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Throwing the Proverbial Bones to the Mongrel Dogs

Throwing the Proverbial Bones to the Mongrel Dogs

    By Armando Vazquez American racism is complex, insidious and multi-layered. It is not a just black or white phenomenon. Our American racism comes in many shades of color and degrees of ignorance, contempt, stupidity and hatred. This brings me to the current seldom talked about or completely ignored ongoing racist beef/pedo between some […]

Police Reform Now – Why We Distrust and Fear the Cops

Police Reform Now – Why We Distrust and Fear the Cops

    By Armando Vazquez To quote the late artist genius Gil Scott-Heron in his seminal poem written in 1978,  A poem for Jose Campos Torres, “I had said I wasn’t gonna write no more poems like this. I had confessed to myself all along, tracer of life, poetry trends. That awareness, consciousness, poems that […]

On This Father’s Day Our Mother Earth Weeps!

On This Father’s Day Our Mother Earth Weeps!

    By Armando Vazquez         2020, will go down in history, for most of us boomer and younger generations, as perhaps the most brutal and agonizing year of our lifetime. It seems no one has been spared from the deadly and calamitous COVID19 worldwide pandemic. Infection, onset of illness, acute suffering, and […]

Police Reform – Oxnard

Police Reform – Oxnard

    By Armando Vazquez POLICE REFORM IN OXNARD BEGIN WITH A RESIDENTS POLICE REVIEW BOARD (KNOW YOUR OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT HISTORY, IT CAN BE DEADLY, AND TRAGICALLY MOST OF THE VIOLENCE AND KILLING DISCRIBED BELOW COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED)    (Part 1)                            […]

The Myth of Police Protection

The Myth of Police Protection

    By John Jay I would like to take this opportunity to point out to everyone out there, who believes the police can protect us, that they are having grand delusions. There truly is no REAL police protection.  Let me explain. What happens to someone who gets robbed, mugged, raped, or murdered? Are the police […]

Open Letter to Scott Whitney, Chief of Police

Open Letter to Scott Whitney, Chief of Police

    By Armando Vazquez Hello Scott, It has been a while since we last talked or met. I think the last time we talked was at the old Social Security building, a few times in the past two years when you announced to us (CORE) and other community organizations and leaders your intentions to […]

No Justice! No Peace!

No Justice! No Peace!

    By Armando Vazquez Just think about that modern day American activist slogan, No Justice! No Peace! For just a bit. No Justice! Who can deny in America or throughout the world for that matter in the wake of the horrific killing of George Floyd that, a black man, some ones son, was denied […]

A Universal Basic Income Is Essential and Will Work

A Universal Basic Income Is Essential and Will Work

. . by Ellen Brown A central bank-financed UBI can fill the debt gap, providing a vital safety net while preventing cyclical recessions. According to an April 6 article on CNBC.com, Spain is slated to become the first country in Europe to introduce a universal basic income (UBI) on a long-term basis. Spain’s Minister for Economic […]

Xavier Montes (Big X): In Requiem On The Shoulders Of This Giant Chicano Artist Sigimos Adelante!!

Xavier Montes (Big X): In Requiem On The Shoulders Of This Giant Chicano Artist Sigimos Adelante!!

    By Armando Vazquez Many folks, I am sure, knew Xavier better than I did, the Maestro got around and everyone that met X loved him! Big X was/is a renowned Master Chicano Artist/Activist legend in Santa Paula and well known, respected, and loved in Oxnard, Ventura and throughout Ventura and Los Angeles County. […]

We Continue Our Fight to Write Our Own Narrative or We Perish

We Continue Our Fight to Write Our Own Narrative or We Perish

.   Armando Vazquez As a 70 year old college educated Chicano Boomer, I have witnessed both as a media and arts observer and participant, bien encabronado, an infinite amount of times in my life, here in Amerika, the “farming out of Mexican, Latino, Hispanic subject matter” to white folks simply because there were/are/will never […]

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