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.
UC signals support for hiring of undocumented students; vote will follow six-month study
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.
Dolores Huerta talks to CALÓ NEWS about water justice, anti-hate and more
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.
ANTI-HATE SERIES: La Puente High School Opens One of Seven Centers to Combat Hate in LA County
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.
ANTI-HATE SERIES: LA vs Hate mural in Watts unifies Blacks and Latinos
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.
CALÓ NEWS celebrates one-year anniversary serving Latino readers
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.
CALÓ NEWS Anti-Hate Series
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.
Peace and Healing Centers help most vulnerable communities in Los Angeles
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).
Latinos increasingly victims of hate crimes in LA County, and become perpetrators
In places like LA County, hate crimes have been increasing instead of decreasing. The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations released its annual LA County Hate Crime Report last month on December 7. The report shows hate crimes in LA County grew 23% from 641 in 2020 to 786 in 2021. This is the highest number recorded since 2002. The report revealed that Latinos are the second-largest group of hate crime victims.
Valentine’s Day rally held to protect LA County’s incarcerated youth
On February 14, members of an active social justice coalition showed up in numbers at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting to demand “love” and “care” for the approximately 350 incarcerated youth in the detention camps and juvenile halls operated by the LA County Probation Department. The Los Angeles Youth Uprising (LAYUP) is a group of 16 or so social justice organizations working collaboratively to dismantle or reform the county’s juvenile justice system, which they classify as “racist” and would prefer that city leaders divert city resources toward holistic models of youth development.
ANTI-HATE SERIES: LA’s Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department
The city government is relying on one particular department and its leader to focus on maintaining and strengthening the city’s diversity, equity and accountability, the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department. You can call it the LA Civil Rights (department) for short; and its main goals are to reduce bias, hate crimes and injustices. Capri Maddox was named as the Executive Director of LA Civil Rights in June 2020. “If there is a government start-up, it is us,” Maddox told CALÓ NEWS. “We are new, but we are here to serve all of what LA is. We have a very diverse staff. We want to represent the diversity of Los Angeles.”
EDITORIAL: Police kill Black and Brown people at higher rates
People of color, who make up around 40% of the U.S. population, comprise more than 60% of all people killed by or who died in the custody of the police. By comparison, whites, who constitute more than 60% of the population, comprise less than 40% of all deaths over the 2014-2021 period, according to The Raza Database Project