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Fire Safety Tips

It’s been about a month since my family and I survived a house fire. It's been a roller coaster of ups and downs. I feel optimistic and very thankful to survive and recover from my injuries. We have been blessed by family, friends, colleagues, and the community for the generosity and support we have received. Our firefighters told me most fires occur in the kitchen or bedroom, either started by electrical or candle. I wanted to share some tips  to prevent house fires: Don't light candles Be trained w fire extinguishers Have 2 exits out of house  Have an emergency fire escape plan  Call 911 ASAP Test fire alarms  Have fire extinguishers in kitchen and bedroom  Resources :

Q&A: Virginia

Q: Tell me about yourself.  A: I am a first generation, Guatemalan-American, full time essential worker, bilingual Spanish mom of 3, wife and I love my family, close friends, staying healthy and trying to keep everything balanced at the moment.   Q: Many people are scared when they hear the word protest and equate it to looting , violence and destruction.What have you seen in your own neighborhood ? Have you seen businesses boarded up or affected ?   A: I have seen my city both protest and loot.  I have witnessed a peaceful protest and felt I made the right decision to mask up and join the peaceful protest that took place in my neighborhood park.  I live in one of the most populated cities in O.C and I did witness business in my neighborhood board up during a very stressful weekend on the first of June. Q:  Is protesting effective ? Have you or your family protested before ?  A: Yes, I do feel protesting is effective.  In order to get government officials to list

Q&A: Micah

Q. Tell me about yourself.    A: I’m a native Angeleno and have been fascinated with computers, video games and technology since I was 9 years old. I have over 20 years of interactive production and development experience. I've worked for Atari, AOL, Yahoo, Disney and JPL. I left JPL in 2017 to pursue a career in VR, which ultimately led to the creation of Esqapes . Q.  We have heard on social media and the news ways to solve systemic racism and police brutality. How do you think we can address this complex and multifaceted issue ?    Unfortunately this issue doesn’t have a “quick fix” or one-size-fits-all type of solution.  However, at the core there is a simple solution and it is integration. Even though Jim Crow is technically over, the US (and the world) remains fairly segregated through a number of different ways. Integration on a forced and functional level, is the only way people of different races will get to know, learn about and respect one another

Q&A: Ernie

Q: Tell me about yourself. I'm Ernie - grandfather of 2 and father of 2 children and Orange County resident.   Q: Anti- Filipino sentiment occurred in California, Hawaii and Alaska  in the 1920’s when Filipino laborers suffered anti-Oriental  prejudice (often confused with Japanese  that preceded before them) .  Filipinos were accused of taking jobs  from white Americans And attracting white Women that spurred the passing of Anti-miscegenation laws . Tell me more about the Ilocano Manongs and this historic time in Stockton .                    The Ilocano "manongs"  are the pioneers of Filipinos in America who worked in the farms of Central California and the fishing industry / canneries  in Alaska.  As their ancestors in the Ilocos provinces, these workers who were hired in the before the 1960s like the self-educated Carlos Bulosan (was just grade school in the Philippines) he documented by way of first person anecdotes of his and his comrades' experien

Q&A: Bao

Q:  Tell me about yourself. Hi, I’m Bao. Welcome to my TedTalk. I never realized how strange it is to talk about yourself when someone says “tell me about yourself” outside of a job interview.  I’m a 33 year old Vietnamese-American man. I was born in Saigon, Vietnam, grew up in Fountain Valley, California, and moved to Brooklyn, New York last year.  I’ve been in education and worked in underserved communities at charter schools for the past 8 years first in Carson, then in Santa Ana, and now in Brooklyn.  My parents and growing up on a steady dose of comic books and Saturday Morning cartoons instilled in me a sense of right and wrong and a love for the less fortunate that’s translated to a strong internal drive for justice.  Working in education has made me even more passionate about ensuring there is an even playing field of opportunity for marginalized communities. Also I love combat sports like MMA and boxing, and I enjoy art and graphic design.  Q: Y