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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 […]

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)                            […]

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 Tribute to a Fallen Veteran

A Tribute to a Fallen Veteran

    By Armando Vazquez “We were stationed off the coast of Vietnam. When we got the command from up top  we would bomb the mainland” those are precisely the only two sentences that my late brother Sergio ever spoke to me about his protracted stint in the Navy during the deadly Vietnam war years […]

Mexican (Chicano) Artists Had (Have) the Most Profound and Pervasive Influence on American (the Americas) Art of the 20th century

Mexican (Chicano) Artists Had (Have) the Most Profound and Pervasive Influence on American (the Americas) Art of the 20th century

    By Armando Vazquez My former high school, San Fernando, located at the time in the very segregated, racist and conservative San Fernando Valley, California, suffered through student riots in both 1968 and 1969. I remember vividly the graffiti that documented our angst, anger and audacity of the time, “Education not Prisons”, “F—- the […]

“The Address (2020) of the holy, the enlightened is ‘here and now’

“The Address (2020) of the holy, the enlightened is ‘here and now’

. . By Armando Vazquez   “The address of the holy and the enlightened is ‘here and now’. This is the address of happiness, the address of life, the address to your God. The Buddha (El Savio) said, ‘Life is accessible only in the present moment.’ Life with all its wonders is accessible right now. […]

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 […]

When a Country is Perpetually At War It Views Everyone As Perpetual Enemies

When a Country is Perpetually At War It Views Everyone As Perpetual Enemies

  . Armando Vazquez The United States of America has spent 32 million dollars per hour, or put another way, a total of 5.6 trillion dollars since 2001 in wars conducted all over the world. Domestically our government has declared war on drugs, gangs, people of color, Muslims, the homeless, the indigent, the LGBTQ community […]

Universal Health Care for All Americans is a Right Not a privilege: The Time is Now!

Universal Health Care for All Americans is a Right Not a privilege: The Time is Now!

    Armando Vazquez We have just completed a three (3) month long horrifically painful and gruelling American medical odyssey that confirms to our family once and for all that the current medical model is heartless, broken, and beyond repair. Universal insurance for all American is by far the most humane and cost effect options […]

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