Blog Posts by smallkattman

  • Making a Mark

    Approximately two weeks before leaving my home town of Milwaukee, I was walking along "Caesar Chavez Avenue" on the near Southside of the city. When I happened to spot a public litter can with a slogan written on one side that read, "Make a mark in life not on a wall." This small statement started me thinking about what we (the Mexican - American people) have and what we have contributed to this country of ours. Additionally, it also made me wonder if I have made my own mark in life.

    As a result of this question, I began a personal quest to learn if there were any real heroes among the Mexican - American people either living or dead within the twentieth century. I was not surprised to learn that for the most part a majority of Latino's and Latina's cannot name at least three Mexican - American's that have made any significant accomplishments or contributions within the twentieth century or even within the current era that we are in. For example, whenever I have asked any

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  • The People Vs. George Zimmerman

    As an activist I have been following the Trayyvon Martin, George Zimmerman case very closely. Needless to say I firmly believe that this is a death that could have been avoided had Mr. Zimmerman followed the advice of the 911 operator when he was told, "We don't need for you to do that." But there are still several unanswered questions that I think need to be addressed.

    • 1. Why did Mr. Zimmerman leave the safety of his vehicle to follow the unarmed Mr. Martin?
    • 2. There is an eighteen minute gap between the time Mr. Zimmerman hung up with the 911 operator and when he shot at point blank range Mr. Martin. What was occurring during that time frame?
    • 3. Several witnesses have changed their statements. Why would they change their statements so that they don't support Mr. Zimmerman's account of the events.

    Here is a sample of what some of the witnesses have said to either the Sanford Police Department as well as, the Florida Department of law Enforcement.

    Witness 2

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  • An English Only Law for America? I Really Don’t Think So

    Growing up in a bi - lingual household, I learned very early in life to appreciate the beauty of both the English and Spanish languages. For example there are at least nine different ways of saying "I love you" in the Spanish language versus only one in the English language. Along with being raised within a bi - lingual household when we relocated to Milwaukee Wisconsin, we lived in a neighborhood that was filled with many different languages. Therefore, I learned to speak a few phrases in several different languages such as Polish, Russian, and German. Although, I must admit at first I thought it was strange to hear so many different languages however; I learned to accept this and the people as my friends and neighbors. I also came to realize that a good number had immigrated to this country in search of a better life for themselves and their children. When I look back on those times, I am glad that I learned to take advantage of the fact I had picked up a smattering of several

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  • The State of Florida Vs George Zimmerman

    With all of the recent media coverage concerning the Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman incident I thought I would take the time to look up the Florida "Stand Your Ground" law. From some of the postings I have read so far a good number of people have tried to make this a race issue. But the truth of the matter is that this is in fact a legal issue and is now in the hands of our justice system. So if you are a supporter of Mr. Zimmerman then feel free to read the Florida state statute as it is written. I pulled a copy down after I looked it up and copied and pasted it to a word document. I did not look up the police report but then that particular report is a matter of public record so anyone can look it up for themselves.

    This is an entire copy of the Florida "Stand Your ground Law." Those of you who support Mr. Zimmerman please do read this and then determine for yourself if Mr. Zimmerman was within the confines of the law or if the law does not apply at all. For those who are

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  • Liberty and Justice for ALL? or Just Some!

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

    With these words, the authors of the Declaration of Independence outlined a bold vision for America, a nation in which all people would be free and equal. More than two hundred years later, it has yet to be achieved. Though generations of civil rights activism have led to important gains in legal, political, social, employment, educational and other spheres, the forced removal of indigenous peoples and the enslavement of those of African descent marked the beginnings of a system of racial injustice from which our country has yet to break free. From public educational institutions where students of color are too often confined to racially isolated, underfunded and inferior schools, to a criminal justice system that disproportionately targets and incarcerates people of

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  • An English Only Law I don't Think SO

    The United States has a long history of imposing the English language on either territories or upon sovereignties that she has acquired. For instance, immediately after the Spanish - American War in 1898, English became "the official language of the class room" within Puerto Rico. In the same way, English had been imposed upon the Philippine people as the official language in the Philippines, shortly after the Philippine - American War in 1899. Additionally, in 1907, United States President Theodore Roosevelt wrote, "We have room for but one language in this country, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality , and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." When I hear how our current political leaders and lawmakers are attempting to enact English as this nations native language I can only think to myself, "What is going on with those politician in Washington DC?" If we as Americans had the

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  • H. B. 56 Explained

    A new bill aimed at curbing illegal immigration is causing controversy in Alabama.

    House Bill 56 , modeled on similarly controversial immigration legislation in Arizona , passed the Alabama House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee today. That means it will move on to debate by the full House of Representatives as early as Thursday.

    Here's the lowdown on HB 56, which prompted opposition rallies in Montgomery even before it reached the committee vote.

    It would require immigration status checks for workers
    The Montgomery Advertiser reports that HB 56 would mandate use of the federal E-Verify system to confirm employees' immigration status. Knowingly employing illegal aliens would be against the law under the bill, and employers who violate that provision could have their business licenses revoked. Some business owners say it's not fair to make them responsible for such checks.

    It would allow police officers to ask about immigration status
    Under HB 56, law enforcement

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  • National Latino Museum Plan Faces Fight

    Seven years after opening its National Museum of the American Indian, and four years before the scheduled unveiling of its museum of African-American history, the Smithsonian Institution is being urged to create another ethnic museum on the National Mall, this one to recognize the history and contributions of Latino Americans. A federal commission has spent two years asking Latinos what they would want in such a museum, and next month the commission will report its findings to Congress, which would have to approve a new museum. Though the creation of such an institution has support from members of Congress, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and celebrities like Eva Longoria, building it faces significant obstacles, including budget pressures and a feeling among some in Washington that the Smithsonian should stop spinning off new specialty museums and concentrate on improving the ones it already has. "I don't want a situation," said Representative Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia,

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  • Alabama And HB - 56

    The recent passage of California's Dream Act Bill, which will ensure that all deserving students get the opportunity to pursue higher education and be contributing members of society, will undoubtedly increase revenue for a debt stricken state with economic challenges to overcome. Yet, while one state is wisely investing in the success of the Latino community, another state is willingly freezing its assets and quite literally running its economic capital out of town. The state of Alabama's refusal to recognize the critical role the immigrant and Latino community play in maintaining the state's economic stability, has led to numerous businesses closing and hundreds of Latino students vanishing from public schools fearing deportation. With the passage of H.B. 56, Alabama's new immigration law, the state has enacted measures that undermine the educational empowerment of immigrants, and has succeeded in deteriorating part of their labor force.

    Even before the ink had dried on the

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  • Tucson, Arizona-LULAC National President Margaret Moran expressed shock and sorrow about the appalling shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 17 others in Tucson, Arizona. "Our hearts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords and the victims of today's horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona," stated Ms. Moran. "Congresswoman Giffords has been a tremendous leader for her district and a strong supporter of LULAC programs in the Tucson area. We hope and pray for those who were injured by the gunman."

    Former LULAC National Vice President for the Southwest Richard Fimbres, who resides in Tucson said the following: "The entire LULAC community in Tucson is deeply saddened by this terrible shooting in our city. Gabby and her staff have been especially supportive of the Latino community in Tucson and we are stunned by this outrageous violence against a member of Congress and her staff. We are praying for her and all those who have been injured and we mourn the loss of those who have

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