Sunday Jump is a community open mic series in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. Every first Sunday, we provide a safe space for artists to express free speech and uplift their communities through the written and spoken word. Our organization’s leaders are published poets and community activists who have shared their work across the nation.
When we met, we clicked at the very beginning. Things just fell into place. Through art, we wanted to build the community together. Poetry was what we had in common. Poetry is our connection. Poetry still keeps us together. That, and friendship.
Sunday Jump exists to declare that we are here and now.
Historic Filipinotown is the heart of our cultural community. With over 400,000 Filipinos living in Los Angeles, 10,000 are in this area. “Historic” can be misconstrued as the community being a relic of the past – yes, we have a tremendous history, but Sunday Jump exists to declare that we are here and now. There are many family-run businesses, neighborhood markets, and community spaces that endure, and Sunday Jump is but one of these sites that illustrates the freshness and vibrancy of our enclave.
Being that Sunday Jump is the only Filipino-founded open mic series in Historic Filipinotown, we ultimately hope that it becomes part of a greater movement to uplift our community. Our experiences are often diminished, even ignored. Whether it’s the denial of equal benefits for our World War II veterans or the erasure of our agricultural workers’ contributions to the labor movement, we are only in the periphery of a largely one-sided history.
But at Sunday Jump, our voices will no longer be marginalized and silenced. One day, we hope people will not just hear us; they will listen.