EPISODE 2 – BTS 2 UPDATES

In our second episode, we update listeners on all things for the 2nd Annual Back to School Party, including progress with our fundraiser, our official flyer for the event, and how to manage the work when doing community events like BTS 2.

J.T.

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BONUS: Back to School 2018 RECAP

It’s my pleasure to share this special recap vid with my community, both in and beyond Los Angeles. Please check it out as time permits, and tell a friend! We’re going to as much support as we can get for BTS 2 in East Hollywood, taking place again at El Gran Burrito this upcoming Saturday, August 24th, 2019!

J.T.

It’s Going to be Another Trailblazing Summer in East Hollywood

Last summer when the First Ever Back to School Party made its way to East Hollywood in Los Angeles, it was following in the steps of an earlier precedent set in the neighborhood by the First Ever Open Mic at Cahuenga Library in Spring 2018.

Each event was designed from scratch, essentially made up of ‘thin air’, and would go on to create reverberations in and around the neighborhood for days. Now, with a 2nd Annual Open Mic Night at Cahuenga Library officially done and documented, and with the official start of summer just over a week away, it’s my pleasure to announce a 2nd Annual Back to School Party (BTS II), once again at El Gran Burrito in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 24, 2019. BTS II will coalesce with several other projects by yours truly, including the East Hollywood Neighborhood Survey, an upcoming Summer Writing Challenge for Students in L.A., and more Los Cuentos Merch, among other goodies.

In other words, it’s an exciting time to prepare for summer heat in The City, where our marks under the sun wait once again to be remade. In celebration and anticipation of the next ‘BTS’ Party, it’s also my pleasure to publish the gallery in this blog, each picture courtesy of Samanta Helou, of This Side of Hoover. Samanta’s pictures are proof of the power that emanates so boldly when communities come together unapologetically seeking something new for themselves. My world changed magnetically in the flicker of time that was the event–just as it would in the time following it–and I know I’m not the only one for whom that’s true.

I look to create the same opportunity and more for The City alongside my team this next Summer 2019. Expect nothing less than the world!

J.T.

Seeking Volunteers for Our Back to School Party this August 25th

We salute our volunteer DJ for our “Back to School” PARTY, as well as every donor to our fundraiser. We also place the call out for additional volunteers to help with the big day’s setup.

J.T.

Our Back to School Party is Coming Together Los Angeles,

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TO every supporter: Thank you for your support and for sharing this fundraiser to spread the word! Just to keep you all in the loop, I’m happy to highlight the “first half” of the workshops we’ve now secured for our event.

Workshops now written into our itinerary include Women’s Self-Defense with Peace Over Violence, Renters’ Rights with the VyBe Chapter – Los Angeles Tenants Union, Literature and Literacy with L.A. based Salvadorean-American author Randy Jurado Ertll, Zine-Making into Book Publishing with Dryland: Los Angeles Underground Art & Writing‘s Viva Padilla, and more.

Please also note that our workshops will include people of various histories in the community, including, (new and “old”) business owners, artists and activists, teachers, Senior citizens, and other local residents and supporters. We will also install an “art wall” or art exhibit with work BY locals, FOR locals.

Lastly, please trust that we’ll be photographing this special occasion as much as humanly possible to get as many of our supporters to enjoy the summertime bash with us; what arts and education are all about!

And keep up the support and well wishes. One step at a time! 👌🏾

J.T.

 

Keep the Momentum Los Angeles,

We are now *SIXTEEN days away from the big day and with our Facebook donation link NOW ACTIVE, we know we’re going to win it Los Angeles!

“This is a day of workshops for communities in the “East Hollywood” neighborhood who are currently under-served in the arts and education experience. Our “Back to School” Party will feature group sessions on everything from Live Art for youth to Renter’s Rights for parents, as well as self-defense workshops for all, and also discussions with business and brand owners about how youth may develop their own ideas into trades. All funds raised will go towards items for youth which will be handed out in our “Back to School” raffle including backpacks, a scooter, a bicycle, a skateboard, helmets, printed photography, and more. The experience is also designed to bring different members of the community together, from new business owners to long-time residents, into conversations about how they might support one another to develop a “richer” and more inclusive neighborhood overall.”

J.T.

Fundraising for Our Party Begins Today Los Angeles

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Greetings,

I hope this note finds you well. Today it’s a tremendous pleasure to share a monumental development in my work as a community writer, photographer, and organizer in Los Angeles.

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, along with a team of my peers, I’m overseeing a community gathering at El Gran Burrito restaurant. El Gran Burrito been owned by the same immigrant family for nearly 30 years, standing at at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica in East Hollywood.

The event will be a day of workshops, music, and dialogue for the local families of my neighborhood.

For parents, workshops will touch on local issues such as Renter’s Rights, Women’s Self-Defense, and Youth Crisis/Intervention programs. For teens, workshops will feature live art sessions, writing groups, sample book-making, and more. All of the facilitators for our workshops, like us, the organizers, will be volunteering their time for the day. And all parents and students attending our workshops will be given one raffle ticket each for a big show at the end.

Following workshop, our guests will be treated to lunch, that is, ‘GRAN’ burritos, as well as an Open Mic or open performance session, and of course, the MAJOR “Back to School” raffle. Items we look to hand out through the raffle include backpacks, Metro TAP cards, a skateboard, a bicycle, a scooter, helmets, and more. The goal is to have 50 people take part in this experience.

The event is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my neighborhood before, and I’m exceptionally proud to be designing it alongside my peers, who are fellow locals and people raised in the community here like myself. I’m also in a slight crisis due to the event, however, as I now need to reach out to the larger community for support.

I am fundraising for this event on behalf of my community because it is the great gift of this country that such a thing is even possible. I think of the 13 year old and his or her mother, who will walk into El Gran Burrito on August 25 simply to get lunch, only to hear the music outside and walk on over to give it a chance. My great obsessive dream is to show these folks that they are magnanimously valued, by providing them with a day of resources and activities designed to uplift their social and creative spirits. I want to then call the raffle ticket number that’s going to gift a scooter or even a bicycle to one of these families for them to take home that day, because I believe such ‘little things’ can go quite a long way. I know that it’s somewhat absurd to visualize things so charitably, but I also remind myself that it’s instances like these when I was a youth which filled me with hope about some future. Now, I believe it’s my great responsibility as a young professional to give that feeling right back to the next generations of my community. Below is the outline for the fundraising I hope to do:

Lunch: $300

Printing Materials (flyers, wide paper for drawing, printed J.T. photography for raffle, and more): $300

4 Metro TAP cards with $25 fares loaded: $104

Backpacks, 1 Scooter & 1 Bicycle, 1 Skateboard and 3 helmets: $500

Extra materials to support facilitators: $300

Promotional Budget: $100

Total: $1,604

The truth is that I’ve never raised so much money for a single event before. But what’s also true is that I have an immense belief in the importance of this event for me and my peers, and for the families who we’re trying to put this together for. I believe enough in this collective moment for us to make this call, asking once again, for the support of an even larger community than the one through these streets; to the ones out there.

To donate, you can click the following: DONATE.

And to learn more about the special day, supporters can visit our facebook page HERE, where we’re also posting video updates for the event:

Thank you for your time, and please expect to hear from me sometime next week with an update on this crazy campaign! We are eighteen days away.

As always: with heart, honor, and respect,

J.T.

As we Proceed

Greetings again L.A!

I hope this note finds you well. Although it’s been quieter on the JIMBO TIMES side of things, it’s sure been one heck of a premiere season for POC Today.

On this day, it’s my pleasure to invite the people of J.T. to the new website for POCT.

The site is where I’ll remain focused in the days ahead, and thus where supporters can find the latest adventures in the great storytelling game. Please check it out and subscribe to the newsletter, and if you feel compelled to donate to the new website on the spot, power to you! 

As always, every bit of support counts and goes a looong way, because of course we’re going all the way! </:)

With honor and respect,

J.T.

It’s that time again,

already!

That is, it’s time for the people to get their tickets for next week’s awesome fundraiser with The Plus Me Project!

“…But what is The Plus Me project, again? Where is the event? At what time?”

I know, I know, it’s a dynamic economy, where everyone has so much to do!

And I know that rather than mustering up all the time and energy it’d take to get to the event, we can opt to spend the time working on something else!

Or better yet, that we can spend the time resting! Because of course, we deserve to rest (damn it)!

But time with The People of Jimbo Times is time with the soul.

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It is time with the community, and time with all of the different worlds the people in the community come from, and time with all of the fascinating things they have to say and show us about where we’re going (together)!

So get this: The Plus Me Project is Los Angeles, and its event is located in downtown Los Angeles! At  501 North Main Street, to be exact, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Los Angeles!

For those friends who are truly unable to make it (since they’re halfway across the world in like Japan or something), it’s alright! But for the rest of you:

The time has come. AND WE. SEE. YOU!

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J.T.