Copa Comunidad LA Schedule, Fees Collection, and Other Updates

Hello friends!

Thank you for registering for the 9th Copa Comunidad, taking place in only FOUR DAYS in Los Angeles. [Cue cheers of jubilation.]

This email is to let you know that the full schedule of events is now available here:


Everything including directions, what to bring for each event, and menus will be found on this page. Tweaks and updates are bound to be made in the next few days; this will be noted at the top of the page.

If you indicated in your registration that you require housing or transportation in LA during Copa, you likely received an email this past weekend from one of our housing coordinators, Monika Shankar or Mike Wang, providing you with additional information. Please get in touch with them if you have questions about housing or transportation in LA. (Bay Area folks should contact Abner or Victor with questions about the long drive south.)

We’ve also added a list of what to bring:

What to Bring

There are a few items we’d like to highlight: To minimize our waste and lower our impact on the environment, we encourage you to bring a reusable plate, cup, and utensil for meals (if it’s easy to travel with). Also, we have a dope group project we’re going to make available for the weekend — a timeline of sorts of our Left Wing groups — and encourage you to bring photocopies of Left Wing mementos and memorabilia (flyers, manifestoes, etc.) if you’ve got them.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR L.A. FUTBOLISTAS: To help ease up on the labor put out by the FOODbolistas (our food crew), the Welcome Dinner on Friday 5/22 includes a potluck. We ask that you please bring a salad, fruit, or dessert to share!

And finally, if you have not yet paid your registration fee, please do so ASAP. We expect the overall cost of Copa to come in around $3000 (not including T-shirts), and we’re about two-thirds of the way there. As with past Copas, we just want to recoup our costs, so every little bit counts. The fee is $40–$60 on a sliding scale. Please pay as you are able!

We also can confirm that T-shirts are $15 each. A mock-up of the shirt is included below. Several of you have paid your reg fee but may have been waiting to pay for a shirt — now is a good time to send in that extra cash. At the moment, we are woefully underpaid for T-shirts. We will also accept payment in person at Copa (let us know ahead of time, if you can). If you have ordered a shirt, payment is not optional; you will be expected to pay for your shirt in order to get one.

Pay via PayPal as “Friends or Family” to (if from bank account, no fees!).

On behalf of your Copa Comunidad LA planning committee, I send you hugs and 1-2-3 LOVE — we CANNOT WAIT to see you this weekend!


Copa LA 15 T-Shirt Mock-up


Thank you for a great Copa and a Love Letter from MamaSita.

Copa Comunidad 2013 LA was a hit! Thank you to everyone who attended the festivities, supported the cause and donated time and energy. THANK YOU! 

Photos are circulating on Facebook, which will be linked to this website soon for all to view. If you missed the Futbol Dialogue, keep an eye out on your respective list serve for the notes.

Next Copa Comunidad 2013 Midwest is coming fast! Stay tuned for more info and block out Labor Day weekend to go to the Twin Cities Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota from August 30-September 2, 2013.


Dear futbolistas,

Last year after the copa I wrote you to tell you that I was deeply in love with you. I checked and it’s still true.

Your appetite is pretty fierce. This weekend you devoured:

2 cases of kale, 1 case each of chard, lemons, tomatoes, 3 heads of cabbage, 5 watermelons, and 3 of the hugest bags of oranges you’ve ever seen in your life, PLUS more, 1 flat strawberries and peaches

2 vats of quinoa
15+lbs of arrachera
5 giant bags of shiitakes
50 bolillos
300 tortillas

8lbs of chips

120 tostadas

10lbs of queso fresco
1 gallon of Joaquin’s salsa
2 vats of Joaquin & Aurelio’s holy sh*t that’s vegan pozole
2 trays of “what did Antonio’s mom put in that cobbler”
Half a bakery of Hilda’s crumb cake, muffins, mini cheesecakes and cupcakes
80 vegan cupcakes
80 mexindian wedding cookies (one went into each of Madera’s pockets)
3 gallons of coconut mango lassi
3 gallons of fresh strawberry coconut colada
1 liter of soy sauce
1 liter of rice wine vinegar
60 eggs at breakfast (and yes, we ran out, which causes mamasita pain)
50 pieces of delicious la monarca all-natural pan cut in half (yes, 100 pieces)
2 ginormous vats of kimchi (sorry, one vat is in your fridge lauren/david)
1 vat of of ice cream (genius, Miguel!)
A shockingly small amount of oil… (next time, tostones!)
And a bunch of stuff that’s itemized in a spreadsheet that I promptly ignored once the copa started rolling and we just started getting food out on tables
By the end of it, we were left with about a serving of pozole, a handful of orange slices and two conchas. Which is to say, we ate every damn thing and didn’t do too bad on the ordering and creative re-purposing either.

80% of this was organic, locally hustled from the East LA farmer’s market, selected & transported by Joaquin to his dad’s house (because we had no other space) picked up & dropped off by Victor, transported to 5 houses, back to papa flores’, lovingly washed by Haile (under adult supervision), chopped by more people than I could count (lets face it mostly by chronically on-time TC/Fubtolista/LW folks (jane, kate, sanje, saby, gris, jay, jeff, divina, julayne & not to mention the spectacular futbolista SWOOP down on cleaning after each event even at 5:30am).

I don’t know what motivates other folks, but I have my own wackadoodle reasons. Cooking is a form of non verbal communication and it’s sometimes the only way I can speak to my family – both literally and figuratively. If it weren’t for food I wouldn’t be able to spend time around my aunts, start conversations with perfect strangers, talk to my students. I cook because I am hugely socially anxious and can’t be without something to do. I cook instead of being on the field because I am terrified of sports and it’s a miracle that I am even around a soccer ball let alone have one in my house and I hope that because of LW my kids don’t grow up with the same anxiety. It is not a failure of LW that I’m not on a field, it’s a success that all kinds of people can find a space here whether it’s yoga on the sidelines or watching babies. I cook because I want people to understand that lemons and rosemary are both delicious and not indigenous to california–and that the people that make up this state are not just lemon and rosemary people. We are nopal people, soy sauce people, za’atar people. I cook like it’s a sport because I want to pummel myself into an emotionally vulnerable state and here it’s safe to do that — and then there are tears and tacos and kids and sunshine and dogs and ice cream cones and all you can think is that this is perhaps the most spectacular Monday that has ever Mondayed.
It is true, driving to another city after coming off a 5-day 50,000 person event and a full time job to cook for 4 days with no advance prep other than a stack of google spreadsheets is a little crazy – or to have a baby girl, a job that requires you to be up at 5am DURING the copa, and not be moved into your house yet and still show up to feed people is also a little crazy. All sorts of people pulled all sorts of things to make this happen. Lauren, Victor & crew for making calculations for reimbursements, long processy futbolista conversations about money, jessica, laurantonio, eastside & jalex for providing the world’s most perfect spaces for us to gather and talk and share and grub.

I think this means that as a community we’re invested in food because of the space it creates as much as for the physical nourishment it provides.

After the talk at Eastside I started thinking about how we can bring the values that guide play on the field to the kitchen. What does it mean if the score is always 2-2? What if the cooks and choppers and washers circled up? What if there was a beginners clinic — maybe you have a recipe to share but have no idea how the hell to make it for 50 people – or maybe we can make it with you? Maybe Reem needs to show us how making brioche is “easy.” Fam will never part with her sauce recipe so let’s not even go there. But maybe May-li can tell us how to make things look good on a plate? Maybe Victor and Fede need to teach me how to make a cup of coffee (not kidding. can’t make coffee). Maybe we need to talk about how my idea of health and your idea of health might be different because I believe in lard and you don’t and that’s ok, or how nonstick cookware is poisonous when it’s scratched. Maybe we need dope ass aprons that say “all frosting no cake” because we “cook like it’s a sport.”  I want aprons, I want a LW cookbook with all of our recipes and memories to support each other and support our game and I think there’s enough energy around this to make it happen for 2014.

Foodbolista Committee? Let’s ride the flavor crystals and start scheming.

With love, respect, and a sloppy crush on all of y’all


Your Guide to Copa Comunidad 2013 LA

It is a beautiful day to be a Futbolist@!

Welcome everyone to the City of Angels, where the fields are green, the love is deep and the energy is high! Here is your guide for Copa Comunidad 2013 LA.

We love Mother Earth, so no printed material will be provided — everything will be digital. Did we mention this page is very easy to access on your smartphone? Check it out!

Stay up-to-date with all things Copa-related this weekend and visit the Agenda & Maps tab to get the full weekend breakdown!

A few reminders for the weekend

Remember to BRING:

  1. Dark and light shirts
  2. A reusable water bottle
  3. Lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas for shade (especially for Saturday futbol!)
  4. Cleats and shin guards (if you have them)
  5. A soccer ball (if you have one)
  6. $13 for your Copa shirt (especially if you ordered extra shirts, $13/shirt!)
  7. Blankets, sleeping bag, or air mattress (if you have one) for those travelers staying at the homes of LA Futbolistas
  8. All events are BYOB except Saturday (so show up on Fri night w/ a drank (or not!))

Financial Update

  • We did our best to limit the cost of the Copa weekend.  However, love don’t cover the costs of fields, insurance, or food!
  • After crunching the numbers for the whole weekend, the total is about $3,000! (pretty good for a full weekend of food, housing, futbol, and some beer!)
  • So far, we have reached over half of that amount!!
  • We still have to raise the rest of the money that came out of people’s own pockets… so if you haven’t contributed to the fun-filled weekend, we will have some folks taking contributions so that we make sure that no one gets left to front the bill, so please pay what you can.  (There are no plans to pass the hat around, but if our costs are not being covered, we may get nasty!!)  🙂
  • Also, no one is turned away for lack of funds, so don’t trip!  We want to make sure that you can make it home!!

For any questions during the weekend, please call or text the people below. We promise to have our phones charged!

  • Lauren – (562) 500-6963
  • David – (323) 459-4393
  • Janet – (310) 755-5290

Explore the site while you’re here. The Copa Principles, Herstory of LWFC and Philosophy & Logistic tabs are up! And last but not least, #LACopa2013 and #lovecommunitymovement are the official hashtags for the weekend, you twitter- and instagram-savvy folks.

Here’s to a weekend of futbol and community, where the score is always 2-2, baby! Let’s play!

(Curious what 2-2 means and why we always say it? Check out our philosophy)

“If we want to change the world, we have to change the way we play.”

1st Annual Copa Comunidad 2010 | Oakland, CA
1st Annual Copa Comunidad 2010 : Oakland, CA

 In loving Memory of Freddy Valdez

This May 2013 marks the one year anniversary of the passing of our dear brother, teammate, LA Futbolista Compañero Freddy Valdez. Freddy’s spirit was sweet and genuine. He would come out to play with his father Edwin and younger brothers Chris and Edwin Jr. Always with a smile on his face and positive words to share, Freddy gave it all he had out there on the pitch. He ran hard, played with intensity and loved fully. Freddy loved to play futbol, his family, working with youth and life. Freddy Valdez, we love you and remember you always.

Compañero Freddy
Y Siempre

Freddy at RM Stadium
❤ Freddy visiting the Real Madrid Stadium. ❤