Black, Mexican Families Seek Restitution for Palm Springs Evictions

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Hundreds of Black and Mexican families will file claims Tuesday seeking millions of dollars in restitution from the city of Palm Springs for being forcibly evicted from the downtown Section 14 neighborhood in the 1950s and 1960s.

Section 14 — a one-square-mile neighborhood owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians — was the primary residential area for people of color from 1930 to 1965. The evictions began in late 1954 and continued for 12 years through 1966.

Attorneys representing evicted families held a news conference in Los Angeles to announce the damages claim. The event included survivors of the evictions, “who remember them vividly and … what those evictions did to them and their families,” Lisa Richardson, a spokeswoman for attorneys representing the families, told City News Service.

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