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Why is dia de los muertos important?

Why is dia de los muertos important?

Dia de los muertos has become increasingly popular in the United States.  Some argue that it has been commercialized and appropriated by corporations, media, and people who just want to paint their face and call it a Halloween costume.  Therefore, I decided to go around my ‘hood, Boyle Heights, and ask folks why dia de los muertos is important to ...

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Boyle Heights Dia de los Muertos Festivities

Boyle Heights Dia de los Muertos Festivities

On November 2, 2014, the community of Boyle Heights honored those who have passed in spaces like Espacio 1839, Mariachi Plaza and Self Help Graphics. At the store and autonomous radio station, Espacio 1839, various altars decorated its sidewalk, giving life to the street as the dead were commemorated.   One of the altars was set up by students of ...

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Dia de los Muertos at Grand Park, Los Angeles

Dia de los Muertos at Grand Park, Los Angeles

On November 1, 2014 Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles hosted a free Dia de los Muertos celebration, with live music, art and food!  An entire space was dedicated for the display of various community altars, with participating organizations such as Inner-City Struggle.  Some performances included Los Angeles-based band, La Chamba and from Colombia, Palenke Soultribe.  This event was extremely ...

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We are all Ferguson. We are all Ayotzinapa.

We are all Ferguson. We are all Ayotzinapa.

On October 22, 2014 Black and Brown UCLA students joined forces to stand against police brutality and to demand justice for the 43 disappeared students of Mexico. The students met in Meyerhoff Park in front of Kerckhoff Hall at around noon.  The rally began with a brief introduction to the issues being discussed and was followed by a moment of ...

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October 22 National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality

October 22 National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality

On October 22, 2014,  the Stop Mass Incarceration Network from Southern California led a march against police brutality from Olympic and Broadway to the Los Angeles Police Department in Downtown Los Angeles.  The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is a project of the Alliance for Global Justice and is a registered non-profit organization.  However, the origin of the fight for a “National Day of ...

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Getty Funds Extensive Latin American Art Project in Southern California

Getty Funds Extensive Latin American Art Project in Southern California

The influence of Latin American art in the Southern California scene has always been present, and it seems people are starting to take notice. Recently, The Getty Foundation announced that it will be investing $5 million dollars for its yearly Pacific Standard Time project that will focus on Latin American art and its influence in the Southern California art scene. ...

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My takeaway from The Great Wall of L.A. tour: Ethnic Studies now!

My takeaway from The Great Wall of L.A. tour: Ethnic Studies now!

The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a half-mile mural in the Tujunga Flood Control Channel of the San Fernando Valley that reveals the underrepresented histories of ethnic California. Though the mural shows moments between the Pre-Historic Era and the 1950s—years beyond my birth date—its message remains relevant to me: Ethnic peoples’ voices matter. The content I learned during the ...

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Yuri’s Records Hold Intimate Summer Show

Yuri’s Records Hold Intimate Summer Show

On August 31st, Yuri’s Records hosted its annual chalk contest and in-store performances of local bands to celebrate the local talent in the South East Los Angeles area. Yuri’s has opened their doors to many local bands during their monthly showcase for the last two years. “There is so much talent in South Gate. Even the cities that are neighboring ...

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From Ferguson to Los Angeles, Movements Demand End to Police Brutality

From Ferguson to Los Angeles, Movements Demand End to Police Brutality

On Sunday, hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to protest against the shooting and death of Ezell Ford, a 25 year old African American. According to witnesses, Ford did not resist arrest and was shot without any justified reason by unidentified LAPD officers. In the other hand, LAPD stated that Ford was resisting arrest and ...

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