Co-founder Shirl Mora James (pro Hillary supporter) was at the helm of this issue and fought for Marta Nieves along with several others.
Chairman resigns, many Bernie Sanders supporters apologize for 'disrespectful' role in Latino caucus election
A cadre of young Bernie Sanders backers in Nebraska learned this week that it isn’t right to play politics with Latinos.
During last weekend’s Democratic State Convention, the Sanders group was accused of being “paternalistic” and exhibiting “white privilege” after it engineered the ouster of a longtime Latino leader in favor of a Sanders supporter as chairman of a Latino-centered caucus.
Many of those in the Sanders group were young, white and male. And many of them apologized profusely during an emotional meeting Tuesday with Latino leaders in South Omaha.
The meeting ended with the Sanders supporter stepping down as chairman and allowing the longtime leader of the Latino caucus to resume the helm.
“It was disrespectful. It really was. From the bottom of my heart, I want to apologize,” said Nate Gadrinski, 29, a Sanders supporter from Omaha. “It is clear you don’t want your allies making decisions for you.”
The controversy erupted at the convention, where the Sanders camp aggressively flexed its delegate strength to try to take over as many leadership posts within the party as it could. Sanders won Nebraska’s Democratic caucuses in March and was awarded more state delegates than Hillary Clinton, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee.
Among the Sanders camp’s targets: the party’s many special-interest caucuses. These caucuses or committees were formed years ago to give groups such as Latinos, women and the LGBT community — groups that often felt their voices were not being heard within the party — a structure to discuss their interests.
Several convention-goers reported seeing a group of 15 to 25 Sanders supporters darting in and out of caucus meetings at the convention, trying to exert influence.
At the Latino caucus, the Sanders group flooded the meeting just as the vote for chairman was about to take place. Marta Nieves, who’s been active in the organization for more than five years, was running for re-election. However, the Sanders supporters preferred Adrian Sanchez, head of the Nebraska Latino Commission.
In about five minutes, Sanchez was elected, the Sanders supporters left the room and Nieves could not believe what had happened.
Nieves and others argued later that those who voted for Sanchez violated the group’s bylaws. Non-Latinos are allowed to join the caucus, but only members — those who have attended before and have paid dues — are allowed to cast a vote in leadership races.
No one raised an objection that day. Nieves said she was too shocked to do so.
It didn’t take long, however, for a backlash to build within the Latino Democratic community, whose members were outraged that a mostly non-Latino group of Sanders backers had chosen their new leader. On social media, they began to fire broadsides at Sanchez and Sanders supporters.
That prompted Tuesday’s meeting. About seven or eight Sanders supporters and about 25 Latinos gathered at El Alamo restaurant in South Omaha.
Initially, the Sanders backers appeared ready to defend the vote. One said he viewed himself as an “ally” of the Latino community who was simply trying to get more involved with the caucus. And Sanchez initially refused to resign, arguing that the vote should stand.
However, as the night wore on and speaker after speaker lambasted the “dirty” trick at the convention, the Sanders supporters and Sanchez began to have a change of heart.
Nieves told the Sanders supporters that they were “alienating” people who have been working within the Democratic Party for years.
“You guys are all excited about being progressive and you knock the hell out of people who are (also) progressive and who have been around a while,” Nieves said. “You guys ran all over the place just to be in charge, and you don’t even know what that means.”
Dale Gutierrez, who identified himself as a Iraq War veteran, asked the Sanders supporters why they thought it was a good idea to try to make decisions for the Latino community.
“Do you know what it’s like to be Latino? Do any of you?” he asked.
Bernie Sanders finished speaking after meeting with President Obama moments ago. In my opinino, a timeline will more than likely be one where Bernie will concede AFTER the D.C. election. I think Clintonistas can suspect Bernie Sanders is wanting to save face and ego by finishing out the last DC primary run (which is next Tuesday). Keep in mind that Bernie is still sending emails out there asking for donations, so this will be the last of him asking for Presidential candidacy money soon. This past Tuesday was the final #SuperTuesday where multiple key states such as New Jersey, Cali and New Mexico had their elections. There is one final state to go -- Washington D.C.
I thought it was interesting how Bernie did NOT want to take any questions, and we do know that he will be meeting with our gal Hillary Clinton after the D.C. primary.
More than likely the long time independent will go back to being a registered Independent when he runs and focuses his campaign energy on his own Senate seat. Time will let us see the collateral damage he created for the Democratic Party when all is said and done. Everyone knows (or should know by now) that Bernie repeated far right wing talking points, and the likes of Karl Rove's PACs helped Bernie's campaign. The Republican donations did not help Bernie spoil it for Hillary though. While the Republican Party was hijacked by the likes of Trump, the Democratic Party leadership did not allow the long time Independent to completely ruin it for them in 2016.
For the record, Somos Independents is an organization led by independent registered women -- a former long life registered Democrat voter (via Shirl Mora James), and a former long life registered Republican voter (via DeeDee Garcia Blase) who have come together to organize key swing moderate independent voters. We are not part of the fringe groups. Though Bernie Sanders is a registered Independent Senator from Vermont, we cannot support his extremism after he touted being a self proclaimed socialist. Sanders is quoted as having heroes such as Eugene Debs and praised the likes of Fidel Castro and we reject those ideas here. Just the same, we do not support bigotry we see coming from the likes of the Republican nominee Donald Trump who received lavish praises from the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump also received praise from Fidel Castro when Fidel said:
In one of his usual reflections, the former Cuban President Fidel Castro thanked Donald Trump the statements in favor of the resumption of relations between Cuba and the United States.
“Es de gran político y de buen norteamericano, comprender que la amistad indestructible entre Cuba y la hermana Patria de Lincoln, es irreversible. Donald, Usted es un patriota y cuando venga a Cuba le entregaremos la Orden Nacional José Martí, y el título de Héroe de la República de Cuba”
Somos Independents is an organization who has supported Hillary Clinton since before she officially announced she would run for President. We believe she has the experience to lead our Nation, and we are signalling to moderate and centrist voters to make the reasonable choice in backing Hillary for President.
It's no wonder former KGB Russian President Vladimir Putin lavished Republican Nominee Donald Trump with praises. Certainly the Russian Kremlin would love to see a man with a cowardly draft deferment past become the President of the United States.
According to POLITICO:
The New York billionaire, who was a genuine student-athlete in his youth, came away with a medical deferment in 1968 owing to bone spurs in both heels, according to his latest explanation. But in seeking to downplay that exemption as “minor” and “short-term,” Trump’s campaign raises more questions than it answers as to how he sidestepped military service during the war.
Chairman Reince Priebus is going to have to swallow a huge hard vodka pill considering in 2015, the GOP spread myths and launched attacks against Secretary Hillary Clinton with regard to Russia. However, considering their Republican nominee (Trump) chose a top adviser with deep ties to the Kremlin -- it looks like the RNC may want to begin scrubbing their Russian myths off of their website, and add Trump's Russian adviser information instead. Furthermore, late last year, Donald Trump lavished praise on Putin.
[Autocrat] Putin: I can’t tell you, Donald, how happy I am that you are vowing to do for your country what I have done for mine.
According to CNN:
Donald Trump on Friday praised Vladimir Putin and appeared to defend the autocratic Russian president when pressed about his alleged killing of journalists and political opponents critical of his rule.
One day after Putin called Trump a "bright and talented"
and the "absolute leader of the presidential race," the Republican presidential front-runner returned the compliments, hailing Putin as a "leader" and pointing to his high favorability numbers in Russia.
It's no wonder a Republican Colonel in our Armed Forces is getting behind Hillary Clinton for President. Watch the video here.
The retired Colonel stated:
A longtime Republican and former top adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq said Wednesday that he was voting for Hillary Clinton because "Donald Trump is not fit to be president." "He would be a dangerous person in that office," retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "He would alienate many of America's long-standing allies, can't be trusted on the nuclear trigger, lacks character — and the foundation of knowledge necessary to be an effective president." Mansoor, 56, was Petraeus' executive officer throughout the war in Baghdad, particularly the 2007 troop surge.
According to Observer, Donald Trump's remarks regarding Putin and NATO could hurt him come general election time.
The Observer writes:
For these countries, U.S. allies concerned about Russian aggression and anxious to strengthen their alliances with the West, Trump’s comments questioning NATO are uniquely disarming.
This statement on ABC News This Week is the strongest and clearest expression of this sentiment by the GOP nominee: “What I’m saying is NATO is obsolete. NATO is, is obsolete and it’s extremely expensive for the United States, disproportionately so. And we should readjust NATO.” These statements are part of Mr. Trump’s America First foreign policy that seems to be based upon limiting immigration, limiting trade agreements and, in general, charting an isolationist course for the U.S..
Mr. Trump may come to regret his comments about NATO, and his demonstrably less than iron clad commitment to the alliance and its principles. Mr. Trump’s oddly positive views about Russian President Vladimir Putin may also come back to haunt him.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's KGB past helped shape his autocratic rule. Something Trump is striving for.
It is no secret that Bernie Sanders and the Minuteman Militia: "Progressive Hero" Voted to Protect Racist Vigilante Border Thugs. Yet despite Hillary Clinton making U.S. History for being the first woman to clinch the nomination of a major party system, Arizona Chicano / Latino officials cannot seem to bring themselves out of their Bernie or Bust funk. It doesn't matter to them how a little Arizona girl by the name of Brisenia Flores was shot and killed in front of her mother by a Minuteman vigilante a few years after Sanders made a symbolic vote to protect the racist groups.
According to the Boston Globe:
A review of the vote in question shows that Sanders, as a U.S. representative in 2006, did indeed vote in support of 2006 legislation supporting civilian border patrols under the Minuteman Project banner. The amendment, authored by then-Representative Jack Kingston, a Republican, aimed to prevent U.S. border officials from telling Mexican officials about the whereabouts of the Minutemen patrols.
“What my amendment does is simply says that the U.S. Government cannot tip off the Mexican officials as to where these folks are located,” Kingston said on the House floor in 2006.
According to the People's View:
[Bernie Sanders] is on the record supporting the vigilante and racist border militia group 'The Minuteman Project'.
... The amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill read such (link to text in Congressional record):
“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to provide a foreign government information relating to the activities of an organized volunteer civilian action group, operating in the State of California, Texas, New Mexico, or Arizona, unless required by international treaty.”
Fast forward to what happened today, when the co-founder of the Arizona Minuteman Group was found guilty today for molesting a little girl.
According to the Daily News:
An Arizona jury on Wednesday convicted a founder of the Minuteman border-watch group of molesting one young girl, but it acquitted him of engaging in sexual conduct with another.
Christopher Allen Simcox was found guilty on charges that he molested a 5-year-old girl and showed her pornography. He was acquitted of the more serious charges that he engaged in sexual conduct with a 6-year-old girl.
A molestation conviction carries a sentence of 10 to 24 years in prison. Simcox, 55, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 5.
Prosecutors alleged that Simcox molested the younger girl and engaged in sexual conduct with the older girl during an 11-month period ending in May 2013.
I am disappointed in Arizona State Senator Martin Quezada who is a "Hispanic" official I used to support, who cannot seem to bring himself to get behind Hillary Clinton for President after her historic win last night. Quezada's tweet today should make the Democratic Party proud, considering Bernie Sanders' supporters are encouraging protests of the Democratic Party Convention. For the record, Quezada's tweet (below) doesn't make any sense regarding "party unity" considering Quezada touts an endorsement by the County Democratic Party. And Quezada agreeing with Rep. Grijalva when the congressman said "Bernie Can't Give Up" is a stupid remark that points to some of the men in our state who have issues with strong independent women that are not easily manipulated and controlled by them. Perhaps it would be a good time for Amanda Aguirre to consider running again against Grijalva in 2018. As for Quezada, his opponent is Lydia Hernandez who has been a supporter of Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Grijalva in the USA TODAY stated:
There’s been a lot of talk about Democratic unity lately, and a lot of it has missed the point. Unity doesn’t mean Sanders closes up shop tomorrow and takes back everything he said.
Actually, the Sanders' campaign should take back the dishonest things they said about Hillary. And Grijalva is only half right, not only should Sanders not just give up and go home, he should get behind Hillary Clinton's historic nomination to defeat Trump, under her hard earned leadership.
Instead of Quezada dabbing in Presidential cycles, he ought to apologize for voting against adding the much needed polling places we need in Maricopa County. 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. Quezada voted "Nay" on adding more polling places.
Hopefully, Grijalva, Quezada and other "Hispanic" lawmakers will withdraw their support for Bernie Sanders as President soon since it is clear Hillary Clinton won a historic nomination for the Democratic Party.
Yesterday the Associated Press stated:
"Hillary Clinton has commitments from the number of delegates needed to become the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president, and will be first woman to top the ticket of a major U.S. political party. An Associated Press count of pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses and a survey of party insiders known as superdelegates shows Clinton with the overall support of the required 2,383 delegates. Now the presumptive nominee, she will formally accept her party's nomination in July at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia."
The Bernie or Bust avid supporters are vowing to not support Secretary Hillary Clinton, and it would be a good idea for Arizona officials to distance themselves from the Bernie Bros misogyny-filled rhetoric.
Here is the list of "Latino" officials and lawmakers who ought to be ashamed for supporting Bernie Sanders, when it was Bernie Sanders who voted against the much needed immigration reform in 2007, and he also voted to protect the Minutemen militia who was responsible for killing Brisenia Flores near the Arizona Border:
Congressman Raul Grijalva
Arizona State Senator Martin Quezada
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo
Arizona State Rep. Richard Andrade
Arizona State Rep. Mark Cardenas
Arizona State Rep. Juan Mendez
Arizona State Rep. Ceci Vasquez
Hillary Clinton has secured delegates to secure the Democratic nomination and is on track to become the first woman US President in history. Considering Bernie voted to protect the militia minutemen, women voters in the Phoenix area believe the above forementioned invididuals should withdraw their endorsement of Bernie Sanders.
According to the Boston Globe:
Kingston said in an interview with the Globe Thursday that he agreed with Sanders’ characterization that the amendment codified existing practices.
“I think he’s right. I think it’s symbolic more than consequential,” the former Georgia congressman said, adding that the amendment wasn’t intended to support “renegade” groups. “It was more of a, ‘you know what, the federal government has let these people down [and] here is a group that is trying to fill that gap and we do believe that local communities have that right.’”
According to the Associated Press:
"Idaho legislative candidate Jake Stephens says he was joking when he wrote on Facebook that he was out hunting Mexicans. The comment was posted underneath a picture of Stephens dressed in full camouflage and holding a rifle. Stephens, a Republican, is running against first term Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth, in the upcoming May 17 primary election. Stephens says he was teasing a close friend, who is Mexican, while commenting on his own profile picture back in October."
Initially, Jake defended his comments, but has now issued an apology to the tune of:
After speaking with my friends and family, I feel it is important to address a comment I made to a good friend of mine on social media which reflects poorly on who I strive to be. Today, the media posted a story regarding a conversation I had with a Hispanic friend from October. Although it was an attempt at humor, it was in bad taste and is not indicative of who I am. My comment was offensive and disrespectful to our Hispanic community and for that, I am truly sorry. This, in no way represents my true appreciation for my Hispanic friends and neighbors and their contributions to the state of Idaho.
If my words have offended anyone, I would like to extend a heartfelt apology. That is not who I am and will dedicate the rest of my campaign to show the kind of inclusive, dedicated public official my voters expect me to be. Transparency should be expected from our public officials, and my comment should be part of that equation. It is not who I am and, again, I am deeply sorry to all those my words have offended.
Today is election day for Jake Stephens in Idaho. Will he win?
Here is how I responded:
Thank you for the apology. It was necessary especially when enough Republicans (than not) advocate shooting us like pigs, cockroaches and whatever they are calling Mexican Americans or Mexican immigrants these days. Truth is, we aren't technically immigrants ... we are natives to the southwestern part of the United States. We have had it with the Republican Party and their continued intolerance (now through Donald Trump). I repeat: We are sick and tired of the dehumanization process against our people. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/virgil-peck-kansas-gop-legislator-advocates-shooting-illegal-immigrants-feral-hogs-article-1.121111
According to the Miami Herald:
Hillary Clinton is so much more popular than Donald Trump among Miami-Dade County voters that even a significant number of Republicans support her in the likely presidential match-up, a new local poll has found. Clinton leads Trump by a whopping 52-25 percent, with 23 percent of respondents undecided, according to the poll by Bendixen & Amandi International for the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, WLRN and Univision 23.
I have enjoyed a little breather on the Presidential election race because I know Hillary will be the Democratic nominee despite playing whack-a-mole with Bernie. We also knew Trump would be the GOP candidate, too. But here is where I get to say: "I told you so" .... Moderate voters are the ones who decide the win in elections [Pareto Rule or 80/20], not extremist far right or far left fringe groups. Do you really think I would support the "self proclaimed democratic socialist" knowing god damned well we would lose the key swing state of Florida with that bullshit? Do you know how many Cuban families live there who HATE Fidel Castro? Same with Trump and his anti immigrant bullshit. Now we are seeing (as we predicted several months ago) how Republican voters are starting to get behind Hillary now that they see Trump as their GOP nominee.
Because they at least moderate Republicans a/k/a #ReaganVoters know Hillary has the experience. [Remember: Reagan was a former long time Democat when he led in Cali and they are still a force to be reckoned with.] Whereas Trump is in it for himself. Trump doesn't give a shit about the middle class and certainly not the poor. The comments Trump has made against immigrants will cost him with the old guard Cuban immigrants living in Florida, and Miami is a key area when it comes to deciding Presidential cycles.
It's nice knowing that our energy, time and money brought us this far (if you are a Hillary supporter). We can never assume she is going to win, and we must act like she will lose despite several who thinks she is already President. Yes, of course we know moderates are going to prefer the one with more experience, but .... WOMEN WILL NEVER EVER FORGET THAT THERE IS A REAL PROBLEM WITH MALE CHAUVINISTS WHO FEAR A STRONG WOMAN IN POWER. Male chauvinism is very real, and we must never let our guard down to that regard. Never.
And as a key swing independent voter (supporting Hillary), it is my job to convince the Indies, Republican moderates why Hillary is better than Trump to run this country -- particularly when The Economist has already classified a Donald Trump win as a global risk / threat.
I believe I have to do my job in convincing the moderate Republicans, key swing independent voters, and etc, to vote Hillary, because too many of us die hard immigration advocates spent YEARS and YEARS on what we have now with DACA and DAPA. President Obama helped immigrants with his executive orders via #DAPA and #DACA, and you can bet your ass a Republican President will turn the clock backwards on that. DAPA and DACA is a band aid that helps a little keeping families together. Too many people forget that when the Democratic Party owned the Senate -- they PASSED immigration reform in 2013 only for it to be quashed by the Republican-owned House of Representatives!!!
Bottom line: Hard core #immigrant advocates like myself have spent our #Tears, our years, our passion, lots of money, thousands of hours in time trying to effect change with our broken immigration policies. And to be honest, I can't stand Bernie's vote against CIR and protecting the minutemen, and I certainly cannot stand Trump's immigration views and policies that have only increased hate crimes against Chicanos and Latinos in our Nation.
"Title I" is the federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. It is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed in 1965. That Act is reauthorized by Congress from time to time, and often given a new name. According to Bright Hub Education: "Title 1 funds aim to bridge the gap between low-income students and other students. The U.S. Department of Education provides supplemental funding to local school districts to meet the needs of at-risk and low-income students."
The bottom line is this: Title 1 schools get additional funding from the federal government to help with the income gap.
So why are Title 1 Schools suffering in Phoenix, Arizona?
Personally I think the buck stops at the leadership level. There is no transparency that will hold the Pendergast School District leaders accountable, and I know this because there are no video recordings and/or accurate minutes on their website. Minutes of the board meetings are very broad and general thus opening up the door to the continued a ongoing bullying problems at Pendergast.
Take for instance a school district performing well in the Phoenix metro area with regard to the Scottsdale Unified School District -- not only do they have a full account of the Governing Board meetings, they also list documents and presentations, and recordings. In fact, they live stream the meeting for persons who cannot by physically present at the board meetings, then after they live stream they post all of their videos up on their website.
"Kingmaker" Pendergast school board member Martin Quezada is instrumental in getting carpet bagger Lily Matos DeBlieux in as Superintendent, and it appears he will do what it takes to protect her decisions even though teachers and students are leaving her school because of the bullying problems that are not being handled very well.
Why aren't there bully problems at the Scottsdale Unified School District? And why are there neglectful bullying problems in the Phoenix area Title I schools?
A good start for Pendergast School District is to install cameras for their public board meetings in order for transparency to begin with regard to the decision they are making. A good model to begin with is taking a look at how SUSD conducts itself in the live streaming / recording transparency department. This is what Chicano / Latino parents deserve for their children and it is not a sin to raise the bar and the level of expectation for Chicano children.
For the Pendergast Parents: Please contact the below leadership and demand board meeting transparency.
Jose Arenas, President
Ruben B. Gutiérrez, Vice-President
Susan Serin, Member
Hilda Ortega-Rosales, Member
Senator Martin Quezada, Member
Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Superintendent
Brian Mee, Chief Business Officer
Dora Barrio, Chief Academic Officer
Patti Tussey, Executive Director for Human Resources