The Mutual ‘F—k You’ Defines California Politics Today

Both Citizens and Public Officials Need Protection From the Anger and Violence Threatening Civic Life

As he left office in December, Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz publicly addressed Angelenos who disrupt meetings of the scandal-plagued council with protests and profanity. “In their own words,” Koretz said, “I yield my time: F—k you.”

This closing comment of a political career—Koretz lost a bid for city controller—might have seemed inappropriate. But in the council chamber, it drew a wildly positive reaction, with council staffers jumping up and down and Koretz’s colleagues standing to applaud. It was as if “F—k you” had replaced “Eureka” as the state …

2022 Zócalo Book Prize Heather McGhee | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

LA84 Foundation’s Renata Simril

Sports Brings People Together

Renata Simril is the president and CEO of LA84 Foundation, which supports youth sport programs and public education around sports and youth development. Previously, she has worked with the Los …

Youth Development Coordinator Gloria Gonzalez | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Southeast Asian Community Alliance’s Sissy Trinh

A Public Park Should Have a Mix of Uses for a Diverse Population

Sissy Trinh is the founder and executive director of the Southeast Asian Community Alliance. Before joining last May’s Zócalo/Goldhirsh Foundation LA2050 event, “Can We All Live in the Best Version …

Youth Development Coordinator Gloria Gonzalez | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Director of Meztli Projects Joel Garcia

Punk Rock Was My First Community

Joel Garcia is an artist, cultural organizer, and the director of Meztli Projects. Before moderating last May’s Zócalo/Goldhirsh Foundation LA2050 event, “Can We All Live in the Best Version of …

Youth Development Coordinator Gloria Gonzalez | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Youth Justice Coalition’s Gloria Gonzalez

We Have to Take Care of Ourselves to Support Others

Gloria Gonzalez is the youth development coordinator at Youth Justice Coalition. Before joining us at last May’s Zócalo/Goldhirsh Foundation LA2050 event, “Can We All Live in the Best Version of …

| Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Zócalo Editorial Director Eryn Brown

Atlanta Is a Place I Think About a Lot When I Think About the World

Eryn Brown is the editorial director of Zócalo Public Square. The moderator of the Zócalo/ALOUD program “How Does L.A. Inspire First-Time Novelists?,” she sat down in our green room to …