July 6, 2009



please come and join us for the below:

JULY 18th. 12-6pm
Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco, CA
On July 18th, 2009, hundreds of youth and their supporters will gather in front of SF City Hall for Youth Fest, organized by the San Francisco Youth Commission and the Youth Empowerment Fund Advisory Board. A culmination of the GATHERINGS FOR CHANGE SERIES which has mobilized hundreds of San Franciscans throughout the past 9 months with summits, conferences, workshops and retreats, this event will be the voice of youth who are speaking truth to power.

Youth Fest is a youth-led event with three goals: (1) to celebrate young leaders through the annual “Youth Warrior Awards,” (2) to inform youth throughout the city about community resources, and (3) to utilize music, arts, and culture to encourage youth to become active leaders in their communities.

At Youth Fest 10 awards and scholarships will be given out to recognize the positive changes being made by youth from SF neighborhoods in their own lives and their communities. Each of the awardees has an inspirational story of rising up to become the change they wish to see in the world.

At Youth Fest a resource/activity fair will educate youth about the many programs and resources offered by community organizations in San Francisco.

During Youth Fest live aerosol painting will take place by renowned local muralists. Art will be displayed that was created at each of the neighborhood based summits.

Local musicians such as The Never Stop Learning Crew, Ise Lyfe, BRWN BFLO, San Quinn, Big Rich, Mystic and Melina Jones will bring their voices and beats to support the empowerment of young leaders. Aztec and Polynesian dancers will open up in the morning and mission–based dance and drum ensemble Loco Bloco will close the event.

The event will run from 12pm – 6pm at Civic Center Plaza.

June 23, 2009

8th Grade Students Denied Diplomas for Protesting Teacher Layoffs

To: Mónica García
President of LAUSD Board
Board District 2
CC: LASUD Board of Education
CC: Los Angeles Times

I am writing on behalf of the 15 students who turned their backs to you in protest of teacher layoffs in California . Most of these students, as of 6/23/09 , have been denied their diplomas because of their protest. Some of these students have now received their diplomas, after signing an apology letter. The students of Lietchy Middle School deserve an apology from you; and, the administrators of their school.

These 15 students, who turned their backs on you, represent all of our youth being failed by the educational system. They critically evaluated a situation that immediately impacts their futures and community; and, decided that acceptance is not an option. As lacking as the educational system is, these students made an empowered decision to protest layoffs. These students are seizing their futures. Is this not what we educate our students to do?

I respectfully remind you, that these students are, and were, protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. I wonder if the conduct code of Lietchy Middle School includes denial of a diploma for turning one’s back in protest of teacher layoffs? I make no assumptions; so, if you have documentation of this protest being in violation, please provide the community with it.

While you and the administrators of Lietchy Middle School hold the right to be offended, you do not hold the right too deny these youth of their diplomas; nor, put a mark on their academic records for pointing out the impact that budget cuts have.

Ms. García, you have a responsibility to the students throughout the Los Angeles School District . I ask you to do the following:

* Remove any notation on these students’s records of any disciplinary action.
* Issue these student’s diplomas immediately; if students have met their requirements.
* Issue a public acknowledgment for standing silent and allowing a Los Angeles school, which falls under your elected area, to violate the First Amendment rights of its students

Ms. García, please don’t let the budget cuts absolve you of protecting the students that you serve.

-Mandolyn Ludlum

February 25, 2009


greetings all,

at the last moment i have been added to the line for a benefit concert for International Women's Day on 2/28/09. in support of women everywhere, but with a focus on women in Iran and Afghanistan, Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman and the Freedom Fighter Orchestra, Gissoo Shakeri, La Banda Skalavera, and myself with be rocking to spread the knowledge and raise funds. please come out and support your sisters in struggle.


Benefit Concert for International Women’s Day
Saturday, February 28, 2009
8:00 p.m.
The New LATC 514 S. Spring Street Downtown LA, CA 90013
Tel: 213.489.0994 Tickets: $20

here is a couple links for more info:


February 17, 2009


greetings all,

please join myself and many others to faise funds to support people in Darfur.

Sunday, March 08, 2009Where:Grandstar Jazz Club943 N Broadway Los Angeles90012Description:Come on out and support a good cause. Hundreds of thousands of people in Darfur have been slaughtered, mutilated, and raped. All artists are donating their time to perform for the rights of the people of Darfur. Please come out if you're able to make it. This will be a beautiful event! All proceeds will be donated through Darfur Peace & Development Organization. darfurpeace.org Click Here To View Event

February 5, 2009



i am providing a link below for the Do Something Awards. this is an opportunity for young folks who are 25 years or younger and are actively creating change in their communities. please click the link for more information. pass it on to young folks you know, your students and just young people around the way! spread the word peoples!!!!



February 3, 2009



as we continue to push for justice for Oscar Grant, we are well aware of the amount of other lives that have been taken by the police. just last week we saw Annette Garcia, mother of 5, shot in the back by the police in Riverside; well, we did not "see" it and perhaps that is why there is less attention. on friday, february 6th there will be a MARCH OF STOLEN Lives at 3pm in Oakland. people with gather at 3pm at Frank Ogawa Plaza at 14th and Broadway. this is another opportunity to demand justice and honor those that we have lost. if you can't make the march call the mayor's office @ 510 238 3141. also, you can call the district attorney's office @ 510 272 6222. releasing mehserle on bail was a slap in the face of the community...it speaks to the rights of privilege that continue to exist in this country.


January 30, 2009


greetings all,

below is the information to send donations to the trust fund that has been set up for Oscar Grant's daughter, Tatiana. as you know,Oscar was murdered by a b.a.r.t. police officer, in oakland, earlier this month. i encourage you to send whatever you can. we must take more responsibilities for our children; not just in this situation but overall.


Tatiana Grant Trust Fund, account number 3879027641, Wells Fargo Bank, 950 Southland Drive, Hayward, Calif., 94545