diamond Neighborhoods into a place where residents can live, work, play, and create. Come be part of the revitalization!

All are welcome to attend this FREE event. Please contact Liz Faris at LFaris@jacobscenter.org or (619) 527-6161 ext. 376 with questions.

National Day of Civic Hacking Kicks Off This Friday, June 5

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Local Groups Join Forces for San Diego’s Participation in Coast-to-Coast Civic Engagement Event Attracting Thousands

HackForChange2015-StickerKids, parents, programmers and public officials come together to ‘build a better San Diego’ as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. The co-alition of organizing groups is led by Open San Diego, a Brigade Chapter of Code for America, the group coordinating the national efforts. Activities will take place at four diferent sites in three different neighborhoods. There will be something to do for anyone interested in presentations and hands-on experiences aimed at making the lives of San Diegans better.

A civic hack will take place in southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods during the Urban Collaborative Project’s Taste of the 4 Corners:

Friday, June 5
5 – 7 pm
Southwest Corner of Imperial Avenue and Euclid Avenue

Come experience good food from local food trucks and connect with your neighbors! During this time the Jacobs Center will be implementing their civic hack of a roaming community radio station. You may be asked what you love about your neighborhood and your ideas how to make it better! All are welcome to attend this FREE event. Register here to participate or just show up with your ideas!
The conversations collected as part of the community radio station hack will be available on the Train of Thought Podcast the next morning, Saturday, June 6. You can listen here.
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National Day of Civic Hacking continues Saturday, June 6 from 10 am – 4 pm. To find out where and when other civic hacks will be taking place and to register to participate click here. Follow the action on social media using #HackforChange.

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