April 28, 2006

Political Notes:

Attend the South Bay Power Plant Town Hall Meeting on May 3, 2006!

The South Bay Power Plant has been polluting Chula Vistans for over 40 years. You have the power to stop it NOW!

Join the Environmental Health Coalition in urging the San Diego Unified Port Commission and LS Power to:

· develop an energy replacement strategy that tears down the inefficient and outdated South Bay Power Plant

· adopt an energy strategy that relies on development of clean, renewable energy and conservation

· guarantee that any new replacement power plant be air cooled and eliminate air pollution on downwind neighbors and schools

· involve impacted residents in the decision

WHEN: Wednesday, May 3, 2006 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: City of Chula Vista Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Solis Introduces Legislation to Establish Commission to Investigate the Removal of Mexican Americans during the Great Depression

Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (CA-32) will introduce legislation to establish a commission to investigate the removal of as many as two million Mexican Americans from the United States during the Great Depression. The legislation, titled “Commission on Mexican American Removal during 1929-1941 Act,” would create a federal body to investigate the mass removals and report its findings and any recommended remedies to Congress. 

“We must learn more about this dark chapter in American history which has left a lasting impact on communities and families all across the country,” said Congresswoman Solis. “For too long, this tragic period has gone unnoticed by the American public. As a nation, we must learn from the mistakes of the past and not repeat them.”

Absent from American textbooks and curricula, countless Americans of Mexican descent were removed from the United Status during the Great Depression in order to, in the words of authorities, keep scarce jobs for “real Americans,” not Mexican-Americans. The forced deportees hailed from all areas of the country, including Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, New York, and California. Those deported from the United States included U.S. military veterans of World War I.

Last year, California state Senator Joe Dunn introduced a bill to express a state apology for the episode and require placement of a plaque commemorating the deportees.  The Dunn bill was passed by the state legislature and was signed into law on October 7, 2005.

Solís Introduce Legislación que Establecerá una Comisión para Investigar la Expulsión de México  Americanos durante la Gran Depresión

Hoy, la Congresista Hilda L. Solís (CA-32) introducirá legislación que establecerá una comisión para investigar la expulsión de más de dos millones de México Ameri-canos de los Estados Unidos durante la época de Gran Depresión. La legislación, titulada “Comisión México Americana de la Expulsión Durante 1929-1941,” creará un cuerpo federal que in-vestigará el retiro masivo, y el cual tendrá que reportar sus hallazgos y recomendar re-medios al Congreso.

“Nosotros debemos conocer más sobre los obscuros capí-tulos de la historia americana los cuales dejaron un profundo impacto en las comunidades y en las familias a través de todo el país”, dijo la Congresista Solís. “Por mucho tiempo, este periodo trágico ha perma-necido desapercibido por el público americano. Como nación, nosotros tenemos que aprender sobre los errores del pasado y no repetirlos.”

Ausente de los libros de texto y planes escolares, innumerables americanos des-cendientes de mexicanos fueron removidos de los Estados Unidos durante la Gran Depresión con la in-tención de, refiriéndonos a lo dicho por las autoridades, mantener los escasos trabajos para los “Americanos”, y no los México Americanos. Los mismos fueron forzados a ser deportados de todas las regiones del país, incluyendo Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Arizona Nuevo México, Nueva York, y California. Entre los deportados incluían veteranos del ejército militar americano que habían participado en la Primera Guerra Mundial.

El año pasado, el Senador de California Joe Dunn in-trodujo el proyecto de ley para expresar un estado de disculpa por el episodio y el requerir la colocación de una placa con-memorando a los deportados. El proyecto de ley de Dunn fue aprobado por la legislatura estatal y fue firmada como ley el 7 de octubre de 2005.  

Bermúdez Fundraiser

Join Liz and Robert Espi-nosa with old friends and new friends, enjoying food, drink and “homespun” music as we gather to support one of our own long-time friends - Remy Bermúdez for San Diego City Council, District 8.

We are asking you to support Remy be the voice for our neighborhoods in her quest for the 8th Council District for the full term (4 years). Elections are just around the corner (June 6, 2006). We can personally testify to her competence, credibility, honesty and dedication.

When: Saturday, April 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: The Home of Liz and Robert, 3655 Filly Lane, Bo-nita, CA 619/472-1789

Suggested Contribution: $25.00 per person

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