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Can You Hear Us Now?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The catastrophic chaos seen in Las Vegas Sunday night has taken violence in America to a new level. It is now the number 1 mass shooting in the country, due to the number of victims shot, killed and wounded. It’s a record we can do without.

 

The timing could not have been more uncanny.  It happened a week before the GOP was to vote on relaxing regulations on gun silencers.  It caused the NRA to delay—not cancel—ad buys to get Republican lawmakers elected in Virginia.  These are the good ol’ boys whose elections are being funded by gun money.

 

So here we are again.  Saddened and frustrated by Congress’ unwillingness to do anything to make it harder for crazed shooters to get their hands on automatic weapons.  A report said Stephen Paddock possessed around 40 guns, between those found in his 2 homes and his Mandalay Bay hotel suite, from where he sent bullets raining down on country music concert goers.

 

And here we see Trump again, saying nothing about getting military-grade weapons away from dangerous civilians.  He only gave lip service to the tragedy because he knows the NRA helped get him elected. During his campaign, Trump spread the lie that attempts by Democrats to require background checks before purchasing guns, and banning assault weapons meant citizens would have their guns taken away. And because President Obama tried to get the legislation passed, it became Trump’s mission to see that the bill died. 

 

The question is, how many folks have to die before we do something to protect innocent citizens from senseless violence.  Why after Newton and Orlando are assault weapons still being sold to civilians?

 

On DailyKos, Nelba Marquez-Greene, mom of one of the Sandy Hook school victims went off in a series of tweets:

 

“We value guns, flags & fake acts of patriotism over people, pain.”

 

“Roughly 91 people per day die from guns in the United States and we do nothing.” 

 

“As a mom who had to bury a child- I could care less about perp color. But how come we never talk about angry White men w/guns?”  

 

Confronting the reality that the Las Vegas shooter is an angry white man is not likely to happen.  If Stephen Paddock were Muslim or black or gay, they would have sounded the alarms. 

 

Trump and the GOP will talk about law enforcement all day long, as long as it means racial profiling and throwing citizens in jail for minor offenses.  But when it comes to actually passing common sense gun control laws, we hear crickets.

Best of Inglewood 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017



 

The City of Inglewood honored Hispanic Heritage Month with a huge cultural festival, on September 16, 2017 at Crozier Middle School.  The festival celebrated and recognized the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latino Americans. 

 

Over 2,500 came out to the fun-filled event, which featured live performances by Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo, Pedrito Fregoso, Grupo Folklorico Macias, Bob Desena Latin Jazz Band, La Sonora Dinamita and two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Mariachi Divas.  This concert was sponsored by the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

 

A classic car show, featuring pre-1970 vehicles, was a big draw.  Over 60 vehicles were on display. Interactive carnival-style games, face painting, arts and crafts, and artisan booths rounded out the day’s activities.  Attendees were kept in-the-know through information resources relative to employment, health, finances and voter registration.

 

Delicious food was served by Fiesta Martin Mexican Grill, Pupusas Rita, Del’s Fish Tacos, La Michoacana Ricas Nieves, Woods Coffee Company and Tamale Fiesta.

 

Radio personality Josefa Salinas served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and CeeCee the Mamacita, Radio Personality on 93.5 KDay served as Co-Host for the event.  A great time was had by all! 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hispanic or Latino Heritage Month engages, inspires and highlights contributions made by the Latino community to our country, while connecting the multicultural communities of Los Angeles, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Read on for highlights of events taking place during Latino Heritage Month 2017.

 

September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018

 

Metropolis in Latin America at the Getty Center

 

Over the course of a century of rapid urban growth, sociopolitical upheavals and cultural transitions reshaped the architectural landscapes of major cities in Latin America. Focusing on six capitals—Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago de Chile—The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930, presents the colonial city as a terrain shaped by Iberian urban regulations, and the republican city as an arena of negotiation of previously imposed and newly imported models, which were later challenged by waves of indigenous revivals. 

 

Located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles 90049 (Intersection of Getty Center Drive and Sepulveda Boulevard).  Open Tuesday–Friday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Phone (310) 440-7300. 

 

September 29

 

Slila Downs at Dolby Theatre 

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A native of Oaxaca, Lila Downs has become one of the most innovative exponents of Mesoamerican music on both sides of the border. By drawing on a pan-Latin palette of music as well as American folk, jazz, blues and rock, Downs and her band of kindred spirits, La Misteriosa, have won accolades and a devoted following of world music fans. Known for her smoky voice and magnetic performances, Downs has created a unique body of work that defies categorization in any single genre.  Dolby Theatre is located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard,

 

Hollywood 90028 (Level One of the Hollywood & Highland Center), Phone: 323-308-6300. Tickets:  www.dolbytheatre.com. 

 

October 4

 

Lotería Night at the Central Library 

 

This is not your grandma’s bingo! Latino Heritage L.A. hosts a lively game of Lotería at the Central Library. Winners will be allowed entrance to a VIP lounge area, where they can enjoy food and complimentary beverages. Lotería Night at the Library is taking place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Located at 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles 90071.  Phone: (213) 228-7000.

 

Year ‘Round

 

Museum of Latin American Art

 

The only museum in the United States to exclusively feature modern and contemporary Latin American art. In addition to a growing permanent collection of over 1,000 works, the Museum also hosts important traveling exhibitions. Educational programs and events provide a context for the art. Located at 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles 90012. Phone: (213) 485-6855. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm.   

 

El Pueblo de Los Angeles

 

The oldest section of Los Angeles, and the site where the city was founded in 1781. Beautiful outdoor plaza with museums, historic buildings and a traditional Mexican marketplace for shopping and dining.  Located at 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles 90012. Phone: (213) 4855.  Visit the website at http://elpueblo.lacity.org.

 

Source:  DiscoverLosAngeles.com

 

 

 

 

Trump: The Unmaking of America

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A year ago, Colin Kaepernick got down on one knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.  The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback wanted to draw attention to the proliferation of police shootings of black men.  Now, kneeling has become an emblem of solidarity for athletes and non-athletes alike.

 

It has reawakened the debate over free speech, who should be allowed to publicly engage in it, and where.  Donald Trump has likened the act to flag burning, called players who don’t stand during the anthem unpatriotic.  He even tweeted his criticism of the players—and Kaepernick in particular—over 2 dozen times—all the while ignoring hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

This man, the leader of the free world, uses his right to free speech almost hourly on Twitter.  But I guess free speech only applies if it’s something Trump wants to hear. His mode of operation has always been to silence the voices of anyone who would dare to have an opinion that differs from him.  Lest we forget, he is a former reality TV star whose popular tagline was “You’re fired!”  

 

Just fire people and they will go away.  But this is not television.

 

Now, as president, he’s on a mission to get rid of everything and everyone who doesn’t fit into his idea of making “America Great Again.”  Black football players, politically active entertainers, Democrats, Mexicans must go! So instead of leading this country, he chooses instead to pick fights, using Twitter as his bully pulpit.

 

But it’s much too late for Trump to take this country back to 1950.  People are speaking out now more than ever—young people, black people, gay people, liberals and even some people whom you’d think would never oppose his.

 

Scrolling down the list of articles on TheGrio.com, I found an impressive number of people—some unlikely folks—who support what Kaepernick did.  While his protest was against abusive police, it has morphed into a national discussion on the First Amendment.

 

Some of the headlines included:

 

“97-Year Old Vet (who is white) Takes a Knee in Solidarity With Protests”

 

“Chicago Cops (who are black) Reprimanded for Kneeling With Activists”

 

“Jesse Williams Says National Anthem is a Scam”

 

“Fox News Calls NFL Anthem Kneelers ‘Disgusting’”

 

In an act of defiance, much like Congressman Emanuel Cleaver putting on a hoodie to protest the killing of unarmed black teen Trevon Martin by a white man, Congresswoman Sheila Lee Jackson kneeled on the Congressional floor.  

 

Football players aren’t the only ones to speak out against Trump’s recent derogatory comments aimed at black athletes. Trump’s reference to black athletes as “sons of b****es” and subsequent withdrawing of a White House invitation to the Golden State Warrior’s Stephen Curry reignited the verbal flames.  

 

Truth be told, Curry was only uninvited after he himself turned town Trump’s invitation.  Pro basketball players, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lebron James, retired Lakers star Kobe Bryant and retired Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan all expressed their opposition to Trump’s remarks via Twitter.

 

Bryant tweeted: “A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly “Make America Great Again.” 

 

As the FBI collects more evidence of possible collusion between Trump and Russia to undermine the 2016 election, it’s clear that Trump is the most unpatriotic one of all. For the love of money, he’d commit treason; he’d sell out America in a heartbeat.  How un-American is that?

 

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