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As LA Teachers Go Into The Second Day Of Their Strike, A GoFundMe Campaign Is Bringing Taco To The Picket Lines

Los Angeles teachers are on strike for the first time in 30 years demanding smaller class sizes, more support staff, and pay raises. The teachers are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), which is the second largest school district in the nation. As teachers strike for better conditions for their students, a GoFundMe campaign made sure they will stay fed to continue their fight. The campaign, called Tacos for Teachers, brought taco trucks to various United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) picket lines across Los Angeles County Monday, Jan. 14, the first day of the strike.

Thousands of teachers in the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union are on strike demanding better conditions for them and their students.

The strikes are impacting more than 900 schools and about 500,000 students. Schools are still open and students are being supervised as teachers strike and protest against Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Students, parents, and Los Angeles residents have been showing support for the teachers by joining the protests and through social media posts.

According to USA Today, some teachers are more concerned with class sizes as they are trying to manage classes with 50 students.

Parents who can have chosen to keep their student shome during the strike in solidarity with the teachers.

The LA teachers strike comes just one year after major teacher strikes throughout West Virginia. In the end, the state of West Virginia raised wages for teachers to end the strike, which gave hope to other teacher strikes throughout the country. However, the LA teachers strike is the biggest protest of educators.

Tacos for Teachers!, a GoFundMe page raised money to make sure teachers are fed and energized for their fight.

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The campaign was started by Democratic Socialist of Los Angeles (DSA-LA) and the Los Angeles International Socialist Organization (ISO-LA) to show solidarity with the teachers and staff who are on strike. Max Belasco, a community organizer for DSA-LA, says the campaign took off after collaborating with ISO-LA and agreed they wanted to create an avenue for support for teachers. He notes that many of his colleagues are part of the UTLA union so this issue hit close to home for him. Many people have asked about ways they can give back to instructors and Belasco thought that food was the best option here.

“Obviously we want people to come out and support but many work during the hours they’d be striking so why not show solidarity in the form of tacos,” Belasco said. “Everyone in LA loves tacos and if it helps feed our hard-working teachers even better.”

Belasco says the contributions have been much larger than originally anticipated as he expected to receive about $1,000 to have one taco truck. However, donations have surpassed its campaign goal of $5,000. By Tuesday, the second day of strikes, the campaign has raised over $22,000 to feed teachers on strike.

The strike has gotten national attention and support from teachers across the country who have contributed to the campaign.

“What’s cool is we’ve gotten support from teachers across the country in places like Chicago and even Virginia,” Belasco said. “The country is watching the strike and they’re giving to a good cause as well.”

The LAUSD is nation’s second largest school district and stretches across 710 square miles across LA county. Seventy-three percent of its students are Latino and are low-income as more than 80 percent of its students get free or reduced-price lunches. Belasco says these teachers are striking for more than just pay raises but better teaching environments that include smaller classrooms and new materials.

“These teachers are fighting for the future of these kids and are taking leave without pay because they believe its a fight for not only for public schools in LA but for education,” Belasco said.

Teachers are being treated to more than just tacos as students and community members pitch in to feed the teachers.

These small gestures from students have kept teachers energized in their battle for better teaching conditions.

It’s clear that the communities they serve are behind them and their fight.

Parents of LAUSD students are posting photos and messages of support calling on others to get behind the teachers who educate and care for their children.

As the strike enters its second day, teachers are standing firm in their fight.

Red is the color of solidarity for the teachers strike. #RedforEd

Only time will tell if the strike initiates the change that teachers are demanding.

Do you stand with the teachers on strike? Let us know.


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Make Your Super Bowl Party The Talk Of Your Friends With These Delicious Snacks

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Make Your Super Bowl Party The Talk Of Your Friends With These Delicious Snacks

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If you’re like me when the Super Bowl rolls around, you only care about two things: the commercials and the food. So let’s get down to business. Whether you are hosting a Super Bowl party or bringing a dish to a hangout, unless you don’t mind everyone thinking you’re tacky as heck, you better not just come in with a six-pack and Dorritos. Spice things up by bringing an impressive dish.

The Super Bowl isn’t a random football game; it’s the game of all games, so you have to wow everyone around you with amazing food. Not just any type. Say goodbye to deviled eggs and buffalo wings. I’m talking delicious Latin cuisine that is easy to make and even better to eat.

Taquitos

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You cannot go wrong with a fried tortilla. These taquitos, however, are made with potatoes rather than meat, so your vegetarian friends won’t make a fuss. Make sure you use Mexican cheese and crema for the topping.

Individual 7-Layer Dips

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Parties are infamous for including the 7-layer dip. This recipe, however, isn’t served in a big grandma style casserole but rather in individual cups. This way people can take the dip and watch the game, and it’s less messy.

Nachos

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Nachos are probably the best thing to eat at any game. Create these nachos with carne asada, beans, tomatoes, and Mexican crema, which is available at any grocery store.

Salsa

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There’s no way you can be at a party without serving salsa. It is an easy recipe that anyone can make. Why not try your hand at creating a guaranteed show stopper at this year’s Super Bowl party.

Carne Asada Fries

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One of my favorite things to eat when I visit San Diego is scarfing down some mean carne asada fries. That area is famous for it! This recipe is relatively easy to make. You have a nacho recipe but without the chips. Also, you don’t want to include beans in this recipe because it’ll make the fry soggy.

Guacamole Dip With Lemon

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The texture in which you like to consume guacamole is an individual thing. Do you want it chunky, smooth, spicy, or mild? I love all kinds of guacamole, but mainly I like it with lots of lemons.

Taco Buffet

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If you tell people that you’re going to be serving Latin food during the Super Bowl game, they’re certainly going to think that you’ll have tacos. Instead of serving tacos the old fashion way (already made), why not let them make their tacos? But each topping in its bowl, serve various kinds of meats, and you’re done!

Sweet Plantains

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Your Super Bowl party will need something sweet. Instead of serving cookies or boring brownies, why not cook some plantains?

Frijoles Borrachos

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I love beans, but sometimes they can be kind of dull. So rather than serve pinto or black pins, why not serve them drunk? Okay, that sounds weird, but frijoles borrachos — or frijoles charros — are so much better, especially for a party. They have so much more flavor and can be eaten with chips or a spoon. It’s up to you!

Queso Dip

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Your Super Bowl party must have a side of queso — melted Mexican cheese — which is very different from typical nacho cheese that you’ll find at a baseball game. Remember to spice up your queso, so it stands out. Add jalapenño, red pepper, and green onions.

Mexican Chili Beans

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Here’s another way to serve up tasty beans. This recipe takes regular chili beans and kicks up a notch (with corn, various kinds of beans, and lots of spices).

Nacho Bites

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If you’re already serving nachos, don’t bother with this recipe. However, if your guests are a little more sophisticated, these nacho bites are the way to go. They’re not as messy and so cute! Even better to eat.

Ceviche With Crackers

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If you have time on your hands to create something extraordinary, I highly suggest giving your guests some seafood via a tangy and flavorful appetizer.

Mini Quesadillas

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You cannot fail with quesadillas. If you serve them in small triangles, people can eat them as chips, or top them with all sorts of toppings. I suggest you make the quesadillas with Oaxacan cheese.

Mexican Potato Chips

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Alright, if you want to bring something super easy or if you don’t want to fuss with much, serve chips. Not any kind of chip, obviously, but Latino chips that are extra spicy or full of lemon.

Cucumbers Con Sal Y Limon

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For a healthier kind of treat cucumbers with salt and lemon are very tasty. So tasty in fact, you will have someone drink the leftover juice from the plate. It’s effortless to make.

Mini Tamales

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Again, if you have time to cook something more special these mini tamales will undoubtedly be a hit at your Super Bowl party. Think of the tamales you eat during the holiday, but smaller.

Fresas Con Crema

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For those people who love sweet things, this easy to make strawberries with cream dessert is so yummy. You need heavy cream, strawberries, and sugar.

Burrito Bowl Bar

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If you’re on a low-carb diet like me (ugh!) and still want to eat your heart out, come Sunday, this burrito bar will be your best friend. Put every burrito ingredient you can think of in its bowl (onions, lettuce, tomato, meat, cheese, etc.) and let people create their burrito bowl. They can add chips if they want!

Mini Burritos

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Now, of those who don’t mind eating a tortilla, you can also serve mini-style burritos, making them easier to eat. All you need is your burrito toppings and the mini flour tortillas.

Now enjoy the food— and the game!


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