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An Immigrant’s Birthday Reflection

An Immigrant’s Birthday Reflection

. . By Armando Vazquez I was born 65 years ago on a coarse palm frown woven tapete, to two dirt poor indigenous subsistence farmers. My abueltias, both matriarchs and curanderas of the small tribal village of Ahualulco; who performed the sacred task of mid-wives for most of the women in the impoverished village, delivered […]

Doing the Zombie Dance In Oxnard

Doing the Zombie Dance In Oxnard

  . By Armando Vazquez In the stunning defeat of civilized democracy in this nation, the toxic fallout and pain is so expansive that it defies comprehension. In the past couple of days all of the folks that I love and know are walking around in apocalyptic shock not knowing what to do next:  y […]

Commentary: On Kids with Guns, Racism, Hatred, How Fools Never Learn!

Commentary: On Kids with Guns, Racism, Hatred, How Fools Never Learn!

By Armando Vazquez A message to BC and Oxnard How can anyone deny that the world is a violent and turbulent maelstrom of racism, sexism, religious fanaticism bordering on the worship of insanity, hatred and intolerance? All this violence created almost exclusively by men all over the world, including Oxnard. A high school kid that […]

Guest Editorial: A Senior Citizen’s Apology

Guest Editorial: A Senior Citizen’s Apology

By Naomi Fisher   As a child of the fifties I grew up with an absolute belief in our country and government. In school we “educated” civilians scoffed at the “propaganda” we were told the poor, delusional Russian citizens were fed. We even felt sorry for the uninformed fools on the other side of the Cold […]

Grau Funded by One of County’s Worst Polluters

Grau Funded by One of County’s Worst Polluters

By Nick Bonge When reviewing contributions to Dave Grau’s recent failed County Supervisor bid, it is clear that the much of his financial support comes from development interests. Yet, Ventura residents may still be shocked to see one name stand out, Staben. Called a “renegade contractor” by former Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn, Tom Staben […]

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 […]