Two prominent leaders are in the running to represent Long Beach, Downey and Southeast Los Angeles in Congress. Meet Robert Garcia, Long Beach’s first Latino and openly gay mayor, and Cristina Garcia, an assemblywoman who came up as a fiery activist in Southeast Los Angeles’ (SELA) barrios.
Latinos make up 47% of the LA’s population but only 23% of city commissioners. Latino city workers earn on average $9 less per hour than white employees.
In the late 1960s, Robert Montoya walked onto the campus of the USC School of Medicine, today the Keck School of Medicine, near Boyle Heights and quickly realized that he was among a handful of medical students of color. “There were two Latinos: me and one other Latino in my class and two black guys,” […]
A few years ago, Marlisa Olea-Gallardo was grasping the hand of a young woman from Tijuana about to give birth. They had just met and were the only Spanish speakers in the hospital room. Both were in their early 20s. “She talked to me about her life and how she was so excited to have […]
On March 23, 1979, Roberto Rodriguez, a young photojournalist on assignment, was beaten by law enforcement officers in East L.A. Now
67, he’s turned his trauma into a lifelong passion for social justice.