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[Photos] HISTORIC: Pacoima has its first LGBT pride march

Arnulfo Cervantes was selling used tools from his driveway Saturday afternoon when a crowd of more than 50 people including parents and teenagers passed in front of his house. In the 41 years he has lived in Pacoima, he had never seen a march like this before in the community. More than 50 people including parents, teenagers, and children were waving rainbow flags, carrying signs in support of immigrant and queer rights, and chanting for unity.

It was a historic moment for it was the first LGBT pride march in Pacoima.

“Everyone has the right,” Cervantes said, although he did seem surprised when he discovered the purpose of the march. When asked if it was odd to see a gay pride march in Pacoima, he preached acceptance.

“People look at those type of people as if they are weird, as if it was something out of this world,” he said. “But we are all the same: we come from the same place, we are in the same place. But people don’t understand that.”

The march, which started from Laurel Canyon Boulevard to Alicia Broadous-Duncan Senior Center on Glenoaks Boulevard, was a collaborative effort of the community.  Somos Familia Valle, a San Fernando Valley LGBT support and activist group and AnswerLA, an anti-war and peace coalition, organized the march. Helados Pops donated ice cream to the crowd as they reached the senior center, where a conference was held after the march.   Local youth program Heroes of Life provided the sound system and a community member from Reseda the food.

The Los Angeles Police Department also showed support by providing four police cruisers to escort the marchers up to their final destination.

This is the second pride march and conference held in the San Fernando Valley organized by Somos Familia Valle; last year’s was held in Panorama City. Pacoima was chosen this year because of the issues the march was raising are relevant to this community.

“We won’t stand for the assaults on the Latino community, the LGB community,” said William Seegmiller, an AnswerLA organizer. “We have been [especially] doing a lot of work this summer with the trans liberation movement because that is a crisis. It’s an epidemic of violence murders, police brutality, and indifference to violence that trans people face, especially here in the valley.”

According to the Human Right Campaign, at least 21 trans people have been murdered this year in the United States. In February, a trans woman was murdered and her body lit on fire in her Van Nuys apartment.

Assemblymember Patty López, whose district includes Pacoima, was also in attendance.

“This is what Pacoima needed,” she said, applauding the youth.  “I grew up in Pacoima, and I would have liked that was a movement then, like that of these youth, who are no longer afraid to take to the streets to express their needs.”

López said that as a legislator and member of the Public Safety Committee in Sacramento, she was there to hear her constituents. But as a mother and Pacoima local, she was there to learn.

Despite support from the community and local organizations and even police presence, at least one participant was weary of her environment. Jocelyn Silva is from Lake View Terrace but she says she grew up in Pacoima, having attended Guardian Angel School and has many friends in Pacoima. For a moment while on the march, she remembered Pacoima’s bad reputation.

“I literally felt someone was going to start shooting at us just, this feeling” she said. “’Cause there is so much machismo and gang violence in Pacoima it’s scary to put a rainbow flag and yell, at least for me.”

But she said it was her obligation as a member of the LGBT and Pacoima community to be there to bring raise awareness about her community needs, noting the distance of resources and treatment centers in the other parts of the valley that are non existent in the northeast valley.

“It’s amazing,” she said with optimism. “Pacoima doesn’t need to get gentrified for it to improve. People in the community are already doing the work and it’s really beautiful.”

Eventos en Pacoima para llevar la familia este Halloween

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¿Busca dónde más llevar su familia este Halloween en vez de solo dar vuelta a la manzana?  Este año habrá varios eventos aquí mismo en mero Pacoima.  Lo mejor es que todos los eventos son gratis, familiares, y suficiente cerca para ir caminando.   Entonces agarre su su duende y dama, el costal para los dulces, y unas lámparas para la noche y pase por estos eventos en su barrio!

1.  Heroes of Life

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Imagen cortesía de Heroes of Life.

Heroes of Life (Héroes de la Vida), una organización juvenil que se centra en la música, el arte y la cultura, está teniendo un evento de todo el día para todos los padres, abuelos y niños en la ubicación en el Centro Comunitario de Pacoima.  Su familia puede comprobar su salud en la feria de la salud que se llevará acabo desde el mediodía hasta las 4 pm.  Luego pueden engullir un montón de caramelos del “trunk-or-treat” de 6-7:30 p.m., donde coches decorados se alinearán en el estacionamiento y los niños podrán ir “trunk-or-treating” (o sea, tronco-o-trato) de maletero a maletero de los coches. También habrá un concurso del coche mejor decorado.  Disfrute el resto de la noche con el concierto de 1 Love (Un amor) y apoye a sus jóvenes artistas mediante la compra de sus artefactos que se venderán en el evento. Recuerde llevar su disfraz y participe en el concurso de disfraces! Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd., 12-9 p.m.  

2.  Parques y recreación 

Photos from Flickriver/ MisterGoleta and CemeteryGuide.com/ Mark Masek

Photos from Flickriver/ MisterGoleta and CemeteryGuide.com/ Mark Masek.

Dos parques pacoimeros- David M. Gonzales (3-7 pm) y Ritchie Valens (5-8 pm)- estarán facilitando festividades de Halloween en sus zonas de recreo. Ambos parques tendrán juegos, premios, pintura de la cara, aperitivos, y un concurso de disfraces. Seguro que va a ser divertido para los más pequeños, y lleve a los más mayores, porque de cualquier parque puede llegar a pie a las festividades en el Ayuntamiento de Pacoima (Pacoima City Hall). Y si va “trick-or-treating” de un parque al ayuntamiento puede pedir montones de dulces! David M. Gonzales Recreation Center, 10943 Herrick Ave., 3-7 p.m./  Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and Park, 10731 Laurel Canyon Blvd., 5-8 p.m.  

3.  Ayuntamiento de Pacoima


Imagen cortesía de la oficina del Concejal Felipe Fuentes.

El Ayuntamiento de Pacoima va a regalar algo más que dulces: perros calientes, agua, y palomitas también serán delicias gratuitas. Los niños podrán pedir más dulces en el “trunk-or-treat” y ganar premios si entran en el concurso de disfraces.  Y guarde unas palomitas para disfrutar durante la película.   La proyección de Hotel Transylvania se mostrará a las 7 de la tarde y cerrará la noche. Así que asista los eventos en de Héroes de la Vida, a continuación, gire al parque más cercano a usted, y por último vaya “trick-or-treating” en su camino al ayuntamiento. Esa es la mejor manera de celebrar Halloween en comunidad. Y no se olvide asistir al festival de Día de los Muertos los siguientes días en el mismo ayuntamiento. Más detalles vendrán muy pronto de su Boletín de Pacoima! Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd., 6-9 p.m. 

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Where to take your family this Halloween in Pacoima

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Looking for places other than a walk around the block to take your kids this Halloween?  This year there are a few events happening right in the middle of Pacoima.  The best part is that they are free, family oriented, and all walking distance!  So grab your ghouls and ghosts, their candy sacks, and a flashlight (to be safe at night) and stop by these events in your neighborhood!

1.  Heroes of Life

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Image courtesy of Heroes of Life.

Heroes of Life, a youth organization that focuses on music, art, and culture, is having an all day event at their location in the Pacoima Community Center for all parents, grandparents, and children.  Your family can check up on their health at the health fair from noon to 4 p.m., then gobble up a bunch of safe candy from the trunk-or-treat from 6-7:30 p.m.  Decorated cars will line the parking lot and kids can go “trunk-or-treating” from car trunk to car trunk.  There will also be contest on which car is decorated best.  Enjoy the rest of the evening with the 1 Love Concert and support your local youth artists by purchasing their artifacts that will be sold at the event.  Remember to wear your costume and enter the costume contest! Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd., 12-9 p.m.

2.  Parks and Recreation

Photos from Flickriver/ MisterGoleta and CemeteryGuide.com/ Mark Masek

Photos from Flickriver/ MisterGoleta and CemeteryGuide.com/ Mark Masek.

Two Pacoima parks are facilitating Halloween festivities in their recreation area: David M. Gonzales Park (3-7 p.m.) and Ritchie Valens Park (5-8 p.m.).  Both parks will have games, prizes, face painting, snacks, and a costume contest.  It sure will be fun for the youngest ones, and bring the older ones as well because from either park (whichever is closest to your home) you can take a walk to the festivities at Pacoima City Hall.  And if you trick-and-treat on your way there = more candy! David M. Gonzales Recreation Center, 10943 Herrick Ave., 3-7 p.m./  Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and Park, 10731 Laurel Canyon Blvd., 5-8 p.m.  

3.  Pacoima City Hall


Image courtesy of Councilmember Felipe Fuentes’ office.

Pacoima’s City Hall is going to  be giving away more than just candy: free hot dogs, water, and popcorn will also be a treat.  Kids can collect more candy at the “trunk-or-treat” and win more prizes if they enter the costume contest.  Save some popcorn for the movie! The screening of Hotel Transylvania will be shown at 7 p.m. and will close the evening.  So attend the events at Heroes of Life, then swing the park closest to you, and finally trick-or-treat on your way to Pacoima City Hall.   That’s the best way to celebrate Halloween in community.  And don’t forget to attend Día de los Muertos festival the following days at Pacoima City Hall.  More details from El Boletín de Pacoima coming soon!  Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd., 6-9 p.m.