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Racial Struggles at Orinda Schools / Superintendent Joe Jaconette Denies Free Lunch To Little Girl PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:22

The buck stops with the superintendent…

We know that the Orinda Union School District Superintendent Joe Jaconette has been in a lot of hot water before in light of making sure a complaint filed by one of their own teachers via Kristen Nielson never got heard.   Nielson wrote the reason for leaving was exhaustion.  She was tired of a superintendent who does not put teachers first.

But Superintendent Joe Jaconette is in hot water again for his utter disregard for the concern and safety of a 7 year old little girl.  According to the Mercury News:

Days before kicking a second grader out of the district for living outside its boundaries, the Orinda Union School District twice denied the Latina girl access to its free lunch program while recognizing that she lived in the city.   …  The school district hired a private investigator who instead determined last month that Vivian lived in her grandmother’s Bay Point house. School officials sent a letter kicking her out but reversed their stance a day after the Bay Area News Group ran an article about her situation.


The absolute worst part of this story involves the mother of this precious seven year old little girl where her mother was hiding their address in light of filing a domestic violence restraining order against her ex.

Adding salt to injury, we were disgusted in learning that Lozano Smith’s attorney via Harold Frieman essentially justified the schools’ position denying the little girl a free lunch when he said:

“In general, free and reduced lunch applications are considered on their own merits, not directly related to any residency issues,” attorney Harold Freiman said.

If that were the case, why didn’t the domestic violence restraining order render any merit with Harold Frieman of Lozano Smith?  We would like to see Lozano Smith’s Attorneys at Law reprimand Harold Frieman else stop with their pride in representing a fair educational setting in public schools.

But the icing on this cake has to do with a woman by the name of Loreen Farrell who prides herself on 30 years of experience.  This is Orinda’s tax payers as work, folks, where Farrell should have conducted her due diligence involving a domestic violence abuse victim and her daughter.

According to the San Jose Mercury News:


The district first refused Vivian’s free lunch in an Oct. 6 letter written by Loreen Farrell, the district’s business services director, who also wrote the girl’s residency dismissal letter.


That is your tax dollars at work, people.  Harold Freiman of Lozano Smith, Loreen Farrell, Superintendent Joe Jaconnette and the private investigator they hired to chase a little girl around should all belong in the Hall of Shame.

If you are disgusted in with this school wasting tax payer dollars with a private investigator to chase the child to her address but denied this young 7 year old little girl the free lunch program, please send the Fiscal Advisory Committee a note expressing your disgust.  Some of the emails can be found here. Members include of the Fiscal Advisory Committee include:  Nathan Anthony,  Nolan Hornbuckle,  Jan Coe, Shauna Simmonds, Bobby Glasser,  Julie Rossiter,  Denise Tuemmler,  Colleen Sullivan,  Ron Langer,  Loreen Farrell,  and Ken Gallegos.

Sin verguenza.



Vivian, 7, hugs a big stuffed bear in her Orinda bedroom Nov. 25, 2014.

Vivian, 7, hugs a big stuffed bear in her Orinda bedroom Nov. 25, 2014.

Photo credit: Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group

TeaDREAMers hijacked by GOP not helping Black Brown Coalition PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:34

TeaDREAMers losing more allies for disrespectful heckling towards President Obama

It's a well known fact there are a few DREAMers who were hijacked by the Republican Party.  We call them "TeaDREAMers" for pushing the Republican Party agenda ... never mind the 2012 anti-immigrant platform adopted by the Republican National Committee in 2012 on the eve of their GOP convention that was essentially blessed by Kris Kobach [sarcasm included].

These TeaDREAMers include DREAMACTIVIST.org and cohorts of Mohammad Abdollahi,  [and whom Rep. Luis Gutierrez had to distance himself from for their racist views], DRM Action (a for profit company) with the likes of Erika Andiola downplaying importance of the Latino vote even though she can't vote herself, and their surrogates.  Our organization asked Jose Antonio Vargas and Gaby Pacheco to take leadership and speak against folks who supported the likes of Mohammad Abdollahi for stating he wanted to hijack comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 but we saw no leadership from the likes of them.

Now we are seeing more backlash from folks we consider allies.

Lack of "DREAM Act" leadership and turning a blind eye leads to heckling and showing utter disrespect for the Office of the Presidency.

Ungrateful TeaDREAMers who find it cute to disrespect the President of the United States and interrupt his immigration speech are getting more backlash from those who are considered immigration allies.  (See below.)


Photo: Former immigration activist allies getting sick of disrespectful #TeaDREAMERs and interruption of President Barack Obama

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 02:36
Arizona Civil Rights Leader Rev. Maupin Responds To Ferguson Grand Jury Decision PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Monday, 24 November 2014 18:58

Civil Rights Activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin Responds To Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

"The Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in relationship to his role in the unjust slaying of 18 year old Michael Brown is extremely disappointing.

This jury has behaved in an unusual way from the start of their proceedings. The role of a grand jury is to decide whether or not there is sufficient evidence, on its face, to indict/charge someone with a crime. The extraordinary length of the jury's deliberation time and the prosecution's failure to present it's best case for charging Officer Wilson as Michael Brown's killer is suspicious at best.

Subsequently, many in the Black community are justifiably angry. As protests unfold, I am encouraging people everywhere not to engage in acts of violence. If we must strike back against this injustice - let us strike back with our unbridled tongues, our marching feet, and the casting of our ballots.

As we continue to seek justice for those we've lost to police brutality, we pray that God will help us to write words of hope and healing across the sable breast of racism with fingers of fire.

Our work, our cause, our struggle continues. We will not stop. Michael Brown's martyrdom continues to inspire and unite us. Our prayers are with the Brown family. Keep the faith."


Media Contact: 602-518-5144

Rev. Jarrett Maupin is available to comment on tonight's grand jury decision and subsequent protests.





Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 08:22
Written by DD   
Monday, 24 November 2014 20:23

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 (202) 514-2007
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WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday regarding the conclusion of the St. Louis County grand jury proceeding in the shooting of Michael Brown:

“While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing. Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now. Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the evidence. And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions.

“Michael Brown’s death was a tragedy. This incident has sparked a national conversation about the need to ensure confidence between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve. While constructive efforts are underway in Ferguson and communities nationwide, far more must be done to create enduring trust. The Department will continue to work with law enforcement, civil rights, faith and community leaders across the country to foster effective relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve and to improve fairness in the criminal justice system overall. In addition, the Department continues to investigate allegations of unconstitutional policing patterns or practices by the Ferguson Police Department.

“Though there will be disagreement with the grand jury's decision not to indict, this feeling should not lead to violence. Those who decide to participate in demonstrations should remember the wishes of Michael Brown's parents, who have asked that remembrances of their son be conducted peacefully. It does not honor his memory to engage in violence or looting. In the coming days, it will likewise be important for local law enforcement authorities to respect the rights of demonstrators, and deescalate tensions by avoiding excessive displays—and uses—of force.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 02:37
Racial Struggles: How Obama's Immigration Executive Action Helps PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:23


From a Chicano lawyer’s lens…



By Ruben Salazar

In the aftermath of President Obama’s announcement on his executive action, some critics are minimizing the scope and effectiveness of the new immigration initiatives. Some people believe he did not go far enough, while others decry that it is unlawful action. Yet others express fear about registering, believing once they give their personal information they will be deported in the event the program is eliminated by the next president. But, these naysayers are either misinformed or overly pessimistic.

While this is not a panacea, and while no legal status or green card can be received, the scope of the new benefits of the immigration initiative cannot be underestimated. First of all, the infamous “Secured Communities” criminal program is eliminated and detainers discontinued , and under their new priorities immigration agents and officials will now look to deport only suspected terrorists, criminals ( 1 felony or 3 misdemeanors), and recent arrivals (after 1/1/2014). In addition, immigration lawyers will be combing their court files for people currently being deported and allow non-criminals administrative closure of their pending removal cases. This new “prioritization” and “PD” program will likely affect over 400,000 immigrants and directly reduce the current rate of 1,100 deportations per day, fulfilling a promise by Pres. Obama to focus only on criminal immigrants.

Moreover, two deferred action programs will be implemented very soon. The first one is an expansion of the current DACA (“Dreamer”) program for child arrivals put into place by Obama in 2012, resulting in work permits for more “Dreamers.” The age requirement will be eliminated, so people over 30 years of age may now apply. Also, it changed the date that continuous presence must have started from 2007 to 2010, so later arrivals now can apply. It also expanded temporary protection from deportation from only 2 years to 3 years. This new and improved DACA program is due to start in 90 days.

But, perhaps the boldest and biggest action is the creation of a new “deferred action” category for undocumented parents of US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident children of any age. This is the new “Deferred Action for Parents” (“DAP”) program. The only three conditions under DAP is that the immigrant have continuous presence in the United States for 5 years, have paid all their back taxes, and pass a criminal background checks similar to regular DACA applicants. Similar to DACA, the immigrant receives temporary protection from deportation for 3 years. This huge new program will help some 4.1 million immigrants. The new DAP program is due to start in 180 days.

Another major component is the expansion of the I-601A ”provisional waiver” program Obama put in place in 2013. Currently, only a spouse or parent of a US citizen may seek a pardon under section 601 and 601A. Before 2013, you must also leave the country to apply. This action builds upon and expands 601 waivers to include spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents. Plus, the definition of “hardship” will be expanded and clarified. This expanded 601A waiver program should also help 10’s of thousands of immigrants who crossed the borders with no documents, and who need a 601 waiver of their 3 or 10 year bars to relief.

Accordingly, we should understand that this is no minor tweak of the immigration laws; it was a massive and bold initiative which will directly affect over 5 million hard-working, non-criminal immigrant youths and parents. And, Pres. Obama met his promise to the Latinos, big time!

For those who continue to believe the myth that the President’s actions are too broad or illegal, the law says otherwise. Executive action is clearly legal and constitutional under our 3-branch system of government. In fact, ever since we became a republic, American Presidents have issued Executive Orders. Indeed, every single President, except for one, has issued Executive Orders. George Washington correctly claimed he had the authority under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution to issue executive orders. Some Presidents have used this executive branch authority much more than others. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued 3,522 Executive Orders, while William Henry Harrison issued zero, but it should be noted that Harrison died one month after being sworn in. And who thinks President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was a bad idea? That was an Executive Order, as well. Thus, under our Constitution, Presidents have wide discretion to determine how an existing federal law should be enforced. In fact, multiple Supreme Court opinions have upheld the President’s right to submit orders explaining how they will enforce existing laws. Immigration laws are not immune from those rulings. Multiple Presidents have issued executive orders on immigration, most notably President Ronald Reagan in 1987. That Republicans are so willing to accept President Reagan’s right to submit an executive order, but cry foul when it comes to President Obama, only shows this debate is more about politics than law. And, lest we have any doubt, the US Supreme Court has already said the President and immigration officials have “broad discretion”’ in enforcing immigration laws. In 2012, Justice Anthony Kennedy, in an opinion striking down Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, wrote the following:

“A principal feature of the removal system is the broad discretion exercised by immigration officials. Federal officials, as an initial matter, must decide whether it makes sense to pursue removal at all. If removal proceedings commence, aliens may seek asylum and other discretionary relief allowing them to remain in the country or at least to leave without formal removal.” ( Arizona v. United States)

When this is translated into layman’s terms—it means the US Supreme Court agrees that the President has broad authority to decide who should and shouldn’t be deported. Immigration is strictly a Federal issue and the Executive branch has the exclusive right to see the law be enforced in the best and most economical way it deems fit. That is why we have a President and why Presidents are able to submit orders explaining how they will enforce existing laws.

As to those who fear registration or of the effectiveness of the new DACA and DAP programs, we need only look to the highly successful 2012 DACA program, which has now been in place for over 2 years. The Pew Research Center estimated that up to 950,000 young immigrant youths are eligible to apply for DACA. Through March 31, 2014, 86% of 643,000 applications accepted have been approved, according to government data. So the vast majority of applicants get work permits. Some 77% (480,000) Mexicans have received work permits. The highest approval rate is in California, with 162,000 DACA recipients, compared to only 88,000 from Texas. The highest application rate is in Arizona, with some 66% of 34,000 eligible people have applied, according to the Migration Policy Institute. By all indications, then, the DACA program has been very successful to date. So, don’t worry, the new DACA and DAP programs should be just as successful. And, this new expansive 2014 DACA program could extend deportation relief to hundreds of thousands of immigrant youths.

Moreover, don’t be afraid Congress will take this program away. Due to the separation of powers clause in the US Constitution, Congress has no power to repeal what they call Obama’s new “immigration amnesty” program. Nor does Congress have the power to defund it, as it is wholly funded by the immigrants through the application and processing fees they pay.

And, yes, it is true that the next president may take the new programs away. But, I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying that, as a result of the blatant refusal of the Republican House of Representatives to take a simple up or down vote on the US Senate-approved Bill on comprehensive immigration reform, the Latino community will be soured and be driven to vote for more Democrats in 2016. I also don’t think it’s any news that popular Democrat, Hilary Clinton, will likely run for and win the next presidential election, and she may even be re-elected. And, I just don’t see President Clinton revoking these beneficial programs and alienating her Latino base. Thus, the new DACA and DAP programs will likely remain around for at least the next 9 years; which translates into 3 extensions of work permits.

So for all the naysayers, and the doubting Thomases, I say unto you – you are wrong, and you should be more positive and re-consider by applying or helping others apply as soon as possible. Stop being so pessimistic. The glass is half full! This is now a reality. Get informed, stand in line, and get on board and help families and friends to take advantage of this big deal! And, while you are at it, take time to thank our President for making good on his promise to Latinos, and for his bold show of leadership in helping fix our broken immigration system. Ruben Salazar, Esq.

The Law Offices of Ruben Salazar, ALC, in Fontana, California is offering free DACA and DAP legal consults immediately. 909-428-4500


Source: http://www.crnlive.com/CRNBlog/index.php/2014/11/ruben-salazar-why-president-obamas-immigration-executive-order-is-a-big-deal/

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 02:31
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