A second special edition episode with Guadalupe Carrasco Cardona. Guadalupe is the daughter of migrant farm-workers and hails from Oxnard, California, among other communities in the Southwest. She has been an Ethnic Studies, English, Social Studies and Journalism educator for 24 years and has taught in California, Arizona and Texas. She is currently an Ethnic Studies Teacher at Roybal Learning Center just outside of downtown Los Angeles as well as the chair of the Association of Raza Educators (Los Angeles chapter), co-founder of XOCHITL Los Angeles, a member of Ethnic Studies Now Coalition’s Coordinating Committee, and a founding member of the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition.

(1:21) Lupe Carrasco Cardona
(2:42) Lupe’s 24 year career as a teacher and educator
(3:23) Inspiration to become a teacher
(4:59) A serendipitous connection to the late, great mayor of San Fernando, Cindy Montañez
(6:18) Connection to farm-workers, including Cesar Chavez in the Central Valley
(8:40) Coming from Oxnard, California, where farm-workers pick through strawberry fields
(12:11) Lupe’s role in passing California Assembly Bills 2016, 101, and 1460, which together require ethnic studies be taught at California high schools
(14:01) Organizing with students, parents and teachers at the grassroots level for ethnic studies
(14:45) Organizing after Tucson, Arizona’s 2010 ban of Mexican-American studies
(17:28) The lawsuit filed against Lupe and her colleague for teaching ethnic studies
(24:45) Lupe’s reaction to the lawsuit’s filing in 2022
(28:42) The irony of accusing an indigenous teacher of being antisemetic
(31:09) How to support Lupe and Theresa this upcoming Thursday, December 14th
(32:04) Educational rally outside of the Federal courthouse at 1st Street in DTLA
(34:17) Lawfare against communities of color is likely to continue, yet we (have to) persist
(35:40) What Lupe would like to get out of beating this case

You can also learn more or keep up with Lupe’s Cuento on Instagram: @lupe_teaches_ethnic_studies.

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Mariah Castañeda is the co-founder of Los Angeles Public Press, “an independent, non-profit newsroom advocating for a better Los Angeles.” In this chat, we discuss her upbringing through Adelanto, California and Huntington Park, as well as her hosting work for one of the bests podcasts in recent memory for L.A., The Sellout. Mariah also tells us about key goals for the L.A. Public Press as a fledgling news organization in L.A. County, and even shouts out the brand-new Smogland Radio podcast!

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Leslie Ambriz joins us for our final episode of 2022 to talk extensively about life and upbringing in Los Angeles, the prolific diversity between neighborhoods and communities in and around the city–including the Orange County area–thoughts on the current media landscape for millennials and families, finding one’s voice as a storyteller, and more.

Leslie Ambriz is a journalist and producer from Southeast Los Angeles, California. She is passionate about documenting stories and issues that affect communities of color, and how art and culture influence our political and social climates. She’s worked on projects for and in collaboration with numerous companies such as, the Associated Press, Spotify, Remezcla, SoulPancake, NBC News, Nike, AfterBuzz TV and more. She has both a Masters and Bachelors degree in Journalism and New Media from the University of Southern California and Biola University.

Read Ambriz’s personal essay on leaving the Christian church HERE. Check out her most recent Spotify original podcast, Identity at Play HERE, and keep up with her reporting work via @LeslieAmbriz_ on IG and Twitter.