Are you strongly passionate about issues from LGBTQ+ rights to climate change and show a strong disagreement with the politics holding office at this time?
I am putting together a Youth Task Force for the People’s Congress of Resistance!
“In the face of the assault waged against working class and poor communities and the environment by the Trump Administration a grassroots People’s Congress of Resistance will convene in Washington, D.C. on September 16 and 17, 2017,” according to the People’s Congress Resistance website.
I am looking for passionate youth from the Southern California and Los Angeles area who are interested in volunteering and fundraising for the resistance. We will have meetings and brainstorm Ideas to assure us youth have our voice heard!
What this task force would do is reach out to L.A. youth informing them about the People’s Congress Of Resistance and how they can get involved as well as social media outreach, fundraising and more! We currently have a big group of teens interested but if you’re very passionate or know of someone who would be, about this opportunity, five youth who are really committed will take on leading the group and meeting regularly.
Please join and share with your friends! Any Questions, want to find out more? Leave a comment below
and I will send out further information.
Here’s a little bit about my experience growing up in a neighborhood with no Community Resources and the importance of Arts Access for everyone.
My name is Lily Larsen and I’m an Angeleno! Going back 5 generations – my great great grandparents lived in the West Adams district of Los Angeles back in the 1930s.
As a local, I feel fortunate to experience theater and art in so many pockets of the city. Yet! If one were to dive deep and explore each community of LA and the arts programs it offers, you would be amazed at the disparity in our different neighborhoods – some areas have access to everything you could imagine – and a few blocks away – there’s a desert. This runs along class lines, which is something our city needs to address in order to be great.
I grew up inside an arts program for youth – young kids with means and without were welcome in this theater program and I have witnessed firsthand how art saves and changes lives. It opens our eyes, makes us dream of possibilities, and wakes the imagination that the education system can often dampen.
Art is fundamental to every child’s education. There is proven recognition that theater teaches children lifelong skills – tools that they can use in any field they pursue. We never imagine a child without the sense of imagination, or creativity or without empathy – so how can we even conceive of our schools or communities without art?
Through my experience as an arts advocate i have been inspired to become an active leader for social change of the arts in my community: I believe it’s vital for us young people to access, expand and express our creativity through theatre and my vision and life goal is for communities and schools all across Los Angeles to have arts as not just an outlet or some kind of “enrichment” but to be given priority the same way they give math and science top billing!
As I said, the arts have been in my life since I was 5. My mother founded the L.A. Drama Club which happens to be our Country’s youngest Shakespeare Ensemble My first Shakespeare play, I was 5 – I played a fairy and Iris in The Tempest! I’m lucky, the arts have always been in my life yet when I got a little older I started to notice the disparity in my community compared to other nearby neighborhoods and it was concerning me. All the kids on my street in Mid-City looked bored and got into trouble. My neighborhood is not an affluent one – we do not have a community center or park within walking distance – only motels and gas stations around the block. The dirty cement street that lies in between houses across from each other was the green grassy playground in our eyes. The lack of community recourses led us to use the streets as our playground. We did not have access to a local rec center or mentorship program. many started to get in trouble and end up back in foster care or JUVthat misbehavior could’ve been redirected towards art. Something had to be done so my mom moved the LA Drama Club from Hollywood to Mid City and South L.A. And now the kids have been put under one roof on West Adams -practicing their plays year round.
These are strange times! The idea that the arts are at risk of being stripped from schools nationwide due to the White House’s plan to cut arts funding is very upsetting to me. This would strip the adolescent brain from reaching heights that can only be found through the creative process. The arts open our minds and make us question things. What happens when we stop questioning? Think about it. And join me in an action plan to keep arts alive – because art saves lives.
Being a teenager we can often get confused. We’re right in the middle of adolescent and young adult. This can be very stressful especially to the many that are graduating in the next 2 years going off to college or pursue their career, either way, money will be one of the top worries constantly bugging us out.
Here are some ways we can start to save money as a teen in order to prepare for the future.
If you have a job babysitting, working at a store or even chores it is important to put the majority of that money away so it won’t be spent. For example- If I get paid 30$ on a Sunday for babysitting every week I will take up to 20$ to spend a month as petty cash. If there was something I felt that I needed from the thrift store or at a restaurant I will make a smart choice and think again”Do I really want this 80’s shirt? just because everyone else has them too?” if you truly want it and really like it go for it. But how many times will it actually be worn until it’s “not in” anymore trust your instinct?
Those 5 $ frappuccinos and 7$ burger combo does add up so managing your expenses daily saves a lot of time and stress. Make sure you know where your money is going. Keep a money diary and log what you’ve been spending money on. If you have a bank account put your money in it so there’s no temptation to spend more money than you should.
I use to have an awesome job at a dog wash. Now I babysit. It’s important that if you have a job you should enjoy it. If you absolutely hate socializing with people then maybe it’s best to not be a barista and sell stuff online instead. There will always be something you love that will help you make money too and remember that money is money it comes and goes. If you regret buying something that you can’t return then sell it. Don’t get upset at yourself if you regret buying something. Money will always be coming and going especially at this age
I am extremely grateful to say that my first official job is with the ECO DOG WASH AND CARE LA. Eco dog is green certified business and uses only natural, Vegan, eco friendly, biodegradable and cruelty free products with a range from aloe vera and avocado infused simply bath spray to peppermint, cedar, geranium & lemongrass to argan oil, coconut-derived cleanser, jojoba, lavender and myrrh in their Simply Clean Shampoo. All of eco dogs products not only make your dog smell good using only natural ingredients but the formulas made also to naturally repel fleas & ticks.
Before i started working at eco dog i had been taking both my dogs (medium sized yellow lab and small tibetan terrier) for either a self wash or groom for years! Their prices are wonderful! Did i mention that its only $32 for a full day of cage freecare! where the dogs play all day with each other and staff. When the dogs are boarding (staying over night) they are with a staff member at all times, get fed a natural healthy vegan dinner with no artificial flavor or colors (Im telling ya! the pups at eco dog eat healthier than me! ) and sleep in huge human beds with conforters and pillows.
I absolutley reccomend eco dog to anyone with a doggy! Whether it be big or small they are all accepted and treated with immense care and respect. Eco dog takes in dogs that were found on the street too with no home, abused and broken yet whenever i come in for work those dogs are filled with joy and love for the care that the dogs revieve is outstanding, i had never even heard of a dog care or wash that takes care of them as much as eco dog does.
Eco Dog Wash started in 2010 by Owner Karen
“I started this business because I love dogs and know that other dog lovers want eco-smart, eco-friendly options for self-wash, grooming, daycare & boarding services right here in our neighborhood.
I’ve lived here for over 20 years and am deeply committed to this community and doing what I can to support ecologically sound practices. In every aspect of the store operations we strive to be as clean and green as possible.”
Working at eco dog and seeing how much Karen cares for these dogs and making sure that they are safe and happy no matter where they came from has inspired me even more to do whatever i can to help doggies be happy and healthy!
and is located off of Pico and Genesee in Pick-fair village (Mid-City).
Here is work ive written about pollution in Los Angeles from the 9th grade.
Clean and clear air is essential to life on Earth. If the whole world was extremely polluted then species would die off and every living thing would eventually disintegrate and die due to our natural recourses disappearing and people falling very ill. The thing is, the world is already polluted. India, Bangladesh, China and more countries are contaminated the highest level of PM2.5 meaning the diameter measured in microns of particulates such as ammonia and nitrate but also carbon and sulfate. Around 2.4 million people die each year from air pollution.
Los Angeles, California has the worst and most harmful ozone pollution in the United States for the 17th time in 18 years.
Some of the cleanest places air wise in la are pacific palisades, bel air, Topanga, sierra Madre, chino hills, Palos verdes, rolling hills, El SeGundo, Oakmont Westchester, playa vista, marina del rey, mar vista, Beverly hills, los altos, arcadia, emerald isle, Chevy chase, Torrance, surfside, Hollywood hills, la crescent & coastal beach areas such as Redondo huntington and newport.
These places are known for having the best cleanest air in LA. This can be because there are a very small commute to and fro places in the area. And there are many accessible walking and biking places so they don’t need to drive. Many of these places are coastal places this is because winds usually blow east which means that inland areas are more prone to having air/ toxic particles blown in. Yet some smog from ships and boats can also cause air pollution to get into the ocean and coast. Hills are more prone to fire because pollution settles in the valley since it’s like a bowl and temperatures are higher. These locations are densely white about 90% and majority is very clean too.
The green line-Hawthorne. Is a great mode of transportation so is the red purple orange silver gold blue and expo line. In my experiment I went to a majority of these locations and observed the air quality, also interviewed people who live in these areas. We are trying to determine if the difference metro is making effects air pollution here in LA. What we found out was pretty surprising. None of these locations had a change in the quality of the air, because these areas still have bad air quality except some parts of the gold line, which ends up in sierra Madre villa. But think even though the air may be bad now. What if we didn’t have ANY metro at ALL!! Then the air would be HORRIBLE!!! I also found out that in areas with very minimal to no air pollution the people who lived there seemed to have own at least 2 cars that if every single car was added up in that area you could give someone 8-15 cars per PERSON!!! Where as areas with a lot if air pollution has either 0-3 cars per person but the MOST air pollution!
There are high levels of diesel particulate and ozone toxicity in areas with air pollution and majority of these places have a lot of people and reasonable prices to live in compared to low pollution where it is mainly secluded by gates and private areas.
I DO NOT OWN ANY OF THESE PICTURES ABOVE OR THE FEATURED IMAGE.
Following in the footsteps of Mayor Eric Garcetti who recited Shakespeare for LA Drama Club’s last fundraiser, celebrated Hollywood actors will soon take the stage opposite the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare troupe on April 15 to launch the 10th season of the Los Angeles Drama Clubbi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A.
For the kick-off VIP Party, children, ages 7-17, from both South L.A and Hollywood will perform a light show, opposite distinguished actors, Royal Shakespeare Co member, Alex Kingston (Dr. Who) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) in comedic excerpts from the Shakespeare’s plays. Guests will enjoy music, food, drinks and table-side Shakespeare.
The Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA runs from April 16-May 5 andcoincides this year with the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The four plays headlined feature families disrupted by internal and external storms and re-united by time and forgiveness…
The historic and picturesque Club Fais Do Do in West Adams will open the Festival with Shakespeare’s
Comedy of Errors and close with the epic Pericles at Club Fais Do Do. “Pericles showcases some of our
newest Mid-City actors who are having a great adventure exploring the world and portraying kings and
queens, sorcerers, evil guardians, a long-lost child, pirates and a mermaid,” comments Co-Artistic
Director Julia Walker Wyson. She goes on to state, “Young actors have been gathering from across the
city for 10 years to experience the magnificent language and timeless themes of Shakespeare. It is so
gratifying to see new students develop a passion for Shakespeare and theater. You will be amazed at what
a child can accomplish when you remove the limits!”
The Club Fais Do Do performances showcase LADC’s Shakespeare in the City program. Started in the Mid-City West Adams area in 2011, Shakespeare in the City offers free/low-cost classes, summer camps, and performances to the community. “We are so grateful to the neighborhood councils for welcoming and supporting Shakespeare in the City,” says Larsen, a Mid-City resident. “MINC was the first neighborhood council to offer its support, and they have been invaluable to the growth of our programs.”
WHO: Hollywood Celebs take the stage with the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare Troupe
Event sponsors are: Showtime Networks, Lyric Theatre, Voila Studio and Danielle & Ernie Del.
The festival is an officially recognized event in 2016 of BritWeek (www.britweek.org). Funded through grants and donations, Los Angeles Drama Club is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and by the MidCity Neighborhood Council (MINC).
About Los Angeles Drama Club:
Launched in 2004, the Los Angeles Drama Club (LADC), an award-winning, Los Angeles-based youth arts and literacy organization, creates the opportunity for young people to experience exceptional artistic experiences – immersed in the works of Shakespeare – in their own communities and neighborhoods. More than 100 children, many of them from underserved communities and some with handicaps, travel from across Los Angeles to participate in and stage five to six full productions each year. The troupe also brings the Bard to senior centers, libraries and public spaces. LADC’s arts programs have earned recognition as a PBS Community Champion and a top rating from Great Non-Profits.
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Part of my activism began in a youth arts troupe, the Los Angeles Drama Club founded by my mother, Blaire Baron Larsen. I am Member #1 of the Los Angeles Drama Club. It began when I was 5. There were two of us to start and now we are about 200 and operate year round in two areas of L.A.
We Are the country’s youngest Shakespeare Troupe, 10 years running. We always connect our plays to a current and relevant issue in our lives and that way Shakespeare comes alive even more. This year, The Tempest takes place on Tuvalu – an island that is being submerged by the ocean doe to man-made climate change.
A Winter’s Tale will honor the LGBT community by having the romance and marriage of Florizel and Perdita be two women! Our teens champion these causes and I am proud to be Member #1 of the LA Drama Club.
I am happy to share in the 10 year celebration Fundraiser and Shakespeare Youth Festival, L.A. Here is more about it.
A hidden secret in the city of LA on Washington off of Normandie. This cafe is GORGEOUS! (And healthy)
Funky Art is everywhere and everything is so well put together!! It feels super comfortable once you walk in and you can sit anywhere and order your self some lunch or breakfast!
There are games out for anyone to play and 8 tracks on display along with records and comic books. It’s like a little wonderland once you walk in! And there’s open mic nights!!
I have never seen any place like this in my area (Mid City) this coffee shop is the only one around and there’s nothing like it I’ve seen before!!
We need more places like this around here.
Blu Elefant stays open today (Labor Day) and caters to there customers we did this from scratch. They put the customers first. They want this to be a place where you remember your experience here not like a Starbucks where you grab your mocha then scram.
My mom the owner Inri and I continued talking for 20 minutes on how we need more places like these to bring the community together. 20-30 years ago nobody would come down here it was mainly gang territory but now it’s very different.
Very cute atmosphere and nice people. Open mic Monday’s!!:)
In this area it’s mainly upholstery and auto body stores but the Blu Elefant is one of the first to change that and make this area what it’s supposed to be, a community
Supporting small businesses is always a good idea!
Whether it’s a local thrift shop, a family owned restaurant or a coffee shop that supports local artists – like the one I’m going to tell you about today – in this era of Big Box/Mega/Super Stores, it is critical to keep these small businesses alive! Today we are enjoying Home Boy Cinnamon Coffee Cake at HOLY GROUNDS Coffee & Tea located on Alhambra Ave in the East Los Angeles Area (El Sereno). Holy Grounds is no regular coffee shop and as far as you can get from the ubiquitous Starbucks on every street corner. (My mom calls, the McDonalds of Coffee).
I would have to say this place is actually feels sacred – true to its name! When you first walk in, you are struck by vibrant and colorful art everywhere: including a wall filled with arts & crafts for sale, from Local Artists in the El Sereno/East Los Angeles/Alhambra area, like Andrew Cervantes. The two women serving us are sweet and welcoming! You you can order your homeboy coffee cake and latte or tea together 5$ Hey, I know you may think that’s expensive if you’re on a budget like me, but it’s worth it! Always better to support a small business than a corporation!
Once you want into the patio you literally find yourself NOT in Los Angeles anymore. Sort of like you’re in the middle of Oregon and New Mexico combined. There’s a big water fountain and small wooden chairs and tables spread out so you can enjoy a little snack with your friend or hopefully working on YOUR activist blog. There is art out here too, adding a folksy quaintness and magic feel, along with the gorgeous painted wall fountains.
There is also a mini stage with two paper mache skull senoritas where fellow Angelinos can come do some spoken word or stand up comedy and screen movies. Steve, the owner, has created a wonderful venue to bring the community together, one of his main goals. He is caring and community-minded and he built this magical oasis right in the middle of nothing! No coffee shops in this industrial enclave!
My purpose today is not only to recommend that you think FIRST of your local small business for all things. But next to SHOUT OUT this wonderful place. Holy Grounds!
Hope you like the photos! Come here and take beautiful photos for yourself and discover the Magic of Holy Grounds!