Monday, First of March Musings

March 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments

Happy Monday & Happy March!

There are a few items that I will be blogging about this week, but in the never ending search for new material, I came across this piece regarding Latinos and the “tea party movement.” Essentially, Latinos have become the perfect scapegoats for the Tea Partiers. Here’s the latest video from the Facebook group “Cuentame” exposing some of the hate being spread around at these tea parties:

In California politics, Mayor Villaraigosa’s cousin, John Perez was sworn in as the new Speaker of the Assembly. Perez is the first openly gay speaker to serve in this role. Today he expressed that his sexuality does not define him, but he gave a nod in acknowledging gay political leaders who came before him. Perez also distinguished himself from his cousin, Mayor Villaraigosa, when asked about the possibility of following his older cousin’s career path:

“It’s not my goal in life,” Perez said in a recent interview with the Times. “You never rule anything out but it’s as close to a rule-out as you can possible do. I love my cousin. We’re very different people in many ways. Just because he did it doesn’t mean I want to do it.”

You can read Speaker Perez’s swearing-in speech here. I particularly liked the part about public-private partnerships in the community colleges and his expressed commitment to fight for higher education in California.

In regards to the recent earthquake in Chile, I have come across some interesting pieces about why Chile is poised to recover more quickly from this disaster than Haiti was. Most notably, Chile has more modern building codes, but its economy is considered one of the “best run” in all of Latin America. Also, this week, Secretary Clinton will be hand delivering the first American assistance to Chile in the form of satellite phones.

Tags: Antonio Villaraigosa · California Assembly Speaker John Perez · community organizing and activism · Education · Hillary Clinton · racism

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Mar 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Re: “I particularly liked the part about public-private partnerships in the community colleges…”

    That’s just a way for them to begin to privatize community colleges. Now that so many minorities are in public schools, they don’t want to fund them anymore.

    Do you know when people first started calling for school vouchers? In 1954, after Brown v Board of Education. Prop 13 passed, not only because of property taxes, but because people were sick of bussing . Prop 13 had a provision in it that shfted education funding from property taxes to the general fund. That shifted power over school funding away from the cities, which were beginning to elect more minorities, to Sacramento, which in the 1970s, had few minorities in state office.

  • 2 webmaster // Mar 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Anna: Re: “I particularly liked the part about public-private partnerships in the community colleges…”

    Did you even read Perez’s speech? He was talking about creating courses and programs that more respond to the needs of industry so that graduates can have jobs. This is what he said:

    “Here’s an example: a community college in Massachusetts recently initiated a public-private partnership that allows students in their Nursing and Allied Health programs to shorten the time spent in school by guaranteeing access to the classes they need to graduate.

    This is a win for the students who move into good-paying jobs sooner…it’s good for the college because they can help more students enter the job market sooner…and it’s good for the state, which gets badly needed health professionals on an accelerated basis.”

    The reality is that the colleges need to partner with the private sector so that workers are adequately trained to meet the needs of industry. In doing so, learning centers are created, more coherent paths to careers and jobs are produced, students are more motivated because they know that they have more opportunities upon graduation, etc. Not every public-private partnership is bad per se. For instance, the Clintons are big proponents of public-private partnerships.

    Perez was not talking about vouchers…

  • 3 Anna // Mar 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Usually the term ‘public private partnerships’ when applied to education refers to a private entity taking over the funding of a school, and usually its curriculum. It’s a way to privatize the school. Perez clearly did not mean it in that context. My mistake.

    That’s a good idea, as well as limiting texts from lobbyists and televising some hearings.

  • 4 WhatThe.. // Mar 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I don’t get it, saw the video what was the hate?

  • 5 jojo // Mar 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    perez is a crook just like tony v

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