Amplifying Underrepresented Voices
The Los Angeles Poverty Department’s Walk the Talk video archive amplifies the voices of community leaders from Skid Row, Los Angeles. If you are similarly working to document and share underrepresented voices, we’d love to support your work. Please get in touch.

“People don’t need anyone to speak for them. They just need us to amplify their voice. ” — Pastor Cue, Founder of The Row “Church Without Walls”, 2018 Walk the Talk Honoree
Walk the Talk portraits, 2012

Walk the Talk is a project by non-profit arts organization Los Angeles Poverty Department Los Angeles Poverty Department that honors people who live and work on Skid Row, Los Angeles, who have made it a significant neighborhood and a place for solving the problems that other people have given up on. Since 2012, Walk the Talk has held a yearly parade and community theater performance to honor the stories and lives of the people who’ve lived and worked on Skid Row, bettering the community.

On May 30, 2020, Walk The Talk took place virtually. This year, interviews and performances were performed over Zoom, shared virtually through the Walk the Talk video archive. This archive, showcasing the stories of honorees past and present, includes video interviews, performances, and biographies that visitors can browse and search through. The archive was designed by Reduct’s CTO Robert Ochshorn, and is hosted by Reduct.

Just days before this year’s Walk the Talk, George Floyd’s death sparked widespread protests confronting and challenging systemic racism and police violence in America. Throughout the USA, the all-too important conversation about how we can change systems both large and small for the better was reignited in a way that cannot be ignored. How can each of us not only learn and listen, but also speak up and act against the racism that pervades the fabric of our society?

As we reflected on this moment at Reduct, we found the words of Pastor Cue (a 2018 Walk the Talk honoree) to be the most resonant: “People don’t need anyone to speak for them. They just need us to amplify their voice. ”

For us, that starts with amplifying the voices within the Walk the Talk archive. We would also like to offer our support to similar community and social justice organizations working to amplify the voices of the underrepresented. In addition to providing free usage of Reduct, we will seek to actively support your work with engineering and design resources, as we have done with the LA Poverty Department. Please get in touch.

Gary Blasi’s comments on WALK THE TALK