Equipment for LA Street Vendors

$22,792 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 892 people in 13 months
Created July 13, 2017
Every day street vendors run the risk of being attacked. In July, we started the Equipment for LA Street Vendors Fund to support vendors who have their equipment confiscated by the Health Department and LAPD.  

When equipment is confiscated and/or food is dumped, vendors lose thousands of dollars of their investment that impacts their business and usually their only means of taking care of their family. The City of Los Angeles is one of the only major cities in the Country that doesn't have a permit system for sidewalk vendors. This means that street vendors run the risk of getting cited or are vulnerable to physical attacks.

To learn more about our efforts, visit the LA Street Vendor Campaign. If you're in the City of LA, please call your city representative and encourage them to support full legalization of street vending.

On behalf of the street vendors, thank you, thank you for caring about those most vulnerable and susceptible to attacks because of poor policies. It is your support that ignited the idea that together we can create a fund to support street vendors that are victimized daily.

If you have any questions, please ask! Please note, we are unable to respond to comments posted on this page. This page was created by concerned residents and nonprofits who are committed to supporting the working poor that are unjustly criminalized. Your funds will go directly to vendors and updates on funds distributed will be posted here.
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As previously mentioned, Andres from Highland Park received his check for $800 to support the replacement of his equipment after it was confiscated.

Again, thank you for your support!
Andres receiving his donation.
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Hi Everyone!

We wanted to send you an update on the most recent vendor we've been able to support with your contributions. Through this fund, the LA Street Vendor Campaign awarded $500 to Elizabeth Medina, a sidewalk street vendor from Alvarado St & 7th St, a check to cover legal expenses and living costs in support of recent economic hardships.

She is an active vendor leader and organizer with the LA Street Vendor Campaign. Elizabeth, a single mother was arrested and jailed for 13 days on trumped up charges for organizing in response to attempts made by the LAPD to remove all sidewalk vendors.

Unfortunately, police have intimidated vendors and threatened to arrest any vendor who tries to set up. The street vendor community in the MacArthur Park area have been struggling since October of this past year, when LAPD began to intensify what we see is a criminalization of poverty. Elizabeth has no other means of supporting her family but to earn her living as a street vendor.

She states, “I will continue to be a vendor and organize because I need to pay the rent that continues to increase, I need to support my family…if the LAPD wants to take me away or arrest me for being a hard working mom then I’m going to fight harder to make sure street vendors like myself across Los Angeles have a fair street vending permit."

We hope to continue to support vendors like Elizabeth. Please continue to donate here.
Elizabeth and Rosa of the Campaign
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This week we are delivering a check for $800 to Andres, the vendor from Highland Park, who initially inspired this campaign.

Also, we received a request for a refund for a donation of $500. See photo.
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Members of the LA Street Vendor Campaign visited LA City Councilmembers today to remind them we are waiting for full decriminalization. Vendors continue to experience citations and their equipment being confiscated. Remember, if you are in the City of LA, please call your Councilmember - ask them to decriminalize vending entirely in the City of LA and encourage them to bring committees together to discuss solid next steps to legalize street vending.
Street Vendors visiting Councilmembers
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$22,792 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 892 people in 13 months
Created July 13, 2017
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