George B. Sánchez-Tello
George B. Sánchez-Tello comes from families that lived with the land in both New Mexico and Guatemala. Born and raised in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley, he hiked the San Gabriel Mountains with Boy Scout Troop 104, earning the rank of Eagle in 1997. George now lives in East Los Angeles with his wife, a teacher, and daughter, Quetzal. Sánchez-Tello earned his master’s degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge, in 2012, where his thesis looked at the social use of Son Jarocho among Chicanas and Chicanos in the Los Angeles area. While completing his master’s degree, The Wilderness Society hired Sánchez-Tello to create the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy, the community organizer training component of the San Gabriel Mountains Forever coalition. To date, the Leadership Academy has graduated over 70 people and executed over 35 projects connecting Los Angeles residents to their public spaces. He recently wrote about the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument for Land + People as well as Brooklyn & Boyle. You can follow his work and contact him via twitter: @SanchezTello.
A Monumental Plan
In San Gabriel Mountains, a Monument Designation is Only a Start Much of Los Angeles’ remaining open space lies outside the city in the mountains above. It is visible from porches, schoolyards and freeways – and only minutes away – but for many the distance…
George B. Sánchez-Tello, February 28, 2017 5 min read
Music, Culture Scale Border Wall
By George B. Sánchez-Tello Photos by Marco Loera The musicians stand in a circle bisected by a steel wall. Divided, they play together: strumming acoustic instruments, singing call and response verses, and dancing in a communal celebration called fandango. Staged at Friendship Park, outside San…
George B. Sánchez-Tello, February 1, 2017 5 min read