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As an active Hispanic advocate, it is my responsibility to promote the well-being of my people. Wherever I see injustice to minorities, lack of opportunity and the restriction of rights and freedom, it is my responsibility to recognize and vigorously oppose it. I not only must verbalize opposition to it, I must do everything in my power to expose it and to eradicate it.         
Efforts to demoralize and oppress minorities are alive and well. This is evident in many areas of our country where efforts to restrict voting rights and voting opportunities are moving forward. We must fight those efforts with equally energetic and effective force. But those efforts must be effective and meaningful and must garner the attention of all Americans who see the rationale behind them.
In this regard, I am urging that all minority leaders use every means to discourage young men and women from enlisting in military service and to urge those in military service not to re-enlist. This effort, when successful, will have the effect of irreversibly weakening our overall military capability, both abroad and at home. This weakening is something the United States cannot tolerate and cannot sustain. When this movement reaches efficacy, there will be no choice but for our nation to take the too-long-awaited steps to full recognition and acceptance of its minorities, to full opportunity, to full justice and to the availability and assurance of full rights and liberty for all.  
This is the moment of truth. This is when America puts up or shuts up. This is that time that we, minorities, have all been waiting for, and this is the moment when those haters reel in their hatred and bury it forever. 
This is the way to accomplish what Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned in his dream. The dream is here and the time is now.


from the web:
Re: “Slings and arrows,” Sept. 26
I am disabled and nobody is talking about us. I think, as far as the city is concerned we don’t exist, don’t vote, or don’t matter. Time for a wake-up call! 
Why is the city ignoring their own multimillion-dollar master plan, which called for making the Lower Arroyo Seco more accessible to the disabled? I hear lip service about making the Lower Arroyo available for all to enjoy, but who is “all?”
Why are people who are currently on the City Council wavering against their own master plan? I can only imagine these people with finger in the air testing to see which way the wind is blowing (or money is flowing). We can do better. We deserve better. Can you say accountability?
I can’t jog, hike, or walk my dog, but while it is a struggle to get to the range because the city has done nothing about accessibility, I can shoot arrows at a target and the archers don’t treat me as if I am a burden. 
Politicians who voted for the plan but now sit on a fence are hypocrites. They voted for the master plan, so shouldn’t they stand by their multimillion-dollar investment? Evidently not because I am not seeing any of the recommendations in “their” plan implemented. At least I am seeing very, very little.
We know who funded and passed the master plan. One of them is the mayor and another is the councilman for our district. If they think we wasted our money, they should be held accountable because it was not “we” but “they” who wasted our money. Man up, boys.
There is one group in the Arroyo that cares about the disabled. It’s not the hikers. It’s not the dog walkers. It’s not the joggers. And it is not the horseback riders. It’s the archers. The archers are the only group in the park offering activities to the disabled.
Kick them out and you kick me out. I am disabled, but I am not dead.  


Re: “A breed apart,”  Oct. 10 
This ordinance indeed smacks of Big Brother. Pasadena has become akin to the police state of China — trying to regulate dog populations, demanding proof of dog licensure at doors, and even trying to get neighborhood associations to drink the city’s Kool-Aid (which, by the way, no one is falling for). This proposed ordinance is a mess. Steve Madison should be ashamed and kiss those mayoral aspirations goodbye. Get out there and do something constructive, like stopping the 710 Freeway!   


Re: “A matter of time,” Oct. 17 
Shame on you. If you had done your research you would know the statement “A predisposition for aggression and viciousness is in their DNA” is completely false; a myth, much like the “locking jaw” myth or any of the other fabricated stories about how pit bulls cannot be trusted. I’m not going to disprove your biased, myth-based article piece by piece, but I will say that these dogs are NOT the problem. The irresponsible owners who do not train or socialize, who fail to properly keep their dogs enclosed, and fail to take responsibility for the problem that THEY have created — these are the people who should be punished. NOT the dogs and especially not the entire breed, most of which are perfectly lovable, sweet and gentle dogs. Thank goodness for the ban in California that protects our dogs and prohibits ignorant people like Councilman [Steve] Madison from banning an entire population of dogs, most of which are not the problem.  


This is the most irresponsible journalism I’ve seen in a long time. Shame on you. I’m not a pit bull owner, but have more common sense than you do. It’s the owner, not the breed. Your references are from dogsbite.org, one of the most biased sites out there. I can do what you just did. Geesh. This is a stereotype that is biased toward generalizing and condemning an entire breed based on the actions of a few bad people. The truth is that each dog should be evaluated by his own merits and not by his breed. A corollary truth is that there truly are no bad dogs, only bad people. In his essay “Troublemakers,” Malcolm Gladwell discusses what pit bull stereotypes can teach us about the wrongness of racial profiling of both humans and dogs. n   


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