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Message on Father's Day

My sincerest wish for all fathers is that they truly enjoy their day with their families

By Nativo Vig?¡l L??pez
Published on LatinoLA: June 15, 2008


Message on Father's Day


The significance of Father's Day for Latinos this year is perhaps greater than in previous years. In these moments we are confronting an economic recession, which is manifested in an increase of unemployment in all of the industries where we are employed; a serious increase in the inflation rate - and as a result the cost of the basic basket of the family food necessities and energy continue to spiral up, the same as we observe the situation in all the developing and under-developed countries, which has produced violent riots and rebellions. The home foreclosures across the United States, and in particular for Latinos, are at a level not witnessed during the past seventy years, and this has resulted in entire families being thrown into the streets or forced to pile up in the living quarters of extended family members. Immigration raids increase daily and are more invasive, violent, and violating of the constitutional rights of migrants and citizens alike, and the possibilities of a positive immigration reform this year are nil.

On the other hand, Latinos are struggling on all fronts as never before and are preparing themselves for the national elections in November and the prospects of electing a new president who is open to both listen and act in our favor and for all working people.

My sincerest wish for all fathers on Father's Day is that they truly enjoy their day with their families - the most basic unit of a people, and as all families, we search for peace, reconciliation, an end to war, social progress and social justice.

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El significado del Dia de los Padres para nosotros los latinos en estos momentos a lo mejor es mayor que en otros a??os. En estos momentos enfrentamos una recesi??n econ??mica que se manifiesta con un aumento de desempleo (m?ís entre los latinos) en todas las industrias donde trabajamos; un aumento en la tasa de inflaci??n - el costo de la canasta b?ísica de alimentos y energ?¡a para la familia es siempre mayor, igualmente como observamos la situaci??n en todos los paises en desarrollo y sub-desarrallados que hasta est?í resultando en motines y rebeliones violentas; el embargo de las casas a trav?®s de Estados Unidos, y en particular para los latinos, es al nivel jam?ís visto en la historia en los ??ltimos setenta a??os. Esto esta resultando en echar familias enteras a la calle y a amontonarse con otros familiares. Las redades de inmigraci??n son cada d?¡a m?ís numerosas, m?ís invasivas, violentas y violadoras de los derechos constitucionales de los migrantes y los ciudadanos por igual y las posibilidades de una reforma migratoria este a??o son nulas.

Por otro lado, el pueblo latino est?í m?ís activo como nunca en la lucha por el respeto a sus derechos y preparandose para las elecciones en Noviembre cuando se espera elegir un nuevo presidente que est?® abierto a escuchar y actuar a favor de nosotros y a los trabajadores todos.

Deseo a todos los padres un d?¡a muy feliz con sus familias - la unidad celular b?ísica de un pueblo y como toda familia buscamos la paz, la reconciliaci??n, el fin a la guerra, el progreso social y la justicia social.


















About Nativo Vig?¡l L??pez:
Nativo Vig?¡l L??pez is National President of the Mexican American Political Association




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