Columbus Day: A Legacy of Tyranny

On August 21, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

#SomosIndigenas #IndigenousPeoplesDay

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

On Aug. 8, Councilman Joe Buscaino released a letter urging constituents to attend the Aug. 22 Los Angeles City Council meeting and oppose what he called a “misguided proposal” to replace references to Columbus Day in official city documents with Indigenous People’s Day.

In that letter, Buscaino chose to wrap Columbus in the value cloth of willful immigration and diversity. He even goes so far as to say,  “Columbus, or Columbia, is no longer about a man … it is now a universal theme.”

As a first-generation Chicano of indigenous Mayan ancestry, I find Buscaino’s call for action deeply troubling.

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Being Homeless is Not a Crime

On December 23, 2014, in News, Print, by Zamná Ávila

Photo By David Johnson
By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor 

Neecee, who asked that her last name not be included in this article, has been homeless for the past three years.
A couple of weeks ago, Neecee was given permission to shower at a friend’s house. When she returned to the place at Plaza Park where she left her cart, all of her belongings were gone.
“It’s hard to survive after something like that because, you have nothing but the clothes on your back,” she said.
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Port Opens Bids for State Lands Property

On October 30, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Responding to a wave of community outrage the Port of Los Angeles recently extended its request for proposals from entities to lease a land at 3000 Shoshonean Road land, near Fort MacArthur.
“Many in the community have asked the Port of LA for a couple of years to be sure to include the community input for this RFP,” wrote Laurie Jacobs, a community member and a longtime Girl Scout leader who helped organize a meeting Oct. 28 at Peck Park. “We feel we did not get that opportunity.”
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Pedro Man Arrested for Elks Arson

On May 6, 2014, in Feature, by Zamná Ávila

Elks Lodge By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
City officials announced  the arrest of Nick Pecarich in connection with string of vandalism act that culminated in the arson of the San Pedro Elks Lodge #966 in early hours of April 15.
“It is with great pride that I announce the arrest of 78-year-old Nick Pecarich,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino at an April 29 press conference. ”
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