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El Concilio profile: Christopher Williams

May 28, 2015
El Concilio profile: Christopher Williams

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 Oxnard Police Dept. Sergeant Christopher Williams, born in Reno, Nev. and raised in Port Hueneme, earned his associate’s degree in criminal justice from Aptos Junior College and his bachelor’s degree in organizational management from the University of LaVerne. He joined the Watsonville Police Department in 1997, the Ventura Police Department in 2000 and the Oxnard...
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Café on A hosts mask-making workshop to benefit mental health

May 28, 2015
Café on A hosts mask-making workshop to benefit mental health

Click on courtesy photos above for a larger image OXNARD — Café on A in downtown Oxnard recently hosted a mask-making workshop to benefit mental health. “This what the Oxnard Multicultural Mental health Coalition refers to when we are advocating for the the incorporation of COMMUNITY DEFINED HISTORICAL PRACTICES that along with other effective methods can maximize the mental health wellness of our community at a fraction of the medical model cost.” — One Love, Armando and Debbie
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Bilingual commentary: Mental health in the Latino community

May 26, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Mental health in the Latino community

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor 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 A fairly recent Huffington Post Latino Voices article* explains that for a variety of complex reasons, Latinos in our country have historically tended to avoid mental health services. Immigrants and their families who are in the midst of a difficult acculturation are especially vulnerable to the stressors of life in a society that doesn’t accept or...
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Sergio Arau, film director of ‘A Day Without a Mexican,’ to be keynote speaker at Social Justice Fund for Ventura County’s 6th annual Currents of Change fundraiser on May 31 at Camarillo Ranch

May 25, 2015
Sergio Arau, film director of ‘A Day Without a Mexican,’ to be keynote speaker at Social Justice Fund for Ventura County’s 6th annual Currents of Change fundraiser on May 31 at Camarillo Ranch

CAMARILLO — Sergio Arau, film director of “A Day Without a Mexican,” will be the keynote speaker at Social Justice Fund for Ventura County’s 6th annual Currents of Change fundraiser on from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. The cost is $75. Click here to RSVP. With an estimated population of 850,000 in Ventura County, there is bound to be a wonderful diversity in its inhabitants. The Social Justice Fund of Ventura County is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 by a group of people focused on creating systemic changes in social justice,...
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El Concilio profile: Capt. Lawrence Vasquez

May 21, 2015
El Concilio profile: Capt. Lawrence Vasquez

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 Capt. Lawrence Vasquez, commanding officer of Naval Base Ventura County, is a native of the Bronx, New York. His parents and grandparents were born and raised in “La Isla de Encanto,” Puerto Rico. Vasquez is being recognized for his collaborative leadership role with the Department of Health and Human Services with refugee children from Latin America, advocating...
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Guest commentary: STEM investment, new engineering school needed at CSU Channel Islands

May 21, 2015
Guest commentary: STEM investment, new engineering school needed at CSU Channel Islands

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 Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks Ventura County is home to some of the most exciting and cutting edge companies in the world.  Nationally recognized corporations and entrepreneurial high-technology companies like Amgen, Haas Automation, SemTech, and Teledyne Technologies all have a foot print in Ventura County.  Additionally, Ventura County was recently designated as one of the state’s four innovation hubs designed to spur job...
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Allan Hancock College honors graduating first-generation college students during special ceremony

May 20, 2015
Allan Hancock College honors graduating first-generation college students during special ceremony

SANTA MARIA — The TRiO College Achievement Now (CAN) program at Allan Hancock College celebrated the perseverance and success of dozens of its students who graduated this week and transferred to four-year universities. The TRiO/CAN recognition ceremony was held May 20 inside the Student Center on the Santa Maria campus, college officials reported in a media release. “The ceremony is so significant because it highlights the accomplishments of first-generation, low income and special needs students who have overcome countless obstacles,” said Petra Gomez, the CAN program director. “They deserve to be recognized for changing the futures of their families...
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Bilingual commentary: ‘All You Can Eat’

May 19, 2015
Bilingual commentary: ‘All You Can Eat’

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 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 I returned to my car from a morning run, I walked past a pizza restaurant as I had done many...
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UCSB undergraduate María Prado is named a Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Foundation Fellow

May 15, 2015
UCSB undergraduate María Prado is named a Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Foundation Fellow

By Jessica Fenton / UCSB UC Santa Barbara undergraduate María Prado has been named one of nine new Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Foundation (WW-RBF) Fellows for Aspiring Teachers of Color, university officials reported in a media release. Selected through a nationally competitive process, each recipient receives a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s degree in education, along with mentorship as they complete their teaching certifications. They also benefit from continued support during their required three-year teaching stints in urban or rural school districts. “It was one of the greatest accomplishments of my undergraduate education,” said Prado, who will be...
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Clinicas del Camino Real to present ‘National Women’s Health’ events May 15-16

May 14, 2015
Clinicas del Camino Real to present ‘National Women’s Health’ events May 15-16

OXNARD — Clinicas del Camino Real Inc. will hold a “National Women’s Health Fair 2015″ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at 1300 N. Ventura Road, oxnard. The event is part of National Women’s Health Week, with other events scheduled on Friday, May 15 at Clinicas locations throughout Ventura County. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health, officials reported. The May 16 event includes glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, bone density...
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Traumatic childhood fuels resilience in CSU Channel Islands professor named an ‘Exceptional Emerging Leader’

May 14, 2015
Traumatic childhood fuels resilience in CSU Channel Islands professor named an ‘Exceptional Emerging Leader’

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands Professor of Early Childhood Studies Carola Matera was five years old when soldiers showed up at her home in Argentina during the “Guerra Sucia” or “Dirty War,” university officials reported in a media release. Matera’s mother told her to go to a neighbor’s home “and that was the last time I saw her,” Matera said. Matera’s mother, who was five months pregnant, tried to escape the death squad but was captured and shot dead by the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance. Matera’s stepfather was taken to a torture camp, Matera said. The terrified little girl was smuggled out of the...
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El Concilio profile: Jose Miguel Undurraga

May 13, 2015
El Concilio profile: Jose Miguel Undurraga

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 Jose Miguel Undurraga, a first-generation American, is the son of South American parents and lives in Camarillo. He is a strong advocate for youth involvement in political and social activism and as a senior in the rigorous International Baccalaureate Program at Rio Mesa High School, he started First Chapter, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to...
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SBCC MESA Program’s transfers surpass 100 mark

May 12, 2015
SBCC MESA Program’s transfers surpass 100 mark

SANTA BARBARA — Santa Barbara City College’s MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Program reached a milestone this spring surpassing the 100-student mark for members who successfully completed their studies at SBCC and will or have transferred to four-year colleges or universities, community college officials reported in a media release. “This year, we have 22 transfers who are getting ready to move on,” said SBCC MESA Director/Coordinator Virginia Estrella, who has overseen the SBCC program since it was established at the college eight years ago. “This group will be added to our ongoing list of 82 MESA transfers, of whom...
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Bilingual commentary: Extremism

May 12, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Extremism

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 One definition of extremism is “advocacy of extreme measures or views.” Extremism comes in many forms, and the sheer magnitude of its weight and lopsided momentum generally brings deleterious effects, both to individuals as well as to entire societies.  In the worst cases, such as we see today in the Middle East and in other regions of the world, violent...
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Guest column: Mi Jefita Santos — La Curandera

May 11, 2015
Guest column: Mi Jefita Santos — La Curandera

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 MI jefita would always lovingly counsel me, when she saw those clouds of rebellious doubt and angst circle around my youthful conquer the world hardheaded mindset, as she ran her curandera hands through my hair she would gently remind me,”Chato no pienses tanto, estas en las manos de Dios” (Chato don’t think so much, you are in the hands of God!)....
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11th annual Rebozo Festival to be held in Camarillo on May 17

May 11, 2015
11th annual Rebozo Festival to be held in Camarillo on May 17

CAMARILLO — The Rebozo Festival will celebrate its “10-year Diamond Anniversary” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. The event will honor the “1st Annual Honorary Madrina of the Year” — the late author Michele Serros — and will include an acoustic performance by Grant Bogarad and Monique Carpio, the Oxnard College Mestizo Folklorico under the direction of Mati Sanchez, dancing to the music of Sonora Tropicana and the Traje Tipico Fashion Show. Tickets are $45 per person. Visit http://rebozofestival.org for more information.
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Oxnard College’s Latino Thought Makers Series to present ‘Create Option C’ on May 13

May 11, 2015
Oxnard College’s Latino Thought Makers Series to present ‘Create Option C’ on May 13

OXNARD — Oxnard College’s Latino Thought Makers Series will present “Create Option C” — with special guest Esai Morales at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 at 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. The documentary by Morales takes the audience through the painful and raw path endured by burgeoning actress Lourdes Colon, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Click here or here for more information.
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UCSB Multicultural Center to present the discussion ‘Dreaming of Selena Twenty Years Later’ on May 11

May 11, 2015
UCSB Multicultural Center to present the discussion ‘Dreaming of Selena Twenty Years Later’ on May 11

SANTA BARBARA — The UCSB Multicultural Center will present the discussion “Dreaming of Selena Twenty Years Later” with Deborah Paredez at 6 p.m. Monday, May 11 at the MCC Lounge. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Selena Quintanilla Perez. How and where does Selena’s legacy persist? What does her continued afterlife — or cultural amnesia about her — tell us about current struggles and triumphs faced by Latinas/os in the U.S.? Paredez is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas-Austin. Visit http://mcc.sa.ucsb.edu/Calendar/index.aspx for more information.
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El Concilio profile: Marisa Montgomery

May 7, 2015
El Concilio profile: Marisa Montgomery

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 Marisa Montgomery, born and raised in Mexico, was one of 10 children who were raised by parents who believed in having a healthy family and children educated in Mexico. She attended private Catholic elementary schools in Mexico before coming to California and attending Ventura High School and Ventura College. She returned to Guadalajara where she...
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Book written by Allan Hancock College professor named a finalist for prestigious international Latino book awards

May 6, 2015
Book written by Allan Hancock College professor named a finalist for prestigious international Latino book awards

SANTA MARIA — Allan Hancock College English professor Marc García-Martínez, Ph.D., has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 International Latino Books Awards. García-Martínez’s book, The Flesh and Blood Aesthetics of Alejandro Morales’ – Disease, Sex, and Figuration, is a finalist in the category for Best First Book – Nonfiction. The annual awards celebrate books written in English, Spanish and Portuguese. They have become the nation’s largest Latino Cultural awards, honoring more than 1,900 authors and publishers over the past two decades. This year, 250 authors and publishers, who represent 19 countries, will be honored. “I am very excited...
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Bilingual commentary: Mothers

May 5, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Mothers

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 Mothers are very much on our minds this week as we prepare for Mother’s Day on Sunday.  Motherhood is celebrated throughout the world, to one extent or another, and with different layers of culture, religion and history serving as backdrop. Like every other holiday celebrated in this country, this special day is hyper-commercialized and becomes a feeding frenzy among the...
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Guest commentary: Why we distrust and fear the cops

May 5, 2015
Guest commentary: Why we distrust and fear the cops

In Oxnard and throughout the nation 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 All of us in Oxnard, throughout this nation, and the rest of the world for that matter, are indoctrinated from womb to tomb to believe that this country, the United States of America, is a nation of laws. Many of us would agree with that assertion, the problem is what set of laws are we...
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Guest commentary: More than student loans, they are college mortgages

May 4, 2015
Guest commentary: More than student loans, they are college mortgages

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 Frank P. Barajas / Guest contributor Eavesdrop long enough to their conversations where they meet and eventually you will hear students lament over the mountain of college debt they are accruing each school year. The loans they will have to start making payment on six months after they graduate are enormous. They can range from $40,000 to $100,000 or more and will take most graduates...
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Guest commentary: A circular argument on impaction

May 4, 2015
Guest commentary: A circular argument on impaction

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 I have never been shy about getting into a principled fight. If you do not fight for what is right then you are promoting what is wrong. Although I am today an atheist, I was raised a Catholic and one of my favorite passages in the bible is Revelation 3:15: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor...
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Guest commentary: Cinco de Mayo — A battle for recognition

May 4, 2015
Guest commentary: Cinco de Mayo — A battle for recognition

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 Dr. Lily Rivera / Guest contributor Forget all the articles you’ve ever read that purport to explain why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the United States. They’ve got it all wrong. It’s not about celebrating a victory in a battle on the fifth of May in 1862, in the City of Puebla, in the country of Mexico. It’s not about honoring poor...
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