Artist: Ernesto Yerena Montejano / Permission given by Brooklyn & Boyle's Abel Salas
Today marks the anniversary when Chicano Journalist Ruben Salazar died. Rubén Salazar (March 3, 1928 – August 29, 1970) was a Mexican-American journalist killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy during the National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War on August 29, 1970 in East Los Angeles, California. During the 1970s, his killing was often cited as a symbol of unjust treatment of Chicanos by law enforcement. Working as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Salazar was the first Mexican-American journalist from mainstream media to cover the Chicano community.
Rudolph Rudy Gonzales is the son of the legendary Corky Gonzales an I want to share with you his memory of Ruben Salazar. Many of you may not know this but Rudy and Corky were with Ruben Salazar the day that he died:
I traveled with a contingent my father led from the Crusade for Justice of over 75 members. It was clear day as 25 - 50 thousand Chicanos and supporters prepared to march to Laguna Park in protest of the Vietnam War. The march would become the largest single protest by Chicanos in the history of the USA. I marched with my Dad Corky Gonzales who was scheduled to be one of the main speakers at the park. As the first Chicano leader and/or Civil/Human rights leader to come out against the war (one year before Martin Luther King Jr.), Corky was in the vanguard of the protest. Because of this I got to meet Ruben Salazar as he sought out my father during the march to take quick interview. He had kind eyes and interviewed my father with an honest intensity. When he marched off to interview other present Chicano leaders like Bert Corona, my father turned to me and my brother Joaquin and said with hope he (Ruben) is going to tell our truth!
That was the last day many Chicano leaders and activists saw Ruben Salazar alive.
That said, the next generation of Chicano activists are committed to taking the torch from our respected elders and carrying on and reviving what made us strong to begin with. We will not back down despite death because our souls will come out of the graves and revive the much needed Chicano movement we see stirring from south Texas, to Denver, to L.A. and the rising Phoenix.
Dear independent registered voters,
I received an email from the GOP 3 hours ago clearly telling key swing moderate and centrist voters across America they have decided to dig in their heels and embrace tea party extremism and bigotry. It appears the RNC Chairman Reince Priebus continues to fail in reaching out to the moderate, women and Chicano/Latino voters because moderates loathe extremism, bigotry and gridlock.
According to the Gallup
, "Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008."
According to the Independent Voter Network (IVN
"The current Congress has an average 9.2 percent approval rating and 84.2 percent disapproval rating. ... These numbers point to a grave problem: the House of Representatives is utterly unrepresentative."
As Independent voters' numbers rise, the GOP is hurt the most
and many former Republican voters have already dumped the tea
to leave the GOP.
In the below screen shot from the GOP email, the Republican Party eliminates the fact that moderate independent registered voters are also against tea party extremism and bigotry. The GOP lies about tax abuse, too. Republican politicians had the opportunity to do away with tax subsidies in the oil industry. The Republican Party is and has been for crony capitalism (not true capitalism) when they support tax subsidies for corporate millionaires. The GOP is also guilty of millions of dollars that are wasted subsidizing the private prison industry when they house immigrants for working in the agricultural fields, hotels, construction work sites and more.
The GOP very much supports tax subsidized programs yet lie to their sheeple about it.
Independent voters continue to make a stand against bull shit. We do not owe loyalty to any party and we will continue to signal to moderate voices pointing out who is more extreme than the other. As of today, the GOP has decided to embrace tea party extremism to their own demise.
The big news yesterday for Chicanos and Mexican Americans who are also independent registered voters was watching both John Huppenthal and Tom Horne lose in the Republican primary elections.
Allow this to be a very big lesson for independent voters who receive affirmation with regard to swinging and influencing elections with regard to the Republican or Democratic Party. As an independent, I requested the Republican ballot this year so that I could influence the Republican primary elections. I specifically voted against extremists like John Kavanagh who lives in my district, Tom Horne (avidly against Chicano Studies) and John Huppenthal, the superintendent who is one of the worst anti-Chicano / Latino persons in the State of Arizona.
I could not bring myself to vote for my Congressman David Schweikert (who was unopposed) so I wrote in a name instead.
On May 14, 2014, leaders of SOMOS INDEPENDENTS (a woman-led organization of key swing independent voters) could not support Horne for attorney general in light of what appears to be constant charges related to campaign finance violations.
Independent voters are now the biggest voting bloc in Arizona, and as an independent voter organization the goal is to pluck out extremism and corruption with regard to public officials who are paid by Arizona tax payers. The Arizona Republican Party voters had to ask themselves if they could afford to support candidates like Tom Horne in the Republican primary election. Indeed, it appears the Republican Party learnt the same lessons from the State of Ohio (a key Presidential election state) when Ohio citizens ousted extreme Tea Party candidates.
With regard to the superintendent of public instruction, John Huppenthal was another politician Mexican American / Chicano voters wanted to see leave the political arena.
Registered independent voters demonstrated their power in yesterday's Arizona elections and across the nation. We are getting better at this and are ahead of the independent curve. Radio show host via Carlos Galindo along with other several political pundits uniting and coalition building front will grow, get better and refine the art of independent voting. Requesting and honing in on the D or R ballot is key in order to weed out extremists and corrupt politicians.
We are celebrating the loss of extremist politicians like Tom Horne and John Huppenthal who drew the line in the sand against Chicano / Ethnic Studies.
When Independent Arizona candidate Angel Garcia was asked if he supported the top two initiative (an issue important to independent voters), here is how he answered and this is why we support him.
Question: Do you support implementing a top two primary system?
Answer: Angel does not support a taxpayer funded primary system at all. Parties pick and choose their darlings and engage in endorsements before a primary anyway. If parties want a primary they should save the taxpayers the money and fund it themselves. That being said, the question is in regards to a top two primary system. Angel feels if there is going to be a primary system top two is a great way to go as long as party labels are stripped from the ballot and the voting is conducted in a nonpartisan manner. My top choice would be an "instant runoff" voting system, but most voters have never even heard of that.
- Scott Peters who identifies as a Democrat was named the fourth most independent Democrat by the National Journal. He voted against the party majority 17 times. He has also had to work harder to reach out to independent voters that can swing the pendulum either way. This is a great example of what can happen if we had a top two primary system in place.
Having a nonpartisan top two primary will push candidates to better represent their constituents by making them realize the bases traditionally pandered to on the far right and far left do not represent a majority of Americans. This will hopefully cause politicians to approach politics in a more moderate manner and end some of the gridlock we have seen in government. By implementing top two we will see a broader range of ideas injected into the political marketplace due to increased competition from not only members of the same political party, but other political parties as well.
Nonpartisan top two primaries will give independent voter a larger voice in the political arena. With the current system politicians know they will make it past the party based primary, so they spend all of their time catering messages and pandering to their base. They don't even try to introduce ideology that would be seen as middle of the road or moderate. Often times independents are ignored because parties feel that independent don't vote. Angel usually responds to that by saying, "If a party gave a worthwhile candidate that represented the constituents maybe independents would actually vote for that parties candidate and there would be an increased voter turn out."
Nonpartisan top two primaries will also give third parties a fighting chance to get their people elected into office. People might find they actually have more in common with the third party candidates than they do the "big two" parties when researching what the people who are running stand for. Removing party labels would push the average voter to have to do more homework on the candidate and hopefully leave them feeling more educated on where that particular candidate stands on the issue.
As a former member of the law enforcement community / bomb dog handler, I take issues against hypocritical politicians such as (R) John Kavanagh who voted against salary increases for law enforcement, while doubling his taxpayer-funded living allowance via Arizona's Senate Bill 1217 dated April 15, 2014.
As a key swing Independent voter of Arizona, our independent voter group is giving John Kavanagh two thumbs down. Kavanagh is a career politician who has been in politics for 8 years too long. He is also an extremist who doesn't believe in bipartisanship that addresses and takes on tough issues. Kavanagh is an extremist. Moderates and centrist independent voters are tired of extremism in our State of Arizona and we are signaling to fellow independent voters to vote "anyone but Kavanagh."
According to a mailer sent to me, John Kavanagh even co-sponsored legislation ending term limits for legislators via HCR 2010, 2007, and in fact voted against adjusting [his own] politician's retirement benefits funded by taxpayers during our economic crisis via HB 2062 dated March 27, 2008.
It's time for Kavanagh to go.
Shannon Reynolds is a female veteran who served our Nation honorably in our United States Armed Forces. She wrote Terry Johnson (who appears to be a bit old school and somewhat of a male chauvinist) and who is supposed to be representative of showofsupport.org in Texas.
In her below email, Shannon points out Ted Nugent's dodging of the military draft, pedophilia preying on young women, and bigotry, but Terry Johnson responds to Shannon with "you're fucked up."
Women have had it with male chauvinists, and we are standing up and drawing the line with bigotry. Those who support the pedophile and bigot Ted Nugent will go down the same dying hole Nugent is going down in.
On Aug 1, 2014, at 1:17 PM, Shannon Reynolds <email@example.com> wrote:
Bilingual National Radio Show Host via Carlos Galindo is calling Maureen Dowd's myth making to the carpet.
Recently, Maureen Dowd became a critic of President Obama's golfing time, however, it is common knowledge quite a bit of business is discussed on the golf course by men. That said, key swing independent moderate voters are wondering why Maureen is not looking at the whole leisure time picture?
For instance, Galindo tweeted:
Independent Voter Group Blasts Karl Rove's Dark Money Operations; Refers Extreme Tea Party Candidate DeMaio As Modern Day Pete Wilson
Key swing independent voters are highly sought after during election seasons. Independent voters flee the two major party system because they put issues and people before Party partisanship. Independent voters are tired of gridlock, extremism and partisanship we see have witnessed with Tea Party politicians, and we are against less than transparent dark money operations Karl Rove is introducing into the San Diego market. Independent voters are holding Carl DeMaio accountable for lying to the American voter when he denied being affiliated with the Tea Party. Indeed, Carl DeMaio was a representative at a San Diego Tea Party event.
That said, a National Independent voter group via SOMOS INDEPENDENTS is led by Mexican American women, and we are getting involved with getting out the vote in San Diego, California at Poppa's Fresh Fish Company. We chose this hot bed spot for our Get Out the Vote Booth in light of Tea Party bigotry and death threats made to owner Mark Lane for housing immigrant children.
Our Independent voter group is taking a stand against extremism in national politics. Political education during midterm 2014 elections is key, and we believe women and the Chicano / Latino vote can help root out extremism. Essentially Carl DeMaio is a modern day Pete Wilson for the Chicano / Latino commmunity and we are spreading the buzz to help vote out DeMaio's extremism.
Enrique Morones, Director of Border Angels, will be at our Get Out the Vote Booth to assist with political education in the San Diego area along with David Alvarez who is the city councilman for the district we will be in. A representative from California Congressman Juan Vargas's office will also attend and we are excited with empowering ourselves because voting seems to be the only power we have against corrupt politicians.
We are excited about getting out the vote this year in the name of supporting refugee small immigrant children, women, the fatherless and widows.
Get Out The Vote
Time: 10:30 am
Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Location: Poppa's Fresh Fish Co, 3227 Ocean View Blvd Suite 5, San Diego, California 92113
There's a saying: "If you can't beat them, join them."
And indeed that is what Karl Rove did when he discovered he could not beat Tea Party extremism. This is why Republican voters are leaving in droves over to the Independent side because Independents support moderates and centrists. For the record, Independent voters prefer to put issues before Party politics. They are tired of extremism and gridlock.
It is a well known fact, Karl Rove recognized Tea Party extremism as it darkened the GOP's doorstep when he launched attacks against a movement that was cancerous to the Republican Party -- now out of control.
So why is Karl Rove helping the Tea Party after he was against them?
It all boils down to the money, and Rove sold out.
Here is Dirty Carl DeMaio's resume by Too Extreme For San Diego:
- November 2010 - Cast the lone vote to continue taxpayer subsidies of lawbreakers, opposing a rule change eliminating subsidies of parking ticket fines. San Diego could have saved $3.8 million for other services without the subsidy.
- September 2010 - Falsely tried to blame worker earnings for water rate increase. The director of the San Diego Public Utilities Department noted that the raises were due to a rise in wholesale water costs (“Expect another jump in water rates,” San Diego Union-Tribune, Sept. 9)
- August 2010 - Recommended corporate sponsorship of San Diego beaches. (San Diego Business Journal, “Corporate Sponsorship Proposed for Area Beaches,” August 2, 2010)
- July 2010 - Failed to gather enough valid signatures to qualify ballot measure that would outsource city jobs without ensuring that workers receive a living wage.
- June 2010 - Voted against safety improvements to railroad crossings in downtown San Diego.
- May 2010 - Cast the lone vote against condemning Arizona's SB1070 immigration law. The law sparked protests and boycotts, and continues to face numerous legal challenges, with major components receiving a court injunction. Voters recalled the bill's primary proponent from office in November 2011.
- May 2010 - Cast the lone vote in opposition to measure that would use profits from the Port to support infrastructure and capital projects in surrounding, impacted communities like Barrio Logan.
- March 2010 - Citing opposition to a provision that would help the unemployed, underemployed, and low-income find work, voted against successful effort to reform corruption at city's redevelopment corporations by allowing the Mayor to hire and fire top redevelopment executives.
- January 2010 - In first year in office, DeMaio spent $32,000 in taxpayer money on mail. That was 45 times as many mailers as all other elected officials combined.
- December 2009 - Opposed budget eliminating public safety programs, slashing city services and laying off 200 employees for not going far enough.
- November 2009 - Opposed plan to eliminate vacant city positions despite $70 million in permanent savings from the strategy.
- May 2009 - Cast the lone vote against a fee change to better reflect the police cost of responding to false burglary alarms. Less than 1% of burglary reports are legitimate, costing millions each year.
- May 2009 - Case the lone vote against a fee change to charge casino parties for the full cost of policing.
- May 2009 - Cast the lone vote against charging homeowners who fail to respond to fire officials' warnings of brushfire dangers on their property.
- April 2009 - Opposed Grand Jury report calling on San Diego to let citizens vote on standardizing the fees for city services.
- November 2008 - Just before joining council, Blasted city council vote that postponed fire, library, and rec center closures.
- April 2006 - Penned OpEd criticizing Perkins Student Loan Program. According to the President of the Coalition of Higher Education, “his entire article is based on a faulty 2003 evaluation of which he quotes the misleading summary, apparently without reading the report."
- October 2005 - Refused City Attorney call to register as a lobbyist for his efforts to influence city policy.
- August 2004 - Advised and promoted California Performance Review, modeled on the plan he recommended to Governor Schwarzenegger during his campaign. The eventual report wildly overstated potential savings thanks to faulty math. The plan claimed more than double its actual potential savings. The Governor dropped the plan after independent analysis discredited its proposals, and a spokesperson for the Governor dismissed DeMaio's influence.
- June 2004 - Introduced San Diego Citizens Budget Plan. Early supporters like the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, and Mayor Dick Murphy withdrew support citing "wrong information...and inaccurate budget totals" that challenged DeMaio's credibility.
- April 2003 - Released mock state budget with proposals such as eliminating the Coastal Conservatory and outsourcing state park rangers.