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Oxnard Community Leader welcomes Chief Scott Whitney

Oxnard Community Leader welcomes Chief Scott Whitney

. . By Armando Vazquez Effective September 16, 2016, that Scott Whitney will be the new Police Chief of Oxnard. This is great news for the community of Oxnard. For close to two decades we at the Café on A have worked with Officer Whitney, and we have come to know from our long professional association that […]

An Immigrant comes out of the Shadows after 39 years

An Immigrant comes out of the Shadows after 39 years

. . By Armando Vazquez This is how Julie X’s confessional narrative, “This is my true and accurate testimony. I was born in in August 20, 1979 in Michoacán, Morelia, Mexico to a single abusive alcoholic mother. I do not know who my real father is; his identity was never revealed to me. My mother […]

The Healing Power of the Curandera at Cafe on A in Oxnard

The Healing Power of the Curandera at Cafe on A in Oxnard

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An open letter to Artists and Art Community Based Organizations of the Oxnard Plains area

An open letter to Artists and Art Community Based Organizations of the Oxnard Plains area

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Community-defined evidence practices in mental health wellness: in the Latino population of Oxnard and Ventura County

Community-defined evidence practices in mental health wellness: in the Latino population of Oxnard and Ventura County

By Armando Vazquez A liberation manifesto to VCBH (Ventura County Mental Health Services   COMMUNITY-DEFINED EVIDENCE PRACTICES (CDEPS): Edition For the purposes of our own self determination, pills liberation and the wellness of our community a CDEP is defined as a set of bottom-up practices derived from a community’s ideas of illness and healing or […]

Fracking or Farms?

Fracking or Farms?

    . By Naomi Fisher At this time, drought is more important than fracking. The excessive amounts of water used on fracking should be going to farms. Farms can use recycled water. Farms need the precious water Fracking is consuming. As the drought continues, water restrictions will probably get worse. Because of dry farms, […]

Power Corrupts the Oxnard City Council

Power Corrupts the Oxnard City Council

   

The New Orleans Killings What To Do About Black-on-Black Violence?

The New Orleans Killings What To Do About Black-on-Black Violence?

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson When the FBI released its latest annual crime report showing that violent crime is on the upswing in many big cities, a bevy of law enforcement, officials, and criminologists prayed that the report was just an aberrant blip on the crime chart. There was good reason to hope that: murder rates […]

Why we mistrust and fear the cops

Why we mistrust and fear the cops

    By Armando Vazquez All of us in Oxnard, pills throughout this nation believe that this country, ed the United States of America, is a nation of laws. The problem is what set of laws are we talking about? The laws for the white folks? The laws for the rich folks? Or the laws […]

The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health Coalition Latino Mental Health Survey

The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health Coalition Latino Mental Health Survey

    By Armando Vazquez In Oxnard t we do not know where to turn to seek out help with our mental health issues. This is why the Oxnard multicultural Mental Health (OMMH) coalition is such a critical and unique community mental health movement and agent of change.  We are working together toward mental wellness. […]