getting ready for changes at union station (08/26, 1-6 pm, organized by @stephenvandyck for @laroadconcerts & @metro.art.la). thinking about the leveled community on which union station was built. thinking about how an area so important to latinx and asian-american (specifically mexican- and chinese-american, but let’s not act like histories don’t intertwine and countries of origin are so clear cut) history is now a travel hub surrounded by prisons (metropolitan detention center, currently housing ppl apprehended by ice [whose hq is right behind the building], to the left & twin towers correctional facility & men’s central jail to the right). thinking about what’s left of these communities has been sterilized af. thinking about walking and traveling thru what used to be someone’s home or favorite restaurant. thinking about the use of union station in mexican repatriation. thinking about the massacre of 1871, in which (on a street called calle de los negros) white & mexican-american men viciously killed 20 chinese & chinese-american men for a crime that they did not commit. thinking about the zanja madre, the first source of water to los angeles, that ran thru here. thinking about the violence and freedom of travel and its forms. thinking about how a map that shows everything will tell its reader nothing. thinking about how i’m so bad at filtering thru research and just want to share everything all of the time.