Senator Bill Kintner Likened To Ousted Sen. Russell Pearce on Operation Wetback

POSTED ON
May 15

On 13 May, 2015, Civil Rights lawyer Shirl Mora James informed me of bigotry rearing it's ugly head in Nebraska. Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner told a group of kids we needed to bring back Operation "wetback" on the NE legislative floor.

State Senator Bill Kintner is on the same path the ousted and former Senator Russell Pearce is on with regard to using derogatory and offensive terms like "Wetback" that brings Americans backward to a pre Civil Rights era.

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Arizona Calling Campaign to Mary K. Reinhart Regarding Mercy Maricopa ( MMIC) Mental Health Police Squad

POSTED ON
May 04

Via Elizabeth Singleton:

 

I need your Help!!! Calling Campaign ( Please SHARE and CALL/EMAIL)

Call or Email Mercy Maricopa Integrate Contact: Mary Reinhart 602-453-8304 Email :reinhartm@mercymaricopa.org

Does a new Mercy Maricopa ( MMIC) policy prohibits tax payers funded mental health service members from speaking at ‘community-based public events'?ASK MMIC WHY? Several providers have told us they can no longer participate in community events without permission from MMIC (WHY?????)

Hey we are concerned citizen's MMIC.

Talking Points:

We want you to send a qualified spokesperson to explain who and how will MMIC or any of it’s contracted providers will be providing assistance to the new mental Health police squad?

We don’t believe that the police can do this on their own.

We want you to remove any policies restricting any of our tax payer providers to speak or engage in public events or data collection which will help to prevent the next mental health tragedy.

Allow for ConnectionAZ to participate at the Police Squad Mental Health Town Hall May 9 , 2015


Where: First United Methodist Church of Glendale in Glendale, Arizona 7102 North 58th Drive , 85301

Time: 11:00 Reception - 11:30- 2:00 PM Town Hall Discussion

In response to receiving an estimated 4,000 court-ordered petitions for mental health pickups each year. Phoenix Police will create a squad devoted to answering court order petitions for the city's mental health population.

The six-member squad will receive ongoing training and shoulder as many of the mental-health calls as possible, diverting pickups away from first responders and mental health providers.

The Town Hall meeting will address the following:

1. Explanations of Duties of the New Mental Health Squad.
2. Policy and Procuress on how the Mental Health Squad will address each pick-up order.
3. The role Crisis Network or any other Crisis team will play in assisting the new Squad.
4. The need for more collaboration and education for the public ( The When, What , How)
5. Is the Model the public wants or need?

Goals

Education - Public, Families and Members, Providers and Police.
Crisis - Increase coordination with crisis services and define what types of crisis warrant which kinds of response (police, fire, ambulance, crisis mobile team).

 

 

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Texans / Tejanos Gear Up For The Texas Arizona-like Bill Fight That Will Hurt the GOP in 2016

POSTED ON
April 28

 

I received an email and a follow up call from Daniel Lucio who is a native of Texas and a representative of Battleground Texas.  The email I received grabbed my attention last week because as a resident of Arizona, I discovered how the Texas legislature is now trying to introduce a similar Arizona law that ended up costing taxpayer dollars to defend when the Supreme Court essentially gutted it out.  The controversial anti-immigrant law also cost Arizona millions and millions of dollars in tourism once the former Governor Jan Brewer signed it.  Finally, most of SB1070 was gut out out and the Supreme Court ruled that Arizona cannot require immigrants to carry proof of their legal status at all times. It also ruled that Arizona police cannot detain someone simply on the suspicion that they are in the country illegally. The court also ruled Arizona cannot make it a crime for undocumented immigrants to apply for employment.

Indeed the CBO chimed in and stated S. 744 (immigration reform law) would boost economic output—CBO projects—by 3.3 percent in 2023 and by 5.4 percent in 2033.

Now we are hawkish with Texas SB 185, and we will focus on the supporters of this draconian law and tie their heads to the economic millstone when we remind them how much SB 1070 cost our State.

 

From the Immigration Policy Center:

 

Anti-immigration measures harm states’ economies.

  • If unauthorized immigrants leave, states will lose workers, taxpayers, and consumers who earn and spend money in the state. Unauthorized immigrants comprised roughly 5.2% of the national workforce (or 8,000,000 workers) in 2010, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center.
  • Experiences from states that have passed harsh immigration laws tell a cautionary fiscal tale:
  • Alabama’s HB 56 could shrink the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by up to $10.8 billion, according to Professor Samuel Addy at the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama. Prof. Addy estimates that a loss of 40,000 to 80,000 unauthorized immigrants who earn between $15,000 and $35,000 annually could result in:
  • 70,000 to 140,000 lost jobs with $1.2 to $5.8 billion in earnings;
  • $2.3 to $10.8 billion reduction in Alabama GDP, or 1.3% to 6.2% of the state’s $172.6 billion GDP in 2010;
  • $57 to $264 million loss in state income and sales tax collections; and
  • $20 to $93 million loss in local sales tax collections.
  • A 2011 report by Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda and Marshall Fitz found that deporting all of the unauthorized immigrants in Arizona would decrease total employment by 17.2%, eliminate 581,000 jobs for immigrants and native-born workers alike, shrink the state economy by $48.8 billion, and reduce state tax revenues by 10.1%.
  • Similarly, Hinojosa-Ojeda and Fitz found that if all of the unauthorized immigrants in California were removed, the state would lose $301.6 billion in economic activity, decrease total employment by 17.4%, and eliminate 3.6 million jobs.
  • A study released in July 2007 by the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy concluded that economic output would drop annually by at least $29 billion, or 8.2%, if all non-citizens, which include unauthorized workers, were removed from Arizona’s workforce. About 14% of the state’s 2.6 million workers are foreign-born, and about two-thirds to three-fourths of non-citizens are unauthorized.

Harsh immigration laws have produced severe worker shortages.

The agricultural industry has been devastated in states that have passed harsh immigration laws. Immigrant workers have failed to show up for work and millions of dollars of produce has been left to rot in the fields. Legal U.S. workers have not been filling the open jobs. The uncertainty about how much labor will be available affects growers’ ability to prepare and plant for next year.

  • After passing its immigration enforcement bill (HB 87), Georgia’s agriculture industry experienced severe labor shortages. A survey of farmers conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture found 56% of those surveyed were experiencing difficulty finding workers. Early reports from the state estimate economic losses for the 2011 growing season to be between $300 million and $1 billion.
  • Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan stated, “the economic hardship to farmers and agribusiness will reverberate throughout Alabama’s economy, as one-fifth of all jobs in our state come from farming.” Alabama growers have reported planting less due to concerns that there may not be enough workers to harvest the crops.
  • A Georgia Restaurant Association survey found that nearly half (49%) of surveyed restaurants reported labor shortages, and 88% were concerned about future shortages. Lack of workers and related business losses have cut some restaurants’ revenue by as much as $80,000 per month.

Harsh immigration laws result in lost tax revenues.

  • States stand to lose millions of dollars in tax revenues if unauthorized immigrants—as well as legal immigrants whose lives are made difficult by the law—were to leave. Unauthorized immigrants in the United States paid $11.2 billion in state and local taxes in 2010, according to data from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, which includes:
  • $1.2 billion in state income taxes;
  • $1.6 billion in property taxes; and
  • $8.4 billion in sales taxes.
  • Estimates for your state are available here.
  • In Alabama, according to Professor Addy, HB 56 could result in a loss of between $56.7 and $264.5 million in state income and sales tax collections and up to $93.1 million lost in local sales tax collections.

Harsh immigration laws discourage economic growth.

Many states are hoping for a manufacturing renaissance to help reduce unemployment and lift their economies out of recession. For these hopes to succeed, states will require business-friendly public policy. Investors need to expect a hassle-free experience for work permit-holding foreign managers and workers alike, which cannot happen when state officials and law-enforcement officers are required to verify immigration status even in routine encounters.

  • Foreign companies employ 77,500 workers, or 5% of Alabama’s workforce; the auto industry supports nearly 45,000 in the state. In November 2011, a German Mercedes-Benz executive, visiting an auto plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was arrested during a routine traffic stop for failing to produce evidence that he was in the United States legally. Soon afterwards, a Japanese Honda employee was issued a ticket when his international driver’s license was deemed insufficient. These examples illustrate the kind of bureaucratic hassle to be faced by authorized and unauthorized workers and executives alike under the new immigration laws.
  • According to Gerald Dial, Alabama State Senate Republican whip and former HB 56 supporter, an unintended consequence of the legislation in that state has been to make other states more attractive for investors. “Other states will say, ‘Hey, you don’t want to go to Alabama now,’” said Dial. “We’re probably going to lose those people. We won’t know about it. There won’t be a big red flag: ‘Hey, we didn’t go to Alabama, we’re going to go to Arkansas or we’re going to go to South Carolina.’ That’s probably the most detrimental part of the whole bill.”
  • In Nashville, Tennessee, the Chamber of Commerce called harsh immigration-control legislation “detrimental to work force development and international trade efforts,” while the president of a local commercial real estate firm said it would “make Tennessee unattractive to businesses looking to relocate.”
  • International tourism is an extremely profitable and growing market for the United States. In 2010, international visitors spent more than $134.4 billion in the U.S., and travel and tourism exports accounted for 24% of U.S. services exports and 7% of all U.S. exports. Despite the global recession, Mexican tourists spent $8.7 billion in 2010—an 8% increase since 2009. Harsh enforcement laws could create an unwelcoming environment for international tourists, threatening this vital source of revenue.

Harsh immigration laws make it more difficult and expensive for businesses to operate.

  • Two of Indiana’s largest employers, Eli Lilly and Co. (a drug manufacturer) and Cummins Inc. (an engine manufacturer), published a statement arguing that Indiana’s proposed immigration enforcement law (SB 590) would impede their ability to compete globally and grow in Indiana. According to Eli Lilly and Co., Indiana has a sizeable and growing biosciences industry, with almost 90,000 employees and supporting a total of $22.7 billion in economic output—direct, indirect, and induced. Spokesman Ed Sagebiel said the company’s “ability to thrive in Indiana is dependent on an environment that is welcoming.” Similarly, Cummins Inc. highlighted 550 new high-paying jobs they brought to the state as a result of Indiana’s friendliness to new business.
  • States could experience significant blows to tourism/convention profits. After Arizona passed SB 1070, major groups and associations cancelled events and conventions in the state. A report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) estimates that Arizona will lose $45 million in lodging revenue alone. Arizona was eventually forced to spend $250,000 for a marketing campaign to help improve its image after SB 1070 was enacted.
  • Some proposed laws require the mandatory use of the E-Verify employment verification system. Bloomberg estimates that implementing E-Verify costs small businesses an average of $435 per year. There are also costs to U.S. citizens and legal immigrants who are erroneously flagged as not eligible to work by E-Verify and must take time off of work to navigate the bureaucracy to fix the error.
  • State immigration enforcement laws mean businesses must incur additional costs. Economist Jeremy Thornton of Samford University points to the “shadow costs” employers incur when they take steps to protect themselves from the law’s stiff penalties. Businesses will spend more on employee screening to protect themselves from provisions of the law that bar them from knowingly hiring unauthorized workers. There could also be increased litigation costs for businesses because any legal worker could sue the employer if they have hired an unauthorized worker. “Every business that now has to comply with this legislation, that’s just extra cost. And anytime you raise costs, businesses shrink, Thornton said.” Businesses will likely have to spend more on third party assistance for employment eligibility paperwork and extra human resources staff.
  • Alabama had to push back the deadline for businesses to obtain or renew their licenses “due to the hardship placed on Alabama businesses” that could not get business licenses in October because of implementation of the new law. The new law requires individuals and businesses obtaining or renewing business and store licenses to show additional documentation, which has led to long lines at courthouses and other delays.

Implementing and enforcing harsh immigration laws cost states millions.

Implementing these new measures will cost taxpayers dearly at a time when states are already having tremendous difficulty balancing their budgets. Potential costs include:

  • Cost to Police: Costs associated with a projected increase in arrests and overtime.
  • Cost to Jails: Costs associated with a projected increase in jail population.
  • Other Criminal-Justice Costs: Cost of projected increase in prosecutorial and public-defender staff, jail space, court rooms, and support offices needed to handle increased caseload.
  • Costs to State Agencies: Costs associated with additional personnel and time necessary to check the identification documents of all persons applying for certain state benefits. Also, cost of foster-care for children of detained immigrants.
  • Costs to Schools: Costs associated with checking and reporting the immigration status of children enrolled in schools and lost federal or state funding for schools due to decreases in school enrollment.
  • Legal Costs: Legal costs incurred by the state to defend against lawsuits.

Some states that considered immigration enforcement laws in 2010-2011 backed off once they considered cost estimates for implementation.

  • In Kentucky, an enforcement bill died after an estimate showed it would cost the state $89 million per year to enforce.
  • In Louisiana, a bill was withdrawn when it was estimated to cost $11 million to implement.
  • In Tennessee, immigration bills are stalled in 2012 until “sufficient funds can be generated to finance it.” In 2011, the General Assembly Fiscal Review Committee found that their proposal would increase expenditures by $3 million for the first year and $1.8 million every year after that.
  • In Indiana, state police said they would have to spend $5 million to train for and enforce the law.

States will have to spend millions to defend laws in the courts.

Most anti-immigration measures have immediately been challenged on constitutional and other grounds. Defending the law in the courts can be very expensive.

  • Utah’s immigration control bill, HB 497, has cost taxpayers more than $85,000 to defend in federal court. The price tag will likely increase a great deal before a final ruling is reached.
  • In Arizona, seven lawsuits were filed to stop implementation of SB 1070, and other states are likely to see numerous lawsuits against similar legislation. At the end of February 2011, Arizona had already spent more than $1.5 million defending SB 1070.
  • Farmers Branch, Texas, has already spent about $3.2 million to defend itself since September 2006, when it launched the first of three ordinances. The city has budgeted $623,000 for legal expenses through the rest of the fiscal year related to the ordinance defense. Legal costs could exceed $5 million by the end of the fiscal year.
  • Riverside, New Jersey, rescinded an ordinance that penalized renting to or employing unauthorized immigrants after the town of 8,000 accumulated $82,000 in legal fees.

 

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[Baltimore Riots Op-ed] THE BROKEN WINDOW IS US; TURNING THE BROKEN WINDOW THEORY INSIDE OUT

POSTED ON
April 28

Barry John Johnson, Special guest op-ed contributor.

 

THE BROKEN WINDOW IS US; TURNING THE BROKEN WINDOW THEORY INSIDE OUT
by Barry John Johnson


As I look at the turmoil taking place in Baltimore, crowds enraged, cars being smashed and windows broken, my mind goes to a sense of irony related to an old academic policing concept, The Broken Windows Theory. Developed by James Q. Wilson, it has sometimes been cited as a justification for proactive or aggressive policing policies like “Stop and Frisk” as a matter of nipping in the bud any potential for unlawful behavior. The theory in essence says, once you allow one broken window on the block to go unrepaired, it sets a new standard as to what is acceptable, and further broken windows will in turn go unrepaired. The neighborhood, and therefore society, will then deteriorate into greater lawlessness and less responsible citizenry.

The Broken Window Theory actually works……… for broken windows. As a former City Manager, I saw the theory applied, practically and effectively in the context of code enforcement directed at poor property management and physical deterioration of property in general. It alleviates poor housing conditions. It gets old rotting couches off of the lawn. A neighborhood can look better, cleaner and brighter. The theory might then espouse that people in that neighborhood will behave better as well, as a new standard of personal responsibly and lawfulness is created.

At some point, somewhere along the way, this theory may have been distorted as it has been applied more directly at human behavior with the range of what might be considered proactive application creeping wider and wider.

The Broken Window may have become a kid in a hoodie. The Broken Window may have become a teen listening to loud music. With racial profiling, in effect, implementing this academic theory, the Broken Window may have become an entire class of people.

An old academic theory, distorted, has become a tool of societal suppression in the name of effective policing. Why wouldn’t one, be mad, upset and maybe even riot, if determined to be a Broken Window?

Now, in the spirit of irony, it appears that the Broken Window is us, or the society that allows its wholesale application in a distorted fashion.

Now the Broken Window might be:

A lack of truly sincere community policing policies An overt over-militarization of local police agencies Pro-police bias in excessive force review and prosecution An inability in the policing profession to be introspective A default “bunker mentality” of police union organizations Rampant overt and subtle racism in society in general Lack of economic opportunity for disenfranchised groups How do we deal with all of these Broken Windows? Ironically again, we nip them in the bud. We take corrective action. We have to be proactive in addressing and all inkling of ineffective or biased policing. We revamp community policing strategies to be real and sincere. We talk about whether there is a pro-police prosecutorial bias and how it might be addressed. We take swift and aggressive action against regarding any indication of bias or excessive force on the part of individual officers.

We, in effect, turn the Broken Window Theory inside out.

Author Bio: Barry John Johnson is a former City Manager, now licensed as a counselor in California.

 
 
 

BARRY JOHN JOHNSON
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Political Win: Air Conditioning for Brown Students But Fight Continues With Fight For Better Education Scores

POSTED ON
April 27

On April 8, 2015, Somos Independents sent out a press release with regard to Denise Elsken -- a school board member for the Martinez Unified School District.   Chicanos / Latinos rose awareness when Denise Elsken (who has a blemished history,  lack of transparency and downplaying the needs of certain schools) made controversial statements with regard to a school with high Chicano/Latino population.  

 

Essentially we believe Elsken holds views unbecoming of an official in education when she suggested planting trees at La Junta School (because these kids were more "acclimated" to the weather) while a school in an affluent area should be deserving of new air conditioning.    A  petition with approximately 1000 signatures was circulated on social media to call or email Superintendent Rami Muth of the Martinez Unified School District.   To date, Muth has not apologized.

 

Denise Elsken Of Martinez School stated:

 

“I would say 95% of the students at La Juntas do not have air conditioning in their homes. So whether that means those students are more acclimated and can handle a little more heat than the John Swett students — which I would say 95% of their residences have air conditioning in their homes.”

 

According to CBS San Francisco:

 

Denise Elsken supports putting A/C at the more affluent John Swett Elementary. But when it comes to lower-income Las Juntas, Elsken said $2 million would be better spent on education and teachers.  She said “cool roofs” and shade trees at Las Juntas would keep students cool.

 

 

Today we are happy to hear La Junta students will be getting air conditioning.  Activists working with us on the ground have organized a list of parents who are interested in better educational conditions.  We have been closely working a group of parents but became frustrated when we learned brown kids were complaining of headaches, dehydration symptoms,  and dizziness due to the heat and lack of heat.  We encouraged the community and parents to file OSHA complaints.  We received news from OSHA who then told us the initial investigation process would begin and they sent a letter to MUSD officials last week.

 

La Junta students are a big win for us and we know more than ever that the squeaky wheel eventually gets fixed.  It is our goal and our mission to continue in working with the parents that are already organized as we get Spanish translators involved at the school board meetings and as we pursue better educational test scores for these children.   Our work will continue as we pursue better testing scores at La Junta. 

 

C/S

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Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor — Enrique Castillo (Weeds, Blood In Blood Out, Mi Familia) Honors Veteranos In Theatrical Tribute Memorial Day 2015

POSTED ON
April 23

To attend this important event or to reserve your seat(s) click here.

Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor

Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor

Event Details

 2 Performances:  Matinee at 4:30 & Evening at 7:30PM 
An Imagen award-winning play and audience favorite!  
 
Eugene
Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor a special theatrical tribute written & directed by actor/writer Enrique Castillo (Weeds, Blood In Blood Out, Mi Familia) presented on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 at Plaza de la Raza. 
 

The story of Eugene Arnold Obregon, a U.S. Marine in the Korean War at the young age of 18.  It was a time when there was still a deep division between Anglos and Latinos.  But the story of Obregon and his fellow Marine, a Texan by the name of Bert Johnson was an exception.  Putting your life on the line for a brother Marine – was the right thing to do.  The Marine Corps made them brothers, an act of valor would make them immortal. 

 

Veterans attend for free.  Limited tickets avail so please reserve your free ticket now.  YOU MUST provide the branch of military and the year served.

 

A one time performance, don’t miss it!

Here is a look at the full production

 

 

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Will Texas Land Commissioner via George P. Bush Fix Cisnero Family Land Disputes?

POSTED ON
April 21

Alex Ruiz, a/k/a David Alejandro Ruiz has been getting the Texas runaround with regard to land his family owns.  This is not your ordinary land grant issue …. nay, this story has to do with the Cisnero family who has possession of the land title deed.

Ruiz reached out to George P. Bush who is now the head of the Texas General Land Office to no avail, so when the time comes for the Republican National Committee or the GOP to reach out to “Hispanic / Latino” voters come 2016 with George P. Bush as the brown pawn — we will be right here to remind Chicanos and Latinos how George P. Bush dropped the ball as Texas Land Commissioner when an influential Texas family member sought professional public servant advice.

 

 

 

Ruiz also contacted Senator John Cornyn’s office with regard to the land title his family owns dating back to 1792.  Sen. Cornyn’s office pointed Ruiz to the General Land Office — getting more bureaucracy.

Ruiz has been persistent and has been following the land sale(s) that rightfully belong to the Cisnero family.  Recently Texas House Bill 724 eventually led nowhere during the 84TH Legislative Session but we now have on record an elitist attorney for Kennedy and Kleberg Estates who is on record for stating the original land and deed holders “do not exist”.    (Video being uploaded and we will continue to follow this story with more and updated information.)

Members of the Cisnero family want to know how to hold Texas oil companies accountable for the mineral rights that rightfully belong to them.

Last year, Mr. Ruiz gave a letter to a CIA agent (to give to President Barack Obama) when he and other members of Chingon played for the President.  However, we do not believe the Secret Service agent ensured the letter was given to President Obama and we are now following up on the letter.  The letter was hand delivered to a Secret Service Agent on July 9, 2014 at a Democratic Fundraising Party when Ruiz and Chingon band members performed at.

Ruiz wrote:

 

July 9, 2014

Dear President Obama,

It gives me great pleasure to be the first in my family to meet, greet and sing for you. My name is David A. Ruiz. I am the lead singer for Robert Rodriguez’ band, Chingon.

 

I have been a supporter of yours throughout your administration. I know you are an answer to many prayers whispered throughout American History. I have seen your struggles within the House and want you to know that you are not alone. You have awakened The Nation.

 

I am writing this letter also as a way to reach Washington in a much needed time for South Texas Pioneer Families, who have been afflicted by criminal activities with no help from the Texas government system. We are engaged in a long series of disputes with the State of Texas and General Land Office, Comptroller’s Office, and Railroad Commission dating back to Civil War times, when Texas was just joining the Union.

 

We have proof of crimes and grand theft over lands and livestock and now minerals from certain families. These families and Texas still have control over these lands to this day. We are asking for justice to be served and for Texas to withhold the Rule of Law which we feel has been one sided throughout Texas History.

 

We are currently involved in a referendum with Texas House Bill 724. In this Bill there are hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars being allocated to the State and its departments in which we have known for a long time have belonged to these families I speak of. These monies get allocated and dispersed to a long list of personnel and it is the monies we here in Texas call “Dark Monies”. Unfortunately, a system of government infected with corruption and ruthless ambition and greed.

 

With violations of territorial integrity and a history of intimidation and unethical means by people in power here in the Texas system this has become an endemic problem within the US boundaries. We seek the immediate assistance of Washington or any World Court that could help us with these corruptions and inefficiencies. We need to hold those accountable for their actions that have wronged the families of the pioneers of Texas.

 

We are respectfully asking you to lead us through this dark valley. We need the US Department of Justice to see that our people who hold titles and have precedence are still protected by the US treaties of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which President Lincoln signed, and The Adams Onis Treaty of 1819, which protects the rights and lands of our Spanish Pioneer families against hostile take overs and grandfather clauses.

 

Would you please help us in our cause to redirect Texas Government for the people and by the people.

To conclude with a quote from President Harry S. Truman: “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”

 

God Speed Mr. President, we send our love and prayers for you and your family. As is practiced in South Texas: Mi casa humilde es su casa.

 

If you would like more information or to speak with me about this matter, please feel free to contact me at texaspioneerfamilies@yahoo.com

 

Sincerely,

 

Semper Fidelis

 

David Alejandro Ruiz

P.O. Box 33

Austin, Texas 78767

texaspioneerfamilies@yahoo.com

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Superintendent Rami Muth Spends Resources On Pricey Law Firm Rather Than A/C For Kids and FOIA Request

POSTED ON
April 17

Superintendent Rami Muth Spends Resources On Pricey Law Firm Rather Than A/C For Kids and FOIA Request

Superintendent Rami Muth

 

We have been keeping our readers informed with regard to North California Schools Showing Ugly Discriminatory Pattern: Denise Elsken’s No A/C Idea Is Likened to Superintendent Joe Jaconette Denying Free Lunch to Brown Little Girl.

To date, we still have not received an apology from Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) Superintendent Rami Muth and we believe that demonstrates weak leadership on her part — particularly when Joe Jaconette apologized for his behavior for hiring an investigator to chase a little brown girl and denying her the free lunch school program. More importantly, we noticed Muth did not take calls from the community and was missing in action during the middle of the controversy.

We now see Ms. Muth wasting time and  resources on pricey law firms such as Dannis Woliver & Kelley Law Office, rather than putting those monetary resources towards giving brown kids air conditioning.  Our coalition exercised our right to make a simple Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Records request to no immediate avail – just more delay and bureaucracy when we made “when we made a request for all e-mails  to and from for Denise Elsken from January 1, 2012 through present, and all emails to and from John L. Fuller, President from January 1, 2012 through present. MUSD should know time is of the essence, as we are entering the hot season, and we have documented complaints from the children at La Junta school (a school that is not in an affluent area) that continue to be ignored.

Apologies made by school board member(s) were not heartfelt. We have made FOIA request before and similar state organizations have complied with us in a timely fashion when we make FOIA requests with them.  Muth’s delay only angers those involved in the situation, and any reasonable person with computer savvy understands understands how easy it is to obtain emails. We hope the Martinez Unified School District does not scrub their email written correspondence history.

Finally, since Superintendent Rami Muth and MUSD are delaying our simple FOIA request, we have no alternative but to tell parents of La Junta to make complaints to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). We urge La Junta Parents to make a confidential complaint to OSHA forthwith and they can be reached at: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

It is our mission to ensure our Chicano and Latino children get the same quality of education affluent schools receive, and we are hell bent to this regard. Perhaps these northern California schools think we are just a bunch of stupid Mexicans — but we can assure them that we are not and this is not our first rodeo with regard to confronting bigotry head on.  Continued delays will only further our righteous anger.

 

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Bulk of Chicano / Latino Population Critical Of Sen. Rubio’s Run For Presidency

POSTED ON
April 15

 

The majority of the Hispanic / Latino population pie in the United States are those of Mexican descent.  Mexican American Chicanos for the most part heavily populate the southwestern part of our Nation.  Now that Florida’s Cuban American Senator via Sen. Marco Rubio is running for President, we believe it is time to remember the facts and bring up history in an effort to remind ourselves how weak his leadership skills really are.

Chicano Sin No. 1:   Senator Marco Rubio supported Arizona’s “papers please” law that would have directly affected brown-skinned Chicanos and Latinos here in Arizona with regard to SB 1070.  He has not recanted his support for SB 1070.

Chicano Sin No.2:   His support for immigration reform via the Gang of 8 until he reversed his position and backed out.

Chicano Sin No.3:   Senator Marco Rubio did not take a stand against the RNC’s anti-immigrant policy adopted in 2012 that was essentially written and blessed by Kris Kobach.  If Rubio cannot express strong leadership skills within his own Party as a “Hispanic” — how can we trust he is able to run this Nation of ours?

Rubio’s main Latino constituency in Florida are of Cuban descent, therefore we believe he doesn’t understand, feel or hear the outcry experienced by Mexicans (living in the southwest) and other Latin groups who do not receive the privilege of automatic citizenship given to Puerto Ricans, or the immigration amnesty given to Cuban immigrants.    Currently under the unique Cuban amnesty program, Cuban immigrants can receive at least one year of government entitlements once their foot touches American soil without first contributing to our tax paying system.  Republicans have long forgotten that the GOP has indeed supported immigration amnesty for years under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) while damning Mexicans, and other Latin immigrants who do not receive Cuban amnesty.

According to a CNN Op-ed by  Raul Reyes:

Back in 2013, Rubio was a member of the Senate “Gang of 8″ that crafted a bipartisan proposal for comprehensive reform, including a path to citizenship for the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. He later distanced himself from the bill after it ran into resistance from House Republicans, and now says he favors a piecemeal approach, starting with securing the border.

His retreat on immigration means that Rubio has missed an opportunity to set himself apart from most of the presumptive Republican presidential candidates. That’s a shame, for this issue was supposed to be his calling card to Latino voters.

Instead, Rubio has embraced a typical conservative approach to immigration. He believes that President Obama’s Deferred Action program, offering deportation relief to young immigrants, should be ended. He has stated that the President’s executive action on immigration, on hold pending a circuit court review, sets a “horrifying precedent.”

Meanwhile, both the Deferred Action program and President Obama’s executive action on immigration are overwhelmingly favored by Hispanics. No wonder the research firm Latino Decisions reports that, “We find no evidence that Rubio’s candidacy will draw significant Latino support for his candidacy or for his party more generally.” So, if Rubio is counting on his ethnicity and personal history as the son of immigrants to win over fellow Hispanics, he is mistaken.

 

I’ll agree with Reyes’ opinion and will add to it.  Within the last decade the Republican Party has transformed since 2000 when they used to fight to keep Elian Gonzales as Latinos galvanized themselves in Florida. On the other hand, we have witnessed the GOP using Marco Rubio as a Trojan Horse today as a tool to deport the “Mexican equivalents” to Elian Gonzales, and this will only serve to galvanize Latinos in the entire southwest against Republicans during the 2016 election cycle.

 

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North California Schools Show Ugly Discriminatory Pattern: Denise Elsken’s No AC Idea Likened to Superintendent Joe Jaconette Denying Free Lunch to Little Girl

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April 06

Chicanos are drawing attention to Denise Elsken — a heartless woman out of the Martinez School District that should NOT be a school board member. In fact, we are going to demand she resign forthwith for her derogatory and offensive views towards brown kids vs. her views for the affluent.  Essentially Elsken believes La Junta children (high Chicano/Latino population school) shouldn’t have  air conditioning but believes a school in an affluent area should be deserving of new air conditioning.    I implore my reader to sign this petition (signatures already at 857)  and call or email the Superintendent of the Martinez School District . See contact information below. In addition to Elsken’s resignation, we believe the superintendent of the Martinez School District via Rami Muth should apologize for Elsken’s derogatory views that are clearly unjust.  The entire Martinez School District should understand and realize that the Chicano/Latino economic contributions are significant.  We are a force to be reckoned with considering the U.S. Hispanic market is one of the top 10 economies in the world. We were happy to see Superintendent Joe Jaconnette apologize for their behavior and now it’s time to see Rami display leadership in the Martinez School District. Furthermore, we will be following up with La Junta School parents to see whether or not the Martinez School District opted for planting trees versus giving the school with a high Chicano / Latin children population new air conditioning.

 

This is not the first time we have seen this sort of behavior in a northern California school district with regard to what school board members/leaders will do in order to create an unjust climate.  For instance, the Orinda Union School District Superintendent Joe Jaconette was in hot water in light of his utter disregard for the concern and safety of a 7 year old little girl.  According to the Mercury News: “Days before kicking a second grader out of the district for living outside its boundaries, the Orinda Union School District twice denied the Latina girl access to its free lunch program while recognizing that she lived in the city.” The absolute worst part of this story involves the mother of this precious seven year old little girl where her mother was hiding their address in light of filing a domestic violence restraining order against her ex.

That said, now we see Orinda’s Neighboring School District chiming in. This time school board member Denise Elsken Of Martinez School states:

 

“I would say 95% of the students at La Juntas do not have air conditioning in their homes. So whether that means those students are more acclimated and can handle a little more heat than the John Swett students — which I would say 95% of their residences have air conditioning in their homes.”

 

According to CBS San Francisco:

Denise Elsken supports putting A/C at the more affluent John Swett Elementary. But when it comes to lower-income Las Juntas, Elsken said $2 million would be better spent on education and teachers.  She said “cool roofs” and shade trees at Las Juntas would keep students cool.

We implore our reader to call Rami Muth and demand an apology for Denise Elsken’s derogatory views that have no place in the school board system.

California activist and radio show host via Mark Lane states:

This woman is not fit to be on a school board making decisions for children. She publicly displays her racism and lack of common sense. Her statement is rude, it is dehumanizing and it is patently unfair. Denise Elsken is unfit for the position she is in and should be removed from her position on the school board.

 

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Contact Information

Rami Muth
Superintendent
rmuth@martinez.k12.ca.us

Sue Casey
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
scasey@martinez.k12.ca.us
925-335-5908

 

 

 

Martinez Unified School District getting dismal star rating grades — 2 out of 5.

 

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