Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thought it was all said and done with Obama? No, there is more political action going down. On Tuesday, March 3rd, the City of Cerritos (a suburb on the border of LA County and Orange County) will be holding an election for City Council. A good friend Mark Pulido (graduate of Whitney High in Cerritos, former UCLA Samahang Pilipino president/USAC President, and currently a member of the Artesia/Bellflower/Cerritos School Board) is running for a seat in the City Council and he needs our love and support.
Mark is a down brutha, and has many, many stories to tell about Southern California, Filipinos, hip hop culture, political activism, and community organizing since the late 1980s. One of my favorite stories is the legendary "Unity Jam" at UCLA in 1992 (correct me if I'm wrong), when a bunch of Filipino student organizations and mobile DJs jammed out to promote peace amidst ongoing violence.
Anyways, DJ Icy Ice will be on the wheels for the "Old School Cerritos" party, Mark's last event in lieu of his campaign. Here's the details:
Old School Cerritos Party for Mark Pulido
Thursday, February 26
O Bar and Restaurant
South Street & Gridley, Cerritos, CA
Please join DJ Icy Ice for a special Old School Cerritos Party in honor of Mark Pulido for Cerritos City Council.
ALL 21 & UP ARE WELCOME who support Mark, especially, if you grew up in the area in the 1970s, 80s & 90s.
THIS EVENT IS FREE - Donations of any amount are appreciated.
Election Day is March 3rd. Please visit our website for more details about the campaign and to make secure online donations.
* SPECIAL INVITES TO: Alumni of Artesia HS, Cerritos HS, Gahr HS, Tracy HS, Whitney HS, St. Joseph HS and St. John Bosco HS. All SCPASA Alumni - Cerritos College, UCLA, USC, CSULB, UCI, CSUF, CSUN, LMU, Cal Poly Pomona, CSUDH, CSULA, UCSD, SDSU, LBCC, LACC, El Camino, Cypress, MSAC, etc. Friends from the old school Spectrum, United Kingdom, and Legend days."
What? Legend days? Yup, that's right up my alley way: "Legend" documentary.
Finally, I'm curious about what "Old School Cerritos" means. I imagine big hair, fishnet stockings, backspins, and freestyle music. But that's what I gather from the flyers and pictures collected for "Legend." These images are a decade or more prior to the formation of groups like Cerritos All Stars. I guess we can't downplay the importance (centrality?) of this quiet LA suburb in Filipino youth culture.
For now, perhaps this "Old School Cerritos" party is a documenting text in the growing historiography of Filipinos in hip hop culture.