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Posted inJustice

Biden to host unity summit against hate-fueled violence, while LA hate crimes soar

The United We Stand Summit, which is scheduled for September 15, aims to counter the “corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety,” as well as to highlight and address the Biden-Harris Administration’s response to these dangers, and “put forward a shared vision for a more united America,” as stated by the White House.

Posted inHealth

The Sodium Icon Campaign, looking to reduce salt-intake among Latino, low-income communities

In general, Hispanics/Latinos have higher dietary sodium intake, lower dietary potassium intake, and higher rates of obesity compared with non-Hispanic whites. “When we eat meals, we don’t really think about sodium or salt, it’s such a small part of how we plan our meals, but in the long term we can see how this very small thing can have a huge effect on our health, said Mónica Acevedo, Program Manager of Public Health Advocates (PHA), a social justice nonprofit organization in LA.

Posted inPolitics

CAROLINE MENJIVAR, daughter of Salvadorian parents, now a top candidate in State Senate District 20

Menjivar grew up in San Fernanco Valley, where her mother cleaned private homes and her father worked as a waiter at a Studio City country club. Menjivar recalled attending Encino Charter Elementary School, a public school in the high-priced suburb of Encino, CA. She immediately felt out of place, she said. “I was going to an affluent school where my classmate’s homes were big and they had big screen TVs,” Menjivar said. “That’s when I started [wondering] why my classmates had so many cool things, big houses, expensive things and we didn’t? As a kid, you don’t know what all that means. You just know that the inequity doesn’t feel right.”

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 inPolitics

Attendees of People’s Summit for Democracy share visions for Latinos

LA leaders last week hosted The People’s Summit for Democracy from June 8-10 at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), which was organized in opposition to the Summit of the Americas. Numerous world leaders, including Mexican President ​​Andrés Manuel López Obrador, boycotted in response to the exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the Summit of the Americas. The People’s Summit was intended to uplift the voices of the working-class people in the Americas and prioritize “people’s democracy first,” as stated on their website. The Biden Administration’s summit did not represent the people of the Americas, according to the organizers of the People’s Summit. “The exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua have already made Biden’s summit a political disaster,” organizers stated in a declaration letter.

Posted inCulture

CHARLEY TRUJILLO, Vietnam vet, writer and filmmaker on Caló, Chicano culture

Last month marked 79 years since the Zoot Suit Uprisings in L.A, which involved numerous violent confrontations between young Latinos/as and Chicanos/as against police officers, deputy sheriffs and members of the armed forces, including Marines and sailors, which were most often instigated by the latter. Chicanos like Trujillo had served in the military in high numbers, but many servicemen viewed Pachucos as World War II draft dodgers, according to History.com. Trujillo’s work flips the script and reveals Pachucos for the Latino cultural heroes they are.

Posted inElections

ADRIANA CABRERA, Grew up in South LA, now running to represent District 9

Adriana Cabrera said that she began organizing and getting involved in her South LA community as a 12-year-old after losing a boyfriend, cousin, neighbors and classmates to gang violence. In addition, she believes that her experiences sharing a one-bedroom with family, being a first-generation college graduate and surviving “extreme poverty” make her an ideal candidate to serve the neighbors she grew up with. “Me running has nothing to do with me and everything to do with my community,” she said. “It means the world to me that young people believe in me.”