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The California whose death Buchanan has mourned is an agricultural state. Its “third-worldization” was also the source of the protection for workers in one of its largest industries. Workers’ dignity had to be fought for, and still does. And the most rigorous defense of workers’ rights was achieved by immigrants, without the help of political parties, against moneyed growers, and sometimes against the state’s military resources. Migration hasn’t only built workers’ rights, though. It has built models for non-racialism and environmental community which stand as beacons to the rest of California and, indeed, the world.

Beneath the flight path to Los Angeles’ LAX airport lie the gridded streets of South Central Los Angeles. From the plane window it’s grey block and grey block after grey block. A flash of green. Then grey block and grey block. Two thousand feet in the air is about as close as most Angelinos come to South Central. Its reputation as the epicenter of racial tension and riots scare most of the middle class away. It’s an odd place to find Daryl Hannah up a tree. But Hollywood’s conscience has roused itself in defense of some 350 families, almost all immigrants, from South and Central America and Asia, who work in one of the USA’s largest urban gardens.

The space, fourteen acres, sits at 41st and Alameda (which is Spanish for “tree-lined avenue”) in South Central, on the frontier of a zone of warehouses and light industry to the East and a low-rise residential area to the West, amid smog and trains. And just off Alameda, it’s a haven of calm, and a riot of plants. The ones I can name are fairly basic: beans, strawberries, onions, corn, blackberries, industrial quantities of cilantro, Washington Apples, pomegranate. And then there are the ones I can’t. Alfredo Vaquero (translation: “cowboy”) has been here since the land was given to the community in the wake of the 1992 uprisings. Originally, the land had been expropriated by the City of Los Angeles for a trash incinerator, but the city was forced to back down by the community. Alfredo and his son Jose point to papalo, pipicha, chipilin, overas, chayote (plants for which translation, at least for me, is impossible). The streets, and the crime in South Central, are a concern to father and son, and both know of friends whose kids have drifted towards the gangs. But stronger than the push off the streets is the pull towards the garden.

According to the passage, South Central’s urban garden is all of the following EXCEPT:
B. a beacon of hope for the world.
D. a safe haven where gang violence is not allowed. Correct Answer
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Doesn't the passage make a distinction between the "streets" and the urban garden in the last sentence? Or is D correct because the passage technically doesn't mention the garden prohibiting gang violence? I got kind of hypervigilant on this one since "beacon of hope for the world" was taken word-for-word from the first paragraph.
 

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The passage mentions that South Central is tricky because there is a lot of racial tension/violence/gangs, but there is still a immigrant community living there and doing well. There is a fine line between the streets where kids have gone to and the garden where some kids stayed. No where does it say gang violence is prohibited. And the overall tone of the first paragraph supports B.
 
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