by Susan Fried
Sounds of cheering rose from the crowd as people lined up to drop their ballots into the ballot box by Garfield Community Center on Saturday, October 24. A group of about 100 people had marched from Pratt Fine Arts Center near 20th and Jackson to the ballot box on 23rd and Cherry to honor the memory of Rahwa Habte, a community organizer and a fierce advocate of voter rights.
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by Jasmine M. Pulido
She was my mentor.
Not in an ethereal, vague way. But in a literal way. She was assigned to me through the Alphabet Alliance of Color’s summer institute where experienced local QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community organizers pass down their skills to newer ones. We were prompted to pick our top three choices for mentors and, I’ll be honest, Constance Blakeley wasn’t in my top three. My top pick — an Asian American columnist writing about social justice, culture, and equity with a focus on marginalized communities. I thought the best pick for me would be someone with a similar background, in profession or in identity, or both.
Continue reading In Memory of Constance Blakeley: A Transcestor Too Soon
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
by Bunthay Cheam
photos by Susan Fried
Exactly one week after he passed away, more than 100 people gathered in MLK Memorial Park to celebrate the life of rapper, philanthropist, and community organizer Nipsey Hussle. On Sunday March 31, he was murdered in front of The Marathon Clothing, a store he owned on the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles.
Continue reading Nipsey Hussle vigil gives community a space to grieve, reflect