I have seen families ripped apart by incest and violence, children thrown away, left and abandoned at an early age. I have also witnessed what it can do to a child if their neglect is not taken into account, recognized, soothed and validated. These children will grow up to have no respect for human life as a young adult. It is a continuous cycle.
Imagine that you walk into the newborn nursery ward at an American hospital and you see 100 babies in their bassinets. You are then informed that 33 of these babies will spend time in jail or prison.
With more than 2.3 million young adults living in the L.A. area, I want to use RipeBrand as a catalyst to create a social revolution that rallies us together to generate awareness and get involved in our community.
More and more young people across the country are saying "yes" to service, and for those fortunate enough to serve, their work is paying off. However, there are not enough opportunities for most young people to turn their ideals into action.
And so began a grueling 228-mile journey for our six-person relay team, the Night Train Swimmers, who embarked on an open-water relay effort that would go on to break the world record for longest open water relay swim and raised nearly $228,000 for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Throughout our country's history -- electricity, along with the men and women who produce it, harness it and deliver it into our homes and businesses -- has been a vital part of America's progress. But it hasn't always been easy making sure America's progress lives up to our principles.
Tonight at midnight, as June 6th gives way to June 7th, there is the powerful nexus between two symbolic dates in world history. Dates which have played a pivotal role in my life and career, as well as milestones on our world's journey towards justice.
With significant deficits in the city's budget, and public debate over city employee raises and cuts in services, the notion of ending homelessness for 23,500 Angelenos seems daunting.
This year the Concrete Hero 2013 Urban Obstacle Challenge will be held at Los Angeles State Historic Park and will feature several new L.A.-themed obstacles and an extended five-mile route through the streets and alleyways of downtown.
I have achieved things that I would have never attempted if it were not for ulcerative colitis. Things that I used to say, "I can't" to are now replaced with "I can and I will!"
How many times in your life have you wondered, been gnawed at by the desire to affect some sort of positive change in this world? Often, you say? You are not alone. How many times do you listen to that desire? Give in to it?
One afternoon in late March of 2009 it occurred to me that I didn't need anyone to organize a beach cleanup for me. I could just grab a bag and go. Over the next few weeks I started The Daily Ocean beach cleanup project to photograph, weigh and share what I found online with people.
What can you do if you're lonely in Los Angeles during the holiday season? You should shift your focus off your own loneliness by volunteering your time to help others.
Under our current roster of "experienced politicians" Los Angeles is drowning in debt and the quality of life has gradually deteriorated. Is this any way to run a city?
Now more than ever, it is important to look to effective models of serving the homeless community and implement them across our urban cities most affected by this issue.
Imagine the most challenged communities getting a simple music class once a week. Imagine linking those communities with each other across the nation. Imagine Sound Art.