Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
One positive aspect I can reflect on is that while my parents didn't instill confidence and appreciation for our culture, they didn't forsake it all together either. These notions of inferiority were also reinforced in school because I was never friends with other kids like me who didn't have papers, I had regular friends who did normal "American" things.
I literally learned english as a child by watching t.v. sitcoms and from interaction from neighbors and friends at school. My sense of humor, knowledge of history and pop-culture all came from a variety of shows but the most influential shows that to this day have impacted my life are The Simpsons. Among other cartoons, The Simpsons molded my subconscious with trivial and at times useless information about pop-culture. I look back and watch the same episodes I watched religiously back then and marvel at the smartness of the jokes and the hidden-historical references made in each episode. It's no wonder I have a fascination for Jimmy Hoffa.
Obviously that pushed me in the direction of forgetting about who I am and where I come from and adopting a more American outlook and attitude toward life. I never talked about being undocumented to anyone and always avoid anything relating to it because I knew that was topic that must never be mentioned. I assimilated and by the time I was in the fourth grade I was able to read and write english without any difficulties. In fact, I was never placed in any ESL classes, that I know of, and I even envied the other kids in the ESL classes because they looked like they were having more fun than I was reading and analyzing short stories. The shame continued on into junior high and into high school because I knew that if anyone knew I didn't have "papers," I would be ridiculed and punked by everyone else. I basically didn't want to lose any face with my friends.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
There's this depression I go through every so often when things just keep getting bad no matter how optimistic I maybe. It's really a landslide affect that just gets bigger and more power as it keeps going. Like always, it starts out with one thing and then after a while you become engulfed in a horrible mess. For me it really started when the "Governator" didn't feel like signing SB 1301, institutional financial aide. From there things just started getting worse at every turn. I won't bore you with personal details, but yeah...life sucks sometimes. Every time a bill goes down in flames I question my efforts. Why should I continue doing what if it's all going to be for nothing right ? WRONG. As much as I want to give up sometimes, I know I can't. I have come to realize, which follows the depression period, that there is a possibility that all of the work me and other people do might not benefit us, but the next generation after us. That possibility doesn't seem so farfetched when I'm thinking about how the world is right now. I also have the habit of enthralling myself in deep and philosophical thoughts making for some interesting conversations and ideas in my head. This is where comic books come in to the fray.
Comic books are an instrumental part of my life, americanization and in some cases the teachers and guides I never had in real life. I love everything about comic books. It's characters, the mythology, the science behind it, the art work, writing EVERYTHING. Comic books will never be fully appreciate for their true value and in someways I'm glad that will never happen because they'll remain a hidden secrete to those who do love reading them and collecting them. Besides, comics are a reflection of the kind of society we live,, kinda in the sense of life imitating art or art imitating life, I'll let you decide. Without going to deeply, wrap your noggin around these ideas and realizations I have made: Superman is an "illegal alien" who was sent to earth because his home planet died. He grew up on a farm and became the embodiment of what the United States stands for, truth justice and the American way, kinda like Captain America but that's a whole different story. When Stan Lee created the X-Men, he surveyed current events and based the X-Men on the civil rights movements.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
November 26 2006, From my myspace blog ~ Harleys Birthday ~
Yeah Harley Quinn is 2 years old, 24 in dog years. I don't know how I could have gotton through these past to years with out her. She waited for me in the cold and in the rain to come home from school at nigh. She always makes me laugh no matter what. She's always fun to be around with because she's that kinda dog. I have lost 20 lbs just walking and running with her around evergreen cemetery everyday.
She knows what time we walk without looking at a clock. She makes my face and arms ichy everytime I hug her in the morning and before I go in for the night. She was a given to me by a friend who wanted to keep her. Her brothers Brooklin Jr. and Chester passed away. Now it's just her and her sister shadow. People are intimidated by her muttering "look at that big ass dog" and then they move out of her way because they fear her. I look to them and ignore them because I know she hasn't an evil intention in her being. Two years is the longest I can remember having a dog and I plan to be with her until one of us passes away. I can't imaine my life without her for she is at my side always. She may be a dog but to me, she's my best friend.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
This is a story I wrote about the AB 540 court ruling that went down a few weeks ago. From my college news paper.
California court decision could change AB 540
Students attending California State Universities and community colleges under Assembly Bill 540 are in danger of losing their eligibility to qualify to pay for in-state tuition.
A California court of appeals ruled on September 15 that AB 540 conflicts with federal laws stating that eligibility for in-state tuition is based on residency.
Nicholas Espiritu, a staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund says that when AB 540 was first introduced in 1996, it met all of the federal requirements it needed and was specific in its writing so it wouldn’t be questioned in the future.
Despite the court ruling, AB 540 is still in effect and students need not to panic or worry says Espiritu.
Kris Kobach, an attorney for the plaintiffs and a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle saying, “It has a huge impact.
“This is going to bring a halt to the law that has been giving in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.”
The current case against the bill was first filed in 2005 and only after years of legal limbo has it finally come to a decision.
The ruling made is also going to be appealed by the University of California Regents, which will continue prolonging the legal process which could take another three years or longer.
The UC Regents will fight and defend AB 540 because they know how important this bill is to thousands of students attending universities and community colleges says Espiritu.
There are nine other states in the United States that have similar laws that allow undocumented students the ability to qualify for in-state tuition; Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Students who attended and graduated from a California high school or continuation school and received a diploma, can qualify to pay in-state tuition rather than out- of-state fees.
Residents pay $20 a unit, while out-of-state residents pay $173 a unit at East.
The difference escalates dramatically at the University level.
At the University of California, Los Angeles –one of the most popular schools in California their in-state tuition fees are $7,034 while out-of-state tuition is $26,102.
AB 540 was drafted to help out California residents who attended and graduated from a California high school, but moved and lived in another state for an extended period of time.
As a result of living out of state for more than one year, those students don’t qualify as in-state residents.
The National Immigration Law Center says that, “about 70 percent of AB 540 students attending the University of California are U.S. citizens who do not meet the state residency requirements for in-state tuition purposes,” in a press release following the court ruling.
It also means that undocumented students who also meet the requirements could also attend universities and colleges, but without any financial assistance from the government or certain scholarships.
All they have to do is sign an affidavit with the school they’re attending stating that they are in the process of becoming legal residents, or will apply as soon as they are able to.
Aurea Gomez is a Chemical Engineering major at the University of Santa Barbara.
Like other AB 540 students, she has to struggle to pay for her education and maintain a home, “I cannot consider buying books,” says Gomez.
“I have to borrow from class mates, use the library and sometimes ask for help from every single professor.
“I need to work every quarter, which is a burden on my studies, especially in a major where students only focus on classes and do little or no work.
“There are tons of little things that have to do with everyday life that are put on hold, but I do it because I believe in my education.
“I believe in the right to access it,” says Gomez.
“Being a first generation student, it’s hard to inspire my six younger siblings to acquire their four-year degree, but one of my sisters has told me repeatedly about her dream and determination to become a doctor.
“As an AB 540 student finally making it through to my last year, I have been inspiring her to continue, but if AB 540 is made invalid, the cost doubles and her will and drive will not be enough,” says Gomez.
I am returning Senate Bill 1301 without my signature.
I share the author’s goal of making affordable education available to all California
students, but given the precarious fiscal condition the state faces at this time, it would not
be prudent to place additional demands on our limited financial aid resources as specified
in this bill.
For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
“MESSAGE: Please vote for the California Dream Act SB 1301 which may be heard on the Assembly Floor today. California needs all the educated workforce it can produce. We should be educating all of California’s high school graduates regardless of immigration status. “
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• (916) 319-2007 Noreen Evans, Santa Rosa
• (916) 319-2008 Lois Wolk, Davis
• (916) 319-2009 Dave Jones, Sacramento
• (916) 319-2011 Mark DeSaulnier, Martinez
• (916) 319-2012 Fiona Ma, San Francisco
• (916) 319-2013 Mark Leno, San Francisco
• (916) 319-2014 Loni Hancock, Berkeley
• (916) 319-2016 Sandré Swanson, Oakland
• (916) 319-2017 Cathleen Galgiani, Tracy
• (916) 319-2018 Mary Hayashi, Hayward
• (916) 319-2019 Gene Mullin, South San Francisco
• (916) 319-2020 Alberto Torrico, Fremont
• (916) 319-2021 Ira Ruskin, Redwood City
• (916) 319-2022 Sally Lieber, Mountain View
• (916) 319-2023 Joe Coto, San Jose
• (916) 319-2024 Jim Beall, San Jose
• (916) 319-2027 John Laird, Santa Cruz
• (916) 319-2028 Anna Caballero, Salinas
• (916) 319-2030 Nicole Parra, Hanford
• (916) 319-2031 Juan Arambula, Fresno
• (916) 319-2035 Pedro Nava, Santa Barbara
• (916) 319-2039 Felipe Fuentes, Sylmar
• (916) 319-2040 Lloyd Levine, Van Nuys
• (916) 319-2041 Julia Brownley, Santa Monica
• (916) 319-2042 Mike Feuer, Los Angeles
• (916) 319-2043 Paul Krekorian, Burbank
• (916) 319-2044 Anthony Portantino, Pasadena
• (916) 319-2045 Kevin de León, Los Angeles
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• (916) 319-2047 Karen Bass, Los Angeles
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• (916) 319-2050 Hector De La Torre, South Gate
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• (916) 319-2053 Ted Lieu, Torrance
• (916) 319-2054 Betty Karnette, Long Beach
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• (916) 319-2061 Nell Soto, Ponoma
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• (916) 319-2069 Jose Solorio, Anaheim
• (916) 319-2076 Lori Saldaña, San Diego
• (916) 319-2079 Mary Salas, Chula Vista
Denise Marie Lopez, Field Representative
Office of State Senator Gilbert Cedillo, 22nd District
617 S. Olive Street, Suite 710
Los Angeles, CA 90014