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Bookmark our Instagram Live this Thursday with Nikki Banz for our Barcelona Barrios Excursion

I’ll be staying in Barcelona for five weeks, from April 24th – May 23rd. To help pay for expenses, I’m organizing a special package for readers and supporters of my work via Patreon. To say more, this Thursday yours truly chats it up with special guest and fellow globetrotter Nicole Banister, also known as the host of Nikki Banz Live. Earlier this year, Nicole accepted the Franklin H. Williams Emerging Leaders Award from the Peace Corps’ Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) program for work that exemplifies the advancement of world peace and friendship. Nicole was also featured on Episode 62 of J.T. the L.A. Storyteller Podcast as the Founder and Commissioner of My Basketball Team. I can’t wait to reconnect with her again in front of our audiences. Be there!



In our 73rd episode, we chat with Jamie Tijerina, a Cal Tech Researcher, president of the Highland Park Neighborhood Trust, and author of The Legacy of Redlining in Los Angeles, a white paper absolutely adored by yours truly. Jamie and I discuss the paper, as well as the city’s egregious pension benefits for L.A.’s former police officers and firefighters (exceeding the IRS limit of $200,000 a year), and her candidacy for Council District 14 (formerly Jose Huizar’s and now Kevin De Leon’s) in 2019. We also discuss Jamie’s successful, three-year long effort to designate the Chicano Arts Collectives of the Highland Park neighborhood as Historic-Cultural Monuments (HCMs) through an official voting process at the L.A. City Council, student debt, and more. A can’t-miss session for community organizers in Los Angeles.