Joey Vasquez: Being a hurt kid who felt abandoned by my parents, I thought I had to prove myself to others for my self-worth. And becoming a barrio star seemed like the best way to prove my self-worth.
James Elrod: Having no real concept of what honor really is, I resolved in my own twisted logic and rationalizations that I would be the toughest, “downest,” and most loyal white gang member I could be.
John Schiff: While the excitement of the Farmer’s Market is a joy for humans, it is a torment for the sensitive animals bombarded by its color, noise, and movement.
James B. Elrod: Equally as destructive as the violence in my home was the fact that, from my earliest memories until I was around eleven or twelve, my brother (four years older than myself and the recipient of most of my mother’s violent attention) sexually and physically abused me.
Jen Suh: This historic election (the first in Huntington’s 123-year history) is the culmination of nearly a year of organizing, primarily to restore quality patient care at Huntington. Nurses have faced harassment, intimidation, threats and surveillance to get to this point, and we want to offer our thanks and encouragement to them as they head into the election.
Comcast is expected to stack the hearing with corporate cronies who will comment in support of the merger.
610+ people have been killed by Los Angeles County Law Enforcement since the year 2000.
Esteban Tabarez, Jr. : Being gay on the outside is hard but is even harden on the inside. Many inmates or even guards do not accept or tolerate you—many automatically believe you are in jail because you must be a sex offender due to your sexuality.
Johnny Martinez: I found the father figure and brotherhood I was seeking in a group of street thugs. Eventually, I joined a gang and began using drugs. The first drug I used was marijuana, followed later by heavier drugs such as cocaine and PCP.
M.E. Vigil: When my father passed away in 2004, I had already been locked up in Pelican Bay for almost 14 years straight. I was never given the chance to say good-bye to him.
Prop 47 Clinic: Wednesday, March 12th
Grace Aaron: It’s a shame that people who write about ‘cults’ don’t reach out to ‘cult’ members more often. It takes a lot of skill to psychoanalyze people without ever talking to them.
Raymond Martinez: Once I joined the gang, the homies became my family. The acceptance I received from them and the bonds we formed made me willing to do just about anything for them.