Being prepared to vote, to stand up for your: rights, thoughts, opinions, for those who have no voice. That is what it’s all about. Considering the current state of affairs & all hot topic issues at stake, this round of elections is nothing short of imperative! Hispanics, young voters, EVERYONE who can, should participate! Some would argue that they don’t vote because their choice never wins. Even if your choice doesn’t come out on top, a vote means: allowing your presence to be felt, & numbers most certainly do count. Special attention is dedicated to statistics when it comes to voting. Voting is you saying : “Present!” “I am part of this country too & will not be overlooked , under or falsely represented” We can not sit idly by during the decision-making process then become outraged if unjust or reprehensible laws are passed by inadequate leaders.
Get familiar with the issues being discussed & decided on for the Nov elections. Listen to what others have to say, & get a feel for what those getting ready to hit the polls are thinking by visiting the Yahoo ask America forumhttp://askamerica.yahoo.com/
Be an informed voter. Find out: Who’s running & for what, What propositions are being voted on. It’s super easy to do a bit of research by checking out sites like: http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/
Sept 15-Oct 15 is Hispanic Heritage month. I’d like to share some awesome sites and a cool article with you guys. Found this great article from The Smithsonian in their Hispanic Heritage section. The article celebrates the Mexican sportsman’s spirit.
“The Little League World Series’ Only Perfect Game” “The surprising story of the 1957 Little League team from Monterrey, Mexico.”
Clothes, eye contact, location, nervousness are among a few of the guidelines on the list given to officers who will be in charge of enforcing SB 1070. The Dessert Lamp breaks it down for those wondering just what do they mean by “reasonable suspicion”, and learn about the “lawful stop” provision in SB 1070 which originally read “lawful contact”. Giving out voluntary statements regarding legal status, and what role Miranda rights play in such an case.
So glad that I was lucky enough to find subbed versions of a string of really amusing Corona commercials that have been running during the world cup to share with non Spanish-speaking readers. They’re really cute & funny, but the best part is the concept being promoted: brotherhood, pride in your roots and the heritage which we share. This idea is championed by the motto “refresh who we are”. Though yes, in the end they may only be trying to sell some beer or whatever lol , and the commercials are pretty comical compared to other more austere and grandiose symbols of unity , in light of recent political events and the tense climate that has been fermenting as a result of the growing movement by groups with antagonizing sentiments towards Hispanics it’s really very cool to see gestures like these. Speaking of togetherness, it has also been felt during the worldcup when it has become “1 for all and all for 1” when it came to rooting for teams. That indeed is mega super chido! VAMOS TODOS!
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”
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:
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.
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!
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.
“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