Who is your Neighborhood, the team behind two back to school parties in East Hollywood, is Now Official

It’s true! Quien Es tu Vecindario–also known as Who Is Your Neighborhood–or the team behind two Back 2 School parties in the LACC area for two consecutive years, is now an official “non-profit” corporation for arts and education in East Hollywood registered with the state of California, entity number C4612184.

The organization is the first non-profit in East Hollywood founded and led by members born and raised in the community of immigrant single mothers and families. Following completion of our first fund-raiser, the team will begin work on our first grant application for opportunity programming with the L.A. County Department of Art & Culture. Goals for programming this Fall include an online book club for the neighborhood, homework help for teens, and forums for families in our community during these trying times.

Keep up with Quien Es tu Vecindario online, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any lines of support. To be sure, as with our “unofficial” events before any non-profit lingo, we do not need a lot of money. We just need a lot of ganas!

J.T.

You Can Now Support J.T. The L.A. Storyteller on Patreon

It’s true! After six years with JIMBO TIMES: The L.A. Storyteller as a free and open source for all, yours truly is now prepared to offer exclusive deals and content to subscribers via PATREON. Hop on over to see the first major giveaway!

J.T.

Did you hear? Our first meeting for the first ever Los Cuentos Summer Book Club was Awesome

Our first meeting for the Los Cuentos Book Club this past Wednesday was a success, with 9 attendants, predominantly muxeres, from places like East & South Los Angeles, and even San Bernardino. Our discussion for LA SIGUANABA and The Magical Loroco was over an hour long, serving as an “online venue” for community engagement with literature made just for them.

Our club now just needs a small push or ‘jale’ to cover the cost of our books, which we’ve handed free of charge to each of our participants in an effort to be inclusive, and which we’ve purchased directly from the author in order to continue shopping from & supporting local artists in Los Angeles. As always, any donation or sharing the campaign with a friend will be of great support, and we can assure you to make it go a long, long way!

Our Book Club will hold its second meeting next Wednesday, July 22nd, and did you hear? Every supporter of our club is more than welcome to attend. To donate, you can find our fundraiser HERE.

J.T.

A white Los Cuentos hat with Black lining and stiching for Los Cuentos

After more than one year since the first Los Cuentos Golf Hat, a special rate for Los Angeles – This Weekend only

Los Cuentos Golf Hat, 100% cotton – $20.00

Celebrating more than one year with these hats, the original White & Black version is going at $20.00 flat for the first 10 sales this 4th of July weekend, 2020. All funds support this website, as well as the production of more styles for working-class families in Los Angeles, and even more with yours truly.

Place your order via VENMO!

J.T.

Feed Folks Program and Volunteers Deliver Produce to Neighbors in East Hollywood

Earlier this week on Sunday, April 12th, a group of locals and volunteers in East Hollywood distributed over 30 boxes of fresh produce to residents in the neighborhood courtesy of donations and volunteer sign-ups. The effort was led by Feed Folks, a new pilot-program in East Hollywood. Greens and veggies in the boxes were provided by the McGrath Family Farm, of Camarillo, as well as the historic South Central Farmers.

Sponsors for the food boxes included the Little Tokyo Service Center, as well as Cafe Juayua, a local coffee coalition. Volunteers helping to organize and deliver these boxes included Linc Gasking, from Feed Folks, as well as Ninoska Suarez, from the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council.

The coalition of neighbors and community partners aims to continue this program, but will need support from more donors and volunteers.

To donate a Fresh Produce Box for the coalitions next drop-off on April 19, 2020, you can donate HERE. To volunteer to help deliver boxes–with safe social distancing practices in mind–please visit the Feed Folks website.

To sign up for a box for your own household or identify other individuals or households who are food insecure in East Hollywood, the coalition has created a google form in English and Español.

J.T.

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Kevin Walton King: During Crisis, Love is Essential

I was hesitant to write some of my thoughts during this time of change and transition due to the Coronavirus. The main reason is because it seemed odd to me to offer my metaphysical musings at a time when people are looking for physical solutions: Food. Economic resources. Material comfort and the like. But I realize there is no time like the present to focus on what is important to us. Finally, more people, including our mayors and governors are asking, what is essential to human culture and life? What are things or activities we can do without? Maybe in this way we can begin to live simpler and more sustainable lifestyles.

At the micro level we can ask the same questions. What is important to me? What gives my life meaning, joy, and strength and vitality? And when we find the answer, we can then find the courage to make sure that we commit to those things. For what gives us joy is a gift not only to ourselves but also to the world. Without these gifts being let to shine, we are left collectively poorer and wanting.

In my own life, I’ve found that love is essential. But I also understand that during trauma and crisis and times of transition it can be very hard to remember that love is essential. That joy is essential. That a smile is essential. That creativity is essential. The teacher said that ‘we can not live by bread alone.’ That means that there is an intangible nature to life. A spiritual nature. You can’t name it, but you know it when you experience it.

Trauma and crisis and transition bring our focus rightly to the material, but life is not only trauma and crisis and transition. The teacher has something to say about this as well when he offers ‘that he came to give us life and life more abundantly.’ The abundant life is a full life. Life in all its fecundity. Flourishing life. Life that beams in all seasons and at all times so that during the harvest we sing songs of triumph and during a drought we shout the blues.

I also understand that this time of adversity will affect our emotional and mental and spiritual well being. For some, it will be exasperating, one more inconvenience and difficulty and chaotic event thrust upon their already overwhelmed life.

For others, it will be like the Polish tale of the Rabbi who advises the farmer to bring his livestock into his home even as the farmer complains that his home is chaotic and devoid of peace and quiet. Many of us, like the farmer in that tale, may experience a moment of liberation when we realize that the majority of our complaints, in the grand scheme of things, are of little consequence.

The majority of us, however, will find ourselves somewhere in the middle. And the blessing of this state is that we will realize that we are a part of a vast continuum, with stress and anxiety on the one end, and liberation at the other. And with our eyes open to this reality we may find that we are a part of an expansive and infinite world full of possibilities. May we all, especially at this time of challenge, experience the greatest of these possibilities.

(This article was first published in The Weekly Oracle)

K.K.

Alan Keving Walton King is one of a growing number of Love Performers who finds creative ways to add love to his life and, in doing so, helps us to remember that love never fails. King is also the author and mind behind The Weekly Oracle, where he is an “oracle for the people – what is substantive, what matters, the heart, the core [of] what is important, what touches us deeply, out of which we come into being, and through which the world is created.”

J.T. Endorses LAUSD’s Request for Collaboration with Verizon to Support Students in Case of School Closures

“March 9, 2020

Hans Vestberg
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Verizon Communications
1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036

Dear Mr. Vestberg:

Los Angeles Unified serves the needs of almost 700,000 students who live in communities spread across 700 square miles. About 80% of students are from families living in poverty. 73% of students are Latino and 8% are African American. We serve students and families with high needs.

As we plan for a potential occurrence of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our schools, we are taking steps to ensure students can continue to learn from home in the event of extended school closures. At the core of this will be online instruction using a digital device connected to the internet. Unfortunately, about 25% of our students — 125,000 children — have neither a device on which to learn nor the ability to connect to the internet outside of school.

We would like to discuss with Verizon a plan to support our students by providing internet access to those who may not otherwise have access to learning.

We hope Verizon will consider working with us on this. I will call your office to follow up.

Austin Beutner”

J.T.

40 Cuentos become 25

It’s with great pleasure to announce that yours truly has achieved the first 15 sales of the new LOS CUENTOS hoodies by J.T!

I want to thank the community of friends who’ve supported me in turning this dream into a lived experience. It is going a long way!

And as I show up to these friends’ places to drop off Los Hoodies, I wonder just how much I might resemble the myriad of street vendors out in Los Angeles; the fruit-cutters, the tamaleros and tamaleras, and always, my mama with her revistas for the community, all of whom I’ve sough to honor with this blog, and all of whom I’m still just paying an ode to with this latest venture.

It’s an honor to be in their company.

Now, I’ve got 25 more of these hoodies to get out there. What do you say, L.A.? Are we looking like we’re up for the challenge?

But we’ve got more to show you!

J.T.

Calling All Bloggers, Writers, Storytellers: Publish Your Voice on Jimbo Times: The L.A. Storyteller

It’s true.

“After five years of JIMBO TIMES: The L.A. Storyteller, it’s time to make space on the blog for more voices and stories from communities in Los Angeles and beyond. Enter the new Submissions feature. To maintain and expand the blog’s love for city life and attention to its working class communities, here are the types of pieces writers everywhere are encouraged to submit…”

I’m very proud of this latest milestone for the site, and thereby look forward to seeing what types of stories we’ll be getting out there! Visit the new SUBMISSIONS page soon to go and see for yourself!

J.T.

Support Los Cuentos for Los Students

If you’re wondering how you can support local vendors, educators, and others working WITH local neighborhoods and communities, meet LOS CUENTOS. With a $30.00 donation, you support at least one arts program in Los Angeles for an inner-city student and their family. This summer 2020, programming includes the continuation of J.T. The L.A. Storyteller’s POEM FOR A HAT challenge, as well as the upcoming LOS CUENTOS BOOK CLUB for students and communities. Learn more HERE, and a big thank you to Vision Stitch, which is immigrant owned in downtown Los Angeles, for their support with these threads.🤞🏾

SUPPORT one Los Cuentos hat for a student, or more, and together we can continue uplifting this great city in style.

J.T.