Results tagged “Erick Galindo”

Mis Ángeles: How Highland Park Residents Are Banding Together to Save Poppy Peak

A cluster of luxury homes is slated to take over one of Northeast L.A.'s last remaining open spaces. And people in the community there don't want them.

Mis Ángeles: Why Filling Out That Census Form Is So Important For Angelenos -- And Outreach Is Critical

Walking around Plaza Mexico the other day, chatting people up about the 2020 Census, it became apparent pretty quickly that many people had completed the census already -- but many would not have without the urging of a census taker who went to their home.

Mis Ángeles: 3 Friends In Southeast LA Turn To Social Media To Fund Remodels For LA's Working Poor

The fledgling Latino-owned start-up Hood Renovationz has already raised thousands and is currently building collapsible desks for kids in the 'hood who don't have a dedicated space to attend school from home. 

Mis Ángeles: 'Ruben Salazar ¡Presente!' We Went Searching For Meaning In A 50-Year-Old Police Killing And The Chicano Moratorium 

We carried out our mission not just in the long shadow of a 50-year-old history, but in the blazing daylight of a string of recent police killings of Black and Brown people all across the country.

Mis Ángeles: For Bakersfield's Campesinos, Pepe Reyes' Golden Voice Has Been An Invaluable Resource

When COVID-19 began to spread, Spanish-language morning radio shows in the agricultural hub of Bakersfield were helping get essential info to the most essential of workers -- the people who pick our crops. Meet one of these radio hosts.

Mis Ángeles: Why A Trip To The Dentist Can Be Especially Expensive In Communities Hardest Hit By COVID-19 And Unemployment

The price tag on dental health care can be thousands of dollars. Even if you have decent insurance, a dental emergency can wipe out your whole savings account. And for many of us, the COVID-19 recession has already done that.

Mis Ángeles: They Raised $1 Million in COVID-19 Relief To Help LA's Indigenous Communities. Here's Why It's Not Nearly Enough

One in three indigenous Meso-Americans living in Los Angeles has experienced coronavirus or knows someone close to them that has, according to a group that serves local indigenous communities.

Mis Ángeles: Why Those Who Died In El Paso Will Remain With Us Forever

"I wonder if they ever imagined that they would be with us we try and will a true portrait of America into existence."

Mis Ángeles: A Legendary Restaurant in Southeast LA Survives, For Now

In the middle of March, chefs and owners Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu of La Casita Mexicana shut the critically acclaimed Bell restaurant all the way down due to the pandemic. The future looked uncertain. Now there's a ray of hope.

Mis Ángeles: When The Chaos Hits A New Level With The Kids In The Car

I felt so angry and helpless. I had a million thoughts running through me. Some were more violent than others. But the biggest, most important one was, 'What am I going to do about these kids?'

Mis Ángeles: Bless Me, Rudolfo Anaya 

How the late Mexican American writer's seminal novel "Bless Me, Ultima" changed the way I saw myself. 

Mis Ángeles: Vanessa Guillen Should Be A Household Name In Everyone's Home

Like concerns over COVID-19 and arguments about police brutality, the missing Latina U.S. soldier has sat with my family at breakfast, lunch and dinner. But not with most of America. Would it be different if she were white?

Mis Ángeles: How It Feels To Watch The Fall Of People In Power Who Are 'Ours'  

When people from marginalized communities gain entry, can they actually change the institutions that have so much power over a system that seems to work against us? God, I hope so.

On Life As A Freckle-Faced, Redheaded, Mexican American From Southeast Los Angeles

"Sometimes I feel the weight of being judged as a person of color. Other times I feel awkward being seen as the only white guy in the room. It is through this murky fog that I have fought to carve out my own American identity."

Mis Ángeles: For A Taquero Working In The Pacific Palisades, DACA Victory Means A Bigger Fight Looms

Rudy Barrientos said even as he processed the win: "Right away, I was thinking there's probably gonna be more fight against us from the other side now,because you know that every action has an equal and opposite reaction."

Mis Ángeles: How A 2-Hour Road Trip For Some Julian Apple Pie Helped Me Heal

For some reason, I've been granted a platform to highlight the beauty and strength of L.A.'s most invisible communities. But that's not something I can do if I'm broken.

Mis Ángeles: How A Young Black College Student Helped Ease Tensions In His Hometown

About 300 people would wind up shutting down Brookshire Avenue and marching along Firestone Boulevard, two of the city's busiest streets, for the biggest display of civil disobedience Downey has seen in my lifetime.

Mis Ángeles: George Floyd Should Be Home With His Family Right Now

It's apparent to me that Derek Chauvin would not have faced justice had protests in Minneapolis and across the country forced Chauvin's arrest four whole days later. It's not right and you know it. God, I hope you know it. 

Mis Ángeles: What A Day Laborer's Death Taught Me About Hard Work And Joy

I didn't want to write an obituary, especially one about someone who could have easily been my cousin.

Remembering LA's Coronavirus Victims: Gaspar Gomez, 51, Of Pacoima

Gaspar Gomez was a father, an immigrant and one of the first known day laborers to die of COVID-19 in L.A. County.

Mis Ángeles: Existential Dread For DACA Recipients Working On The Pandemic's Frontlines

For DACA holders working essential jobs in the age of coronavirus, the existential dread is doubled by a looming Supreme Court decision.  

Mis Ángeles: How My 60-Year-Old Immigrant Mom Is Excelling In Quarantine

I shouldn't be surprised that my mother has finally discovered things like YouTube, Facebook and Pinterest.

Mis Ángeles: Meet The Woman Who Answers Questions For Undocumented Angelenos

Jessica Huerta fields questions like these: If I get a COVID-19 test, will I go on a list? Even if I get a positive test, how will I pay for the treatment?

Mis Ángeles: How A Downey Food Bank Is Helping Feed Families Who Have No Safety Net

The food bank is one of the few places that has been a consistent source for Latinos from around Southeast L.A., including undocumented and mixed-status families left out of federal stimulus relief. 

Mis Ángeles: This Is What It's Like To Get Tested for Coronavirus In Los Ángeles 

Our columnist Erick Galindo got tested for COVID-19 at one of L.A. County's drive-thru testing facilities. He chronicled it in real time. 

Mis Ángeles: 'Do I Have It?' What Happens When There Are No Tests And No Answers 

It took the doctor about two minutes to diagnose me via teleconference as 'A Person Under Investigation For Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)' and order me to self-isolation for two weeks. 

Mis Ángeles: In This Existential War, It's Low-Wage Workers Who Keep The Supply Chain Running

The long hours, the short staff, the stress of working during the pandemic takes a physical toll on the immune system and on the spirit. 

How Carnicerias, Liquor Stores, Tienditas And Latino Supermarkets Are Feeding Their Neighborhoods

These mom-and-pop shops have played a key role keeping their shelves stocked and people fed.

Mis Ángeles: It Hurts To See Los Angeles This Way

What's happening to L.A.'s service industry right now is terrible but necessary. What's going to happen to the street vendors will likely be worse. 

Mis Ángeles: Living On LA's Margins, There's Not Much Time To Obsess About Coronavirus

It's just hard to worry about stuff you have very little control over when you're under constant pressure to pay the bills, avoid bad situations and overcome institutional obstacles like racism and sexism. 

'We Shouldn't Have to Carry It Alone': How The Public Mourning Of Kobe Bryant Has Helped LA Heal

One more time, Kobe Bryant has united L.A. and even in death given us something to root for: our collective healing.

'Kobe And Carne Asada' - At Plaza Mexico in Lynwood There Are No More Bryant Jerseys Left For Sale

One vendor said said none of the shops in Plaza Mexico were ready for the demand for Kobe Bryant gear. People were coming in sad, she said, "because they said the wife is Mexican."

'I Am Straight Up In Tears Right Now.' Why Kobe Bryant's Death Hurts So Much

Kobe Bryant gave us something special even when we had nothing else to cheer for in our lives.

Day Labor Center Protests Eviction Saying Public Drinking And Urination In Parking Lot Isn't Tied To Them

A day labor center in L.A.'s Westlake neighborhood is under pressure to vacate its long-time headquarters.

The Best Café De Olla In Los Angeles -- And Why You Need To Drink It

At its most basic, café de olla is an old timey way of making instant coffee. It's also a ritual that nourishes the soul.

Is LA Ready For New Street Vending Rules?

As of Jan. 1, every L.A. street vendor of tacos, pupusas, hot chicken sandwiches, even clothes, or anything really, will have to buy a permit or eventually face fines.

LA's Street Vendors Won't Be Fined -- At First -- As City Rolls Out New Rules

LA City officials appear to have heard the please of street vending advocates who have been warning for weeks neither the authorities or the vendors seem ready for the new rules that go into effect Jan. 1.

A Nativity Scene In Claremont Features Baby Jesus, Mary And Joseph In Cages

Claremont United Methodist Church's Christmas nativity is meant to be a commentary on immigrant family separations.

LA's Street Vendor Permit Program Is About To Begin. Why One City Councilman Is Already Trying To Tighten It

It took years of debate before L.A.'s City Council passed the new law. Now a motion seeks to tighten street vendor permit enforcement just weeks before it starts.

Despite Ban, Feds Want More Immigrant Detention in SoCal (They Want Child Shelters, Too)

California has banned new for-profit immigrant detention centers. L.A. has opposed new child migrant shelters. The Trump administration is still trying to open both here.

How Angry Parents Annihilated A 'Racist' Study Guide Given To Their Downey 5th Graders

Parents in a tight-knit Downey school community were outraged when their children came home with an assignment that they saw as an example of "old school prejudice and racism."

DACA Is Going Before The Supreme Court, And People Are Scared

The fate of some 700,000 young immigrants hangs in the balance as the high court considers whether the Trump administration may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

A Boyle Heights Artist Is Mailing Thousands Of Messages Of Hope To Immigrant Detainees

Sending a beautiful bouquet of flowers to someone in an immigrant detention center is nearly impossible, unless you use your imagination.