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1.) Mexi Sprinkles

Looking for a gorgeous addition to otherwise boring cupcakes or cookies? Want to uphold a Latinx-inspired theme? From tacos and guac to pan dulce and Mazapán, Mexi Sprinkles has got you covered. They also just dropped a Selena mix, purple sprinkles with wonderful odes to the singer's makeup line and signature bedazzled microphone.


The mixes come in a variety of available sizes, and last up to 18 months. Gluten free mixes are available.


2.) AliciasDelicias


I honed my skills in the cake world by creating birthday and wedding cakes for friends and family. Competitions soon followed and I became an award winning cake designer. Cakes was where I was most comfortable and what I originally set out to do.

However; after establishing myself in San Diego, getting married and having my first child, cake art soon evolved into cookie art and AliciasDelicias was born. I have been thoroughly enjoying building my cookie business these last 5 years. Cookie art has given me the canvas I have always wanted - the ability to showcase my painting skills, my culture, and most importantly, my passion for art.



Cookies vary in size and cost. Email for inquiries.


3.) Gourmeletas


Gourmeletas offers a gourmet twist to hand dipped ice cream, served on unique ice cream carts. The unique experience is available for pop-ups, parties, and private events.


Email gourmeletas@gmail.com for booking information.


4.) Tacos el Precioso



All about that taco life. Taco catering and pop ups around the Bay. For catering quotes or info, please email tacoselprecioso@gmail.com Oakland, CA


5.) Twisted For Sugar


Celebrations are our jam! Gourmet cotton candy catering services! A classic confection reimagined with a latin twist by a mompreneur.


6.) Viva Los Cupcakes


Viva Los Cupcakes is an award winning specialty cupcake company which draws inspiration from Mexican regional foods and desserts to create unique cupcake flavors. We bake and frost from scratch, mixing, grinding and roasting our way through traditional ingredients and popular street foods.

To purchase individual cupcakes or up to 2 mixed dozens, visit us at our weekend events.

To order more then 2 dozens, please email us: hola@vivaloscupcakes.com

Saturdays:

"The Wall", DTLA Flower Market Farmer's Market. 754 Wall St, Between 7th and 8th, Los Angeles. Year round: 9am-2pm.

Sundays:

"Smorgasburg LA", 785 Bay St, cross with Alameda; behind the American Apparel building. Winter/Spring: 10am-4pm. Summer-Fall: 10am-5pm.

Additional weekend events are constantly updated on Instagram and Facebook.


7.) Donas


We are a small mom and pops shop that specialize in adding a new and exciting twist on traditional donuts. Some flavors include (but not limited too) Mexican flavors such as mazapán , cajeta, and lechera glaze. Come try us! 



8636

Imperial Highway

Downey, CA 90242

United States


Mon Closed

Tue 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wed 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thu 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Fri 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sat 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sun 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM


8.) Vegancita


Xicana, Mama, Feminista, Guerillera, Vegancita, Culturanista, Creadora, Bailadora, Luna, Semilla, Hermana, Vegan, Baker, Conchas, Bread, Pies, Cookies, Love.

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9.) Elado Ice Cream


Fresh made ice cream, cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream sandwiches.


Locations:


6033 Rosemead Boulevard Pico Rivera, CA, 90660 United States


732 N Anaheim Boulevard Anaheim, CA, 92805 United States


10.) Horchateria Rio Luna


We are Horchateria Rio Luna. A coffee shop fusing traditional Mexican flavors with our love of American treats and desserts. Our amazing creations will make your tastebuds say "ay guey!" Everything is made fresh daily using only the best ingredients. 

Horchateria Rio Luna, HRL, opened their doors to the city of Paramount in March 2016.

HRL is a place to enjoy delectable, unique treats ranging from our signature Churro Sundae to our Concha Ice Cream Sandwich, (yes, we said concha ice cream sandwich!) to our Mazapan Frappe, and Horchata Ice Coffee un poquito de todo--a little bit of everything for every palate.



15729 Downey Avenue Paramount, CA 90723


HOURS: MONDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM TUESDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM WEDNESDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM THURSDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM FRIDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM SATURDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM SUNDAY: 9:00AM - 10:00PM



March 27, 2017 - After months of promises from the Trump administration and a still yet-to-be-enacted executive order, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a formal threat against large cities (such as Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago) that have barred most law enforcement in the area from routinely checking immigration status for individuals during traffic stops and arrests. These cities, often called “sanctuary cities” by most media outlets, refuse to lock up or deport undocumented immigrants without warrant…or at least they claim to.

What most Trump supporters and cabinet members refuse to acknowledge is the overwhelming truth that cutting funding for these areas does not directly defer undocumented immigrants from settling there. In most cases, the proposed budget cuts harm education, transportation, and development for the poorest areas of affected cities rather than increasing defense against truly dangerous criminals. Additionally, as many Republican leaders have already proposed, Trump and Sessions have displayed support for morphing law and customs/immigration enforcement (I.C.E.) into a singular system, causing further distrust between immigrant-heavy communities and law enforcement.

On September 6th, 2017, with the formal announcement to end DACA released just a day before, the House voted to strip funding for any city that blocks “any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual” in the words of representative Jason Smith (R-MO).With this change, the ability for anyone appearing of non-white descent to be targeted by immigration officials increases tremendously, regardless of if they've committed any crimes. ‘La migra’, common slang for I.C.E. in many Latinx communities, is already thought to be one of the most cruel agencies, often deporting nonviolent undocumented workers and pulling them from their families rather than investigating dangerous criminals and traffickers that pose real threats to society.

In the eyes of many, Democrats and Independents alike, the proposed cuts are nothing but lucrative blackmail. As Smith elaborated further, “funds in Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funds [will] only go to cities and states that uphold federal law”. If passed through the Senate, the economic disruption for so many of these "sanctuary cities" would be beyond measure. Money will soon be funneled out of these communities, most of which already severely underfunded when it comes to public services such as schools and parks, but those who agree with Trump’s policies will begin to see negative effects as well. With growing tensions between immigrants and law enforcement as well as citizens and undocumented immigrants, Republicans and the Trump administration will simply raise tensions within the United States’ most diverse communities. Ultimately, cutting funding for sanctuary cities will not succeed in decreasing crime or the number of undocumented immigrants in this nation, but will succeed in increasing division, distrust, and additional racially-charged violence in our most celebrated metropolitan areas.



Updated: May 15, 2018



We tend to associate the lack of access to resources with nations that are impoverished fiscally and un-advanced technologically. Thus, when we are prompted to answer questions like "What kinds of places don’t have access to clean water?” we respond with Africa, Asia, and Latin America, referring to the news about the lethal cholera epidemic in the Republic of Congo, the arsenic contamination of the Indus River Basin in Pakistan, and the plastic pollution of Taiwan’s rivers and streams. Undrinkable, unusable, unreliable.

But solely associating water contamination and pollution with Africa, Asia, and Latin America is precarious. In doing so, we allow American individuals and communities to slip into an unfaltering state of blissful ignorance. After all, these are problems and issues we don’t experience in the United States. We’ve got an over abundance of resources--land, capital, labor, every good and service conceivable. However, is this assumption correct?

Activity within recent years has indicated otherwise. As evident through the water crises in Flint, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and dozens of other cities across the nation, clean drinking water is becoming increasingly unavailable and inaccessible. Why, then, is this happening in the United States? In order to answer this question, we are going to analyze the water crisis in, specifically, California.

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In April of 2012, Jerry Brown signed AB 658 on behalf of the state of California, and declared that water is a human right. Despite this, more than 200 thousand Californians do not have access to it. Perhaps we can attribute this to the drought? Not quite. According to Peter Gleick, Ph.D., President of the Pacific Institute, “It’s not a new problem with the drought, but the drought has worsened the problem” (California Climate and Health).

Worsened, indeed. Californians are desperately sapping gallons of dirty water from the soil beneath their feet. But multiple concerns arise from the utilization of this specific source of water. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Geological Society, approximately one-fifth of California’s groundwater contains dangerous pollutants and contaminants in undiluted concentrations. They include, but are not limited to, uranium, nitrate, arsenic, and manganese. These chemicals are linked to various diseases and illnesses, including cancer, reproductive problems, birth defects, and neurological disorders. This is beyond concerning, considering the fact that most of these chemicals are categorized as lethal substances by numerous state and federal regulatory policies. All of the aforementioned seem to be hitting communities hard, which is unacceptable. So why is nothing being done?

The lack of advocacy and outreach for these communities indicates the involvement of underlying socio-economic and political factors. In the United States, a foundation of inequality has been maintained throughout history. What we are witnessing is not the work of a single individual, organization, foundation, or bureau. It is the accumulation of decades upon decades of discrimination. In this specific circumstance, water has been redefined as a commodity, it’s purpose to be bought and sold. In turn, an entire institutionalized system has evolved around its production, manufacturing, and distribution. From the control, or lack thereof, of this commodity, specific power and wealth is derived. With a basic comprehension of these facts, we can begin to explain why exactly white communities seem to be rewarded and communities of color seem to suffer. This is a system that punishes poverty and rewards wealth, and is characteristically apathetic, cruel, and immoral.

So, is the drought really over?

Perhaps not for communities of color. With incomes that land them far below the federal poverty line, they split their weekly paychecks between purchasing gallons of water and paying the rent for their homes. Granted, temporary relief comes in the form of water trucks sent by graciously charitable organizations. But these solutions provided for them are hardly sustainable, leaving them vulnerable and defenseless, lacking adequate resources to protect themselves and their families. That is the reality they live, day in and day out. The purpose of this article is not to inspire guilt and remorse. I’m not attempting to privilege anyone. But I do think we should, collectively, realize how dangerous the commodification of human rights is, even if it does not affect us personally. Because for some Americans, lack of clean water is a reality.

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