Randy Jurado Ertll

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Social Justice Activist

Los Angeles, California

Randy Jurado Ertll, attended some of the toughest public schools within Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). He and his family moved dozens of times throughout Los Angeles. He attended Menlo Avenue Elementary School—which he loved dearly as a child—even though violence was an everyday occurrence in the surrounding community. He survived James A. Foshay Junior High School in the mid 1980s.

As a child, he escaped a rural Civil War in El Salvador, and while in Los Angeles, he escaped an urban Civil War (taking place in South Central Los Angeles) by being accepted into the A Better Chance-ABC scholarship program by going far away to study at John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minnesota. Hella cold. He returned to his community by applying and being accepted into Occidental College where he was indoctrinated to become a social justice activist, reader, writer, free thinker, and free, rebel, spirit.

Randy obtained his master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University (APU) and is a certified social science teacher, and is the author of 12 non-fiction and fiction books.

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Posted Aug. 25, 2016

Here’s How ‘A Better Chance’ Helped Me Survive South Central Los Angeles

The inner city was my neighborhood. In the 1980s, when I was attending junior high school in South Central Los…

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

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