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Friday, July 15, 2011

Redistricting Commissioner Gabino Aguirre’s Secret Political Past

This report is published at CalWatchDog.com


Independent “Citizen” Commissioner Concealed Partisan Political Activities, History of Latino Activism & Connections to Redistricting Interest Group
JULY 15, 2011

By JOHN HRABE

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the 14-member independent panel of average citizens, was created to end partisan gerrymandering and draw political boundaries in an open process, without the influence of special interests.

An investigation by CalWatchDog.com reveals that at least one commissioner, Dr. Gabino T. Aguirre, has made multiple political campaign contributions to Democratic candidates — contributions that were previously undisclosed to the Commission; a long history of political activism in support of Latino causes; and an extensive web of connections to a special interest group that has submitted its own redistricting proposals to the commission...Click here to read the report. 


I love being Mexican American...I speak Spanish fluently, I love it, and I love the music and literature and the sensibilities of the language and the culture. When I think about my childhood, I flash on a myriad of images that are the unique experience of growing up in an area where Mexican/Spanish Culture was established in the late 1600's. I get the same thrill attending functions of different cultures as well, including of European settlers. It's all very interesting, and I am moved by the way different cultures express our universal values for love,children, family, honor, dignity, and culture.

That said, it is quite another matter for those who call for, advocate, support, promote, encourage or defend the case for political leaders who claim to have a special interest and special qualifications to legislate laws and rights on my behalf because we share a cultural heritage.

Under the rule of law, we are all equal. Or at least, that is how it is supposed to be.  There is no carving up of rights by race or ethnicity that can ever serve us well.   There is no integrity in such an argument. 

Such concepts are collectivist, anti-individualist, and only serve to divide us into groups, among our fellow citizens, and serve to empower "caudillios" or power brokers.  They erode our freedoms and true equality under the rule of law.  We can not right wrongs of the past by consenting to and condoning wrongs in the present.   That is absurd. 

Individual liberty, rights and laws to protect the individual, regardless of race, creed, sex, or color--that is what makes good political leaders, neighbors and policy that supports being free and having opportunity to creating and proliferating economic prosperity.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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