Karla Cordero’s Poetry Is A Call To Home

Poet Karla Cordero’s backyard in carlsbad, california holds sugar snap peas, broccoli sprouts, and young to towering sunflowers that greet you as you sit down. Before talking about her book on a cool December morning, Karla gave photographer Arlene Mejorado and I a tour of all the plants she harvested with her partner and friends. […]

A Conversation With West Anaheim’s Poet, Jesus Cortez

“…Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.” –Audre Lorde   The corner of Beach and Lincoln in Anaheim is […]

Check out “Deport This!” A Partnership Column with OC Weekly and OC Immigrant Youth United!

Last March, I joined Denise de la Cruz and tallest Mexican in Orange County, Gabriel San Roman, to talk immigration for OC Weekly’s OC Speakly podcast. We were a few months into Trump’s presidency. I remember feeling dazed. By this point Trump had rubber stamped Steve Bannon’s first Muslim Ban, Jeff Sessions started putting out […]

El Mercado Northgate ve más ganancias en el desplazamiento que en la Raza que ayudó a construirlo

Cuando llego a casa del trabajo los viernes, mi madre me pide que la lleve al mercado y ella trae sus bolsas reusables y una lista de cosas que necesita. A mi mamá le gusta más el producto de Northgate que cualquier otra tienda y nos dirigimos al local de Northgate en Main y Cubbon. […]

This Xicana Indigenous Collective is the Past, Present & Future

At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before. Warsan Shire In the search for a better future for ourselves and our families, there are physical-digital places and people we can turn to already. I want to introduce you to a […]

A Letter to Those Hurting On the Fourth of July

Our desire to be free has got to manifest itself in everything we are and do. Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography This fourth of july comes after back to back attacks of all of our communities. Just yesterday, someone’s president reversed Obama’s guidelines on affirmative action in schools in what civil rights groups call a […]

Jennicet Gutierrez: 3 Years After Interrupting Obama at the White House

David Carbajal talks with Jennicet Gutierrez about the day she interrupted President Obama at the White House Pride Celebration in order to call for an end to the detention and deportation of Transgender immigrants. The interview was first streamed live on Chispa’s Facebook account on June 21, 2018. We would like to thank Abigail Marin […]

Armando Ibanez Encourages All of Us to Always Tell Our Own Stories

Armando Ibañez has taken storytelling to a whole other level with his web series, Undocumented Tales which he began in September of 2015. For him, being in charge of how the stories of queer immigrants are told is not something he takes lightly. Ibañez shares with us that the project was created for those who […]

Womyn Emcees are Creating Sacred Space in SanTana through Hip Hop

This past weekend saw the staging of the 4th Annual Womyn in Hip Hop, a sacred gathering that honors womyn through hip hop.   The Womyn in Hip Hop is a gathering branched from a strong foundation of womyn who saw the need for a sacred and safe space for womyn in hip hop. Seven […]

Dangerous Sound at Risk of Losing Its Sanctuary

When I first walked into Sanctuary Sound I wasn’t sure I was in the right place. From the scratched and tagged door marking the entrance, to the bathtub serving as a makeshift urinal, the words community space didn’t enter my mind. But that’s exactly what it is, and perhaps fitting for one that defines itself […]