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InnerCity Struggle Thanks The Los Angeles County Arts Commission

May 19, 2017

Projects last year included: radio podcast recording, Zine creation, and the creation of visual media including posters and silk-printings. 

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Eastside Rising Student Walkouts

November 15, 2016

Eastside students raise their voices in support of their families and communities.

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InnerCity Struggle Convenes Parents, Officials, Community Members to Discuss Community Schools

September 2, 2015

Boyle Heights resident Raul Ruiz envisions a community school where his son, who is autistic, could access specialized services for students with special needs and students with autism could meet afterschool to share their experiences.

“My wife and I could also benefit from this therapy and socializing with other parents who are faced with daily, difficult and emotional challenges that come with being a parent of a special needs child,” Ruiz added.

Indeed, community schools are guided by a philosophy that schools and neighborhoods work together to offer services identified by students and parents as crucial, said speakers at InnerCity Struggle’s Eastside Community Schools Convening on Aug. 27 at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School. For the Ruiz family, that would mean adding more specialized services to students with special needs in the schools.


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ICS Student Leader Eduardo Pacheco Recognized as Sargent Shriver Youth Warrior Against Poverty

August 13, 2015

Most high school students usually spend their lunch time hanging out with friends.

For Eduardo Pacheco, it was a different story.

Instead, the recent high school graduate spent his lunch – and even breaks during classes – rummaging for cans and plastic bottles that he could recycle. Every little bit of money he earned helped his family, who had a difficult time making ends meet after his father couldn’t find a construction job during the recession.

“The biggest worry for many students in high school was their social life,” Eduardo, 18, said. “I, on the other hand, was concerned with what I could do to financially help my family.”   

But Eduardo also never lost sight of a loftier goal: To keep his grades up and stay involved in extracurricular activities so he could get accepted to a university.


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ICS Organizes Eastside Community Schools Convening

The event discusses community schools concept, benefit

August 4, 2015

The Eastside Community Schools Convening — hosted by InnerCity Struggle (ICS) — will take place on Thursday, Aug. 27 at Mendez High School, 1200 Plaza del Sol, Los Angeles, 90033 from 8:30 am – noon

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ICS Opposes Proposed 710 Freeway Tunnel

July 31, 2015

InnerCity Struggle opposes the proposed 710 freeway tunnel that would run from El Sereno to Pasadena because it would not reduce traffic in the area and would worsen air quality for thousands of residents.

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I Love the Eastside Campaign

August 5, 2014

InnerCity Struggle (ICS) is launching the I Love the Eastside campaign to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. For 20 years, ICS has built a powerful and influential movement of youth and families on the Eastside of Los Angeles to promote healthy, safe and nonviolent communities. The Eastside is comprised of the communities of Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights.

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Eastside Students and Parents Celebrate the Los Angeles School Board’s Approval of the Equity is Justice Resolution

June 13, 2014

InnerCity Struggle

After months of organizing, Eastside students and parents celebrate the Los Angeles School Board’s approval of the Equity is Justice Resolution in a 5:1 vote ensuring $837 million are allocated to the district’s highest need schools. The Resolution directs the Superintendent to use the Aggregate Student Need Index developed by the Advancement Project, in collaboration with InnerCity Struggle and Community Coalition as a foundation for distributing Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars. The Student Need Index will use a rigorous and research-based set of variables including demographic, academic, health and neighborhood metrics to rank LAUSD schools according to an aggregate need for LCFF funds distribution.

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Program Helps East L.A. Students Plan for Academic Future

May 29, 2014

EGP News

As the end of the school year and summer vacation approaches, some high school students are starting to plan what to do during their free time.


In East Los Angeles, members of United Students, a program of the education-based nonprofit InnerCity Struggle, are preparing to attend the Media Justice Academy in July.

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L.A. school's health effort should expand: Guest commentary

May 12, 2014

The Daily News

Schools have long served as trusted and safe places for community and families to gather. In addition to being places where parents entrust their children for education, schools have inherent connections to communities as parent centers, polling places, and venues for town halls and other gatherings.

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