Andres Magana

  • published TWLM In The News 4_13_21 in TWLM in the News 2021-04-13 11:04:51 -0700

    As Trial Unfolds in Death of George Floyd, Faith Leaders Join Police in Urging Calm in Los Angeles


    [The Wall Las Memorias Project] Founder Richard Zaldivar said at the news conference they believe it is possible to advance social justice without resorting to violence or destruction. Zaldival cited the historic examples of Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mother Teresa and others.

    “We can change our community. We can speak up with respect. But we ask no violence,” Zaldivar said.


    Read the full story in the Los Angeles Daily News (click here).

  • published Statement on Stop AAPI Hate in TWLM in the News 2021-03-19 14:47:21 -0700

    Statement on Stop AAPI Hate

    For too long the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has experienced prejudice in our nation. That prejudice and hatred has been increased by the former presidential administration by calling them names and making them responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Today we see increases of attacks, hatred, verbal violence, white supremacy and bigotry against that community in Los Angeles, San Francisco and throughout our nation. Those attacks reflect the smallness of the human capacity to accept all humanity as God’s children and it must stop. 

    We must stop the ignorance. We must stop the hate. We must educate our community about the uniqueness of our different cultures. We must all come together to hold those accountable for the destruction of body and soul.

    The members and supporters of The Wall Las Memorias say NO to hate! We stand with our brothers and sisters from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to support them during these difficult and challenging times.

    We are ready to walk with you side by side to fight this hate.

    Together we will overcome.


    Statement by The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM)

  • Statement on US Citizenship Act of 2021

    Yesterday, Thursday, February 18, 2021, Rep. Linda Sanchez of California and Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, which if passed, would provide an eight-year citizenship path to over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

    In response, President Joe Biden reiterated that the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is part of his administration’s commitment to modernize the current flawed immigration system and provide a clear roadmap to citizenship for undocumented individuals. The proposed bill will not only, “restore humanity and American values to our immigration system,” but also “[provide] hardworking people who enrich our communities every day and who have lived here for years, in some cases for decades, an opportunity to earn citizenship,” according to the Biden Administration.

    “The bill will stimulate our economy while ensuring that every worker is protected. The bill creates an earned path of citizenship for our immigrant neighbors, colleagues, parishioners, community leaders, friends, and loved ones – including Dreamers and the essential workers who have risked their lives to serve and protect American communities,” as noted on The White House official website.  

    “We applaud the action of congress members Representative Linda Sanchez and Senator Bob Menendez for their vision in bringing justice to the American dream for so many of our brothers and sisters,” said Richard Zaldivar, executive director of The Wall Las Memorias. “This legislation will help our country heal from the suffering of the past and help provide clarity to live the American dream.”

    Under the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, modernization of the current U.S. Immigration System would include clearer pathways to citizenship and strengthened labor protections, prioritization of smarter border controls, and addressing root causes of migration.


    Statement by The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM)

  • published Stop the Spread: Protege tu Familia in COMMUNITY HEALTH 2021-01-14 14:15:26 -0800

    Stop the Spread: Protege tu Familia


    The Wall Las Memorias' (TWLM) Stop the Spread: Protege Tu Familia campaign is part of a county-wide effort to stop COVID-19 from further impacting our most vulnerable communities. Our educational and grassroots campaign will provide the most current information on COVID-19 from the Public Health Department, and cover systems navigation in order to build community capacity for health and wellness during this pandemic.

    Stop the Spread: Protege tu Familia welcomes all community partners in the Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, East Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley communities and beyond to participate in this virtual prevention campaign! In an effort to be inclusive of all community members, we welcome all types of community-based organizations, faith institutions, education groups and academia, businesses, neighborhood councils, law enforcement groups, unions and labor groups to get involved in our efforts to keep our communities safe and healthy.

    Community Partners will benefit from a menu of services including custom-made COVID-19 educational trainings for their constituents, clients, and/or customers; personalized co-branded videos edited by a professional video editor; co-branded marketing materials for virtual distribution; co-sponsored COVID-19 town halls; and linkage to TWLM's menu of services including mental health services, substance abuse prevention, HIV testing, counseling services, and more. All program services can be provided with Spanish translation upon request.



    >> Community Partners Sign-Up Form (click here)



    >> COVID-19 Resources - TWLM is hard at work to keep our community members safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to find a list of accurate, up to date, local resources and services to help. For assistance navigating through these resources, call (323) 257-1056 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

    >> Stop the Spread: Protege Tu Familia Overview (click here) en Español (haga clic aquí)



    >> Stop the Spread: Protege Tu Familia COVID-19 Town Hall (rsvp here) - February 24th - 6:00 PM (PT)



    Adriana Martinez - [email protected]

    Elba Aguilar - elba[email protected]

    Kathryn Aguenza - [email protected]

  • 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. 



    >> 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.



    Currently, TWLM offers free HIV testing by appointment only Mondays - Fridays from 9 am - 6pm. To make your appointment with one of our friendly HIV testing counselors click on "Schedule An HIV Test" above or email [email protected] 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

    In 2020, The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) launched the Act Now Against Meth campaign to meet the dire need to confront the methamphetamine epidemic in Los Angeles County. TWLM, along with the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS), organized community partners, service providers, researchers and policy advocates to raise awareness and develop recommendations for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) officials to better address meth use in the county. The Act Now Against Meth mission is to build a countywide community coalition to work in partnership with Los Angeles County to end meth use and its negative impact on our communities.



    >> Act Now Against Meth Community Summit - March 23rd | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

    Click here to see the program agenda and to learn more.



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

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

    >> Methamphetamine: Updates (March 23, 2021) by Steve Shoptaw, PhD

    >> Intersection of Meth and Key HIV & Syphilis Indicators by Mario J. Perez, MPH


    For more information, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] 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 [email protected] 

  • 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

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



    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.



    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:

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    Twitter - @BHCBoyleHeights



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