The Politics and Pedagogy Collective and the Eastside Stories Conference were created in order to challenge injustices faced by students and communities of color, such as inequitable access to educational resources and the criminalization of youth of color. East Side Stories is an opportunity for youth to be at the forefront of creating social change, and for Los Angeles to come together to share and strategize ways to improve our city. In the great tradition of the Chicano student walk-outs that took place across East Los Angeles in 1968, we continue to nurture a community of resistance and resilience.
“Empowerment comes from ideas— our revolution is fought with concepts, not with guns, and it is fueled by vision. By rousing on what we want to happen we change the present. The healing images and narratives we imagine will eventually materialize.” -Gloria Anzaldua