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Community-defined evidence practices in mental health wellness: in the Latino population of Oxnard and Ventura County

Community-defined evidence practices in mental health wellness: in the Latino population of Oxnard and Ventura County

By Armando Vazquez A liberation manifesto to VCBH (Ventura County Mental Health Services   COMMUNITY-DEFINED EVIDENCE PRACTICES (CDEPS): Edition For the purposes of our own self determination, liberation and the wellness of our community a CDEP is defined as a set of bottom-up practices derived from a community’s ideas of illness and healing or positive […]

Fracking or Farms?

Fracking or Farms?

    . By Naomi Fisher At this time, drought is more important than fracking. The excessive amounts of water used on fracking should be going to farms. Farms can use recycled water. Farms need the precious water Fracking is consuming. As the drought continues, water restrictions will probably get worse. Because of dry farms, […]

Power Corrupts the Oxnard City Council

Power Corrupts the Oxnard City Council

    By Armando Vazquez The grab for power by previous city councils began some 109 years ago when the good old boys got together, strong armed the locals and formally created the City of Oxnard. They ran it “like a plantation.” This local model may have ended with the recent, failed lawsuit former City […]

The New Orleans Killings What To Do About Black-on-Black Violence?

The New Orleans Killings What To Do About Black-on-Black Violence?

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson When the FBI released its latest annual crime report showing that violent crime is on the upswing in many big cities, a bevy of law enforcement, officials, and criminologists prayed that the report was just an aberrant blip on the crime chart. There was good reason to hope that: murder rates […]

Why we mistrust and fear the cops

Why we mistrust and fear the cops

    By Armando Vazquez All of us in Oxnard, throughout this nation believe that this country, the United States of America, is a nation of laws. The problem is what set of laws are we talking about? The laws for the white folks? The laws for the rich folks? Or the laws for the […]

The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health Coalition Latino Mental Health Survey

The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health Coalition Latino Mental Health Survey

    By Armando Vazquez In Oxnard t we do not know where to turn to seek out help with our mental health issues. This is why the Oxnard multicultural Mental Health (OMMH) coalition is such a critical and unique community mental health movement and agent of change.  We are working together toward mental wellness. […]

Oxnard Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is a Fraud

Oxnard Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is a Fraud

By Armando Vazquez As with so many other current policing practices, Officer Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is a lot more about Public Relations than about truly preparing officers adequately respond to a crisis call involving mental illness. Cops in America are trained universally to go into a situation with force, come out alive, shoot […]

The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health (OMMH) Coalition is Established

The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health (OMMH) Coalition is Established

Guest By Armando Vazquez I have had many battles with mental health and have waged them to exorcise the ghosts of a lifelong illness. Countless brothers and sisters in our community have had their struggles with mental illness, too.  Almost to a person we express the same anger, rage, alienation, fear, futility, abandonment, worthlessness, a […]

Oxnard and the Broken Request for Proposals (RFP) Circus

Oxnard and the Broken Request for Proposals (RFP) Circus

By Armando Vazquez                           Recently the very disingenuous, and emasculating  decision to cold-bloodedly snatch  out of the hands of  the long vested and hard working Arts in Public Places (AIPP) Committee members the review and ultimately the awarding of approximately $150,000 dollars  to artist […]

Oxnard: The Arts City of Ventura County

Oxnard: The Arts City of Ventura County

By Armando Vazquez The City of Oxnard’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) Awards Committee has just reviewed some 50 proposals from local artists and art organizations and they will soon award about $150,000 dollars in AIPP funds. The city of Oxnard’s Arts in Public Places concept has been around for over 28 years, and  for […]

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