Friday, July 27, 2012

NHMC mourns the passing of an icon, Lupe Ontiveros, Award-winning actress and trailblazer


July 27, 2012

NHMC mourns the passing of an icon, Lupe Ontiveros
Award-winning actress and trailblazer 
Lupe Ontiveros and Alex Nogales
Lupe Ontiveros and Alex Nogales, NHMC President & CEO

PASADENA, CA - Today, NHMC mourns the death of our dear friend Lupe Ontiveros, an award-winning actress, producer, trailblazer, and  activist for Latino actors across the country. Ontiveros passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.

Ontiveros' prolific career began on the stage where she starred in Zoot Suit, the first ever Mexican-American production on Broadway and was a founding member of The Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles. Over the course of her career, she had memorable roles in a number of films such as El Norte, As Good As It Gets, Selena, and Real Women Have Curves. She has also appeared on television in a number of popular series such as Desperate Housewives, Greetings From Tucson, and Rob!. Ontiveros was awarded NHMC's Lifetime Achievement Impact Award in 2002.

"Lupe was a dear friend. She worked tirelessly to perfect her craft and open doors for countless Latinos along the way. Hollywood never gave her the lead role, but in our hearts she will be remembered as our leading lady. She will be deeply missed by all of us," said Alex Nogales, President & CEO of NHMC.

Please direct media inquiries to:
Inez Gonzalez
Executive Vice President, NHMC
C: (213) 718-0740


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

RE Mikarimi case: What I request of my SF Supervisor David Campos

San Francisco California, July 23, 2012

Good morning Supervisor Campos,

This email is a follow up to my approaching you to share my deep and urgent concerns on aspects of the Sheriff Mirkarimi's case, when you informed me of your inability to speak about it, but in terms of sharing my concerns to you, you also informed me that not only you'd listen to me, but urged me to do so, and that this goes for anyone else. Thank you.

As you may have noticed, a Cc of this email goes to each one of all of the other members of the Board of Supervisors and City Attorney Dennis Herrera's Office, there are many reasons for my doing so, but the most relevant are that in the event that you choose to honor my request and for it to be effective, it needs the support from the other Supervisors. It is intended to be Board's business and instead of repeating it to each one of them, I think we all will agree that it is better to do it all at once, in the open and be open about it to all. To that effect, this email will be made public.

Immediately below, please find two propositions that I expose for you review. Hoping that if you find some merit on what I propose, you'll seek a legal opinion from City Attorney for you and the SFBOS to proceed accordingly:
I do propose that the items of the Sheriff Mirkarimi's salary and his back pay, are irrelevant to the case heard in the San Francisco Ethics Commission's hearings in that matter, due to that these items were not before them and thus, are outside the scope of their considerations for their recommendation to the Board, ergo, do not fall under the Supervisors' restrictions on the Sheriff Mirkarimi's case and accordingly, any Supervisor is free to initiate, discuss and pass legislation regarding these two items, and consequently right a wrong, and it is under these grounds that I do hereby respectfully and formally ask of my Supervisor, David Campos, that to at his earliest, introduce and pass, a motion or a resolution to the effect of overriding and reversing Mayor Ed Lee standing directive to withhold salary from Sheriff Mirkarimi, and to instruct that he be awarded back pay hence, 
I do further propose, that in view of the fact that it is longstanding practice and tradition to reassign any city officer to administrative duties with full pay while under investigation of official wrong doing and, in view of the fact that the we in the City and County of San Francisco do not treat our employees the way Sheriff Mirkarimi - in an exceptional departure from past and present norms - has been treated and, in view of the fact that the breaking of this longstanding practice and tradition has irrefutably - but hopefully not irreparably - caused great harm and pain to the family of an elected official whose marriage was going through difficult times and, in view of the fact that the couple's wishes and intentions were, and are, to seek marriage counseling to work out their problems and start their healing as a family and, in view of the fact that the lack of family income or other financial resources have curtailed essentially to zero the number of options they could afford to adopt and start their healing and, in view of the fact that neither city agencies, nor the anti-domestic violence organizations involved in the case, even offered material support much less provide it to the - in their understanding - victim, Eliana Lopez and, in view of the fact that as result, Eliana Lopez became a de facto single mother without any financial support whatsoever and thus, had to leave the country to her native Venezuela where there was family support circles and the possibilities of gainful employment to support herself and her 3 year old son and in her opinion, conditions for positive results were better in Venezuela than in San Francisco and, when viewing all of the just enunciated facts, it obscenely offends every sensibility that I have as a human being and as an immigrant to San Francisco, because this city of immigrants that I so much love and cherish, does not treat its immigrants the shameful way in which Eliana Lopez was treated and, in view of the fact that Family Court on July 20, 2012 lifted the stay away order on Sheriff Mirkarimi and thus, the family is in a better position to reunite and have a chance to heal; just as any other family.
I believe we will be in agreement that a precarious state of affairs in domestic finances, is one of the stressors that factors very high in marriages falling apart, this is the current state of affairs for the Mirkarimi family, while at the same time separated by thousands of miles and still working to continue their healing. And since love between the couple is not an issue and neither is lack of desire to heal as a family; an infusion of monetary resources would go a long way in helping them achieve their goals. Funds which should have been available to them from the very beginning by virtue of the City and County of San Francisco's long standing practices which are applied without exceptions, except this time where they have been withheld; should be made immediately available to them. I can not identify any valid reason on why these funds should not be awarded, there is nothing to gain in withholding them, unless, the objective is to impose stress, pain, suffering and curtail the couples' options for healing, all for reasons that I can't even begin to imagine other than to harm the marriage and family; I totally reject that notion.

As I informed you, I'll be present at the July 24, 2012 Board Meetingto lend support. Though last minute, I'll be asking my friends if anyone can and would also like to attend as support, or to make requests to their own Supervisor for passage of a motion or a resolution, either at the July 24, 2012 Board Meeting, or the week after that, or the one after. At their discretion.

Dear Supervisor Campos, it is not only a good thing to do, but the correct thing to do. The mirkarimi family can surely put to good use a helping hand.

Thank you for your attention and consideration to this matter.

Loving regards,

Aurora Grajeda
Mission District
SFCA 072312

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Friday, July 20, 2012

BREAKING ALERT: Family Court lifts restrictions on Ross & Eliana Mirkarimi

ALERT: Ross & Eliana are together again, they are on their way to Hecho en California with Marcos Gutierrez, they are on the way to the station, you can listen to them (Spa&Eng) with Marcos at 1010AM in about 10 minutes.
If you are too far away to listen on radio, you can stream it by phone by calling at 832.551.5087 or you can stream it by going to (Left column)

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Thursday, September 22, 2011


Attached, please find MS Word Document containing a very simple and basic business model Titled "Community Stimulus Act Utilizing Community Banks to Support Local Business Enterprises and Infrastructure Development", henceforth knows as "The Act"
Excerpt: "Goals and Objectives"
"To energize this proposal and enhance the chance for success, we visualize a basic community-based or bottom up plan of implementation.  Persons in the Community need to be aware of the proposal.  Thus, it will be important for local agencies to take responsibility for distribution of information and education.  This must include local newspapers and other communication channels.  Each individual, based on knowledge and consciousness, is capable of evaluating the initiative, forming an assessment, and if viewed as viable, talking with other persons to ask them if they agree it is a sound business opportunity plan, ask them if they would like to implement one in their community, and join in an effort to make it happen."
It is free and open to be tailored for the individual and specific needs of local communities as they see fit to meet/comply their issues in relation to The Act.
Below the fold, the Introduction to The Act is included.
It could work. Hoping you will review it too. If you find it worth of at least a second look,  please be generous and share widely.






1.    Introduction / Overview

2.    Goals and Objectives

3.    Focus Points



        This proposal is a partial answer to the ongoing critical problems in the United States of America.  The tone of the political and social rhetoric dominating the American landscape challenges all efforts to solve these problems. Additionally, there is no clear assignment of responsibilities amongst those wanting to address the problems and no clear reference point for solutions given the dismal failure of the tactics used to date.  These conditions lead us to a deep and detailed exploration of the problems and issues we face; thus, our effort to offer a model of economic change that supports a progressive agenda.

We have made an effort to explore much that has transpired since the start of the historic 2008 Presidential Campaign; including those trends that preceded the nomination of Barack Obama.  Our efforts examined, as best we were able, events, policies, attitudes, motives, hopes, expectations, performance, accomplishments, actions, reactions, of those involved, both in favor and against, what we envision is a journey in uncharted territory in the political process of a newly emergent Democracy.

Sadly, to expect less than absolute intransigence from the Republican Party is gross naiveté.  We base this not on caricature but their words.  The Republican Party acts from a core purpose: to make President Obama a one term President.  The welfare of the nation is secondary to this core mission.  There is no possibility of compromise, good-faith negotiations, or bipartisan cooperation. And no hope, in the future or the present, of Republican Party representatives agreeing to legislative action other than the ones which favor the richest 2% of the population, corporations, banking, finance, the industrial military complex, and more wars; especially ones unfunded. It is why we see any ultimate solution emerging not from these uncaring and unyielding representatives, but from replacements representative of a true loyal political opposition, interested in governing for the good of all of the people, for the country as a whole, and in a spirit of honest patriotism.

It is urgent and imperative that the people of the United States of America take matters into their own hands. In the spirit that guided the American Revolution, and all mass movements seeking equity and justice, it is the intrinsic right to restore order to the outrageously ineffective governing structure in Washington D.C. We are in great peril. The people are hurting.  The economic health of the country, reliant on a robust middle class and poorer economic classes grounded in opportunities for betterment, is in shambles.  In 2010, the poverty rate was 15.1%, the highest since 1993 (Lost Decade). People of Color were hit hardest.  Blacks experienced the highest poverty rate, at 27 percent, up from 25 percent in 2009, and Latinos rose to 26 percent from 25 percent. For whites, 9.9 percent lived in poverty, up from 9.4 percent in 2009. Asians were unchanged at 12.1 percent.  Net worth is one measure of economic justice.  Trend data is only available from 1984.  From 1984 to 2009, the wealth of Whites increased from $76,951 to $92,000.  For Latinos, wealth decreased from $9,660 to $6,325.  In addition, for African Americans, wealth decreased from $6,679 to $4,900 (full report). Indeed, today, the top 1% of the country owns more than the bottom 50%.  We have not seen this kind of economic inequality since 1928, right prior to the Great Depression. In addition, if you think it does not make a difference whether we have a Democratic or Republican President, from 1945 – 2005, every income percentile had a higher annual economic growth under a Democratic than under a Republican (comparative graph).  Moreover, the difference in gains made increased the less income earned. Thus, while it cannot be said that the rich do not get richer regardless of party, it is certainly true that all economic strata are better served and those with less income more so under a Democrat than a Republican.  There are two critical lessons: (1) the people are in a crisis and (2) the times are direr when Republicans are in power.

In this document, we, members of the progressive political base, respectfully submit proposals and suggestions for immediate implementation and continuance through the Nov. 2012 election and beyond.  The inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama to a second term is necessary to complete the objectives, yet to be fulfilled, of our 2008 contract.

The " Goals and Objectives" Section presents a simple, but very creative, business investment plan that will generate jobs, increase the consumer purchasing power, generate additional tax revenues and lay the foundation for decrease in the federal debt and reliance on purchases of the dollar by other nations.  We achieve this primarily through domestic funding of national infrastructure projects and support for business enterprises in local Communities.  Direct and targeted funding of community development initiatives will make the people safer, better educated and healthier, allowing them to compete in the global market and optimizing their chances of making progress.

In the "Focus Points" Section, we briefly examine what we identify as political realities, we attempt to assign some responsibilities and credit when and where justly earned, and a few practices and tactics that when employed will enhance our level of effectiveness.

There should be no mistaking whom we mean by the People.  They are the ones who need a roof over their head, food on the table for themselves and loved ones, health sufficient to survive the vagaries of living, and time for study or rest or imagining a future that is achievable and one in which we can all be proud. Pride in a world that has peace, a world where justice at homes means justice throughout the world.

Not too much to ask and aim for, is it?  You can make the difference!


Community Stimulus Act Utilizing Community Banks to Support Local Business Enterprises and Infrastructure Development



Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Los Monólogs de La Vagina Regresa a San Francisco

V-Day San Francisco en Español 2011 [TVM] ORGULLOSAMENTE PRESENTA UNA PRODUCCIÓN DE: "Los Monólogos de La Vagina" Del premiado guión de Eve Ensler "The Vagina Monologues"

TEATRO VICTORIA, UN SOLO DÍA MARZO 20, 2011 - DOS FUNCIONES 3:00 p.m. y 6:00 p.m.




V-Day San Francisco en Español 2011, se enorgullece de ser un participante en el V-Day 2011 de la campaña V-Day. Nos han concedido los derechos para una producción benéfica de V-Day de la premiada obra de

_ Eve Ensler, Los Monólogos de la Vagina (En español) , en dos presentaciones el Domingo, Marzo 20 2011, en el Teatro Victoria en San Francisco para recaudar fondos y levantar conciencia para las organizaciones locales que trabajan en detener la violencia contra las mujeres y las niñas.

En 2010, más de 4000 eventos a beneficio de V-Day se llevaron a cabo, producido por activistas voluntarios en 130 países de todo el mundo, la educación de millones de personas sobre la realidad de la violencia contra las mujeres y las niñas, tanto a nivel local como mundial.

En 2011, V-Day de San Francisco en Español, seró uno de los miles de eventos en todo el mundo, canalizando su energía creativa en hacer una diferencia en el marco de la campaña de V-Day. Es nuestra intención hacer de V-Day de San Francisco en Español 2011, un gran éxito. Esto será posible, en gran parte, a través de la ayuda y la generosidad de los patrocinadores.

Parte de lo que hace este evento tan especial, es la oportunidad que ofrece a las empresas y organizaciones en las comunidades locales - a participar en este movimiento global, para celebrar y honrar a las mujeres y las niñas en su vida y de la comunidad, para formar parte de una voz colectiva, una voz que se niega a ser ignorada, una voz que dice NO a la violencia contra las mujeres y las niñas.

Todos los beneficios de nuestro evento serán donados a estas organizaciones, Casa Rosalie en San Francisco California y Casa Amiga en Ciudad Juárez, México.

Aurora Grajeda Organizadora de V-Day San Francisco en Español 2011 (TVM) y,
Co-Productora de "Los Monólogos de La Vagina" (Marzo 20th, 2011)

"Tu tienes que ser el cambio que quieres ver en el mundo."
-- Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi

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