PODCAST: Social change is a process. Councilman Richardson talks about the local awakening to racism

This week on “The Word on Long Beach,” we discuss the slow process of social change and how activism can happen with art.

:59 – We have talked a lot about racial justice and social change since the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. But since then, police reform has not happened at the pace many community activists who protested have hoped. Long Beach Councilman Rex Richardson discusses the process of acknowledging the problem and institutionalizing change on the local level in order to rebuild community trust.

26:47 – Through January, The Museum of Latin American Art will feature the work of renowned artist, muralist, international painter and social activist Judy Baca. We go inside the museum and meet with curator Gabriela Urtiaga as she explains how art can push the needle of social change.

You can see the work of Judy Baca Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and find out more information if you visit the museum website here.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.