EPISODE 96 – WILLIAM J. ACEVES ON THE HISTORIC WATTS PEACE TREATY OF 1992

For Bloods, Crips, scholars, story-lovers, and more, William J. Aceves, law professor at California Western School of Law in San Diego, describes How four gangs in Watts brokered a historic peace treaty just days before the L.A. rebellion over the Rodney King verdict. That is, a treaty modeled after the 1949 Armistice agreement between Egypt and Israel! Which itself was largely organized by Ralph Bunche, an alum of Thomas Jefferson High School, the fourth oldest high school in Los Angeles. Aceves also chats with us about his article on amending the 1790 U.S. Constitution for its racist legacy, and even shouts out none other than Tommy’s Burgers on Beverly and Rampart; an instant classic convo all-around.

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EPISODE 95 – OSCAR ZARATE ON FREE PUBLIC TRANSIT IN L.A.

Oscar Zarate (@outta_papeles) schools us on unincorporated Los Angeles, the L.A. County Tenants’ Bill of Rights, fareless transit, and more. Oscar’s citations include an analysis showing that fareless transit could reduce over 60 billion in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in L.A. County, as well as this study showing fareless transit’s effect on Metro bus and subway ridership during the pandemic. To get involved in the campaign for free public transit in L.A., visit http://bit.ly/farefree.

*There are also not 90 unincorporated communities in L.A. County, but at least 124, according to this data.*

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EPISODE 94 – JIMMY RECINOS ON HOW L.A. STORIES SAVE LIVES

In our 94th episode, the tables are turned; Young Oak Kim Academy’s history teacher Marika Tripodes interviews us for a new program with students there. Our convo includes thoughts on J.T. the L.A. Storyteller as historicism, how one discovers and “protects” their story at an early time in their lives, connections between music and stories, and more. Your’s truly’s audio is also grittier than usual for the chat; but in L.A., if it’s not gritty every now and again, it’s just not Los Angeles.

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