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Elections held in
Missouri and Kansas
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Trabajadores con bajos salarios
convocan a huelga nacional
Low-Wage workers call
for nationwide strike
por Joe Arce and Jose Faus
E
Elections held Tuesday on both sides of the state line, had
some claiming that voter turnout was shallow while others
said it was steady. Either way, voters did come out to the
polls to cast their ballots for their candidates of choice.
by Debra DeCoster
M
ayor Sly James’ landslide
victory was no surprise
in the Primary Election
in Kansas City, Missouri.
The unofficial final results show that
he landed 82 percent of the votes
over his challengers Vincent Lee with
11 percent and Clay Chastain with
a mere 7 percent.
Voters will decide between James
and Lee in the General Election on
June 23.
The Kansas City, Missouri City
Council races are heating up for the
final bid in the General election in
June. As the candidates prepare for
the next leg of the campaign trail,
the competition for office could have
some candidates neck and neck in
the polls.
Jamekia Kendrix, Rachel Riley,
Bryan Dial and Shaheer Akhtab
challenged
City
Councilman
Jermaine Reed, 3rd District in the
April Primary election for his seat.
Reed emerged as the clear winner
with 57 percent of the votes. His
closest opponent, Jamekia Kendrix
received 17 percent of the votes
and they both will move onto the
General election.
City
councilmember
Jan
Marcason, 4th district, has reached
EMERGING FROM... / PAGE 8
Royals at their best
on opening day
l movimiento por un salario
justo comenzó hace dos años,
cuando unas 200 personas
se reunieron en la Ciudad de
Nueva York, para pedir un aumento
de salario a $15 dólares la hora
para los trabajadores de comida
rápida. Al principio descartado
como una causa perdida, el
movimiento ha crecido en todo el
país, llamando a una convocatoria
para una huelga nacional el 15
de abril. Los organizadores están
exigiendo un aumento salarial de
$15 dólares la hora y el derecho a
sindicalizar a los trabajadores sin
temor a represalias.
“Es un testimonio del poder
de este movimiento, el ver que
muchas personas salen a las calles
cuando se les avisa con menos
EL MOVIMIENTO ... / PÁGINA 2
by Joe Arce and Jose Faus
T
he fair wage movement began
two years ago when roughly
200 people gathered in New
York City calling for an increase
in wages for fast food workers to
$15 an hour. At first dismissed as
a hopeless cause, the movement has
grown across the country leading to
a call for a nationwide strike on April
15. Organizers are demanding
an hourly wage increase to $15
an hour and the right to unionize
workers without fear of retaliation.
“It is a testimony to the power of this
movement to see this many people
come out on less than a day’s notice.
Less than a day and this is how many
people are willing to put their lives
on the front of this really important
movement,” said Donna Simon,
MOVEMENT IS ... / PAGE 2
Over one hundred protesters walked around the McDonald’s
restaurant at 37th and Broadway last Thursday afternoon. They
called for a raise to $15.00 an hour and the right to unionize
without fear of retaliation.
El pasado jueves por la tarde, más de un centenar de manifestantes caminaron
alrededor del restaurante McDonalds, ubicado en las calles 37 y Broadway.
Pidieron un aumento de sueldo de $15 dólares por hora y el derecho a la
sindicalización sin temor a las represalias.
Después de diez años, NCLR
regresa a KC
A ft e r ten y ea r s
N C L R r etur ns to K C
These Royals fans couldn’t afford to go to opening day game,
but they still love their Royals. Next best thing was going to the
Matchbox Bar & Grill for Royals watch party.
by Joe Arce and Jose Faus
I
t‘s a hallowed tradition. Every
year across the country, people
gather for the opening day
of the baseball season. Every
team begins with a fresh start
and
sometimes,
unreasonable
expectations.
The Kansas City Royals are no
different. Coming off a thrilling ride
that saw them reach the final game
of the World Series, there are many
convinced that this is the year they
win it all. They are the frontrunner
and expected by many fans and
some pundits to defend their
American League Championship
and return to the series.
If the first game of the year is any
indication then let’s start buying the
playoff tickets right now. We need to
convince the Royals to print them first.
In a lopsided, if not sloppy game,
mostly by the visiting Chicago White
Sox, the Royals took the lead of the
western division with a strong 10-1
victory. New player Alex Rios had
three hits, one of which was a home
run and he added a stolen base.
Yordano Ventura pitched six plus
innings before retiring with a hand
cramp, though his reaction made it
look like he had put his hand in a
blender.
Mike Moustakas, he of the anemic
swing, hit an opposite field homer
for the first time of his big league
professional life. Let that sink in for
WITH SUCCESS ... / PAGE 4
por Joe Arce and Jose Faus
E
l Consejo Nacional de La
Raza se reunirá en Kansas
City del 11 al 15 de julio para
su conferencia nacional. La
conferencia es el mayor encuentro
nacional de latinos y refleja la
postura de la organización más
grande de defensa de los latinos en
el país.
“CUANDO PIENSAN EN ... / PÁGINA 3
by Joe Arce and Jose Faus
T
he National Council of La Raza
will be gathering for its national
conference in Kansas City on
July 11-15. The conference
is the largest national gathering of
Latinos and reflects the organization’s
position as the largest Latino advocacy
organization in the country.
“WHEN THEY THINK ... / PAGE 3
NCLR representatives Clarissa Martinez and Enrique Chaurand
are spending a great deal of time in Kansas City. They are sharing
information about the upcoming NCLR national convention and
how important it is to not only attend but also show how the
convention will bring national attention to our city.
Los representantes de NCLR, Clarissa Martínez y Enrique Chaurand
se han tomando una gran cantidad de tiempo en Kansas City. Están
compartiendo información sobre la próxima convención nacional NCLR
y lo importante que es no sólo atender, sino también mostrar cómo la
convención traerá la atención nacional a nuestra ciudad.
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El movimiento está
creciendo
CONT./PÁGINA 1
de un día de antelación.
Menos de un día y así es
como muchas personas están
dispuestas a poner sus vidas
al frente de este realmente
importante movimiento”, dijo
Donna Simon, pastor de La
Esperanza de San Marcos y
de la Iglesia Luterana de la
Paz, en una reunión y marcha
organizada
rápidamente
el jueves pasado, en el
McDonalds ubicado en las
calles 37 y Broadway, en
Kansas City, MO.
Más de 150 trabajadores
con
bajos
salarios,
partidarios de los sindicatos,
grupos religiosos y grupos
comunitarios
marcharon
y gritaron, “Detengan las
hamburguesas,
detengan
las papas fritas, hagan
de nuestros salarios algo
grande”.
Los manifestantes criticaron
el anuncio de McDonald’s un
día antes, de que establecería
el pago de un dólar más por
encima del salario mínimo
local, para los trabajadores
en sus tiendas propiedad de
la empresa en los EU, en vigor
a partir de julio. El aumento
salarial afectaría a cerca
de 90 mil empleados, pero
no al total de 1,6 millones
de trabajadores en tiendas
corporativas y franquicias de
McDonald’s. El anuncio se
produjo un día después que
los organizadores habían
anunciado planes para una
huelga nacional el 15 de
abril.
“McDonald’s anunció ayer
algunos aumentos modestos
e incluso algo de tiempo de
vacaciones para alrededor
del 10% de sus trabajadores”,
dijo Simon. “Estos son buenos
pasos y en la dirección
correcta, pero esta lucha es de
aproximadamente el 100 %
de los trabajadores. Estamos
sin temor en nuestra lucha,
por un verdadero salario
digno de 15 dólares la hora,
y el derecho a organizarse
sin represalias para todos
los trabajadores de comida
rápida y otros trabajadores
con bajos salarios”.
“Al hacer este anuncio,
McDonald’s nos mostró que
pueden tomar la decisión
de aumentar los salarios
de
los
trabajadores
y
proporcionar mejores puestos
de trabajo”, dijo Latifah
Trezvant, trabajadora de un
McDonald’s en Kansas City,
MO, a quien se le paga el
salario mínimo en Missouri
de $7.65 dólares por hora.
“Gano $7.65 por hora”,
dijo a los manifestantes.
“He estado trabajando en la
comida rápida durante siete
años, y aún sigo ganando
el salario mínimo. He sido
parte de la organización
desde 2013 y he estado en
huelga en cuatro ocasiones.
No se ha terminado. Yo estoy
aquí, hoy, para preguntarle
a
McDonald’s
¿dónde
está mi aumento?’ Quiero
preguntarle a McDonald’s
¿Dónde están todos nuestros
aumentos?’”
“Está postura pública de
McDonald’s no hace nada
para ayudarme a pagar mis
alimentos, pagar mis cuentas,
pagar mi deuda de estudiante
o incluso pagar por mi futuro”,
añadió. “Mientras yo trabajo
duro todos los días para esta
billonaria compañía, yo voy
a seguir ganando $7.65 por
hora sólo para salirle al paso.
Me pagan salarios de miseria
para que el Presidente de
McDonald’s gane $9. 200
dólares”.
Judy Ancel, directora de
Estudios Laborales de UMKC,
habló con Hispanic News. “El
movimiento está creciendo
mucho. Existe esta tremenda
necesidad de los trabajadores
para conseguir un aumento
de sueldo. Nuestros salarios
han disminuido y disminuido
y especialmente los salarios
de trabajadores con pagas
bajas. El salario mínimo tiene
que mantenerse al día con
el costo de vida. Eso no una
buena base para pagar a la
gente un salario digno. Son
salarios de hambre”.
Ancel añadió que el
movimiento no se limita a
los trabajadores de comida
rápida, sino que ahora
incluye a otros trabajadores
de bajos salarios, como
los trabajadores de Dollar
Tree, de gasolineras y
trabajadores del comercio
minorista. Ella dijo, que el
apoyo de la comunidad y el
movimiento obrero han sido
fundamentales para impulsar
el movimiento.
“Yo estoy con Kansas City
Trabajos con Justicia y este es
uno de nuestros principales
problemas”,
explicó
Ancel. “Entendemos que la
justicia económica sólo va
a venir con la capacidad
de los trabajadores para
organizarse y tener cierto
poder de negociación con sus
Movement is growing
CONT./PAGE 1
pastor Saint Mark’s Hope and
Peace Lutheran Church, to a
quickly organized gathering
and march last Thursday at
the McDonald’s on 37th &
Broadway in Kansas City,
MO.
Over
150
low-wage
workers and supporters from
labor unions, faith groups,
and community groups rallied
and chanted, “Hold the
burgers, Hold the fries, Make
our wages supersized.”
The demonstrators were
critical
of
McDonald’s
announcement
the
day
prior that it would set pay
one dollar above the local
minimum wage for workers at
its corporate-owned stores in
the U.S., effective in July. The
wage increase would affect
about 90,000 employees
but not the total 1.6 million
workers
in
McDonald’s
corporate and franchise
stores. The announcement
came a day after organizers
had announced plans for a
nationwide strike set for April
15.
“McDonald’s announced
yesterday some modest raises
and even some vacation
time for about ten percent
of its workers,” said Simon.
“These are good steps and
in the right direction but this
fight is about 100 percent of
workers. We are undaunted
in our fight for a real liveable
wage of $15 an hour
and the right to organize
without retaliation for all fast
food and other low wage
workers.”
“By
making
this
announcement, McDonald’s
showed us that they can
choose to raise workers’
pay and provide better
jobs,” said Latifah Trezvant,
a McDonald’s worker from
Kansas City, MO, who is
paid the Missouri minimum
wage of $7.65 an hour. “I
make 7.65 an hour,” she
told the marchers. “I have
been working in fast food
for seven years but I still
make minimum wage. … I
have been organizing since
2013 and I have been on
strike four times. … It ain’t
over. … I am here today to
ask McDonald’s ‘where is
my raise at?’ I want to ask
McDonald’s ‘Where is all of
our raises?’
for the last forty years, if
minimum wage had tracked
the amount of earnings
that our workers produce,
La semana pasada McDonald’s anunció, que establecería el pago de un dólar más por encima del
salario mínimo local para los trabajadores en sus restaurantes propiedad de la empresa en los EU,
esto a partir de julio. Se espera que el ajuste salarial repercuta en 90 mil trabajadores en los EU,
una fracción del 1,6 millones de trabajadores de la empresa, la mayoría de los cuales continuarán
recibiendo como pago el salario mínimo o un poco más.
McDonald’s last week announced that it would set pay one dollar above the local
minimum wage for workers at its corporate-owned stores in the U.S., effective
July. The pay adjustment is expected to affect 90,000 workers in the U.S. – a
fraction of the company’s 1.6 million workers, most of whom will continue to be
paid the minimum wage or barely more.
empleadores”. Ella respondió
a las acusaciones de que
un pago de $15 dólares
es demasiado alto. “Si nos
fijamos en los aumentos
de productividad de los
trabajadores en los Estados
Unidos durante los últimos
cuarenta años, si el salario
mínimo hubiera rastreado
la cantidad de ganancias
que
producen
nuestros
trabajadores,
el
salario
mínimo debería ser de $18
dólares por hora”.
Ancel
señalaba
que
el
advenimiento
de
la
automatización
y
la
desindustrialización
han
socavado los empleos que
apoyaban a las familias de
clase media.
“Lo que queda son trabajos
de servicio - el crecimiento
de la economía de comida
rápida”, explicó. “Se tiene
esta expectativa, de que
esos son trabajos temporales,
cuando en realidad se
convierten
en
empleos
permanentes, porque la gente
no tiene otras alternativas”.
minimum wage should be at
$18 an hour.”
Ancel pointed out that
the advent of automation
and
de-industrialization
have undermined jobs that
supported
families.
explained. “… There is this
expectation that those are
temporary jobs when in fact
those become permanent
jobs because people don’t
have any other alternatives.”
middle
class
“What is left are service
jobs – the growth of the
fast food economy,” she
This publicity stand by
McDonald’s
doesn’t
do
anything to help me pay for
my groceries, pay my bills,
pay down my student debt or
even pay for my future,” she
added. “While I work hard
for this billion dollar company
everyday, I will continue to
make 7.65 an hour just to get
by. I am paid poverty wages
so that McDonald’s CEO’s
can make $9,200.”
Judy Ancel, director of
Labor Studies at UMKC,
spoke with Hispanic News.
“The movement is really
growing. … There is this
tremendous need for workers
to get a raise. Our wages
have dropped and dropped
and especially the wages
of low-wage workers. The
minimum wage has to keep
up with the cost of living. It is
not a good base for paying
people a living wage. … It is
starvation wages.”
Ancel added that the
movement is not confined to
fast food workers but now
includes other low-wage
workers such as Dollar Tree
workers, gas station and
retail workers. She said that
the support of the community
and the labor movement have
been critical in propelling the
movement.
“I am with Kansas City
Jobs With Justice and this is
one of our primary issues,”
explained
Ancel.
“We
understand that economic
justice is only going to come
with the ability of workers
to organize and have some
bargaining power with their
employers.” She countered
charges that the $15 mark
is too high. “If you look at
productivity increases for
workers in the United States
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Las oficinas de NCLR se
encuentran en Washington
DC, y se componen de una
red nacional de filiales. En
el área de Kansas City esas
asociaciones
incluyen
a
Guadalupe Centers Inc, El
Centro y el Centro Mattie
Rhodes.
Hispanic
News
se
sentó
recientemente
con
Clarissa Martínez y Enrique
Chaurand, representantes de
NCLR, para hablar sobre la
conferencia y lo que la gente
puede esperar.
“Queremos ser capaces
de exaltar y reconocer la
contribución que los latinos
realizan en estos dos estados,
la región y sobre todo al
país”, explicó Martínez. “Ese
es un papel importante en
esta conferencia. Además,
parte de lo que hacemos es
educar y presentar temas
que son importantes para la
comunidad, y son gratuitos y
abiertos al público”.
El acceso gratuito permite la
asistencia a la Expo Familia,
que incluye una variedad
de talleres y presentaciones
interactivas centradas en
el deporte, la salud y ferias
de vivienda, así como
presentaciones para familias.
La
conferencia
también
contará con un torneo de
fútbol que tendrá lugar
durante la reunión. Sporting
KC está ayudando con la
planificación del evento.
Los eventos especiales,
como almuerzos y recepciones
nocturnas
con
ponentes
magistrales,
son
eventos
pagados. La conferencia se
cierra con una cena formal de
gala y entrega de premios.
“Lamentablemente, cobramos
por eso, porque tenemos que
pagar la comida y todo lo que
va con ello”, dijo Chaurand.
“En nuestra comunidad
latina sabemos que venimos
en todos los colores, tamaños
y niveles de ingresos”,
agregó
Martínez.
“Hay
muchas cosas que ofrecemos
de manera gratuita a aquellos
que vienen a la conferencia”.
El enfoque variado de los
talleres y presentaciones
contrarresta la impresión
de que NCLR se concentra
exclusivamente en asuntos
de inmigración. Martínez
explicó que la idea errónea
surge de la importancia que
los medios de comunicación
atribuyen a cuestiones de
inmigración.
“Si alguien solamente te
pregunta sobre el color azul,
luego se va y dice que sólo
te gusta el color azul”, se
quejó Martínez. “Lo que
pasa, es que es lo único por
lo que te preguntan. Creo
que es debido a que muchas
personas en los Estados
Unidos, cuando piensan
en los latinos, piensan en
relación a la inmigración”.
Martínez añadió, “Eso es
sólo una pequeña parte de lo
que trabajamos. Trabajamos
en la asistencia sanitaria;
educación,
temas
de
justicia criminal, cuestiones
económicas, desde tener una
casa propia, empleo y el
sistema tributario. Trabajamos
en todas esas cosas, no sólo
en el lado de la política, sino
también en programas”.
Según
Martínez,
esos
programas tienen un amplio
alcance, desde trabajar en las
escuelas con los maestros para
mejorar su rendimiento escolar,
hasta prepara a personas para
que ayuden a la comunidad
en relación a sus impuestos.
Ellos también se extienden a
las organizaciones de salud y
servicios sociales para financiar
y desarrollar programas que
mejoren las condiciones de la
comunidad latina.
El hecho de que la
conferencia está viniendo
a Kansas City refleja una
realidad nacional. “Todo el
país está aprendiendo que
los latinos son una comunidad
nacional, Martínez señaló y
agregó que “la realidad es
que las últimas dos décadas,
las mayores áreas de [en
población] crecimiento de los
latinos, han sido en el sur y el
medio oeste.
“Nos olvidamos de que
también existen desde hace
mucho tiempo, las familias
multi-generacionales, que han
estado en estas comunidades
durante mucho tiempo”, dijo
Martínez.
“Francamente,
fue una experiencia de
aprendizaje para mí la
primera vez que fui a Iowa,
en los años 90, y yo estaba
preguntando “¿qué los trajo a
ustedes aquí?” Y la realidad
es que no importa el estado
en que están, la respuesta
suele ser la misma, - familias
en busca de oportunidades
económicas para estar mejor
y eso los llevo a diferentes
lugares”.
Martínez agregó, que una
cosa buena acerca de que
la conferencia sea en Kansas
City, es que la cabeza de la
organización, Janet Murguía,
nació y se crió en Kansas
City, Kansas.
Chaurand agregó, “Por mis
propias razones egoístas,
yo quiero mostrar mi ciudad
natal. Mi bisabuela llegó
aquí en 1914. Puedo rastrear
a nuestra familia por más
de cien años atrás. No es
casualidad que Guadalupe
Center sea la organización no
lucrativa más antigua del país
que sirve a los latinos. Así
que, ésta es una oportunidad
para mostrar la comunidad
y que la gente sepa que
hay una comunidad vibrante
aquí, una que contribuye en
gran medida a esta ciudad,
en ambos lados de la frontera
del estado, y una que ha
estado aquí por mucho
tiempo y está establecida”.
La
conferencia
fue
originalmente
programada
para
realizarse
aquí
hace cinco años. En ese
momento, el nombramiento
de una integrante de una
organización Minutemen a la
Junta de Parques y Recreación,
creó un contragolpe que dio
lugar a la cancelación de la
conferencia.
“La
conferencia
reúne
a mucha gente de todas
partes del país, a donde
sea que la llevemos. Ayuda
a traer dólares a las arcas
de la ciudad donde sea
que la llevemos a cabo.
La última vez que íbamos
a realizar la conferencia
aquí, no lo hicimos, porque
no podíamos realizar un
evento en donde los latinos
invertirían su dinero, en una
ciudad que estaba dando
algunos pasos muy ofensivos
para la comunidad latina”,
recordó Martínez. “Con el
apoyo de los afiliados locales
tomamos la decisión de que
no podíamos realizarla aquí
ese año”.
Con la próxima elección
presidencial nacional en
2016, los organizadores
de la conferencia esperan
traer candidatos para que
se dirijan a la audiencia.
Martínez
señaló,
que
el
posicionamiento
que
está teniendo lugar en la
arena política ha tenido
algunas consecuencias. El
año pasado, debido a la
importancia de la Acción
Diferida y la legislación Dream
Act, ningún republicano de
importancia decidió aceptar
una invitación para hablar en
la conferencia.
“Hay una sensación entre
los políticos que si trata de
acercarse a la comunidad
latina es un juego que
suma cero. Que usted va
a perder el apoyo de los
demás votantes”, puntualizó
Martínez. “Creo que los
“When they think about Latinos
they think about immigration”
CONT./PAGE 1
NCLR offices is in Washington
DC and is comprised of a
national network of affiliates.
In the Kansas City area those
affiliates include Guadalupe
Centers Inc, El Centro and
Mattie Rhodes Center.
Hispanic News sat down
with Clarissa Martinez and
Enrique Chaurand, NCLR
representatives, recently to
talk about the conference and
what people can look forward
to.
“We want to be able to
elevate and recognize the
contribution
that
Latino’s
make to these two states, to
the region and to the country
over all,” explained Martinez.
“That is an important role on
this conference. Also, part of
what we do is educate and
have topics that are salient for
the community and they are
free and open to the public. “
The free access allows
attendance to the Family
Expo, which includes a variety
of workshops and interactive
presentations centered on
sports, health and housing
fairs as well as family friendly
presentations. The conference
will also feature a soccer
tournament that will take
place during the gathering.
Sporting KC is helping with
the planning of the event.
Special events such as
luncheons
and
evening
receptions featuring keynote
speakers are paid events. The
conference closes with a formal
gala and awards dinner.
“Unfortunately we charge
for that because we have
to pay for the food and
everything that goes with
that,” said Chaurand.
“In our Latino community
we know that we come in
all colors, sizes and income
levels,” added Martinez.
“There are many things that
we offer freely to those that
come to the conference.“
The varied focus of the
workshops and presentations
counter the impression that
NCLR concentrates solely
on
immigration
issues.
Martinez explained that the
misconception arises from the
emphasis that news media
attach to immigration issues.
“If somebody only asks
you about the color blue …
then they go and say that
you only like the color blue,”
complained Martinez. “The
thing is that is the only thing
they ask you about. I think that
is because so many people in
the United States, when they
think about Latinos they think
about immigration.”
Martinez added, “That
is only one tiny portion of
what we work on. We work
on healthcare; education
… criminal justice issues
… economic issues, all the
way from home ownership
to employment and the tax
system. We work on all
those things not only on the
policy side … but also on the
program side.”
According to Martinez,
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those programs have a wide
reach from working in schools
with teachers to improve
classroom performance to
tax preparers to assist in the
community. They also extend
to health organizations and
social services to fund and
develop programs that will
better the condition of the
Latino community.
The fact that the conference
is coming to Kansas City
reflects a national reality. “The
whole country is learning
that Latinos are a national
community, Martinez pointed
out adding that “the reality is
that the last two decades the
largest areas of [population]
growth of Latinos has been in
the south and the Midwest.
“We forget that there
are
also
long-standing,
multi-generational
families
that have been in these
communities for a long time,”
said Martinez. “Frankly, it
was a learning experience
for me the first time I went to
Iowa … back in the 90’s and I
was asking ‘what brought you
guys here?’ And the reality is
that it does not matter what
state it is, the answer is usually
the same, – families looking
for economic opportunities to
do better and that took them
to different places.”
Martinez
added
that
one nice thing about the
conference being in Kansas
City is that the head of the
organization Janet Murguia
was born and raised in
Kansas City, Kansas.
Chaurand added, “For my
own selfish reasons I want to
showcase my hometown. …
My great grandmother came
here in 1914. I can trace our
family back over a hundred
years. It is no coincidence
that Guadalupe Center is the
oldest Latino-serving nonprofit
in the country. … So this is
an opportunity to showcase
the community and to let
people know that there is a
vibrant community here, one
that contributes greatly to this
city on both sides of the state
line, and one that has been
here for a long time and is
established.”
The
conference
was
originally scheduled to come
here five years ago. At that
time, the appointment of a
member of a Minutemen
organization onto the Parks
and Recreation board created
a backlash that resulted in the
cancellation of the conference.
“The conference brings a
lot of people from all over the
country to wherever we take
it. It helps bring dollars to
the coffers of the city where
we host it. The last time that
we were going to have a
conference here, we could not
hold an event where Latinos
would bring their dollars to
a city that was taking some
steps that were very offensive
to the Latino community,”
recalled Martinez. “With the
support of the local affiliates
we made a decision that we
could not hold it here that
year.”
votantes
estadounidenses
están en un lugar más
común, en una gran cantidad
de temas, de lo que los
políticos nos dan el crédito
correspondiente. Creo que
todos los estadounidenses
están preocupados por el
estado de la economía y
el tener mejores empleos,
y, francamente, se sienten
frustrados de que no están
escuchando
propuestas
concretas sobre la forma en
que [los políticos] van a hacer
eso”.
La inscripción para la
conferencia se puede hacer
en línea en NCLR.org o
llamando al (202) 785-1670
o al (202) 776-1784.
With the upcoming national
presidential election in 2016,
conference organizers are
hoping to bring candidates
to address the audience.
Martinez noted that the
positioning that is taking place
in the political arena has had
some ramifications. Last year
because of the prominence
of the Deferred Action and
the Dream Act legislation, no
Republican of stature chose to
accept an invitation to speak
at the conference.
“There is a sense among
politicians that if you do
outreach
to
the
Latino
community it’s a zero-sum-
game. – You are going to lose
the support of other voters,”
charged Martinez. “ I think
the American voters are on a
more common place on a lot
of issues than the politicians
give us credit for. … I think all
Americans are worried about
the state of the economy and
having better jobs, and frankly
are frustrated that they are not
hearing specific proposals
on how they [politicians] are
going to do that.”
Registration
for
the
conference can be done
online at NCLR.org or by
calling (202) 785-1670 or
(202) 776-1784.
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With success
comes expense
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heat and other grains are such
staples of human diets that people
W
refer to sharing a meal as “breaking
bread.”
But it’s more likely that the bread
is breaking us, even the whole-grain
versions, says cardiologist Dr. William
Davis.
Among
other
problems,
the
consumption of wheat and other grains
can lead to significant nutrient and
vitamin deficiencies, putting people’s
health at risk, says Davis, author of
“Wheat Belly Total Health,”
“People are always told to replace
their white-flour products with wholegrain products as a path to better
nutrition,” he says. “But that’s just
replacing something bad for you with
something less bad.”
Here are three examples of nutritional
deficiencies that Davis says a grainrich diet can cause, along with ways to
restore the nutrients to your body.
• Iron in your fire. Feeling lightheaded
and low on energy? Finding it hard to
maintain your concentration? That could
mean an iron deficiency. Blood loss is a
more common cause of iron deficiency,
but grain consumption isn’t far behind,
Davis says. Remove grains from the diet
and normal iron absorption will return.
That may be all that’s required, he says,
though in some cases iron supplements
are needed to speed up the process.
Eggs and meats are among the best
sources of iron. Other iron-rich foods
include spinach, chard, kale, molasses,
pumpkin seeds, lima beans and kidney
beans.
• In the pink with zinc. Grainconsuming people might find themselves
suffering from skin rashes, distortions
of taste, unexplained diarrhea, wounds
that heal slowly and other chronic health
problems. If you have a zinc deficiency,
don’t feel singled out. So does about
25 percent world’s population. Davis
says that’s because grains have a
compound called phytates that block
zinc absorption dramatically. The
solution? Don’t eat grains, but eat zincrich foods such as meat, poultry and
shellfish. If you can’t fill up on zinc-rich
meats, nutritional supplements such as
zinc gluconate, zinc sulfate and zinc
acetate can help, he says.
• The magnificence of magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency has real health
implications, Davis says, and a diet rich in
“healthy whole grains” virtually assures
a deficiency. A lack of magnesium
contributes to osteoporosis, and also
is associated with hypertension, higher
blood sugars, muscle cramps, low birth
weight in infants, migraine headaches
and heart rhythm disorders. Increasing
your consumption of magnesium-rich
foods can help. They include almonds
and other nuts, peanut butter, spinach,
pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and
sunflower seeds.
“One thing you do not have to do
is correct deficiencies that develop as
a consequence of eliminating grains,”
Davis says. “There is no such deficiency.
In fact, the opposite is often true.
Nutrient status improves without the
nutrient-blocking effects of grains.”
Dr. William Davis, MD is a cardiologist
and author of several books including
the No.1 New York Times bestseller
“Wheat Belly.”
Thousands of Royals’ fans came out for opening
game day. But there were also thousands of
fans that went to watch-parties like this fan,
Dominic Enriquez, at the Matchbox Bar and Grill
in Kansas City Westside.
CONT./PAGE 1
a moment.
Royals’
manager
Ned
Yost commented, “It’s just
one game but he did this all
spring long.”
Well it may be one game
but if you can please allow
me the opportunity afforded
many analysts of the game,
I will predict the Royals’
season.
The team is going to win
the pennant and the World
Series because they will hit a
ton of home runs, steal a ton
of bases, and their starting
pitchers will stay healthy and
average 200 innings over the
course of the season.
They will field four Golden
Glovers and break all sorts of
defensive records. They will
score runs enough times to
make heads spin. They will be
America’s team. And fans will
forget about Billy Butler. Heck
they won the opening day
game for the first time since
2007. Anything is possible
on the first day of the season.
One thing is certain,
everybody loves a winner
and when they love a winner
they will want to be there
when the season opener
comes around. Now when the
team wins, the ticket prices
go up. Take opening day
ticket prices, Please. There
were reports that tickets were
going as high as $200 for a
prime seat. Some people just
can’t go there.
Dominic
Enriquez
told
Hispanic News that last year
he and about 50 other friends
were at the Royals opening
day game. This year he chose
a watch party at MatchBox
Bar & Grill on SW Blvd.
“They charge too much
money this year. Just because
you got to the World Series
don’t mean you start raising
prices. They should not raise
the prices for standing room
this year… It makes no sense.“
Enriquez said he will
continue to be a diehard
Royals’ fan and wear his
Royals blue jersey. “Go blue,”
said Enriquez.
Chicky Lopez also chose
not to go to opening day.
The ticket prices are too high
for one and so I came to
the Matchbox with some of
my friends and watched the
game on TV.”
Another Royals fan said
he’s not at the home opening
game because “I just can’t
afford it. “I think it is justifiable
because they are champs.”
Most of the fans at the
Matchbox agreed with the
previous fan. They believe the
cost of tickets is the price fans
have to pay because they are
America League Champions.
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To our readers from KC Hispanic News Publisher
This column is dedicated
to helping youth and
families. My mission as
the Educated Pachuco
is to help people of all
ages overcome prejudices
and
stereotypes.
My
desire is to encourage
youth and families to
examine life from a new
perspective with the hope
of motivating all peoples
toward positive life change.
If you have a question
or concern that you are
struggling with, please
contact me on Facebook
at
(www.facebook.com/
educatedpachuco). I look
forward to getting to
know you.
For three years now, El Pachuco advice column has touched many lives and
for some it has helped change for the better. El Pachuco will tell you how it is
and what you can do to improve yourself and your life. Our readers call into
the newsroom and share how this column is helping them cope with real life
issues. It is our pleasure to bring this column to you.
The Educated Pachuco
and the Wise Owl:
Crusaders of Change
W
hat did the Wise Owl say to the
Educated Pachuco? “Take a good
look in the mirror. If you don’t know
who you are, I will show you.”
For more than three years, Luis Córdoba and
Kathy Julio have combined their talents to cowrite The Educated Pachuco, an advice column
based on Córdoba’s real life experiences. With
Córdoba’s street smarts and Kathy’s sense of
wisdom and compassion, they write about
situations that are real and true to life.
Córdoba, as the Educated Pachuco, is living
a second life. As the Executive Director of
Student Intervention Programs for the Kansas
City Public Schools, he
regularly
speaks
to
students
and
parents.
C ó rd o b a’s
m e s s a g e
focuses on how
education was
his
salvation
from his first
life – a life of
rebellion, selfdestruction,
drug
and
alcohol abuse
- decades ago
in East Los
Angeles.
Córdoba
was born in
Tijuana,
Me x i c o ,
b u t
grew up
in East
L . A .
during
the
early 1960s. This was a time when overt racism
and discrimination were the norm and the
insults and suspicion were everyday occurrences.
“‘No dogs or Mexicans allowed.’ That’s my story
growing up in the hood. Words like ‘wetback,’
‘nigger,’ ‘beaner,’ were thrown out at me like
candy at a Christmas parade. And as I ate the
poison, I became more and more angry, feeling
the hate of others inside of me.”
In the column, Córdoba talks about the hard
lessons he suffered through – lessons he wants
youth of all races and ethnicities to realize before
it’s too late. “The things they are struggling
with, I struggled with. The acceptance, the
identity, the substance abuse, the hanging out
and associating with negative peer culture - all
these things are part of what I grew up with.”
Why a Pachuco? Córdoba said that he created
the character of The Educated Pachuco “to
change the perception of how people viewed
youth who were in gangs. I said to myself,
‘Let me see how people will react if I dress like
this. How will people treat me if I looked like
a pachuco? How would I be judged before a
person had a chance to talk to me?’”
Córdoba emphasized that the look of the
Pachuco is not the focus. “Education was my
salvation. No one can take away your education.”
He earned a bachelor’s in addiction counseling, a
master’s in elementary and secondary education,
and a doctorate in educational leadership and
policy analysis. He is also certified and licensed as
a substance abuse counselor and hypnotherapist.
“I want the youth to join my gang. To join those
of us who are moving forward in a positive way.
That’s the gang I want you to join.”
Kathy Julio, as the Wise Owl, knows that
education is incomplete without wisdom.
“Education is what one has; wisdom is what one
becomes,” she stated.
Julio, a licensed professional counselor, was
born in her mother’s home country of Panama
and grew up in her father’s hometown in rural
southeast Missouri. She has her own private
practice where she provides a unique approach
to helping children and adults. Along with
traditional talk therapy, she uses hypnotherapy.
In hypnotherapy, she says that her primary goal
is to release the emotional and psychological
trauma that is at the root of the distress and
the unhealthy behavior.
“Traditional talk therapy is
important in order to learn about the
issues a person is facing. But in reality,
it doesn’t provide the permanent relief
a person is searching for. Think about
it. Most people
who
make
the
appointment to see
a therapist have already talked to their friends,
family members, and even co-workers. But the
suffering of the mind and body continues.”
This is where Julio says hypnotherapy comes
in. “We are taught that emotions are controlled
by our thoughts. That is true at the beginning.
But over time the emotions take over and we
have no control over our thoughts, no matter
how hard we try. I use hypnotherapy techniques
to free a person from the negative emotions that
control a person’s behavior. Real changes and
real relief can be achieved in one session.”
And what about your owl? “One night I was
outside underneath the back patio of my home
with several friends. While we were talking and
laughing, I heard, out of the blue, an owl singing.
This owl was hooting in the tree that stood next
to my house. In the middle of the city! For the
next 30 minutes, the owl hung out with us.
And then it was gone. My friends joked that the
owl came because he was attracted to our wise
conversation. Maybe. I was so awestruck by the
experience, I had to look up what it meant.
“I learned that the ancient Greeks believed
that the owl’s huge eyes gave it the ability to see
things that others could not see and that this is
what gave the owl its wisdom. They also believed
that this wisdom created a magical ‘inner light’
and that this inner light is why it looks like the
owl’s eyes glow in the dark. So I chose the owl
because I believe we can all use our own inner
light and wisdom to get ahead in life. And that
this same inner light and wisdom is one of the
keys to happiness.”
But what about people and cultures that see
the owl as an omen of death? “There’s always
the other side of the coin. Where there is life,
there is death. When you really think about it,
a type of death is needed in order to usher in
great changes. So the owl can also be a symbol of
death… as a form of transformation or change
needed in your life for something better.”
So how did the Pachuco and the Wise Owl
come together? Córdoba said, “We met while
we were helping people. And in time, we had
an idea. The idea was to connect cultures for the
purpose of healing. You heal people and you heal
broken systems. So Kathy and I are working for
a common cause to change systems infiltrated
with racism, discrimination and injustice. While
we may not understand each other, we can learn
to respect each other. And with this respect, we
can come together and make real changes for the
common good.
Human beings
helping
each
other.”
K a t h y
The Educated Pachuco.
explains other
Advice
offered
by
reasons
why
the Educated Pachuco
people
read
is
intended
for
their column.
informational purposes
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only. If you have a
specific
concern
that
to the Pachuco
requires
professional
and the Wise
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for
an appropriately trained
direction,
to
and qualified specialist.
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Together, Luis
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help
people
begin to change
themselves.”
Córdoba agreed. “We’re talking about change.
Helping people to see who they really are.
And where they want to go. And if they’re on
the right track. As the Pachuco, I had to take a
good look at myself in the mirror. The mirror
doesn’t lie. It reflected back to me all my choices,
good and bad. In the end, it was only me in the
mirror. No one else.”
In our next issue the EL Pachuco and the Owl
team up to give some solid advice to a man who
is seriously considering breaking parole. Why?
Because he has decided that life on the inside is
easier than freedom on the outside.
Final words from the Educated Pachuco and
the Wise Owl: Take a long, hard look in the
mirror. Do you like what you see? If not, what
are you going to do to change it?
Para nuestros lectores, de parte del editor de KC Hispanic News
Desde hace tres años, la columna de consejos de El Pachuco ha tocado muchas vidas e inclusive a
algunos les ha ayudado a cambiar positivamente. El Pachuco le dirá de qué se trata y lo que puede hacer para
que usted y su vida estén mejor. Nuestros lectores llaman a la sala de redacción y comparten cómo ésta columna les está
ayudando a hacer frente a los problemas de la vida real. Es un placer el brindarle ésta columna.
El Pachuco Educado
y el Búho Sabio:
Defensores del Cambio
Q
ué le dijo el Búho Sabio a El
Pachuco Educado? “Obsérvate
en el espejo. Si tú no sabes
quién eres, te mostraré”.
Durante más de tres años, Luis
Córdoba y Kathy Julio han combinado
sus talentos para co-escribir El Pachuco
Educado, una columna de consejos
Esta columna, esta dedicada,
a la ayuda de la juventud y las
familias. Mi misión como “El
Pachuco Educado”, es ayudar a
la gente de todas las edades a
vencer prejuicios y estereotipos.
Mi deseo es animar a la juventud
y a las familias a examinar la vida
desde un nuevo punto de vista,
con la esperanza de motivar a
todos los pueblos hacia el cambio
de vida positiva. Si usted tiene
una pregunta o preocupación
con la que lucha, por favor
póngase en contacto conmigo
en Facebook en www.facebook.
com/educatedpachuco). Espero
llegar a conocerle.
“El Pachuco Educado”.
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consejo
ofrecido
por
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propósitos
informativos
unicamente. Si usted tiene una
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basada ​​en las experiencias de la vida
real de Córdoba. Con el conocimiento
de las calles de Córdoba y el sentido de
sabiduría y compasión de Kathy, ellos
escriben acerca de situaciones que son
reales y fieles a la realidad.
Córdoba, como El Pachuco Educado,
está viviendo una segunda vida. Siendo
Director Ejecutivo de Programas
de Intervención Estudiantil, en las
Escuelas Públicas de Kansas City, habla
regularmente a los estudiantes y padres
de familia. El mensaje de Córdoba
se centra en cómo la educación fue
la salvación de lo que era su vida
anteriormente - una vida de rebeldía,
autodestrucción, abuso de drogas y
alcohol - hace décadas en el Este de Los
Ángeles.
Córdoba nació en Tijuana, México,
pero creció en el Este de Los Ángeles
durante la década de 1960. Este era
un momento en donde se veía que el
racismo y la discriminación eran la
norma, y los insultos y las sospechas
estaban a la orden del día. “’No se
permiten perros o mexicanos’. Esa
era mi historia mientras crecía en
mi barrio. Me decían palabras como
‘espalda mojada’, ‘negrata’ ‘frijolero’,
eran como si me arrojaran caramelos
en un desfile de Navidad. Y mientras
comía el veneno, me sentía más y más
enojado, sintiendo el odio de los demás
dentro de mí”.
En la columna, Córdoba habla de
las duras lecciones por las que sufrió lecciones que a él le gustaría los jóvenes
de todas las razas y grupos étnicos se
den cuenta antes de que sea demasiado
tarde. “Las cosas por las que están
batallando, son con las que yo luché.
La aceptación, la identidad, el abuso de
sustancias, el juntarse y asociarse con la
cultura negativa de sus compañeros –
todo esto es parte de las cosas con las
que crecí”.
¿Por qué un Pachuco? Córdoba dijo
que él creó el personaje de El Pachuco
Educado “para cambiar la percepción
de cómo la gente veía a los jóvenes
que estaban en pandillas. Me dije a mí
mismo: ‘Déjame ver cómo reaccionará
la gente si me visto de esa manera.
¿Cómo me tratará la gente si me ven
vestido como un pachuco? ¿Cómo
voy a ser juzgado antes de que una
persona tenga la oportunidad de hablar
conmigo?’”
Córdoba destacó que el aspecto de
El Pachuco no es el foco de atención.
“La educación fue mi salvación. Nadie
puede quitarte tu educación”. El obtuvo
una licenciatura en consejería contra las
adicciones, una maestría en educación
primaria y secundaria, y un doctorado
en liderazgo educativo y análisis de
políticas. También está certificado y
cuenta con licencia como consejero en
abuso de sustancias y es hipnoterapeuta.
“Quiero que los jóvenes se unan a mi
pandilla. Para acompañarnos, a los
que estamos avanzando de una manera
positiva. Esa es la pandilla a la que
quiero que se unan”.
Kathy Julio, como el Búho Sabio,
sabe que la educación está incompleta
sin la sabiduría. “La educación es lo que
uno tiene; la sabiduría es en lo que uno
se convierte”, afirmó.
Julio, una consejera profesional con
licencia, nació en el país natal de su
madre, Panamá, y creció en la ciudad
natal de su padre, en el sureste rural de
Missouri. Ella tiene su propia práctica
privada donde ofrece un enfoque único
para ayudar a los niños y adultos.
Junto con la terapia de conversación
tradicional, utiliza la hipnoterapia.
En la hipnoterapia, ella dice que su
principal objetivo es liberar el trauma
emocional y psicológico que está en la
raíz de la angustia y el comportamiento
poco saludable.
“La terapia hablada tradicional es
importante para conocer acerca de
los problemas que una persona está
enfrentando. Pero en realidad, no
proporciona el alivio permanente que una
persona está buscando. Piense en ello. La
mayoría de la gente que hace cita para ver
a un terapeuta, ya han hablado con sus
amigos, familiares e incluso compañeros
de trabajo. Pero el sufrimiento de la
mente y el cuerpo continúa”.
Aquí es donde Julio dice que entra
la hipnoterapia. “Se nos enseña que
las emociones son controladas por
nuestros pensamientos. Eso es verdad
al principio. Pero con el tiempo
las emociones asumen el control y
no tenemos control sobre nuestros
pensamientos, no importa cuánto
nos esforcemos. Yo uso las técnicas
de hipnoterapia para liberar a una
persona de las emociones negativas
que controlan el comportamiento. Se
pueden lograr cambios y alivio reales en
una sola sesión”.
Y ¿qué hay de tu búho? “Una noche
estaba afuera, debajo del patio trasero
de mi casa, junto con varios amigos.
Mientras estábamos hablando y riendo,
me di cuenta, de la nada, del canto de
un búho. Este búho ululaba en el árbol
que se encontraba al lado de mi casa.
¡En el centro de la ciudad! Durante
los siguientes 30 minutos, el búho
estuvo con nosotros. Y luego se fue.
Mis amigos bromeaban acerca de que el
búho vino porque se sentía atraído por
nuestra sabia conversación. Tal Vez. Yo
estaba tan encantada con la experiencia,
que tuve que buscar lo que significaba.
“Me enteré de que los antiguos
griegos creían que los enormes ojos del
búho le daban la capacidad de ver cosas
que otros no podían ver y que esto es
lo que daba sabiduría a la lechuza.
También creían que esta sabiduría
creaba una ‘luz interior’ mágica y que
esta luz interior era causa de que los
ojos del búho brillen en la oscuridad.
Así que elegí al búho porque creo que
todos podemos usar nuestra propia luz
interior y sabiduría para salir adelante
en la vida. Y que esta misma luz interior
y sabiduría son claves de la felicidad”.
Pero ¿qué pasa con las personas y
las culturas que ven al búho como un
presagio de la muerte? “Siempre existe
la otra cara de la moneda. Donde
hay vida, hay muerte. Cuando usted
realmente piensa al respecto, se necesita
un tipo de muerte con el fin de marcar
el comienzo de grandes cambios. Así
que el búho también puede ser un
símbolo de la muerte, como una forma
de transformación o cambio necesario
en su vida para algo mejor”.
Entonces, ¿cómo se juntaron El
Pachuco y el Búho Sabio? Córdoba
menciona, “Nos conocimos mientras
estábamos ayudando a la gente. Y
con el tiempo, tuvimos una idea.
La idea era conectar culturas con el
propósito de curación. Usted sana
a la gente y a un sistema roto. Así
que Kathy y yo estamos trabajando
por una causa común, el cambiar los
sistemas infiltrados con el racismo, la
discriminación y la injusticia. Si bien
no podemos entendernos, si podemos
aprender a respetarnos mutuamente.
Y con ese respeto, podemos unirnos
y hacer cambios reales para el bien
común. Seres humanos ayudándose
unos a otros”.
Kathy explica otras razones por las
que la gente lee su columna. “La gente
viene a El Pachuco y al Búho Sabio por
una dirección, para minimizar el ‘crack’
en el cerebro. ‘¿Cómo pude haber
hecho esto? ¿Por qué estoy tan enojado
todo el tiempo? ¿Por qué no les importo
a mis hijos?’ Nuestras experiencias de
vida nos proporcionan las lecciones
necesarias para ayudarnos a nosotros
mismos y a los demás. Juntos, Luis y
yo pusimos estas lecciones en historias
que ayudan a la gente a comenzar a
cambiarse a sí mismos”.
Córdoba estuvo de acuerdo. “Estamos
hablando de un cambio. Ayudar a la
gente a ver quienes realmente son. ¿Y a
dónde quieren ir?. Y si están en el camino
correcto. Como El Pachuco, tuve que
echarme un buen vistazo a mí mismo
en el espejo. El espejo no miente. Me
reflejaba todas mis opciones, buenas y
malas. Al final, sólo era yo en el espejo.
Nadie más”.
En nuestra próxima edición, El
Pachuco y el equipo del Búho darán
un consejo sólido a un hombre que
está considerando seriamente romper
la libertad condicional. ¿Por qué?
Porque él ha decidido que la vida en el
interior es más fácil que la libertad que
encuentra afuera.
Las palabras finales de El Pachuco
Educado y el Búho Sabio son: de un
vistazo largo y duro en el espejo. ¿Te
gusta lo que ves? Si no, ¿qué vas a hacer
para cambiarlo?
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Emerging from the
Primary Election
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the term-limit for serving in
office. Jolie Justus and John
Fierro are running for her
seat. In the Primary election,
Justus captured 70 percent
while Fierro received 30
percent. They both advance
to the General Election.
The bid for the 4th District
At-Large race was a nail
biter. Incumbent Jim Glover
faced
Katheryn
Shields,
Jared Campbell and Bryan
Stalder. As the votes were
tallied, Glover emerged with
43 percent of the votes over
Shields with 41 percent. They
will face each other in June.
On the Kansas side, the
candidate races came to an
end in the April 7 General
Election.
All eyes were
on the race for the vacant
Commissioner
At-Large
District 1 seat.
The at-large seat became
vacant two years ago when
Mark Holland won his bid for
Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas.
The Board of Commissioners
could not decide who should
serve in the seat and it was
left vacant.
Emerging
from
the
Primary Election as the
top two candidates were
neighborhood
community
activist and director of the
Shepherd’s Center in Kansas
City, Kansas Melissa Brune
Bynum and former state
senator Mark Gilstrap.
Despite a last minute
postcard by Citizens Against
Drunk Driving stating that
Bynum was a bad choice for
commissioner and outlining
her husband John Bynum DUI
charges, voters still gave her
52 percent of the votes over
Gilstrap, who had almost 40
percent of the votes cast in
Wyandotte County.
Speaking only to Hispanic
News about the postcard,
she said the postcard hit at
the same time of her father,
Lowell Brune, 84 years old,
passing. She chose not to
address the negative postcard
at that time.
“I put my focus where it
should have been, on my
family. My concern was my
children and my mother who
were grieving. I wanted that
postcard kept away from
them. I told my spouse I am
sorry because you didn’t ask
for this. The trouble he got
into he paid dearly and so did
the whole family. Working
in the mental health world, I
haven’t met a family yet that
isn’t struggling with some
issue.
I didn’t appreciate
the postcard that came out
because it has nothing to
do with making Wyandotte
County a better place to live
and work,” she said.
Surrounded by her family
and supporters at her election
night watch party at Breits
Stein and Deli on 5th Street in
Kansas City, Kansas, Bynum
said of her win, “this is a
culmination of everything I
have been doing. When I
came back to Kansas City,
Kansas it was clear to me
that I wanted to be involved
in the community. This is an
opportunity for me to work
harder for my community.”
As she gets ready to serve
as Commissioner At-Large,
she plans to be the voice
for the people in her district
and will address the issues
at hand—property taxes,
infrastructure improvements
and services for residents.
“I really enjoyed talking
with people. I was out there
almost every day. I went to
the political forums where
people have taken time out of
their day to come and listen
to what you have to say about
the issues in the community.
I was intrigued as I listen to
the candidates for the school
board and BPU candidates
talk about issues they are
facing in the city. I like to
think about how those entities
can work together better. It
made me think of how the
Unified Government and BPU
can work together,” she said.
Another Commissioner race
that was closely watched
was Incumbent Commissioner
Tarence Maddox, District 4
bid to retain his seat which
was challenged by Harold
Johnson, pastor at Faith
Deliverance Family Worship
Center.
During his term Maddox
was cast into the limelight for
his public outbursts. After a
series of incidents that were
reviewed by the Wyandotte
County Ethics Commission,
he was cited with a censure.
Voters decided to change
their representation in the 4th
district by giving Johnson the
nod with 55 percent of the
votes pushing him into office
over Maddox.
Elected to serve on the
Kansas City, Kansas USD500
School Board is George
Breidenthal, Brenda Jones,
Gloria Willis and Valdenia
Winn. Both Irene Caudillo
and Maria Cecilia Ysaac
captured 10 percent of the
votes but it wasn’t enough to
land a seat for either Latina.
Four
candidates
were
elected to serve on the Kansas
City,
Kansas
Community
College Board of Trustees.
Elected were Donald Ash, Ray
Daniels, Mary Ann Flunder
and Clyde Townsend.
It was a close race for the
Kansas City, Kansas Board
of Public Utilities At-Large
Position between the two
candidates Norman Scott and
Chris McCord.
Scott emerged as the winner
with a mere 97 votes over
McCord. The at-large BPU
seat had previously been held
by Terry Eidson, who passed
away in January.
In Loving Memory
Frances Conchola
Frances Conchola, 91 of Kansas City’s Westside died
Saturday, April 4, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will
be 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 10, 2014 at Sacred Heart/
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2544 Madison, Kansas
City, MO. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City,
KS. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the
McGilley Midtown Chapel, 20 W. Linwood, Kansas
City, MO, where the rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.
Frances was born October 4, 1923 in Olathe, KS to
Eduardo Martinez and Petra Gonsalez Martinez. After
raising her family, Frances worked for Douglas School
and Guadalupe Center. She was a longtime member of
Sacred Heart Church and active member of the community. She loved and lived for
her family. In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband,
David S. Conchola, Sr.; one son, Alex Conchola; one daughter, Carol Hernandez;
one son-in-law, Albert Gonzales, four brothers, Edward “Lalo” Martinez, Raymond
Martinez, Armando “Marty” Martinez and Johnny Martinez and two sisters, Victoria
Oropeza and Connie Velasquez. Frances’ survivors include two sons, Ernie Conchola
and David Conchola, Jr. (Debbie); five daughters, Mary Garcia (Tom), Liz Gonzales,
Anna Harvey (Ken), Helen Charney (Jeff) and Patricia Montano (Julian); daughterin-laws, Victoria and Tina and son-in-law Andrew Hernandez; three brothers, Robert
Martinez, Ruben Martinez and Rudy Martinez; three sisters, Carmen Villanueva,
Helen Mendez, and Gloria Martinez; 23 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 1
great-great granddaughter. Fond memories and condolences may be offered at www.
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