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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. […]

Oxnard Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is a Fraud

Oxnard Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is a Fraud

By Armando Vazquez As with so many other current policing practices, Officer Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is a lot more about Public Relations than about truly preparing officers adequately respond to a crisis call involving mental illness. Cops in America are trained universally to go into a situation with force, come out alive, shoot […]

The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health (OMMH) Coalition is Established

The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health (OMMH) Coalition is Established

Guest By Armando Vazquez I have had many battles with mental health and have waged them to exorcise the ghosts of a lifelong illness. Countless brothers and sisters in our community have had their struggles with mental illness, pharm too.  Almost to a person we express the same anger, capsule rage, viagra 60mg alienation, fear, […]

Oxnard: The Arts City of Ventura County

Oxnard: The Arts City of Ventura County

By Armando Vazquez The City of Oxnard’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) Awards Committee has just reviewed some 50 proposals from local artists and art organizations and they will soon award about $150,000 dollars in AIPP funds. The city of Oxnard’s Arts in Public Places concept has been around for over 28 years, and  for […]

A Valentine Note: To find the meaning of love when death pays a visit

A Valentine Note: To find the meaning of love when death pays a visit

By Armando Vazquez In the past few months, with increasing severity, I have been living in a suffocating, very real world of asphyxiation.  I cannot catch my breath.  In this ever darkening place I had to come to terms with my life long struggle with love. I am 65 years old and I am dying. […]

Giving a college education to all youths in America

Giving a college education to all youths in America

The “Chicken” Choke Hold as a policing tool: Then and Now

The “Chicken” Choke Hold as a policing tool: Then and Now

By Armando Vazquez In the mid-1970’s I was hired as a Deputy Probation Officer with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Affirmative action was the cause de jour of the times. I met the minimum requirements: Chicano male, college graduate, literate, no arrest record, and bilingual.  I was hired. I recall receiving very little legal […]

The 1% Cacique Democracy

The 1% Cacique Democracy

By: Armando Vazquez I was born 65 years ago in the small village of Ahualulco, Jalisco, Mexico. After the rains came a barren and foreboding valley was temporarily transformed into a magnificent tapestry of God’s green promise to all of us. It was a promise of a better life for the impoverished campesinos. But that […]

I am thankful my Chicano sons are alive

I am thankful my Chicano sons are alive

I am the father of two young Chicano males. If they approached you, certainly you could mistake them for being Mexican, yet they are as American as any blued-eyed blond-hair kid  they went to high school with about a decade ago. My two brown Chicano kids survived/lived through their somewhat turbulent and chaotic adolescent years […]

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