Archive for April, 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers Win Their 10,000 Baseball Game In Franchise History

April 30, 2014

The Los Angeles Dodgers won their 10,000 Franchise game with today’s 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Remember this date as April 30,2014 will be a date that will be used in future Dodgers trivia questions. Another question will be who was the pitcher that won the Dodgers 10,000 game? The answer my friends is Zack Greinke. I can already visualize a Dodger employee asking when was the Dodgers first win for a chance to win_______? The Dodgers first win came on April 21, 1890 when they were in Brooklyn. There you have it! ūüôā I deserve better than a Dodger Dog for getting the answer correct! lol

The Dodgers are the fourth MLB franchise to win 10,000 games. The Giants, Cubs and Braves are the other ones.

I actually had plans to attend tonight’s game in Minneapolis as I was planning on taking couple days off from work¬†to see my beloved Dodgers play the Twins but due to work commitments that plan was delayed. I will say that Target field is a great baseball stadium as I had the chance to visit it last year.

Looks like Zack Greinke is back to his 2009 self but more wiser. He has a record of 18 consecutive starts without allowing more than 2 runs. We haven’t seen that feat accomplished since 1914! With Greinke pitching the way he is and Kershaw expected to be back soon the Dodgers will once again have the best two pitchers leading their starting rotation in all of Baseball. If the Dodgers can stay healthy as a club from June til the end of the season, then I do expect the Dodgers to make a run at the title this year.

Here are some great articles people may enjoy reading.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersnow/la-sp-dn-dodgers-twins-10000-victories-20140430,0,1812947.story#axzz30RYcBO00

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=340430109

 

On a side note…April 30,2014 will also be cemented in L.A. Sports History as not only the date the Dodgers won their 10,000 game but the date when the L.A. Kings pulled off one of the amazing comebacks in Sports history as they came back from an 0-3 deficit to stun the Sharks 5-1 and win the best of 7 series. Good day to be a Sports fan in Los Angeles!

This Video Will Make You Laugh Out Loud, GUARANTEED!

April 30, 2014

Jimmy Fallon and Robinson Cano performed a classic psychological study with this hilarious prank. Look at how people’s behavior changes when the Cano that they are booing suddenly appears in front of them. The reaction from those Yankees fans is too funny!
This also shows us that many times people are brave enough to act one way towards another person when that person is not around then all of a sudden change their tone and demeanor when they are faced with that person.

NBA Commissioner Bans Clippers Owner Donald Sterling For Life

April 29, 2014

On the anniversary of the Los Angeles 1992 Uprising, NBA Commissioner Silver banned Clippers Owner Donald Sterling for life. That was the right call. Not only was it the right decision it was the only decision that could have been made. It was about time that the NBA took action on Donald Sterling. The fact that he was an owner for so long and despite his racist past, the NBA never did anything.

Now that the Donald Sterling has been banned for life, the question now is how long will it take for the NBA to force Sterling to sell the Clippers? The fact that the NBA players were willing to boycott the games, I think that brought the attention of several owners and put their support behind the commissioner’s decision to ban Donald Sterling.

If Sterling sells the team he is still going to make billions of dollars just the same way McCourt ended up banking on the Dodgers. I think the NBA would take over the Clippers during the process that it takes for Sterling to sell the team. It will be interesting to find out how long it takes and where does the league go from here.

One side note, it was April 29, 1992 when Los Angeles exploded over the Rodney King verdict. Fast forward to today when racism is at the center stage and this time it is condemn and one suffers the consequences of their racist rants. Racism still exist at all levels. Don’t be surprise if their are more NBA owners that share Sterling’s views. The only thing is they haven’t been caught. Let’s hope we as a country can learn from this episode and move forward as a nation.

For those who want further info, here is coverage and analysis on this topic:

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/10857580/donald-sterling-los-angeles-clippers-owner-receives-life-ban-nba

 

My Thoughts on Clippers Owner Donald Sterling’s Racist Comments

April 27, 2014

Donald Sterling is a racist. That is nothing new. What is new is that now that he got caught expressing his racist views has allowed the world to know what many people in Los Angeles knew about him.

Sterling’s racism goes a long way. He was sued by tenants of African American and Latino descent and had to settle the case out of court. He was quoted to say that he would only rent to Asians and not to African American and Latino people.

Sterling is also notorious for trying to hide his racism by buying up all kinds of ads in the LA Times and “promoting” his “goodwill” to minorities by stating how much his foundation helps out several non profits. Here is one where he is “celebrating” Black History month. It is interesting to point out that he decided to include Blake Griffin and not Chris Paul in the photo (maybe Racist Sterling felt Mr. Paul was ‘too dark’ for him).
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It is almost like Ben Champman, the racist Phillies manager saying racist slurs to Jackie Robinson and then coming back and telling people he wasn’t racist and to prove it, here is a picture of me and Jackie Robinson.
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One thing that really bothered me was when I saw an NAACP ad in the LA Times that stated that the LA Chapter was going to honor Sterling with a Lifetime Achievement Award. I was disgusted and ashamed that the NAACP was going to honor a racist a-hole like Sterling, AGAIN! Sorry to say this, but it felt to me that the LA Chapter was too much concerned about receiving his money than about standing true to its values. Anytime an organization has to trade their values for money, that organization has already lost my respect. Out of all the people to present a Lifetime Achievement Award, they could not come up with a better person than Sterling, especially given this was going to be the 100th Anniversary, now that is sad. Here is the Ad that I saw in the LA Times couple months ago that I took a picture and glad I was able to save it for this occasion.
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Leon Jenkins and the whole LA Chapter of NAACP should be ashamed! NAACP will most likely not honor Sterling and rightfully so. But it is sad that it had to take this recording for them to know that they were going to honor a racist fool.

Earlier today news broke out that Deadspin received an extended tape where Sterling goes off on his racist rants. It is disturbing to hear the stuff that comes out of that guys mouth. And this is not an accident. One can clearly see that this is the way the guy thinks.

Here is a new tape that includes an extension
http://deadspin.com/exclusive-the-extended-donald-sterling-tape-1568291249?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow
One thing that sticks out to me is when Sterling is telling his girlfriend to not bring African Americans to his game, she counters by saying:
V: Do you know that you have a whole team that’s black, that plays for you?

DS: You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have‚ÄĒWho makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?

After listening to this and the NBA doesn’t do anything then shame on the NBA. They should kick out Donald Sterling out of the NBA the same way Al Campanis and Marge Schott were kicked out of Major League Baseball. One has to wonder how many owners think the same way as Donald Sterling. The fact that this guy has been a well known racist and everybody kept it underneath the rug is alarming. Their is nothing to investigate. The NBA should not be doing business with a racist scumbag like Sterling.

I would go as far as to say that Donald Sterling is a Poverty Pimp. Pimping the Clippers Organization to make himself filthy wealthy. The guy has no interest in what the Clippers do. If they win or lose, he still is making money. It’s like pocket money for him since the majority of his wealth comes from his real estate. The guy is what Dave Zirin calls a Slumlord Billionaire. Speaking of Dave, read this great article on Sterling he wrote back in 2010. Great read. Enjoy:
http://www.thenation.com/blog/179551/donald-sterling-slumlord-billionaire#

Part of me feels like the Clipper players should boycott their upcoming game or lose so that Sterling won’t make profit from their work. But, part of me feels that they shouldn’t allow the Sterlings of the world prevent them from accomplishing a run at the NBA Title. It will be interesting to see if we have a game 5 and if we do, will Donald Sterling be at the Staples Center? Will fans protest outside the Staples Center? Will fans boycott the Clippers game?

One thing is for sure. The NBA is not a place for people like Donald Sterling.

Join LA Futbolistas For A Gender Non-Conforming, Trans, Womyn Futbol Game

April 22, 2014

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For those in the Los Angeles area come and join us on May 4 as we will be playing a Gender Non-Conforming, Trans, Womyn Futbol game. If you have never played the game, Futbolistas allows ¬†you the space to dribble the ball at your own pace and for you to pass the ball. We want people to fall in love with the sport and therefore their is no slide tackling and we emphasize more on passing the ball. The score is always 2-2 ūüôā

People from all ages are invited to come. We have parents that bring their children and play with us. Imagine a field where you are playing on the same team as your son or daughter or playing against them. Futbolistas allows that space to make it happen.

If you are around the area or would be interested in participating, we would love to see you present. So mark your calendars and hope to see some of you there!

Here is our mission statement:

As a lived community of diverse womyn,
transgender and gender nonconforming
activists and allies, we step alongside,
arms linked, onto the field to play.
We play for the game this day
to congregate and remember,
to witness and celebrate
those movements and voices of
strength, fury, intelligence.
This gathering brings together
old friends and young stars,
those liberated by visions 
of gender equality and social justice.
Together, let us shift.
Let us build leadership,
courage, reflexivity,
determination, capacity.
Let our feet dance together on
the field of green pastures.
Let our feet grace the land
beneath the arched sky,
playing with love the beautiful game-
futbol in the sun.

2014 Freedom Now Awards

April 21, 2014

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It is that of the year! For those who believe in social justice and fighting for the human rights of homeless people and those who live on the margins of society, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) is having their 4th annual Freedom Now awards on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the California African American Museum.

Take advantage of the early bird special which ends on May 14. The event will be a great one filled with couple surprises so I highly recommend people get their tickets early.

For those are not from Los Angeles but support the work of LA CAN (www.cangress.org/cangress.wordpress.com), please consider donating. $5, $10, $20 or any other amount will help our tremendous work. Those who want to make a donation can check LA CAN’s website. ¬†Below is information on our sponsorship package where one can sponsor a community member or make any contribution.

2014 Freedom Now_Sponsorship Package

Spread the word! It is going to be a great event!

Hace 10 a√Īos Se Organizo La Primera Vigilia En Chile Para Los Que Fallecieron En La Calle

April 20, 2014

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Hace 10¬†a√Īos que estuve en Arica, Chile y me inspire a organizar una vigilia para todos los Arique√Īos que habian fallecido en las calles de esa gran ciudad. Era un Martes, 20 de Abril, en las gradas de la Catedral San Marcos donde nos reunimos para recordar a todas esas personas que fallecieron en el olvido.

Fue una tarea que duro un poco mas de un mes para organizar. Me acuerdo que tuve que ser entrevistas de radio, escribir articulos en la revista de la Diocesis de Arica, organizar los permisos para la vigilia que se iba a ser en silencio y tambien escribir una carta para conseguir la madera.
Fue un momento muy especial para mi y al equipo de Mujeres que nos reuniamos todos los Martes en el parque para alimentar a las personas de la calle. Cuando tuve la idea de organizar la vigilia pense que ya se habia hecho en Chile y para confirmar, le envie un email a Benito Baranda F., Director Social Nacional del Hogar de Cristo informandole si se habia hecho una vigilia para los que habian fallecido en la calle. Y si se habia hecho, queria saber que hicieron para tener unas ideas para lo que queriamos hacer en Arica. Cuando Benito me envio un email y me dijo que no se habia hecho uno en Chile y que el de nosotros seria el primero a nivel nacional me puse muy contento. Pense que bonito que la cuidad de Arica pueda sembrar una semilla de consciencia y esperar que de luz a toda la nacion.

Para comenzar la vigilia pense que seria un acto muy espiritual si lo haciamos en silencio ya que queria recordar a todos los que fallecieron en el olvido. En el silencio encontramos los alimentos para enriquecer nuestra espiritualidad. Este acto y evento para mi era una manera para despedir a nuestros hermanos e hermanas con dignidad y para que el espiritu de cada uno de ellos/ellas estuviera presente en nuestra caminata. Para ponernos en un momento de reflexion escuchamos esta gran cancion:

 

Al llegar al parque donde alimentamos a las personas de la calle y despues de que los compa√Īeros de los que habian fallecido compartieron historias de sus amigos, comparti un poema. Escribi este poema pensando en todos los indigentes que fallecieron en la calle y en todos aquellos que cada dia mueren de soledad.

MORIR DE SOLEDAD

Lo mas terrible
que un ser humano
puede experimentar
es
morir de soledad.
Saber que no es
querido ni valorado
es algo a lo que los
desamparados
desgraciadamente
se han acostumbrado.

 

A ser aislados
por nuestra sociedad
porque
su
presencia,
estilo de vida,
enfermedad,
es un cargo para la cuidad
ellos solamente han querido
vivir su vida en la tranquilidad
con personas que les entreguen
su amistad
y les den
la oportunidad
de salir de esta oscuridad
y encontrar la felicidad.

 

A nuestros hermanos y hermanas
abandonados por la sociedad,
les han robado
el derecho
de vivir
con dignidad
ya que nuestra sociedad
parece que no
se preocupa
de entregar
amor a la humanidad
y siento que les gusta
ver a los mas pobres
vivir en la oscuridad
porque si hubiera
justicia y solidaridad
muchos no estarian
viviendo en las calles
de esta ciudad,
pero de a poquito
ellos se van
moriendo de soledad.

 

Esta es la situacion
que vive un indigente
en el presente
y le da tristeza
ver a su propia gente
que la sociedad
les haiga
contaminado
su mente.

 

Nuestra sociedad
ha ignorado
la filosofia
de ver
a Cristo disfrazado
en los mas necesitados
y uno no puede
tenerle fe a
San Alberto Hurtado
si no se preocupa
de ayudar
a los mas desamparados
ya que el dedico su vida
ayudando a los
mas marginados.

 

Nuestro labor
es no dejarlos que tengan
mucho dolor
si no que sepan
que hay gente
que les entrega
amor
y asi podran vivir
su vida rodeados de felicidad
porque cuando ellos mueran
podran morir
en la tranquilidad.

 

La proxima vez
que te encuentres
con un indigente
trata de llegar
a los mas profundo
de su corazon
y encontraras
a una persona
que te cambiara
tu modo de pensar
y no lo podras explicar
porque cada uno
lo tiene que experimentar.

 

Para los que quieran leer el articulo que salio en diario local el proximo dia. Aqui les va:

http://www.estrellaarica.cl/site/edic/20040421055335/pags/20040421062505.html

 

 

Boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter Ends His Fight With Prostate Cancer

April 20, 2014

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who became a victim of the racist criminal justice system of our country and spent 19 years in prison passed away today at the age of 76. According to his friend, John Artis, prostate cancer was the reason for his death.

Hurricane Carter boxing career was cut short when he was wrongfully convicted of the shooting in Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, where two White men and a White woman were killed. His case drew worldwide attention and Amnesty International considered him a “Prisoner of Conscience.”

After prison he moved to Toronto and spend the rest of his life there. In 2004, he founded Innocence International that talked about the injustice of America’s Criminal Justice. Mr. Carter’s was working on the exoneration of David McCallum, a Brooklyn man who has been imprisoned on murder charges since 1985. In an article that was published by The Daily News on February 21, 2014, he asks Brooklyn’s District Attorney Ken Thompson to free Mr. McCallum and grant him a full verdict hearing. This is what Hurricane Carter considers his “last wish to those with the legal authority.”

Rubin Hurricane Carter will not only be remembered in the Boxing and Sports community but his case who drew international attention and exposed the racist criminal justice system of our country will be a reminder that America’s justice system has not changed. Let’s hope that Mr. Ken Thompson will grant Rubin’s last wish and exonerate David McCallum.

Here are great articles that go into more detail about the life of Rubin Hurricane Carter.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/hurricane-carter-dying-article-1.1621747

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/21/sports/hurricane-carter-fearsome-boxer-wrongly-convicted-of-murder-dies-at-76.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/10811853/boxer-rubin-carter-dies-76

 

Here is ESPN’s Sports Century Documentary on Hurricane Carter. In this documentary it also talks about the inaccuracies of the film, Hurricane. Enjoy.

Mural en Honor a Salvador Allende

April 19, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez PRESENTE!!

April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez conocido como Gabo fallecio ayer a la edad de 87. El era la voz de nuestra America Latina. El Presidente de Colombia ha declarado 3 dias nacionales de luto.

La muerte de Garcia Marquez es como quitarle la lapicera de nuestro continente. El supo escribir e interpretar a nuestro querido pueblo como lo habia sido Pablo Neruda. Su sabiduria y sus pensamientos siempre estaran en el corazon de Colombia, Mexico y el resto del mundo.

Gabo simplemente se nos adelanto a un destino donde cada uno tarde o temprano tenemos que llegar. Sus libros nos cobijaran con recuerdos que nos haran brotar lagrimas de nostalgia.

Encontremos en estos dias sus palabras y pensamientos como vitaminas para nuestro alma. Recordemos que cada uno de nosotros tenemos que seguir sembrando las semillas que daran fruto al mundo mas justo, un mundo donde Gabo atravez de sus obras sembro. Hay que ser esas semillas que Gabo dejo en este mundo.

Aqui les dejo estos grandes videos: