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Black Kids in Outer Space interviews Damien Goodmon. Goodmon is currently the Executive Director of Housing is a Human right.
He was founder and former Executive Director of the nonprofit Crenshaw Subway Coalition (“CSC”). CSC and it’s successor organization the Citizens’ Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line seeks to empower stakeholder groups in the area of Crenshaw-Leimert Park-Hyde Park and highlight the issues of equitable and community-centered transportation planning in the pursuit of racial and economic justice for South Los Angeles. As a result of the organization’s efforts, over $1.5 billion additional dollars have been invested in the mass transit infrastructure of Southwest Los Angeles, including the Leimert Park Village and Farmdale stations and the Crenshaw-LAX light rail line.
At 21, Mr. Goodmon was named to the national staff of the Wesley Clark for President 2004 campaign, where among other duties he was responsible for supervising the development of over 400 student-community groups across the U.S. as the National Student Coordinator. In that role, Mr. Goodmon devised and executed the campaign’s campus outreach strategy, which emphasized improving traditional student outreach by utilizing interactive technologies, such as the internet, as a communication and organizational tool, and youth marketing tactics proven outside the political realm. After the 2004 election, Mr. Goodmon served as the Senior Communications Advisor and National Spokesman for StopJohnRoberts.com, a media campaign and grassroots network of activists organized to oppose the nomination of John Roberts to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Goodmon has been a guest lecturer on issues of transportation, environmental justice and social activism at the University of Southern California and California State University-Los Angeles.
He is a lead subject of the award-winning documentary Beyond the Echo of the Drum, which premiered to standing room only audiences at the prestigious 2013 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner in France. Damien Wesley Clark Goodmon is a graduate of Loyola High School and studied at the University of Washington, where he was a player on the nationally ranked Huskies football team. A fourth-generation Angelino and descendant of Charles and L.M. Blodgett, Mr. Goodmon currently lives in Leimert Park, where he is a past Co-Chair of the community’s neighborhood council. His family has lived in South Central Los Angeles for over 100 years.