Crystal Galindo is a powerful Yaqui-Xicana,  who’s constantly creating influential art for women of color. The Bay Area resident believes in the importance of representation and uplifting other muxeres, through portraying them as activists, Azteca goddesses, and covering them with sweet Mexican dulces. Crystal spoke to me about her unapologetic presence in art and how important…

How will the world remember this moment in history? What perspective will be written, what story heard, and above all who will remain in our collective memory? Collective memory is a form of historical storytelling — it cultivates our cultural identity through testimonios of our ancestors before us. As the daughter of Peruvian and Nicaraguan…

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…