THE BAJA POST
In a cheerful celebration, early 500 individuals of diverse backgrounds, reflecting the racial makeup of Section 14 (which comprised of Black, Latino, and Native American communities) congregated at Frances Stevens Park on Saturday, October 7, 2023 in Palm Springs, Calif.
The event has been held for years, in a spirited celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and a passionate call for reparative justice.
The outdoor music festival celebrated the cultural significance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and its relationship to the “Know Before You Go Palm Springs” campaign — an effort to raise awareness about the destruction of Section 14 in the 1960s.
The “Know Before You Go Palm Springs” campaign hopes to raise awareness about destruction of Section 14 in the 1960s.
For Indigenous Peoples’ Day, clergy and business owners join the fight for reparative justice for Section 14 descendants and survivors.
Advocates for the survivors and descendants of Section 14 want to ensure that tourists understand the full history of the region, the cultural and civic contributions of the people who lived in Section 14, and the devastation their community ultimately experienced at the hands of city leaders.
The campaign’s goal is to promote a fuller history of Palm Springs and engage a new audience in the cause of reparative justice.