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Bilingual report: State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson — On César Chávez Day, let us remember his call for justice, service

March 31, 2015
Bilingual report: State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson — On César Chávez Day, let us remember his call for justice, service

SACRAMENTO – The life of civil rights leader and labor organizer César Chávez will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 31. In honor of that day, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released this statement: “As we approach what would have been his 88th birthday, we celebrate the extraordinary life of César Chávez. As president of the United Farm Workers, Chávez shone a national spotlight on the plight of farm workers, working to promote fair wages and decent working conditions. He reminded us that every job and every life has value, and that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and have their voice heard. He...
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Historian, author Vicki L. Ruiz to speak on ‘The Right to Remember: Latina Labor Leaders in California Agriculture’ at CSUCI on April 1

March 31, 2015
Historian, author Vicki L. Ruiz to speak on ‘The Right to Remember: Latina Labor Leaders in California Agriculture’ at CSUCI on April 1

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host Latina scholar, historian and author Vicki L. Ruiz for “The Right to Remember: Latina Labor Leaders in California Agriculture, 1939-1961,” Wednesday, April 1, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the John Spoor Broome Library, Room 1320. The presentation is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served, the university reported in a media release. Ruiz is a Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California Irvine and the author, editor, and/or co-editor of several national award-winning books, including “From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women...
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Bilingual commentary: The Big Band Dance

March 31, 2015
Bilingual commentary: The Big Band Dance

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 Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the Ventura Jazz Orchestra’s Spring Swing “Big” Big Band Dance at the Poinsettia Pavilion in the foothills of Ventura. There were plenty of women wanting to dance, so any of us men who were at least competent on the dance floor were very much in demand. For this music, foxtrot, swing, cha-cha...
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Oxnard College to present César Chávez Celebration on March 31

March 30, 2015
Oxnard College to present César Chávez Celebration on March 31

OXNARD — Oxnard College will present a free César Chávez Day Celebration and documentary screening from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. Part of the Latinologues / Rick Najera series, the event will feature a historic gathering of friends and family of the late César Chávez, revisiting his legacy as a labor leader while highlighting his contributions to the worldwide green movement, event organizers reported in a media release. The event includes the short documentary “Going Green: Cesar Chavez.” Visit http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/academic/departments/oxnard-college-arts or send an email to OCILPA@vcccd.edu for more information.
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Hancock graduate selected as ‘One of Top 30 Students in California Community Colleges’

March 26, 2015
Hancock graduate selected as ‘One of Top 30 Students in California Community Colleges’

SANTA MARIA — A recent Allan Hancock College graduate has been recognized as one of the top 30 students enrolled in California’s 112 community colleges. Daniela Calderon was one of 30 students from 24 community colleges selected to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2015 All-California Academic Team, college officials reported in a media release. “I sat in my car and cried when I realized what happened. I thought of everything before that moment and couldn’t believe how far I had come,” said Calderon, who was a member of Hancock’s Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society. “I have always done...
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Guest commentary: The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health (OMMH) Coalition is established

March 25, 2015
Guest commentary: The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health (OMMH) Coalition is established

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 I have written extensively about my precarious mental health state and my many battles that I have waged attempting to exorcise the ghosts, monsters and devils that that attack me when I fall periodically to the dark side of my lifelong illness. I have listened to countless brothers and sister of my community recount their struggles with mental illness, and almost...
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Bilingual commentary: Wellness Center provides help for those struggling with mental health conditions

March 25, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Wellness Center provides help for those struggling with mental health conditions

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 the Wellness Center Depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions affect many local members of Ventura County.  You do not have to suffer alone. A FREE TO THE PUBLIC program called, The Wellness Center offers groups, activities and outings to all ADULTs ages 21 and over who are struggling with mental health conditions.  You do not have to be under the care of...
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Bilingual commentary: Attachment vs. Passion

March 24, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Attachment vs. Passion

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 Most of us, every day, navigate the tension between attachment and passion. Like the Greek goddess Hera, we crave stability, the familiar, that which settles us in the bliss of domesticity. On the other hand, there is always the psychological influence of Hermes, the Greek god of transition, in our lives. According to the ancient Greeks, Hermes moved freely between...
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CSU Channel Islands panel explores local Latina women baseball teams around WWII during presentation on March 25

March 23, 2015
CSU Channel Islands panel explores local Latina women baseball teams around WWII during presentation on March 25

CAMARILLO — With the men off fighting World War II, women were left to take over jobs and in some cases, baseball diamonds. The 1992 Movie “A League of Their Own” dramatized the creation of the wartime All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, but CSU Channel Islands (CI) Professor of Chicana/o Studies Jose Alamillo, Ph.D., said there is one more aspect to the story. “What many people don’t know is that 11 of those players were Latinas,” Alamillo said. The little-known story of Mexican American women and their struggle for gender equality will be the subject of a presentation and panel discussion...
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‘Oxnard Caravana (43) — Todos somas Ayotzinapa’ el 26 de marzo en Oxnard

March 23, 2015
‘Oxnard Caravana (43) — Todos somas Ayotzinapa’ el 26 de marzo en Oxnard

OXNARD — “Oxnard Caravana (43) — Todos somas Ayotzinapa — ¡Su dolor es nuestro dolor!” comienza a las 5:30 pm el 26 de marzo in la Placita de Oxnard, 500 S. C St. Caminaremos a Café on A, 438 S. A St., para un foro comunitario. “Invitamos a todos los colectivos, organizaciones y la comunidad para recibir a los padres de los 43 estudiantes despareciados en Ayotzinapa,” organizadores reportados en un comunicado de prensa. “Venga abrir un espacio comunitario para compartir el dolor de nuestra comunidad y con el dolor de Ayotzinapa y hacer su dolor nuestro!” *** OXNARD...
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Frank Barajas to speak on the ‘Rise of the Chicano Movement in Southern California, 1960-1975′ starting March 27

March 23, 2015
Frank Barajas to speak on the ‘Rise of the Chicano Movement in Southern California, 1960-1975′ starting March 27

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands Professor Frank Barajas will present the program “Curious Uprisings: The Rise of the Chicano Movement in Southern California, 1960 to 1975″ starting March 27 as part of the six-week Osher Lifelearning Institute (OLLI) course at CSUCI. The program will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the university’s Broom Library. The course examines the movements of the 1960s and early ’70s specific to the Mexican?American experience in Southern California. It will link regional and Ventura County issues with national and global currents for civil rights, identity, and self?determination. Topics to be covered will consist...
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Ventura College to host 28th annual Latina Leadership Network Conference through March 28

March 23, 2015
Ventura College to host 28th annual Latina Leadership Network Conference through March 28

VENTURA — Ventura College will host the Latina Leadership Network’s (LLN) 28th Annual Conference, “Latina Leadership: Pursuing Equity in the 21st Century”  from March 26 through 28, college officials reported in a media release. The conference will focus on the impact that student equity funding will have on Latina students, how Latinas are represented at the faculty, classified, and management level at California Community Colleges, and how to develop strategies to address Latina underrepresentation.  Approximately 200 members will be in attendance at this three-day conference. County Supervisor, Kathy Long, and Ventura County Community College District Chancellor, Dr. Jamillah Moore, will welcome this...
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Video Watch Party for the ‘Arriba Con Hillary’ video to be held in Oxnard on March 27

March 23, 2015
Video Watch Party for the ‘Arriba Con Hillary’ video to be held in Oxnard on March 27

OXNARD — A video watch party for “¡Arriba Con Hillary!” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 at Downtown Sol, 328 W. Third St., in the Lopez building in downtown Oxnard, organizers reported in a media release. The song and video “Arriba Con Hillary” was produced in Ventura County. Mariachi Aguilas de Oxnard will be performing the song during the event. The event is sponsored by The ¡Arriba Con Hillary! — www.arribaconhillary.com — PAC and is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee, organizers reported. RSVP to Miguel Orozco at miguel@SWH2016.com.  
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Guest commentary: No, it is not wrong to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day!

March 23, 2015
Guest commentary: No, it is not wrong to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day!

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 In my last blog I made the point that it is becoming routine and even careless by venerating the dead instead of remembering how they changed our lives. This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday was a relief from what was becoming an excuse not to go to school. The reason for this is that it was tied to the...
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Trudy Arriaga selected as ‘Woman of the Year’ by Assemblymember Williams

March 17, 2015
Trudy Arriaga selected as ‘Woman of the Year’ by Assemblymember Williams

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) has selected Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Arriaga to represent the 37th Assembly District as the 2015 Woman of the Year. “It has been a privilege to work with Dr. Arriaga during my time in the Assembly,” Williams stated in the release. “She has been an invaluable resource and advisor to me on educational issues. It is with great honor and appreciation to recognize her exemplary leadership, unwavering dedication to our students, and tremendous commitment to service at the Ventura Unified School District for the past 40 years.” Since 1974,...
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Bilingual commentary: When failing math really hurts

March 17, 2015
Bilingual commentary: When failing math really hurts

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 It goes without saying that many people in this country struggle with mathematics. Unfortunately, being functionally innumerate (the mathematical equivalent of “illiterate”) is completely acceptable in our society. Talk show and program hosts commonly joke about “higher math” as they attempt to multiply or divide two single-digit numbers. It’s totally cool, and meant to be funny! Over the decades, I’ve...
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Guest commentary: St. Patrick’s Day also a time to remember strong Irish-Mexican connection

March 17, 2015
Guest commentary: St. Patrick’s Day also a time to remember strong Irish-Mexican connection

Editor’s note: A timely re-posting of a 2013 column by Mona AlvaradoFrazier. Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editors 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 Mona AlvaradoFrazier / Guest contributor In my family we have a cousin born on St. Patrick’s Day and nieces of Irish and Mexican heritage, one who is named Erin. My mother’s been to Ireland and every St.Patty’s Day she enjoys the traditional Irish dish of corned beef and cabbage at the local Irish pub. We’re...
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Café on A to present ‘La Cosecha / The Harvest’ photo exhibit, film screening on March 21

March 16, 2015
Café on A to present ‘La Cosecha / The Harvest’ photo exhibit, film screening on March 21

OXNARD — The Dr. Rodolfo F. Acuña Art Gallery & Cultural Center at Café on A will present “La Cosecha / The Harvest” photo exhibit and film screening from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at 438 S. A St., Oxnard. Every year more than 400,000 American children pick the food we all eat. In “La Cosecha / The Harvest,” Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The film profiles three children as they, along with their families, journey from field to field, state to state in scorching heat, winter snows and...
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Guest commentary: History is important but beware of warped historical memories

March 16, 2015
Guest commentary: History is important but beware of warped historical memories

La llorona and el cucuy 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 History is distorted in many ways and it is not always the case of political distortions. For instance, you may know truth of what happened in the past, but you often ignore the inconvenient truth much the same as the average American passes a homeless person and acts as if he / she did not...
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Former Allan Hancock College ESL instructor to walk nearly 500 miles to fundraise for scholarship in memory of Fidel Herrera

March 10, 2015
Former Allan Hancock College ESL instructor to walk nearly 500 miles to fundraise for scholarship in memory of Fidel Herrera

  Michael McMahon plans to help his former mentor fulfill a lifelong dream of creating a scholarship at Hancock for ESL students SANTA MARIA — For more than 20 years, Fidel Herrera taught English as a second language (ESL) classes at Allan Hancock College. He led the charge to develop the college’s ESL credit program. Herrera lost his decades-long battle with cancer on Jan. 21. Now, his long-time friend and former Hancock ESL instructor Michael McMahon will walk nearly 500 miles in Spain to honor Herrera and raise funds for a scholarship named after Herrera for a Hancock ESL...
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Bilingual commentary: Banning the American Flag?

March 10, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Banning the American Flag?

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 I’m a mix of conservative and liberal proclivities, but when it comes to respect for the American flag, I’m as conservative as Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. Being a part of the education establishment as I read a recent newspaper article, I was once again a “mix” — but this time of disappointment, sadness and anger. The Associated Students...
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12th annual Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval ‘Cultural’ to begin March 14

March 10, 2015
12th annual Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval ‘Cultural’ to begin March 14

SANTA BARBARA — The 12th Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval “Cultural” will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14 with the “Feijoada Sabor Carnaval” and the open house at the Brazil Arts Café, 1230 State St, Santa Barbara, event organizers reported in a media release. The biggest and only country south of the border to speak Portuguese is known for its spectacular “Carnaval,” charismatic and festive people, beautiful beach and magic soccer, organizers reported. Since 2002, the city of Santa Barbara celebrates the Brazilian culture and traditions in a series of events and through different arts forms starting in...
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Guest commentary: Oxnard — The Arts City of Ventura County

March 9, 2015
Guest commentary: Oxnard — The Arts City of Ventura County

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 city of Oxnard’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) Awards Committee has just reviewed some 50 proposals from local artists and art organizations and they will soon award about $150,000 in AIPP funds. The city of Oxnard’s Arts in Public places concept has been around for over 28 years, and for about 24 of those years it was nothing more than...
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Guest commentary: Impaction meeting bizarre

March 9, 2015
Guest commentary: Impaction meeting bizarre

The illusion in the making 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 Two expressions stick in my mind from the 1960s, “Don’t Bogart it” and “It is bizarre!” The first referred to hogging a smelly little joint and the other was just an exclamation referring to almost everything and anything. It resembled the “I don’t think so” or as my East LA students would say “I don’t...
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Early Academic Outreach Program brings colleges and universities to high schools in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties

March 6, 2015
Early Academic Outreach Program brings colleges and universities to high schools in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties

By Andrea Estrada / UCSB The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UC Santa Barbara will hold its annual spring Higher Education Week, a four-day event beginning on Tuesday, March 10. Representatives from universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education will visit high school campuses in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to meet with high school juniors and discuss post-secondary education opportunities. The visits include brief presentations on financial aid and college admissions followed by college fairs. The first will take place at Santa Maria, Righetti and Lompoc high schools on Tuesday, March 10. On Wednesday, March 11,...
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