I’m writing to you from the Fast for Our Future encampment at Placita Olvera in Los Angeles. I’ve been fasting on water for 14 days. I want to tell you a little bit about myself and urge you to do everything you can to make sure that everyone you know signs the Pledge to vote for immigrant rights at www.fastforourfuture.com.
I’m a 19-year-old photojournalism major at Santa Monica College. I have 2 jobs, as a waitress and as a photo assistant. One of my favorite things to do in the whole world is eat homemade nachos while watching the original Planet of the Apes. One of the greatest movies ever made…
I decided to join the Fast as soon as I heard about it because of people like my parents. They came here from Mexico in the 70s without papers and started over from scratch. I never had a birthday party because they were always working to give my brother and I a better life. Somehow, after another long, hard day at work, my dad usually still had the energy to read me a bedtime story. I’m fasting because no child should have to grow up without their parents, and the enforcement of our unjust immigration laws is tearing mothers and fathers away from so many children. This can’t go on… please help us by signing the Pledge and sending it to everyone you know right now.
I’ll be fasting until 1 million people like you sign the Pledge and commit to uphold the promise we made in 2006: Today we march, tomorrow we vote. Today is just 7 days away.
Thanks for everything you do – it means so much to every one of us.
Every person counts. Please forward this email to all your friends, asking them to sign the pledge.
‘The Women’ actress – who is close friends with Salma – was stunned when she discovered the 42-year-old actress had called her daughter Valentina Paloma, who she welcomed into the world in September 2007.
Eva said: “Salma took my baby name. Valentina Paloma. I was like, ‘Salma, you took my baby name!’ And she’s all, ‘What are your other ones so that I don’t take them.’ “
And La Macha is all, Eva girl, you may be my honey, but don’t nobody mess with my Salmita. If she wants your baby name, then you will give it to her, or face the wrath of La Macha!
I could totally kick Eva’s ass. Totally. Even though it does appear she works out. Or something.
VivirLatino hasn’t endorsed a candidate, except to say that you should not vote McCain. So excuse us if we don’t get the joke with all the Obama effigies being hung and stabbed as in the picture above.
A Los Angeles-area McCain supporter has removed a Halloween effigy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hanging from her balcony with a giant butcher knife through its neck.
Lisa Castañeda of Redondo Beach put up the blood-covered figure on Wednesday. A placard read “Nobama.”
Emotions stirred in a Redondo Beach neighborhood Wednesday when a resident hung an effigy of Sen. Barack Obama from her balcony with a meat cleaver slashed through his throat as a Halloween display.
“I disapprove of him, period,” she said. “I am appalled by a man who is so close to being our president who won’t put his hand on the Bible, who won’t wear a flag pin.”
Castaneda included the effigy in a larger Halloween display and says she didn’t mean to be racist or offensive. But the display drew immediate criticism and she took it down Wednesday night at the request of a McCain campaign representative.
Since the segment didn’t more closely examine the woman’s profession as it connected to her foreclosure status, it gives the viewer an easy way to explain her foreclosure status: she’s just a bad business woman (and a slightly comical one at that). Or, on other words, it’s not that foreclosures could happen to anybody and we all should be worried about it–it’s that people in foreclosure didn’t read their papers closely enough and somehow thought they were above making mistakes.
Well, look at what I came across on the CNN site today:
Interestingly enough, the CNN follow up offers no mention of the fact that they were the ones that *broke* this woman’s story or that hm, that simple online search of public records should have revealed the problems with this woman’s story enough to make it into their first broadcast. CNN did not present the follow up story as a follow up story or as an update–but as a brand new story about some woman they’d never heard of before!
I wonder why that is? I wonder if it links back to my original thought–that this sort of coverage makes it very easy for the viewer to blame the victims of foreclosure rather than the banks that are profiting off of the foreclosures?
A University of Texas poll to be released today shows Republican presidential candidate John McCain and GOP Sen. John Cornyn leading by comfortable margins in Texas, as expected. But the statewide survey of 550 registered voters has one very surprising finding: 23 percent of Texans are convinced that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Obama is a Christian who was embroiled in a controversy earlier this year about his two-decade membership in Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Yet just 45 percent of those polled identified the Illinois senator as a Protestant.
The Obama-is-a-Muslim confusion is caused by fallacious Internet rumors and radio talk-show gossip. McCain went so far at one of his town hall meetings to grab a microphone from a woman who claimed that Obama was an Arab.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg may be the boogeyman this year. With him running for a third term, he is pretending to be the business man who can save the city from a tumbling economy. Problem is, so far, he hasn’t handled the situation that well.
According to the Coalition for the Homeless, the number of new homeless families has surpassed all-time record levels each of the past three months.
Last month, 1,464 new families moved into the shelter system, which is the “highest one-month count since the City began keeping records 25 years ago” and it’s 22% higher than September 2007. The group’s head, Mary Brosnahan, told the Daily News, “While both city and state budget shortfalls require difficult choices, vulnerable New Yorkers now need more support, not less.”