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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.
NEWS
By GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?"
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | August 18, 2010
> > 50 Years Ago —Planters Hotel in Brawley has been bought by Ed Rutherford and Bob Colter. The business partners said Wednesday they purchased the hotel from Mrs. Russel Willey. It was built in 1926 by her late husband, A.J. Kalin. Rutherford and Colter said they will start renovating, rebuilding and refurbishing the 100-room valley landmark immediately. They did not disclose the purchase price. Tax roll records indicate county appraisal of the land and building is $298,280, about one-fourth of market value.
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NEWS
November 3, 2009
Fifteen farmers from the Westmorland area showed up at the meeting to protest Walker?s dismissal, and several spoke up to say they had never seen the man drunk on the job, as had been charged. Discussion grew heated when Paul Mitchell of Brawley accused ?three other members of the board? of torpedoing his attempts to bring calm to the troubled water in Westmorland. > > 40 years ago ? It could be Cesar Chavez against Ronald Reagan in the 1970 California governor?s race. The Brawley chapter of the Mexican-American Political Association reported it has received indications ?
NEWS
By GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | 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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
September 19, 2003
You have to love some of the news reports coming out lately about Cruz Bustamante. This guy wants to be governor badly, but not badly enough to attend the recent Mexican-American Political Association's convention. For those who attended MAPA's convention, Bustamante was in Colorado, his plane unable to leave. For those who don't care, he was 10 minutes away, and couldn't care less about MAPA. He had other, more important places to go, things to do and people to see. It's a fascinating development because other politicians have blown off MAPA in recent years as well.
NEWS
By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer | September 16, 2003
BUENA PARK ? Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante blew off the Mexican American Political Association's endorsement convention here Sunday to attend a fund-raiser in Santa Ana, just minutes away. Because of Bustamante's no-show, MAPA delegates voted not to officially endorse anyone in the upcoming election to recall and replace Gov. Davis. Local MAPA delegations are free to make their own endorsements. MAPA bylaws require a candidate to appear at the association's endorsement convention to win an endorsement from the 7,500-strong group.
NEWS
February 3, 2003
Yes siree, $100,000 bucks sure can give a fellow a new perception on life. It also will alter your attitude and opinion. I signed an agreement/contract with Mike Morgan and Associates to: 1. Not write letters to the editor 2. Re-register as a Republican 3. Speak English only 4. Go to church every Sunday. I still feel that the ongoing plans for a foundation will benefit the Mexican youths of Imperial Valley. When the money starts to be distributed to churches, clubs and schools, people will say "Oh, what a marvelous idea.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 29, 2002
Daniel Santillan's answers to my letter sounded like an apology for his inability to accept the First Amendment rights of this writer. You failed to answer my letter. Where is the jester of MAPA? The person who gives advice is often the person who needs it more than the receiver. Did you know the Mexican revolution was fought because 98 percent of the population was illiterate and landless. In 1933 President Lazaro Cardenas granted land to the campesinos. For the first time many Mexicans owned land.
NEWS
By AARON CLAVERIE | September 20, 2002
Staff Writer CARSON ? Divided by internal conflicts, the Mexican American Political Association has splintered into two factions, those who support MAPA President Ben Benavidez and those who side with Gloria Garcia-Miranda, director of MAPA's Los Angeles metropolitan region. Imperial Valley MAPA members, a small group compared to MAPA groups in the Los Angeles and Fresno areas, Benavidez's home base, are watching the battle. While a fissure between the factions has been widening since Benavidez was elected president last year in a contested election, last month's abruptly canceled general endorsement convention, and the resulting statewide embarrassment it brought to MAPA, looks to have made the space between the Los Angeles and Fresno groups unbridgeable.
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