TWLM in the News
TWLM Fights for Abortion Rights
Posted by Andres Magana · June 28, 2022 4:16 PM
The action last week by the conservative justices of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the national ban on abortion is not based on law or the Constitution but is based on politics. It is disgusting, and our community is hurt by this decision.
This action represents the ability for this court to use their legal rationale to take away other rights such as gay marriage. It is clear, that this is part of a larger agenda by the right wing.
Please know that you are not alone in your anger and sadness regarding the court's decision. In the end, we have much to do for equality and justice.
We can and we will work together to strengthen our freedoms that are provided under our Constitution.
TWLM Executive Director
TWLM Stands with Ukraine
Posted by Andres Magana · February 28, 2022 3:30 PM
The world is much more dangerous today.
Russia has invaded Ukraine and has violated international order. An attack against innocent people is an attack against each of us.
The Russian leader needs to be held accountable for his actions. No dictator should have the right to enter another country to kill them or to control their freedoms.
As the world watches in shock in the developments on television, we invite you to join the membership of The Wall Las Memorias in praying for the people of Ukraine and the leaders of the free world to work for peace and resolve.
In addition to prayer, you can also make donations to the many charities of Ukraine to help support the people in need.
Let us send our love, support and prayer as we stand with Ukraine.
TWLM Executive Director
AIDS United Awards $100,000 to Support Leadership Development for Hispanic/Latinx People Living with HIV
Posted by Andres Magana · October 15, 2021 5:14 PM
AIDS United has awarded grants totaling $100,000 to five community-based organizations, including The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM), to help end HIV stigma and discrimination while building leadership among Hispanic/Latinx people living with HIV in a new pilot initiative. Please click here to read the full article.
Making Waves: Hispanic Heritage Month
Posted by Andres Magana · September 27, 2021 10:37 AM
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, 94.7 The Wave is recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of four members of the Hispanic community who have made a difference as part of their “Making Waves” campaign. Our Founder and Executive Director, Richard Zaldivar, was selected as one of this year’s honorees highlighting all that he has done to help the community through his work, philanthropy, and community outreach. We are thrilled about this and are excited to share the interview. Please click here to hear the full interview.
LA Football Club Honors TWLM with Community Spotlight at Pride Celebration
Posted by Andres Magana · July 16, 2021 2:37 PM
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) will recognize The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) as their Community Spotlight on Saturday, July 17th, during their game against Real Salt Lake.
For more than 26 years, The Wall Las Memories has worked tirelessly to serve as a community health and wellness organization for Latino, LGBTQ and other under-served populations through advocacy, education and building the next generation of leadership. “It is an incredible honor for us to be recognized for our work by the Los Angeles Football Club,,” says Richard Zaldivar, founder and executive director of TWLM, “The support from LAFC and their fans is a wonderful way for us to reach a wider audience and help even more community members. We look forward to Saturday’s event as well as continuing to foster our relationship with LAFC and its fans.”
TWLM's Pride Chat Series 2021
Posted by Andres Magana · May 26, 2021 5:26 PM
The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) team invites you to this year's Pride Chat Series happening throughout the month of June! Join the team as we hold space for our colorful LGBTQ community in celebration of Pride Month.
Look out for our special Pride Chat Series logo on various events throughout the month to learn about fun & educational Pride themed events! To see the full lineup, click here.
As Trial Unfolds in Death of George Floyd, Faith Leaders Join Police in Urging Calm in Los Angeles
Posted by Andres Magana · April 13, 2021 11:04 AM
[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).
Statement on Stop AAPI Hate
Posted by Andres Magana · March 19, 2021 2:47 PM
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
Posted by Andres Magana · February 22, 2021 4:05 PM
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)
Statement on Pope Francis Acknowledgement on Gay Civil Unions
Posted by Andres Magana · October 23, 2020 11:27 AM
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