Raul Ruiz, former editor for several underground student newspapers in 1968
Mario Garcia, author of “Blowout: Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice”
Maria Brenes, executive director of Inner City Struggle, a group working to empower families on LA’s east side
In Magdalena Ceja's classroom, mice scurry in and out. Electrical outlets in her wall, which power technology Ceja needs to teach, fail. Tiles fall from the ceiling, which leaks in places.
Crumbling facilities are the norm at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles' Boyle Heights neighborhood, a 96-year-old campus that made the history books in 1968 when students walked out to protest unequal conditions for Latinos in the L.A. Unified School District — including, ironically, inadequate facilities.Read more
Here are Latino education advocates’ top priorities and how they fared in LAUSD’s budget | LA School Report
With this week’s approval of a $7.5 billion budget for LA Unified’s upcoming school year, advocates in Los Angeles for Latino education highlighted their priorities to best support Latino students’ success. Here are some of their top goals and how they fared in the budget:
- Community schools
- Safe schools, including restorative justice programs
- Title I funding for schools serving the lowest-income families
- Access to libraries and after-school programs
East LA shines in new school climate map. Advocates credit intensive community investment but say there’s more to do. | LA School Report
A new interactive map on how safe Los Angeles schools are shows a wide swath of red in predominantly Latino, poor and immigrant neighborhoods, indicating students and teachers report not feeling safe.
But one neighborhood with those same demographics stands out for its lack of red. Boyle Heights/East LA is an oasis of green and yellow, meaning that students at most of those schools feel safe or somewhat safe.
The area has been a focus of intense community activism among Latino advocates. They attribute the sense of safety in the schools to high parent involvement and a coalition of community organizations that have pushed for positive behavior intervention and student support policies, particularly in the Boyle Heights community.Read more
InnerCity Struggle (ICS) is proud to have partnered with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in order to resource our Media Justice Academy this past July. Every year, during the summer season, 50 ICS youth engage in a week-long institute where they study the definition and history of action-based media and how it is used to galvanize social movements. Students learn how to think critically about media portrayals of people of color and immigrants and how to create alternative visions that highlight the Eastside community’s cultural assets and strengths.Read more
It was hard not to eavesdrop in the tiny Pico-Union studio where Maria Garcia grew up.
She was around 9 when her father came home one day from his low-wage job as a garment worker and told her mother about the immigration raid at his downtown L.A. factory.
She could hear their relief that her father hadn’t been found.Read more
Residents Will Have Say In USC Health Campus Expansion Boyle Heights residents claim they’re been excluded for too long. | City News Service
The Board of Supervisors took steps Tuesday to ensure Boyle Heights residents have a voice in shaping development around LAC+USC Medical Center.
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended hiring a consultant to facilitate a partnership between the county, USC and local residents, hoping to generate a shared vision for the campus and community.
“It is important we make sure everyone gets a seat at the table,” Solis said.
Residents and community advocates told the board that they’ve been excluded from conversations about development of the campus for too long.Read more
On the morning of Monday November 14th, nearly 4,000 students from 18 LAUSD schools, including all seven of the local Eastside high schools: Roosevelt, Garfield, Mendez, Torres, Solis, Wilson and Lincoln walked out of their campuses in protest to the presidential election outcome and to raise their voices in support of their families and communities.Read more
Indeed, community schools are guided by a philosophy that schools and neighborhoods work together to offer services identified by students and parents as crucial, said speakers at InnerCity Struggle’s Eastside Community Schools Convening on Aug. 27 at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School. For the Ruiz family, that would mean adding more specialized services to students with special needs in the schools.
Ruiz’s son was diagnosed with autism when he entered kindergarten. The younger Ruiz walked on his tippy toes and could barely talk.Read more
Most high school students usually spend their lunch time hanging out with friends.
For Eduardo Pacheco, it was a different story.
Instead, the recent high school graduate spent his lunch – and even breaks during classes – rummaging for cans and plastic bottles that he could recycle. Every little bit of money he earned helped his family, who had a difficult time making ends meet after his father couldn’t find a construction job during the recession.Read more