The popular Mexican comedy show starring “El Chavo” first aired in the 1970’s and has continued to be an international hit among families today – 40 years later. The comedy follows El Chavo del Ocho / Chavo from Apartment 8, and is set in an apartment complex, a vecindad. The characters are friends, neighbors and the landlord. Most of the shows take place in the courtyard of the apartment complex. The show and characters were the perfect setting for an adaptation skit for The People’s Planning School.
The People’s Planning School is a series of bi-lingual, popular education workshops where community leaders, organizers and community health promoters teach community members about the City planning process. The workshop engages residents around community needs and identify how to get involved in the planning process to create healthier communities. Esperanza and SAJE have collaboratively hosted the People’s Planning School over the last four Friday evenings for more than 65 local residents and community leaders. This series included discussions about Slum Housing and Housing Rights, Transit Oriented Development, Fracking and the impact of community planning on community health. The skit was a great opportunity to connect community-planning issues by using familiar characters to address local community concerns in South LA. The workshops provide local residents with resources and the knowledge needed to get involved in planning their community. The People’s Planning School is a tool in the larger framework of the Same Neighbors, Better Neighborhoods Coalition including Esperanza, SAJE and St. Johns Well Child and Family Center and the South LA Health and Human Rights Declaration.