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How a trans and nonbinary punk band are reinventing political music

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter January 22, 2022

Cancer scares, transphobia and a police encounter as a Black trans person. This convergence of unfortunate events was the beginning of a trans and non-binary punk band, You Guys Suck Like Real Hard....

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Los Angeles City College coach accused of restricting student journalist

Xennia Hamilton, Community News Reporter January 21, 2022

A Los Angeles City College student journalist’s conflict with her school’s athletics director has raised First Amendment concerns and she has informed a district Title IX representative, also alleging...

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Eastside resident shares creativity and life lessons through workshops

Braylin Collins, Community News Reporter December 21, 2021

Bobby Ramirez, who grew up in El Sereno, had a cousin that graduated from Columbia Law School and another doing life in prison. Which cousin’s path would he follow? The right choice seems obvious...

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Why I consider myself ‘differently-abled’ — not disabled

Jordan O’Kelley, Community News Reporter December 9, 2021

I used to be an objectively worse student than my peers in elementary school: I got lower grades, was worse at physical activities, and was immature for my age.  Three years later, I got into Cal State...

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A tale of two cities: El Monte’s battle to preserve its Latinx history

Erik Adams, Community News Reporter November 17, 2021

There are decades-old tensions where the I-605 and I-10 converge. The unassuming Southern California town of El Monte, located about 14 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is home to many longtime residents...

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How to stop street harassment when you see it

William Baker, Community News Reporter November 16, 2021

When was the last time you saw an altercation or harassment out in public? Did you help or avoid getting involved: After all, who wants to be a bully’s new target? Most people don’t intervene because...

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El Monte abolition reading circle emphasizes community resources

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter November 4, 2021

Abolition has come up a lot over the past year or so in discussions of police brutality and defunding prisons. For one El Monte abolition reading circle, abolition is that and also a more personal journey. One...

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Will Alhambra’s Lunar New Year fest be canceled for the third year in a row?

Priscilla Caballero, Community News Reporter October 26, 2021

While cities across Los Angeles County prepare for New Year’s celebrations, Alhambra is known for organizing a Lunar New Year festival about one month later. Whether that would happen this year remained...

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Art and culture converge in El Monte

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter October 12, 2021

Four dancers wear headpieces adorned with fierce animal heads. They ask ancestors for permission to perform honored traditions, commanding the attention of a hushed crowd. As the performers throw themselves...

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Help sought as Lincoln Heights employees clash with homeless

Braylin Collins, Community News Reporter September 26, 2021

Of the long list of improvements Lincoln Heights residents are seeking for their community — rent stabilization, more affordable housing, better parking — none seem to be more urgent for some than...

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The dancer who found a new beginning in vegan cooking

Marisa Martinez, Community News Editor August 18, 2021

Norma Pérez was stunned as she watched the 2005 documentary “Earthlings.” She couldn’t shake off scenes of animals being skinned alive and close-ups of shelter dogs being euthanized. With...

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Displacements divide Echo Park: ‘We are fighting against each other’

Genesis Gonzalez, Community News Reporter March 27, 2021

Echo Park residents say the homeless encampment evictions this week represent a bitter stew that has been simmering for years and boiled over during the pandemic. Contributing to the shutdown, they...

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