AMAE joins with other advocacy groups such as Californian’s Together, Learning Rights Law Center, and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense Fund) to advocate for the fair treatment and research-based “Best Practices” for Latino children in school.
At the local level, AMAE attends school board meetings and other school events, as well as meets with school officials, parents and school staff in order to keep abreast of current issues affecting the education of our Latino youth. AMAE advocates on topics of concern as needed.
ADVOCACY EFFORTS IN OUR COMMUNITY
AMAE has been supporting a 6th grade student and her teacher from Haydock Intermediate School. The student requested OSD to change the Haydock name due to the history of the individual it was named after. She became curious as to the origin and through research came across Dr. David G. García’s book. Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520296879. Appalled by the racist and injustice treatment of Latino children, she bravely approached the board to change the name.
After almost 6 months, Dr. Morales, OSD superintendent, finally placed the item on the board agenda for discussion and possible vote to proceed with the process. This was a call to action to our members to support the student and her teacher in this effort.
The item was on OSD agenda (5/15).
Amazing victory for young Kimberli & Desiree!! On May 15, at OSD board meeting, they both did an extraordinary job of presenting facts to the school board on the racist actions of Richard B. Haydock. OSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with the process of renaming Haydock school. Kudos to their teacher, Ms. Lauren Mendez, for supporting and encouraging the team.
AMAE is proud to support and encourage our young leaders. While this vote and direction won’t erase the discrimination and atrocities endured by our young Mexican students, it is a move forward to opening conversations to examine the history and inequality in education.
Building stronger communities for our children to live and strive is AMAE’s mission. We appreciate our members who attended the board meeting. Kudos to our speakers for sharing their comments and bringing a different aspect to the issue. Let’s keep el “Fuego Nuevo” lit!!!
Si Se Puede!!
AMAE Oxnard Chapter hosted a parent workshop on immigration rights. We thank the United Methodist Church, 1801 No. Joliet Pl., Oxnard, for opening their doors. We appreciate Delia L. Franco, Immigration Specialist Attorney from the Franco Law Group in Los Angeles, who shared her expertise on immigration rights. Attorney Franco helped parents with information on what to do if they are faced with deportation. Most importantly, how to prepare family members.
AMAE provided guests with “Know Your Rights” cards to share and refer to in the event ICE knocks at their door.
Know your rights in the event of an ICE raid.
Conzoca sus derechos en caso de una redada.