Picking Life Back up in East Hollywood, Rising Once Again

KL for Who Is Your Neighborhood, LACC; October 12, 2019

Arriving to the Los Angeles City College campus this past weekend was no simple task after a range of emotions in the wake of another tragic loss for the Virgil Village community, this one even closer to home.

But as our communities have done for generations atop the barren concrete of Los Angeles, we pulled our spirits up from within to will one foot in front of the other, and to travail through just enough distance to reach the college’s brilliant quad.

What we saw then was nothing less than reaffirming of this mission. Underneath a quilt of loving daylight the quad bustled with life, filled by people from all over Los Angeles and throughout the world who like us, were also seeking to make the most of their time in the environment around them as they made their way to our table, and to the next, and on, it all rushed back into clarity again:

Despite a world that will continue turning with or without our efforts, we’ve got to continue pushing for stronger communities in our neighborhood, for better youth and education programs here, for holistic support of the most vulnerable among us instead of their out-casting, and more. Because the future yearns for it. Because we want that future. And because we know we deserve the opportunity to create it for ourselves as much as anyone else.

J.T.

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Join Who Is Your Neighborhood at LACC this Saturday, October 12, 2019

That’s right! Los Angeles City College is celebrating the College’s 90th Anniversary in East Hollywood with quite the event: a Community Resource Day this Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM on the College Campus.

Naturally, the team behind Back 2 School and I have got to be a part of the special day. So we’ll be staffing a table at the event, where we’ll be talking with visitors about our annual Back 2 School Party, our local Neighborhood Survey, and more ways to get involved with our ongoing efforts to uplift this side of Los Angeles. We’ll also be debuting our brand new banner, courtesy of The Think Farm. Come enjoy the festivities with us!

J.T.

Have You Kept Up? Episode 5 is In

I remember the moment this past Spring that it became clear it was time to publish a Podcast for J.T. The L.A. Storyteller, when Ed and I sat down at good ole Cahuenga Library for a special workshop on the whys and how-tos. As we thought about the possibilities with throwing our own hats into the podcasting scene, we looked back on everything leading up to that point: we had POC Today behind us, along with the completion of our first-ever Back to School Party, and not one but two (2) Open Mics at Cahuenga as well. Considering the podcast ahead, then, Ed and I could trust in one thing: we had a strong track record together, making some qualitative work ahead of us only that much likelier. Now, in our fifth episode, Ed and I continue thinking BIG for Los Angeles. Please join us by tuning in HERE. And if you like what you hear, please write us a review to tell others how so!

J.T.

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Steady-rising; Los Angeles; Spring 2019

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