No Transparency at Pendergast School District and Bullying / Violence Builds in Title I Arizona Schools

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April 28
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Arizona Democratic Senator Quezada Flip Flops And Votes Against Adding More Vote Polling Places

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April 20

State Sen. Kimberly Yee speaks on the floor of the

According to the AZ CENTRAL:
The Arizona Legislature is proposing changes to election law intended to prevent a repeat of the problems visited on voters during the presidential preference election.  Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, who waited in line for more than five hours to vote in the March 22 preference election, proposes new regulations that would:
  • Require Maricopa County to provide at least one polling place for every 1,700 "active registered voters" for the presidential preference election. It defines active registered voters as those who are not on the permanent early-voting list and are eligible to vote in the presidential preference election as of Jan. 1.
  • Allow a county recorder or officer in charge of the election to designate emergency polling places for presidential preference elections.
  • Allow individuals to electioneer and engage in political activity, including posting signs outside a 75-foot limit, at facilities used as a polling place or voting center -- except those used in an emergency. Emergency locations do not have to allow electioneering or political activity on their property.
The proposals are part of an amendment to House Bill 2017.
 

Arizonans are outraged that a member of the Latino / Chicano community and state lawmaker would vote against adding  much needed vote polling places in the State of Arizona.   After crying foul during the Arizona Presidential primary election regarding not having enough polling places, Arizona State Sen. Martin Quezada (a Bernie Sanders supporter) voted against adding more polling places yesterday.

According to CNN Politics, the Arizona State Sen. Martin Quezada (Bernie Sanders supporter) tweeted the following:
"If U are standing in very long line to cast your ballot today, this is what @AZGOP's claimed imaginary voter suppression looks like #AZVotes."
Though Arizona State Senator Martin Quezada voted against adding more voting polling places, his vote was thankfully cancelled out by the likes of Arizona State Senators Catherine Miranda and Robert Meza.
 
Above:  Arizona State Senate Votes on HB 2017 on April 20, 2016
 
The bill is clear.  This was a Maricopa County positive thing to do given the problems we witnessed during the 2016 Presidential primaries as it relates to Arizona H.B. 2017, yet, Quezada fouled up what Arizona Independent voters want.  We want more polling stations,  and that is the bottom line.    Evidently, Quezada refuses to work in a bipartisan fashion and across the aisle with his dissenting vote, and as such, he should be inducted into the Get Out The Vote Hall of Shame.  Saying one thing to media while doing another thing on the Arizona Senate floor is another. Strong consideration for his opponent Lydia Hernandez ought to be considered come primary election day in Arizona.
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In Honor and Memory of Antonio Orendain

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April 14

Founding convention of the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) in Fresno, California, showing (from right) César Chávez, Tony Orendain, and Dolores Huerta 1962.  Unknown artist / digital print. Courtesy of The Phillip & Sala Burton Center for Human Rights, image provided by Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. 

 

Yesterday we lost another great hero of ours -- Antonio "Tony" Orendain who was a co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union.

From The Monitor:

Antonio “Tony” Orendain, cofounder of the United Farm Workers Union with labor and civil rights leader César Chávez in 1962, died Tuesday at McAllen Heart Hospital. He was 85 years old.

Orendain’s work was remembered Wednesday by activists in the Rio Grande Valley who continue to fight for immigrant and farm worker rights.  “Mr. Orendain leaves a legacy of struggle on behalf of the farm workers in South Texas and California. His work on behalf of those who toiled in the fields under disgraceful conditions and for unspeakably low wages lives on in the memories of thousands. May he rest in peace and power,” reads a statement released by La Unión del Pueblo Entero.

 

In honor of Antonio Orendain's life, I want to a share a paper  written by Nyssa Cruz,  a fellow Tejana.  She wrote the paper during undergraduate studies, and gives further credit to Orendain where credit is due -- particularly with regard to Texas history.  She writes:

Most people in the Mexican-American community have a great respect and gratitude to Cesar Chavez and the labor rights of farmer’s stretching from the hills of California to the tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley; much of the credit is given to César Chavez as he is the face of the labor movement as well as the leader of the Union Farm Workers. There is however discrepancy as far as the workers movement in the State of Texas as well as in the Rio Grande Valley. There was a principle factor for the labor movement here in the Rio Grande that still has its hold in the valley today it is greatly due to the hard work dedication of Antonio Orendian.                

          The brief history of Antonio Orendain was born in Etstatlán, Mexico.[1] He was raised by his grandparents and unlawfully entered the border to pursue a better life as a young adult. He eventually became disenchanted with the dilemma of harsh working conditions that the farmers were facing in California. Orendain motivated factions of people with rallying speeches along the labor camps although in California he joined in the labor organization held by César Chavez and as well as others such as Dolores Huerta but as always it was overshadowed by the presence of Chavez. Just like as all farm workers they were all harassed with deportation by the growers if they did not work for free and that is harassment still going on today by unscrupulous farm growers as well as the state and federal government. He eventually joined up with César Chavez to be a part of the Community Service Organization (CSO).[2]  

          As a result of early organizations the government implemented a program to further enhance illegal labor practices to the next generation of workers under this ‘Bracero’ agreement between the nations of United States and Mexico. The Bracero program which started in 1942 and ended in 1964, staged the uprising of the laborers in opposition to the exploitation of the farm growers on the knowledge that these Braceros who were temporary workers from Mexico would take lower wages, forgo health care and other benefits as well as their counterparts the illegal workers on the field.  They were willing to take the unwanted work by the Americans. The program was no longer renewed as it resulted to more harsh conditions for the temporary workers and this was a sign of relief for Chavez and the United Farm Workers (UFW) who did not want illegal immigration to begin with. If the illegal immigration continued it would reduce the pay for the workers of those legally working.   

          With the establishment of the United Farm Workers in the sixties and in the seventies were in the crossroads of division for the power and leadership of the union. It is not surprising that Chavez took it upon himself to maintain a strong hold of the organization that eventually started the rift to Antonio Orendain. Orendain one of the principle leaders under the UFW knew of the harsh conditions for the disillusioned workers in Texas. In an article from the Free-Lance Star from Jack Anderson stated in his editorial ‘wanted to consolidate his own power’ rather than focus on the needs of the people of the UFW. At the same time Manuel Chavez, a cousin of Chavez was not practicing the same principles in Mexico as he was exploiting low paid workers in Mexico. In direct quote to the article brought further light of the difficulty of working with Chavez:

“As far back in 1967, Chavez promised that Texas would be the next state organized by the agricultural union. He then made the same promise to Florida, New Jersey, and Arizona. “Finally we decided the workers couldn’t wait until César Chavez was ready,” said Antonio Orendain of the Texas Farm Workers. “The workers don’t even who César is. They want just healthy working conditions.” [3]

Antonio Orendain mentioned in an interview[4] that Chavez was way too busy for the needs of the workers in the State of Texas. As it was Orendain spent twenty five years to help Chavez in California until 1975 to establish the Texas Farm Workers Union (TFWU), he wanted to accomplish similar results as far as winning workers right as it was in California and yet it could not be accomplished without some form of organization for the State of Texas. There were various ‘hit and run’ strikes around the valley from Raymondville to Roma, which brought forth the attention of the abuses of labor practices to the workers that eventually had rights for the farm workers served and restored. Most of the time these strikes were not thought-out and some of the time nothing would be done on behalf of the workers. He was working on getting the basic necessities that were not given to the workers before as in basic care, and labor breaks.

In many speeches he showed that the farm workers and their children whether they may or may not be in the farm movement in generations to come the harsh conditions with all the hard labor was not the right path to take in life. Instead they should focus to better themselves to get a better education in order to improve their way of life. He showed not only the people in the state of Texas and California that life on the farm is unattractive, full of mistreatment and hardships, with peoples stories voicing their complaints and how every person no matter of their profession or background, one should have their basic necessities and as well as fair wages for their grueling work.

Although there was lack of funds in the organization, it was  sporadic throughout its existence they carried out non-violent strikes as opposed to Chavez statements about Orendain was not a stable leader and hostile in a message to the White House under the Carter Administration. Orendain with a group of forty followers went on a journey of 1,600 miles to Washington, D.C., on behalf of the  175,000 campesinos who worked on the labor fields[5] and  to garner more support for the workers but as well as to address President Jimmy Carter.[6] Various religious leaders and union officials from other organizations endorsed its movement. However, not to add insult to injury President Carter did not meet up with the marchers at the request of César Chavez of the UFW. Yet he may have not met up with President Carter he returned as a formidable leader than Chavez for the workers in Texas.

Although it failed as an organization it did however have accomplishments in the labor laws in the State of Texas; such as eliminating anti-union laws as well as for Texas being one of the twenty-two states to prohibit union fees and forcing employees to enter a union when employed.[7] However to this day, still there are harsh working conditions for the farm workers. Even though the TFWU is dissolved, he thinks that his efforts were not wasted. To this Mexican immigrant, it's something that had to be done. But for Orendain the future for the workers and labor movement is not clear. "I'm like Socrates: the only thing I know is that I don't know anything," he said.[8] He is one of the last main leaders left from the UFW and now defunct organization for the TFWU. They all pushed for the advanced workers rights from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s it was not all about Chavez. It was about a movement of many leaders with various backgrounds that helped the workers advance some form of rights and humanity on the backs of the people that provide us with our provisions on our dinner table. With Chavez death in 1993, as well as other leaders the question that rises from this is the farm workers movement dead?  As it is seen in the eyes of Antonio Orendain when he was given a long overdue honor for his contribution for the farmers in the Rio Grande, he also stated:

“What does this mean?” The resolution that honored him and he asked with a smile. “What are we going to do with this?” The question remains can the organization survive the globalization that has come to the twenty-first century. As more and more people are bound to pursue an education that Orendain greatly emphasized and stricter immigration regulations, who will do the unwanted farm work? Will it throw all the work of the labor movement that was done by Chavez, Huerta and Orendain in the back of the pick-up?

 As it was in San Juan, Texas the present city where he resides, the city commissioner Bob Garza on the importance to recognize Orendain and others for their contributions to the Hispanic history, Garza never heard of Orendain before the proclamation declared October 23 as the “Day of the Migrants.” He stated that “This should be more publicized, especially for our school kids.” Today the union follows thru an organization called La Union del Pueblo Enterero (LUPE) that focuses on community organizing and civic engagement. While UFW left Orendain his record and accomplishments in the movement in Texas his work and legacy will not be forgotten. [9]

Sources:

Anderson, Jack; Has César Chavez let power go to his head? The Free-Lance Star March 8, 1980

Bowman, Timothy P. “What about Texas? The Forgotten Cause of Antonio Orendain and the Río Grande Valley Farm Workers, 1966-1982.” Manuscript in the Farmworker Documentation Project, May 2006. www.farmworkermovement.org pp 119-121

Contreras, Gloria. "Onda Latina ~ The Mexican American Experience Program Collection of the KUT Longhorn Radio Network." Instructional Technology Services. http://www.laits.utexas.edu/onda_latina/dase/modules/ol/program?sernum=000511544 (accessed March 8, 2010).

Gaffney, Sean . "Standing Up: Decades-ago crusade for farm workers by Chavez contemporary echoes in Valley” | The Monitor. September 01, 2008

Gómez-Quiñones, Juan;  Mexican-American Labor, 1790-1990 (Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1994)

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/oct3.html Texas State Historical Association (accessed March 7, 2010).

Leon, Arnoldo De. Mexican Americans in Texas: A Brief History. 2nd ed. Wheeling: Harlan Davidson, 1999

María Flores Collection, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin. Texas Farm Workers Union Collection, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin.

Pipitone, Nick. "The SIXTIES: South Texas labor leader honored, at last." The SIXTIES http://sixties-l.blogspot.com/2009/11/south-texas-labor-leader-honored-at.html (accessed March 7, 2010).



[1]  Antonio Orendain to Allen McCreight, November 14, 1978, Folder 1, Texas Farm Workers Union Papers, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin

[2] Juan Gómez-Quiñones, Mexican-American Labor, 1790-1990 (Alburquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1994)

[3] Anderson, Jack; The Free-Lance Star March 8, 1980

[4] Contreras, Gloria, Interview with Antonio Orendain,  The Plight Of The Migrant Farm Worker #

  1977-48; Onda Latina Collection October 12, 1977. (University of Texas at Austin)

[5] Texas Observer, April 17, 1981.  p. 5

[6] Leon, Arnoldo De. Mexican Americans in Texas: A Brief History. 2nd ed. Wheeling: Harlan Davidson, 1999. Pg 147

[7] Pipitone, Nick. "The SIXTIES: South Texas labor leader honored, at last." The SIXTIES. http://sixties-l.blogspot.com/2009/11/south-texas-labor-leader-honored-at.html (accessed March 7, 2010).

[8] Gaffney, Sean . "Standing Up: Decades-ago crusade for farm workers by Chavez contemporary echoes in Valley” | The Monitor. September 01, 2008

[9] Bowman, Timothy P. “What about Texas? The Forgotten Cause of Antonio Orendain and the Río Grande Valley Farm Workers, 1966-1982.” Manuscript in the Farmworker Documentation Project, May 2006.pp 119-121

 

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Sec. Julian Castro The New Target As Bernie Sanders’ Surrogates Continue Attacks On Chicano Heroes

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April 13
From political matriarch Rosie Castro, the sons also rise. An outspoken activist, she was an influence on Julián and Joaquín to enter public service. The Castros, Julián, Rosie and Joaquín, pose for a portrait on Sunday, April 23, 2006. Photo: Helen L. Montoya, San Antonio Express-News / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Photo: Helen L. Montoya, San Antonio Express-News / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

 

Surrogates of the Bernie Sanders campaign recently attacked a well-known Chicana hero Dolores Huerta and now they have their sights set on  HUD Secretary Julian Castro who is on the short list of possible candidates for Sec. Hillary Clinton’s running mate. We take offense and will not remain silent when campaigns and/or their supporters attack our national Mexican American leaders. This demonstrates disrespect and insults us all.

From 2009 to 2014, Castro served as the mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas, until he was tapped by U.S. President Barack H. Obama to join the Cabinet in Washington, D.C.  Julián Castro was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Maria “Rosie” Castro and Jessie Guzman.  He is the identical twin brother of current United States Representative Joaquín Castro. His mother was a Chicana political activist who helped establish the Chicano political party La Raza Unida.  Julian Castro was on the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders as well as Time magazine’s list of its “40 under 40” rising stars in American politics. During his term as Mayor, San Antonio was ranked No. 1 on the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities list, and ranked No. 3 as the new tech hotspot and graded A+ for doing business by Forbes. He was known as a national trailblazer in urban development. His top goal as HUD Secretary is giving every person, regardless of their place in life, new opportunities to thrive. As Secretary, he has worked to improve broadband access to economically disadvantaged communities, so kids in public housing have access to 21st century information technology to help them in school and prepare them for the current workplace.

According to POLITICO: “With Bernie Sanders’ durability exciting progressives at their potential to shape the Democratic race, a coalition of groups — many of them backers of the Vermont senator — are launching a preemptive strike against Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, aimed at disqualifying him from consideration to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.”  Matt Nelson, the managing director for Presente.org stated: “It’s a situation where the Clinton campaign wants Castro to be a major asset to her chances of winning the White House, and unless he changes his position related to foreclosures and loans, he’ll be a toxic asset to the Clinton campaign.”

While the managing director for Presente sets anticipatory strikes against Sec. Julian Castro, it is also important to know the connection between Presente and Bernie.  In this small world, Bernie Sanders’ current “Latino” outreach director is Arturo Carmona – who was also Presente’s executive director. Those who have been following “Latino” organizations, their followers and the money, know and understand Presente attacks against Castro is predictable.

Castro critics say they believe the mortgages should be sold instead to nonprofits and other institutions that would care more about the communities involved.  Despite political posers abusing their nonprofit status, nonprofits are not immune to fraud either.  Brian Collins — an Audit Manager with over 10 years of public accounting experience responsible for performing audits, reviews, compilation, and tax services for a wide range of clients in various industries including not-for-profits and automotive dealerships, states:

“Fraud has been around since the beginning of commerce and continues to plague even the largest of business organizations, from Enron to the mom and pop corner store, and America’s charitable communities are not immune to fraud.  As reported by Independent Sector, an organization that performs research and publishes not-for-profit trends and data, there were more than 1.1 million not-for-profit organizations in the United States, employing about 13.7 million individuals and generating an estimated $1.5 trillion in revenue. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that organizations lose 5 percent of annual revenue to fraud, which means the not-for-profit sector is a victim of $77 billion in estimated annual losses due to fraud.”

Presente.org bills itself as the largest online Latino advocacy group, however, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is America’s largest Latino advocacy organization.

Grassroots political immigration advocates have witnessed the likes of  Presente.org, Dream Activist.org, and Latino Rebels go after the Obama administration as if he were some king of a monarchy able to undermine public support and laws with regard to our immigration laws. In fact, Erika Andiola, another Bernie staffer suggested the idea of boycotting the Latino vote until she received strong backlash in the State of Arizona.  One well known U.S. Congressman and advocate for immigration, Rep. Luis Gutierrez,  had to cut off ties with groups in light of manipulation and racist ideas  during heated “anti-Obama” moments  when immigrants were being instructed to “deport themselves” by folks who were bullet-proof and not held to the same risks as other immigrants.   Gutierrez told FOX News Latino, a meeting was very emotional, and the parents discussed things that they haven’t told others.

DREAMActivist.org alleged on its Twitter page that Gutierrez, in reference to a founder of the groups, said to one of the parents of the detained activists: “‘Did you know he’s gay?’ – @LuisGutierrez, to #Dream30 parents about 1 of our founders. Guess he hoped subtle homophobia would go a long way”

Gutierrez said to Fox News Latino that his point in asking the question was to make the parents aware that Abdollahi was not making the same personal sacrifice — and taking the same level of risk — that his organization had encouraged their children to make.

“I said ‘Somebody is putting you at risk who has no risk,'” Gutierrez said.”I wanted the parents to understand they’re being manipulated by someone who is bullet-proof.”

DREAMActivist conceded recording the meeting in a response to a tweet inquiring about it.
The response was: “@latinorebels Well, if a member of Congress can troll our members’ Facebook, #Dream30 parents ought to record what he says about their kids.”

Immigration has always been a federal issue, and both Republicans and Democrats must pass a bill that will reach the President’s desk.  The President cannot waive a magic wand and have immigration reform laws appear out of thin air.  Federal laws must be discussed at a Congressional level so that it can advance to the Executive level.  This is basic government 101.  That said, the Democratic-Controlled Senate did pass an immigration bill with the help of the Gang of Eight in 2013, but it was the Tea Party Republicans like  Sen. Ted Cruz who blocked it in 2014 from advancing and reaching the President’s desk to begin with.  Had Presente.org and/or other anti-Obama groups (who are against “the Democratic establishment”) focused more efforts against Senator Ted Cruz and Tea Party Republicans instrumental in blocking immigration reform instead of President Obama,  – we may have had immigration reform after all.

Mexican American Chicanos and many Latinos  would be proud to have Sec. Julian Castro as a Vice President and we would stand behind him. As a former Mayor of San Antonio, one of the largest growing cities in the country. Sec. Castro would bring a deep understanding and knowledge of the issues confronting our country. He has experience in bringing together people of all walks of life and has demonstrated he can get things done.  We will stand by our Leaders that have been working hard for us and not remain silent when campaigns and/or their supporters attack them.

 

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Write Arizona State Sen. Quezada And Ask Why He Voted To Raise Teacher Fees for Certification Renewals

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April 07

Teachers are already taking a hit in Arizona.  Educational morale is near another all time low with budget cuts, so it does not make any sense for Arizona senators to vote in support of raising fees for teachers. 

Today, Democratic whip Senator Martin Quezada voted to raise the fee on teachers when they renew their certificates.  

Those who voted with him claimed it was a symbolic vote for the legislature "to find education."  Symbolic or not, it is a stupidly thing to take it out on our public school teachers.  We should not take more money away from teachers who take care of our children, and had Mr. Quezada had any children of his own, he would know the ins and outs of how precious our children really are and why we must take care of our teachers who instruct them.   Concerned parents interact with their student's teachers and we hear their complaints with the demands made of them when budget cuts are made.  We should not punish our teachers with raising their fees to renew their certifications.

HB 2620 legislative language can be found here, with the final failed attempt to raise fees being killed here.

 

Please call or email Sen. Quezada and voice your concerns to him now:

Phone Number: (602) 926-5911
Or Send an Email to Quezada

 
 
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National Hispanic Council of School Board Annual Nominating Committee Makes Endorsements

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April 07

 

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March 28, 2016

The National Hispanic Council of School Board Members convened its Annual Nominating Committee via conference call on Thursday, March 17, 2016.  The Committee consisted of myself and two representatives from NHC Membership, Mr. Ruben Campos (IL) and Mr. Sylvester Vasquez (TX), both members of the Council.

Charged under the NHC Constitution and Bylaws the Committee affirmed unanimously that it would endorse only those candidates who were judged to be the most outstanding leaders to represent public education and the interest of Hispanic Students. 

The following slate of candidates represents those persons whom the Committee believes has the potential to do a truly outstanding job on behalf of public education, and would serve as excellent representatives of the National Hispanic Council:

  • Chair-Elect                                                      Steve Corona (IN)
  • Vice-Chair                                                       Lydia Hernandez (AZ)
  • Secretary                                                          Jesus Rubalcava (AZ)
  • Director, Southern Region                              Gloria Casas (TX)

 

The Hispanic Council Nominating Committee carefully examined the qualifications of each applicant for consideration as members of the NHC Board of Directors.  The Committee believes these candidates can provide capable leadership to NHC, and recommends them for election as NHC Officers and Regional Director.

The Hispanic Council Elections will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10:30 am – 11:45 am, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Grand Ballroom E, in Boston, MA.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Guillermo Z. López

Nominating Committee Chair and Immediate Past Chair

National Hispanic Council of School Board Members

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Emma Gray: Why We Should Give A Sh*t About Even The Smallest Instances Of Sexism

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April 07

Worthy of sharing Emma Gray's story:

 

Why We Should Give A Sh*t About Even The Smallest Instances Of Sexism

Every tiny “pinprick” matters. And men, this is about you, too.

I was on my way to work last week prepping for my interview with British feminist author Laura Bates about her book Everyday Sexism when a man told me to smile. A few minutes later — still not smiling — it was raining, and I tweeted about my wardrobe confusion. A middle-aged father responded, suggesting that I consider “wearing nothing.”

Ironically, it’s these tiny “pinpricks” as Bates calls them, that the U.S. edition of her book (and the Everyday Sexism Project which inspired it) is intended to bring awareness to — and ultimately combat.

Bates launched the Everyday Sexism Project in 2012 after a sh*tty week where she had “several terrible experiences in a really short period of time,” from street harassment to groping to being followed home by a man. The common thread? They all felt violating, but a kind of “normal” part of womanhood. She began speaking with other women and decided to create a platform where these sort of experiences could be shared.

Four years later, the project exists on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and on the Everyday Sexism website. More than 100,000 women have used the platform to share their stories of gender-based discrimination. The anecdotes include tales of street harassment, sexist dress codes and subtle workplace digs, and also darker stories of sexual violence, stalking and overt discrimination.

All of the stories illustrate the small and large ways deep-seated, structural sexism plays out in women’s lives.

Bates had a lot to say about why both women and men should care deeply about these issues, and what we can do — on a legislative, institutional and individual level — to combat everyday sexism.

What made you start the Everyday Sexism project?

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Arizona State Sen. Miranda Endorses Lydia Hernandez For Vice Chair of National Hispanic Council of School Board

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April 07

Somos Independents is a national woman-led organization active in supporting experienced and qualified women in politics and in education.  Sometimes we see corrupt politicians endorse people they can manipulate and who have very little experience in educational matters. Unfortunately we see people who use school board positions for selfish political advancement instead of what is in the best interest of children attending our public schools.  Lydia Hernandez is not a person using positions for selfish reasons.  She began to actively get engaged because she has children attending these schools and she knows first hand the issues related to students. We have personally witnessed Lydia do a good job with schools and school board issues  -- not only as a Mother of children attending these schools, but as a concerned citizen of our community.   We believe moms and dads with children attending the public school educational system ought to be more active within the school board environment because they are the ones who know first hand what their kid(s) relay.  Kids are at the heart of the public school educational system, and experience matters.  Lydia has proven herself time and time again (as a school board member) with her proactive ideas that solve problems before they even happen.  The passion she has put into our community will be an asset to the National Hispanic Council.

 

April 7, 2016

My name is Catherine Miranda and I am currently serving as an Arizona State Senator for Legislative Disctrict 27. This letter is to submit my full recommendation for Lydia Hernandez as she applies for the National Hispanic Council of School Boards-Vice Chair position. I believe that Lydia’s history at the board speaks highly of her work ethic and passion, but would like to reiterate it with additional support.  

Lydia has been a school board member for 12 years. Locally, she has served as a Board Member of the Cartwright School board since 2003; during which she has held the positions of Board President, Vice President, and clerk. During her time at the Cartwright School Board she has received many accumulated hours and certificates in board governance credit hours. I full-heartedly believe Lydia to be an integral part of the Maryvale and Cartwright communities because of the impact I have seen her cause; her tireless work to leveraging resources and bring the best practices in order to implement necessary changes to move the districts and communities forward has helped many families and inspired countless others to emulate her drive towards betterment.                                 

In addition to her experience as a school board member, Lydia has also served in the Arizona House of Representatives representing the aforesaid communities. Lydia is without a doubt ready to take on a leadership role on the NHC and will surely create an impact due to the depth of knowledge she has gained over the years and her passion of helping to develop Latino leadership through board governance programming at the national level.  

 Sincerely,

 

 Senator Catherine Miranda

 

 

 

 

 

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American Federation of Teachers Union Endorses Hillary Clinton

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April 06

We are very happy to see the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union endorse Sec. Hillary Clinton! 

American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Here is their endorsement:

ENDORSEMENT OF HILLARY CLINTON

WHEREAS, the members of the American Federation of Teachers play a critical and active role in our democracy; and

 

WHEREAS, the AFT, its affiliates and its members have rededicated ourselves to reclaiming the promise of America for all our children, families and communities; and 

 

WHEREAS, the 2016 presidential election, like any other presidential election, provides an opportunity to elect a president who shares our vision for America; and 

 

WHEREAS, traditionally, the endorsement is decided in two phases: For the primaries, the AFT executive council, which is elected by the convention delegates to represent the full membership, makes endorsement recommendations. For the general election, our convention chooses our candidate; and

 

WHEREAS, in considering an endorsement for president, the AFT considers which candidate shares our values, has the support of our members, and is strong and electable; and 

 

WHEREAS, toward this end, since February 2015, the AFT has engaged our members in a variety of ways on both the issues and the candidates, has conducted two polls, has held two town hall forums, has established the "You Decide 2016" and the "You Got Schooled" websites, has conducted research on where each candidate stands, and has invited all candidates to complete a questionnaire and meet with our executive council; and 

 

WHEREAS, Hillary Clinton has spent her entire career, both in the private and public sectors, working to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to climb the ladder of success; and

 

WHEREAS, Hillary Clinton has a proven record in leading the fight for high-quality healthcare, including proper staffing levels; for high-quality public education for all, starting with our youngest children; was an original co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act; defended public service workers who came to our nation's defense on Sept. 11; and has a deep and long record on economic and social justice issues—from voting rights to immigrant rights to women's rights to worker rights—earning a 100 percent AFT voting record during her time in the U.S. Senate; and

 

WHEREAS, Hillary Clinton has pledged to help build an economy that produces good jobs and rising wages, and will work with educators, telling the AFT, "It's just dead wrong to make teachers the scapegoats for all of society's problems. Where I come from, teachers are the solution. And I strongly believe that unions are part of the solution too"; and

 

WHEREAS, the stakes are critically high in this election, when corporate-backed politicians want to preserve today's status quo—a rigged, trickle-down economic system—and to do that, they want to eviscerate unions; and

 

WHEREAS, these politicians know that unions give working people power at the bargaining table and the ballot box; and

 

WHEREAS, in a scientific poll conducted in late June 2015, 79 percent of members who can vote in the Democratic primary support a primary endorsement, and, by more than a 3-to-1 margin, those members prefer Hillary Clinton; and 

 

WHEREAS, the AFT has received resolutions from several affiliates urging the executive council to endorse Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination; and 

 

WHEREAS, the 2016 election campaign is already well underway and an endorsement now will enable the AFT to help shape the debate and drive an agenda to reclaim the promise of America; and

 

WHEREAS, Hillary Clinton is a tested leader who shares our values, is supported by AFT members, and is prepared for a tough fight in order to champion the interest of students, families and communities:

 

RESOLVED, that the American Federation of Teachers endorses Hillary Clinton for president in the Democratic primary; and

 

RESOLVED, that the AFT and its state and local affiliates commit to engaging and mobilizing our 1.6 million members, their families and their communities to reclaim the promise of America and to help secure the Democratic nomination for Hillary Clinton.

 

(2015)

Please note that a newer resolution, or portion of a resolution, may have superseded an earlier resolution on the same subject. As a result, with the exception of resolutions adopted at our most recent AFT convention, resolutions do not necessarily reflect current AFT policies.

- See more at: http://www.aft.org/resolution/endorsement-hillary-clinton#sthash.qgBkFRpu.dpuf

 

ENDORSEMENT OF HILLARY CLINTON

WHEREAS, the members of the American Federation of Teachers play a critical and active role in our democracy; and
 
WHEREAS, the AFT, its affiliates and its members have rededicated ourselves to reclaiming the promise of America for all our children, families and communities; and 
 
WHEREAS, the 2016 presidential election, like any other presidential election, provides an opportunity to elect a president who shares our vision for America; and 
 
WHEREAS, traditionally, the endorsement is decided in two phases: For the primaries, the AFT executive council, which is elected by the convention delegates to represent the full membership, makes endorsement recommendations. For the general election, our convention chooses our candidate; and
 
WHEREAS, in considering an endorsement for president, the AFT considers which candidate shares our values, has the support of our members, and is strong and electable; and 
 
WHEREAS, toward this end, since February 2015, the AFT has engaged our members in a variety of ways on both the issues and the candidates, has conducted two polls, has held two town hall forums, has established the "You Decide 2016" and the "You Got Schooled" websites, has conducted research on where each candidate stands, and has invited all candidates to complete a questionnaire and meet with our executive council; and 
 
WHEREAS, Hillary Clinton has spent her entire career, both in the private and public sectors, working to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to climb the ladder of success; and
 
WHEREAS, Hillary Clinton has a proven record in leading the fight for high-quality healthcare, including proper staffing levels; for high-quality public education for all, starting with our youngest children; was an original co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act; defended public service workers who came to our nation's defense on Sept. 11; and has a deep and long record on economic and social justice issues—from voting rights to immigrant rights to women's rights to worker rights—earning a 100 percent AFT voting record during her time in the U.S. Senate; and
 
WHEREAS, Hillary Clinton has pledged to help build an economy that produces good jobs and rising wages, and will work with educators, telling the AFT, "It's just dead wrong to make teachers the scapegoats for all of society's problems. Where I come from, teachers are the solution. And I strongly believe that unions are part of the solution too"; and
 
WHEREAS, the stakes are critically high in this election, when corporate-backed politicians want to preserve today's status quo—a rigged, trickle-down economic system—and to do that, they want to eviscerate unions; and
 
WHEREAS, these politicians know that unions give working people power at the bargaining table and the ballot box; and
 
WHEREAS, in a scientific poll conducted in late June 2015, 79 percent of members who can vote in the Democratic primary support a primary endorsement, and, by more than a 3-to-1 margin, those members prefer Hillary Clinton; and 
 
WHEREAS, the AFT has received resolutions from several affiliates urging the executive council to endorse Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination; and 
 
WHEREAS, the 2016 election campaign is already well underway and an endorsement now will enable the AFT to help shape the debate and drive an agenda to reclaim the promise of America; and
 
WHEREAS, Hillary Clinton is a tested leader who shares our values, is supported by AFT members, and is prepared for a tough fight in order to champion the interest of students, families and communities:
 
RESOLVED, that the American Federation of Teachers endorses Hillary Clinton for president in the Democratic primary; and
 
RESOLVED, that the AFT and its state and local affiliates commit to engaging and mobilizing our 1.6 million members, their families and their communities to reclaim the promise of America and to help secure the Democratic nomination for Hillary Clinton.
 
(2015)

Please note that a newer resolution, or portion of a resolution, may have superseded an earlier resolution on the same subject. As a result, with the exception of resolutions adopted at our most recent AFT convention, resolutions do not necessarily reflect current AFT policies.

- See more at: http://www.aft.org/resolution/endorsement-hillary-clinton#sthash.qgBkFRpu.dpuf
American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do. - See more at: http://www.aft.org/about/mission#sthash.C3zyBDga.dpuf
American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do. - See more at: http://www.aft.org/about/mission#sthash.C3zyBDga.dpuf

Mission

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

- See more at: http://www.aft.org/about/mission#sthash.C3zyBDga.dpuf

Mission

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

- See more at: http://www.aft.org/about/mission#sthash.C3zyBDga.dpuf

Mission

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

- See more at: http://www.aft.org/about/mission#sthash.C3zyBDga.dpuf
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Is Computer Theft Being Allowed At Roosevelt School District #66?

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April 06

 

It appears the Roosevelt School District is not listening to community member Ricardo Gallego with regard to computer theft concerns.  Taxpayers have a right to know that their dollars are not being wasted. Gallego has provided the district with evidence here that supports his concern or by clicking: https://www.docdroid.net/5sBSDyP/complaint3.pdf.html

Mr. Gallego writes:

My name is Ricardo M. Gallego.  I'm a community member, former employee of the Roosevelt School District #66 and former member of the Phoenix Union High school District governing board. As a board member at PUHSD, overrides were necessary to fully fund the district. During my employment at RSD #66, several override elections took place as well because funds were extremely limited. As an employee at RSD, I saw a lot of waste in Food Services Dept. Pilferage was a common occurrence with janitorial supplies and as a member of the Maintenance Dept., there too I saw a lot of items purchased by district p.o.'s that ended up in an employee's home. I have been tracking an employee in the Technology Dept. by the name of Jorge Custodio. I have presented incriminating evidence to the Roosevelt School District' Technology's Dept. supervisor , Mr. Nathaniel Hawkins and Superintendent Koba.

On Monday, January 25, 2016, I called Mr. Nathaniel Hawkins at his personal line and left a message. On Tuesday January 26, Mr. Hawkins returned my call and I advised him I wanted to report an employee of computer equipment theft, hardware and software. We agreed to meet on Wednesday January 27, 2016.

On Wednesday January 27, Mr. Hawkins and I met and I presented several documents, these documents are labeled as follows:

1)    A W9 form from the Tempe Elementary School District, to provide technological services using RSD software.

2)    A request form to add Mr. Jorge Custodio to Tempe School District vendor list.

3)    A flyer produced at RSD, using RSD equipment, by Mr. Jorge Custodio for his friend Julio Toro. Opie Amado witnessed the flyer production.

4)    A sign of an orphanage, in Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico where Mr. Jorge Custodio installed two RSD computers loaded with RSD software. Two telephone numbers and the name of the person that accepted the two computers.

5)    Picture of the two computers Mr. Jorge Custodio installed at the orphanage. As I presented this particular picture to Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Hawkins immediately identified computers belonging to RSD. I drove to Sonoyta on Saturday January 23, 2016 to retrieve the two computers from the orphanage and was informed by an employee, computers had been disposed of that morning.

6)    The model and serial number of a lap top also at the orphanage in Sonoyta. Model no. JQ4JXG1 Serial no. 42938633233.

7)    Monitor View Sonic Model no. VS12915, Serial no. RMH101202180.

8)    Monitor E Machines Model no. 500g, Serial no. MLASA50V13829.

9)    Monitor Dell Model no. E171FPB, Serial no. MX05W540466343621C3V.

Mr. Hawkins expressed to me an investigation would be launched immediately and he would keep me informed as new developments took place. On Monday February Vt. 2016 I spoke with Mr. Hawkins and also with an officer of the PPD. At that time I shared the same information to the officer from PPD as I had shared with Mr. Nathaniel Hawkins.
Later in the week I spoke with Mr. Hawkins and informed me the case had been referred to Mr. Mark Widman. I didn't speak with Mr. Widman.


On Monday February 22, 2016 I met with Superintendent Koba. During our meeting I identified myself and asked Superintendent Koba if she knew the nature of my meeting with her. She responded by telling me it was about the report I had made to Mr. Nathaniel Hawkins to which I said yes. She assured me there was an ongoing investigation against Mr. Jorge Custodio because of previous reports by other persons and that the evidence I presented to Superintendent Koba and Mr. Hawkins would be very helpful in their ongoing investigation. Superintendent Koba expressed to me members of the technology dept. wanted to testify and a meeting with the PPD would take place but it never took place because the investigating officer failed to show. I asked Superintendent Koba to make sure such interviews with the employees and the investigator from the PPD took place. Superintendent Koba also expressed to me a retired person from RSD called a technician from the technology dept. requesting a service call because the retired person's computer was malfunctioning. When the technician arrived at the RSD retired person's home she quickly identified the RSD tags on all components of the computer and that the retired person had said Mr. Custodio had supplied the computer.


On Tuesday February 23, 2016 I met again with Superintendent Koba at which time I returned a computer sold by Mr. Custodio to Rosario Medina Alejos of Indio, CA.

Superintendent Koba accepted the computer I retrieved from Indio CA. and took pictures of all components along with model numbers and serial of monitor, cpu and keyboard. Monitor had an RSD tag number11016157. After our meeting with a PPD officer and Superintendent Koba, I was told by Superintendent Koba and the PPD officer they didn't have enough evidence to prosecute.

 

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