Stockton, CA — “…Bless the workers and bless those who are in power…” said Stephen Blair, Bishop Dioceses of Stockton as he blessed the field workers and working families. The blessing was during the Cesar Chavez Prayer breakfast during the morning of March 26, 2016.
Annually the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery hosts a breakfast in observance of “Cesar Chavez’ birthday and to honor the hard work of field workers with a prayer,” explained Gracie Madrid, President of the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery (MHC&G); adding, “often young people think of Cesar Chavez as the boxer, not the civil rights activist who built a movement for field worker rights.”
“My parents wanted us to live here [In the U.S.] because they wanted a better future for us…” Explained Roberto Valdes Sanchez artist exhibiting at MHC&G, and keynote speaker. Valdez remembers learning about Cesar Chavez in 1983, “To me he is the most influential leader in U.S. History… He did more for Latinos than any other person in the history of the United States.”
Jose Lopez, Youth Programs Coordinator of the Diocese of Stockton remembers Cesar Chavez when he saw him in south Stockton’s McKinley Park. “He told us, ‘newborn puppies open their eyes during the first 3 days and when will you do it?’ those words will forever be remembered, because he was inviting us to wake up and to fight for our rights,” Chavez’s words are, “embedded well and are very important.”
For Tatiana Garcia, 11th grade student at Venture Academy the conversation and the art, hits close to home. “My family has been working on the fields, Cesar Chavez’s work impacted our family as well as many other,” Garcia appreciated the program and Valdes’ art. “He has a lot of talent. I am impressed by his pencil work.”
MHC&G is open all year with different monthly exhibits by artist, community members and educational programs. The Gallery is located at 111 S. Hunter Street, Stockton, CA 95202.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit came to conclusion that Arizona’s controversial immigration legislation, Senate Bill (S.B.) 1070, was determined to be mostly unlawful in a 5- 3 decision in Arizona V. United States that excluded Justice Kagen. Continue reading
CALIFORNIA – At 13 years old, Gretel Quintero came across the border from Mexico to the United States without documentation: her single mother had a dream of a better life for her children. Continue reading
STOCKTON, CA — In the City of Stockton; as in the rest of the nation, residents’ rallied calling for immigration reform. Continue reading
SACRAMENTO, CA — January 24, 2012 marked the last US naturalization ceremony held as a group, with nearly 1,717 who came to swear their oath to the United States of America.
As we begin 2012, Bilingual Weekly’s newsroom extracted the top 10 most read stories during the last 352 days. Please note that the top 10 stories were not selected by the Bilingual Weekly’s staff, our team ran the http://www.bilingualweekly.com English website’s analytics’ report which evaluates the hits received daily and it ranked each story from the highest number of hits to the lowest ranking in local news coverage. The following stories are briefs of the top 10 stories you, our readers clicked on.
By Mayra Barrios
Avoid Wild Mushrooms
As the winter mushrooms season come s near, the California Department of Public Health reminds consumers that eating wild mushrooms can cause serious illness and even death.
“It is very difficult to distinguish which mushrooms are dangerous and which are safe to eat. Therefore, we recommend that wild mushrooms not be eaten unless they have been carefully examined and determined to be edible by a mushroom expert,” Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and State Public Health Officer in a recent press release to alert consumers.
According to the California Poison Control System (CPCS), 1,748 cases of mushroom ingestion were reported statewide in 2009-2010. Among those cases two individuals died and ten individuals suffered a major health outcome.
The most serious illnesses and deaths have been linked primarily to mushrooms known as Amanita phalloides, or the “death cap”. Mushrooms that grow in California and are commonly found during fall, late winter or spring reported the CDPH.
In 2009 The Record reported that a family from Lodi ended up in an intensive-care unit at a San Francisco hospital after eating “death cap” mushrooms by mistake.
Immigrants are susceptible to confusing these two varieties of mushrooms because they often resemble their native countries edible varieties.
A new study, Our American Immigrant Entrepreneurs: The Women, shows that in the last 10 years the number of American Immigrant woman entrepreneurs has almost doubled.
There were 575,750 immigrant woman who were self employed in their own business in the year 2000 and in 2010, that number jumped to 980,575.
The report was written by Susan Pearce, Elizabeth Clifford and Reena Tandon and was adapted from the book, “Immigration and Woman: Understanding the American Experience,” according to New American Media news report from December 9, 2011.
New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore, Posted: Dec 12, 2011
Izamar is asking Congress for one holiday wish: to keep her family together.
The18-year-old from Waukegan, Ill., is facing a daughter’s worst nightmare: the prospect of losing a parent to deportation. Her father was arrested in February for driving without a license and is now in deportation proceedings.
“Sometimes I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I can’t do anything,” she writes. “I don’t know if I will be OK without him.”