The CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) Worker Center at MacArthur Park hosted City of Lights/Ciudad de Luces bike workshops on Fridays starting in April 2009. Here our volunteers spoke with day laborers (jornaleros) and learned about their daily challenges using bicycles for transportation.
Our engagement grew from bike light giveaways to workshops on bicycle users' legal rights and bike repair with the Bicycle Kitchen/Bicicocina. In October 2009, volunteers launched BiciDigna, a bicycle repair cooperative at IDEPSCA's Downtown Worker Center.
The relationships we formed at CARECEN and IDEPSCA shaped all of the advocacy work that CoL launched while being incubated at LACBC up to 2012. we set up at IDEPSCA’s worker center. We received invaluable advice from the UCLA Labor Center and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON).