Lighten up, no really we don’t like ethnic representations


An elementary school in Prescott Arizona  altered a  mural that depicts the faces of its own students. Why?  It has been reported that intolerant antagonizers where driving past the mural and yelling racial slurs, not only that but  city councilman Blair had an issue with it as well. He stated on the radio that when he saw the mural and the fact that the   focal point was a black person one question came to mind “Why?” The spineless jelly fish of administrators who are not only tolerating this bull crap but acceding to it say that it was nothing more than a touch up, brought on by issues stemming from an artistic point of view. That they thought lighter shading represented the kids “coming into the light”.  I agree with the HuffPo reporter there are no two sides to this story, and it’s a shame that the story is not being diffused in a broader manner. I also agree with the fact that the school should have said NO WAY to the ludicrous idea of messing with the way the mural was. Ironic, yesterday on Twitter I read a tweet by someone who said he had gone out to a Mexican restaurant in solidarity, to show support to the business and its owners, he said “If they get rid of them you know who’s next”

READ ABOUT THE MURAL IN THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/04/arizona-elementary-school-mural_n_601436.html

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/06/04/20100604arizona-mural-sparks-racial-debate.html

Fighting:discrimination, fear, and hate. What it means to get on the bus!


Video of those ridding in  the caravan of buses headed  to Arizona in order to make their presence felt and voices heard, against racist law SB1070. This video posted by Jose Lara. Mr. Lara is a social justice educator with United Teachers Los Angeles and  Union del Barrio South Central L.A.  He is the 2010 winner of California Teachers Association’s Cesar Chavez Human Rights award. Find him on Facebook and YouTube by searching JoseLara’s Video Blog

RADIO AD AGAINST SB1070 ON DODGERS RADIO LISTEN TO IT HERE:

http://launionaflcio.org/fullstory/?id=1306

Keeping your identity alive


It’s a shame to see the attack on diversity and culture that has risen as of late in a country that is the epitome of just that. It is disgraceful to see instead of an effort to  nurture and encourage such a beautiful thing to flourish, efforts to suppress and extinguish it.  I think in the wake of all this more than ever there are those who are getting in touch with their roots, and sadly there is also the inverse, those who want to deny and forget them.  However long before, the practice of parents choosing not to teach their  kids their native language &  the influence of English on other cultures and languages has existed.  Instead of creativity increasing especially for slang which is the most original and colloquial form of expression in a culture, people choose to borrow and copy words from English. What I mean is, it becomes a style to use non native words when clearly a word in the native language exists. It’s almost as if the sentiment is ” our language is not interesting, special, cool enough.” It’s a way of devaluing and underestimating our mother tongue, giving up on it almost. I also try to steer clear of messy synthesizing.  I for one am not a fan of  Spanglish. I think it just sounds tacky. It’s great to be bilingual, but it’s even better when you can speak a language appropriately. What I’m trying to say can be better illustrated in this awesome  article about the death of languages.  I think it explains in a very wonderful way the beauty of culture and language and the need to pass it on, venerate it, keep it alive.

http://newamericamedia.org/2010/03/when-a-language-dies.php

Artists Call To Boycott Arizona


It’s not about breaking or protecting the law it’s about breeding ill will amongst communities. These “United States” politicians are propagating and heralding division. It’s completely oxymoronic to say that there are no ill intentions behind the laws emerging as of late in Arizona. Bottom line:  whether you’re out there personally slinging racial slurs and committing hate crimes or giving people a thumbs up and a green flag  for such sentiments in the form of “legislation”it all amounts to the same thing = obtuse thinking. These so called heroes and patriotic protectors are after all politicians and if it’s one thing politicians are good at, it’s underestimating the public and believing that they are especially easy to manipulate  in times of crisis .  The obscuring of facts and  fear mongering are they’re choice of weapons.

VIOLENCE RAMPANT DUE TO IMMIGRANTS: LEARN ABOUT THE LIES THEY TELL AND FACTS THEY OBSCURE!

http://newsjunkiepost.com/2010/05/26/violence-on-the-mexican-border-misconstrued/

ARTISTS WHO ARE BOYCOTTING ARIZONA AND THEIR PETITIONING EFFORTS AGAINST SB 1070

http://www.thesoundstrike.net/

THE EFFECTS OF FEAR AND HATE MONGERING.  THE STORY OF A RACIST, HATE DRIVEN MURDER

http://www.truthout.org/welcome-arizona-its-a-dry-hate59883

SHOW US YOUR PAPERS AND THEN WE’LL STILL DEPORT YOU

As long as you have your papers everything will be ok. People are overacting and propogating false fears. Here’s how false our suspicious and fears of SB 1070 were. Even though he clearly presented his papers ( ID and birth certificate) a Chicago man was detained for three days.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/eduardo-caraballo-puerto-rico-deportion-94795779.html#ixzz0ov39q1xC

Seattle becomes 11th city to boycott Arizona


“Yesterday, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to boycottArizona by ending official city travel there and resolving, when practical, to cut off future contracts with Arizona-based businesses. That makes Seattle the 11th city to endorse a boycott of the state in opposition to its controversial immigration law. Five of the boycotting cities are in California: Los Angeles tops the list as the biggest, and its boycott could deliver the most painful blow to Arizona’s economy, as the city has $58 million in existing contracts with Arizona companies, according to the L.A. Times.

In pending city votes, some members of Dallas’s city council are considering a boycott, along with the municipal governments in

Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Berkeley, California.”

-from chicagopressrelease.com

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE @

http://chicagopressrelease.com/news/seattle-becomes-11th-city-to-boycott-arizona-the-newsroom

VIEW THE LIST OF GROUPS WHO HAVE JOINED THE BOYCOTT ARIZONA MOVEMENT @

http://www.arizonaboycottclearinghouse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=8&Itemid=57


IF YOU THINK THERE’S NOTHING MORE AMERICAN THAN BASEBALL AND NOTHING LESS AMERICAN THAN SB1070 SIGN THE PETITION TO MOVE THE MLB ALL-STAR GAME OUT OF ARIZONA

http://www.arizonaboycottclearinghouse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=69&Itemid=70

SB1070:Texas Teacher Singles out Latino student


The Mexicans with their attitudes are the racist ones.” Continuing to point at Ortiz, she allegedly told the class that Mexicans always “expect handouts” and “soon it’s going to be the United States of Mexico,

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE BY ANDREA NILL @ http://thinkprogress.org/2010/05/17/texas-latino-immigration/

The racists coming out of the woodwork now with movements like SB1070 being backed by the government there is no longer a need to wear a mask. They are openly brandishing their hate and prejudice.

SB 1070:Ethnic Media Unites


Video 40 representatives of Asian, African-American, Muslim, Latino, and Native-American media and immigration advocates got together to discuss how to be a voice for truth and diversity during a time when lies and racism are is being propagated. Their  goal is to diffuse  accurate information on Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070.

http://newamericamedia.org/2010/05/ethnic-media-join-forces-against-sb-1070.php