Andres Magana

  • Statement on Pope Francis Acknowledgement on Gay Civil Unions

    On behalf of so many LGBTQ members of the Roman Catholic community, we welcome the statement by Pope Francis on the acknowledgment and acceptance of gay civil unions.

    As a Catholic gay community leader, my fiancé and I attend our local parish church on a weekly basis. You can usually find us at 10:00 a.m. mass every Sunday sitting in the front row on the side of the altar. We sit there purposely.

    For too long we would sit in the rear of a church for fear of rejection as a gay couple. We quickly understood the importance of challenging that fear and took ownership of our place in our church. This simple act, albeit intentionally personal, went on to show to others that each of us should be proud of our love and devotion to God. It is just to believe that everyone is deserving of sitting in the front row.

    Today, we are often stopped by parishioners asking for our assistance to help host discussions with family members so they can become more accepting of their gay children. We see too often that families are torn apart because the authenticity of their child is often questioned. In having these discussions, so many members of our community can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Since the beginning, we have heard statements from clergy condemning homosexuality as sinful and intrinsically evil. In our Latino community, many still believe that whatever the local priest says is the literal word of God. Today, we have hope. We have a compassionate and loving Pope Francis who is leading the church through difficult times to bring healing to the many who have been disregarded by church leaders as sinners. Pope Francis truly cares about humanity and the sanctity of our spirit.

    We know that the conservative and fringe groups of the Catholic Church will disagree with our Pope and possibly attack him for it. Let it be clear, we are here to defend him. It is important that we come out to families and our parish priests, educating them about who we are. For you see, we are the church.

    As LGBTQ Catholics, we pray for continued strength for our Pope Francis to continue to lead our church through these challenging times. And as soon as we are able to attend service in person, we invite you to join us in the front row where we all belong.

     

    Statement by Richard L. Zaldivar, Executive Director / Founder

  • published GET TO ZERO LA 2020-09-28 12:41:19 -0700

    Get to Zero LA

    With the real possibility of eliminating HIV in the United States, community-based organizations like The Wall Las Memorias are hard at work making the national slogan of "Getting to Zero and Staying at Zero" a reality. Under the current administration's Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) campaign, the ambitious plan outlines its strategy to end HIV using both biomedical prevention tools as well as by tackling the pervasive social barriers that create challenges in the delivery of prevention services. Making widespread prevention tools like PrEP and HIV testing available to vulnerable populations will increase the reach of advocacy efforts and help sustain healthy habits of community members over the long term.

    Locally, Get to Zero LA is The Wall Las Memorias' innovative approach to confronting these barriers and achieving zero new HIV infections in Los Angeles County. Our campaign begins with making it easy for people at high risk of infection-- gay/queer men, transgender persons, cis-gender women of color, and people who may use substances-- to access testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Get to Zero LA HIV testing services are conducted by peer community health specialists that reflects the diversity of this population. Services are provided in a manner that are culturally appropriate and free of cost for all members of the community. 

     

    AVAILABLE SERVICES

    >> HIV Testing & Counseling - TWLM continues to provide HIV prevention services to the general public under our culturally competent HIV testing and counseling services. HIV testing is conducted by peer community health specialists and are free of cost for all members of the community at both of our DTLA and Highland Park office locations.

     

    FREE HIV TESTING

    Free rapid HIV testing is currently offered by appointment only Mondays - Fridays from 9 am - 6pm. Precautions are being taken at both locations to ensure the safety and privacy of our clients. To make your appointment with one of our friendly HIV testing counselors click on the "Schedule an HIV Test" button above or call (323) 257-1056 ext. 41 for more information.

    >> Highland Park Office - 5619 Monte Vista Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042

    >> DTLA Office - 800 W. 6th Street, Suite 750, Los Angeles, CA 90017

  • published TWLMP in the News 8_3_2020 in TWLM in the News 2020-08-04 09:41:33 -0700

    Prevention Experts, Community, Sound Alarm on LA’s Meth Crisis

    "More than 130 health and addiction experts, policy makers, and members of the LGBTQ community in Southern California joined the Zoom meeting to discuss the extent of the meth problem in Los Angeles..."

    Read the full story in The Body (click here).

  • published TWLM in the news 7_23_2020 in TWLM in the News 2020-07-23 15:15:01 -0700

    Meth Epidemic Getting Worse; Researchers, Community Respond

    "Some public health officials are looking through the intersectional lens of HIV/AIDS, STDs, mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention, however. And on July 21, Richard Zaldivar, founder and executive director of The Wall Las Memorias, a non-profit LGBTQ Latino-focused community health and wellness organization, brought a number of those top professionals together for the Act Now Against Meth virtual roundtable."

    Read the full story in the LA Blade (click here). 

  • published ACT NOW AGAINST METH 2020-07-09 09:44:56 -0700

    Act Now Against Meth


    The Wall Las Memorias Project (TWLMP) would like to thank you for participating in our Act Now Against Meth Virtual Roundtable on Tuesday, July 21st.. We enjoyed having community members and health professionals join our conversation on crystal meth and HIV amongst queer, gay and bisexual men in Los Angeles.

    Big thank you to LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, L.A County Board PresidentMario Perez, Director of the Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP), Dr. Gary Tsai, Interim Director and the Medical Director of SAPC, Cheryl Barrit, Executive Director of Los Angeles County HIV Commission, and Dr. Steve Shoptaw, Center Director of UCLA’s Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS). We also appreciate our community testimonies from Eric Dixon and Joey Flamboyant (TWLM Community Organizer).

    Our next steps are to meet with community member and to create a strategy and recommendations to address crystal meth in Los Angeles. The Wall Las Memorias Project and Act Now Against Meth will bring these recommendations to the Los Angeles County. 

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    >> Act Now Against Meth: Service Provider Meeting - Oct. 16th | 2:00 - 3:30 PM

     

    RESEARCH INFO

    >> Methamphetamine Use and HIV in MSM in LA: Biology and Behavior by Steve Shoptaw, PhD

    >> Methamphetamine in Los Angeles County by Gary Tsai, MD

     

    For more information, feel free to reach out to us at info@twlmp.org or calling (323) 257-1056.

     

  • published NAME SUBMISSION FORM 2020-07-07 16:00:34 -0700

    Name Submission Form

    The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) is dedicated to promoting wellness and preventing illness among communities of color affected by HIV/AIDS by using the inspiration of The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument as a catalyst for social change. We invite community members at large to submit the names of loved one's lost to AIDS or HIV complications. New names will be engraved onto the name panels on the monument and revealed during a special re-dedication ceremony to mark the unveiling of the renovated site. The names submission process is currently free of cost and open to community members from throughout the country. We also invite you to submit photos and videos of your loved one's along with your names submission form to info@twlmp.org. 

  • published AIDS Monument Updates 2020-07-06 15:49:14 -0700

    AIDS Monument Updates

    Friends, it is our hope that you are well during these difficult times. As we continue our important work to serve the community through virtual platforms, we are eager to share with you some exciting updates. 

    The renovation of The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument had been delayed for the past several months due to a lack of supplies for the construction. However we are happy to report to you that construction has resumed at Lincoln Park and we anticipate a completion of the project sometime in mid summer!

    Due to COVID-19, our dedication plans for the monument will have to be altered as well. We are creating a planning committee that will be able to work with us on the production of a safe and exciting event in the fall. We will inform you of the planned event as soon as we have more information.

    We would also like to remind you that our name submission process for the AIDS Monument is open and free of charge during this time. To submit a name of someone who passed away from AIDS or HIV complications and for updates on the monument construction (including access to renderings of the final design), please visit our web site at thewalllasmemorias.org/monument

    Thank you for your continuing support. Please be safe and wear a mask when you are in public.

     

    Sincerely,

    Richard L. Zaldivar

    Executive Director/Founder

     

  • published TWLM in the News in TWLM in the News 2020-06-29 20:57:52 -0700

    How George Floyd’s Death & COVID-19 Reshaped My Identity as a Gay Latinx Man

    "After meeting two staff members from The Wall Las Memorias Project, I was encouraged to attend the organization’s support group for Latino gay, bi and queer questioning men. I nervously took them up on the invitation, and for the next few months, I began to attend the organization’s bimonthly meetings in its downtown L.A. office."

    Read the full story in The LA Times (click here).

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Memo

    TWLM friend, this was truly the week that was.

    Today the United States Supreme Court ruled the Trump Administration cannot rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals known as DACA which ultimately provides protection from deportation for at least 650,000 children of immigrants.

    This ruling provides protection to our under-served communities who have been singled out by this administration in an attempt to create a second class of people. But we must make DACA permanent. Congress must act now to make this a law so that our future Dreamers have a process in place to apply for this status.

    Earlier this week this same court ruled that federal civil rights law does in fact protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Both these cases are huge for our historically marginalized communities.

    What is evident this week is that fighting for social justice does work but it is far from over. Now is the time to making sure that our friends and family members are registered to vote as voting is our weapon for a call to action for justice, equality and freedom.

  • published Black Lives Matter Memo in BLM Memo 2020-06-29 20:34:01 -0700

    Black Lives Matter Memo

    This past week our country has heard the voices of its' people. People from every part of our nation and world have spoken out against racism and the murder of George Floyd.

    In 1965, Los Angeles experienced the Watts riots and then again we experienced the Rodney King riots in 1992. We said that things would change, yet things have not.

    We mourn the death of George Floyd and so many other Black community members including countless other people of color who have been killed or beaten because of the color of their skin.

    We must learn from the past calls for justice and say that we will not forget this injustice and demand change from our elected officials and hold them accountable for not enacting changes and holding law enforcement accountable.

    Demanding change of government is not enough as we must examine the anti-blackness that exists in our communities and in our own families. Change cannot be accomplished until we hold ourselves accountable in understanding the plight of the struggle of people who may not look like ourselves.

    Our history will be determined not by what we say to create change but what we have done to create that change.

    Together we have the opportunity to help write history. It is the time to act! It is time to raise our voice, engage and to VOTE. Our ballot and our voice are our weapon against injustice.

    The Wall Las Memorias joins our community in saying that, Black Lives Matter.

    God bless you and your loved ones.

     

    Sincerely,

    Richard L. Zaldivar

    Executive Director/Founder

  • published Building Healthy Communities in Programs 2020-04-15 16:23:05 -0700

    Building Healthy Communities - Boyle Heights

    The Health Happens with Prevention campaign under the Building Health Communities, Boyle Heights is a group of passionate individuals who have been grounded in community to combat issues such as health care inequality, access to mental health, and addressing barriers among communities of color and under served individuals. Boyle Heights is home to 86,118 residents alone and is often forgotten and left with few resources. As a collective we work together to advocate for policy and systems change. In this process we welcome all residents and youth to take part in leading this effort. Our push for policy change is our driving force to leave sustainable lasting impacts in our communities. More information available: Click Here

     

    Partnering Community Organizations Include:

     

     

    Community Resources:

    COVID-19 Resources Guide - This resource guide is complied of several guides created by community and community organizations to help folks find resources during the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles with an emphasis on the Boyle Heights Community. Click Here

     

    Upcoming Events:

    Coming Soon.

     

    BHC - Boyle Heights Socials:

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bhcboyleheights/

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BHCBoyleHeights/

    Twitter - @BHCBoyleHeights

     

     

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