Without knowing it, most of us enable human trafficking. Frequently, when discussing human trafficking, we tend to focus on coerced commercial sex. However, there is another insidious form of trafficking that spans multiple industries and whose profits depends on our continued participation. Labor-based trafficking is the often ignored, yet ever-present crime that most of us…

“I wasn’t always vocal. At first I was in denial for years. Then I was just shocked and quiet. Then it led to anger, and more anger.” – Ambar Arias, Owner, Artist and Bruja at Shop Manzanita The recent election engendered racism in the streets and made it an active topic in social media. This left…

Boyle Heights has been on extreme gentrification watch the past couple of years, being one of the lowest-income neighborhoods near Downtown L.A. The topic of gentrification is one of the hottest, with many protests by Boyle Heights activists resisting what is admittedly an inevitable change pursued by the real estate market. “I don’t like using…

 Did you miss out on MAC’s exclusive Selena line in October? I know I did. After fans waited for hours in line (sometimes overnight!) just to get some Bidi Bidi Bom Bom lipglass or No Me Queda Mas eyeshadow, many were turned away because all the products were completely sold out. For weeks, fans expressed…

Starting a business is a bold and liberating decision.  One can fill a void for an in-demand service, create a fun product, and give back to their community. While every entrepreneur encounters their own set of challenges, business owners with less fortunate backgrounds face their own unique set of struggles. This is often the case…