At an Obama fundraiser in '08, when I was organizing volunteers in California, I met Arianna Huffington. I told her how I had checked her coat at a party just a few years earlier and she had been kind to me. We spoke about politics and she asked me what I wanted to do next. I said I wanted to write about the issues close to my heart. She gave me her card and, ever since, I have written opinion pieces for The Huffington Post, CNN.com, and other national outlets. I am currently working on my first full-length book Consenting to Lead. I owe it all to Ms. Huffington for giving me my start.
"AVERAGE BERNIE VOTER JOINS TEAM ABUELA"
To see Lucia's writing on The Washington Press, click HERE.
To see Lucia's writing on Verified Politics, click HERE.
To see Lucia's writing on Occupy Democrats, click HERE.
"The Actress: Isabelle Huppert" for NO TOFU
"If you came up in the New York theater in the 2000′s, as I did, and cut your teeth in tiny, but respected off-Broadway houses, like the Rattlestick, the McGinn/Cazale, 2nd Stage, LaMama, you hoped, you prayed, to even approach the outskirts of the orbit of the planet-sized talent of Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman."
"Now I am the mother two little black girls. Yes, black. You and I know they are mixed-race, and I do not wish to diminish my genetic and cultural contributions to their respective lives, but the world sees them as black (just ask President Obama). The white world they see confronts me at every turn and I become a vicious mama bear as I attempt to regale them with representations of people who look like them, so they know they are beautiful and worthy to be portrayed in the media . . ."
One of my early Huffington Post pieces, "Why Arts is a Matter of Social Justice and Why It Will Save the World," was quoted in the California Creative Industries Revitalization Act Hearings and has been taught in universities.
For further opinion pieces, please also see my bio page for Americans for the Arts: ARTSBlog