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 91 – DR. ROCIO RIVAS FOR LAUSD BOARD DISTRICT 2

For our 91st episode, Dr. Rocio Rivas (@RocioRivas1111) and I have an extensive discussion on public schools in Los Angeles, including the ongoing challenges posed by charter schools and the private “philanthropists” behind many of them. Originally migrated from Mexico to the K-town area at two years old, Rivas graduated from Reseda high school as the beneficiary of a busing program there and earned her B.A. in Political Science and Development Studies from UC Berkeley in 1996. In 2008, she also earned her PhD in Comparative and International Education from Columbia University. Rivas’ campaign for District 2 is endorsed by the United Teachers of Los Angeles; to learn more about her, you can visit her website. You can also volunteer for her campaign via this UTLA portal. Mail-in ballots for L.A. voters arrive as early as May 9th, 2022, and Election Day is June 7th, 2022.

J.T.

EPISODE 90 – FATIMA IQBAL-ZUBAIR FOR ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 65

In our 90th episode, we sit down with Fatima Iqbal-Zubair, who is running for Assembly District 65 (formerly known as Assembly District 64), which contains the cities of Watts, Compton, Carson and Wilmington, and Harbor Gateway, among others. Fatima tells us about her motivation to enter the race for this seat as an educator and the parent of an autistic child in this southern portion of L.A. County, especially given that the district’s known to contain nearly 3/4ths of L.A. County’s oil wells. According to a recent motion to ban new oil drilling in the region by L.A. County Supervisor Holly Mitchell: “Today, tens of thousands of County residents live in close proximity to an oil well; nearly 73 percent of whom are people of color. Within the boundaries of the unincorporated County alone, there are approximately 1,600 active and idle oil wells.” Youth climate organizer with the Sunrise Movement, Josiah Edwards, also recently pointed out: “In L.A. County, over half a million people live within a half-mile of an active oil-well, which spews dangerous chemicals like benzene into the air…With about 5,000 active oil drills, Los Angeles County is the largest urban oil field in the U.S.”

J.T.