Today is May Day

For the past two years the first of May has seen major mobilizations in the immigrants right’s movement. Today is no exception. From Youth Radio LA’s blog:

People are planning to mobilize in Los Angeles in recognition of workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, and in solidarity with those who make global consumer culture and economy churn everyday. Los Angeles May Day has taken on the character of justice and support for Immigrant’s rights.

Youth Radio LA will be covering the mobilizations in Los Angeles all day, with fresh pictures and audio posting direct to their blog. Follow the coverage live.

In addition Youth Radio’s webradio will be broadcasting live from 4-5 PM PDT on the topic on our live stream.


Youth Radio LA Is Blowin’ Up

I took my eye off them for only a second, I swear!

Youth Radio Los Angeles has been on a posting streak this week over at their blog. Head on over to check out Antony Juaregui  break down his financial aid woes, Nalani Melo’s ode to her hometown of Pasadena, and college bound advisor Sabiha Khan’s call out for responses to the proposed cuts in California’s education budget.

Find all this and more on their blog.

Who Do You Trust? [News edition]

This week’s question is pretty straightforward:

When it comes to news, who do you trust?

Youth Radio LA comes through with our first responses:

When it come to the news, I only trust to a certain point because lies are often told but quickly covered up…!!
Jasmine Epps, Age 15

I Trust NBC. The news casters seem more professional than many other news stations. They provide great coverage on stories, and don’t waste news time on breaking news by repeating the same thing over and over again. They give you the facts, then stick with the footage for a while to assure there is nothing missed. After about 5 minutes of cold hard facts, they continue on with the rest of the news to assure the viewers that they are not missing anything just to watch a couple of police cars chase a stolen vehicle.
Ohime Sheeme, Age 17

Racial Tension @ Inglewood High: Gritty Reality or Hollywood Magic?

[From Youth Radio LA] 

Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s recent speech about race relations in the United States highlights how dominant the topic is this election season. In his speech, Obama questions the way the media has characterized the presidential campaigns in terms of which candidate is attracting which ethnic or racial group. For example, some analysts say that Hillary Clinton holds sway with the Latino population and Obama with African Americans, and many pundits assume the trends indicates a tension between Black and Latino communities. Antony Jauregui explores the complexities of race relations in his school Inglewood High. He says, there’s more fear of tension between young Blacks and Latinos, then actual conflict. Maybe this is word to the wise for all those commentators that think, that’s the way it is, and will always be.

Listen to the story in MP3 format, or check out the script after the flip.

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Obama’s Speech: More Reactions

This week we’ve been asking out contributors to offer up their response to Barack Obama’s big speech on race relations in America. You  can see the original article and questions here.

Now we’re hearing from the bloggers down at Youth Radio LA:

At this moment I still do not know where I politically stand, but one thing I am sure of is that I agreed with Obama’s race speech. His words are the words that I wished people were more courageous to speak out. Race has always been an issue in this country and probably always will; but the fact that someone is willing to acknowledge it and speak out about it is not something that this country has seen much of. I am very impressed with how Obama was willing to speak about who he really is and about his life experiences, as well as how these experiences make him different from all the other candidates.-Nalani Melo, age 18

YRLA’s top blogger, Anne Santos, addresses our questions: “Has your opinion of Obama changed in the past couple of weeks? Your friends/parents? How?”

I’ve been a fan of Hilary Clinton for a long time, but lately, she’s been losing some points. After hearing a fraction of this speech made me feel Obama a lot more. So yeah, my opinion has changed. As far as my my mom, sister, or friends, I have no clue. But for me, I definitely understand why so many people want him as our president. Everything he covered in that speech hit hard, because he related himself/his problems with everyone. I liked what he had to say, when he said, “I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.” I think everyone should listen to this speech.
-Anne Santos, age 21

Releated Articles:

Responding to Obama

 Obama’s Speech: History in the Making?

King Anyi: Dreamin’ With Obama 

Best of [Late] February

For the shortest month of the year February sure has been busy! Of course, we do get a whole extra day to process it, but still… so much has hapened, there’s no way you caught everything.

With that in mind, here’s a few things from the last couple of weeks you may have missed:

The Game is the New Music Studio

When Brandon McFarland sees Amp Live use a PSP to mix a beat freestyle onstage his vision of video games as mere toys changes in a heartbeat.

HEAR: Brandon meet Amp Live and his shocking skills!

SEE: Brandon match his pipes against ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive” Rock Band style.

BELIEVE: The dork on guitar in the video totally isn’t blog editor Noah Nelson. No, really BELIEVE! Please?

Sexuality: Unacceptable

Candlelight vigils and rallies continue in honor of Lawrence “Larry” King, a 15-year-old who was shot at his Middle School in Oxnard, California. Larry was bullied at school for being openly gay and also gender non-conforming — he wore women’s clothing and make-up on occasion — and it is thought that his identity provoked another student to kill him. Anne Santos reminds us that it wasn’t just Larry King’s life that was affected by violent homophobia. Here’s her own story of when she was assaulted for being gay, and how her family still feels the trauma.

Nico Savidge Liveblogs the Texas and Ohio Debates

He brought you the Savidge World of Sports and helps you to Meet The Mess… and now he liveblogs major political events so you don’t have to watch them. Check out YR personality Nico Savidge’s on the spot response to the big showdowns between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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In this third installment of our AudioPostales series between Mexico City and Los Angeles, participants in Los Angeles -who happen to be an all-girl cast of reporters- share their ideas on love, relationships, and machismo with the all-guy cast of correspondents in Mexico City- who happen to not agree one bit with girls’ take on most of the above. Is it cultural? Is it a guy-girl thing? Listen and find out!