April 10, 2002
The Mexican American Political Association has fought injustice during and after World War II and is still fighting these injustices, but now with a better self-concept, with a sustaining and lasting dedication and determination and with more sophisticated and greater manpower. The dedication is courageous and contagious. MAPA through its political process is fighting the vast racism that is rampant in our country and that seems unable to tolerate differences. MAPA is fighting for the right to be as we are Chicanos and within our culture we demand the right to be first-class citizens within this, our United States.
August 23, 2002
The first time I became aware of the Mexican-American Political Association was decades ago. My aunt Pat Vega was intimately involved in it. In fact, if I remember correctly, she was there when it was founded. Aunt Pat, who now lives in San Diego, was always involved with organizations like MAPA. She was never happy with my more moderate political leanings. In fact, almost my entire family, immediate and extended, are good ultra-liberals until they look at their take-home pay. Needless to say, I ignored the criticisms leveled at me by my family members.
February 9, 2007
Arturo Encinas is leading Imperial Valley Latinos to make their mark on the American political landscape. Encinas is president of the Calexico chapter of the Mexican-American Political Association, a Latino-rights organization founded in Fresno during the civil rights movement of the 1960s that grew to become one of the key advocacy groups for Mexican-Americans. Also a student at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus and president of Financial Investing Realty & Mortgage Inc., Encinas became president of the Calexico chapter of MAPA when it was founded in January 2006.
June 7, 2001
Puffing on Cuban cigars, the counterrevolutionaries of MAPA met in a smoke-filled-backroom. The usual suspects: Rob Rube, Danny Sandia, "Whinito" Hernandez and their godfather, Rabble Aragont, hatched a plot to infiltrate the FBI. Cristina Hijo de Matias was enlisted from outside because the FBI is underrepresented by Hispanic female agents. Exalted ruler Aragont approved the insurgency. Government agent I.M. Listo conducted Cristina's interview. "So, you want to become an FBI agent?"
October 30, 2002
Mr. Rudy Yniguez, it was very stimulating to sit by my husband, Roberto Rubio, and observe national/state MAPA's executive meeting in Fresno. The MAPA executives who came from far and wide (not all were USA-Mexs) ran a very intelligent, business-like MAPA meeting. I would like you to know, Rudy, that most of them have more money and education than you and all have a heart to help those who went through what you and most of us did. They do not focus on the USA-Mex's negative weaknesses that we all, you included, went through.
June 16, 2001
Bless me, David Boniface, for I have sinned. You must forgive me. You are correct. We must work for unity. I recognize you are a doctor and better than I. I must listen to you because you are my superior. In politics you will help me by letting me know which candidates are qualified. With your help I will never again err in how I vote. As my superior you have all the right to insult and call me names. For unity and your honor I must gladly take it and never answer you back.
October 30, 2003
As I write this letter there is a joint class-action suit filed by Hispanic FBI, DEA, Immigration and Border Patrol agents/officers for discrimination in promotions. I'm sure that everyone who lives in Imperial Valley knows at least one person who works for one of these law-enforcement institutions. Ask what is the status of the suit. Having been brought up in Brawley (1945-1976) and living in Calexico since, I know well from experience that we are all products of our environment.
September 3, 2002
We participated in a political rally outside the Capitol in Sacramento last weekend and we did not get kicked out (MAPA convention) this time. Fifty-four Imperial Valley farm workers, union staff and students boarded a bus and traveled north for 13 hours. On arrival we joined people from all over California at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Then we marched in solidarity (not in lockstep, Rudy) with other unions and activists to the foot of the Capitol. We were exercising our constitutional right to assemble and to speak out. For me this was a spiritual experience I had not felt since the funeral of Cesar Chavez.
June 15, 2001
In response to Mr. Boniface's June 7 charges of MAPA's "Hispanic nationalism" criticism letter, I would honestly hold back on those comments he made and instead of poking and gesturing at some of the players in this organization, I would recommend he take a look at the details and the great length that this organization has gone to in educating our public on this redistricting issue. It is hard enough to get our people involved in the community with issues and movements. With people making fun of "shakers and movers" such as you displayed in your letter, and with the comment saying that the MAPA organization would go the extreme in electing the communist Castro or the tyrant Pincochet, who has a legacy of torture, murder and international terrorism, is just not called for. I would ask for your sincere apology on that.