* Sean Carrillo: former film editor; founder of Troy Cafe, a Downtown meeting place for Latino artists In my life what was important was having a neighborhood center that gave us the supplies to do anything we wanted to pursue art. That's how I became an artist. Today that center no longer exists. When you have drugs and gangs you can't leave out of the equation that there are no places for kids to go. I think that's really a shame. The arts are a way to vent your feelings and these centers serve as a way for us to grow as a culture. Without them you have a gaping hole. What happens to kids with artistic inclinations? The artists sort of lead the culture. If we don't have a training ground, what will happen to the culture?
* Carlos Montes: community organizer and sales representative for the Xerox Corp. The top issues for the community include police abuse, the drugs forced on our youth, violence and the "push-out rate," or what they call the dropout rate in the high schools. But our main concern is the recession. People are not able to afford adequate health care, decent housing, food and education for the family. We need to take over the institutions that govern our lives: the schools, police, political and economic institutions. We need to build our own independent economic institutions, cooperatives, tenant associations and credit unions. By the end of the '90s we can be more independent and have more economic and political power.