Skip to Content

‘Tacos For Teachers’ Seeks to Feed Teachers If They Hit the Picket Lines

2:30 PM PST on January 8, 2019

[dropcap size=big]M[/dropcap]emo to teachers preparing to join the picket lines on Thursday: There will be tacos.

Some 34,000 L.A. public school teachers are scheduled to strike January 14, unless a last-minute deal is made in their Wednesday meeting with LAUSD. (The original strike date of January 10 was postponed as the two sides battle in court.) A small relief comes in the form of a GoFundMe campaign called Tacos for Teachers that would bring taco trucks to the UTLA picket line, and L.A. wouldn’t have it any other way.

The campaign has has so far reached $10,500 in eight days. The crowdsourced tacos gained enough traction to start trending on GoFundMe. It was started by Democratic Socialist of Los Angeles (DSA-LA) and  Los Angeles International Socialist Organization.

So far, DSA has confirmed tacos will be provided by Zingo Tacos in El Sereno at the following locations and schedule. 

Jan. 14, 7 am: Robert F Kennedy Community Schools - 3188 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Jan. 15, 12:30 pm: El Sereno Middle School - 2839 N Eastern Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Jan. 16, 3 pm: Theodore Roosevelt High School - 456 S Mathews St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Jan. 17, 7 am: North Hollywood High School - 5231 Colfax Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Jan. 18, 7 am: Venice High School - 13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

The specifics were announced Friday. But DSA and ISO say they are still looking into adding more stops and more taqueros. Any remaining funds from the GoFundMe not used on tacos will go to Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.

"We're looking at a number of taco trucks,” DSA-LA organizer Max Belasco told L.A Taco on Tuesday. “The thing is that we're trying to get local ones for each area – one in Northeast L.A., one in West L.A., San Fernando Valley, and so on. We should have that figured out in the next couple of days.”

The strike has been brewing for several months with UTLA and LAUSD at odds over a new contract. The union is hoping to reduce class sizes and better wages for teachers. Los Angeles Unified has said classes will continue if the strike goes on as planned.  

These tacos will fuel the strikers and seems like the most appropriate food for a strike in L.A. We all owe the teachers of Los Angeles a taco or four.

[Updated: January 11, 2018]

RELATED: Where’s Eric Garcetti? ~ L.A. Mayor Ignored by Teachers Union After Offering to Mediate

Already a user?Log in

Thanks for reading!

Register to continue

Become a Member

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

Spot Check: Colombian Desgranados In Echo Park, Mexican Wine Festival At Mírate, and Perverted Waffles in DTLA

Plus, a party highlighting pan-African cuisine, a new Taiwanese cookbook by an awarded local from the San Gabriel Valley, and a Little Saigon food festival that starts tonight! Welcome back to Spot Check!

September 22, 2023

This 24-Year-Old Latina Mortician Beautifies the Dead and Influences the Living

Growing up in Arleta with a first-generation family from El Salvador, Berrios admits that her family only embraced her career choice two years ago, after she started to win awards like “Young Funeral Director of the Year.” The 24-year-old works as the licenced funeral director and embalmer at Hollywood Forever cemetery. As a young person born in peak Generation Z, she's documented her deathcare journey on TikTok and has accrued more than 43K followers on the platform. 

September 21, 2023

Meet ‘Carnitas Rogelio,’ The Family-Run Stand With The Best Michoacán-Style Carnitas O.C. Has to Offer

Michoacán-raised Rogelio Gonzalez slices the cuerito (the pig skin) in a checkered pattern to ensure a light crunch in each bite and utilizes every part of the pig, from the feet to the liver and intestines, which he binds together in a braid. 

September 20, 2023

‘The Office’ Star Rainn Wilson Brought Jerk Chicken Tacos to the Picket Lines Outside of Paramount Studios

In three hours, D's Tipsy Tacos and her team passed out “roughly 100 plates” of tacos, burritos, rice, beans, nachos, and quesadillas to striking screenwriters and actors.

September 19, 2023

Five Common Plants to Avoid When Creating Your Green Spaces in L.A.

Almost every time I visit a property with landscaping issues, the problem starts with bad design: the wrong plants in the wrong place. Here's advice from a third-generation L.A. landscaper and noted taco expert.

September 19, 2023
See all posts