It all started in 2019 when Jennifer Lashley, 44, of Gardena, California, founded the South LA Robotics program. Lashley was a coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for 17 years before venturing to make her dream come true.
Author Archives: Catalina Garcia
Catalina Garcia is a native of Orange County and a California State University, Dominguez Hills graduate with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Photography. She is a freelancer and focuses her stories on mental health, women’s rights, and those who deserve to be heard. She likes to listen to music, attend concerts in her free time, and read books recommended on her newsfeed.
Anaheim Marketplace hosted free weddings for 12 lucky couples
The Anaheim Marketplace was established in 1990 with only 20 stores. Today, it is the largest indoor swap meet in Orange County, with about 200 stores and vendors. The marketplace was designed to immerse the shoppers and vendors in a shopping experience that made them feel like they were walking through Mexico. The Anaheim Marketplace is the heart of the community and is popular among Latinos, in part for an event called “Bodas Comunitarias” or “Community Weddings.” 20 couples will be selected. To sign up, couples simply had to visit the Anaheim Marketplace by February 5.
LA City Hall scandal aftermath, Latino academics talk about future
Having Bass as the new mayor of LA has sparked a conversation about whether she will hold the council members accountable for their actions and support honest and adequate representation in City Hall and the city’s districts. “It’s too easy of a political campaign,” said Alexandro Hernandez, associate professor of Chicanx Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). “I don’t think electing Bass as Mayor of LA is something [City Hall and voters] can use to sweep everything with the audio leak under the rug and act like everything is better now.”
FRANKY CARRILLO fought police injustice, supports Measure A
Carrillo said that the inspiration for Measure A was borne from the clamor for justice that came from the streets and their cries for a just process that have been ignored for long enough. “It is interesting how a law needs to be put together and eventually passed in the hopes that [the sheriff’s department] follows it, in the hopes that it gets their attention,” said Carrillo. “The hope is that the person in that position will take their position very seriously and understand and engage a community,” Carrillo said.
CALÓ Q&A: Move LA and Prop 30
CALÓ NEWS recently interviewed Marisa Garcia and Denny Zane of Move LA to learn more about their non-profit and how Prop 30 can benefit the Latino community in Los Angeles, the state of California and hopefully the rest of the world.
LAURA’S HOUSE shines light on Domestic Violence Awareness
1 in 3 Latinas will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime and 1 in 12 may have in the last 12 months. Located on the southern side of Orange County, Laura’s House is a domestic violence agency that works specifically with individuals, the majority being women, that have experienced intimate partner violence and family violence.
Q&A: LUIS LÓPEZ RESÉNDIZ on Nury Martinez and Reaction by Indigenous, Latino Communities
The audio leak comes one month before the city election, where multiple council seats are sought, including the mayor’s position. “We hope this new election will spark a movement holding our local politicians accountable and having them be more transparent and honest in their work,” says Luis López Reséndiz. Following the news of Nury Martinez and city council members, CALÓ NEWS recently spoke with Luis López Reséndiz, CIELO’s director of the center of language and power department, to understand the feelings within the Indigenous and Latino communities after the leak in-depth.
American Cancer Society, Road to Recovery Program helps Latinos
According to the American Cancer Society, men and women are at a higher risk for cancers associated with infectious agents such as the liver, stomach and cervix. In LA County, the Latinx community is the largest community the American Cancer Society serves. Cancer is the leading cause of mortality within the community, accounting for 20% of deaths. Many unfortunate circumstances prevent individuals within the Latinx community from seeking treatment, such as socioeconomic status, system racism, access to health care, and cultural values and beliefs. “Road to Recovery” will be run through a mobile-friendly website to make it easier for volunteers to view and accept ride requests.
MATISSE RAINBOLT Turns to TikTok to Educate About Folklorico Dance
Matisse Rainbolt grew up unable to use social media until she was in college. Her parents would not allow it. Today, the 21-year-old has 1.3 million followers on Tik Tok. She has taken her skills as a professional Folklorico dancer to her social media platforms to showcase her art, posts about her culture and gives step-by-step tutorials based on the dance style she practices.
ROSA MORENO, dedicates psychology practice to helping Latinx, POC students
Moreno is now a psychologist and faculty counselor at California State University, Long Beach. She has been a counselor at CSULB for the past 24 years. She has been in charge of a drop-in space at CSULB called Latinas at the Beach for the past 24 years. It’s where Latina students can openly share their struggles and thoughts with their peers.