All posts by Stephanie Van

Self-defense Seminar for Oppressed Peoples

Self-defense Seminar for Oppressed Peoples
Saturday▾February 25▾3pm-6pm
at SSG▾905 E 8th Street, Downtown LA, 90021

***REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED***

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In this seminar, taught by Eve Torres Gracie, we will learn simple and effective ways to protect ourselves and each other! These techniques allow people of any size or athletic ability to defend themselves against violence. Instruction will be in voice and ASL.
 
In this 3-hour seminar, we will learn:
  • What constitutes violence
  • How to prepare for the most common and dangerous threat scenarios
  • Well-tested psychological and physical self-defense tactics based on the principles of Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Wear work-out clothes with sleeves. We will be practicing on martial arts mats with shoes off.

Bring a water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

Liability Waiver Form
  • All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver form at the seminar.
  • Participants 17 and under must have a legal guardian sign for them. Check the box for “17 and under” in the Registration Form and we will email you a waiver — have your guardian sign it beforehand and then bring it to the seminar.
Space is Limited
This seminar is for those who are the most likely to experience violence — people who are trans/queer, femmes, womxn, disabled, neurodivergent, Muslim or perceived to be Muslim, refugees, immigrants, and/or people of color. Please consider your privilege in relation to these various communities and come humble and ready to learn.
 
Raising Funds for the Standing Rock Water Protectors 

The suggested donation is $5-30. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All donations will go to the Water Protectors at Oceti Sakowin Camp. #NODAPL #STANDINGROCK

Accessibility Information
  • Free parking in the lot; enter on Gladys Street
  • All gender restrooms will be provided for the day
  • Instruction in English by voice and in American Sign language
  • Interpretation in Spanish, Cantonese, and Vietnamese will be available
  • Wheelchair accessible and on the building’s first floor
  • Please DO NOT WEAR SCENTED PRODUCTS; there are no windows in the main event space (learn more about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)

Please contact svan (at) equalaction (dot) org about any additional accessibility issues and we will do our best to accommodate

About the Instructors
Head Instructor: Eve Torres Gracie
Eve Torres Gracie is known as a three-time WWE women’s champion and an actress in film and television, but her true passion is sharing Gracie jiu-jitsu based self-defense with those who need it most. She, along with other qualified assistant instructors will be offering this safe, fun, community-building seminar that is open to anyone willing to commit to one belief – that they are worth defending.
 
Assistant Instructor: Annia Bello-Forte
“I am both a student and an instructor and I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working with and learning from truly amazing instructors. I started on a day like this, with a women’s self-defense seminar. I have been training for 3 years as of January 12, 2014 and since that day I have never looked back. I started due to an incident at work and this journey has given me self-confidence, self-awareness, inner strength and peace, I have become a better person because it. This journey has been very empowering and my wish is to give to others what was given to me.”
 
Members of Viet Unity-LA and Equal Action will facilitate an opening discussion on what constitutes violence as well as a closing community circle.
 
Organized by Equal Action with the help of Viet Unity-LA and the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council.
 
Want more info? Contact Steph at svan (at) equalaction (dot) org.

January 21 OUTspoken Sessions Trans/Queer Open Mic: Benefit for Standing Rock Water Protectors Oceti Sakowin Camp

OUTspoken Sessions
Trans/Queer Open Mic
Saturday ♥ January 21 ♥ 5:30-9pm
at APAIT: 1730 W Olympic Blvd, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015
$5 cover – no one turned away for lack of funds
outspokensessionsflyerjan21Join OUTspoken Sessions for a Radical Self Care & Community Care themed open mic to benefit the Standing Rock Water Protectors Oceti Sakowin Camp.

Free food (with vegan options!) and beverages will be available as we begin the night with a Self-Care Toolkit crafting workshop at 5:30 PM.

Learn more about our featured artists, accessibility info, and the space below. Open mic slots will be on a first come, first serve basis and are available to folks of all skill levels!

 


COMMUNITY BENEFIT:  STANDING ROCK (#NoDAPL) OCETI SAKOWIN CAMPnodapl-indigenous-rights-oceti-sakowin-cc-nc-flickr-e1480991715816A first of its kind historic gathering of Indigenous Nations. The most recent such assembly of tribes occurred when the Great Sioux Nation gathered before the Battle at the Little Big Horn.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe supports the peaceful and prayerful message of the Oceti Sakowin leaders. The on-reservation camp allowed the tribe to explore longer term ways to meet the needs of the community that is 100% off-the-grid and features Solar & Wind power generation.

The fight is NOT over yet! We need to continue to support as we prepare for the season of change because the need is still there. We need to be in solidarity and Stand with Standing Rock!

Donate to the Oceti Sakowin Camp online at www.ocetisakowincamp.org

TWO SPIRIT NATION camp @ STANDING ROCK
Donate online at www.paypal.me/TwoSpiritNation
Send donations and gift cards to:
Two Spirit Nation
C/O Candi Brings Plenty
PO BOX 724
Mandan, ND 58554


FEATURED ARTISTS

Cosmetic Art with Johnny Pimentel

image001Johnny P is a Non-binary chicanx femme born and raised in Boyle Heights. They are a self taught makeup artist who’s main inspirations are from YouTube, underground drag communities and the cosmetic art scene created on Instagram. They are also a poet, and perform locally poems of heartbreak, love and vulnerability as a form of activism.

Dance with Jose Richard Aviles

image002Jose Richard Aviles is currently a first year student at USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. As a social work student his focus is around dance therapy and working with LGBT queer youth communities. This summer he will take part in a research project that will be looking at the development of body-esteem behind dance therapy. In the fall semester of his second year he will bring back this research to the school of social work and create an intervention to apply to the Transgender community. His work is centered around decolonizing desire, the body, and the mind. He has performed at University of Southern California, St olaf College, University of Redlands, REDCAT Studio, Highways Performance space, and Planet Queer.

Intro to the 5 Chinese Elements: Breathing & Healing Sounds with Dorian Lam & Destin Cortez

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Dorian Lam is a descendant of Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors in her family, and began her healing ways in her home in Hong Kong. After moving to US, she became a community organizer for economic, social and racial justice around the country;

but learned she could not build a sustaining movement without self care.

She was introduced to qi gong that was taught to her by her mother. Which lead her to her life-long journey studying Martial Arts and body-centered modalities. She has been practicing Massage and Trauma Touch Therapy™ since 2013, and is

currently studying Classical East Asian medicine in Los Angeles with a degree in Asian Studies and Eastern Religion.

Her healing is based on a feminist, holistic, and trauma-informed perspective, connecting with diet, movement, breath-work, bodywork, herbs, and acupuncture. Her goal is to realign the body, mind and spirit; while empowering the community with tools to self heal in a safe and inclusive space.
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Destin Cortez, a brown transman, is a community member and musician. For Destin, music is spiritual and communal; his way to work through his own emotions while connecting with his community. A trained percussionist, Destin studied at the Musician’s Institute and now lends his talents to his work as a Health Educator II at APAIT.  When he’s not working, Destin spends his time between his hometown in the Inland Empire and LA, practicing Qi Gong and writing music. He’s also an avid astrology enthusiast who wouldn’t mind reading your birth chart, if you ask nicely.
Drum Circle & Movement with Jazzmun Crayton and our OUTspoken drummers, Jaden Fields and Destin Cortez
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Jazzmun Nichcala Crayton is an African American Trans* / Gender Non-conforming Queer Person of Color residing in Hollywood, California. She is a seasoned performer that has traveled the world showcasing her passion for entertaining audiences worldwide.

She can be seen in both major motion pictures and television. She landed roles in the hit comedies “The Forty Year Old Virgin” with Steve Carrell and “Blast From the Past” with Christopher Walken and Brendan Frasier. On the small screen, she has also had several recurring roles on popular American television shows such as “Big Shots”, “CSI-New York”, “NYPD Blue”, “Nip/Tuck” and “ER”.

Jazzmun is the writer and producer of a 90 minute exploration of transgender and non-conforming stories that is featured in the critically acclaimed documentary “In Full Bloom.” This stage play and documentary explores the transgender experience through stories, dance, and spoken word, which is not limited to the Trans* women alone, but embraces the full spectrum of transgender identity. Her goal today continues to be fueled by her desire to make a difference in communities that continue to be impacted by bigotry , ignorance further more giving a platform to these communities to share their voices.

As Jazzmun continues to evolve as a performer, she is also expanding and bringing her talents to activism with the Trans* community.  She is currently a HIV Testing Counselor at APAIT were she works directly with transgender women of color who are living or affected by HIV.  She has created and facilitated programs in conjunction with Trans* community leaders, leading community organizations, and elected officials in order to bring about positive change for the entire Trans* community.

Jazzmun is also a member of the  Transgender Advisory Council for the City of Los Angeles, which is the first body of it’s kind in a major U.S. city. The council is comprised of 9 diverse Trans* / Gender Non-Conforming individuals who bring a wealth of knowledge and a variety of perspectives. With her position on the council, her intention for serving on the board is to hold a safe and brave space to improve the quality of life for Transgender people not only in Los Angeles or California, but on a nationwide level as well.

Jazzmun continues to travel throughout the US speaking about the importance of transgender visibility and inclusion. Her goal is to continue to use her talents and skills to the further the integration of gender non-conforming and Trans* Individuals in any social or economic background. Her personal philosophy can be summed up in one of her favorite quotes by Maya Angelou: “You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.” This quote embraces the passion and dedication that Jazzmun has for creating change within the community and society at large.


ABOUT THE SPACE + ACCESSIBILITY INFO

Since July 2009, OUTspoken Sessions has been an open mic and safe space for LGBTQIA+ (and ally) folks. Originally for youth 19 and under, Equal Action saw a need for a safe multi-generational space. OUTspoken Sessions is still affirming of youth and avoids tokenism.

Equal Action will be your hosts. We welcome all skill levels. There is no competition here. First timers welcome, you will be celebrated and always receive loving energy from your audience.

In the spirit of our guiding principles, we make an effort to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity, or related disabilities. Please help create a welcoming space for all by not using scented products before or during OUTspoken Sessions.

For more information on this topic and resources on how to make scent-free accessible to low-income folx, people of color, femmes, and more, please read Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s article (http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15)

Accessibility Information
-15-minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
-Closest bus stops (1 minute walk) include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
-Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhoods
-Event is held in a large room on the 3rd Floor of the building
-Elevators are the main way to reach event
-Wheelchair accessible
-Restrooms are gender neutral
-Ample seating and standing room
-Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free (learn more about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: http://www.multiplechemicalsensitivity.org/ http://www.webmd.com/allergies/multiple-chemical-sensitivity)
-Main event space has windows that cannot be opened and a climate controlled ventilation system; air filtration unknown
-Public address system used by all guests and hosts
-We are currently limited in our ability to provide ASL interpretation at all events, please contact concerning ASL interpretation and/or other accessibility issues and we will do our best to be an inclusive space for all

Questions? Contact Dan at dmaldonado@equalaction.org

Saturday, September 10 OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic: Revolutionary Autonomous Communities Fundraiser

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Focusing on Food Justice featuring Leah Anne Michelle + Audrey Kuo + Morgan Movesaround + La Loba Loca
Benefit for Revolutionary Autonomous Communities
Saturday • September 10th • 5:30p-9p
APAIT • 1730 W Olympic Blvd • 3rd Floor • LA 90015

$5 cover – (note increase to get more funds to our community partners), but please give generously to support our fundraiser. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Free food and drinks.

In the spirit of our guiding principles, we make an effort to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity, or related disabilities. Please help create a welcoming space for all by not using scented products before or during OUTspoken Sessions.
For more information on this topic and resources on how to make scent-free accessible to low-income folx, people of color, femmes, and more, please read Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha‘s article (http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15)

***Please see our accessibility information below***


Since July 2009, OUTspoken Sessions has been an open mic and safe space for LGBTQIA+ (and ally) folks. Originally for youth 19 and under, Equal Action saw a need for a safe multi-generational space. OUTspoken Sessions is still affirming of youth and avoids tokenism.

Equal Action will be your hosts. We welcome all skill levels. There is no competition here. First timers welcome, you will be celebrated and always receive loving energy from your audience.

COMMUNITY BENEFIT:

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities Los Angeles:RAC.logo

From the Native indigenous land now known as Los Angeles we fight for a better world  Free of ableism capitalism white supremacy patriarchy homophobia transphobia and all other genocidal systems of exploitation and/or denial, cultural and/or economic, societal and/or systemic. We can not wish this world to fruition and so we fight for our freedom we fight for our lives we fight for our loved ones we fight for each other. We meet each other where we are at and together we are going where we need to be! Where we can on day truly live a Dignified Life!

Healthy Food is a Human Right.

A Dignified life is a Human Right.

We have been fighting for over 9 years for a better world. To build community in a center of trauma and economic warfare. Building growing access to the basic human necessities. We have worked to create examples of mutual aid that are rooted in action, guided by urgency and responsibility to the most affected in our immediate community open to All. Survival-Live better programs. Working to build our own by our own with our own for All. We have created glimpses into a better world we can fight/work/live to make possible, We are people of color, women,queer, trans, poor, youth , differently abled all the others who have long been excluded denied our very existence who are in service to the people to all people. We are together, not always close but growing with each other to one day undue the harm of growing and surviving in such an inhumane world. We who are moved by the love of our people the love for each other, the love for our mother earth to fight , to resist,to survive and to ultimately thrive.

Mutual Aid Food Program at Macarthur Park
Every Sunday Rain or Shine
Wilshire and Parkview 11am-5pm
Tickets are passed out starting at 11am and boxes are give out no earlier than 4pm and no later than 4:30m pm depending on the volume of food. Volunteers always welcome.Boxes are free. Patience or participation. If you help you may get a bit more. If you don’t just wait and you will receive a mixed box put together by the community.

RAC Mutual Aid Community Center
Food clothes and other resources. We accept donations. We are not here to profit from our community we are here to help each other. If you have a need do not let $ keep you from reaching out. We accept time, material support etc.
2515 W 7th St LA CA 90057
Open Everyday 11am-9pm


PRE-SHOW WORKSHOP: LA LOBA LOCA

Doors open at 5:30 PM for a special healing tea workshop from La Loba Loca called ‘Herbs for the Soul & Spirit of the Revolution’

_MG_3074La Loba Loca is based in Los Angeles. She is Queer, Machona, South American Migrant, writer, tattooist, crafter, full spectrum companion, midwife student, seed-saver, and gardener. She has been part of several projects aiming to document and provide information about autonomous and community based health and healing. She has facilitated knowledge shares and learned from several abuelitas, tias, plants, communities, lands and institutions in different regions of Abya Yala and Turtle Island. La Loba Loca is invested in disseminating information with the hope that self-knowledge and (re)cognition of #abuelitaknowledge will create a future where we can depend on ourselves and communities. La Loba Loca’s core philosophy is based on (re)claiming and (re)membering Abuelita Knowledge and learning how to use our roots as a tool for liberation and transformation.

Find more of her work here:
Instagram
Website
Facebook
Tumblr (blog)
Online Store
Add yourself to the mailing list here!


FEATURED ARTISTS:

Leah-MitchellLeah Ann Mitchell is a multi-faceted, producer, songwriter, engineer, vocalist, and artist. She has worked with many major labels in various capacities, some of which include Sony, Sony Red, and Massenburg Entertainment. Leah has engineered for Grammy Award winner Le’Andria Johnson, as well as Eric Dawkins of the Grammy Award winning production team, The Underdogs. As a producer and writer she’s worked with Grammy Award Winning songwriters The Jackie Boyz. Her sound, though eclectic has an undeniable commercial appeal, that sets her and the artists she works with apart. Her musical influences include Imogen Heap, Ellie Goulding, Kate Havnevik, Dr. Dre, Brandy, Timbaland and Salem Al Fakir.


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Audrey Kuo is a poet, writer, and community organizer who is deeply invested in building networks among queer and trans people of color working toward collective liberation. Their work is shaped by their identity as a queer and genderqueer second-generation Taiwanese-American. Audrey is the Executive Director of API Equality-LA and has also organized with Tuesday Night Project, Critical Resistance Portland, APIs 4 Black Lives, and the anti-gentrification collective Protect Koreatown. Audrey is also committed to making time to bake bread from a sourdough starter and admire puppies, because balance is important. You can find sporadic writing at audreykuo.wordpress.com.


IMG_0298Morgan Movesaround is a nonbinary transmasculine artist. His art is absurd and serious, provoking and surreal. To watch him work is to see wild scribblings slowly take shape layer by layer until a face emerges. He focuses on street culture in LA. Most of his subjects are paying customers, but this selection consists mostly of homeless and at risk individuals. He works almost exclusively with markers and paper.


***Accessibility Information***
-15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
-Buslines include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
-Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhoods
-Wheelchair accessible
-Elevator available
-Restrooms are gender neutral
-Ample seating and standing room
-Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free
-Windows cannot be opened, venue has climate controlled ventilation system, air filtration unknown
-Public address system used by all guests and hosts
-Please contact concerning ASL interpretation and/or other accessibility issues

Questions? Contact Dan at dmaldonado@equalaction.org

 

 

March 26 OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic: Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic
♥ new day + location ♥
Saturday • March 26 • 6p-9p

APAIT • 1730 W Olympic Blvd • 3rd Floor • LA 90065

In the spirit of our Guiding Principles, we make an effort to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities. Attendees are reminded that others may be sensitive to various chemical-based scented products. Please help create a welcoming space for all by not using scented products before or during OUTspoken Sessions.
***Please see our accessibility information below***


Black Lives Matter Los Angeles

2nd Annual Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Community Fundraiser
$5 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided

Black Lives Matter LA Local Demands

  1. Fire Chief Beck for his refusal to hold LAPD officers accountable.
  2. Work in partnership with the Los Angeles City Council to develop a reparations strategy.
  3. Hold Police Commission meetings that are open, accessible, and at a time when working people can attend.
  4. Appoint real community advocates to key commission seats.
  5. Adhere to the agreed Town Hall meeting structure with Black community negotiated in July 2015.

Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement. www.blacklivesmatter.com


FEATURED ARTIST: Evolve Trinity

Evolve Trinity is a writer, visual artist and social justice educator Evolve Trinityfrom Los Angeles, CA.  Evolve has had the opportunity to perform at universities around the United States including Antioch University of Los Angeles, The University of California, Los Angeles, The University of California, Riverside, California State University, Los Angeles, The University of Southern California, Connecticut University, Dillard University and Tuskegee University. Evolve has also shared their work at LGBT Pride events, LGBT centers and for various fundraisers.

Evolve is a studying creative writing at Antioch University of Los Angeles where they are researching the use of protest poetry in social justice movement in the United States.  Evolve Trinity’s poetry has been called humorous, femme loving, and takes the reader/listener on a journey of exploration.  Evolve is an assistant poetry editor, assistant art editor and copy editor for Lunch Ticket and online journal that publishes literary and visual art with conversations about social justice and community activism. Evolve Trinity’s work has been published in Trans Bodies, Trans selves and The Dillard Review. Evolve has collaborated with Liberty on a “How to be Trans Ally” spoken word visual that can be seen on YouTube and also a spoken word short film “BOI” directed by Lex Kennedy.  Evolve hopes their art reaches those in need of love and provides awareness for those seeking a better understanding of difference.


FEATURED ARTIST: Rajah Jones

My name is Rajah Jones and I am a 36 year old Trans Woman of rajahColor. I am a community activist as part of the core collective of TFFED(Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders), chair of the trans ministry group at church, and a facilitator for transformLA with GJLA. I am also a writer which includes plays, poetry, and rap. I’ve been writing since I was 12 years old. It has been my passion and it’s something I’m going to put together as an album in the near future.


OPEN DRUM CIRCLE: Jaden Fields + Destin Cortez

Jaden is a Black boi, a poet, an activist, a writer, a collector of jadenstories. He studied Psychology at USC to try and understand his trauma, and ended up with more questions. He believes in beauty of vulnerability and the strength in the stories our bodies hold. You can usually find him with his notebook in his hand and a shy smile gracing his lips.

Destin Cortez, a brown transman, is a community advocate and musician. For DestinDestin, music is spiritual and communal; his way to work through his own emotions while connecting with his community. A trained percussionist, Destin studied at the Musician’s Institute and now lends his talents to his work as a Health Educator II at APAIT.  When he’s not working, Destin spend his time between his hometown in the Inland Empire and LA, practicing tai chi and checking out local breweries. He’s also an avid astrology enthusiast who wouldn’t mind reading your birth chart, if you ask nicely.


ABOUT OUTSPOKEN SESSIONS

Founded in July 2009, OUTspoken Sessions is an open mic and safe space for LGBTQ (and ally) folks. Originally an open mic for youth 19 and under, Equal Action saw a need for a safe multi-generational space – the space is still affirming of and respectful of youth and avoids tokenism.

Equal Action will be your hosts. We welcome all skill levels. There is no competition here. First timers welcome, you will be celebrated and always receive loving energy from your audience.

Accessibility Information

  • The venue is accessible by public transit
    • 15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
    • Buslines include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
  • Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhoods
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Elevator available
  • Restrooms are gender neutral
  • Ample seating and standing room
  • Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free
  • Windows cannot be opened, venue has climate controlled ventilation system, air filtration unknown
  • Public address system used by all guests and hosts
  • Please contact concerning ASL interpretation and/or other accessibility issues

Questions? Contact Dahlia at dferlito@equalaction.org

OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic ft. Monique + Halle Johnson: La Loba Loca Fundraiser

OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Focusing on Healing Justice with Monique + Halle Johnson
Benefit for La Loba Loca

Friday  •  December 4, 2015 •  6:30pm to 9pm 
675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
at Downtown UCLA Labor Center, near MacArthur Park
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided

***Please see our accessibility information below***


RAISING FUNDS FOR: La Loba Loca

La Loba Loca

La Loba Loca, is a Queer, Machona, Brown South American Migrant, community organizer, artist, researcher, writer, body-powered tattooist, full spectrum companion, midwife student, eco-feminista and life-long student. She has been part of several projects aiming to document and provide information on autonomous and community based health and healing. She has facilitated knowledge shares and learned from several abuelitas, tias, plants, communities, lands and institutions in different regions of Abya Yala. La Loba Loca is invested on disseminating information with the hope that self-knowledge and (re)cognition of traditional knowledge will create a future where we can depend on ourselves and communities. La Loba Loca’s core philosophy is based on (re)claiming and (re)membering Abuelita Knowledge and learning how to use our roots as a tool for liberation and transformation.

lalobaloca.com
lalobalocaart.tumblr.com
IG: @lalobalocashares
fb: /lalobaloca


FEATURED ARTIST: Monique

Oct 2 OUTspoken Sessions: Fundraiser for Jermond’s Legal Defense Fund

October 2nd’s OUTspoken Sessions will focus on allyship, with proceeds going to the legal defense fund of Jermond, a beloved queer gender nonconforming Black organizer, artist, and spiritual guide who is fighting several life sentences due to a homophobic attack last year. After the open mic set, performance poet Jade Phoenix and musician Rey Fukuda Salinas will grace the stage.

OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Friday  •  October 2, 2015
6:30pm to 9pm 

675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
at Downtown UCLA Labor Center, near MacArthur Park
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided


RAISING FUNDS FOR: Jermond’s Legal Defense Fund

Jermond, with featured artist, Rey Fukuda Salinas
Jermond (right), with featured artist, Rey Fukuda Salinas

Jermond is a beloved queer gender nonconforming Black organizer, artist, and spiritual guide to many of us, past present future. Jermond is fighting several life sentences due to a homophobic attack last year and is currently locked inside LA’s K6G Unit in Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail. In the powerful tradition of collectivizing our funds and resources to make more possible what we are told over and over again are unlikely chances for life and connection, please contribute anything small, large or in between to Jermond’s Legal Defense Fund. If you can’t, please share this note with networks, friends or family with resources that might be able to give this season. Continue reading Oct 2 OUTspoken Sessions: Fundraiser for Jermond’s Legal Defense Fund

Aug 7 OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic: Body Positivity + Nalgona Positivity Pride Fundraiser

We are excited to explore the theme of Body Positivity at our next OUTspoken Sessions!bikini body

OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Friday  •  August 7, 2015
6:30pm to 9pm 

at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center
675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided


RAISING FUNDS FOR: Nalgona Positivity Pride

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OUTspoken Sessions Open Mic + 3rd Annual Zine Workshop, May 8th

Join us for our 3rd Annual Zine-Making Workshop led by Pitzer College students from the Asian American and Queer Zines Class. Contribute a page to the OUTspoken Sessions 2015 Zine!

OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Friday  •  May 8, 2015
NEW START TIME:  7pm to 9pm 

at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center
675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided


RAISING FUNDS FOR: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders

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OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic: Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

Join us for Equal Action’s first OUTspoken Sessions of 2015, a special fundraiser for Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Friday  •  March 6, 2015  •  6:30p to 9p
at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center
675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided


RAISING FUNDS FOR: Black Lives Matter Los Angeles

Black Lives Matter

We are honored to announce that all proceeds will benefit Black Lives Matter Los Angeles (BLM-LA) and will be donated to www.gofundme.com/blacklivesmatterla.
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Equal Action Officially Launches the Los Angeles Worm Farm Collective

Starting an Anti-Oppressive Collective Business in LA

Equal Action is launching a new project called the Los Angeles Worm Farm Collective, a small business in which we produce worms, worm castings, and worm tea that people and organizations can use as natural fertilizers to grow their own food and plants. In this business, all the workers are business partners who own the business equally (rather than being owned by people with money who do not do the actual work) and work within a clearly-defined nonhierarchical, collective structure (rather than some of us being bosses and some of us being employees).

We want to offer better job opportunities for those who may experience limited options and oppression in the workplace, including queer and trans* folks, youth and young adults, people of color, and those from low-income and working class communities. Together, we are developing a business in which workers:

  • engage in meaningful work that harnesses community strengths to improve community health and quality of life
  • make decisions about how our work is done and how our organization is run
  • contribute to an anti-oppressive work environment that allows us to be our best selves
  • receive training and gain the skills required to actively participate in an anti-oppressive, cooperatively-owned, collectively-run vermicomposting business

Ultimately, we want to contribute to the growth of the alternative economies movement in Southern California by trying out our own business and then supporting each other and others in realizing a variety of community-minded business ideas. Some ideas we have thrown around include a coffeeshop, a power tool library, a kitchen tool library, a childcare collective, and safe space dance parties. Throughout history, there are so many ways that our queer and trans*, people of color, and low-income communities have worked together, shared resources, and cared for each other. We want to continue these legacies.

Building a New Worm Farm

LA Worm Farm Collective
Don Martinez guides the Los Angeles Worm Farm Collective on how they might set up their new worm farm in Frogtown

We first experimented with the most common method of worm farming – throwing vegetable and paper scraps into a worm bin – to discover that this system yielded an insufficient amount of worms, worm castings, and worm tea for a small business. We are now constructing a sophisticated new farm with the generous mentorship of Don Martinez, a worm farmer with a successful commercial/community operation in Pasadena. Our new worm farm setup will better mimic worms’ natural environment so that the worms will consume organic matter, produce excrement, and reproduce with each other at higher rates.

Want to support us as we set up our new worm farm? We are currently seeking the following equipment:

  • compost tumbler
  • compost bins
  • tarp
  • wheel barrow

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation of any of these items to Equal Action, please contact Stephanie at svan@equalaction.org. We are also open to purchasing equipment at low-cost or trading.

While the website for the Los Angeles Worm Farm Collective is under construction, you can check out our (very recent) past life at lawormfarmcoop.wordpress.com. Subscribe to this site to stay tuned, and we’ll migrate you over when we launch the new website.

Thanks for your support as we embark on this exciting journey into youth-oriented, qtpoc (queer trans* people of color) collective business in LA!