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Guest commentary: The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health Coalition Latino Mental Health Survey

April 27, 2015
Guest commentary: The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health Coalition Latino Mental Health Survey

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Armando Vazquez / Guest contributor We all know that what we do and how we do it is to a very significant degree determines by our physical and mental wellness or illness. More and more we have come to concede in America and in Oxnard that often, and for far too many of our local residents, our mental state is shrouded in oppressive denial, mystery, neglect,...
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UCSB Multicultural Center to present film screening of ‘Cesar’s Last Fast’ on April 29

April 27, 2015
UCSB Multicultural Center to present film screening of ‘Cesar’s Last Fast’ on April 29

SANTA BARBARA — The UCSB Multicultural Center will present the film screening of “Cesar’s Last Fast” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 at the MCC Theater. In 1988, César Chávez embarked on what would be the final act of protest in his remarkable life, event organizers reported in a media release. Driven by penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his “Fast for Life,” a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities. Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez and testimonies from those closest...
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UCSB Multicultural Center to present ‘Challenging the Borders of Education: Undocumented Students …’ on April 30

April 27, 2015
UCSB Multicultural Center to present ‘Challenging the Borders of Education: Undocumented Students …’ on April 30

SANTA BARBARA — The UCSB Multicultural Center will present the Race Matters discussion of “ Challenging the Borders of Education: Undocumented Students and Public Pedagogy – Jennifer Nájera” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at the MCC Lounge. Who are our teachers? A critical aspect of the undocumented student movement has been to create new spaces of learning and to broaden people’s ideas about who can be a teacher, event organizers reported in a media release. From on-campus DACA clinics to Cash for College nights at high schools, undocumented students are teaching people how to navigate education and immigration policies, often to increase...
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Oxnard College Theatre Club to present ‘A Stand-Up Comedy Fundraiser’ on May 1

April 27, 2015
Oxnard College Theatre Club to present ‘A Stand-Up Comedy Fundraiser’ on May 1

OXNARD — The Oxnard College Theatre Club presents “A Stand-Up Comedy Fundraiser” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 1  at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. The event features comics Jason Love, Frank Lucero, Mary Patterson Broome and Dwayne Perkins. Tickets are $5 pre sale, $8 at the door with a buy one, get one free military discount. To purchase tickets, call Amy Edwards at 805-986-5800, ext. 1943 or send an email to aedwards@vcccd.edu for more information.
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El Concilio profile: José Alamillo

April 23, 2015
El Concilio profile: José Alamillo

Editor’s note: Part of a continuing series of stories profiling the award-winners of El Concilio Family Services 2015 Latino Leadership Awards. The awards gala will be held on Saturday, June 6 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Click here or call 805-486-9777 for more information. Amigos805 staff reports José Alamillo, born in Cueva Grande, Zacatecas, and raised in Limoneira Del Mar, a lemon ranch owned by Limoneira Co. in Santa Paula, is a professor of Chicano/a Studies at CSU Channel Islands. The son of immigrant parents is being acknowledged for his community engagement and support of DREAMers – undocumented immigrants who might be...
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CSU Channel Islands chosen to host 2016 national conference for Hispanic-Serving Institutions

April 22, 2015
CSU Channel Islands chosen to host 2016 national conference for Hispanic-Serving Institutions

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands has taken a lead role in a national organization dedicated to helping Hispanic-serving institutions or HSIs. In March of 2016, the university will become the first of the CSU campuses to host the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing best practices of Hispanic-serving institutions or HSIs, university officials reported in a media release. HSI is a term used by the federal government to describe colleges and universities like CI that serve a significant number of Hispanic and other low-income students who are often the first in their families...
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Bilingual commentary: After the demise of parents

April 21, 2015
Bilingual commentary: After the demise of parents

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor The death of a parent is often like a powerful seismic event, with reverberations, or “aftershocks,” that continue for years, if not the rest of one’s own existence. Even when there is estrangement, the parent’s presence continues to impose itself onto our conscious and subconscious lives, in our dreams, in our experiences that can only be described as something paranormal. ...
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Teatro de las Américas to present ‘Bellíssíma Italia’ on April 23

April 20, 2015
Teatro de las Américas to present ‘Bellíssíma Italia’ on April 23

OXNARD —Teatro de las Américas will present “Bellíssíma Italia” from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at the Condor Café at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. The gourmet dinner concert features the music and gastronomy of Italy. Produced by the Culinary Arts Program at Oxnard College and Musical Latitudes. Tickets are $50, which includes appetizers, three course dinner and drinks. Free parking. For tickets, call 805-983-2876.  
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Ballet Folklórico Mestizo Spring 2015 to be held April 24, 25

April 20, 2015
Ballet Folklórico Mestizo Spring 2015 to be held April 24, 25

OXNARD — Ballet Folklórico Mestizo Spring 2015 will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. The event will feature a special performance by the Oxnard Scholars After School Program and the Ramona School Folklórico Students. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets online, go to inticketing.com or call 805-986-5811, 805-986-5826. Send an email to msanchez@vcccd.edu for more information.
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Guest commentary: Oxnard Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is a Fraud

April 20, 2015
Guest commentary: Oxnard Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is a Fraud

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Armando Vazquez / Guest contributor As with so many other current policing practices, Officer Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is a lot more about Public Relation than about truly preparing officers adequately to respond to a crisis call involving mental illness issues. Cops in America are trained universally to go into a situation with force, come out alive, shoot first and ask question later. The unwritten...
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Guest commentary: In Search of the almond

April 20, 2015
Guest commentary: In Search of the almond

Impaction: A Symptom of Privatization Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor The power of ´”The Man” as they used call the establishment in the 1960s is its ability to control and change the narrative. In Arizona the Koch Brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) bought politicians, the media and Tea Party activists. They wrote anti-immigrant bills, lowered taxes and privatized Arizona. But the truth be...
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El Concilio Family Services announces 26th Annual Latino Leadership Awards

April 16, 2015
El Concilio Family Services announces 26th Annual Latino Leadership Awards

OXNARD — A university professor, a Vietnam veteran, a registered nurse, a successful high school senior, a military officer and a police sergeant will be recognized when El Concilio Family Services presents its 26th annual Latino Leadership Awards at a gala on Saturday, June 6 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. The event also will honor the work of a nonprofit that provides housing and support services to low-income residents in Ventura County and a nonprofit teen advocacy program in Fillmore. “The honorees, each in their own unique way, have gone beyond and contributed in a great way to...
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Bilingual commentary: Educating the child at Oxnard College

April 14, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Educating the child at Oxnard College

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Parents have many options regarding child care, all of them with tradeoffs of one kind or another. But it would be wise for parents to consider child education, and not just “care.”  Child “care” often consists of watching cartoons and consuming food and drink of questionable value. One of the finest and most reasonably-priced centers for education of the whole...
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Guest commentary: In the name of justice and love, stop the killings

April 13, 2015
Guest commentary: In the name of justice and love, stop the killings

Only a Community Police Review Board can reform the Oxnard Police Department Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Armando Vazquez / Guest contributor The Oxnard Police Department, like some many police departments throughout the nation, is in acute and quite apparent institutional paralysis. For the past thirty years, if not longer, the entire culture of every police department of the United States can be defined as one of being at war with...
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Guest commentary: ¡Agua y Libertad!

April 13, 2015
Guest commentary: ¡Agua y Libertad!

What do you do with Chicana/o Studies? Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor If asked once I have been asked a thousand times, what do you do with Chicana/o Studies? You get an education that hopefully frees you from the Eurocentric worldview that an American education produces. For example, in 2014, 87 percent of scientists said that human activity causes global warming, yet only half the American public believed this...
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Teatro de las Américas to present ‘The Truth Can’t Be Trusted / La verdad sospechos’ through April 19

April 13, 2015
Teatro de las Américas to present ‘The Truth Can’t Be Trusted / La verdad sospechos’ through April 19

OXNARD — Teatro de las Américas will present “The Truth Can’t Be Trusted / La verdad sospechosa” at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays, April 9 through 19 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 S. Rose Ave., in the Black Box Theater, Oxnard. Written by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (Spain / Mexico), the classic comedy from the Golden Age of Spanish theater focuses on a young man who returns to Madrid from the university and cannot speak truthfully, bringing grief to his father and jeopardizing a potential marriage with the woman he loves. The performances...
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Oxnard College Performing Arts Center to present ’53 Million & 1′ on April 15

April 12, 2015
Oxnard College Performing Arts Center to present ’53 Million & 1′  on April 15

OXNARD — The Oxnard College Performing Arts Center will present the Latino Thought Makers Series program — ’53 Million & 1? at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 at 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals) brings to Oxnard the one-man show of a child born in Michoacán who crossed the border sin papeles and then went on to be a great real estate entrepreneur and devout family man, event organizers reported in a media release. It’s a story not unlike others who come from immigrant backgrounds. It’s a story about family, love, work…. In fact, there are...
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County Chief Probation Officer Mark Varela named president of statewide association

April 7, 2015
County Chief Probation Officer Mark Varela named president of statewide association

VENTURA – Ventura County Chief Probation Officer Mark Varela has been named as the president of the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC), county officials reported in a media release. The 55-year-old organization is based in Sacramento and Varela is the second member from Ventura County to serve as its president. He has previously served as the CPOC Legislative Chair, Secretary and Vice President. Varela, age 49, is a Ventura County native. He was raised in Oxnard, attended Santa Clara High School, and received his bachelor’s degree in Law and Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara....
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Bilingual commentary: Rain, Gods and Saints

April 7, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Rain, Gods and Saints

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor As we read and hear every day, California — particularly the southern part — is in the midst of a historic drought. Other cultures, in other times, in other parts of the world, have had to deal with droughts and their effects. It would be interesting to look back and see how they handled this. A few decades ago, the...
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CSU Channel Islands to present ‘Si, Se Puede — Four Latina recent Math Ph.D’s share their journeys’ on April 8

April 6, 2015
CSU Channel Islands to present ‘Si, Se Puede — Four Latina recent Math Ph.D’s share their journeys’ on April 8

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands will present “Si, Se Puede — Four Latina recent Math Ph.D’s share their journeys” beginning with a reception from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at El Dorado Hall 110. Join four Latina recent PhDs to celebrate their accomplishments and learn how they made it in the world of mathematics. *No math background required. Contact Jose Alamillo at jose.alamillo@csuci.edu for more information.
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Santa Paula Museum of Art to present Gallery Talk: ‘How Coming from Uruguay Influenced My Work’ with Sylvia Raz on April 9

April 6, 2015
Santa Paula Museum of Art to present Gallery Talk: ‘How Coming from Uruguay Influenced My Work’ with Sylvia Raz on April 9

SANTA PAULA — The Santa Paula Museum of Art will present its next Gallery Talk: “How Coming from Uruguay Influenced My Work” with Sylvia Raz at 3 p.m. Thursday,  April 9 at 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. Artist Sylvia Raz was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and now lives and works in Ojai. She studied art at Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem and at UCLA, event organizers reported in a media release. Her work evolves around the figure and human passion, striving to capture the sublime and pathetic aspects of life in a variety of media and styles. Raz will...
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LULAC to present inaugural ‘Health & Awareness Summit’ in Oxnard on April 9

April 6, 2015
LULAC to present inaugural ‘Health & Awareness Summit’ in Oxnard on April 9

OXNARD — The League of United Latin American Citizens — District 17 — Ventura County will present its inaugural “Health & Awareness Summit — Don’t mess with the Seniors” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the Oxnard Elks Lodge, 801 S. A St., Oxnard. The event, open to everyone, includes live music, door prizes and drawings. General admission is $10, with admission for seniors 62 years and over $5. Contact event coordinator Pete R. Placencia at 805-827-3021 or send an email to prplacencia@yahoo.com for more information.  
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CSU Channel Islands to present ‘Farmworker Immersion Project with VC CLUE’ on April 10

April 6, 2015
CSU Channel Islands to present ‘Farmworker Immersion Project with VC CLUE’ on April 10

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands will present the “Farmworker Immersion Project with VC CLUE” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 10. The project places students in the community learning about farmworker rights and immigration issues. We will visit farmworkers, their families, homes, and visit local farms. Students will work in the field and have a group reflection, organizers reported in a media release. Must RSVP to pilar.pacheco@csuci.edu
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20th annual ‘César E. Chávez Memorial Celebration — March for Justice’ to be held on April 12

April 6, 2015
20th annual ‘César E. Chávez Memorial Celebration — March for Justice’ to be held on April 12

OXNARD — The 20th annual ‘César E. Chávez Memorial Celebration — March for Justice’ will begin with the community gathering at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 12 at Oxnard Southwinds Park, 300 W. Clara St., with the march to begin at 10:30 a.m., organizers reported in a media release. The march will then proceed to the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center at 4000 S. Rose Ave., arriving there at 12:30 p.m. The free event includes a health and legal fair with information on the Dream Act and AB60 Drivers Licenses. It will include immigration attorneys with keynote speakers from Oxnard College...
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Literary Quinceañera for author’s ‘My Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito’ to be held in Ventura on April 12

April 6, 2015
Literary Quinceañera for author’s ‘My Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito’ to be held in Ventura on April 12

VENTURA — In honor of Dia del Niño/Dia del Libro (Day of the Child/Day of the Book) the community of Ventura County is invited to a literary Quinceañera, a special birthday party for Amada Irma Perez’s (Ventura) first picture book, My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 12 at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito (Children’s Book Press 2000 now an imprint of Lee & Low Publishers) has won many awards and recognition including the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award, the Américas Honor Book Award,...
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