Mexican-Chicano Veterans and Veterans Day

After WWII, Senator Dennis Chavez (New Mexico) said, “When we march off to war, we are Americans; but upon our return, we are merely Mexicans.” These words are just as true now on this Veterans Day as they were then. Regardless of national origin, Mexican-Chicanos have bled and died for…

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Time For Historical Lesson on Mexican Migration into U.S.

Posted in Mercury News By Arturo Villarrealand Charley Trujillo Article Launched: 08/06/2008 01:34:15 AM PDT Immigration is driven by historical and economic necessity on both sides of the border. There are times when the United States needs Mexican labor, such as during World War I and World War II, that…

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Litter in, or litter out

28 August  2011 LITTER IN, OR LITTER OUT Elsa Crumpley In addition to all the catastrophes, natural and man-made, that threaten life on Earth, we must add the increasing danger from THE PLASTIC BAG.  Its usefulness cannot be denied.  But its threat to life becomes ever more apparent.  It is…

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Elsa Crumpley: Must learn from events of last century

Opinion: Friday January 21, 2011 Must learn from events of last century Elsa Crumpley – My Word RECENT EVENTS in Tucson, Ariz., recall for me some of the most terrifying events in my life. From 1932 to 1936, as I attended Brooklyn College in New York, students learned current history…

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Elsa Crumpley: Language Grows

Opinion: Monday April 18, 2011 Language Grows SOME THOUGHTS on language, provoked y the April 12 letter, “Use words correctly:” With worldwide immigration in constant motion, it is no wonder that grammatical use of any language gets lost in distortion and misuse. But language grows. IT becomes enriched with usages…

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Securing OUR Community: ICE's New Attack on Bay Area Immigrants

In a climate of political backwardness, undocumented immigrants and their advocates are often accused of manipulating language. We are told that we should say “illegal immigrant,” rather than “undocumented immigrant”. Yet in the legal realm, this is backward and void. Asserting that someone, including many of our neighbors and community…

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Run-Down of NDLON "Secure Communities" Report

The National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON) and a National Community Advisory Commission has put together an extensive report detailing the “Secure Communities” program (“S-Comm”) of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which brutally cracks down on immigrants with deleterious effects on local communities. In their August 2011 report,…

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Report: From Hiroshima to Fukishima to California

The San Jose Peace and Justice Center commemorated the sixty-sixth anniversary of the tragic nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Friday, August 11th, at the Joyce Ellington Library in San Jose with the "From Hiroshima to Fukishima to California" anti-nuclear event, part of the Center's "no-nuke summer". After a…

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Benefit Concert for Cafe Guancasco

Cafe Guancasco, an 8 member musical and political group of Honduras, and its audience were brutally attacked by the Honduran government. Government agents released teargas onto the stage and into the crowd as well as destroying and stealing musical equipment rented by Cafe Guancasco. The damages caused by the government…

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Cuba from the other side

By Karen Lee Wald, Board member, San Jose Peace & Justice Center First posted on Truthdig at http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/print/cuba_from_the_other_side_20110408/ I first learned of Keith Bolender’s book “Voices From the Other Side: An Oral History of Terrorism Against Cuba” when the author reached out to me after reading an article I’d written…

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