Candidate 79th Assembly District
By Daniel L. Muñoz
Joshua Castro is a 24-year-old, single, Mexican American. A member of St Charles Catholic Church and admirer of Sister Theresa, he is eager to bring change to the scandal filled political system by removing one member - Juan Vargas, from the 79th Assembly District seat.
Joshua is a registered member of the Libertarian Party and on the Executive Committee serving as its South County Vice Chair.
He originally joined the Libertarian Party in 1992 when he was 14 years old. At that age, he started reading the Libertarian literature. By the age of 22, he began attending meetings. At age 24, at the last Libertarian convention, he was elected South County Vice Chair.
“I want to run for the 79th Assembly District to infuse our political system with a new vision. Both the Democratic and Republican Parties are hopelessly corrupted by the major money forces in this state. The Libertarian vision I believe will help our State regain control of our political institutions and put the power control where it belongs: WITH THE PEOPLE! We need freedom to once again and become a land of opportunity for all,” said Joshua.
Joshua Castro is not exactly a household name. But, he is one of the many up-and-coming young men that are concerned over the destructive path our State and National government is following.
Who is he?
He was born on March 15, 1978 in Coronado, California, 28 years after his Mother, Gloria and his father Meliton Castro had migrated to the U.S in 1950. His Father (62) is a Resident Alien originally from Guadalajara Mexico. His mother (52) is a Naturalized American Citizen from Guanajuato, Mexico. He was their 4th child having been preceded by two brothers Victor (29), Manuel (32) and a sister, Estella, 34.
His father worked as a landscaper. Frequently he took little Joshua to work with him in the early hours of the day. “He early on taught me the importance of working hard. I would join him and assist him in his landscaping duties!” said Castro.
As was the case in many migrant families, one salary was insufficient to support a growing family. Joshua’s mother helped supplement the family income by working as a hairdresser.
“My parents believed strongly in education. They believed in the value of education.” Perhaps it was too late for them to receive a formal education but they believed that with hard work, perseverance and dedication that the goals of their children getting an education and improving their lot in life would be achieved,” he stated.
Joshua attended Imperial Beach Elementary and Mar Vista Middle and High school in Imperial Beach. He graduated in 1996.
Imperial Beach was a tough neighborhood in those days but the tough times only made him the more determine to succeed. By 1999, Joshua had graduated with honors from City College. He then moved on to San Diego State University where he is completing his studies towards a degree (B.A.) in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Has a year to go at State. He then plans to get an English degree than go on to law school.
Having had to work all his life, Joshua knew that the financial burden of going to college was not an easy one to have his family carry by themselves. He decided in February 2000 to launch a novelty retailing company. In the process he learned a real-time lesson that all small businessman encounters when trying to start a business.
“The biggest impediment to success, were the obstacles of the regulations at every level of government that one is confronted with. Licenses, permits, various taxes, and forms. I perceived, that there were a myriad of misapplied petty regulations that stifle the neopyte businessman in this country.”
Luckily, he survived and is still in business helping pay his way through college.
During his early college days, Castro became an assembly member of “people helping people” a non-profit Homeless outreach organization. We work with homeless families distributing food and hygiene products.
If elected what are you going to do to improve the conditions that the Mexican Americans, Blacks, Filipinos, the poor, of all races find themselves in the State of California?
“I believe that Chicanos, Mexican Americans believe in three basic things: the family, economic opportunities and fairness. Living in an oppressive system is another thing”
Do you believe we are poor because we want to be?
“NO. Our people are denied the freedom to rise out of the depths of poverty.
Do you think we want to remain ignorant because we don’t want to be educated?
Do you think we want to remain powerless because we want to?
“No of course not!”
Then what do you propose to do about those conditions if elected?
“I believe those changes can come about through grass roots cooperation. Individual Chicanos working together to bring change. I see it every day. There is a big Chicano movement in San Diego made up of all sorts of organizations.
“Since the 60’s, we had those organiztions it is now 2002, and there has been little or no change for the majority of our people. We are powerless to affect change.”
I don’t think that there is anything the government can do. We have to make it happen.”
Now you are saying something that makes sense…that we have to take power… RIGHT?
“I think it’s right for volunteer organizations to take power!”
Isn’t that what you are opposing?
“I support taking power by voluntary cooperation between individuals.
“You don’t take power as a cooperative power exchange… Power is never given it must be taken, sometimes by force of arms.”
Do you believe in war?
“War if attacked! Then I believe violence is acceptable.”
History gives a different lesson.
“Joshua, successor of Moses, led the tribes of Israelites in the invasion and conquest of Canaan. Perhaps our modern day Joshua will lead the modern day tribes to a better life!”