EPISODE 107 – HELEN H. KIM ON K-TOWN IS OK + GIVING TUESDAY

Yours truly sits down with Helen H. Kim (@theotherhelenkim) to discuss our vision for K-Town Is OK and how donor support on #GivingTuesday can make all the difference. We reflect on Helen’s family life in Koreatown, going on to learn that her dad–like my mom–worked at a sowing factory in downtown Los Angeles during her youth. We also discuss the catalyst for our shirts: the racist L.A. City Council recordings published by the L.A. Times just this past October; other notes include the shirt’s design process, design accessibility for immigrant communities in L.A., local community shop Virgil/Normal’s support, and our privileged position to facilitate each of these processes. To donate to K-Town Is OK, please do so HERE. 100% of donations go towards commissioning more interviews for the project, a new website, and miscellaneous expenses like ink, paper, and other items in the effort to reach Los Angeles.

J.T.

EPISODE 106 – OSCAR ZARATE ON CANCELLING L.A. METRO FARE HIKES

Oscar and I hop on a call to discuss an upcoming L.A. Metro vote on changes to the fare system proposed by the agency, which L.A. Metro board members will vote on at their upcoming meeting on Thursday, December 1st at 10:00 AM. The agency changed its original proposal the very day of this discussion following consideration of various transit advocacy organizations’ input via public comment, including Strategic Action for a Just Economy’s, which is holding a rally for the upcoming vote at 9:00 AM on Thursday, December 1st near Union Station. In order to ensure that Metro’s new proposal passes, riders need to attend the virtual meeting and hold the board members accountable; see the agenda HERE; learn more about Metro ridership HERE, and sign the petition for equitable transit policy HERE. Surprise guest Alissa Walker of LA Podcast also joins us and boosts our chat tons!

J.T.