The Argonaut Newspaper — August 20, 2020

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LMU graduate Kiera Breaugh is making dance part of the movement

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Corona by the Numbers & Local Updates: Two Women Shot Near Venice Pier; Mobile Testing Comes to Del Rey Compiled by Christina Campodonico Reported Data & Cases by Neighborhood as of Tuesday, Aug. 18 Culver City: 352; Del Rey: 300; El Segundo: 110; Marina del Rey: 64; Mar Vista: 271; Playa Vista: 113; Playa del Rey: 24; Santa Monica: 710; Venice: 249; Westchester: 344 Total Confirmed Cases in LA County: 224,031 Current Hospitalizations: 1,352 Testing Postivity Rate: 5.9% Total Deaths: 5,335 (Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health) • The Los Angeles City Mobile Testing Group is offering free, walk-up COVID-19 testing at the Mar Vista Gardens Apartments in Del Rey (11965 Allin St.) for those who are unable to drive to a testing site. The pop-up happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21. Bring your health insurance info. If you do not have insurance bring another form of ID; no insurance is required. Walk-ups are

welcome, but registration is encouraged. Visit to register in advance. • Two women were shot near the Venice Fishing Pier on Saturday night (Aug. 16). According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the shooting took place around 10:30 p.m. at the 3100 block of Ocean Front Walk, near the pier. The suspected gunman is described as a 30-year-old Black male; the victims were two women in their 20s who were standing in front of a building in the area before an argument ensued, at which point multiple shots were fired. As of Sunday, the two women were recovering in stable condition at a local hospital. The shooting is under investigation by LAPD Pacific Division. (via and Yo! Venice) • The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District commences classes online on Monday (Aug. 24). Visit to learn more.

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ON THE COVER: Loyola Marymount University graduate and choreographer Kiera Breaugh (bottom) makes dances that address complex issues of race and identity. Photo courtesy of the artist. Design by Arman Olivares.

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Re: Letters, Aug. 13, 2020, “Putin’s Puppet” While I share the outrage of letter writer, Jake Pickering, regarding Trump’s inept and divisive performance as our president, I would refrain from name calling. It’s better to stick to facts, figures and deeds. Those are truths that cannot be denied or refuted. Trump does a lot of name calling and it’s tempting to follow suit. But that’s not who we should be. As Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.” Last night, she clarified that. It doesn’t mean we meekly turn our cheeks. We will fiercely defend our rights, freedoms and common decency. And we’ll do it without name calling. Tally Yee Culver City Re: Letters, Aug. 13, 2020, “Putin’s Puppet” Why are you publishing such a vulgar, mean-spirited and nasty letter? Even if someone doesn’t care for the President it could be said in a civil way. Is that your opinion, too? Disgusting. Jutta Romero Venice


Re: Letters, Aug. 13, 2020, “Putin’s Puppet” RIGHT ON!! Guy Shulman Playa del Rey Re: Letters, Aug. 6, 2020, ‘Kneel for Law and Order, Not Anarchy’ The Letters section of the Argonaut is not a conducive forum to discuss matters of such importance, but Linda Ryan’s letter titled ‘Kneel for Law and Order, Not Anarchy’ published in the last Argonaut, warrants a response. I hope to address all of Linda’s points. I too support the Santa Monica Police Department and I think they did an excellent and professional job especially when looters and vandals ran amok during otherwise peaceful protests. I think it’s great that Linda had a friendly interaction with a police officer, however, one person’s personal positive experiences with police do not outweigh the fact that the entire criminal justice system is built on institutionalized racism. I agree that, as Linda says, “the rule of law is extremely crucial to our health and well-being as a community,” but there are numerous examples of police not abiding by the rule of law. These non-law abiding police are getting away with murder. Linda believes police should get raises because “not only do they have to suit up physically for battle, but mentally every time, like going into a potential war zone.” This is the attitude that is the problem. The truth is, Linda, there is no war zone. Statistics are showing that a large majority of police calls are non-violent, so why do we need responders who are physically and mentally ready for battle? Linda asks, “What’s happening to our society where it seems police are being hunted, facing down potential enemies and combatants? Are we next when there’s nobody around protecting us?” What Linda “seems” to be real is not fact. I don’t know where this is happening to police. But I do know this has happened to protesters in Portland, Oregon. So to answer her question, yes, we are next when there’s nobody around protecting us. But the perpetrators were not fellow civilians. Linda says “the fire department

cannot do their job without police.” Can she imagine a world where they can? Again, do we really need responders who are physically and mentally ready for battle? Linda says “Getting caught up in the latest frenzied political movement to defund/remove our precious police does nobody any good in the long run.” First of all it’s a frenzied political movement because people have been dying at the hands of police for a long time with little to no repercussions. Second, defunding the police and removing the police are two very different things. Linda needs to understand that, but the tone of this sentence makes me think she doesn’t. I urge Linda to do some research into the matter. Consider defunding as reallocating funds away from military-style, battle-ready police tactics into other solutions such as community-based watch programs and mental health wellness agencies, etc. I don’t think people are kneeling for anarchy, in fact, that’s a ridiculous and ill-conceived notion. I believe people are kneeling for justice. Jonathan Cargill

Ocean Park, Santa Monica A Note from Congress: On the 85th Anniversary of Social Security, Trump’s Plan to Defund the Program is ‘Shameless’ It is ironic that on the 85th anniversary of the creation of Social Security (Aug. 14, 1935), Donald Trump is trying to defund this essential program. Donald Trump’s order to defer payroll taxes from September through December of this year is a shameless attempt to undermine the entire Social Security system while distracting attention from his failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save our economy. Social Security is a bedrock of American society. Signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, the Social Security Act has provided economic stability and retirement security to millions of hard-working Americans. Prior to the passage of this landmark law, many American seniors were forced to live in abject poverty, and many slept on the streets. Social Security is financed by the payroll taxes seniors paid during

their working years, and it provides financial security to 65 million seniors and disabled workers. Social Security keeps a roof over their heads and food on their tables. Cutting or deferring payroll taxes weakens Social Security and endangers the benefits that seniors have earned. Trump’s shameless order is opening the door to cutting or eliminating Social Security’s dedicated financing and jeopardizing the future of this important program. Deferring payroll taxes for four months will do nothing to help struggling families or stimulate the economy. It will not help the 30 million Americans who are unemployed and no longer have a payroll, nor will it help those who are self-employed. It might not even help the workers whose taxes are intended to be deferred. Some employers may simply keep the money rather than pass on the benefits of a deferral to their workers. Other employers may decide that the logistical challenge involved in reducing payroll tax withholding and then increasing it four months later is simply not worth the effort, and consequently, these

employers will continue collecting and paying payroll taxes to the federal government as before. For those employers that do take advantage of a payroll tax deferral and pass on the benefits to their workers, they – and their workers – will still have to pay the taxes, possibly in a large lump-sum payment at the end of the four-month deferral period. Getting a bill from the federal government for a lump-sum tax payment at the end of December is like getting a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking! When Donald Trump campaigned for president back in 2016, he promised he would not cut Social Security. This promise was just another bold-faced lie from a dishonorable man who has lied more than 20,000 times since his inauguration. Congresswoman Maxine Waters California’s 43rd District (Westchester)

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Pains of the Pandemic Westside sees 14.2 percent job loss, after LA regains 66k jobs since May Story by Kellie Chudzinski Graphics by Lydia You Los Angeles is facing unprecedented unemployment rates after the coronavirus pandemic saw business closures and revenue losses. City Controller Ron Galperin released updated data on July 30 that showed Los Angeles to be experiencing an average 13.5% job loss citywide. The latest update comes after the City initially lost 268,000 jobs in March and April, but rebounded slightly to see 16,000 jobs added in May and 50,000 added in June. In June, LA County reported 19.5% unemployment, slightly down from the high of 20.9% in May. The addition of jobs aligned with “Safer at Home” orders loosening and allowing in-door dining and other businesses to reopen. Though, the report notes, “the staying power of the gains is in question,” as businesses again had to readjust and close. “It is painfully clear that the pandemic has taken a steep toll on people’s lives and the local and national economies,” Galperin wrote in an earlier job loss


“It is my hope that understanding which neighborhoods are most impacted will help city leaders pinpoint areas of LA that need additional resources to recover from the fallout of COVID-19. We have to be a city that not only speaks of equality but acts to promote it.” — Ron Galperin, LA City Controller report. Silicon Beach and Westside neighborhoods fell in the midrange of job loss rates for the city, with Venice experiencing the highest rate of job loss (15%) and Westchester experiencing the lowest loss (13.4%) in the area. Council District 11, which comprises a majority of the Westside but excludes the City of Santa Monica, saw an overall job loss rate of 14.2%. With Silicon Beach being home to over 500 companies, raising billions of dollars in recent years, the related industries seem to have fared better than the range of others included in Galperin’s report. Citywide, that sector, including professional, scientific and technical services,

regained nearly 4,000 jobs, an increase of 4%, but is still down over 10,000 jobs since the beginning of the pandemic. In another recent report, the Southern Association of Governments estimated that due to the “rapid adoption of telework,” professional and business services were able to operate near 80% capacity and will reach 95% during recovery. Across the country, however, the technology sector lost over 181,000 jobs since the pandemic hit, according to InsiderPro. Notably, educational services was the only sector that lost jobs overall in June, losing 3,600 and 16,000 since the start of the pandemic. The “accommodation and food service”

industry had the highest rate of loss overall, and the largest gain in June. The sector regained 21,000 jobs but is still down by over 50,000 jobs, with 3,400 of those losses being on the Westside. Venice remains the Westside neighborhood with the highest rate of job loss, down to 15% in June from 18.4% in the previous month, with the hospitality and “information” sectors most heavily impacted. Though data for Santa Monica’s job losses were not available, SCAG’s report noted that the city had 17% of residents and 25% of the workforce in industries “deeply impacted” by the pandemic. The lowest rate of job loss in the city was the northern area of Pacoima with Change in Number of Jobs Between June and July 2020, By Industry, In 9 Local Neighborhoods 11.8% loss, while Toluca Lake and the Wholesale Trade 90 Hollywood Hills saw 17.2% and 16.9% Waste Management -13 losses, respectively, the highest end of the spectrum. Transportation and Warehousing 59 Galperin noted that “the impact is particularly acute in the central, southern Retail Trade 655 and northeastern parts of the City, areas -377Real Estate and Leasing with higher concentrations of African American and Latino families, immiProfessional, Scientific, and Technical Services 492 grants, low-income renters and singleOther Services 142 parent households...” While the national unemployment rate Manufacturing 138 fell from 14.7% in April to 11.1% in June, Los Angeles County reported a high of Management -16 almost 20% unemployment the same Information 398 month, which more than quadrupled the pre-pandemic rate of 4.4%, and remained Health Care and Social Assistance 412 higher than California’s overall 14.9% Finance and Insurance 1 unemployment rate. While June saw an improvement in job Educational Services -362 gains, the area’s 19.5% unemployment Construction 22 rate is still significantly higher than the pre-COVID-19 record of 13.1%, set in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 483 2010 at the height of the Great Recession. “America lost a staggering 20.5 million Accomodation and Food Services 1517 jobs in April, including hundreds of thousands in the City of Los Angeles,” -500 0 500 1000 1500 Galperin said. “Something we haven’t seen since the Great Depression.” The change in number of jobs between June and July 2020, Galperin continued to say he hoped the categorized by industry in nine Caption: A map showing estimated numbers and %s of jobs lost since February 2020 (Source: Ron Galperin LAWestside Controller).neighborhoods (Playa report would help direct the city support The estimated numbers and percentages del Rey, Marina del Rey, Westchester, Playa Vista, Del Rey, Mar to communities in greatest need. of job loss across Westside neighborhoods Vista, Venice, West Los Angeles and Palms). Of approximately since February 2020 (Source: Ron Galperin, LA 50,000 California jobs regained in June, 3600 were in these (Continued on page 12) Controller). neighborhoods. (Source: Ron Galperin, LA Controller).

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Double Feature Outfest and American Black Film Festival bring compelling cinema to your car or couch By Samuel Aftel This weekend brings the 24th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and Outfest’s 2020 LGBTQ Film Festival to Los Angeles, remotely showcasing new, cutting-edge Black and queer cinema. Whether you choose to do a date night in on your couch or venture out in your car, both festivals bring compelling offerings to the table with social distancing in mind. Outfest’s queer-centered LA film festival will virtually stream from Aug. 20 to Aug. 30 at The festival also includes “Under the Stars” drive-in screenings at the 4000-acre Calamigos Ranch in Malibu if you’re looking for a change of scenery. Among the highlights: • Bill Benz’s 2020 Sundance title “The Nowhere Inn” is “a reality bending send-up of [Annie] Clark’s musical persona,

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The two festivals elevate Black and LGBTQ+ voices St. Vincent,” according to organizers, and makes its Los Angeles premiere in the ‘Bu at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21. • The festival’s domestic centerpiece selection, Emma Seligman’s “Shiva Baby,” reckons with an undergraduate’s awkward encounter with her sugar daddy at, of all places, a funeral on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 7:45 p.m. at the Ranch. • Trent Atkinson’s biopic “Three Chords and a Lie” follows at 8 p.m. and depicts gay country singer Brandon Stan-

sell’s fraught reunion with his conservative family after years of alienation. • And Matthew Rankin’s “The Twentieth Century” explores the rise of prominent Canadian politician W.L. Mackenzie King. (Watch online.) ABFF, which spans from Aug. 21 to 30, will broadcast narrative features, independent short films, documentary features and web series that capture Black experiences, perspectives and cinematic endeavor at

• Drew V. Marke’s “Get Luke Lowe” portrays the kidnapping of an alt-right troll by two women; the abduction ultimately goes off the rails. • Elizabeth St. Philip’s documentary “9/11 Kids” examines the cultural impact of September 11, 2001 – and life in an America undeniably reshaped by the attacks. • Lanre Olabisi’s short film “A Storybook Ending” narrates the experience of a young Black man who kills an undercover white cop in earnest self-defense and, thereafter, endures blackmail from opportunistic witnesses of the killing. • Nick Cannon’s “She Ball,” a narrative feature, tells the story of a single father who tries to retain an Inglewood community center amid gentrification. The film’s particularly notable and intriguing given its prominent (and problematic) architects. Cannon,

its director, recently got into some hot water for making anti-Semitic comments on his podcast “Cannon’s Class.” His co-producer, R&B star Chris Brown, got into some legal trouble back in 2009 for brutally beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Let’s see if the movie, which reportedly centers on a women’s street basketball team, might have some comeback potential for these filmmakers. • Lastly, Loyola Marymount University film graduate Solomon Onita Jr., (whose short film “JOY” was profiled in The Argonaut in 2016 and screened on HBO) presents a new feature film called “Tazmanian Devil” about a 19-year-old Nigerian immigrant’s struggle to reconcile his conflicting desires to join a college fraternity with getting to know his strictly religious father. Visit or abff. com for digital access passes and full schedules.


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Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury!

Celebs and sci-fi lovers fête the late Venetian master of ‘The Martian Chronicles’ & ‘Fahrenheit 451’ with national read-a-thon & centennial birthday Zoom By Julia Escobar In celebration of what would have been landmark sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday on Aug. 22, The Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Public Library and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers have banded together to host the first virtual “read-a-thon” dedicated to Bradbury’s dystopian classic “Fahrenheit 451.” Venice actress and longtime supporter of The Friends of the Venice Library, Alley Mills Bean (of “The Wonder Years” and widow of the late entertainer Orson Bean) is among the celebrity readers. Starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday you can watch pre-recorded readings and introductions by Mills Bean, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom, “Star Trek” legend William Shatner (aka Captain Kirk), fantasy author Neil Gaiman and many others as their voices merge into one continuous reading of the entire

the marathon reading. From 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 22, The Friends will honor Bradbury’s time in Venice with a special showing of his “​ I Sing the Body Electric” Twilight Zone episode combined with FoVL’s annual meeting and a Los Angeles Public Library zine workshop. All are welcome to join! Ray Bradbury in 1959 in a press shot for “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”; Alley Mills Bean rehearses for the read-a-thon on the Venice Canals novel, “creating four hours of thought-provoking entertainment” say organizers in a statement on the read-a-thon. Some readers may even be reading on site in historic rooms of the Los Angeles Public Library, the Library of Congress and the former Carnegie Library building in Waukegan, Illinois, where Bradbury spent much of his childhood lost in books. The backdrops will bring Bradbury’s classic novel to life through a

21st century, COVID-friendly lens. Many may not be aware that Bradbury’s life as a writer began in Venice. In 1942, he moved to a small house at 670 Venice Boulevard where he sat in a one-car garage and wrote short stories like “The Lake” and “The Wind” as well as the famed “Martian Chronicles.” From “The Fog Horn” inspired by the shattered remains of the Venice Pier roller coaster to the decaying

Venice Canals that set the scene for “Death Is a Lonely Business,” Venice had a large influence on the stories he told. He even rode his Raleigh bike through the Venice Canals, which is where Mills Bean will be reading her portion of “Fahrenheit 451” for the nationwide read-a-thon. The Friends of the Venice Library (FoVL) will also be hosting a birthday Zoom event on Saturday, following the start of

The national Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon starts at 1:30 p.m. Pacific/4:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday (Aug.22). Watch at A recording will be available to watch until Sept. 5 at To learn more about Bradbury’s life in Venice and join in on The Friends of the Venice Library Zoom, visit friendsofvenicelibrary. html. More info is available at friendsofvenicelibrary.weebly. com/bradbury-readathon.html.




A Bold New Voice LMU graduate Kiera Breaugh is making dance part of the movement


By Sophie Bress The first time Kiera Breaugh danced to Dianne Reeves’ song “Endangered Species,” she was performing with her dance studio. The second time, she collapsed in tears. Growing up in a predominantly white community near Toronto, Canada, Breaugh was used to being the only Black dancer in the room. When Reeves’ song — which lyricizes the singer’s experiences as a Black female artist — was selected for a performance during Breaugh’s early teen years, she remembers feeling even more aware of the fact that — to the rest of her dance studio — she was different. In the first verse, Reeves sings: “My skin is dark, my body is strong.” Breaugh remembers the choreographer positioning her front and center during this section, proudly proclaiming her the studio’s “little Black girl.” “I just remember being young and knowing that it really, really bothered me, but not having any idea how to articulate why,” Breaugh recalls. As Breaugh grew up, she would continue to have similar experiences and to struggle to find words to voice her feelings. But in the end, it wasn’t just words she needed. It was dance. Breaugh had just barely dipped her toes into choreography before arriving at Loyola Marymount University in the fall of 2016. However, she quickly developed an interest in dance making when she met several older students of color in the dance program. Watching, moving and creating with these upperclassmen inspired Breaugh to think about telling her story through movement, too. “Not a lot of Black people get to participate in concert dance. It strikes me that I have more responsibility because I made it to that room,” Breaugh says. “So because I was seeing these amazing choreographers telling these great big stories, it was always there in the back of my head that I just had to act on it.” Breaugh also found a mentor in LMU’s dance department chair, Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, who danced with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the ‘90s. It was LeBlanc Loo who first encouraged Breaugh to translate her complex feelings surrounding her identity into movement. “What immediately stood out to me about Kiera was that she had a very distinct voice as a mover,” LeBlanc Loo said. “She had that fertile soil for choreography. If she wanted to do it, the ingredients were there already.” And during Breaugh’s junior year, the seeds were ready to be sown and the perfect choreographic recipe would come together. LeBlanc Loo was curating a dance concert around the concept of racial justice. She wanted to feature student work, and as she considered candidates, Breaugh immediately came to mind. “I walked up to Kiera in the hallway and kind of actually naively said, ‘Do you identify as African American?’” LeBlanc Loo remembers. “She looked up at the ceiling and she goes ‘Hmm… sort of.’ And the way she responded just kind of alerted to me that it was, first of all, an oversimplified question, and second of all, that there was quite a complex story there.” LeBlanc Loo was right. Not only is Breaugh both biracial and Canadian, her early life was

filled with biting, insensitive comments from her white peers that made her feel silenced and invalidated. The complex story of her identity would become the fodder for Breaugh’s formative solo, “Barely Black.” The piece opens on a dark stage, with only the words of Breaugh’s sound score to fill the space: “Some of my friends say I’m barely Black. We compare skin tones like nail polish.” As the lights come up, Breaugh spins in place, stops suddenly, and presents the soft skin of her inner wrist forward, an intimate gesture to the audience, and an invitation to listen. Throughout the piece, her voice seems to swirl around her as she remembers how growing up, she was called “barely Black,” was told to straighten her hair, and was even called the n-word in jest. Both her pain and her catharsis are palpable as her movement spans from rigid arm gestures to fluid, full-bodied motions. “I felt silenced by some of the white people [in my life]. I felt like they were basically saying: ‘Well, you’re not that Black, so why are you mad about Black issues?’” Breaugh says. “I didn’t have the tools or the verbiage at that time to express why that was wrong or exactly how much that bothered me. I think a lot of making ‘Barely Black’ was a big, big release of that.” But “Barely Black” was just the beginning of this release. During her senior year, Breaugh would return to another wound that hadn’t quite scabbed over; she would once again dance to “Endangered Species.” “All these years later, I was in the dance studio and I put on the song and I just started violently crying,” she says. “I just felt so much passion and need to make a solo about this, to get that out of me, to start to heal, and to sort of reclaim the song.” The resulting piece would become her senior thesis, also titled “Endangered Species.” And not only did she continue to tell her story with this dance, she dove into the concept of intersectionality by telling the stories of others, too. Similar to “Barely Black,” “Endangered Species” opens with Breaugh’s voice. The lights come up to reveal five dancers slinking deliberately along the floor. Breaugh’s narration moves with the performers: “There is a war on women. There is a war on people of color, most violently Black men. There is a war on the LGBTQ community. We are endangered species. We need each other to survive.” As the dancers stand, they pair off and stand head to head. Though they are using one another for balance, they begin to struggle, using their hands to fight, until both sides of each pair fall down. “I see a lot of different oppressed groups fighting each other,” Breaugh says. “And for what? I feel like if we all supported each other, we would get further faster.” Breaugh’s work is poignant and eye-opening, and now, amidst nationwide protests against rampant police brutality and systemic racism, it is more vital than ever. “I think a lot of really important art is going to come out of this time,” Breaugh says. And some of that art is sure to be her own.


A New School Year with a New Approach

LAUSD is ‘all hands on deck’ for the start of school and distance learning By Nick Melvoin Melvoin represents District 4 on the school board of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Los Angeles Unified School District welcomed our families back to school this week, but it was a new year unlike any other as students logged on to learn from home. In the face of this year’s nearly impossible challenges, we have rolled out unprecedented new efforts to meet the needs of the students and families I represent on the LA Unified Board of Education, while also working to safely reopen schools as soon as possible. After hearing feedback from families about the emergency transition to distance learning last March, I pushed for a plan that would ensure this year’s instruction will be more rigorous and

equitable than last spring. LA Unified recently reached an agreement with our teachers that requires daily, synchronous or real-time instruction, built-in time in a smaller group setting to personalize learning and provide social-emotional support, consistent schedules, clear, articulated time to support English Learners and students with disabilities, and attendance tracking to make sure we are

reaching all our students. Administrators will be able to supervise and observe virtual classrooms as needed to provide feedback as our teachers facilitate a semester of learning like we’ve never seen before. We have also reached agreements with our other staff to help with our “all hands on deck” approach, with substitutes and support staff filling holes and providing as much small group

instructional time as possible. Bus drivers will be calling home and providing support for families who have difficulty connecting, campus aides will provide support for teachers to help facilitate breakout rooms and individualized attention, and we are providing childcare for children of the staff who are reporting physically to school sites. We have also developed additional supports to help support teachers and students, like specialized professional development for remote teaching, prioritized content standards and model lessons, professional development supports, a tutoring pilot and more. As we work to keep our kids learning, we are also busily preparing for the day we can welcome them back safely. We are working to set campuses up with the facilities, equipment, and supplies needed, to reopen and have continued construction on schools, like the new state-of-the-

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By Amy Watsky Everyone’s hungry. Make that hangry. Your fridge is filled with random vegetables. There are some proteins scattered throughout your freezer, but nothing’s thawed. It’s boiling outside, and you can’t walk two steps without breaking a sweat. The dishes are probably piled up in the sink, but you’re scared to even check. It’s just one of those days. It happens to all of us, and usually the simple answer is to go out to your local neighborhood joint and call it a night. When that “simple answer” ceased to exist back in March, those hangry weeknights took a dark turn. Cinnamon toast crunch for dinner isn’t necessarily a terrible thing, but it can’t be too great for your physical health. But what else are we supposed to do on nights like these? I get it. It’s the worst. I actually came up with this “dump-andbake” dish during a hectic weeknight when cereal dinners just didn’t cut it anymore. Is it authentic? No, not at all. But it tastes good and it does the trick. I use every vegetable about to go bad in the fridge, easy-to-thaw shrimp and sausages from the freezer, and Cajun seasoning from the pantry to throw together this Louisiana classic. The best part? You only use one sheet pan and the whole thing gets thrown into the oven and forgotten about till it’s done. Farmers’ markets are brimming with fresh yellow corn, bell peppers, avocados, okra and tomatoes and this meal uses all of them. Shrimp and cut-up sausage are the two proteins that I find easiest to thaw, so I always have them hanging around in my freezer as backup plans for those hangry weeknights. Once everything’s chopped up, they get tossed in Cajun spices and popped into the oven until it’s cooked through and golden. Serve it with pasta, rice, bread or whatever floats your boat. Smoky and hearty, it satisfies the craving for a home cooked meal… in half the time. And there you have it — a delicious, easy cleanup, supporting-the-locals style dinner that will help you clear out your fridge while supporting your local community. The ingredients below reflect what’s in season

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By Meera Sastry Though the Broad Stage never anticipated that its 2020/21 season would take a virtual turn, this switch has allowed for an exceptional collaboration that would have been otherwise impossible: the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour. Each hour brings together theater and performance artists (from the Broad Stage’s side of the collaboration) and poets (from Red Hen Press), uniting them in conversation around a timely theme. The first episode of the second season, titled “Finding Truths and Creating Art in Exile,” took place on July 16, while the second hour, centered on climate change and the environment, will air on August 27. As co-founder and managing editor of Red Hen Press, Kate Gale, says that this series is made possible by the digital medium of the internet and the COVID-19 circumstances that necessitated a transition to online performance. With travel costs absent and touring schedules emptied, an amazing range of poets and performers can share their work with a community eager to listen. “The pandemic has given us the opportunity for a new kind of collaboration,” Gale says. “It’s allowed us to get poets from all over the country and world to come in or to send in videos. And with it, life itself has slowed down to the pace of poetry.” The first season of the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour in the spring was a success, despite its abrupt beginning. The Broad Stage and Red Hen Press have collaborated numerous times in the past. The new project came about easily and organically, as poets were more than happy to share their work from home with a new audience and community. With the second season, however, the organizers strove to find a cohesive theme for each event, as Broad Stage Director of Artistic Planning Eric Bloom explains. “We decided to focus on some social justice issues and identity issues, things that were really relevant to what people are

Arizona poet Natalie Diaz brings a southwestern perspective to the next Poetry Hour

Poet and naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield will share her environmentally-driven work next week

talking about these days, in terms of diversity and equality,” Bloom says. “Each of the three artists really represent an idea and a topic of conversation that we felt was important to convey: migration and immigra-

fully selected themes and lineups of top poets and performers, the series benefits greatly from its moderator and host, Sandra Tsing Loh. Loh is a writer and actor in her own right. Her personality and


tion, environmental themes, LGBTQ themes, feminist theory. And Red Hen took that and ran with it and curated poets that could also speak to those issues.” In addition to these thought-

incisive questions guide each discussion masterfully, pulling together a range of voices and creating a program that listeners can resonate with, no matter their prior knowledge of the topic.


“The pandemic has given us the opportunity for a new kind of collaboration. It’s allowed us to get poets from all over the country and world to come in or to send in videos. And with it, life itself has slowed down to the pace of poetry.” — Kate Gale, Red Hen Press For the first installment of this second season, Loh spoke with Nassim Soleimanpour, whose play “Nassim” will be put on by the Broad Stage in their upcoming season, along with poets Sholeh Wolpé, Lory Bedikian and Nathalie Handal. The roster of poets was easy to pull together, says Gale, as all are artists in exile from Iran and write from and about that cultural space. The poets and playwright spoke on themes of language, family and identity. Each of their works added something new to the conversation and emphasized both the diversity of thought available on the subject and the timeliness of these themes in our current cultural climate. The upcoming poetry hour on August 27 will pivot to tackle environmental themes and the issue of climate change. The talk will feature science journalist and theater performer Alanna Mitchell; poet and naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield; and poets Natalie Diaz, 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez and Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal, along with Loh as the host. The work of each of these artists touches on the natural world and our relationship to it. Bradfield’s latest book is about her work as a naturalist and her travels in Antarctica. Mitchell’s one-woman show “Sea Sick,” an adaptation of journalistic work she completed while on a series of scientific expeditions, is slated for performances at the Broad Stage next April. Through their performances and conversation, they hope to weave a thread of connection between their audience and the natural world they write about, explains Bradfield. “For us to care about climate change, about the Anthropocene, and our role within it, art

is really important,” she says. “Information isn’t enough, right? You need to be able to connect both with your mind and your heart. That’s what literature — and poetry in particular — can offer. There’s a lot of amazing biologists and naturalists and scientists that I’ve been inspired by, and that straddling of worlds, between the science world and the literary world, is something that’s really exciting for me. I hope more and more people feel comfortable moving between them and feeling like they’re part of the conversation in both of those worlds.” The August installment of the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour thus promises to be both timely in its topic and a comforting balm to many of us who have been stuck in the city over the past few months and whose heart could use a connection with nature. Beyond it, though, viewers can expect four more sessions, running through the end of the year. The September event will center on the theme of feminism, and feature artist Monique Jenkinson, who made history by becoming the first cisgender woman to win a major drag queen pageant and who works to examine questions of gender theory. The rest of the artists participating in the upcoming installments are to be announced. So stay tuned to keep some excellent poetry and performance in your life throughout the fall. The August 27 installment of the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour will stream live at 6 p.m. next Thursday; in the meantime, the July 16 event, along with all episodes from the first season of the series are available to watch at Visit for updates.

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Local grad Caroline Ho is making the most of an unusual summer with a fellowship at the Television Academy By Dev Jaiswal Current rising college junior Caroline Ho is pursuing a music fellowship with the Television Academy Foundation, the charitable branch of the organization that hosts the Emmy Awards. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ho’s in-person internship at a major studio was revamped into a virtual fellowship, replete with professional development programming, networking and interview prep with leading composers in the television industry. “I’m still grateful that the Emmy Foundation put together a program for us that could be helpful, even though we didn’t have that kind of in-person experience,” Ho said. The program began in June and will continue through August. Ho was chosen from a group of more than 1100 applicants for a total of 50 spots spread across the various disciplines that comprise television, including television production, writing, broadcast journalism and video editing. Ho is the only music fellow, and her history with music goes back a long way. She began piano lessons at just six years of age and would spend “almost all” of her time after school practicing for recitals across California. After graduating from Santa Monica High School in 2017, she took a gap year to decide if she wanted to attend a conservatory or a university. She decided to go to Yale. “I wanted a university education for a couple different reasons, but mostly just because I think a lot of my music comes from me learning about the world around me,” Ho said. “As an artist, understanding what I want my music to say and what intent I want it to have … I don’t just want to put out something that sounds nice. I want it to have intent. And I want it to have an artistic integrity and a voice and a vision.” Ho is majoring in Computing and Art, a joint computer science and music discipline. She enjoys pursuing a variety of courses alongside working on composition, writing songs with vocalists, exploring her “varied musical interests” and even starting her

Caroline Ho is the Television Academy Foundation’s 2020 summer music fellow own band. She appreciates the audience.” musical freedom of being able to Ho remains “grateful” to have find her own compositional been exposed to music from a voice. young age. She hopes music “I really liked the process of education endures in the public thinking about music in a way school system, and that those that can aid in the storytelling seeking a life in the music process of a film or digital media, industry won’t be discouraged by not just as something supplemen- its competitiveness. tal, but as an integral part of the “No two people’s paths are the experience,” Ho said. same and I’m still trying to Ho’s goal is to be a composer navigate my way through,” Ho when she’s older, either in film, said. “But I think it’s important to television or concert music for focus on the music because it’s orchestras. Prior to the fellowvery easy to get kind of down ship, she had some experience about the realities of what this creating music scores for short kind of industry can have … films. Identifying as Asian-Amer- Always have an open mind about ican and female, Ho notes that your music and what you want to she hasn’t met any composer create and be knowledgeable before with a background similar about the world around you to hers, so she’s excited that the because I don’t think music can program is “encouraging voices be created in a vacuum.” like mine to be heard.” The application for the 2021 “There’s still so much work to Television Academy internship be done in the industry, but I’m program will open in November. encouraged that people are Applicants can expect to submit starting to listen,” Ho said. “And an essay along with a college in everything I write, my identity transcript, a resume and letters of is in there. My experiences are in recommendation. the music. So it influences my Visit music quite a bit in many ways. internships to learn more. Maybe not explicitly. But, as artists, everything you create is a Know a local student we should part of who you are. You’re spotlight? Email christinac@ giving a part of yourself to an AUGUST 20, 2020 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 15

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THE ARGONAUT REAL ESTATE Q&A Racism impacts real estate (Part 2) Steps to avoid implicit discrimination The first thing a real estate professional can do to address potential discrimination issues is to identify their blind spots and where there is the widest opportunity for discrimination. For example, a landlord of a community with few children living on the premises needs to be careful not to advertise their community as an “adult community” or to discourage families with children from moving in. Even if it is well-meaning — “Your children may not enjoy living here because there aren’t any other kids for them to play with” — it is still discriminatory. Steps that all real estate professionals can take to avoid implicit discrimination include standardizing practices, including the: • types and amounts of information given to each client, prospective client, renter or prospective renter; • questions asked of prospective renters; • forms used to screen prospective renters; and • fees and rents. Landlords ought to limit their questions to matters that directly impact their tenancy. For example, ask if they have pets or a waterbed,

but don’t ask if they are pregnant or how old they are. Editor’s note — An exception exists for senior-only housing. A housing project qualifies as senior housing if it is occupied only by persons who are 62 years of age or older. [24 CFR §100.303] Real estate professionals also need to be careful about their advertising practices. For example, a phrase like “perfect for newlyweds” indicates a preference for married couples. Likewise, “walking distance to synagogue” indicates a preference for Orthodox Jewish applicants. Even mentioning a nearby exclusive country club may indicate a preference for homebuyers or renters who have membership in the club, which may cater to a certain type of clientele and present income barriers. Further, the images used in marketing materials may also indicate a discriminatory preference. For example, religious symbols or flags can indicate a preference for a certain type of homebuyer, renter or client. Even if a client asks for a discriminatory phrase or symbol specifically, the broker seeking to protect themselves from legal action will refuse.


To notify clients and current and potential renters of their rights, real estate brokers are required to display a fair housing poster notifying clients and current and potential renters of their rights: • in their place of business; and • at any non-single family residential (SFR) dwelling offered for sale. [24 Code of Federal Regulations §110.10(a)] Actively combatting racism Aside from being extra careful to avoid implicit racism, real estate brokers can take positive actions in their offices and communities to encourage equality.

are on average shown fewer properties and given less information will help them examine and adjust their own implicit behaviors. Brokers and agents ought to keep records for each client. This not only helps them identify potential biases but can protect them in case the client or other party files a discrimination case against the agent. Real estate brokers: How are you combatting racism in real estate in your practice? Share your ideas and experiences with other agents.

Encourage inclusive language not just in your marketing, but in how you show property. For example, the term “master bedroom” has recently come under fire as an antiquated reference to slavery and plantation life. Real estate licensees are required to complete Fair Housing education as part of their regular continuing education (CE) every four years. Beyond this, anti-bias trainings for the office are also positive steps brokers can take to get their agents thinking about how they interact with Black, Latinx and Asian clients. Making them aware that these clients


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barstool upside the head, female aggression tends to be indirect and thus hidden. Though there are women who get physically violent with each other, Benenson explains that this happens rarely, and usually just in certain contexts (like impoverished neighborhoods). Generally, women fight other women with poisonous veiled aggression such as mean gossip, ostracism, shaming and sneaky sabotage dressed up as concern for other women’s welfare. Campbell contends that covert female aggression likely evolved out of women’s need to avoid physical confrontation, which could kill them or damage their Nothing like women celebrating other reproductive parts, leaving them unable women: “Yay, you, getting in regular to fulfill their role as an infant’s primary workouts doing the walk of shame!” caregiver. I get that you mean to help. Uh, help Depressing as all this twisted sisterhood your friend, that is. However, it appears we women evolved to help ourselves by stuff surely seems, an inclination to “helping” other women, or as I like to call behave a certain way isn’t a mandate. So, if you’d prefer to be the sort of it, “benevolent meangirling.” This plays out, for example, in telling a hot friend in woman who acts in her friend’s best interests, you can be. However, the reality a fabulous little dress, “I have to be is we often think we know what’s best for honest, that makes you look a bit somebody else, especially when we trampy,” and engaging in other acts of humanitarian frankness to help keep her believe they’re harming themselves. In from giving men whiplash and jamming fact, a person sometimes needs to go a bit wrong to get right again. up her evenings with lots of dates. When (and if) what they’re doing These acts of female frenemyship are often subconsciously motivated, which is ultimately proves unsatisfying, they’ll stop. Telling them to stop can actually be why we can tell ourselves we just want counterproductive, even if you feel sure the best for our friends while in fact you have their best interests at heart. serving our own evolutionary best Research by psychologist Jack Brehm interests. Hidden treachery is actually a finds that telling people what they primary feature of “female intrasexual should do seems to make them rebel competition” (women competing with and do exactly the opposite, like by women). continuing to do whatever they’d been Women are mistakenly seen as the sweeter, kinder sex. You hear people sigh, doing, but louder and harder. A more effective technique one that’s “If only we had women in charge,” as if this would lead to world peace, universal proved successful in addiction treatment — is “motivational interviewing.” It basic income, and cats that paw-dial starts with asking a person what they 911 when their owner dies instead of eating their face. But this view of women value deeply and ultimately want as the better half of humanity is psycho- (romantically, in this case). After they logically naive. Women aren’t less reflect on that and answer, ask them aggressive; they’re just differently aggres- how whatever they’re currently doing, sive. whatever behavior they’re engaging in, Aggression gets a bad name because aligns with their values and goals. it gives rise to uncomfortable emotions This technique might not get you immediate answers (or any answers), but you such as fear and, sometimes, to unexpected workplace activities, such as might inspire your friend to reflect on murder-suicide. However, aggression is behavior she might be engaging in actually a vital evolved motivation for somewhat automatically. And how nice getting our needs met so we can survive, if you’re doing this through some insight mate and leave surviving children to of your own — for example, on sisterhood ideals like, “There’s a special place pass on our genes. in hell for women who do not create Research on sex differences in male and female aggression by psychologists space for other women,” and how this can play out in reality: “I want to get your Anne Campbell, Joyce Benenson, and others suggests that while male aggres- shoes in the shot, doll. Just take two sion is direct, manifesting in, say, yelled more steps back” (right into that open threats, a punch in the nose, or a manhole).

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