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Digging into the data: How attainable is the ‘California Dream’ today? | CALmatters

The ‘California Dream’ is increasingly unattainable, especially for low-income people and people of color. California is the poorest state in the nation factoring in cost of living. Wealth inequality is widening.

California’s cost of living has skyrocketed, while middle-income earners and low-income people have not accumulated more wealth. Only higher-income families are seeing increases in earnings. Homeownership is down and people are spending much more on rent.

The decline in manufacturing jobs has hurt blue-collar workers and families with lower degrees of educational attainment. Latino and African American families are greatly affected, and make significantly less than non-Hispanic White people.

Educational attainment is up. However, one year of college at a University of California school is now seven times more expensive than in the mid-1960’s.

See the complete report by CALmatters Digging into the data: How attainable is the “California Dream’ today?

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LA RAZA The Autry Museum in Griffith Park


Published in Los Angeles from 1967-1977, the influential bilingual newspaper La Raza provided a voice to the Chicano Rights Movement. La Raza engaged photographers not only as journalists but also as artists and activists to capture the definitive moments, key players, and signs and symbols of Chicano activism. The archive of nearly 25,000 images created by these photographers, now housed at the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA, provides the foundation for an exhibition exploring photography’s role in articulating the social and political concerns of the Chicano Movement during a pivotal time in the art and history of the United States. LA RAZA is the most sustained examination to date of both the photography and the alternative press of the Chicano Movement, positioning photography not only as an artistic medium but also as a powerful tool of social activism.

LA RAZA is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. For more information, visit the Pacific Standard Time website.

LA RAZA is presented in conjunction with the Autry’s Harry Gamboa Jr.: Chicano Male Unbonded photography exhibition.

Publicado en Los Ángeles de 1967 a 1977, La Raza, el periódico bilingüe de gran influencia, dio voz al Movimiento Chicano que luchaba por los derechos de los chicanos y chicanas de esa época. Los fotógrafos que participaron en La Raza no solo trabajaron como periodistas, pero también como artistas y activistas, y así capturaron los momentos cruciales, las figuras principales y los símbolos del activismo chicano. El archivo de casi 25.000 imágenes creado por estos fotógrafos, que ahora se encuentra en el Centro de Estudios Chicanos de UCLA, sirvió como base para esta exhibición, que explora el papel de la fotografía en la articulación de las inquietudes sociales y políticas del Movimiento Chicano durante un momento fundamental en el arte y en la historia de los Estados Unidos. LA RAZA constituirá el análisis más sólido que se ha realizado hasta la fecha sobre la fotografía y la prensa alternativa del Movimiento Chicano, y que posiciona a la fotografía no solo como un medio artístico sino también como una herramienta poderosa del activismo social.

LA RAZA es parte del Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, una iniciativa ambiciosa de largo alcance que explora el arte latino y latinoamericano en diálogo con Los Ángeles en más de 70 instituciones culturales por todo el sur de California. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA es una iniciativa del Museo Getty. El patrocinador que lo presenta es el Bank of America. Para mayor información, visite el sitio web de Pacific Standard Time.

LA RAZA se presentará en conjunción con la exhibición fotográfica del Museo Autry Harry Gamboa Jr.: Chicano, hombre sin lazos.

This is a best practice to attract people to Healthy Living in the Parklands

Esta es ejemplo para atraer al pueblo al Healthy Living in the Parklands.

Photo: SPARC in Venice

#SFAi Truth & Reconciliation Residency 2018-2019 Applications Due Feb 15

Start off the new year with an incredible opportunity! Apply for our Truth & Reconciliation Residency to join a powerful cohort of creative individuals dedicated to social justice.

From September 2018 through August 2019, SFAI will bring together 70 artists, creative practitioners, content experts, and innovative thinkers from all over the world to explore how uncovering and acknowledging the truth can be used as a means of reconciliation. Our call for applications invites you to join us in investigating this important topic.

Applications are due on February 15, early applications are encouraged.
More information on this residency and the application portal are available here.

SFAI believes that the process of truth-seeking and reconciliation are deeply creative acts that can bring individuals, communities, and nations together and heal our divisions to build a better world. In the open call for applications for the Truth & Reconciliation Thematic Residency, we seek creative projects, conversations, and processes by which the investigation of truth and steps toward meaningful reconciliation can occur. We also seek to broaden the residency experience and increase collective knowledge by bringing together in community at SFAI artists from all disciplines alongside other innovators in disciplines such as architecture, planning, policy, education, science, health, law, and activism.


Through our Truth & Reconciliation Theme, we ask:

  • How can artistic expression help to counter the often dehumanizing effects of our intensifying societal polarization by confronting misleading or deceptive rhetoric with truthfulness and compassion?
  • How can a creative and humane investigation of truth among individuals, communities, and nations engender desire for healing, reconciliation, and new narratives respond to traumatic events and culturally sanctioned injustices?
  • How can art and community action bring into view a more comprehensive and critical understanding of truth amidst the proliferation of online, and often unchecked, communication platforms and algorithmic manipulation of information streams?

Now in it’s fifth year, SFAI’s international thematic residency program is a truly unique opportunity, and Truth & Reconciliation will be the second thematic year that we proudly offer this program free of charge to all awarded applicants.

To assist in this year’s selection process, we have assembled an incredible team of esteemed professionals in the arts, culture, history, radical pedagogy and creative activism. Learn more about them below.

Balitrónica Gómez
Core Troupe Member / Radical Pedagogue, La Pocha Nostra Living Art Laboratory

Cynthia E. Smith
Curator of Socially Responsible Design,
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 

Ginger Dunnill
Founder & Producer, Broken Boxes Podcast, Artist, Independent Curator

Khristaan D. Villela, Ph.D.
Director, Museum of International Folk Art

Kymberly Pinder, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico

Lara M. Evans, Ph.D.
Cherokee, Associate Academic Dean, Institute of American Indian Arts

Will Wilson
Diné, Photography Program Head, School of Arts, Design and Media Arts
Santa Fe Community College

@JohnLeguizamo Latin History for Morons #FreakComix #TakeActionComics @TheCityProject

John Leguizamo, Robert García, and City Project photographer Nic Garcia trade #FreakComix and #TakeActionComics at Latin History for Morons on Broadway!




NYU Law School Green 2.0 Diversity, Inclusion & Equity in the Enviro Movement

The most important thing funders can do is provide unrestricted, long-term support to grassroots organizing groups pushing for racial and ethnic justice, and comply with civil rights and environmental justice laws. Diversifying mainstream can help – but it’s not enough. Dr. Robert Bullard and Robert García,

NYU Law School Green 2.0 Conference

#Next100Coalition Public Lands & Equity #Prop68 #TheCityProject

See California Proposition 68.


Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse Westwood

A blue moon (two in one month), a super moon (looks bigger), and a total eclipse of the moon (causing it to look red, a blood moon), all at once.

Congressman Jimmy Gomez #GreenLatinos L.A. Leaders

L-R Jorge Madrid, Refuio Mata, Laura Nava and her husband, Noemi Lujan and her mother, Congressman Jimmy Gomez, Robert García, Mary Hodge, Francisco Carillo, Belinda Faustinos, Roberto Pena, Mark Magaña, Erika Nuno

Revitalizing L.A. River G2 Taylor Yard, Community Engagement, Design Workshop Jan. 24

The G2 land parcel at Taylor Yard is the next great park along the L.A. River in a community that is park poor, income poor, and of color. Take part in the design workshop to plan your park!

See Whitewashing the L.A. River? Displacement and Equitable Greening.

Photo: G2 land parcel at Taylor Yard

#NoBorderWall #borderwall Protect People, Wildlife, Places, and Values Civil Rights and Environmental Allies


Opposition to the wall bridges equal justice and environmental communities across the nation. The border wall threatens marginalized communities as well as endangered species, and embodies hate and divisiveness.

Families along the US-Mexico border routinely cross for cultural, recreational, and religious practices and gatherings. The border region is sacred to indigenous people, such as the Tohono O’odham, whose ancestral lands straddle it. It’s also home to Hohokam, Apache, Yaqui and Quechan peoples, among others. People along the border are disproportionately of color and low income, and children.

More than 90 endangered and threatened species cross the 2,000-mile border to feed, breed and thrive, including jaguars, ocelots, snowy plovers, pygmy owls and the rare Mexican gray wolf. Many species are found nowhere else.

Research shows benefits of parks and recreation include fun, health and wellness, and alternatives to gangs and crime. Consumers spend $887 billion annually on outdoor recreation, creating 7.6 million U.S. jobs. Border businesses and cities also enjoy cross-border commerce. Parks bring people together and encourage environmental stewardship. The lack of parks and open spaces challenge people in many areas, especially children of color and those living in poverty. Border wall expansion would impair cross-cultural community building, commerce, recreation and fun, and harm wildlife and the landscape. . . .

La oposición a la pared une los defensores de la justicia y el medioambiente en todo el país. El muro en la frontera amenaza a las comunidades marginadas, así como a las especies en peligro de extinción, y encarna el odio y la división. Las familias a lo largo de la frontera de EE. UU. y México atraviesan la frontera para prácticas y reuniones culturales, recreativas y religiosas. La región fronteriza es sagrada para pueblos indígenos, como los Tohono O’odham, cuyas tierras ancestrales se extienden a ambos lados. También es hogar de los pueblos Hohokam, Apache, Yaqui y Quechan, entre otros. La gente a lo largo de la frontera es desproporcionadamente de color y de bajos ingresos, y jovenes. Más de 90 especies amenazadas y en peligro de extinción cruzan la frontera de 2,000 millas para alimentarse, reproducirse y prosperar, incluyendo jaguares, ocelotes, chorlos nevados, lechuzas pigmeas y el raro lobo gris mexicano. Muchas especies no se encuentran en ningún otro lugar. Los beneficios de los parques y la recreación incluyen diversión, salud y bienestar, y alternativas a las pandillas y el crimen. El pueblo gasta $887 mil millones anuales en recreación al aire libre, creando 7.6 millones de empleos en los EE. UU. Las empresas y ciudades fronterizas también disfrutan del comercio transfronterizo. Los parques reúnen a las personas y fomentan apreciación y cuidado por el medioambiente. La falta de parques y espacios abiertos daña a las personas en muchas áreas, especialmente los niños de color y que viven en la pobreza. La expansión de la pared perjudicaría intercambios culturales, el comercio, la recreación y la diversión, y dañaría la vida silvestre y el paisaje. . . .

Download public comments opposing the border wall to Congressional leaders from Center for Biological Diversity, The City Project, EarthJustice, GreenLatinos, The Praxis Project, The Trail Posse, and Carolyn Finney, author, Black Faces, White Spaces.

Download public comments opposing the wall to Congressional leaders from millions of members and supporters of the border coalition.

Tecate border wall art installation Amelia Pergi CC BY 2.0 flickr