HomeState for Justice

July 15, 2020

Hi Everyone,

We are excited to share The Chicano Batman, our new Band Taco. It’s a vegan taco made with soyrizo, potatoes, guacamole, salsa verde on an organic corn tortilla. HomeState’s Band Taco program was established in 2015 as a way to raise awareness and funds for community organizations while working with bands we love.

The Chicano Batman is available starting today, Wednesday, July 15th through the end of the year. All profits will be donated to Watts Empowerment Center and No Us Without You!.

Chicano Batman is a Los Angeles-based psych-soul band. Their most recent record, Invisible People (released on May 1, 2020), is a tropicalia-infused “statement of hope, a proclamation… that despite race, class, or gender we can overcome our differences and stand together.”

Here are some of our favorite lyrics from their new record, listen as loud as you can:

Invisible people
We’re tired of living in the dark
Everyone is trying to tear us apart
All we wanna do is heal now
Smoke a spliff so I can feel now, yeah
Invisible people
The truth is we’re all the same
The concept of race was implanted inside your brain
It’s time to start all over
You best believe we’re taking over
Spinnin’ the world around you

The Watts Empowerment Center is a state-of-the-art facility committed to the children, youth, and families within Watts Housing Projects. Locals can develop their talents with the help of top industry and business professionals who provide mentorship to many within the community.

Over the past 8 weeks, WEC has provided:

22,000+ face masks
Hundreds of meals to elderly and disabled people
Semi trucks full of food
Hygienic products
Thousands of pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables
Social, academic and athletic resources over video, phone and social media
Mental and sociological support
Resources offered range from tutoring, STEM Media Lab, Culinary Arts, Performing Arts Studio, Music, Resume Building Workshops, Anti-Bullying Classes, Mental Health/Stress Management, Hiring Opportunities for previously incarcerated parents, and beyond.

100% of donations go directly to on-site impact within the Watts Housing Projects.

NO US WITHOUT YOU! is a Boyle Heights organization distributing food to undocumented workers who are the backbone of the hospitality industry. These hard-working people who have, for years, fulfilled back-of-house restaurant positions, now find themselves in the vulnerable position of being unemployed.

Launched with a goal of distributing meals to 30 families a week, NO US WITHOUT YOU! is now serving over 600 families. Founders, Damian Diaz and Othón Nolasco, plan on offering food packages through 2020 and potentially into 2021.

Every $33 donated feeds a family of 4 for 1 week.

Every Band Taco has its own original artwork created by a local artist. The first 10 guests to order The Chicano Batman taco at either location will receive a poster (seen above) created by our longtime collaborator, Mallory Cohn. Every guest who donates $33 to either WEC or NO US WITHOUT YOU! via our website will also receive a free poster!

We hope you love The Chicano Batman Band Taco as much as we do – IT’S REALLY GOOD! And thank you for helping strengthen our community.

Stronger together,
The HomeState Team

June 22, 2020

This Saturday, we’ll be joining forces with restaurants around the country to raise funds to support the fight for racial justice. 5% of all sales from both locations will be donated directly to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

More info at

UPDATE: With your support, we were able to donate $1400.06 directly to The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.

June 17, 2020

We are living through a historical time, one that inclines us to reflect on our core values. As both humans and an organization, we are confronting our own roles, failures, and opportunities to be agents of change. We are continuing to have important conversations regarding systemic police brutality, economic oppression, and deep-rooted racism that our Black community, our neighbors, and fellow citizens have been confronting for over 400 years. This will be a long journey, one that a quick statement or gesture will not address. Our work is happening internally, within our own hearts, minds, community, and leadership team.

We are mapping our short-term and long-term courses of action through partnerships, projects, company practices, and personal education. Our work will not be finished until racism and all of its systems are broken down to establish a world where all people can live and thrive without the threat of violence and oppression.

To our peers within the restaurant industry, let’s do this. Let’s talk, expose weaknesses and create change in our own kitchen, dining room and office. Email us at [email protected].

Owner, Briana Valdez

June 3, 2020

HomeState fully supports the ongoing demonstrations in our city and around the country. HomeState stands definitively against police brutality, racism and injustice in all its forms. We are devastated and angered by the murder of George Floyd and the countless Black people before him who have suffered the same fate. We are actively looking for the best ways to contribute and take meaningful action.

Here’s where we are today as an organization:

We’ve begun an internal analysis of our recruiting techniques to examine how we can increase representation of the Black community on our team.

Here is a list of organizations to which we have donated and are actively supporting (see below). These organizations will remain linked on our website to promote ongoing awareness and contributions.

Campaign Zero
We can live in a world where the police don’t kill people, by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education

When We All Vote
Join When We All Vote to make sure every eligible voter is registered and ready to vote in every election.

⁣We believe this is a time for us to unite and work collectively to defeat racism and all other forms of systemic oppression and marginalization. We will continue to explore how we can best aid in these efforts and support direct action in our community and beyond. ⁣ ⁣

We look forward to starting conversations with our neighbors on how we can productively work together. Please email us at [email protected] to share your ideas.