We Challenged Councilman David Penaloza to Defend his Vote for the $25M Police Contract

We challenged Councilmember David Penaloza to defend his vote for the $25M Police Contract. See the letter we sent him to learn why. Photo Credit: City of Santa Ana.

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. […]

Northgate Market Turns To Real Estate, and Against the Working Class Raza Who Built It

When I come home from work on Fridays my mom asks me to take her to el mercado and she brings her reusable shopping bags and a list of things she needs. My mom likes the produce from Northgate more than any other store and we make our way over to the Northgate location on […]

Gentrifiers Just Colonized Santa Ana’s Cinco de Mayo Festival

If you are a young resident of Santa Ana, you probably remember walking down la cuatro with your family or friends on the first weekend of May, stretching your dollar bills to pay for a warm, pineapple-filled churro or an agua de melon. You probably also remember the carnival rides light up the night along […]

Vacation Bar is the Latest Gentrified Spot to Steal the Hood Food Business Model and Profit Off It

You know gentrification is nestling quite comfortably in your neighborhood when you see a portable grill on the sidewalk selling $8 bacon wrapped sausages by a twenty-something-year-old millennial in a rustic-stained welding apron.   In truth, bacon wrapped hot dogs are a common delicacy sold by immigrants, or lower income folks during the darkness of […]

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 […]

Santa Ana’s Anti-Homeless Ordinance Betrays Its Sanctuary City Commitment

This Tuesday, the Santa Ana city council will consider an ordinance that furthers the criminalization of the civic center homeless population. It will deprive the least among us of tents to protect from the rain. It will limit their means to income through the banning of stored recyclables, unused bike parts, and the handyman’s tools […]

The Economics of People Power

It felt surreal to be in a large Town Hall filled with my DACAmented brothers and sisters, their families, allies, and those left out of immigration relief entirely, discussing our options in a worst-case scenario turned reality.   Jeff Sessions’ announcement of DACA’s repeal was infused with racist rhetoric that hinted at the coming campaign […]

Worker Cooperatives Pave the Way for a Community Driven Economy in Santa Ana

Santa Ana City Council Members approved last night a resolution, directing staff to return within 90 days with specific opportunities to reduce barriers to, make available funding for, and increase outreach and growth of worker cooperatives.  And the benefits that worker cooperatives will bring to Santa Ana, in turn, are plentiful.   Worker cooperatives are […]

El Mercadito Carrusel Confronts Displacement and Paves the Way for Prosperity

Worker cooperatives and entrepreneurs have gathered monthly over the last year to create a Community Market named El Mercadito Carrusel in Santa Ana.  Its goal is to steward a growing base of worker cooperatives and local entrepreneurs, and create shared prosperity for Santa Ana residents in a way that is more equitable than current avenues […]