Category Archives: Activism

Scrutiny and the Rise of New Online Networks

One of the primary questions at the start of a relationship is “Can I trust you?”

The same is true on online relationships and in the process of vetting new connections and networks. Everyone gets invites to join this or that and if you don’t have a previous relationship or personally know the person IRL (in real life) then you might be suspicious of the attempt to connect. Continue reading

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Immigration Reform Bus Tour – Keeping Families Together

When I think of Comprehensive Immigration Reform I think of families. This isn’t just a policy issue.

My father was born in the U.S. but when his parent’s stay in the U.S. was no longer welcome, all of them were sent packing back to Mexico as part of a mass expatriation. Continue reading

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Bad Taste from @TheOnion – Updated

Last night’s Oscars tweet from the satire site The Onion was over the top and demeaning. The tweet, which was deleted from the @TheOnion Twitter feed a hour after it was made was:

“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c*nt, right?”

Those words are mean enough but even more so since Quvenzhané is a 9-year-old. Continue reading

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Big Weekend for Bless Me, Ultima Could Make a Difference #blessmeultima #latism

The film “Bless Me, Ultima” opens to a national audience this weekend after a successful run in a limited audience last Fall.

Weekend box office numbers matter, big time. If you want to see more quality Latino-themed films, set aside some time today to take your family, friends, and neighbors down to your local theater and watch this film. Strong weekend support for this movie means that it is less likely to get pulled from screens and it will once again show Hollywood that Latinos will come out to support important films Continue reading

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New Media Strategies for Reaching Latino Voters

This election season, voters accessed candidate and proposition information in many more ways than in previous years.

We still received the stack of campaign literature in our mailboxes, were exposed to a barrage of ads on our TVs and received more than our fair share of after dinner phone calls asking for our support, money and time, but there were a few new “touches” added to this year’s election material mix, many on social media and mobile platforms. Continue reading

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Online Voter Registration Now Available in California

California has just rolled out the full process to allow U.S. citizens the ability to register to vote online. I haven’t tried out the full process yet but look forward helping to register people in my community. And, it will be nice to use a tablet device instead of a clipboard. Continue reading

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Ventura County Women’s Forum – An Eye Opening Experience

I attended the Ventura County Women’s Forum yesterday at Cal Lutheran University. The Samuelson Chapel was a great venue – it was large enough to accommodate all of the guests and not so large that people were isolated. There were women of all ages there and everyone seemed to be happy. Continue reading

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Labor and the Environment – My Article in the Ventura County Star

My “Eye on the Environment: Labor, environmental groups support ‘green-collar’ jobs” article is running in the the Ventura County Star. The article focuses on labor and how it is an essential part of our communities and the larger environment. The article was written with the kind support of David Goldstein, the regular columnist for the Eye on the Environment column in the Ventura County Star and an SEIU Local 721 member leader. Continue reading

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#YoSoy132 protest outside the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles #latism

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Students Activated in Mexico’s Election Rally Around #YoSoy132 Campaign

When Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto visited Mexico City’s Ibero University he encountered a large group of angry students. Students linked the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate to former Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari also of the same PRI party and called out Peña Nieto on his being governor during a bloody crackdown on students in the state of Atenco. Continue reading

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