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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 policy at L.A. public schools, on L.A. Metro planning and efficacy, on housing and small business policy, and on L.A. books. My photography is also community-minded, focusing on the moments that make L.A. home to working-class people from all across the U.S.A. and around 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 2 School” PARTY in the LACC area, a day of free 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 performances for nearly 25 attendants from the neighborhood ranging in age from 11 to 60 years old.

In March 2019, I was featured in the L.A. Times for a story on how different residents have ushered in or reacted to the ongoing gentrification of Los Angeles. Now, when I’m not writing, my time is spent planning with fellow educators, organizers and others creating new arts & education programs for communities to defend L.A. as home.

J.T.