Arizona Rep.-elect Jay Lawrence Puts Super Bowl Super Bowl XLIX In Jeopardy For Submitting Anti-DREAM Bill

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December 31
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December 31, 2014 - New Year's Eve
 
 
 

Arizonans To Protest Super Bowl XLIX If Jay Lawrence Submits anti-DREAM Bill

 
 
 
 
Phoenix, AZ -- Arizona is infamous for not supporting the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It is also a state where former Arizona Governor Evan Mecham publicly defended a book that used the derogatory term "pickaninny" to describe African-American babies and children.  It is a state where the economic restrictionist Governor Jan Brewer signed a draconian anti-immigrant law via SB 1070 that cost Arizona millions of dollars when believers in human rights boycotted Arizona.  Arizona is a state that continued to dehumanize babies when Republican lawmakers referred to brown babies as "anchor babies".  Arizona is a state where a Republican lawmaker submitted an anti-gay bill via SB 1062. And now we have a new Rep.-elect Jay Lawrence who essentially fits in with the aforementioned bigots in light of singling out DREAM Act students and their drivers licenses in our state even though a federal judge has pointed out racial profiling concerns in our State of Arizona with regard to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department.   
 
Lawrence's bill would enable racial profiling and undo the progress the Courts have made with regard to law enforcement and immigration.  The Phoenix Police Department and Phoenix Law Enforcement Association are already under fire with regard to an unarmed black man via Rumain Brisbon getting shot to death by an Anglo police officer while delivering food to his family and we cannot support Arizona bills that enable racial profiling any longer.
 
Arizona pro-Immigrant Jewish advocate via Lou Lernor states:
 
My Jewish sensibility tells me we've seen the likes of Jay Lawrence before, wearing a Nazi uniform. It is unconscionable, in this day and age, to differentiate an Arizona Driver's License with "Non-Citizen". How is this any different than the Nazis requiring Jewish Germans to identify themselves with yellow arm bands while making passage in public? Such profiling is insulting and divisive. Jay Lawrence wants to continue the "Us vs. Them" attitude in Arizona, an attitude that has colored legislation and culture, an attitude that has been officially struck down in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and cost our state $1.5 Million dollars. Such an attitude brought down Nazi Germany as the world fought against similar mindless prejudice. Lawrence is the new face of Conservative Arizona, bound to continue contributing senseless and hateful ideas that most will see as reinforcing Arizona's reputation as the laughing stock of the nation.
 
 
We commend State Senator Catherine Miranda for taking a proactive aggressive approach to stop future Arizona Republican lawmakers like Jay Lawrence and their bigotry.  She states:
 
“I hope that the new members of our Legislature will embrace the positive and productive immigration policies that we have been focused on recently. The courts have spoken. Dreamers are getting driver’s licenses. There is no need for further attempts to stigmatize this community.”
 
We also applaud Sen. Miranda for her rapid letter to Governor Jan Brewer in light of this humanitarian concern.
 
 

 
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Homebound — Promoting Movies Starring Chicanos / Latinos Must Begin With Us

POSTED ON
December 30

 

Enrique Castillo (Blood In Blood Out, Weeds, Zoot Suit) 
Photo Credit:  Homebound

Another Reason To Revive The Chicano Movement

By DeeDee Garcia Blase

Homebound is a new independent movie that received numerous awards west of the Mississippi River. It is the story of Richard Lynn, a successful young man who returns to his small hometown, El Campo, Texas. He has to help his father Gilberto who’s ill with cancer, run the family business, a dilapidated bar. Richard Lynn, accidentally falls in love for the first time with Sofia, a Venezuelan immigrant who speaks very little English. It is a heartwarming film, with inspiring performances, unexpected twists and a passionate ending that will delight audiences around the world.

 

The movie is packed with dynamic Chicano and Latino actors like Enrique Castillo (Weeds, Blood In Blood Out, Zoot Suit) who plays a strong patriarch wanting to ensure his family is taken care of in light of his illness. His character’s background is one of a Vietnam veteran hero reminding us of those who have contributed their service and sacrifice that protects the liberties we all enjoy now.

 

Although it feels like the current face of Chicanos and Latinos is solely the immigration issue – nothing could be further from the truth. The economy is just as important to us as we have become real contributors to the economic and labor force. According to Partnership For New American Economy: “Hispanic households, both native and foreign-born, account for a large portion of America’s overall spending power. In 2013, Hispanics had an estimated after-tax income of more than $605 billion.”

 

Chicanos (Americans of Mexican descent) and Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, and our passion for movies has shown itself when our demographic group bought 25 percent of the movie tickets sold in 2013 even though we comprise just 17 percent of the population, according to the Motion Picture Association of America’s year-end study. Mexican Americans account for approximately 70% of the entire Latin / Hispanic population pie, which is Chicanos should step up and promote, buy movie tickets that depict our community in a good light.

 

You don’t have a major hit without Hispanic moviegoers,” Chris Aronson, Fox’s president of domestic distribution, told TheWrap. In addition, it is not surprising to hear Chicanas and/or Latinas are the most avid moviegoers according to an exclusive study.

 

What will it take for Chicanos and Latinos to have a more dominant role in the entertainment industry? I asked Enrique Castillo that question and he believes “we need more of us involved behind the scenes – from script writing to producing.” He also said, “…too often we are more concerned with being in front of the camera, but we should diversify our roles in other areas because a lot of power to control and change things happens behind the camera, and influence goes behind the writer, producer and investing into film.”

 

We have a model to pattern ourselves from with regard to the successes of Hollywood. Though Hollywood does not appear eager to create a dynamic movie about one of our Chicano heroes like Corky Gonzales, it is their business decision to make. After all, why would “Hollywood” be interested in creating a new mega Chicano actor that could very well compete with the likes of Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt?

 

We must on our own accord prove we can handle the entertainment business by demanding what we want to see. Obviously we want to see Chicanos and Latinos starring in movies, and as such we should begin right here within our own communities at a grass roots level. We have the numbers and should have the ability to create our own network that will promote independent movies like Homebound. We don’t do it by playing victim – we do it by promoting our movies with social networking. Indeed, this film has already been to 9 cities already because of the support of our community with less than 5% of all television and film directed by women. Of that 5%– less than 1% are minority women. This is why it is important to support Homebound a film written, directed and produced by a Fanny Veliz. Until there is enough power in distribution, financing and promotion of a film – it will always be a struggle for Chicano and Latino film makers. But for now we should continue to promote movies that impact our communities like Homebound that visit theatres near you, and right now we want to see this movie in Arizona.

 

C/S

 

Fanny Veliz is an award winning female Latina director.  
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Mexican Americans To Phoenix City Manager: Bring Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia Back and Hire More Chicanos / Latinos Representative of Phoenix Demographics

POSTED ON
December 19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2014
 
 
 

Mexican Americans To Phoenix City Manager:  Bring Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia Back and Hire More Chicanos / Latinos Representative of Phoenix Demographics

 
Phoenix, AZ -- There are approximately 20+ director positions within the City of Phoenix but only 2 Latinos held those positions until yesterday.  The demographics in the City of Phoenix do not reflect the leadership under Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher and the City Council.  Mr. Zuercher was unprofessional in the firing of Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia on the heels of Rumain Brisbon's death (an unarmed man who was shot to death by a Phoenix police officer).
 
There was tremendous outcry from the public who had questions for Chief Daniel Garcia who oversees the operations of the Phoenix PD.  Unfortunately Zuercher fired Police Chief Garcia (for holding a public news conference) when Garcia should have been allowed to answer questions by the public regarding Rumain Brisbon.   Zuercher must now explain why Latinos and Chicanos are not properly represented under his management in the City of Phoenix after firing Garcia.
 
We believe Garcia should have been able to defend himself considering the horrible criticisms he received no thanks to columnist Laurie Roberts of Arizona Central who wrote a scathing story about  him when he decided to run a tight ship and fire law enforcement officer Craig Tiger (whose job was on the line when he committed a DUI).  We believe Garica made the right decision.   As a former member of the law enforcement community, I believe police officers should be held to higher standards and they must walk the straight and narrow considering they have the badge to charge someone with a DUI, too.  It is hypocritical for police officers to charge someone with a DUI after they themselves are guilty of one and they must not serve as public safety officers when they are guilty of a DUI.
 
Councilman Sal DiCiccio is another person well known for not agreeing with Chief Garcia, but DiCiccio has no leg to stand on considering it was DiCiccio who supported a repeal via Prop 487.  Prop 487 would have repealed the defined Public Safety Retirement System --  a defined retirement benefit program for Phoenix police.  It is hard to tell what side DiCiccio is on given his hypocrisy.   DiCiccio is considered an extreme Tea Party Republican, who holds many anti-immigrant views his colleagues do, and it does not surprise us to hear he has had it out for Garcia since Garcia stated his department would not tolerate racial profiling in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070 (anti-immigrant / anti-brown) law.  
 
We are demanding Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher to reinstate Chief Garcia to his position, and have more Latino directors promoted to management forthwith that reflects our demographics in the Phoenix metro area.  Garcia is on the right side of the law to call for “more power over internal disciplinary actions” that will could prevent wrongful deaths like Rumain Brisbon – an unarmed black man who was shot to death by a Phoenix Police Officer.   We believe Phoenix Police Department should have the utmost high standards and we cannot have rogue officers running amok.
 
 
 
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Arizona Senator John McCain's legacy: Stealing Native American Land and Giving It Away

POSTED ON
December 13

Honor the treaties, Senator John McCain.  Haven't you read history with regard to the genocide of our Native American brothers and sisters with regard to manifest destiny when white settlers moved westward and stole their lands after killing them?  Haven't Native Americans and the indigenous gone through enough already? The land deal you were part of was not your land.  Now your legacy will include stealing MORE land from the Natives so that you can give it to a mining foreign company.  The land you stole and gave away was rich in mineral$. 

You are sham and a disgrace.  Your legacy includes not supporting the Martin Luther King holiday, flip flopping on immigration, and now stealing more land away from Native Americans to help out foreign greedy corporations. 

From Tucson News: 

Former San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie said he felt sick when he heard what legislators did last week.

Members of Congress — including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act a controversial land-swap measure that would privatize national forest land sacred to Western Apache tribes.

More than a dozen versions of the land-swap bill have failed to pass Congress since 2005. But now the U.S. Senate is expected to make a decision on the defense spending bill by late Thursday.

After almost a decade of fighting the land swap, Nosie said he couldn't believe it had been tucked into the must-pass defense spending act.

"I was questioning, 'Why isn’t anybody listening? Why are McCain and these guys allowed to do what they’re doing?'" he said.

 

If you are disgusted the way we are, please sign this petition:

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Arizona's Sen. Katie Hobbs Should Not Make Statements / Promises She Cannot Keep

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December 11

 

 

What could take so long for Arizona Democrats to sign off on a letter stating they do not support a recall against one of their own colleagues? 

It is no wonder the Democratic voting bloc is in "last" place here in our State of Arizona with independent registered voters surpassing the Republican voting block in 2013 putting the Democrats in 3rd place.  I believe the Democratic voting bloc is in 3rd place because of poor leadership.  The Arizona Democratic Party should learn from the "unified front" strategy their counterpart has been successful with.   We saw with horror how Democrats distanced themselves from President Obama during the 2014 elections, and if they don't have any faith in their own Party leadership then how do they expect key swing independent voters to put trust in them?

Arizona tax payers are tired of seeing our taxes being wasted on frivolous recall(s).  Don't get me wrong, I support doable and just recalls on discriminatory lawmakers as was the case when several walks of life and a broad coalition effort recalled former Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce.  It took Jerry Lewis, a moderate Mormon lawmaker of Mesa, Arizona, to oust the more extreme one even though the moderate Mormon hypocritically ended up supporting Mitt Romney for President in 2012 who held similar immigrant self deportation views Pearce held.

That said, I never supported ideas circulating in Arizona for a recall against Arizona lawmaker Catherine Miranda.  I do not agree with all of her political views, however, her political views are not so extreme to me that it should warrant wasting tax payer dollars on a recall.

Arizona's (D) Sen. Katie Hobbs told members of the Chicano/Latino community and caucus that she would facilitate a letter acknowledging they would not support a recall against (D) Rep. Catherine Miranda.  Hobbs assured the caucus a letter signed by all  -- but to no avail.  Make no mistake, I contacted Katie Hobbs two times in writing and she has not responded to my questions. So I have no idea if she will follow through with what she told the caucus.

As a tax payer I want to ensure wasted tax payer dollars will not be spent on a frivolous recall against a moderate politician.  We have watched non profit organizations accepts hundreds of thousands of dollars on failed recall(s) with nothing to show for, and we want to tie loose ends before the end of this year. 

Hobbs is busy, organizers and activists are busy -- we are all busy, however, politicians need to understand why we equate them to car salesmen, and much of it has to do with not following through with what they say to begin with.

 

 

 

 

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Justice For Rumain Brisbon Letter To Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garza, Arizona Attorney General & DOJ

POSTED ON
December 08

December 9, 2014

 

City of Phoenix
Police Chief Daniel Garcia
620 W Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 262-7626 

Subject: Arizona Law Enforcement Excessive Force Concerns / Homicide 

Dear Police Chief Garcia:

I began the facebook event in support of Justice for Rumain Brisbon with regard to the rally held at Space Park in downtown Phoenix with other community leaders.  We were happy with the diverse protestors that resulted in a peaceful and civil disobedience protest.

I was happy when you stated your department would not tolerate racial profiling in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070 (anti-immigrant / anti-brown) law.   I hope you will be fair and instrumental with regard to the outcome of this wrongful death situation involving Rumain Brisbon.  Even though  columnist Laurie Roberts of Arizona Central wrote a scathing story about you when you decided to run a tight ship and fire law enforcement officer Craig Tiger (whose job was on the line when he committed a DUI), I believe you made the right decision that causes me to think you are fair instead of toeing the stereotypical cronyism line.  As a former member of the law enforcement community, I believe police officers should be held accountable for homicide(s) since they are supposed to enforce the law and commit to safety.   

In my view, nobody should be killed for delivering food to their family.

That said, I am asking your office to look into aggressive misconduct of the Phoenix police officer who fatally shot Rumain Brisbon.  I believe the officer who shot Rumain was eager to pull the trigger with regard to an unarmed man and he must be used as an example for the nation with a message that essentially states:  Police Chiefs will not tolerate trigger happy police officers in our Nation.

At some point we must stop the wave of trigger happy police officers who are not held accountable – particularly unarmed individuals.  Making an example out of the officer who killed Brisbon would make positive history sending a message that conveys trigger happy officers could get criminally charged for wrongful death situations.  Judge Dredd is a fictional character I wish to remain part of fiction as we cannot in good mind support men and women in uniform who act as the law, the judge and the executioner.   Although the Nation has been focusing on the mantra: all black lives matter, I would like to focus on “all lives matter” since whites, reds, yellows and browns have lost their lives across the Nation due to police excessive force.

Finally, we are asking your office to terminate the officer who shot Rumain Brisbon because we believe he is unfit and unsafe to carry out responsible and safe police duties.  Public trust and safety is imperative right now. We pray your office will assist that could help restore Arizona’s law enforcement image and public trust with your guidance and/or leadership. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  

 

#AllLivesMatter

Sincerely,

 

 

DeeDee Garcia Blase

Co-founder - Somos Independents

 

 

CC:  Arizona  Attorney General Tom Horne
        Incoming Attorney General Mark Brnovich
        State of Arizona
        Office of the Attorney General
        1275 W Washington St.
        Phoenix, AZ 85007


       Department Of Justice
       Office of the Attorney General
       Eric H. Holder, Jr.
       9500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
       Washington, DC 205030-0001
     

       FBI Headquarters
       935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
       Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

 

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Carlos Galindo Podcast: How the DREAM Act Movement Essentially Got RatF*cked with TeaDREAMers Who Hijacked Immigration Reform

POSTED ON
December 07

Via Corrente, "Ratfucking is an American slang term for political sabotage or dirty tricks. It was first brought to public attention during the Watergate scandal investigation that during the 1972 presidential campaign the Nixon campaign committee maintained a "dirty tricks" unit focused on discrediting Nixon's strongest challengers.   ... Among the tactics were: canceling meeting-hall reservations just prior to rallies, putting out false press releases or "leaked documents" in the name of political opponents, spying on rival campaigns, putting plants into rival campaigns, purloining speeches and information, vote contracting, jamming phone lines, ordering vast quantities of food for delivery in the name of rival campaigns, hiring "rioters" and "activists, conducting deceptive or offensive get out the vote phone canvasses, push polls, and similar activities."

Genuine immigration reform activists have known for a while how Republicans have essentially hijacked or 'ratf*cked' the DREAM Act movement.  We saw Nixon-like tactics employed with the political under educated students regarding the DREAM Act.

Carlos Galindo's podcast spells it out below (click on below link to hear podcast).

 

Podcast: The Carlos Galindo Show December 04, 2014 (Obama responds to Boehner and Tea Dreamers screw the pooch)

"....

In this hour I question why Latinos and Immigrants have allowed the Tea Dreamers to hijack the Immigration Movement. I also analyze the Tea Dreamers failed leadership and explain how they are destroying the movement. I also delve into our inability to pick articulate presentable leaders, which makes us look like Idiots. Finally I say "Screw you" to Latino activists and leaders who have been the pied pipers of the Latino communities.

En esta hora cuestiono por qué los Latinos y los Inmigrantes han permitido a los Dreamers del Partido de Té secuestrar el Movimiento de Inmigración. También se analiza el fallido liderazgo y se explica la forma en que están destruyendo el movimiento. También profundizo sobre nuestra incapacidad de elegir a líderes presentables que pueden articular, lo que nos hace quedar como idiotas. Finalmente digo "Que te jodan" a los activistas y líderes Latinos que han sido los flautistas de Hamelin de las comunidades latinas...."

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Farmer Making Hasty Get Away Stealing Alfalfa Bales From Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp?

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December 04

Farmer Making Hasty Get Away Stealing Alfalfa Bales From Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp?

View south over the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp where hay bales of the south wall were stolen. The sweat lodge in the upper right along the road had all of the hay bales surrounding it stolen.  Photo by Gary Dorr

 

Unbelievable! We are raising awareness to this farmer in a semi-truck allegedly making a hasty get-away when confronted on taking Alfalfa Bales from Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit camp.

 

Here is their presser:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday December 3, 2014

Contact: Wayne Frederick, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council Representative Gary Dorr, Oyate Wahacanka Woecun, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Email: wfrederick@hotmail.com gfdorr@gmail.com Phone: (605) 828-1266

 

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp near Ideal, SD: In a surprising move of boldness and lack of regard for treaty and property rights, a farmer allegedly stole 29 of the 1,500 lb alfalfa bales from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp near Ideal, SD this afternoon. Camp resident Leota Iron Cloud attempted to make contact with the semi-truck driver as she was contacting people by phone to make them aware that someone was taking the bales. The driver of the truck made a hasty retreat off the tribal land across an adjacent field. The first bales removed by the farmer and his staff were removed from the barrier protecting the sweat lodges where ceremonies are held at the camp. The second series of thefts occurred at the tipi area where several more bales were taken from the south side of the encampment. The tribal police, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Tripp County sheriff were notified as well as the South Dakota highway patrol.

 

The criminal act of taking bales rightfully owned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and located on Tribally-owned land, held in trust by the United States Federal Government, was witnessed by Iron Cloud, one of the camp residents. The farmer stole bales that were taken from another piece of tribally-owned land that did not have a lease. The bales were confiscated because the land did not have a lease.

 

When contacted through the Winner Dispatch a person identified as Tasha indicated that the Tripp County Sheriff’s office passed the investigation off to The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Police. This is an investigation into the theft of tribal owned property from trust land which is a Federal Offense.

 

Since this is a Federal Offense which involves a Non-Indian offender against an Indian Tribe this investigation bears investigative action by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Police and the United States Attorney’s Office.

 

Section 1163 of Title 18 USC makes embezzlement, theft, criminal conversion, and willful misapplication of any of the moneys, funds, credits, goods, assets or other property belonging to any tribal organization a crime. It is a felony if the amount taken exceeds $1,000, and is subject to imprisonment for a maximum of 5 years, a fine pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3571 which cannot exceed $250,000, or both. The value of the bales stolen from the grounds of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp on December 2, 2014, combined with transportation costs and overhead is approximately $5,000. A non-Indian is also subject to this law.

 

It is no mistake that this is a criminal act of the highest degree, far removed from the civil argument over the loss of unleased crops from almost a year ago. The unleased crops themselves presented a case of Trespass. The bales were seized and returned to the tribe under authority of 25 CFR 162.106. Section 162.106 (a) of this Federal Regulation specifically states If an agricultural lease is required, and possession is taken without an agricultural lease by a party other than an Indian Landowner of the Tract we [BIA] will treat the unauthorized use as a trespass. Unless we have reason to believe that the party in possession is engage in negotiations with the Indian landowners to obtain an agricultural lease, we will take action to recover possession on behalf of the Indian landowners.

 

The farmer alleges that the bales are his crop from last year; however, he had not leased the land, and this shows that this is clearly a pre-meditated act of theft of tribal property which was located on tribal trust land at the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp. The farmer has taken the bales to his own property which is located 7 miles away from the Spirit Camp.

 

This story will be updated as the investigation into the felony act of stealing from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe continues to develop.

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Black Brown Alliance Rally for Rumain Brisbon Justice (Shot By Phoenix Police Department)

POSTED ON
December 04

Via Thug Army Life:

 

Racial Struggles: Rally For Rumaine Brisbon Shot by Phoenix PD Tonight 8:00 pm PDF Print    
 
Thursday, 04 December 2014 08:25
(Above Rumain Brisbon with his baby)
 
RALLY FOR RUMAIN BRISBON

Date:  Tonight, Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time:  8:00 pm

Where:  Downtown Phoenix Civic Space Park, 424 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Reverend Jarrett Maupin and other local black and brown leaders speaking for justice tonight.

#BlackBrownCoalition
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California Superintendent Joe Jaconette Participates In Denying Free Lunch to Child / Mother Domestic Violence Victim

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December 03

California Superintendent Joe Jaconette Participates In Denying Free Lunch to Child / Mother Domestic Violence Victim

The buck stops with the superintendent…

We know that the Orinda Union School District Superintendent Joe Jaconette has been in a lot of hot water before in light of making sure a complaint filed by one of their own teachers via Kristen Nielson never got heard.   Nielson wrote the reason for leaving was exhaustion.  She was tired of a superintendent who does not put teachers first.

But Superintendent Joe Jaconette is in hot water again for his utter disregard for the concern and safety of a 7 year old little girl.  According to the Mercury News:

Days before kicking a second grader out of the district for living outside its boundaries, the Orinda Union School District twice denied the Latina girl access to its free lunch program while recognizing that she lived in the city.   …  The school district hired a private investigator who instead determined last month that Vivian lived in her grandmother’s Bay Point house. School officials sent a letter kicking her out but reversed their stance a day after the Bay Area News Group ran an article about her situation.

 

The absolute worst part of this story involves the mother of this precious seven year old little girl where her mother was hiding their address in light of filing a domestic violence restraining order against her ex.

Adding salt to injury, we were disgusted in learning that Lozano Smith’s attorney via Harold Frieman essentially justified the schools’ position denying the little girl a free lunch when he said:

“In general, free and reduced lunch applications are considered on their own merits, not directly related to any residency issues,” attorney Harold Freiman said.

If that were the case, why didn’t the domestic violence restraining order render any merit with Harold Frieman of Lozano Smith?  We would like to see Lozano Smith’s Attorneys at Law reprimand Harold Frieman else stop with their pride in representing a fair educational setting in public schools.

But the icing on this cake has to do with a woman by the name of Loreen Farrell who prides herself on 30 years of experience.  This is Orinda’s tax payers as work, folks, where Farrell should have conducted her due diligence involving a domestic violence abuse victim and her daughter.

According to the San Jose Mercury News:

 

The district first refused Vivian’s free lunch in an Oct. 6 letter written by Loreen Farrell, the district’s business services director, who also wrote the girl’s residency dismissal letter.

 

That is your tax dollars at work, people.  Harold Freiman of Lozano Smith, Loreen Farrell, Superintendent Joe Jaconnette and the private investigator they hired to chase a little girl around should all belong in the Hall of Shame.

If you are disgusted in with this school wasting tax payer dollars with a private investigator to chase the child to her address but denied this young 7 year old little girl the free lunch program, please send the Fiscal Advisory Committee a note expressing your disgust.  Some of the emails can be found here. Members include of the Fiscal Advisory Committee include:  Nathan Anthony,  Nolan Hornbuckle,  Jan Coe, Shauna Simmonds, Bobby Glasser,  Julie Rossiter,  Denise Tuemmler,  Colleen Sullivan,  Ron Langer,  Loreen Farrell,  and Ken Gallegos.

Sin verguenza.

C/S

 

Vivian, 7, hugs a big stuffed bear in her Orinda bedroom Nov. 25, 2014.

Vivian, 7, hugs a big stuffed bear in her Orinda bedroom Nov. 25, 2014.

Photo credit: Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group

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