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Ojo: Manifestación mañana por Laurel Canyon

Susie Aguirre y Justan Torres en la esquina de la calle Osborne y San Fernando Road el 22 de octubre 2014 durante una manifestación en solidaridad con los afectados por la brutalidad policial. Foto de Ana Rosa Murillo / El Boletín

Susie Aguirre y Justan Torres en la esquina de la calle Osborne y San Fernando Road el 22 de octubre 2014 durante una manifestación en solidaridad con los afectados por la brutalidad policial. Foto de Ana Rosa Murillo / El Boletín

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Se está gestando activismo en el noreste del Valley de  San Fernando y lo celebran a propósito para tú beneficio. Este fin de semana en Pacoima habrá una manifestación para el evento Saliendo de las Sombras el sábado y un Entrenamiento Para Prevenir Acoso Policial el domingo.

El sábado, 21 de marzo ojo al acaecimiento anual de Saliendo de las Sombras, un evento que comenzó hace cinco años en Chicago que alienta a los jóvenes indocumentados a declarar públicamente ser “sin papeles y sin miedo.”  Desde entonces, los activistas han manifestado eventos similares en muchos rincones del país, incluyendo el Valle de San Fernando.

Este año, sin embargo, está organizado por tres organizaciones independientes- el San Fernando Valley Dream Team, La Coalición Jóvenes Inmigrantes del Valle de San Fernando, y Somos Familia Valle– por lo cual no es una colaboración exclusivamente para gente sin papeles. Así que en lugar de sólo centrarse en la juventud indocumentada, este manifestación contará con un espectro más amplio de temas, como los padres que no califican para cualquiera de los programas recientes de inmigración, una hija que habla sobre el proceso de deportación actual de su padre, y la experiencia de un madre latina con un hijo gay.

“Lo que nosotros queremos hacer es seguir construyendo un movimiento de derechos civiles en donde no solamente hablemos de una poblacion en especial,” dice Ronnie Veliz, director y organizador de los derechos civiles para Somos Familia Valle, una organización cuyos esfuerzos tratan de unir a las comunidades no tan reconocidas en los círculos de activistas.

El evento comenzará al mediodía en una de las intersecciones más transitadas de Pacoima, Van Nuys y Laurel Canyon Boulevard, y marchará al parque de Ritchie Valens.

Al día siguiente, Domingo, 22 de marzo, El Hormiguero facilitará el taller Entrenamiento Para Prevenir Acoso Policial en el Centro Comunitario de Pacoima. El taller se centrará en cómo los civiles pueden supervisar la actividad de la policía y reafirmar los derechos cuando se enfrentan a ellos.

“Observar y documentar la actividad policial en las calles es una forma de prevenir el acoso policial y la mala conducta, así como recuperar el poder para proteger a nuestras comunidades,” el grupo publicó en la página del evento en Facebook. “Esta formación repasará estas y otras estrategias que podemos utilizar para protegernos a nosotros mismos y en nuestros barrios.”

El taller comienza a las 3 p.m. y se llevará a cabo en inglés y español.

Pacoima, ¿qué piensan de estos eventos?

Pacoima celebrates its first Día de los Muertos

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo/ El Boletín

Pacoima City Hall was transformed from a sparsely used government building to a community space this weekend as the first Día de los Muertos Festival in Pacoima was celebrated there.    Altars built in memory of community members were decorated with their photos along with candles, photos, and flowers.  Banners hung from the building’s second floor railing and colorful artwork was displayed in almost every corner.  Local organizations sponsored their own altars where they honored their deceased members.  The main, larger altar remembered the community: family, friends, and even pets.

“It’s the first time for many to actually participate in Día de los Muertos, so it’s all new to some of them because they haven’t practiced it in years.  And this is the first one in Pacoima,” said Manny Velazquez, artist and art curator for the event.  He invited 30 artists including local painters Kristy Sandoval and Rah Azul- to collaborate in the event.

Manny Velazquez stands in front of the main altar.  Community members were invited and submitted photos for this altar, which was the largest of them all.

Manny Velazquez stands in front of the main altar. Community members were invited and submitted photos for this altar, which was the largest of them all. Photo by Guadalupe González/ El Boletín

In the past, Pacoima residents had to travel to San Fernando, Canoga Park, Hollywood, or other parts of Los Angeles to enjoy Día de los Muertos festivities.

“But now, this is one where you can actually cross the street and drop off a picture, and that’s what we did.  We made it ultra big to allow them to come and drop off a picture,” Velazquez said.

Forty local organizations and dozens of parent and youth volunteers participated in putting on the three-day event.  The celebrations started October 31 with a Halloween festival that included free candy and movie screening and ended yesterday with the final viewing of the altars.

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes hosted the event as an effort to revitalize the Van Nuys Boulevard corridor, where Pacoima City Hall is located, and to celebrate the community.

“It’s precisely what this building was designed for,” he said.  

Up until recently, the city hall building was unoccupied since it was finished in 2009 because of leasing complications, said Fuentes.  Now the five suite building houses Pacoima Beautiful, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Community Relations office, and Fuentes’ field office.  But he wants the location to be more than just a place for residents to  submit their complaints.

“In addition, to us trying to solve people’s city problems, it’s also a place that should bring together sort of people to celebrate what it is to be a member of this community.  And that’s what we are trying to do this weekend.”

Director of the Parent Center at Pacoima Charter School Eva Torres sits next to the altar she built in honor of Marsha Finch and Mr. Snader, two Pacoima Charter teachers who recently died of cancer.

Director of the Parent Center at Pacoima Charter School Eva Torres sits next to the altar she built in honor of Marsha Finch and Mr. Snader, two Pacoima Charter teachers who recently died of cancer. Photo by Guadalupe González/ El Boletín

Snacks and coffee were provided, and nothing was sold to avoid commercializing the event, said a volunteer.  Not even those coveted purple Día de los Muertos shirts provided to volunteers.  There was live musical acts and children were able to do some painting of their own.

Elsa Gonzales, a long-time Pacoima resident, stopped by with her three children after their soccer practice.

“It’s close, and my husband heard about it at Pacoima City Hall and we came by to see if it was still on,” she said.  It was her first Día de los Muertos event she has ever been to, she said, and is looking forward to more community events like this.

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo/ El Boletín

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo/ El Boletín

Here is a map of the altars at Pacoima’s Día De Los Muertos Festival

10608187_1548060595429405_4210106047716425249_oLive music, art exhibitions, as well as community alters honoring the
deceased. These are just some of the sights and sounds that can be
experienced at this weekend’s Dia De Los Muertos festival at Pacoima
City Hall.

As part of the festival, five local restaurants and some local businesses along Van Nuys blvd will be participating in an outdoor dining experience happening in simulation with the main events at City Hall. That means that instead of purchasing food at City Hall, the restaurants will be selling outside their location.  And you want to check it out: each of the seven sites will have calavera (skull) and altar displays set-up at their storefronts. All of which are handcrafted from artists from Pacoima and surrounding communities.

Here is map of where you can find the altars.

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View Pacoima Día de los Muertos Altar Map in a full screen map

Participating restaurants include, Antonio’s  Tacos & Kobob, Birriería Rosamaria, El Indio Restaurant, Lenchita’s, as well as Myke’s Café. Additionally, food vouchers for participating restaurants will be available to the general public at City Hall, along with a guide map of their locations, and other points of interests on the boulevard. The event hours are scheduled for 1 to 9pm on Saturday, in addition to 1 to 5pm on Sunday.

More information can be found on the Celebrate Pacoima at Dia De Los Muertos Festival Facebook page. Also by contacting the Pacoima District Office at 818-485-0600.