Roberto Ceballos, Community Organizer & Housing Activist

Eva Garcia interviews Roberto Garcia Ceballos, a local organizer involved in Boyle Height's efforts to develop a community land trust. Recorded at the Sounds of California: Boyle Heights Festival (October 2021).

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Roberto García Ceballos is an organizer for the Fideicomiso Comuniatrio de Tierra Libre and an active member of the Community Power Collective. In his conversation with Eva, he shares about the history and vision behind FCTL, highlighting the progress that the organization has made in creating a community land trust. Roberto expresses his passion for organizing with his neighbors and the importance of building power and networks of mutual support with low-income tenants and workers in order to fight for community control of land and housing.

ACTA · Sounds of CA - Boyle Heights
What is the goal of the community land trust initiative (FCTL)?
"Our goal is to strengthen the health of our community and to cultivate more relationships where we want to take care of each other, support each other, and grow together. And most importantly, to change the culture of our community, where we practice more cooperation and more mutual support. It creates more strength so that we can achieve the other goals that are more material, like affordable housing."
"Land, housing, and living conditions have always been controlled by the bosses of jobs, the owners of buildings, and the industries that pollute our community and that exploit our family. So we are saying enough of that. Give us the necessary resources so that we can be the ones who create the destiny of our community. We want control of the land. We want to control the housing. We want to create jobs for ourselves.