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I, too, am America

I, too, am America

Nearly 200 people jammed into the WeWork Fine Arts building in Downtown LA for I, too, am America, a showcase of Stories + Art on February 16. The student-produced show was introduced by Los Angeles Times Editor-in-Chief Davan Maharaj, PBS SoCal COO and VP of...

Which door?

Which door?

I would like to share a story with you. It is December 7th, 2016. I am still on a sugar rush from my fifteenth birthday the day before. I walk into my language arts class, almost prepared for the day, only having forgotten my highlighter. I sit down, choosing not to...

Homelessness—the epidemic that must be cured

Homelessness—the epidemic that must be cured

The United states is the best country in the world. Well, that is what they’ll tell you anyway, but the U.S is far from being the best if you ask me. The U.S. is no totalitarian country but it concerns itself with the problems of the world without first solving the...

The star – spangled kingdom

The star – spangled kingdom

A child cries to his mother in despair. The hunger becomes more intense with everyday. Mom ignores the problem — as if it wasn’t there. Calming her children, she gives them her plate. She says, “I’m not hungry anyway.” “The bills add up; our house is up for closure.”...

My fellow Americans

My fellow Americans

My fellow Americans, in today's society we face serious problems. One major problem I find is the issue of homelessness in America. Our forefathers did not envision a country that does not provide for all its people. This country was meant as a safe haven, an asylum...

My second presidential term

My second presidential term

He sits alone in front of his desk. His term is about to come to an end.  It has been almost 4 years now, but it feels like a lifetime to him. He is tired. You can see it in his face; he has aged and has been hardened by the responsibilities that have been forced upon...

Video: ‘A New American Family’

What good people fear: Deportation in SoCal

The following is a written story, by Zulieka Maldonado, adapted into a short, one-act play, by Joey Safchik, below.  My neighbors would set up a taco stand every day in the evenings for a living. They lived in a one bedroom apartment with 3 children: Emily, age 6;...