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Quality time in community parks

Quality time in community parks

My brothers and I moved to East L.A. about 8 years ago, when I was 9 years old. To me, this was a huge step because I was raised in Santa Barbara.  My community over there was very peaceful and I felt comfortable and safe. Moving to East L.A was a huge step for me...

The City of Angels

The City of Angels

The City of Angels--I can’t imagine living anywhere else. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of East L.A. is the hustle and the hard working vibe the people in this city give off. You won’t see what hard work is until you see the people in East L.A....

Part of me

Part of me

Sacred Heart Catholic Church is located only a few minutes away from my house. It is absolutely breathtaking with its beautiful, brick-style building, perfect landscaping, and gorgeous altar. Every time you visit this house of God, there is a sense of positive energy...

Finding purpose

Finding purpose

HEY! Stop what you’re doing. What? Were you expecting a great introduction? Nah, let’s get this straight. East L.A. is considered home to most people here, and one of those people is me. There might be some flaws in East L.A. but the culture, the people, and the way...

My first memories

My first memories

Growing up in East L.A. has been the best. This is where I had some of my first memories. This is where I was baptized in La Soledad Church, which is down the street from my house. In this church, I also had my first communion and a mass for my Quinceañera. Those were...

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Openness

The feeling of relief to hear that bell ring after the three rounds I killed. I called it a day. Before I leave the gym to go home, me despido to the other fellow fighters like they do too. It’s awesome in the gym because it’s like we’re family. We all come from the...

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My passion

On January 6, 1986, at a young age, my father had his first journey. For three days my father walked on foot to come to the U.S. to have a better life for himself and my family. Feeling the fresh air of the mountains at night and the cold water inside his shoes from...

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The good in East Los Angeles

“Man found dead” is the typical news you would hear about East Los Angeles. I don’t feel like it is right that people only hear the bad things about East Los Angeles and not the good things. To me, East Los Angeles is a place I call home and a place I am proud to say...

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Origins

My parents had a rough time growing up. Their families didn’t have a large income to offer my parents so even the smallest things, like a can of soda, was worth so much to them. My parents were both born in Mexico. They were raised in different states--Jalisco and...

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My spots

Being raised in East L.A. with a Mexican family, I am told to show respect and treat others the way you want to be treated. I was also raised with the mentality that if I want something I need to work for it, and not to expect anything in return. That was one of the...