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By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
San Pedro resident Rosa Casarrubias has worked as a waitress at the Long Beach Westin Hotel for nine years. Thanks to Measure N, a local ballot referendum approved in 2012 to raise the minimum wage for Long Beach hotel workers to $13 an hour, Casarrubias earns $13.78 an hour. But the 45-year-old mother said it’s not enough.

The Chicano Struggle Continues

On October 13, 2015, in Print, by Zamná Ávila

Certain historical events, such as the National Chicano Moratorium, often escape the collective American memory.
“The moratorium was a massive attack on the civil rights of our community, which included the deaths of various people, injuries to scores and the arrests of hundreds,” said Juan Gomez-Quiñones, a history professor at the University of California Los Angeles. “The police said it was a Chicano riot. The Chicanos said it was a police riot.”

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On September 8, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

American society has now achieved marriage equality, but the battle is far from over. The Long Beach QFilm Festival that there are intersectional struggles remain. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) from Thailand; While You Weren’t Looking from South Africa; and Liz in September from Venezuela make underlines this point.

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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.

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.

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.

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.