EPISODE 84 – SAMANTA AND ALI ON OUR NEW SUBSTACK

In our 84th episode, we catch up with Samanta Helou Hernandez (@Samanta_Helou) and Ali Rachel Pearl (@alirachelpearl) on Instagram Live to discuss our new Substack together, launched exactly one year after the start of our panel series, Making Our Neighborhood: Redlining, Gentrification and Housing in East Hollywood. Tune in to hear about our goals for this new collaboration, including new cuentos we’ll each be publishing soon via the newsletter, and how you can support or learn more!

J.T.

EPISODE 69 – YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN L.A. WITH ROBIN PETERING

In our 69th episode, we chat with Robin Petering (@robinpetering), the executive director of Lens. Co, a research and advocacy company committed to ending youth homelessness in Los Angeles. We speak with Robin about her journey from community-based clinics in Oregon as an undergrad student to her PHD program at USC, which she completed in 2017. Robin and I discuss the definition of “youth homelessness,” including what we do not know about youth experiencing housing insecurity given our current frameworks. We also shout out the Hello Dogtown podcast, a podcast by and for youth with lived experiences of homelessness. Hello Dogtown is produced by Lens Co in partnership with Safe Place for Youth and funded by the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health Innovations 2.

J.T.

EPISODE 59 – ROBERT CHLALA ON CANNABIS EQUITY IN L.A.

In our 59th episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Robert Chlala (@robertchlala), a final-year PHD candidate at USC’s Sociology department and graduate researcher at the college’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Robert Chlala (shuh-ley-la) is a queer migrant, a Nichiren Buddhist, and a cannabis equity organizer from Los Angeles. We discuss Robert’s upbringing through the days of Prop 187, or the draconian anti-immigrant initiative passed by Californians in 1994, his and his family’s experience with L.A.’s regional economy for surplus laborers as described by Ruth Wilson Gilmore, his time studying under none other than UCLA’s Anyana Roy, his work in advocacy for wealth redistribution in Black and Brown communities through L.A.’s Cannabis Social Equity program, and much more. A can’t-miss session for graduate students and organizers in the LOS!

J.T.