An Open Letter to Rep. Adam Schiff

March 18th, 2020

 

Dear Representative Adam Schiff of California’s 28th District,

The uncertain times we face as a nation are leading us to a crisis of which millions of Americans can and will be exposed to CoronaVirus. In combating the effort to hasten its spread, quarantines and lockdowns are starting to become the new normal. In the case of the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti and Governor Newsom have ordered the shutdown of bars, restaurants and large event venues. Social distancing is a new normal. Yet even with this, due to the lack of preparation our government had in regards to this pandemic, it is certain we are headed for a country wide lockdown. This inevitability has many Americans, in particular the millions such as myself living paycheck to paycheck, terrified at the possibility of falling behind on bills, not having money to provide food for themselves and their families, and to pay rents, mortgages in a city which the cost of living is astronomical. 

Being that I live in your district, my location in Hollywood has been advantageous in giving me convenient access to the city. Yet as you should know, to live here if you are an low income worker, requires two (even three jobs) to have the slightest sense of stability, and if you are someone who works in the restaurant service or hospitality industry-you more than likely don’t have a job due to the citywide closings. Before my current position, I worked in restaurants and former coworkers are scared. Their life’s work is being jeopardized. The way they feed their families is being jeopardized. Even worse, some private companies like Marriott have deprived their employees the opportunity to collect unemployment benefits for them, reverting them to zero week schedules to prevent them from being classified from being laid off so they can collect unemployment and health benefits. This is a very scary time for your constituents and citizens alike, and what we would expect from the government-of which our votes elect the representatives that represent US-is that they would immediately give us the relief to provide a sense of normalcy in these abnormal times.

Representative Schiff, perhaps it may appear not many of your constituents need the  financial support as this is a higher income earning area of Los Angeles. But know that within the hustle and bustle of West Hollywood, the by-the-thread multi ethnic hard working communities of Echo Park, Little Armenia and Thai Town, the vast Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park that lead over to the suburbs of Burbank and Glendale, and the gusts of the Angeles National Forest providing La Canada, Sunland, Tujunga and Pasadena fresh mountain air, that people such as myself face instability and sink further into the divide of wealthy and the poor. We are the ones who clean the houses, that serve and bartend, that cook and dish wash, that park cars and provide food and delivery services, and assist the many big time major studios that keep Hollywood running. If you will not think about us, please consider those in neighboring districts who make their cross town treks to work in these establishments. 

As you stated on your Twitter, $1,000 for every adult is something that while good, is not enough, especially for those lower income earners who live in your district. I for example make 25% less than the average median income of your district which is $65,849. There are those that I know that make far less. I implore you to please support an emergency monthly supplemental income of $2,000 as expressed by Senator Bernie Sanders. In fact I dare say, go further and double that. There needs to be a rent freeze as well for the many Angelenos who dread the due date of rent in less than two weeks, and many of them in situations with slumlords who do not care what tenants situation is. The Federal Reserve has injected $1.5 trillion in short term loans to save the stock market during this health crisis. Surely if we can do something to save private institutions, then we can provide financial security for the citizens that actually run the United States, yet are not thought of in the discussion on how to properly take care of us. We know ourselves as a collective better than any elected politician, and I and so many others are telling you, we need help. And we need it NOW.

This may fall on deaf ears, and the next two weeks are unpredictable as my words may not even make a dent in the establishment politics that have dominated Washington for several years. But to know that someone in your staff, or maybe you, will see the perspective of one of your concerned constituents and vouch for radical reforms to help the helpless. I am young, and my life is not yet revealed, but I know that if I don’t try to make an impact on opinion, I surely will have missed my opportunity to make a change.

Representative Schiff, I certainly hope that you won’t miss your opportunity to make one either.

Sincerely,

Antonio E. Herron

Resident of California’s 28th District

90028

 

crossing for a dream

I could say their names

over and over again

but here’s a picture of two out of three dead

So you can never forget

Don’t tell me not to put it

Don’t tell me it dehumanizes

This is how I fucking cope

I don’t run from the traumatized

People like us get it

But most of the world doesn’t

Faces of the conscious are gonna see this shit

You’re gonna learn to not love it

As much as I don’t.

Sure take your time

But don’t be coming round for me

Rather remember them the way they deserved

As a family reaching for a dream.

@earlofwords

pic credit @lazy.beam on Instagram

juneteenth

this is the only day

where i stand and salute

those abducted

who were separated

who were raped

who were bred

who were beaten

who were worked

who were starved

of the hunger to be free

but their souls lingered

just so they could find their way

to me.

i want my ancestors to know

that it’s hard out here and

chains just got replaced

with numbers

but i get through each and

every day

because

you

found

a

way.

@earlofwords

Throwback Thursday: @ the Bernie Sanders Rally in Pasadena

I went to the #BernieSanders rally in Pasadena about 2.5 weeks ago. To see a diverse group of people-old and young, all different culture and races-reassures me that we are all aren’t as divided as it appears. Sure, us on the left have different ideas on how to run a government and society, but at our base we want the same human rights: housing, healthcare, education, a living wage. The goal of comfortability as a people not corrupted or robbed by the wealthy and corporations. Where the workers and the people have an equal if not more say in the way the system works for us. Something we actually can say we the American people can believe in. For those of us further left than social democracy and have their qualms about him-I have mine too-your claims are valid. But realize something…unless you decide to start your version of the 2nd American Revolution tomorrow, this is the best you have when it comes to having your voice matter-and no this isn’t supporting “a lesser of two evils” scenario….deep down we know this is the only candidate at this point that would give the true left legitimate access to achieve our goals. This is the warm up. We would be fools to not take advantage. This campaign is the start of the change. The #DNC and the establishment knows this and they without hesitation will sabotage this like they did back in 2016. And if they manage not to….let’s make sure we finish the fight. And that goes beyond next November.

Here are some pics and video clips from that day:

i left my piss in Detroit

i left my piss in Detroit

and saw it go down the urinals filter holes

like a quiet fountain in a courtyard

filled with feces and the barely able

to afford

clean

water

some miles up north

i

envisioned the urine crystals venturing down the pipes that the poor swede must’ve made,

that left the Blacks to maintain

with wartime not prioritizing life

and neglect rectifying death

semi golden stream

flowing with the wastes of the unclean,

traveling through aqueducts of a million y’all tales,

“This one came from a yuppie.”

“This one came from a wholesome family”

“This block was formed on convict labor”

“This one was right after sex and bourbon”.

the gate keeper is unimpressed

it goes and goes and goes

filters its impenetrable molecules

to bond with our glands.

and it’s there we realize

our skins are forever contaminated

and the judgments of those with dirtier circumstances

are corrupted by the pointed syringe.

@earlofwords

Spent

There are some who ask me of what I do is worth it

That what use is my art if I make no dough from it

And I say that you’re right

This shit l do

I spend

way more time looking for work than actually working

I spend

Year after year in a town that I don’t know

I spend

time working jobs with people who love what they do while I work for someone elses dream

and yes I’m flaming with envy

but the bridge I’m building for myself I don’t want to burn while attempting to cross it

so I just keep going

Ask a nigga if he figures the trigger is the more preferable option without caution

Watch him rise to the top watch his top stop and falls so low you can’t even call him a flop

He’s more a sinker

Another forgotten being in the sunken place

I chase dreams of killing it on movie sets and worldwide stages

But the only thing I’m killing is my stomach because my paycheck dissolves faster than that extra saltine cracker I asked for with 99 cent chili from Wendy’s on my last dollar, hollering to the sky wondering why I bother with this dream when it seems I can’t get my shit together

These mood swings out here are renditions of changing weather

I feel so bright one day and wanna touch y’all with my sun

Then feel so cold that my heart breaks at even the slightest mishap

The universe must be giving God the latter feeling’s kickbacks.

Now about to the question.

Is it worth it.

Fuck do I know now.

But I know that I’m spent.

@earlofwords