February Theme: Ties That Bind

At the beginning of Black history month’s annual observance to recognize African American contributions to American history, we still remember the hurt from last year’s Los Angeles City Council’s racist recording scandal against Black and indigenous people. This involved three majority Latino City Council members, led by former Council President Nury Martinez. Though the African American, Indigenous, and Hispanic/Latino communities have traveled different pathways, these communities share a parallel quest for equity. We will examine how BIPOC communities differ from one another, and what commonalities they share.

Finally, how do we all, including allies and accomplices, come together to thwart the haunting and historical divide-and-conquer influences, especially from the powerful? We are fast approaching a numerical Multiethnic American reality. It is time to find the Ties that Bind.

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