The Save Our Chinatown Committee, a grassroots community group in Riverside, California, is in a furious year-long battle to save the archaeological site of Riverside's Chinatown from redevelopment. They are organizing a second demonstration today at City Hall.
The City of Riverside and the Riverside County Office of Education are supporting the development project, a medical office building, though it would wipe out the presence of Riverside's historic Chinese community. Save Our Chinatown proposes to establish a Chinatown Memorial Park at the site.
The struggle has been going on for over a year, including the developer's 3-day destruction of buildings on the property without municipal approval. The Committee has been lobbying intensely and has called on the City Council to rescind their previous approvals or "Revoke the Vote." They have so far obtained a temporary injunction against further destruction of the site.
The Save Our Chinatown Committee's demonstration is at City Hall (3900 Main St., Riverside, CA 92522) on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from 6:00-6:30 p.m. Participants will then attend the City Council meeting to ask the Council to revoke their approval of developer Doug Jacobs' project.