ASSOCIATION OF MEXICAN AMERICAN EDUCATORS – OXNARD CHAPTER

“Committed to making a difference for our students”


VICTORY FOR LBGTQ+ and DACA COMMUNITIES

The month of June 2020 will end in historical landmark victories for our LBGTQ+ and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) communities. The Association of Mexican American Educators, Inc., Oxnard Chapter, applauds our Supreme Court Justices for supporting these communities and future generations.

Our LBGTQ+ community will now be protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and sex, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In a 6-3 decision, Justice Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion.  We celebrate this long-awaited victory.

Close to 700,000 DACA recipients received a reprieve when the Supreme Court upheld the decision to uphold the 2012 DACA immigration relief program.  DACA recipients receive temporary protection from deportation and the ability to rightful employment.  Recipients must renew their application every two years. 

“Arbitrary and capricious” are words used by Supreme Court Justices ruling in support and preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  U.S Supreme Court Justices Roberts, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan ruled against the Department of Homeland Security and that the Trump administration violated the laws governing federal agencies when it decided to end DACA.

Our Dreamers have succeeded in completing their education by earning degrees in various fields such as law, engineering, medicine and teaching.  They are contributors to our society.  This fight is not over.  There needs to be immigration reform which will give them a path toward citizenship.  Looking over your shoulder should not be a part of life especially in a country they call home.

We stand with our DACA brothers and sisters.  Today, DACA recipients will sleep at night.

¡Que Siga la Lucha!  Get out the vote in Nov!


IN SOLIDARITY. . .

The Association of Mexican American Educators, Inc., joins in solidarity with the pain, grief, and anger felt by millions of people across the globe following another tragic killing of our African-American brother, George Floyd, at the hands of police brutality.

As our nation faces a worldwide pandemic, the murder of George Floyd adds yet another layer of angst to the crisis. A traumatized nation stood shocked – as we witnessed the slow demise of George Floyd – taking to the streets, raising our voice, asking for justice, and pleading for reform. 

What is needed now is action. There needs to be accountability and responsibility at all levels of our bureaucracy embedded with systemic racism. It is only when these laws prohibiting this barbaric misconduct are in place and people willing to implement them, that will we see change. If we don’t act, we may be next.

It lays heavy on our hearts as our youth witness this behavior.  One that we have fought against for decades in hopes of bringing change to our community and society.

As educators, social justice and inequity need to be part of the students’ education to bring an awareness to the injustice we have witnessed and continue to witness today. We must become a united and inclusive family willing to stand up for our sisters and brothers. Our nation was born in unity but is divided due to our lack of vigilance. Each of us must teach by example.  Humanity is not one of color, creed, religion, or politics.  It is about people, human life, and our human family.  During this time of crisis, we need to stand together not be divided by racial injustice and discrimination.  

We stand for humanity.

We stand together with our Black brothers and sisters!


AMAE OXNARD CONGRATULATES OUR 2020 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS! BEST TO YOU AS YOU BEGIN YOUR COLLEGIATE EXPERIENCE.


Ms. Tania Salceda, senior at Channel Islands High School, will attend UC Berkeley and major in Political Science and Chicanx Studies.

Thank you so much, I am extremely honored to have been selected to receive this award.” ~ Tania


Mr. Bladam Gomez, senior at Oxnard High School, will attend UCLA with a major in Public Affairs.

“You have made my day with this news. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to present me with the scholarship that will be so useful for my family and me.” ~ Bladam


Ms. Daniella Hernandez, senior at Oxnard High School, will attend UCLA with a major in Biochemistry.

“Thank you for your generosity. I am very happy to learn that I was selected to be the recipient of the Association of Mexican American Educators scholarship.” ~ Daniella


Mr. Ivan Tapia-Ambriz, senior at Oxnard High School, will attend USC with a major in Psychology.

“By awarding me the AMAE Scholarship you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. I promise you I will work hard and plan to give back to the community.” ~ Ivan


Ms. Nicholle Azpera, senior at Santa Paula High School, will attend CSUCI with a major in Teaching.

With this scholarship it will help me in my journey through college at the California State University of Channel Islands in my pursue to become a teacher civically in order to come back to my community and serve them as one.” ~ Nicholle


Ms. Sarahy Torres, senior at Rio Mesa High School, will attend UCLA with a major in Chicano/Chicana Studies.

“I would like to start by saying thank you! This scholarship means a lot to me and my family, it will help me in my journey into higher education.” ~ Sarahy


Mr. Victor Duran, senior at Santa Paula High School, will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a major in Mechanical Engineering.

“Thank you, I am honored and humbled to receive this scholarship award. This will definitely help my family and I to achieve my goals.” ~ Victor


Mr. Allan Almaraz, senior at Santa Paula High School, will attend UC Irvine with a major in Economics.

“Thank you very much! I will make the most of this scholarship and work to make my community a better place. ” ~ Allan


DOLORES HUERTA CURRICULUM NOW AVAILABLE


Resources for April 10th, Dolores Huerta Day can be accessed at http://www.doloreshuerta.org

Oxnard School District Adopts “Dolores Huerta Day” Resolution

Maritza Avila (center), AMAE board member, and 7th grade student, Ruby Torres, celebrated with Board President Monica Madrigal-Lopez and Superintendent Karling Aguilera-Fort after OSD Board Members unanimously approved the adoption. Trustee and artist Denis O’Leary donated the portrait signed by Ms. Huerta. Thank you Maritza for bringing this resolution forward to the school district. Congratulations!!

Oxnard seeks new school name as Haydock’s racist past comes to light


AMAE SUPPORTS STUDENTS IN HAYDOCK INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL NAME CHANGE


For the past two years, AMAE has supported Haydock students and their teacher to bring about the name change for the intermediate school.  AMAE is proud to have supported the students and their teacher in the research that brought to light the practices and beliefs of Mr. Haydock.

“Last year, two students addressed the school board to share their research on Richard B. Haydock. The students wanted to learn more about their school’s namesake and discovered a book called “Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality” by local author David G. García.”  VCstar link: https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2020/01/17/oxnard-school-district-looking-new-school-name-replace-haydock/4495132002/

Your support is needed to continue this effort.  Attend the community meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and/or submit your comments on the OSD webpage survey. 




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