EPISODE 103 – FATIMA FOR ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 65 IS CLOSING IN

Fatima Iqbal-Zubair returns to the show on a very special day, her birthday! We discuss the roots of her two-year campaign for Assembly District 65 (formerly Assembly District 64) in Watts’ schools, including her seven years with the Robotics team there, as well as the final push for donations to her grassroots campaign leading up to Election Day; Assembly District 65 is on the south side of Los Angeles and includes communities in Watts, Willowbrook, Compton, and more. You can learn more about her campaign at fatimaforassembly.com and follow her on Instagram at @fatimaforassembly.

J.T.

EPISODE 96 – WILLIAM J. ACEVES ON THE HISTORIC WATTS PEACE TREATY OF 1992

For Bloods, Crips, scholars, story-lovers, and more, William J. Aceves, law professor at California Western School of Law in San Diego, describes How four gangs in Watts brokered a historic peace treaty just days before the L.A. rebellion over the Rodney King verdict. That is, a treaty modeled after the 1949 Armistice agreement between Egypt and Israel! Which itself was largely organized by Ralph Bunche, an alum of Thomas Jefferson High School, the fourth oldest high school in Los Angeles. Aceves also chats with us about his article on amending the 1790 U.S. Constitution for its racist legacy, and even shouts out none other than Tommy’s Burgers on Beverly and Rampart; an instant classic convo all-around.

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EPISODE 89 – DANIELLE SANDOVAL FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

In our 89th episode, we’re joined by longtime community leader Danielle Sandoval (@sandoval_for), a third-generation Angelena and mother of three children who is also currently running to represent Council District 15. We discuss the history of CD-15, especially Watts and the 1965 rebellion, and how L.A. Mayor Yorty’s refusal to create job programs in the community with federal dollars available at the time only fueled tensions leading up to, parallel to what’s happened to available COVID-19 relief money for communities over the last two years. We also note L.A. Ethics Commission data showing that Tim McOsker, another candidate for CD-15, has received more than $500,000 in campaign contributions from special interest groups; McOsker has also been endorsed by the outgoing incumbent for the office, Joe Buscaino, who’s occupied the seat for CD-15 since 2012. Learn more about Daniel at sandoval4la.com.

J.T.