Posted inBusiness

Father and son business owners have served LA’s Eastside community across generations

When Cecilio Acevedo decided to pack up the few possessions he had to his name in 1964 and migrate from Mexico City to Los Angeles, he brought an invaluable asset with him. Three years of experience working across different furniture shops in Mexico would allow him to open his own business, which he’s now run for 52 years. In 1971, he founded Mission Furniture Manufacturing, a 7500-square-foot family-run shop that sits on Whittier Boulevard in the heart of East LA, which has sold hand-made furniture since its doors opened. His best sellers are traditional three-cushion sofas which have remained popular over the years.

Posted inSocio Economic

CALÓ Q&A: An immigrant rights coalition works to bring socioeconomic equity to immigrants in LA 

IRLA is made up of more than 100 non-profit, community-led, health and other academic organizations, including CHILRLA, AltaMed, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, UCLA Labor Center, and the USC Equity Research Institute, among others. They banded together as IRLA to advocate for immigrants in LA and proposed a county plan that would include more immigrant-related priorities to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who would allocate the $9 billion in ARP funds given to the city.

Posted inOpinion

COLUMN: Mexico set to elect a woman president

Mexico’s ruling party, Morena, nominated Claudia Sheinbaum and Xóchitl Gálvez was nominated by the Frente Amplio por Mexico (Broad Front for Mexico) as presidential candidates. Sheinbaum, 61, is the former Mexico City mayor and longtime political ally of the current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. She is a scientist and an academic. She has vowed to continue the policies of López Obrador that have focused on social welfare and more state control of the economy and energy sectors. Gálvez is a former senator from the conservative PAN party. Her front party consists of three parties, the PAN, the PRI and the PRD. She is pro-business and wants to encourage more private investment. Both candidates have made recent campaign stops in Los Angeles to court votes. Mexicans living abroad have been allowed to vote in Mexican elections since 2006.

Posted inOpinion

COMMENTARY: Lila Downs, a night of remembrance

Singer and musician Lila Downs, with origins in both Oaxaca and Minnesota, is the daughter of a Mixtec Indigenous woman and a U.S.-born father. Her narratives are about indigenous resistance defending the original vision of the sacred plants and food of her Oaxacan culture while continuing the traditions of the American continent. In addition to being a human rights activist, her lyrics often tell stories varying from social injustice to the exploited Latin American chronicles of women of indigenous and working-class backgrounds. It is such intertwining that has resulted in her winning 5 Latin Grammys and one Grammy. Since 1994, she has released a total of 15 albums. Undoubtedly, she is one of the most prevailing and única voices that exists today.

Posted inLatinos

Alliance for a Better Community honors prominent Latinos at its first Zócalo event 

The Latino advocacy and outreach group, Alliance for a Better Community (ABC), partnered with the performing arts nonprofit, Grand Performances, to curate song and dance presentations that pay tribute to the county’s more than 4.8 million Latinos, which account for 48% of the total population. The event took place in October 13 at the California Plaza amphitheater in Downtown, Los Angeles, commencing a nonprofit’s debut Zócalo series. The event drew inspiration from the Zócalo in Mexico City, the main ceremonial center in the former Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.

Posted inImmigration

LA County Board of Supervisors adopts final $46.7 billion budget amid questions about serving immigrant communities

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s final $46.7 billion budget. Despite the billion-dollar budget the Immigrants are LA (IRLA) coalition believes the immigrant community and its needs are not rightfully represented in this budget. IRLA wants to ensure that the approximately 3.5 million immigrants living in LA, the majority of them being Latinos, are a visible, integral and permanent part of the county’s budget process. 

Posted inRepresentation

Newport Beach Film Festival hosts their annual Mexican Spotlight event 

On Wednesday, October 18, the Newport Beach Film Festival’s (NBFF) annual Mexican Spotlight event will take place at Triangle Starlight Cinemas in Costa Mesa. Beginning at 7 p.m., along with a red carpet, afterparty, dance performances, live music and a hosted bar, the central focus of the night is the screening of Radical (2023), starring Eugenio Derbez, and an exclusive Q&A with those behind the film, which is all completely open to everyone who purchases tickets. Along with the festivities the Mexican Spotlight holds for its guests, the centerpiece of the event is the screening of the Mexican drama Radical (2023), starring Mexican actor and comedian Eugenio Derbez, known for his roles in How to Be a Latin Lover (2017), Overboard (2018) and Instructions Not Included (2013), who will also be in attendance.

Posted inOpinion

COMMENTARY: Raíces, learning my immigrant history saved my life

It was during a mandatory program I attended during the summer of my junior year that I met Cal State Fullerton Professor of Chicano Studies, Alexandro Jose Gradilla.

Part of his curriculum was to share the history of Latinx/o movements across the century and how it has shaped both the forms of identity-making for our community but also how it has also furthered the liberation and lives of all people of color. It wasn’t until we got to the part about immigrant rights movements, from Prop 187 to the blowouts of 2006 that my ears truly sprang up and where I saw a mirror in my academic journey for the first time.
Growing up, I knew I was an immigrant from Mexico. From hiding when the cops would drive by, to avoiding San Diego or never being able to travel back home to family in Mexico the way my friends were, I knew as I kept getting older that I was different.

Posted inEntertainment

Rafael Agustín, CEO of the Latino Film Institute, on writer’s strike and his comedic memoir, Illegally Yours

It wasn’t until he was in high school, applying for his driver’s license and to colleges, that Rafael Agustín found out he was an undocumented immigrant. Moving from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to Walnut, California, at the age of seven, the now 42-year-old award-winning television writer (Jane the Virgin) and CEO of the Latino Film Institute (LFI) knew he and his parents were immigrants but was unaware of the illegality of his own status.