Notes towards a Chicano history of the US


Schools in the US teach a White or Anglo American history of the country. Because of White guilt it is full of lies, half-truths and stuff left out. There is much to learn and unlearn:


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Erick Gelhaus, deputy who shot 13 year old Andy Lopez, returning to patrol


Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus will return to patrolling the streets next week, nearly 10 months after he shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez, sparking protests that revealed deep distrust of law enforcement among some residents, especially those in the Latino community.

The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office in July cleared Gelhaus of any criminal wrongdoing for his actions in the fatal Oct. 22 shooting, which ignited an emotional debate about officers’ use of deadly force and the dangers of toy guns made to look like real firearms.

Lopez was shot while walking down a residential street on Santa Rosa’s southwest outskirts carrying an airsoft BB gun made to resemble an AK-47 assault rifle. Gelhaus told investigators he ordered the boy to drop the gun, then opened fire when Lopez turned toward the deputy, partially raising the barrel of the gun.

Gelhaus did not return a call seeking comment about his return to patrol duties. His attorney Terry Leoni said in an email that the veteran deputy welcomed “this assignment, and knows his nearly 25-years in law enforcement will continue to benefit the community.”

“He will continue to proudly serve the people of Sonoma County, as he has always done,” Leoni said.

Gelhaus, a firearms instructor in the Sheriff’s Office, has been back at work since December, largely in administrative assignments within the department. His return to patrol, including a wide range of duties interacting with the public, marks another potent moment in what has been a painful and tumultuous chapter in Sonoma County history.

For those who have continued to protest the deputy’s actions, news of Gelhaus’ return to patrol was met with surprise and a sense that their concerns had gone unheard.

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The death penalty dramatized – Los Rakas – Sueño Americano – YouTube


Music video by Los Rakas performing Sueño Americano. (C) 2014 Universal Music Latino



The death penalty. Murder for murder. Barbaric. 


Anger over another killing of Latino by Salinas police

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“Police in Salinas shot and killed a suspect armed with gardening shears Tuesday, but some residents who viewed a video of the deadly run-in on the Internet say the officers went too far.”



Community Village‘s insight:


This was the second shooting of a Latino by Salinas police in less than two weeks.

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To Save Mom, Daughter Goes On Hunger Strike Outside The White House

Cynthia Diaz is one of three immigration activists on a hunger strike outside the White House demanding the U.S. to release their family members from immigration detention

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Colorado School District Vows To Improve After Anti-Latino Discrimination Accusation


Authorities in a school district in Colorado said it vows to improve after it was accused of anti-Hispanic bias.


Between June 2008 and June 2012, “Hispanic students, teachers, and administrators experienced national origin harassment…”


Local authorities named Patricio “Pat” Sanchez to be the new superintendent.


Sanchez implemented numerous changes, including canceling the prohibition on the use of Spanish.
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Obama Sent ICE to Their Doorsteps So They Are Coming To His


“This week immigrant and LGBT civil rights leaders from the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA) sat down in the Democratic congressional offices of Rep. Xavier Becerra and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, demanding their leadership to stop the deportations. The action was in solidarity with the hunger-strike at the White House to call on the President to stop deportations, which started Tuesday.”

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New York Schools Most Racially Segregated

New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Principal Fired For Trying To Keep Students From Speaking Spanish


“A principal who allegedly prohibited students from speaking Spanish will lose her job, the Texas press reports.


Administrators voted Monday night to discontinue a job contract for Amy Lacey, principal of Hempstead Middle School, who had been on paid administrative leave since December after reportedly using the intercom to tell students that speaking Spanish is forbidden on school grounds.


“When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity, it sends the message that the child is not wanted,” Augstin Pinedo, director of the League of United Latin American Citizens Region 18 told the Houston Chronicle. ”

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