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Posted inJustice

INCLUSIVE ACTION FOR THE CITY, LA non-profit fights for street vendors

At Inclusive Action for the City, Rudy Espinoza serves as the Executive Director and advocates for neighborhoods, entrepreneurship, and financial empowerment. The majority of Espinoza’s work involves identifying profitable investment opportunities within low-income communities, building private/nonprofit partnerships, and training working-class communities to participate in neighborhood revitalization. It is among the groups that took the lead in supporting and promoting the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign. The organization also sponsors a bill regulating street vendors throughout California.

Posted inHealth

Latinas fight for reproductive rights

This summer’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization took away Americans’ constitutional right to abortion. The webinar brought together Latina leaders at the forefront of the local reproductive justice movement to discuss how they got here, the impacts of the Dobbs decision on Latinas and their bodily autonomy, and the economic wellbeing and political inclusion of Latinos in American democracy.

Posted inRepresentation

GUADALUPE CASTILLO, Chicana barber, fashion model and always down to be Brown and proud

Limones, is a 28-year-old Chicana barber from Los Angeles. From the time she was in middle school, she had known that she wanted to pursue a career in the hair industry. She started out styling her friends’ hair (and her own) and today works in the barbering industry. “My dad would always remind me that I was Brown, beautiful, and Mexican,” she told CALÓ NEWS. “He would always make me feel proud to be Mexican.”

Posted inHealth, Healthcare, Justice, Reproductive Rights

Latinas/x, and health experts spell out what Roe v. Wade reversal means for us

Nearly 8 out of 10 Latina voters agree that pregnant people should be able to have an abortion without fear of arrest or investigation, according to a 2020 nationwide poll sponsored by reproductive justice groups, including The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice. CALÓ NEWS interviewed women in LA, health experts and advocates about their thoughts and reactions in light of the reversal of Roe V. Wade.

Posted inRepresentation

ALAN ACOSTA, Latino, queer, proud and Purple Lily Award winner

Acosta is responsible for building strategic plans and advises on organizational policy and communication issues. In addition, at the center he leads the Legal Services, Senior Services, and Cultural Arts & Education departments. His projects and initiatives include the creation of “Mi Centro,” the first LGBTQ+ community center in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, which was developed in partnership with the Latino Equality Alliance.

Posted inCulture

ESTHER FERNÁNDEZ, Artistic Director at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture

Cheech Marin is best known as the Latino half of the Cheech and Chong duo of the 1970s and 80s. Their comedy on stage and film ranks among the greatest in America, Latino-inspired or not. Marin is best known as a critically-acclaimed actor, comedian and  musician, but now the world will learn about his art collection, art advocacy and Chicano art fanaticism.

Posted inJustice

Gente sounds off on public safety, public frustrations

Why do so many Latinos tick off enumerable problems in their neighborhoods, from a sense of fear from thugs and police alike to a desire to live a better life given how hard they work and how much tax dollars they contribute to public coffers? Primary elections are now a memory and the general elections appear on the horizon, CALÓ NEWS caught up with Latinos on the streets to let them voice what they want and need from public officials and local government.