Boyle Heights Doesn't Need Your Vegan Pozole

Building a Bulwark for Boyle Heights

My father’s heart is failing. It is deeply surreal to trail an ambulance with its sirens blaring and know that the man most responsible for your commitment to fight for …


Amy Friedman Nexus on Pain of the Prison System

Your Dad’s in Prison, Too?

In 1992, I began raising my new husband’s pre-teen daughters. The girls were blond and blue-eyed, slender and elegant—if occasionally awkward as they headed into their teens. They looked like …


Performing El Verde at the Estrada Courts Satellite Library

My Superhero’s Got a Green Card

My childhood revolved around two things: television and superheroes. I always looked forward to coming home from school to watch reruns of Gilligan’s Island, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and …


Sipping Espresso After the Big One

Sipping Espresso After the Big One

As a native Californian, I’ve always accepted earthquakes as part of life here. So I didn’t use to think about them too much. When the Northridge earthquake hit in 1994, …


Claremont Messiah Sing-along

Singing Hallelujah with Hundreds of Angelenos

On Sunday, the wood-paneled concert hall at Pomona College will be filled with people from Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties singing George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” I’ve taken …