This morning I see a blog on Grub Street LA, extolling a subsidiary of the Coffee Table called “Cafe con Leche” as the savior of Self Help Graphics and Art in East LA. Franchisers of some LA Coffee Table branches are also owners of the ‘formerly known as” the Self Help Graphics building at the corner of Gage & Cesar Chavez—AND entrepreneurs of Cafe con Leche du ELA. Hmmm–this blog which is called “Cafe con Leche Could Keep Self Help Graphics in the Chips” smells like the spin that these hipster-franchise amalgamators have been shoving down our throats since last year. Fellas, what happen to that part in the lease contract about not using SHG’s 37 years of community involvement to promote yourselves? Eastsiders, can you say “Coffee Table” or does it really have to be interpreted in El Castellano? As a hardworking volunteer in the team of many artists and activists who toil every week to keep Self Help Graphics and Art vibrant and open, I look forward to those residual checks coming in to keep ELA art in ‘the chips”. Damn, call me and save yourself a stamp, I will personally pick that check up. By the way—brrrring, brrring, we’ve been calling you to come and fix the lights and leaky roof for a few weeks now. Hope we don’t have to wait until the chips roll in to get that fixed.
To read the whole preposterous blog and some insightful comments click here