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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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San Diego Mobilizes in Solidarity with Palestine

San Diego Mobilizes in Solidarity with Palestine

San Diego is known for being a more pacific and less hectic region than Los Angeles. However, a group of San Diegan activists were ready to politically shake up the region. During the past weeks, there have been more than five pro-Palestinian rallies and other organizational efforts in San Diego with the purpose of showing opposition to the Israeli occupation ...

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Chicano Batman at the Getty

Chicano Batman at the Getty

It’s been a month and I can still hear Bardo’s Yamaha YC-30 humming inside my ears. I get chills as I reminisce about the electric set that had everyone dancing at the Museum Courtyard of the Getty Center on July 12th. Chicano Batman performed for free as part of the Saturdays of the 405 concert series, held every summer by ...

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Bell to Open Shelter for Central American Refugees

Bell to Open Shelter for Central American Refugees

More than 100 Los Angeles and City of Bell residents packed the City of Bell Community Center Wednesday evening to discuss a letter from the Salvation Army proposing to open a 30 day shelter for 137 Central American children. Thousands of children from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala have recently made the dangerous journey from Central America to the U.S ...

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Israel-Palestine Conflict Spills Into Westwood Streets

Israel-Palestine Conflict Spills Into Westwood Streets

Westwood traffic slowed to a crawl Sunday afternoon as more than a thousand pro-Palestine demonstrators crowded the four corners of the Wilshire/Veteran intersection. The demonstrators rallied against U.S.’s foreign aid to Israel as they continue to illegally occupy Palestinian land. The demonstrators initially chanted and cheered on the sidewalk as traffic-jammed drivers honked in support, waved Israel or Palestine flags, ...

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Economic Opportunists or Refugees?: A Report Back

Economic Opportunists or Refugees?: A Report Back

It is not rare to find Aztec dancers, the LAPD, ICE, and a swarm of news microphones on the same block in Los Angeles. But on July 7, the streets of Downtown Los Angeles rattle under mid-summer heat as supporters of the Central American children seeking refuge in the U.S. take over the streets for a town hall and demonstration. ...

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The L.A. community mobilizes against Monsanto

The L.A. community mobilizes against Monsanto

On May 24th Los Angeles residents marched against Monsanto, a multinational agricultural and chemical company. Among their main grievances towards the company was the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as food products and the continual resistance from Monsanto to allow GMO products to be labeled as such. Protestors started to gather at 10 A.M. at Elderberries Cafe on Sunset ...

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Brown Berets visit UCLA

Brown Berets visit UCLA

Professor Milo Alvarez moderated a discussion that revolved around the founding of the Brown Beret organization. The panel was composed of founding fathers and members of the Brown Berets David Sanchez and Ralph Ramirez along with Rona Fields.  The discussion took place on May 21, 2014 from 3p.m.-5p.m. in the Chicano Studies Research Library located inside the Haines Hall in ...

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