When a Church becomes a haven for revolutionary ideas and community organizing, it becomes even more of a sacred space. The Church of the Epiphany has been at the forefront of the fight for human rights in Los Angeles and in the nation at large. It's a National Historic Landmark. Now we need to renovate it and make sure that it can continue to serve the community. Help us to renovate our basement and fix our roof!
The Church of the Epiphany was central to the struggle for Chicano civil rights. In addition to serving as a base for La Raza, the Church was a birthplace of the Brown Berets, the Chicano activists who protested Vietnam, police brutality, educational discrimination, and the mistreatment of farm workers. Epiphany also was the L.A. headquarters for the United Farm Workers and ground zero for the planning of both the 1968 East L.A. Chicano student walkouts and the 1970s Chicano Moratorium anti-Vietnam War protest, at which former L.A. Times columnist Ruben Salazar was killed by LA County Sheriff’s deputies. The Church also served as the East LA headquarters for the 1968 presidential primary campaign of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Today we're still in the fight for LGBTQ+, workers', immigrant and refugee rights.
We're trying to raise $1 million to restore this beautiful church so it can continue to be useful for the people who worship here and the community at large. We're almost there! We've raised over $700,000!
In the budget for renovation are Epiphany’s leaking and crumbling basement, which in the 1960s was home to the underground Chicano newspaper La Raza and today houses a collection of historic photographs and documentation of the Church’s history of social justice activism. The renovation would retrofit the space, install an elevator so that all can access the basement, and create meeting rooms for legal and health care clinics held regularly at the Church today for its predominantly Latinx community. The Church’s leaking roof would be repaired and outdated electrical, heating and cooling systems would be upgraded. Restoration of the sanctuary’s ornate woodwork, stained-glass windows and lighting are also on the priority list.
We want you to be a part of this! Give what you can to support our Epiphany ¡Ahora! Capital Campaign.