We Shall Not Be Moved
While May is all about moms, we think it’s also the perfect month to celebrate all caregivers in our community. This interview from the Silver Lake History Collective introduces founders of The Echo Park-Silver Lake People’s Childcare Center. The childcare center, which still exists on Lakeshore Avenue in Echo Park, started out in a garage on Vendome Street in Silver Lake. The center was founded by two women who saw a great need in for quality childcare for working families, especially single moms. When the City of L.A. threatened to evict the center from the garages across from Vendome Park, the staff took the children to City Hall where they sang in English and Spanish, “We Shall Not Be Moved (out of the garages)”. The city ultimately provided a proper building that became a model for progressive childcare in California.