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Posted inEquity

COLUMN: Ode to first Chicanos

When I was born in the mid-1960s, I inherited six siblings. Two of them self-identified as Chicanos. They were the  first to do so in my family. I was young, but I remember the clothes. The signs touting “Chicano Power” and “Brown Power.” The emblems of fists and fists raised in the air. The rallies for justice. The marches, walk-outs and sit-ins. I remember the feeling of being protected by the Brown Berets when I attended a rally or march.

Posted inJustice

BAMBY SALCEDO, LA group protects Transgender Latinas

Governor Gavin Newsom announced his five appointments to the Commission on the State of Hate, one of them being Trans Latina activist and community leader, Bamby Salcedo. As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the TransLatin@ Coalition (TLC), Salcedo guides the nationally recognized organization which advocates for Transgender and Gender nonconforming and Intersex (TGI) immigrant women in Los Angeles.

Posted inHealth

ZULY GARCIA, from contractor at Google to working full-time at the iconic tech company

Traveling back and forth with their father from Oaxaca to Los Angeles, Zuly Garcia found it difficult to assimilate to American culture and their Mexican counterparts. In addition to always feeling split in two between the two countries, they also faced brutal racism and had difficulty finding a supportive community. When Zuly was 15 years old, they began to struggle with their identity and loving themselves. That is until they found a creative outlet through Photoshop and photography.

Posted inCulture

COMMENTARY: Lessons on Mexican Independence Day from a professor

As a history professor, my dreams of wealth and rock n’ roll fame in young adulthood evaporated long ago. But just before this Mexican Independence Day on September 16, my professional moments sparkle, to use an un-academic term. Being a former Mexican American GED student in cholo garb, these moments of enlightenment – for me and my students – are about as priceless as any such moments of a respective jale. It’s my time to teach about Mexican Independence (which is not Cinco de Mayo).

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LIBÉLULA BOOKS & CO. serves Brown, Black, Queer, Indigenous and all people of color

Housed behind a bright, yellow door attached to a 1920s iron and triangular building, the bookstore features floor-to-ceiling length bookshelves, art and greenery, knick-knacks that just belong, and that satisfying just-opened-a-book smell create an atmosphere that feels like one you’ve experienced before. But what truly punctuates the nostalgia of a classroom is the bundles of toys, a decorative and interactive feature, that definitely heals the inner child of both the owners and guests.