California Confidential: The Price of Justice

On August 25, 2015, in News, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Imagine coming out of your favorite coffee shop just to find a bunch of witnesses surrounding your car who tell you the driver who sideswiped your car just drove away.
“This guy just hit [my car] and flipped off the witnesses,” ACLU lawyer Jessica Price.
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Nikole Cababa: Change is Possible

On August 25, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

Nikole Cababa comes from a strong line of fierce women, but finding her own strength came with overcoming the challenges of identity and culture.
“We all have closets to bear but it’s when we reach that breaking point, when we finally feel the courage to speak up for ourselves,” Cababa, 28, said.

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The June 26 Supreme Court ruling that made it legal for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states was a major step forward in the fight for equality. As a Latino with intersecting identities, I understand that the fight for civil rights has not ended.
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By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor  
Jenny Pizer, senior counsel and director of law and policy at Lambda Legal, recently took some time out of her busy schedule to talk about the ramifications, challenges, resistance and future for the equality civil rights movement.
“We and our families will no longer be marked as different and less than other people,” Pizer said.
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The Problem with Cock

On June 25, 2015, in Print, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Cock, a play by Mike Bartlett, aims to challenge identity in our culture, in which the human experience is continuously simplified in an attempt to place people in boxes and label them according to various indices.
“[The play] really opens people’s eyes to knowing what really goes on in the coming out process, what really goes on with finding one’s sexuality and what really goes on loving someone so much to the point where you break those barriers,” said Leigh Hayes, the actor who plays the protagonist, John.
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Cock Wrestles with Identity, Stereotype Conflicts

On June 23, 2015, in Opinion, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila,Bi Magazine Contributor
In a time when Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal top the lists of social and mainstream media posts, it is easy to see how identity takes center stage in today’s society.
“It’s a universal thing; it’s people getting trapped in their labels and feeling that they are representative more than individuals,” Director Gregory M. Cohen explained.
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The Secret that Never Was

On May 28, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Every other Saturday, Kathy Edgard gets up before dawn and drives from the Los Angeles metro area to the Municipal Fish Market in San Pedro to purchase seafood at an affordable price. Then, she goes home and cooks up a storm, making soups and ceviche for her family.
While price is important to her economy, it’s not the only reason for early-morning trek.
“I am reminded of a place in our country where they sell seafood this way,” said Edgard, a native of Ecuador.

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Human Trafficking:

On May 14, 2015, in News, Print, by Zamná Ávila

A Look at Modern Slavery in the Harbor Area

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Mary didn’t have the best home life when she met a man who pulled down the stars and the moon for her, promising everlasting love. But the illusion of a better life soon turned into a nightmare. Alone, trapped and forced into prostitution, Mary feared for her life and the lives of her family members.
“They had tortured, sexually abused her; it was horrible,” said Lt. Dan Pratt of the Long Beach Police Department’s Vice Investigations detail.
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Click here to read a related story about students who examined the role of human trafficking in their lives.

Supernaw Heads to City Hall

On April 30, 2015, in News, by Zamná Ávila

Photo By Diana Lejins
By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Now that the April 14 Long Beach special election has taken place, a new representative will be ushered into the seat that Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell has vacated. Daryl Supernaw will join the Long Beach City Council May 5.
“Right now, we are focused on our transition into office,” said Supernaw in an email. “From the date of the election I had nine days to officially assume office.” In a normal cycle April election, not a special election, the elected official has up to 90 days to take office.
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KKJZ Leaves CSULB Campus

On April 3, 2015, in News, Print, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
For decades, 88.1 KKJZ harmonized and jazzed up the Cal State University Long Beach campus. But on March 14, it all came down to a yard sale.
“It’s a decision that made sense and continues to make sense,” said Stephanie Levine, KKJZ’s station manager and general counsel. “The most important thing is that we are keeping the music alive in the station.”
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