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I am a writer, photographer and community organizer in Los Angeles whose blog has published literature and imagery on L.A. since 2014. Articles on my blog include commentaries on education at L.A.’s public middle and high schools, public transportation planning and efficacy, housing and small business policy, as well as book reviews, and more. My photography is also community-minded, focusing mostly on what makes Los Angeles home to so many working-class people from all across the U.S.A. and throughout the world.

My organizing brings my writing and photographic work together. This past August 2018, I designed and facilitated East Hollywood’s first ever “Back to School” PARTY in the LACC area, which served as a free collective of educational workshops for at least 50 different parents, teenagers, and other members of the community.

This past April 2019, I facilitated the second annual Open Mic Night at Cahuenga Public Library in an event featuring 10 different poets, speakers and other members of the community. Our guest list for the Open Mic was diverse, with 25 attendants ranging from 11 to 60 years of age.

In March 2019, I was featured in the L.A. Times on a story regarding the ongoing changes in Los Angeles and how different residents have ushered in or reacted to these developments. Now, my goal is to develop further the network of educators, organizers and other visionaries that I’m increasingly connecting with to create more for the streets, avenues and boulevards that make L.A. our home.

J.T.