Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta along with other Latino media leaders gathered in Sacramento last Wednesday for the second annual Latino Media Summit 2023, hosted by the Latino Media Collaborative (LMC). CALÓ NEWS spoke to Dolores Huerta on Latino representation, Farm Workers Movement, amnesty and other important topics.
June 30 marked the two-year anniversary of the South Los Angeles firework explosion. The explosion was the result of a catastrophically failed operation to detonate approximately 32,000 illegal fireworks, which were anonymously reported to be located in a resident’s backyard on East 27th Street. Two years later, residents of 27th Street, an area that is home to a large Latino population, continue to seek justice for what they call a “mistake and wrongdoing” by the LAPD.”
On the morning of May 30, 2023, Cain Carias woke up and noticed that his car had disappeared, along with his three beloved puppets, the famous El Triste, La Smiley and Little Mr. E.
The Community Coalition for Substance Abuse and Prevention, more commonly known as CoCo, was created by a group of African American and Latino activists in 1990. They wanted to build a collective for people to not feel alone, especially in light of the crack-cocaine epidemic, which largely affected and targeted people of color.
On May 4, the Digital Equity LA (DELA) coalition held an advocacy day to discuss internet access’s importance among low-income communities. The DELA convened at Los Angeles City Hall to showcase the coalition’s work over the past three years and their efforts to increase awareness of internet access.
The University of California on Thursday took a first step toward allowing the hiring of undocumented students for jobs across the 10-campus system, a move that follows months of pleas from those students. The action by the system’s board of regents Thursday does not immediately authorize the employment of undocumented students. Instead, UC plans to create a working group, proposed by President Michael V. Drake, that will spend the next six months considering the proposal.
At 93 years old, Dolores Huerta, a civil rights icon FOR LATINOS AND ALL AMERICANS, continues to fight for women, Latinos and working-class people. Huerta, who was born in New Mexico, has participated and led collective actions such as boycotts and strikes, as well as various social justice initiatives and community organizing. Along with Cesar Chavez, Dolores co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later merged with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee to become the United Farm Workers of America.
On Wednesday, April 12, La Puente High School inaugurated a Dream Resource Center, aimed at promoting unity and being a powerful source against hate among high school students and the local community. It is one of eight Dream Source Centers within Los Angeles County, all of which are funded by the California Department of Social Services and in collaboration with the LA Commission for Human Relations (LA vs. Hate) and Helpline Youth Center.
The community of Watts is now home to a 200-foot mural entitled “Unity Under the Sun,” which aims to promote unity, fight hate and discrimination. The unveiling of the mural, which took place at the Watts Historic Train Station on March 4, brought together community and city leaders, activists, artists and residents, most of them Latino and Black.
Today, CALÓ NEWS and our staff celebrate a milestone. This issue marks our one-year anniversary. Last year, the Latino Media Collaborative (LMC), an emerging non-profit organization that develops high-impact media outreach, launched CALÓ NEWS with the mission of informing, engaging and empowering our greater Latino community on the issues and perspectives that mean most to us, particularly for those who live in a growing number of news and media deserts.
As the Managing Editor, I can tell you that our team believes one of the most important issues that we can have an impact on is that of hate – more specifically, the issue of hate and violence aimed against Latinos/as/x communities for no more reason than the color of their skin or the virtue of their heritage. And we want to cover the heroes and power players who have made it their mission to stamp out hate, in all of its forms, whether it breaks out in Hollywood or downtown LA or the streets of Boyle Heights.
This February, nine Peace & Healing Centers are expected to open and begin offering services to working-class residents living across the various communities in Los Angeles. The centers, launched by the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department (LA Civil Rights), are part of the city’s first participatory budgeting pilot program called Los Angeles Reforms for Equity and Public Acknowledgement of Institutional Racism (LA REPAIR).