Op-eds

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 13:00

Juneteenth, a celebratory tradition dating back to 1865 upon the notice of the end of the civil war and the freeing of slaves as announced in Texas, has held little fanfare over the years nationally – until now.

Recent tragic events related to the unfair treatment of communities of color under the law and a national discussion on racism and black lives in America has raised the profile of this celebration held on June 19th of each year.

Monday, June 15, 2020 - 16:00

Since the brutal killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer the issue of racism and equality in America has been front and center in the streets of our cities with peaceful marches and across our news platforms.

The Black community has suffered tremendously over the past four hundred years in our struggles to exist and obtain basic rights. Now, standing on the edge of real and powerful change, we have found greater allies in the fight for civil rights and equality. The movement ignited by Mr. Floyd’s death has been joined by other communities of color including and especially Latinos.

Monday, June 15, 2020 - 16:00

Desde el asesinato brutal de George Floyd por un oficial de policía de Minneapolis, el tema del racismo y la igualdad en los Estados Unidos ha estado al frente y al centro en las calles de nuestras ciudades con marchas pacíficas y en nuestras plataformas de noticias.

La comunidad negra ha sufrido enormemente en los últimos cuatrocientos años en nuestras luchas por existir y obtener derechos básicos. Ahora, al borde de un cambio real y poderoso, hemos encontrado mayores aliados en la lucha por los derechos civiles y la igualdad. Al movimiento provocado por la muerte del señor Floyd se han sumado otras comunidades de color, especialmente los Latinos.

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 09:30

To all the communities in the struggle for equality and positive change across our country, I understand and know your anguish and anger.

My family has a legacy of involvement in the civil rights movement. My uncle was part of the Little Rock Nine who suffered immense racism because they were integrated into a white school in Arkansas in 1957.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 08:45

It Only Takes One

George Floyd’s death at-the-hands of a Minneapolis police officer is one of many tragic deaths suffered by communities of color across the country on a regular basis. These acts are the results of systemic racism in our society and the failure to expose it and weed it out from institutions, organizations and places where authority has power to intimidate.

Mr. Floyd’s brutal killing, captured on video, is a grotesque reminder that America’s race-relation issues are strained and the fight for equality and civil rights continues.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 09:45

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has reported that over 15,000 students have not been heard from since the March 16 closure of schools due to coronavirus concerns. An estimated 40,000 additional students fail to check-in daily.

Even as LAUSD leaders have been working diligently to accommodate the needs of teachers and students as it transitions to an all-digital distance learning format – student access to technology and understanding its use remains an issue.

A majority of the 560,000 students enrolled in LAUSD are from low-income families with limited access to computers, wireless technology and the internet. My district is home to the largest amount of LAUSD schools with 170.

This lack of access can be detrimental to the ability of a student to stay current with homework and assignments forcing them to play catch up when school resumes, or worse, experience exponential learning loss.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 09:45

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles (LAUSD) ha informado que no se ha tenido noticias de más de 15,000 estudiantes desde el cierre de las escuelas el 16 de marzo debido a preocupaciones de coronavirus. Se estima que 40,000 estudiantes adicionales no pueden registrarse diariamente.

A pesar de que los líderes del LAUSD han estado trabajando diligentemente para satisfacer las necesidades de los maestros y los estudiantes a medida que pasa a un formato de aprendizaje a distancia totalmente digital, el acceso de los estudiantes a la tecnología y la comprensión de su uso sigue siendo un problema.