FIRESIDE CHARLA RECAP

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On April 16th, 2020, the United Latinx Fund (ULF) in partnership with the Latino Coalition of Los Angeles (LCLA) launched the first virtual Fireside CharLA. The mission was simple but crucial, to convene leadership throughout the region and provide guidance and hope during an unprecedented crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as the issues evolved so did the CharLA. With the murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed, ULF and LCLA further committed themselves to the vulnerable communities they represent and to deliver their issues directly to leadership.

The Fireside CharLAs has featured numerous elected officials, community leaders, and advocates from every sector to discuss:

  1. The specifics of their real-time legislation, policies, and investments; 
  2. How these solutions work to address the mounting challenges facing vulnerable communities throughout Greater LA such as COVID-19, civil unrest over police brutality, homeless and criminal justice; and
  3. How these solutions redress endemic inequalities within communities of color throughout the region, now and into the future.
     
Dec 9, 2021 at 05:30pm

Clean Energy & Job Opportunities for Communities of Color

California has approved unprecedented goals to achieve 100% carbon free energy and economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2045. Well known renewable energy sources like solar and wind paired with increased transportation and building electrification will play critical roles in advancing these goals. However, there is growing uncertainty about the state’s ability to fully decarbonize all sectors of its economy before 2045 by solely relying on these tools. (...)

 
Aug 19, 2021 at 05:30pm

Street Vending

Street vendors are part of the cultural and economic fabric of many neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Despite their iconic status, street vendors have long been criminalized and shut out of our formal economy. In 2018, after years of advocacy by street vendors and community-based organizations, Senator Ricardo Lara passed Senate Bill 946 which decriminalized street vending throughout California. Soon after, the City of Los Angeles legalized street vending by creating spatial rules and a new permit program. (...)

 
Mar 25, 2021 at 05:30pm

Immigration

For generations the general public has been able to predict what states will be red and blue when election time comes around. But for historically red state Georgia, they were taken by surprise at the voter turnout which rocked the state into the blue. Latino voters turned out to vote in the thousands and in the Georgia Senate election, the Latino turnout was double what is was back in 2016. .  (...)

 

Feb 18, 2021 at 05:30pm

Cyber Redlining & Digital Divide

The digital divide is a division between those who have access to digital devices and broadband and those who don’t. (...)

 

Jan 14, 2021 at 05:30pm

Georgia Senate Race & Latinx GOTV

For generations the general public has been able to predict what states will be red and blue when election time comes around. But for historically red state Georgia, they were taken by surprise at the voter turnout which rocked the state into the blue. Latino voters turned out to vote in the thousands and in the Georgia Senate election, the Latino turnout was double what is was back in 2016. .  (...)

 

Oct 22, 2020 at 05:30pm

L.A. Taco & Next Generation of Social Impact Consultants

Amid the waves of chaos sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment continues unabated as businesses respond to the compromised economy by tightening their belts and in many cases, layoffs. Although all businesses face the ultimate financial stress test, many nonprofits have minimal reserves and are ill-prepared to endure the long-term financial challenges posed by the pandemic. At the same time, communities of color face mounting challenges as COVID-19 exacerbates long-standing, endemic inequalities fueled by the legacy of racism and police violence.  (...)

 

Oct 15, 2020 at 05:30pm

Latinx & 2020 Election

As we approach the 2020 Presidential election, a familiar question emerges, "Who will Latinos vote for and why?" The Pew Research Center observed that although Latinos represent the largest ethnic electorate (32 million eligible voters), African Americans cast more ballots yet (...)

 

Oct 8, 2020 at 05:30pm

COVID-19 Pandemic and Domestic Violence 

Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills (Senate Bill 1276 and Senate Bill 1141) authored by Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that provide protections and services for domestic violence survivors. (...)

 

Oct 1, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Latinx and 2020 Election 

As we approach the 2020 Presidential election, a familiar question emerges, "Who will Latinos vote for and why?" The Pew Research Center observed that although Latinos represent the largest ethnic electorate (32 million eligible voters), African Americans cast more ballots yet compris (...)

 

Sept 24, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Fireside CharLA - Leadership Summit Part 2

From pandemic lockdown to nationwide BLM protests, the economic downturn, the 2020 Census, and the upcoming election...so much has transpired over the past six months, but what progress have we made? In celebration of #LatinxHeritageMonth, join United Latinx Fund (...)

 

Sept 17, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Fireside CharLA - Leadership Summit Part 1

From pandemic lockdown to nationwide BLM protests, the economic downturn, the 2020 Census, and the upcoming election...so much has transpired over the past six months, but what progress have we made? In celebration of #LatinxHeritageMonth, join United Latinx Fund (...)

 

Aug 27, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Latinx & 020 Census

For generations, the U.S. Census has been under-representing and undercounting the Black and Brown community. Largely the reasons cited are fear and mistrust of how the collected information is being stored and how it can be used by the government. This stigma has in part been perpetuated by a lack of (...)

 

Aug 20, 2020 at 05:30 PM

ULF 2020 Community Grants

Over the past 30 years, United Latinx Fund (ULF) has become a prominent philanthropic organization in the Los Angeles area and is among a few Latinx-specific funds throughout the United States. As a fund distribution agency, ULF coordinates fundraising campaigns through workplace giving programs (...)

 

August 13, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Black & Brown Unity

The current moment sets a historic, global precedent rooted in the COVID-19 crisis, rampant racial and ethnic disparities, and increased violence toward Black and Brown communities at the hands of law enforcement. In response, calls for multi-racial, multi-generational coalitions are elevated in (...)

 

Aug 6, 2020 at 05:00 PM

Criminal Justice Reform

The November contest between Jackie Lacey and former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón to oversee the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office is being framed as a referendum on criminal justice reform, with Gascón at the forefront of a nationwide movement to elect progressive prosecutors and Lacey representing a more traditional approach. (...)

 

July 30, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Latinx & COVID-19 Pandemic 

How are local leaders adapting to address major issues impacting our #Latinx community amid the #COVID19 pandemic? Thursday's “Fireside CharLA” featuring special guest speaker, Kevin de (...)

 

July 23, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Municipal Response to COVID-19 Pandemic 

Ms. Alma K. Martinez is currently serving as the City Manager for the City of El Monte. In this capacity, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations and responsibilities of a city with 115,000 residents, 300 employees, and an annual budget of $165.2 million. Ms. Martinez is the first woman, and the first Latina (...)

 

July 16, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Proposition 16 - Opportunity for All 

In November 1996, California Proposition 209 amended the state constitution to prohibit state governmental institutions from considering race, sex, or ethnicity, specifically in the areas of public employment, public contracting, and public education.  (...)

 

July 9, 2020 at 05:30 PM

AB 1196 - Banning Carotid Artery Restraint Tactic

In response to the death of George Floyd, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) has introduced AB 1196, making it illegal to use a carotid artery restraint tactic to forcibly detain a suspect. The bill is co-authored by members of the CA Black Caucus, Latino Caucus, API, (...)

 

July 2, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Latinx & LGBT Pride

On Sunday afternoon, June 28, 1970, the first LGBT pride parade in the world stepped off at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and McCadden Place in Los Angeles to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Since that historic event, countries across the globe celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month (...)

 

June 25, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Latinx & Digital Divide 

An estimated one in five students in California do not have access to digital devices or broadband internet as the fight for digital equity has been framed as the “civil rights issue of our time”. This digital divide overwhelmingly impacts low income students of color and creates barriers to learning (...)

 

June 18, 2020 at 05:30 PM

City of LA People's Budget and Defunding the Police

As thousands of protesters across the country gather to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other black people killed by the police, a related rallying cry has gained momentum: defund the police. Proponents of defunding argue that incremental police reform has failed and (...)

 

June 11, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Emergeny Responses to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and more recently, to civil unrest over police brutality, The American Red Cross (ARC) Los Angeles Region has stepped up its operations on multiple fronts to develop and execute a series of rapid responses. We invited David Englin, COO of American Red (...)

 

June 4, 2020 at 05:30 PM

COVID-19, Civil Unrest and Marginalized Communities

The USC Dornsife Program for Environmental and Regional Equity released an analysis of those most at risk of devastating fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The analysis concluded that marginalized segments of the population, including low-income seniors, undocumented (...)

 

May 28, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Who will Latinx Vote for and Why?

As we approach the 2020 Presidential election, a familiar question emerges, "Who will Latinos vote for and why?" The Pew Research Center observed that although Latinos represent the largest ethnic electorate (32 million eligible voters), African Americans cast more ballots yet comprise a (...)

 

May 21, 2020 at 05:30 PM

COVID-19's Impact on Marginalized Communites 

According to an LA Times article published on May 17th, "Blacks and Latinos have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic in California and other parts of the United States, becoming infected and dying at disproportionately high rates relative to their share of the population. (...)

 

May 14, 2020 at 05:30 PM

COVID-19's Impact on Marginalized Communities 

The USC Dornsife Program for Environmental and Regional Equity released an analysis of those most at risk of devastating fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The analysis concluded that marginalized segments of the population, including low-income seniors, undocumented immigrants (...)

 

May 7, 2020 at 05:30 PM

COVID-19 & Food Insecurity 

As part of their COVID-19 emergency response efforts, Governor Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti have taken measures to address the needs of two specific vulnerable populations: seniors and hospitality/restaurant workers. To combat food-insecurities and job loss, Mayor Garcetti launched (...)

 

April 30, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Energy Sector's Response to COIVD-19

Under the Governor’s recent Executive Order, utilities are part of our region's critical infrastructure and are vital to the security, economy, public health and safety of California. At the same time, USC recently released an analysis of those most at risk of devastating fallout from the coronavirus pandemic (...)

 

April 23, 2020 at 05:30 PM

COVID-19 & Homelessness 

On Friday, April 17th, the County of Los Angeles filed a request for an emergency hearing with federal Judge David Carter, alleging that Project Room Key, their court-ordered effort to help house homeless people at risk of contracting the coronavirus, is being stymied by objections from the cities (...)

 

April 16, 2020 at 05:30 PM

COVID-19 & Financial Relief 

Join United Latinx Fund (ULF) and Latino Coalition of Los Angeles (LCLA) for our new weekly online series - Fireside CharLA - covering the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our Latinx community. The series premiered on April 16 and featured Alejandra Velazquez (...)

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