In honor of Martin Luther King Jr I attended the Kingdom Day Parade pretty close to where i live off of Crenshaw and MLK in LA. Below are pictures from the exiting event!
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr I attended the Kingdom Day Parade pretty close to where i live off of Crenshaw and MLK in LA. Below are pictures from the exiting event!
Just recently i got into center theatre groups student ambassador program.
Being in the program you get access to many opportunities such as seeing plays, attending workshops all for free and much more! Did i mention you get paid 500$ stipend in the end or community service hours for completion of the program! But that is not what this program is about- Its about building a trust and friendship with people who may be very different from you or very similar and working on helping the arts and our community such as fighting for arts in public schools, making the arts more accessible and much more. One reason i applied is because i want to use theater as a form to connect and inform people with their community.
In order to get in you first submit an application then if you get accepted into semi finals it is a group audition where you sort of get assessed on your teamwork and leadership skills and more but in a fun way through games and food!
Then once you get in there is an orientation with breakfast where parents and guests were invited to hear more about the program and have a nice brunch with a scavenger hunt we went around downtown and grand park in teams to find clues to solve puzzles resulting with awards ! It was super nice because it was like i was in another decade not having my phone on me was super nice for a change! I also wasn’t about anything except if solve the clues and riddles right!
The program requires a lot of commitment missing more than one meeting could result in removal from the program if you know that you are going to be busy any of those days or just not show up at all it might not be the best fit !
Every meeting starts with some nice food (as always) and some warm ups to get everybody confident and ready to work. Some exercises include Augusto Boal and also some that involve speaking out and becoming comfortable with yourself and who YOU are or what you identify your self as.
This is just a start i have SO much more to say and am going to be posting more about each meeting !!!
If you want to learn more about the education programs CTG offers click HERE!
SAVE THE DROP – save the drops website click here
you might have heard that phrase before.
Here is what you need to know about it.
Did you know that 1 person uses about 113 gallons of water EVERY DAY!
Right now there is a drought in the state of California, This drought has been going on for 4 years now! . So people should really know how important it is that people save water. Water is a scarce thing, there is a lot of water in one country but in other countries people are dying of thirst.
Everybody can do their part! Limit your shower use, don’t brush your teeth with the faucet on and don’t waste water!!
Save the drop is letting people know what they need to do in order to preserve water. Here in Los Angeles you can see the little drop with a face on billboards and bus benches and maybe even at an event or parade!
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a calling for a 20% reduction in using water by 2017. According to a website “The campaign relies on earnest encouragement over guilt-tripping people into taking a shorter shower or watering the lawn…”
Omelet, L.A. The drawings are not mine i do not own them.
This summer i got to march in the Mexican Independence day parade in east LA right on Cesar Chavez ave. Thanks to mayors youth council we got to march with the mayor spreading awareness on the #savethedrop campaign.
The celebration showed culture and tradition yet also reflects on parts in Mexico’s past, present and what they hope to be the future in the community. Schools from all around the East area marched and many dancers doing traditional dances from the past, there were also soccer heroes and people from TV shows too.
I had a blast and cant wait to march next year! have fun looking at all the pictures.!
Just yesterday marked a orientation for new students joining the Mayors youth Council of Los Angeles.
It included a really nice fancy lunch from a range of sandwiches and high end treats. Then we got to experience Firefighter chief Ralph M. Terrazas speak. He gave a really inspiring and motivational talk on
perseverance and information on the LAFD and California. The helicopter used in the movie San Andreas flew over city hall twice!
Youth council is split into locations East Valley, West Valley, East area, southwest, southeast, Central and the west side. I represent East area which serves around 16 communities which includes Boyle Heights, East La, El Sereno, Eagle Rock, Chinatown, Highland, Cypress and Glassel park, Alhambra and more. I’ve been on it since the beginning of the year.
After we dispersed into our groups and met people in the same group we would be in then our area representative taught us about all the different kinds of government rules there are and also about Los Angeles specifically and the branches of government too.
Later, the Mayor Eric Garcetti came and talked to us! Telling us about the history of youth council and the amazing opportunity it is and how lucky and grateful he is to have us on his council and teens and how age doesn’t matter we should be treated as important people even through were teenagers we have opinions which what Garcetti addressed!! Awesome!!
Overall i had a great time and will post more about what its like to be on Mayor Eric Garcettis youth council representing Los Angeles!
What its like going to an Arts school which happens to be one of the top Art schools in the Country is very weird and hard but also crazy and fun all at the same time.
The school i go to is called lachsa which mean Los Angeles county high school for the arts. Literally people move there from all around the country because its known for its arts program unlike majority schools from 8-12:30 is academic classes when from 1:30-4 is all arts classes in what department we auditioned for and got into.
What i’m here to talk about is the environment of the school compared to other schools. There is a very social justice type vibe in the school which is good i think maybe because the school is very right brained and open.
One thing i do appreciate about the school is how aware many people are of the issues going on. For example last year the students held a protest and rally where we marched holding signs and people expressed there feelings towards the Black Lives Matter movement and we listened to poetry too.
Also our school is very big on LGBT rights id you were to use the term “Oh that’s so gay” or ” whata f*g” you are definitely looked down upon and people will probably educate you on the topic and how that’s not okay.
It’s a fun school because we have so many events compared to other schools like on Halloween and other festivals food trucks are usually hired and we have a big costume competition which includes music and crazy costumes.
We also have a taco Tuesday every month where Tacos are sold and the students DJ some Rap or trap music.
Overall its pretty cool but so stressful- waking up at 5:30 and not getting home till 6 (thanks to public transpo.) is super tiring especially if you also have to worry about your grades too. Trying to keep good grades is super hard but i manage to do it even if the teachers aren’t really keeping us updated on anything i just check the website and see what i have to do usually getting it over with so i can work on more Activism based stuff.
But it’s also not a typical high school experience there are no football games, Homecomings or sports for that Matter
One you could either put as a pro or con about the school is that it is on a College Campus so you have a Food Court and a library but also an extremely long walk to the bus and have deal with sometimes rude college kids and admin.
I definitely know that probably no matter what department you’re in at the school you’ll be well informed on that subject by the time you get out of high school that you won’t even have to study it in College. We learn a lot despite a lot of hard work. Overall it’s a cool school its better then majority schools out there !!
Also in class we sometimes do a lot of activism based work !
Recently i had the great opportunity to write an article about what its like to be a young activist and interview some fellow activists my age for the Larchmont Chronicle magazine (which serves the areas of Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Fremont Place, Park La Brea, Larchmont Village and Miracle Mile) http://larchmontchronicle.com/
Here is the article! I hope you all enjoy!!
My interest in activism started early—I was only five when I attended the “Day Without Immigrants” march in 2006—but I was interested in what it means to other students my age. So I sat down with Heavlynne Richard, 14, and Jordan Cain, 15, to interview them on the topic.
I started by asking them what social issues currently have their attention.
“Definitely racism, feminism and LGBT issues,” says Jordan, who is a student at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
“For me,” says Heavlynne, “it’s Black Lives Matter! Racism is prevalent, and my family and I have experienced it directly.”
Heavlynne says her brothers have complained about racial profiling while they’re out with friends, and her father too: “Why do police pull over my dad—a security guard—when he did nothing wrong?” she complains.
I next asked them if they felt people take their activism seriously, being only 14 and 15 years old.
“Well, look what happened today,” says Jordan. “We made signs for the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, which read ‘No Justice, No Peace’ and ‘Black Lives Matter.’ We held them up as we walked through the streets of L.A. and I was amazed by the response. Some yelled back ‘all lives matter’ while others gave us a thumbs up.”
Heavlynne says she recently attended West Adams Neighborhood Council’s “Storied Streets” screening and discussion on homelessness and was surprised by what she found.
“I learned there are myths about the homeless. People assume if someone is homeless it’s their fault. But the lack of affordable housing is the main reason. There are many homeless with college degrees, or veterans. Some worked all their life and had everything taken.”
“Then people shame them,” said Jordan, “by telling them to ‘just go to a shelter.’”
“Yes! But the thing is,” says Heavlynne, “those shelters are crammed! There are some who inflict cruelty on the homeless and then go post about it on social media; but tomorrow, those bullies could be in the same situation.”
The three of us chat for more than 40 minutes, and I leave feeling encouraged.
For me, activism is important because it helps people recognize what is going on in the world, and makes many topics public. This is our planet, and in order to make it a better place we need to get our hands dirty, whatever that means to you.
Because that’s what activism means to me: to be a part of the change you look for, not just the change you hope for.
Let’s keep making this world a better place.
Larsen, 15, is a student at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and is a self-proclaimed adolescent activist. Raised alongside her family business (an arts non-profit for youth), Lily serves on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, helping to spread awareness for worthy causes. Her petition to end factory animal farming has garnered more than 15,000 signatures. You can follow Lily at adolescentactivist.com.
One thing i did this summer besides go vegan was deleted ALL my personal social media accounts. (e. instagram snapchat facebook) Now most would think “oh big deal anyone can do that”. Well, Lets find out if that’s true here.
I use to constantly obsess over “how i wish i was in any decade but this one” i really prefer the aesthetic of other decades (70s clothes, 50s architecture etc) and how everything wasnt so dependent on phones and computers. But i realized just recently it’s not about the decade or time, you have to appreciate the time you’re in and be in the present. Alot of people these days have some sort of social media account and way to access it.
Instagram Facebook & Snapchat are essentials to having asocial life now a days, just sitting in your room or at a restaurant liking other people instagram posts or watching other people’s snapchat stories. Basically if you don’t have a social media account and your in highschool and everyone you know does..your technically considered weird and live under a rock.
One thing i noticed before getting of social media was how much time people would spend on their phones!! And i mean it’s like 24/7. When you’re hanging out with a friend or group of friends it’s always fun to go places and do stuff!!! But what i noticed when i hang out with peers nowadays and a lot of kids these days who hang out with there friends too is that there just on there phone the whole time!! snapchatting everything and sending it to there friends !!! Or on vine looking at videos for hours on end.
I noticed this a lot with so many people my age, younger and older!! It made me think of what teens would do before cell phones and instagram all that stuff. What about the 70s or the 20s?? Well when i asked my dad what they used to back in the 1970s he said ” We were outdoors a lot, fixing our skateboards, riding bikes we were all in a pack and would bike around the area go to different peoples houses” There’s always stuff to do, start a band or make crafts or just lie on the floor and listen to music! (one of my favorites).
Now i’m not saying social media is a bad horrible thing. It CAN go BOTH ways. Its a good way to spread things around or get people to know about things or maybe feeling good when someone comments on your selfie. But also how fast information can get twisted, cyber bullying etc. one of the main reasons i got off was because it was just straight up waste of time i mean seriously.. That selfie would take an hour to snap then edit and post and think of caption. I realized no one is going to remember that selfie or post of coffee its not worth the time. And the constant need to be on it 24/7 to see if anyone has posted anything or liked your photo.
Also on instagram and other apps that include picture taking i felt my self esteem and confidence in my face go down because it was all fake, The edited selfie all that stuff . It lowers your self esteem in how you appeal to others because the feel that you have to edit or photoshop yourself. Its not your true self and then i would feel that if there was someone i knew from instagram or snapchat but never met and saw them in person i would feel that i don’t look like what i do in the picture i had posted.
I also felt that everybody has such a great life only thinking this based on a post of there friends or updating their status about a event they went to. It would turn me against people without them even knowing it because of how fake and “perfect” everything would seem when maybe they actually got in a fight with someone that day or is actually very sad and depressed. You dont know things like that. I also noticed how people would risk something just for that video to post on vine or picture for instagram. Or post certain things that can be very dark and depressing for personal attention. Many of these programs are very addicting and triggers a part of your brain that is also triggered by dopamine eek!
When i did have an instagram i would sometimes log off and give myself a break for a day but then you start to worry “i bet a bunch of people snapchatted me i really should check it” or “what if someone is hacking my instagram right now” i better check it” I couldn’t live like that. The best thing was to just cold turkey get off of everything.. PERMANENTLY!!
At first didn’t want to delete my instagram this was because of my feed. (i know… really?) It was because of all my photos and how cool everything looked on it. That’s why a couple of my friends haven’t deleted there instagram “its to precious, like a baby” same with snapchat “but so many people watch my story i would lose all that”
The thing is once you deleted your facebook or instagram whatever you use, You just forget about it a week later.
After i got off i was also SO much happier. And started to really appreciate things more and appreciate my life more. And it’s very easy for me to talk to people i also read books and do crafts knowing that a lot of my friends go straight on the phone after school. Also being off has helped myself become more organized. Its so weird but in a great way. Many could think “oh they don’t have instagram or vine they are so not cool…” the thing is being off of that stuff is cool!!! It shows how much of a life you have and is not just behind a screen all day and night.
My friends were actually proud that i did knowing none of them have gotten off yet, but i think if they do they’ll have the epiphany i did. For some reason getting off has also made me super comfortable in my own skin wherever i go yet super nice to people and appreciative at the same time. I’m not constantly thinking ” oh i should totally instagram that or snapchat this or tweet that” wherever i go. I no longer have that need to take a selfie anywhere. I’m more focused on my life and the life of others through real eyes not a screen! And how adventurous life is.
I suggest you try it for a while and see how it goes. !!!!!!!!!!!
NONE of these pictures are mine. I got them off of google images.
My first project as an activist began in kindergarten. The Million Man March happened up the street from my house – suddenly this wash of marchers in white t-shirts came up Wilshire Boulevard – I saw it from my Dad’s shoulders. It was like a wave….
Coffee House owner, Olvera Street
I was born in the city of Los Angeles,at the Los Angeles Hopspital which doesn’t exist anymore.
My father came from Guadalajara in the 1920s. They lived in a hacienda. My grandfather was an accountant estate for ranches during the Revolution. He knew he had to protect what he knew he to protect what we knew. He became at exporter.
My father became a citizen in Italy in the back of a truck in WW 2; FDR gave him his citizenship because he fought for the U.S. – this is how we became a U.S. citizen, so it’s ironic when people say all Mexicans came here illegally or jumped the border guard. That isn’t always the case.
What is unique and exciting about my community is that we are the majority now. I have confronted racism and ignorance and heard people say “Go back to Mexico” and my response to that would be that if you’re saying that, you need to do your homework and know the history of this area – because clearly—if you’re saying that, you don’t!
I don’t agree with the “Chicano” movement; I didn’t relate to it because they proclaim peace but the way they go about it, to me, isn’t working.
I have never been to my parents home in Guadalajara. I grew up in San Marino, CA.
waiter, Olvera Street
My name is Santiago. I am a waiter in Olvera Street.
and I came from Mexico City. Our house was adobe with Spanish Tile. I was here since 1986.
My favorite food is mole. I come from the mountains, like here.I was 17 hours walking here. I was alone, no amigos.
People must understand there is always a very good reason we would need to walk 17 hours, leaving our families behind to come to a strange place and take any job we can. We don’t wake up and decide this. If we want to help our families, this is the sacrifice.
I like the quality of life here, it’s better I miss my family the most.
I have no family here.
clerk in store downtown.
I was born in Sinaloa, the village is called Los Mochis. We moved here when I was 6 years old. . In Sinaloa, a train track was close to my house and the street was dirt and rocks.
The education here was why my parents moved us. We moved for the economy and for us to have a better life.
We all came together across the border. I remember running a lot in Tijuana. One time we almost died. There were rats and my brother got bit. But we made it here and we were so happy.
My culture is conservative; other cultures are more liberal.
My favorite food from where I grew up were the mangoes.
My name is Miguel. I came from Juanajuato. The sierras are green and a lot of water, the earth has much rain.
The economy is difficult, my family didn’t have shoes. The house was made of adobe with blocks – red color, hard ot make money.
There was no work. We starved a lot.
For 18 hours I walked to Rumorosa. It was difficult. Ten years ago. At times I worked and times I didn’t work. I was alone coming here, no friends. Now here I have a little friends.
My favorite food is Posole – mas fresca in Juanajuato. I like California. I am glad to be here. I miss my mother. She cries for me to come home, but she knows I can earn better wages here and it will help. I just want to help my family.
I never got the name of this Man
Although, I wish i had.
I am so grateful to have met these hardworking people and learn about them. I wish them all the best! Its been a decade since i have seen them!