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Editorial | Yes He Can, on Immigration | NY Times | 4.5.14

New York TimesURL: 7 April 2014 SundayReview|EditorialYes He Can, on Immigration


APRIL 5, 2014

If President Obama means what he says about wanting an immigration system that reflects American values, helps the economy and taps the yearnings of millions of Americans-in-waiting, he is going to have to do something about it — soon and on his own. It has been frustrating to watch his yes-we-can promises on immigration reform fade to protestations of impotence and the blaming of others. All Mr. Obama has been saying lately is: No, in fact, we can’t, because Republicans and the law won’t let me. Continue reading

President Obama has the executive power to stop deportations

Votantes Latinos asked: “when folks say there are executive orders to halt deportations, what specifics are, something like daca, temporary, Its good if specifically stated what executive order can be, for example defund secure communities, do you have any example of recommendations on executive orders? Continue reading

IMMIGRANT DETENTION is the new ‘growth industry’.

Reading for a ‘brief’ report on IMMIGRATION DETENTION, I realized how much I didnt know. ( I am about to read Alfonso Gonzalez’ REFORM WITHOUT JUSTICE (Oxford) IMMIGRATION DETENTION is the new ‘growth’ industry in incarcerations. Continue reading

Black and Hispanic children, nonetheless, continue to lag behind

“Black and Hispanic children, nonetheless, continue to lag behind. The black-white gap, as Diane Ravitch documents in her book Reign of Error, narrowed greatly in the era of desegregation, Continue reading

Latino leaders silent in the face of immigration policy crisis

That is why I sincerely cannot understand the support that some organizations and politicians are giving to bills in Congress that are primarily focused on enactment of legislation designed to maintain a cheap labor force that is kept waiting. Continue reading

LRT: Ten Year Anniversary of March in support of Driver’s Licenses

In marking the 10 year anniversary of the recall of Davis, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s immediate repeal of the driver’s license bill that Davis had signed, we remember Padre Luis Angel Nieto, the 17 students from my Rural and Urban Social Movements class, and the many day laborers from the PEOC who led a four-day march from Claremont to Los Angeles in 2003 (see the article that appeared in the L. A. Times below). Continue reading

Meaning of September 15 and 16 Independence Day

The days September 15 and 16 are special holidays in the history of Latin America.  It is important to discuss the meaning of these days when, for too many people in the U. S., because of money-hungry advertisers, the days are now comprised of beer commercials and Latino stereotypes.   A hidden meaning is the unity that diverse racial groups played in organizing for their “independence.” Continue reading

Toward an Economic Justice Plan in Pomona

This article appeared in the Daily Bulletn

By Jose Zapata Calderon

POSTED: 09/06/13, 11:05 AM PDT | Read this article in the Daily Bulletin

The Daily Bulletin editorial “Economic injustice in Pomona” (Sept. 5) is on the right track in proposing solutions to the growing street violence in the city that include the creation of a climate where community residents have some trust in their city officials and where Pomona becomes “a city of opportunity.” Continue reading

My response to Daily Bulletin editorial

See the Daily Bulletin  editorial at this link:  Economic injustice in Pomona: Editorial

The Daily Bulletin editorial, “Economic Injustice in Pomona,” is on the right track in proposing solutions to the growing street violence in the city that include the creation of a climate where community residents have some trust in their city officials and where Pomona becomes “a city of opportunity.” In a series of “Community Messaging Ad Hoc Committee” meetings last Spring, I, and other community advocates in the region, proposed that the most successful strategies for dealing with growing violence among youth needed to focus on prevention rather than criminalization and enforcement. At an April 30th meeting, I proposed that “gang violence would not exist if they (gangs) did not satisfy the desperate needs of young people for family, education, mentoring, housing, employment, health, spiritual, and social support.” In the last few years, the Pomona Habla coalition has consistently raised to the city council that there could be no “trust” as long as the Pomona Police continue to use checkpoints and saturation enforcement tactics that primarily target the majority-minority population in the city. There have continued to be “deaf ears” to the studies, such as that of the Latino Decisions/Center for American Progress Action Fund/America’s Voice poll, which found that “79 percent of Latinos nationwide believed that Latinos who are legal immigrants or U. S. citizens will get stopped or questioned by police.” It is no coincidence then why many of the cases in Pomona are not solved when the tactics used have not been in the direction of cooperation but more focused on strategies that have affected both the immigrant and non-immigrant communities. The use of enforcement tactics do not get at the long-term needs of a community for employment, health, housing, education, and economic development opportunities. These needs cannot simply be solved through ideological “messaging” or “spiritual” soul-awakening from the pulpits, but need to be concretized in long-term collaboration and planning between the public and private sectors. The successful model, created by Father Gregory Boyle in Los Angeles, gets at the “spiritual” needs of gang-involved youth by creating programs that get at the “material” foundations of those needs: through the development of an alternative elementary school, an after-school program, a day care program, a community organizing project, and a Homeboy Industries’ economic development project (that includes Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise, Homeboy Diner, Homeboy Farmers Markets, Homeboy Plumbing and Homegirl Café). A similar prevention program could be advanced in Pomona but needs the economic investment of both the government and business sector in developing an “economic justice plan” that includes the capacity-building strategies of quality jobs, housing, health, education, and pre-school/after-school programs (particularly in the low-income sectors of the community).