EPISODE 82 – DAVID KIM FOR CONGRESS DISTRICT 34 FROM CALIFORNIA

In our 82nd episode, we sit down for a conversation with David Kim, who is running for congress to represent the 34th district of Los Angeles in Washington D.C. David and I discuss his inspiration for running, his unique qualifications for the job as a queer left Korean-American millennial, redlined neighborhoods in “CA-34,” and more. A can’t miss-session for all of Central Los Angeles.

J.T.

EPISODE 81 – EUNISSES HERNANDEZ FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

In our 81st episode, we sit down for the second time with Eunisses Hernandez (@EunissesH) to hear about her new campaign door-knocking through North East Los Angeles. We discuss the inspiration behind Eunisses’ decision to run for political office, including the Great Recession, as well as the conditions that make it next to impossible for too many elderly workers in her community to retire. We also talk about gentrification in “NELA,” including by mural erasure, which tramples over historic efforts by communities there to grow and sustain Latinx political power. If and when elected, Eunisses will be only the second woman to represent Council District One in its nearly 100 years as an office at L.A. City Council. Learn more about Eunisses at eunissesforthepeople.org.

J.T.

EPISODE 80 – BEVERLY & VERMONT COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

In our 80th episode, we sit down with Kasey Ventura, the director of Land and Tenant Justice at the Vermont & Beverly Community Land Trust, a non-profit housing organization serving communities in Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, East Hollywood, and more. Kasey and I discuss the definition of a community land trust, as well as how its very structure, including its board membership, is actually a “democratic engine” seeking to create more participatory and inclusive communities by involving local residents in the creation of affordable housing. We also discuss the connections between today’s movements in housing with the Civil Rights era, and more. A can’t-miss session for listeners, especially housing buffs in Los Angeles.

J.T.