Esther, Danielle, Sam, and Jason talk to us on Olvera Street in Los Angeles about their hope for a better world and better neighborhoods.
These hopes were collected on Saturday, February 19, 2010 on Olvera Street—a historic neighborhood of Los Angeles that marks the very spot where the pueblo of LA actually began. The street itself is a romanticized Mexican marketplace with shops, kiosks, and cafes featuring all sorts of colorful crafts, snacks, drinks, and souvenirs. The small corridor is packed daily with school groups, tourists, and Downtown LA locals who stop by for a bite to eat.
We actually got a chance to take Jason (featured at the end of the video) to lunch at Subway after our interview. He told us that he’s been working with Homeboy Industries, a non-profit organization based in Downtown LA that rehabilitates ex-gang members and anyone involved with gang activity. Since 1992, they have helped hundreds of men and women start new lives by training and providing them transitional jobs as part of their small business program. There, they are able to work in a supportive, safe environment that encourages them to grow and succeed. These jobs range from t-shirt printing, baking, maintenance work, and catering.
Homeboy Industries is truly an incredible organization that I would encourage everyone to check out, volunteer, or utilize their commercial services.
See more at thehopechronicles.org
This video features the song “Rumba Alemana” by El Perez (jamendo.com/en/album/44272), available under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/).