1995- I painted like the world was about to end! I was offered another opportunity to paint a mural, Spraypaint Warrior, by an apartment owner who saw me painting Jobs For a Future! No money, just materials and the freedom to create public art with a message. I painted work that celebrated past and present struggles in an effort to inspire a new vision for our communities. With Prop 187 and the Zapatista uprising as the backdrop, I actively taught my students how to paint, teaching them about the conquest, slavery, civil rights and the struggles of people of color. I also started teaching painting and ceramics at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights. My exhibits and opening receptions at Abbots Habit, in Venice, attracted a lot of people. Quetzal regularly played at the openings, the food was catered by las mujeres de Proyecto Pastoral. I enjoyed painting and talking about art with my brother Omar, who was working with Judy Baca at SPARC.