Teach For America in Los Angeles (Watts) right now and I can't remember ever being this busy. Grad school was a breeze compared to this schedule (literally 6 to 6). I'm teaching 10th grade English in summer school.
Los Angeles Times account and compare it to the ones in the neo-conservative Washington Times and Democracy Now!. (Hmmm...maybe that would make a good class assignment!)
Also, I found an article about a local gang interventionist that gives a little background on the area. I've lived in Oakland and Baltimore, but I have to say that the projects next to my school are some of the gnarliest I've ever seen. Not a nice place to grow up. But today the kids were nice and everything went well. One day down, nineteen to go. I'll keep you posted (so to speak).