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Issue 28

Speaker's Note: Summer is Here!

Speaker Rendon and daughter

(Above: Assemblymember Rendon enjoying the sun and water with his daughter, Vienna)

Summer has arrived here in SELA. I hope everyone is staying safe and cool in the increasing heat this Summer season. With the fun and excitement that comes with Summer in California, we also need to spend some time learning how to stay safe and healthy as the temperatures rise. As conditions surrounding COVID-19 continue to get better, I'm optimistic this Summer will be a lot more special as we reflect on how we have overcome the isolation of last year's stay-at-home orders.

In this July R-Guide, I highlight this year's Assembly District 63 Nonprofit of the Year, take a look back at last month's Pride Month Art Talk, learn about LA County's Vector Control, and provide resources for your Summer fun here in SELA.

(At left, from top: Pre-COVID District Event; South Gate Festival of Books)

AD63 Nonprofit of the Year: SELA Collaborative

Last month, I once again had the honor of selecting the 63rd Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year. For 2021, the chosen nonprofit is the SELA Collaborative.

The Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative is a network of organizations working together to strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit sector and increase civic engagement in Southeast LA.

Founded in 2011 by 11 organizations, a guiding goal is to revitalize Southeast communities including Bell, Cudahy, Lynwood, Maywood, and South Gate in our district. The SELA Collaborative guides their work under three main pillars; nonprofit capacity building, civic engagement, and data-driven research. As nonprofits are a critical component of social change, the SELA Collaborative provides direct services to families, organizes the community for social change, fosters affordable housing and community development and influences policy in order to drive the positive change we all seek in our SELA communities.

For their work and endless commitment to our community they are the 63rd Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year. Thank you SELA Collaborative for all that you do!

Follow SELA Collaborative on social media: @SELACollab on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook

Art Talk Rewind

In June, we celebrated Pride Month. As the state opened up more, it was nice to see folks celebrate the LGBTQ+ community together safely.

In honor of the community and the important conversations surrounding the political movement that is Pride Month and LGBTQ+ art, the theme of my June Art Talk was Pride Month.

My guests for this talk were Jose Richard Aviles (they/them/he) who is a poet and performing arts artist and Cyn Gonzalez (she/her) poet and founder of @Salvieswholunch.

We talked about art, gender fluidity and the impact an artists' sexuality has on art. It was special to discuss the impact the LGBTQ+ community has on art and our community and equally important to highlight and amplify their voices especially during Pride Month. It served as a reminder to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community not only in June, but everyday.

Watch the full June Art Talk here:

LA County Vector Control District

Summer is just around the around, meaning warmer temperatures and pesky mosquitoes! Mosquitoes are not just annoying and itchy – they can also transmit diseases like West Nile virus.

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) launched Mosquito Watch -- providing residents with tools and resources to protect their home and neighborhoods. Do your part by tipping out standing water and wearing repellent – it's that easy! Join the over 300+ people who have already taken a pledge to take action against mosquitoes. Take the pledge at TipTossTakeAction.org.

SELA Summer Resources/Tips

Summer has officially begun and the temperatures are rising.

With the increasing heat, it also makes it more important to be safe and attentive to our health in these extreme heat waves.

Here in SELA, there are several Summer resources and programming available to the community to utilize during the hot Summer season. Here are a few:

Have an idea or topic for a future R Guide?
Send your suggestions to Julian.Gonzalez@asm.ca.gov!