Friday, January 23, 2015

The Truth About Government Assistance, by Raquel Magana

Guest Voz: Raquel Magana, a Latina Immigrant mother of 4, who has Cancer and is currently receiving assistance. Understand, this is NOT the story Republicans promote about those receiving assistance. Instead, this is a true story about a loving Mother, with an illness, in modern America, looking for a means towards a better life for her children.
The Truth About Government Assistance, by Raquel Magana
A little insight to government assistance, because I am not embarrassed or ashamed about who I am and what I am capable of in this life, I am able to be transparent about it:

I started assistance what will be 2-yrs ago this coming June when I was introduced to it by a family advocate that was involved with my family. Mind you, coming in from a life in Mexico, this was big. I remember the intake worker saying that I would receive $600 a month and I was floored. I thought that was so much money for doing nothing. She was floored in return by my response because she was used to clients complaining that $600 was peanuts and wanted more. Again, I was coming in from Mexico where $600 a month could mean instant middle class status, or at least meat at dinner.
The past year and a half that I have received assistance I have been a full-time student, did the whole cancer battle thing, and now travel back and forth over an hour away to secure work, field work, and classes. Basically my daily schedule is close to throwing myself over the ledge and bouncing off the terrain the entire way down. I keep myself from focusing on all of the things that are not "right" because I have to focus on one thing and that is finishing. Otherwise, we are stuck in this life. No, not stuck, but screwed. There is no option. There is no out. There is only one way and that is to finish with at minimum a masters.

Last year through my chemo and surgeries I was involved in a year-long program that allowed me to use my classes as my "back to work 20-hr/wk requirement" that welfare has adopted I do believe in the year 1996 with half a dozen other rich white guy failed reforms - another topic. I still had to achieve the requirements of 20-hrs a week work related obligations to get any benefits, like assistance and the kids going to the YMCA, if, for example, I happened to have surgery scheduled. I would have to do a "job search" that added up to 20 hours that week of surgery or chemo or whatever. Now this year I work for Easter Seals for that 20 hour requirement. School does not count twds that 20-hr requirement. Only work can count towards the requirement.

The year that I was able to count my school classes for the 20 hr requirement, I was given $600 cash, actually $580. That was helpful, but certainly not living up to the label "getting rich off of the system" with four kids. When I took the job at the Easter Seals, the adjustment to that assistance went to $200/month, because I made $400 a month (200 every 2wks) at my new job. Actually, my last check was 196, 173 of it went to pay for internet so that I can do my homework. That is how we live.
If we make anymore than that, we will not get assistance. That will change the kids' circumstances at the YMCA enrollment that is only $10/wk for me instead of the $2,500 per year.

Julian, now 16 wants to get a job. He can't if he lives with me because it will count towards household income. Because we all know he will be paying my electric and heating bill - yeah, right. It would be helpful if he could drive, but we just can't.  So a house of single mom and four kids is only allowed to make 600.

Think about that when you consider the welfare system. WHO is going to get out of that type of life? No one that is who. I am because I started with school long before assistance affected me. I came from middle class and I have a lot of advantages with my own experiences and connections etc.
The only way that a person on assistance can have a different life is to die and come back as someone else. I know. It's all scraps thrown to you and your kids.

That is the truth.

Meanwhile, the kids and I look around in our house and analyze what we have and where we are and we have it good. We are rich compared to our life in Mexico. We have carpet. We have a couch. Granted, it was someone's garbage, but we have one. And our house is absolutely adorable. We have lamps and actual kitchen cupboards with real dishes in them. We have hot water - well most of the time - except for that month or two that I was fighting with the gas company. We have beds with pillows. We are appreciative in comparison to where we have been. We have access to a Laundromat - instead of a creek and washboard with Zote.

I don't know. Something's messed up. One day I will figure it out I hope. I can say that my family is tired of being oddballs in society. We are tired of being different and of knowing that a typical person's trivial complaints remind us instantly of where we have been and where we actually are. It's human nature.

Julian worked for money in Mexico in the tortillaria (tortilla making store). He also bought paletas (hand-made popsicles) for 2.50 in town and sold them in our neighborhood for 5-pesos each. And he was like nine/ten/eleven yrs-old?

Now he can't go get a job or our family's existence will be imbalanced and screwed up and he can't until I finish school.

That's something that I cannot wrap my head around. To tell my son, no you can't work, even though it is good for you. No you can't drive, even though I need you to. Julian used to shop for me in Mexico. Every day I would give him and Leah 20 or 50 pesos to run up the road to get "this, this and that" to make dinner and if that store doesn't have it, go up to that other place over on the corner. They were little.

Imagine how it is to learn about inequality and poverty and all of the stuff that social work is expected to "cure" about the USA and the things that I am to learn. And I just have to think about the whole deal in a neutral way. In each class I feel like I am going through the motions to get the degree of things that I've lived. I guess the entire trialzzzz can be considered my field work. Or validation, one or the other.

Don't judge.

One politician gets in my face one day. Just one.. I hope I live long enough.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Targetting the 2016 Latino Vote: Do's and Don'ts

The 2016 Presidential Election is just around the corner. The party that understands the following about Latino Voters may win our votes:

DO Understand:
Latinos in America are a Variety of people. Don't view us as "Mexxkins" or "Foreigners."
We are Brown, Red, Yellow, Black and White.
We are Rich, Middle Class and Poor.
We are young, middle aged and old.
We are educated, whether through formal schooling, home schooling or the school of life.

The vast majority of us speak / understand English and Spanish.
The vast majority of us are Christian and we believe in God.
The vast majority of us love our Families and are family focused.
The vast majority of us are Spiritual in Nature and feel close to our Earth and our Surroundings.
The vast majority of us are Native to the Americas. We are an indigenous people. AND we have lived in the U.S. for centuries. We LOVE the U.S.
The vast majority of us support: Universal Healthcare, Women's Rights, a Healthy Economy, Jobs, Low Gas Prices, Social Security/Medicare, low taxes, raising the minimum wage. We support our Troops. We support honest/fair Policing. We oppose: Deportations, Arpaio tactics/arrests, Racial Profiling and all forms of Discrimination.
The vast majority of us are U.S. Citizens and we VOTE, particularly in Presidential Elections.
The vast majority of us are hard working and NOT on WELFARE!
The vast majority of us love and marry other ethnicities. We have blended families and our blended families ...(wait for it) .... VOTE the way we do!

DON'T:
Don't stereotype us. Don't think we are all DUMB MEXXKINS.
Don't think we all "just came here yesterday" and "we are all illegal."
Don't make your TV/Print Ads only in Spanish, sending us messages you think we will like, which is opposite of what your TV/Print Ads say in English.
Don't have one website for your Tea Party types and another website targeting Latinos.
Don't think we are stupid. We can speak/understand both languages and we see your hypocrisy when you do this.
Don't think we only watch Univision and Spanish Language TV.
Don't think we don't understand or utilize technology. We have PCs, Laptops, iPads, etc. We use Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and more.

So to Summarize:
If you want the Latino Vote, share your written Policies on your websites and in TV/Print Ads. Be Honest. Say the same thing to Latinos as you say to the Tea Party. Tell the Truth!!
AND
If you are duplicitous, be very Aware that Bloggers like me will do our research and publish the facts on our Social Media outlets and you will NOT get our Votes!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Stop the Madness! Stop Racial Profiling Violence by Police and Violence Against Police!

I've been reading about the Police Shootings and the shooting of police, the protests by "the people" and by "the police." Most recently, my viewers have encouraged me to read the case of "Omar Abrego", a young father of 3 who was beaten to death by police after a traffic stop.

My uncle was a police officer. I also had a nephew killed by the police.

I DO NOT support the shootings.

There are good cops and bad cops.
There are good people and bad people.
Racial Profiling happens.
There are violent people. There are innocent people.
There is TOO MUCH force by the Police.
There is TOO MUCH crime by the criminals.
Sometimes innocent people are caught up in the mix.Too often minorities are shot and killed and beaten down by police.
Sometimes crazy people shoot police.

The media exploits for ratings.
Fox News BLAMES the minorities.
Rev Al BLAMES the cops.

I don't agree with the Police UNION.
They are causing Divide where they should be promoting dialogue.
I wish the media would promote DIALOGUE.

My View:
As Cesar Chavez said --
"It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did NOT promise us that the world would be Humane and Just. He gave us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth!"

We MUST speak out and voice our Support Against Violence and Injustice whether done by Police or by the people. It is only through openness and dialogue that we will STOP the Madness!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rick Perry's BIG OOPS throughout the Ebola Crisis in Texas

Texas Governor Rick Perry had the chance to be a Hero. He was not. Like most Republicans, he preaches about State's Rights. Perry bloviates about Big Government staying OUT OF TEXAS. He had the chance to prove himself right with his actions during the Ebola Crisis here in Texas. He FAILED.

On Sept. 28th, when Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted as America's 1st patient to be diagnosed with Ebola, Perry had the chance to work with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. In fact, on Oct. 1,  he held a news conference, assuring the public that “there are few places in the world better equipped to meet the challenges posed by this case.” When more people were quarantined, he launched a task force and told Texans to “rest assured OUR SYSTEM is working as it should.”

Instead of following through on his promise, Rick Perry flew to Europe on October 12 on a political trip to advance his chances on becoming a political candidate. We Texans KNOW Perry's -- OUR SYSTEM did NOT WORK! The Hospital was not equipped nor trained to do the job!! Additionally, Rick Perry has NEVER supported Healthcare (Obamacare) nor has he supported Medicaid for our sick.

Perry's own experts have proved Perry Lied! Dr. Dan Varga, the chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, which owns the Dallas hospital has testified before Congress that the hospital's staff was NEVER FULLY TRAINED. They just received "guidelines" in July but NEVER received any face to face training.

Two nurses have been diagnosed with Ebola. Texas Hospitals weres not equipped to care for them. They were flown out of state. Today, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is a Ghost Town. The quarantined staff is staying away. Sick people refuse to go there.

Additionally, quarantined personnel have not been following the Self Quarantine process. They are travelling, going on cruises, going to hair and manicure salons and potentially infecting other people.

On October 1, 2014, Rick Perry held a news conference. He launched a task force and told Texans to “rest assured OUR SYSTEM is working as it should.”

The next reporter that asks him about his "Ebola Taskforce," I know what Rick Perry's answer will be. "Ooops!"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TWINS: Arpaio and Ferguson's Chief Thomas Jackson -- Why Latinos Should PAY ATTENTION to what's Happening in Ferguson Missouri

Latinos Be Aware. We MUST pay attention to what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. What is happening in Ferguson has happened in ALL Minority Communities across America.
The police chief of Ferguson, Chief Thomas Jackson, is the MIRROR IMAGE of Maricopa County's Joe Arpaio. That's right "Arpayaso!"

Think about Arpayaso's RACIAL PROFILING crimes! He continuously attacks small Latino neighborhoods like Guadalupe, having his masked volunteers patrol the streets, attacking the children during their Confirmation Mass. Arpayaso, attacking mothers, driving their children, stealing them away, and leaving their children abandoned. Arpayaso, the evil, evil racist attacker of Latino Communities!

Like Arpayaso, Ferguson's Police Chief Thomas Jackson, has condoned and promoted racial profiling. Jackson condoned the MURDER of teenager Mike Brown. Jackson condoned leaving teenager Mike Brown, dead on the street for 5 HOURS! He condoned NEVER CALLING AN AMBULANCE during these 5 HOURS. Imagine your teenage child, murdered, left on the street, for 5 hours! Witnesses said Mike Brown had his Hands Up, yet murderer Martin recklessly and maliciously murdered this young teenager. And Jackson CONDONED this!

EVERY MINORITY SHOULD BEWARE! THESE "WALKING WHILE BLACK, BROWN, GAY, MINORITY" ARRESTS BY THE POLICE MUST STOP ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY!!!! WE HAVE TO STAND UP. OUR LIVES MATTER IN THIS COUNTRY!

The attack against Mike Brown happened in his own neighborhood. Mike Brown's body was left laying in the street, like trash, for 5 hours. Little minority children witnessed this blatant disregard for the Human Life of a young Minority Teenager. Imagine their nightmares since that night.

Now, Chief Jackson condones his officers antagonizing peaceful protestors, shelling them with Tear Gas and bullets. He is even condoning antagonizing reporters. Yet he is using every tactic possible in white-washing Officer Martin's crimes and avoiding any type of charges for his murderous crimes.

What is most telling is how this entire discussion is being played out. by the Far Right Wing. Whose side are you on?

The Far Right Wing is supporting Officer Martin, even though scaredy cat Martin remains in hiding, not saying a word.

I've been reading their websites. The Far Right Wing are all rallying in Martin's support. Fox News, Glenn Beck's "The Blaze", Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, The Daily Caller, Tea Party groups, Alipac, the KKK, Stormfront, etc. are rushing to Martin's defense.

Their latest rallying cry is some anonymous caller (called Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" call in show) who says she is a friend of Martin on Facebook. She said Martin said Brown "bum rushed" him and that's why Racist Martin shot him 6 times, including in the Eye and on the Top of His Head. -- Such lies, given several non biased witnesses stating Teenager Mike Brown had his hands up!

I've been reading the posts by these Far Right Wing sites. They are disgusting and racists, blaming Teenager Brown for his own murder. However those attacking young Mike are the same nutcases that support Arpayaso, the Tea Party, Ted Cruz and all the other crazy racists that HATE LATINOS, Blacks, Gays, Women and all minorities. They are using THE SAME LANGUAGE they use when they attack us.

They are blaming poor Mike Brown, the dead victim who cannot speak for himself.
They are blaming the civil protesters who are utilizing their 1st amendment rights to rally. Yet these right wing racist websites call them "animals" and "let them kill themselves." You should read their despicable spew. (However, you don't have to read their vile spew. I'll report it so you don't have to read their garbage!)

These are the same WORDS they use against LATINOS in Maricopa County / in Guadalupe!

These folks don't believe in EQUALITY!
Their EQUALITY only encompasses WHITE MEN, not ALL PEOPLE - not ALL MINORITIES!

WE LATINOS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT's Happening in Ferguson, Missouri.

Chief Jackson is EXACTLY like Joe Arpaio! Jackson’s overt attempts to assassinate the character of deceased teenager Mike Brown with a store video that has no relevance to his murder is deplorable. His poor choice to use military tactics and to assert domination on citizens is unjust. Like Arpayaso, Jackson's actions prove he should be removed from his job! For ALL of our sakes!!

Latinos, I recommend we STAND ON THE SIDE OF JUSTICE! STAND FOR EQUALITY! STAND with the Protesters in Ferguson Missouri!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Visualizing ANGEL FLIGHT! As I think of the Angel Children Seeking Asylum, I'm reminded of the Angel Face of Beautiful Little Selena Dancing, Learning the Cumbia! Angel Faces Seeking Refuge!

As I think of Angel Flight, the beautiful Latino Children Seeking Asylum from the Vicious Drug Lords in Central American who are seeking refuge to find the American Dream -- as the Pilgrims did when America was founded, I'm reminded of the Angel Dance of Little Selena Dancing, Learning the Cumbia

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ANGELS vs DEMONS: Meet Barbie Rogers and the MILITIA's HUMAN CHAIN/FENCE along the Southern Border

We should all be in Fear for the Children. We are experiencing a Humanitarian Crisis along the Southern Border. Thousands of innocent children have been entering into the U.S. seeking Asylum, trying to escape from the dangers of Drug Wars/Cartels and Poverty that is running rampant in Central America and Mexico. This ANGEL FLIGHT of Children is not new. ANGEL FLIGHT has been happening for years, with an influx last year. (see "Catholic Bishops" .pdf here)

However now, with the sudden media attention to their plight, the Hate Mongering Militias are up in arms. (Note: The Militias are the armed Tea Partiers, far right extremist hate groups and former Minutemen.)

Meet Barbie Rogers, the self proclaimed organizer of the MILITIA's HUMAN CHAIN/FENCE along the Mexican Border gathering now in Ormy, TX, at exit 140 on I35, just past South San Antonio en route to Laredo Texas.

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, Barbie posted a "Call to Action" on her website. Barbie said, “We are trying to contact every person and every patriot in the United States to go down and help do something the government should have done a long time ago.”

See her website's Call to Action here):
This is a call to ACTION for all Militia, lll%er's, Oathkeepers, and Patriotic support personel.  Texas Contact: Commander Chris Davis 830-388-0410 A bit about Commander Davis. He was in the Army. He is a part of the Bowies Volunteers Militia, and the CMDR of Winter Soldiers. Contact Lt. Col. Floyd Breshears 580-889-1036 Welcome Aboard Sean Arronge.He Is CMDR Sean Arronge of the Bowies Volunteers - Alamo Platoon and he is the Training Coordinator and Accountability officer for the mission.

Description of Location:Currently 3 secure locations 1 fall back location. Patriots reporting for duty @ the command center Please secure the password from your commander before arrival. Exit 140 on I 35 Von Ormy Texas 78073
Items needed for BOG Immediately include water -- food--- medical supplys-- certified emt's with trauma bag ---- sleeping bags-- cots-- flashlights --- large n medium helmets ----lg- med-sm- vests--water coolers -- Dry earase boards

Arizona There are 2 Groups looking for 2 different types of people Contact is maintained with these Commanders.
Operation Phoenix is in need of Night vision at least Gen III, If anyone is intrested in donating please contact PatriotsInformationHotline for donation shipping.

Nogalas Az if you would like to send gas cards or food cards they can be sent too. This will only be accessed weekly. General Delivery p.o.box 3848 Apache Junction Az 85117 W
For more information call Patriot Information Hotline 24/7 (559 726 1300) access 639939#

BOG: This is a paramilitary action. We need all the support we can get to mobilize in Texas. Please share this on facebook, group pages, e-mails, everywhere. Texas needs you!! America needs you !! For all reporting. Please take with you all items needed for a long term camping trip. Do Not forget the porta potty. Help us close that border!! Help Secure the border !! Thank you all for your services.

(My question to my viewers: WHAT IS BOG? Let's ask our Latino Bloggers to Research this!!)

On Friday, June 27, 2014, Barbie announced her role as Leader and Organizer of this effort on the far-right YouTube Channel Newsmax's "MidPoint." (See the video here)
Barbie said: "We have over 50 people from all over US. Laredo TX. We made a call to Action all over the US. We made the Call to action on Facebook. Patriots are coming form Maine to CA. ... What we are trying to say, we are Fed up. We were promised a Wall. Money was provided for the Wall. The government has an accountability to the people. Today, we have a specific place in Laredo, TX  and we plan to expand from there. We will go to other points also. The MILITIA'S HUMAN FENCE will continue for days and weeks to come." She also mentioned that there were already Militias helping the border patrol, in Arizona and along the Southwest.
 
There are an estimated 500 militia troops already guarding the border in Arizona, and some militias in Arizona, Oklahoma, and other states across the country are offering their assistance to the Texas militia, if they are invited to come help.
 
Barbie was asked if the MILITIA'S HUMAN CHAIN/FENCE was armed? At first, she would not say. However they were in fear of being shot by drug cartels and the American Government so if weapons were carried, it was for protection. 
When the reporter questioned, "Come on. Do you really think think the American Government?" She ranted about the Government already invading people's homes without warrants.
 
Finally, I want ALL OF MY VIEWERS to see Barbie's YouTube Channel. (see her youtube channel here -- please save them to your hard drives before she takes them down)  On this website, she features rantings of violent extremists advocating some type of Violence against Latinos and against our President/Government. Barbie herself says she believes Border Violence is inevitable, that it Wwill happen. (Many of these folks were protest Militia members at the Cliven Bundy ranch and are currently monitoring the border in Arizona -- per Barbie.)
 
I am not here to make Judgement.  I am merely reporting and providing the websites and rantings of the Far Right Extremist Militias. You can Judge for yourselves.
 
My fear is for the Innocents of ANGEL FLIGHT seeking asylum in the US. What are the Militia groups planning to do to them? May God and Heaven HELP THE ANGELS!!
 
I ask all of my Latino BLOG Colleagues to share this Blog and to start following the antics of the Militias.  Violence is NOT inevitable. It will only happen if we IGNORE the tactics of The Violents!

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