EPISODE 81 – EUNISSES HERNANDEZ FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT ONE

In our 81st episode, we sit down for the second time with Eunisses Hernandez (@EunissesH) to hear about her new campaign door-knocking through North East Los Angeles. We discuss the inspiration behind Eunisses’ decision to run for political office, including the Great Recession, as well as the conditions that make it next to impossible for too many elderly workers in her community to retire. We also talk about gentrification in “NELA,” including by mural erasure, which tramples over historic efforts by communities there to grow and sustain Latinx political power. If and when elected, Eunisses will be only the second woman to represent Council District One in its nearly 100 years as an office at L.A. City Council. Learn more about Eunisses at eunissesforthepeople.org.

J.T.

EPISODE 82 – DAVID KIM FOR CONGRESS DISTRICT 34 FROM CALIFORNIA

In our 82nd episode, we sit down for an enriching conversation with David Kim, who is running for congress to represent the 34th district of Los Angeles in Washington D.C. David and I discuss his inspiration for running, his unique qualifications for the job as a queer left Korean-American millennial, redlined neighborhoods in “CA-34,” and more. A can’t miss-session for all of Central Los Angeles.

J.T.

J.T. OBSERVES MLK JR. DAY

Today regarded as an American icon, in his actual life, Martin Luther King Jr. was mostly villainized for his human rights efforts. On this MLK Jr.’s Day, yours truly reflects on the toll inflicted on Black Los Angeles over the last two years of the pandemic; Black people remain over-represented in L.A. County hospitalizations for COVID-19, as well as in the county’s traffic stops, jail cells, and–most deplorably of all–L.A.’s homelessness encampments.

J.T.