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Spoiler Alert: There is No Fountain of Youth

Spoiler Alert: There is No Fountain of Youth

    By Armando Vaquez The poets and sages have always reminded us that if we practice mindfulness each and every moment of every year life’s miracles reveal themselves as scared gifts. I’m beginning to understand and practice that holy concept. I will turn 69 years old this week. The number 69 has always had […]

The ACUNA Arts Collective Team (AACT) Project in Downtown Oxnard

The ACUNA Arts Collective Team (AACT) Project in Downtown Oxnard

    by Armando Vazquez The concept of providing multiple commercial business space in one large building or adjacent building is not a novel idea. Putting together public and non-profits together in a multiservice building has been around for a while as well. What is unique about our idea of opening public space for public […]

Local Family Fights Multiple Sclerosis

Local Family Fights Multiple Sclerosis

    By Armando Vazquez My daughter Xochitl Isabel Hernandez, the oldest of my three children, will be celebrating her birthday this week. The birthday celebration comes at a time when my dearest daughter has recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Xochitl is the second of my three children that has been afflicted and […]

When people say, ‘Oh my God, it’s the police’

When people say, ‘Oh my God, it’s the police’

    By Mark Savalla “Oh my God, it’s the police.” The first time I heard those words spoken from inside a house, I knew that someone inside had done something wrong or that the problem I was summoned for was at this location. I was wrong.  The dispatcher had been given the wrong address. […]

Why We Distrust and Fear the Cops in Oxnard and Throughout the Nation

Why We Distrust and Fear the Cops in Oxnard and Throughout the Nation

    By Armando Vazquez All of us in Oxnard, throughout this nation, and the rest of the world for that matter, are indoctrinated from womb to tomb to believe that this country, the United States of America, is a nation of laws. Many of us would agree with that assertion, the problem is what […]

The Latino Art and Cultural Center of Oxnard: A Dream Deferred?

The Latino Art and Cultural Center of Oxnard: A Dream Deferred?

    By Armando Vazquez The recurring ever present truth in my fifty plus year of promoting, creating, writing about, growing, educating/getting by-in from the community, in creating the necessary critical mass to incite a local art renaissance must be a home-grown, organic and locally incubated partnership of disparate stakeholders (local artist, residents, CBO’s, businesses, […]

The Vazquez Brothers, a Tale of Immigrant Sacrifice and Success

The Vazquez Brothers, a Tale of Immigrant Sacrifice and Success

    by Armando Vazquez My father, Pedro Vazquez, along with his brothers, were for a long time undocumented immigrant campesinos in the “crystal hothouse” fields of Southern California. My father, along with his six other brothers, work ethic quickly earned them respect and high praise in the uniquely American Orchid propagation and sales industry […]

I Am Not Illegal, I Am Not A Criminal, I Am A Human Being That Yearns To Be Free!

I Am Not Illegal, I Am Not A Criminal, I Am A Human Being That Yearns To Be Free!

    Author Unknown – Submitted by Armando Vazquez In the shadows of the growing hate and immigrant bashing that is engulfing the United States I quietly celebrated my 40th birthday this week. I, like some many of my immigrant brothers and sister live in constant dread and panic fearing that today in this current […]

Oxnard’s Civil Gang Injunction

Oxnard’s Civil Gang Injunction

    By Armando Vazquez    Courts through California have confirmed what we knew back in 2004 that the original language of the many Civil “Gang” Injunctions were recklessly created together and were fatally flawed and unconstutional. They uniformly trampled on the due process rights of the enjoined. Today many California counties and municipalities are […]

Big Little Lies in Oxnard | The Continued Assassination of Trust and Trust

Big Little Lies in Oxnard | The Continued Assassination of Trust and Trust

    By Armando Vazquez        Recently and at warp speed Oxnard has turned the old political/mafia axiom on its head. In Chiques our enemies are pathetically transparent as self-serving ego maniacs, thus very predictable and rather easy to keep close and monitored; it is our fair weather political “friends” that we are […]

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