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Sheriff Candidate Rogers Talks Reform and Community Policing in Dept. p. 4 Anti-Rancho LPG Activists: Don’t Count on EPA to Fix Rancho, Push L.A. p. 5 FartBarf: Don’t Judge a Band by its Name p. 11 The Icon’s Life Reflects That of Many Women Honored During Women’s History Month By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor T The Local Publication You Actually Read March 21 - April 3, 2014 Capturing the spirit of Frida Kahlo. Photographed by Philip Cooke; model, Lorena Palma; wardrobe by Denise Herrera. he Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach had its first free Sunday exhibition of the Frida Kahlo. Not long after opening, the parking lot was full; the residential parking in the surrounding neighborhoods was full; the line leading to the gallery hosting the 247 photographs on loan from Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul archive in Mexico City exhibit snaked around numerous avenues on MoLAA’s campus and buildings despite the summer-like heat. MoLAA’s media director Susan Golden reported that the museum received 4,000 visitors on March 16. Martyrs and heroes are venerated to something close to sainthood. The things that make them so human are whitewashed, and their lives are reduced to a linear line, simplifying their highs and lows, sapping their humanity. Kahlo is neither a martyr nor hero in the strictest sense of those words. Yet Kahlo is an icon 30 years after a biography on her life was published and 20 years after Madonna’s interest elevated Kahlo’s work to pop culture status. As Kahlo’s story has been told and retold, people have connected to her personal biography in innumerable ways. Feminists, political lefties, indigenous folks, same-gender loving folks and women artists saw their own stories written in Kahlo’s biography. Kahlo’s work and her story created a safe place. Considering that March is Women’s History month, I couldn’t help but reflect on the number of awards luncheons and events honoring women, who in one way or another, dedicated their lives to creating safe places for people. One of those events was the March 6 San Pedro Chamber of Commerce luncheon that honored environmental activist Cathy Beauregard, teacher and environmental justice activist Rachel Bruhnke, local proprietor of The Corner Store Peggy Lindquist, director of Service Learning at Marymount California University Susan Garman, and Port of Los Angeles community affairs advocate and longtime president of the Wilmington Neighborhood Council Cecilia Moreno. Beauregard, founder of Adopt-a-Stormdrain, dedicated much of her adult life to preserving local marine life and ecosystems by cleaning up the trash that flows from stormdrains to the ocean, particularly from the Dominguez Channel. For Beauregard, Iconographic Women/ to p. 13

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