A Response to the Election
The recent United States election, in which both the executive and legislative branches fell to far right extremists, signal cultural and economic rifts in our society which will only widen under the policies of the newly elected. This is a threat to human rights, social justice and the environment. To help counter this and fight back, I’m working with nonprofit and government leaders, community groups, and others across Los Angeles to strategize and organize. We are also working on campaigns to educate our communities in areas such as civic participation and to communicate better with people around the nation. I will be posting advocacy opportunities, rallies, and more in the near future. Stay tuned!
A Refugee Votes in the US for the First Time…for Freedom
Jina is a colleague at a local nonprofit who came to the United States as a refugee. She asked me to show her how to register to vote this summer. I asked Jina to tell me more about her story and why she was inspired to vote for the first time. Her story is powerful, and it speaks to a perspective on the freedoms that we have that can only come from someone who’s lived without those freedoms. I wrote a piece about her experiences. You can read it HERE.
Literature for Life Welcomes Ivy Kuo and Michael Jaime-Becerra to the Classroom
Plus, Submissions are Open for Lit Journal Issue 5
I direct the curriculum and authors in the classroom programs for literary journal and educators’ resource, Literature for Life. Last month, Literature for Life author Ivy Kuo spoke to over 60 9th grade English students at West Adams Preparatory High School who studied her Issue 4 story, “The Lotus of the Muddy Waters.” This month, author Michael Jaime-Becerra, who wrote the Issue 3 story “1181 Durfee Avenue: 1983-1986,” will speak to a 9th grade class that studied his story this fall. With a grant from the DCA, we’re excited to bring more local authors to L.A. classrooms. You can read their stories HERE!
Literature for Life is also now accepting submissions for Issue 5 through November 21. Learn more HERE.
Feminism, Birding, and Unexpected Models of Community Based Change Workshop a Success
Last month, I had the honor of teaching a civic engagement workshop at the Women’s Center for Creative Work. The workshop combined elements of the histories of feminism, birding, and conservation to teach about past and present models of community based change that may be unexpected to many. Participants engaged in birding exercises along the Los Angeles Rover and worked on developing their own projects, too. A zine based on the workshop will soon be published by the WCCW. You can learn more about the WCCW HERE.