#NationalVoterRegistrationDay 2018

CALPIRG Students, UC Berkeley chapter, hosted a National Voter Registration Day event to register students to vote at Lower Sproul at UC Berkeley on September 25th. Thank you to Headcount for registering us to vote and leading trainings to register voters. You can rally friends to vote with Vote Crew. Midterm elections are November 6th! Photography for Public Interest GRFX.

States Plug-In to Electric Buses

Yesterday, I headed out on the BART to Millbrae, then biked down to Proterra Inc. in Burlingame, where Kent Leacock from Proterra led a tour through the zero-emissions electric bus factory. No photos were allowed on the tour, but here are some highlights from the presentations by Alana Miller and Andrea McGimsey from Environment America before and the test ride on the electric bus after. Photography for Public Interest GRFX.

Endorsement Interview Day, GO Public Schools West Contra Costa

Here are several highlights from the Endorsement Interview Day event I documented for GO Public Schools West Contra Costa Advocates in their Community Room in Richmond, East Bay. A diverse bilingual group of members in the community, including youth, parents, educators, and leaders, gathered on Saturday to interview candidates running for their local School Board ahead of elections.

Follow GO Public Schools West Contra Costa Advocates on Facebook here

Alumnae Weekend 2018 | Westridge School for Girls

Here are some highlights from Westridge School for GirlsAlumnae Weekend 2018, including American bobsledder and Olympic Silver Medalist Lauren Gibbs ‘02 (with her mom Akila Gibbs), who shared a keynote about her recent experience at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, alumnae class shots, and Julie Frantz who received the 2018 Mary Lowther Ranney Distinguished Alumna Award.

The Kresge Foundation | Los Angeles Urban Higher Education Ecosystem Convening

In February, The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program gathered their partners with Los Angeles-based work and Southern California-based grantees to map out the Los Angeles urban higher education ecosystem at their convening at the California Endowment.

fly project TV

In the spring and summer of 2011, I interviewed a number of my peers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles who are passionate about a variety of diverse fields, such as food, art, startups, and social justice, and are going for it.  Inspired recently to revisit fly project TV, I’m creating multimedia stories using photography, podcasts, and video from the original footage.

The first story features Haleh Zandi, co-founder of Oakland-based grassroots organization, Planting Justice. The second story, which includes the video above, features Malila Becton, a nutrition educator for kids in Alameda County. Another features Abel Habtegeorgis sharing what it’s like to grow up as ”First-Generation American Kids.” The most recent story features Alta Tseng, a designer based in New York, who speaks about the importance of cultural role models and shares an early memory seeing the Asian Fly Girl on “In Living Color.”

Here are a few more of my peers that I interviewed, including Abel, who ran media communications for Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Rafa a trumpet player, Dominic a visual artist aka DJ Treat-U-Nice, Alta a designer, Steven a musician and writer, Aida a community leader, and Erin a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer. 

To read and listen to fly project stories, visit: flyprojecttv.tumblr.com and follow on Twitter @flyprojectTV. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more stories.

Downtown Women’s Center: 2016 Annual Report

The women and activities I documented for Downtown Women’s Center are now featured in their 2016 Annual Report. Downtown Women’s Center provides permanent supportive housing, creative job training and placement, health & wellness programs and many other services to homeless women in Los Angeles’ Skid Row community. Download the full report here>>

“I have my own key and my own door. For the first time in years, I have privacy, and I feel safe. Now that I have that, I want to make sure other people have it, too.” – Francine Andrade 

Downtown Women’s Center 2017

I had the joy of documenting the women and many activities at the Downtown Women’s Center again this year. I took portraits and candids primarily in their Day Center, where volunteers served hot meals to the women, and inside the women’s apartments. Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center is dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood with permanent supportive housing, job training, their creative social enterprise MADE by DWC, and many other programs. 

Executive Headshots, Downtown Women’s Center

Shot new headshots for the executive leaders at Downtown Women’s Center working to end homelessness for women through providing #housingfirst, job training, advocacy, health and wellness, and many other programs. Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center works to address the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Los Angeles’ Skid Row community.

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