Posts Tagged ‘human rights’

10th Anniversary Commemoration March of ‘La Gran Marcha’

March 21, 2016

Please join us as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of La Gran Marcha, where on March 25, 2006, a million people march thru the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to protest the racist HR4437 Sensenbrenner Bill.

10 years later we have a presidential candidate in Donald Trump running a racist, xenophobic and divisive campaign.

On Saturday, March 26 come out as we march through the streets of Downtown L.A. by marching for immigrant rights, human rights, and social justice, and against Trumps’ racist and xenophobic agenda.

Come and bring your signs and banners as we will gather at 11am on the corner of Olympic and Broadway in Downtown L.A.

Favor de acompañarnos para commemorar el Decimo Aniversario de La Gran Marcha, del 25 de Marzo, 2006, cuando un millon de personas marcharon por las calles del Centro de Los Angeles para protestar la racista legislacion HR4437 (Sensenbrenner Bill).

10 años despues tenemos a un candidato a la presidencia estadounidense en Donald Trump promoviendo una campaña racista, xenofobica y causando mucha polemica. El Sabado, 26 de Marzo vengan y acompañenos cuando marchemos por las calles del Centro de Los Angeles marchando por los derechos de inmigrantes, derechos humanos, y justicia social.

Como una gran comunidad hay que manifestarnos contra el racismo y la xenofobia que marca la agenda de Donal Trump.

Vengan y traigan sus pancartas este Sabado a las 11am en la esquina de la Olympic y Broadway en el Centro de Los Angeles.


Commemorating La Gran Marcha Flyer

Spanish Flyer 4 La Gran Marcha

Los Caminos De La Vida

March 8, 2016

One of the most powerful and emotional parts of Sunday’s march is when we serenated the inmates with this song. I cried when seeing the inmates waiving at us.

El domingo pasado, en Los Angeles, se organizo la marcha por la mujeres mas larga en la nacion.

La parte que me emociono mas fue cuando le dimos una serenata a los que estaban detenidos. Esta cancion me hizo llorar.



Normalista de Ayotzinapa Relata Su Experiencia Durante La Caravana43

April 12, 2015

Durante la Caravana43 en Los Angeles, Angel Neri De la Cruz Ayala, compartio su experiencia en aquella triste y dolorosa noche del 26 de Septiembre.

Paul Boden Discusses Homelessness in America

November 30, 2014

My dear friend, Paul Boden, a longtime homeless advocate and a leader in the homeless rights movement was a guest on the Tavis Smiley show to discuss homelessness in America. Tavis did a great job at letting its viewers know about Paul’s new book. If you want a copy of the book please go to
Here is Paul’s piece at the Tavis Smiley show.

Please feel free to share this video to whomever you think will benefit from it.

Happy 80th Birthday, Roberto Clemente!

August 18, 2014


Happy 80th Birthday to Roberto Clemente! As a baseball and Dodgers fan, Roberto Clemente is one of my all time heroes. This is what I wrote about Clemente last year, so will include it below in addition to couple videos on the pride of Puerto Rico. Enjoy!

Roberto was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. At an early age, Roberto started playing baseball. In 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers offered him a contract to play for their Triple-A team, the Montreal Royals. While with the Royals, Roberto didn’t play that much. He was often bench. Some say that the Dodgers were trying to guard him from the Rookie Draft of 1954. But, Clyde Sukeforth, a baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates observed that Clemente was being bench and encouraged the Pirates to draft him. On November 22, 1954, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Roberto Clemente in the Rookie Draft.

Roberto Clemente made his major league debut on April 17, 1955 against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He didn’t do well in his rookie season due to being involved in a car accident midway thru the season. Roberto Clemente really exploded with the Pirates in the 1960s. He led the Pirates to a World Series victory over the Yankees in 1960. Clemente led the National League in Batting in 1961, 1964, 1965 and 1967. He was the Most Valuable Player in 1966. He received numerous Gold Glove awards throughout the 60s for his outstanding defense. Clemente had a canon of an arm. He could throw a guy out at third base or home plate from right field. Players knew not to run on Clemente. He was one of the most amazing players to watch. He helped the Pirates win a second World Series in 1971 when the Pirates beat the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in seven games. He was named World Series MVP after hitting .414 and hitting a solo home run in the Pirates 2-1 victory in game 7 of the World Series.

Roberto Clemente struggled with injuries and in 1972 he only played in 102 games but ended batting .312 in the season. Roberto collected his 3,000 hit, a double of the Mets’ Jon Matlack in front of the Pittsburgh Pirates fans at Three Rivers Stadium. That would end up being his last hit in the major leagues.

Roberto Clemente was not an ordinary baseball player. He used the diamond to expressed one of his many gifts. Clemente was a great soul. He cared for the most marginalized. He demonstrated tremendous compassion to the poor. Following the 1972 season, there was a catastrophic earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua. Upon realizing that some of the aid that he had previously sent to Nicaragua was not reaching those affected by the earthquake but intercepted by the Somoza government, Roberto Clemente boarded a small airplane that was taking aid packages to the victims. The plane left from Puerto Rico on December 31, 1972 but mechanical problems forced the plane to crash into the ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Everyone from the Pirates attended Clemente’s memorial except his close friend and teammate, catcher, Manny Sanguillen, who decided to jump into the ocean in hopes of finding Roberto’s body. Roberto Clemente’s body was never found.

Roberto Clemente was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973, becoming the first Latino to be elected into the Hall of Fame. Roberto was an amazing man. It takes a special man to go out of his way and coordinate emergency relief for victims of an earthquake in another country. Not only did Clemente orgazined relief funds but he put his family aside to personally go to Nicaragua and deliver the aid to the victims.

Major League Baseball (MLB) owes a lot to Roberto Clemente. I know that they have an award name after him for players who best follow Clemente’s humanitarian work but the award is not enough. It is time that Bud Selig, the commissioner of Baseball pays tribute to Clemente just the same way he did to Jackie Robinson. It is time for Clemente’s number 21 to be retired by all major league teams. Having his number 21 retired will send a powerful message that MLB truly honors and respects Clemente’s humanitarian work.

As a Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente fan, I think its only fair that 21 and 42 be the only numbers to be retired by all teams. Having 21 retired paves the way for MLB to have Roberto Clemente Days’ to be celebrated on August 18th as days where MLB will partner up with local community organizations and sponsor an organization that is doing amazing work on issues impacting that baseball’s town. In Los Angeles, it could be a grassroots organization working to end homelessness. In San Francisco, it could be an organization that advocates for equality when it comes to same sex marriages. In New York, it could be an organization that advocates for equal distribution of wealth and holds Wall Street thugs accountable to pay their share of taxes. In Pittsburgh, it could be an organization that brings awareness to the health conditions of the miners in Pennsylvania. If Major League Baseball had Roberto Clemente Days’ on August 18th, we will once again be demonstrating that Sports serves as a vehicle to address social issues that are not only impacting communities but putting the spotlight on community organizations who are making a difference in the lives of many Americans.

May we continue to keep Clemente’s legacy and spirit alive by living our lives for the greater good of others. Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Roberto Clemente lived by that quote. More importantly, he lived by his own quote, “If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth,”

2014 Freedom Now Awards

April 21, 2014



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 (, 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!

West Coast Day of Action For Homeless Bill of Rights

February 6, 2014

During the MLK weekend, L.A. CAN, Hunger Action LA, Occupy Venice, Food Not Bombs and several other organizations participated in a West Coast Day of Action to bring awareness about the California Homeless Bill of Rights. Member organizations (such as LA CAN) from the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) had their own special event to bring awareness about the Homeless Bill of Rights in their own city. The following videos will show the successful event that we had in Venice Beach.

Happy 95th Birthday Jackie Robinson!

February 1, 2014

Yesterday was Jackie Robinson’s birthday. He would have been 95 years old.
I have written a lot about Jackie Robinson. Just type in Jackie’s name in the sear engine of my blog to find out the various articles I have written about my favorite player.
In honor of his birthday, I decided to include this movie about Jackie’s life where he portrays himself. This movie is better than the 42 movie that came out last year. I have my critiques of the film and I have included the link below for those who wish to know what they are:

I hope those who just know Jackie Robinson as a baseball player will come to know more about him from this film and from the thoughts that I have shared in the link above. Jackie was more than a Baseball player. He was a Revolutionary. A man who was involved in the Civil Rights Movement of our country. A man who believe in social justice and was a tireless human rights advocate after his baseball career. May we remember Jackie for being a true American Legend.
Happy Birthday Jackie!

Community Connection-December 2013-January 2014 Issue

January 27, 2014

Here is the Community Connection for the month of December and January. In the Community Connection, you will find articles relating to:
1. Your health
2. The power of community as various organizations got together to defeat the motion that L.A. City Council member Tom LaBonge was planning on implementing which would have banned public feeding in L.A
3. Articles on housing-such as Housing Authority of the City of L.A. (HACLA) not letting the residents of Jordan Downs in Watts know bout the health risk in their vicinity
4. My article dealing with homeless veterans as well as my poem, Remembering Me on Thanksgiving and Christmas
5. Latest info on the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
6. Take Back the Night event in Skid Row
7. Information on a Produce Market in South L.A.
8. A great article on the passing of one of Skid Row’s legend-Blu
9. Information on the Homeless Bill of Rights and finally
10. Pictures of the struggle for Human Rights in Skid Row, South L.A. and Beyond.
Here is the paper that writes about issues that you won’t find in the L.A. Times. Enjoy:

Long Live Ella Baker

November 13, 2013

Today is the birthday and death anniversary of one of the most famous unsung heroes in our country. Ella Baker. She would have been 110 years old. Today is her 27th death anniversary. Ella Baker was the type of revolutionary that understood that the movement is not about being the one who gets more exposure or the person that everyone talks about. She was all about the people. She was the type of revolutionary who dedicated her life to the struggle of human rights, the type of person that clearly understood that one doesn’t have to get the limelight to fight for freedom of others. She the female version of Bayard Rustin. Both of them did so much for the civil rights movement behind the scenes. 

So much can be written about Ella Baker. What matters is that we apply her teachings and implement her ideas on grassroots organizing to systemically change our system. The best way to honor and pay tribute to Ella Baker is to get involved and organize our communities. Continue to fight for the human rights of all people. She once famously said, “We who in believe in Freedom cannot rest.” 

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest when our country continues to invade and occupy foreign countries.

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest when Palestinians continue to be treated like 2nd class citizens in their own land and Israel continues to have the apartheid wall.

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest when NSA has already invaded the privacy of most Americans and tapped all cell phones, read our emails and listen to the conversations of foreign leaders.

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest when homelessness continues to be an issue that people ignore and countries nationwide are criminalizing people for sleeping on the streets.

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest until we as a people start changing and realizing that the reason of our existence lies in using our gifts for the greater good of Humanity. When we are able to recognized that the beauty of life is found in upholding the human rights of all people and providing people with the basic human needs and working to abolish systems that seek to impose barriers on people’s dignity, human rights and way of life, then only then will we rest. Until then, we who believe in Freedom cannot rest.

Here is a great article about Ella Baker.

Here is my favorite song that honors Ella Baker.