LOS ANGELES — This month, Latino comics celebrities, including: The award-winning writer/performer Rick Najera, with performances by Johnny Sanchez (MadTV, Happy Feet), Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) and many others, came together to put on “I AM 38” statewide comedy tour in support of Proposition 38 that raises educational awareness.
Proposition 38 is the initiative that supports public education in California and demands to see real money go to California schools; It is on the November 6, 2012 ballot in California.
“Education is the future. By opening a classroom door you keep a prison door closed, education gives you better choices, it has always being the key” said Rick Najera.
The tour wants to draw attention to Prop 38, and emphasizes on how important it is for schools, by using humor in the shows. “Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have proven that injecting humor into the political dialogue helps to draw the attention of young voters. If by doing this comedy tour we can inform members of the Latino community and others to support Prop 38, then we will have done our job,” said Najera. “It’s a fantastic show, with fantastic comedians getting the word out,” added Johny Sanchez.
“Funding for education is going down and enrollment for Latinos is up. I don’t want to wake up in a California that is not educated,” said Najera, who thinks people should be politically part of this country. “We are part of this country. I want every Latino voting because it is helping our people. It´s beneficial for everybody,” concluded Sanchez.
A portion of the profits from the shows will benefit the Redwood City Education Foundation & Redwood City Library Foundation, Latino Theater Company and SOLID Rhythm, an afterschool dancing program for underprivileged youth that provides a structured learning environment where kids cannot only learn, but build valuable skills while having fun.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th – ORANGE COUNTY
Comics: Johnny Sanchez, Jill-Michele Melean, Rudy Moreno, George Perez, Rick Najera
Org receiving proceeds: Pending.·
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th – REDWOOD CITY
Comics: Johnny Sanchez, George Perez, Rick Najera and more
Org receiving proceeds: Redwood City Education Foundation & Redwood City Library Foundation·
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12th – SAN BERNARDINO
Comics: Rudy Moreno, Mauricio Herrera and more
Org receiving proceeds: pending