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Poem: I will never forget

Poem: I will never forget

  I remember listening to my mom’s romantic Spanish music, my dad’s cumbia band and my sister’s violin recitals. I remember listening to the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s.   I remember eating the diversity of foods, from Mexican to Guatemalan, to...

Poem: Remembrance

Poem: Remembrance

I remember the pain of being hit by a softball in my face for the first time. I remember sneaking off at midnight to have a taco nearby. I remember having the cold bitter air strike my face in the wake of December. I remember eating my first burrito from La Azteca and...

Poem: East Los Angeles – Motivation and happiness

Poem: East Los Angeles – Motivation and happiness

I remember seeing a cop and gang shootout by my house and I can remember how scared and frightened I was. I remember thinking that these gangsters were bad people and deserved what happened to them. I remember hearing them argue about how they are going to pay their...

Poem: ‘I wish my city was safer’

Poem: ‘I wish my city was safer’

I wish my city was safer. I never knew how dangerous it was Until he got robbed for a phone in his own block, But what I thought was funny Was how, in the situation he was in, he knew what to do? How does a 17-year-old person know what to do? When a gun is pointing...

Should the human life span be prolonged?

Should the human life span be prolonged?

Life is something people shouldn’t try to mess with, like to extend life to about 150 years or so is wrong All humans are meant to die eventually, even if it hurts us to lose a loved one. That’s just the way of life, just like any animal in the planet they die as...

Towards a better life

Towards a better life

When I was growing up, I never thought about my parents' immigration status or the notion of being a “first generation” student. At that time, I didn’t even know what being first generation really meant. I wasn’t even aware that my parents were immigrants until I was...

Rudy Escoto: The heart of Los Cinco Puntos

Rudy Escoto: The heart of Los Cinco Puntos

It was a hot and humid that Friday afternoon. I had just left school and was going to head to Los Cinco Puntos with my Dad. When we got there it smelled like cooking meat and you can hear it sizzling. It wasn’t really busy at the moment. I asked a man in the front who...

Symbolic ‘puntos’ in East L.A.

Symbolic ‘puntos’ in East L.A.

As the years progressed in East Los Angeles, changes has been occurring since its founding days. This specific place has been around since 1967. It goes by the name of Los 5 Puntos, which in English translation is “the five points”; the name behind it has been at...