YO SOY 38 – PORQUE LA EDUCACION ES UN DERECHO CIVIL – WWW.YOSOY38.ORG
YES on 38 – Money for our schools NOT Sacramento!
YO SOY 38 – PORQUE LA EDUCACION ES UN DERECHO CIVIL – WWW.YOSOY38.ORG
YES on 38 – Money for our schools NOT Sacramento!
You might know her from her previous radio show gig as the most energetic host on Latino 96.3.
Or you may have seen her starring along with award-winning singer Jenni Riviera in Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C .
Or you might have seen her on the red carpet interviewing the most influential Latinos in Hollywood. La Comadre Raq-C (Raquel Cordova) tells us why Prop 38 is so important and why you should vote YES on Prop 38!
Edward James Olmos: “I’m going to put this straight to you. I have never in my life asked anyone in my life to vote in any direction. And I’ve never championed or told anyone how to vote. This is the very first and only proposition that I’ve really come out in plain sight and said, this is the proposition we must vote on. I feel good because I really believe about what Proposition 38 stands for. It’s very simple – it stands for the children.”
YES ON PROP 38
Latino and African American disproportionately populate the penal system in proportion to their percentage of the State of California’s population. In 2000, the U.S. census reported that Latinos made up 32 percent of the state’s population and African Americans six percent of the population. It is clear that these ethnic groups are massively over represented in the penal system. Forty-seven percent of the prison population is incarcerated for nonviolent crimes.
Among adult men in 2010, African Americans were incarcerated at a rate of 5,525 per 100,000, 1,146 for Latinos, 671 for non-Latino whites, and 43 for Asians. Among women, African Americans were incarcerated at a rate of 342 per 100,000, compared to 57 for Latinas, 66 for whites, and 5 for Asians.
There are several levels of social in justice that create this problem. But none are as important as the educational disparity. In 2006, the Alliance for Excellent Education research proved conclusively the link between education and crime. Research indicates that about 75 percent of America’s state prison inmates, almost 59 percent of federal inmates, and 69 percent of jail inmates did not complete high school.
Furthermore it is clearly more fiscally prudent and a national interest to educate not incarcerate. It cost more than twice as much to incarcerate than to educate. This alone is a reason for Californians to consider two important things total advocacy against the privatizing of the penal system doing so is to abandon fiscal prudency.
1) Private prisons will encourage a distortion of the penal code. No one goes into business but for profit. Profits mean more prisoners and more tax dollars wasted. 2) The fostering of a tax funded infrastructure that creates a socio-ethnic divide of inequality greater than currently.
So what does this have to do with PROP 38?
Prop 38 not only restores the 20 billion dollars that Governor Brown’s administration has butchered from education resulting in 40,000 lost job for our state in the name of teachers. PROP 38 is a measure that will ignite a resurgence for California children and our educational system. California should not rank 47th out of 50 states in per-pupil education spending, and should not be dead last – 50th out of 50 states – with the largest class sizes in the nation. This is a violation of our children’s rights and a squandering of our state and nation’s greatest resource – our human potential from a well educated population.
PROP 38 prohibits the governor or legislator from transitioning these funds from education to any other program. Unlike Prop 30, which does not prevent from the money being tapped whenever the legislator and governor wants. All Californians should find this extremely important. African Americans and Latinos should find this a common ground and a bridge to future political action to end the disparity in education and the injustice perpetrated in the justice system. Educate don’t incarcerate – it is a civil right!
On Saturday, October 13, activist/actor Edward James Olmos represented I AM 38 at the 2012 Latino Family Book Festival, which took place at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The 2012 Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival is sponsored by Latino Literacy Now. Several Latino celebrities and award-winning authors were in attendance discussing their latest books, and fun activities for children and live entertainment for the whole family was provided.
The I AM 38 team of Prop 38 was also a sponsor and representing on this day.
The team collected more than 100 endorsement forms, distributed more than 300 pins, 50 window signs and 300 stickers. Additionally the team spoke to more than 2,000 people regarding Prop 38.
Hundreds of I AM 38 supporters and influential Latinos pack the Egyptian Theater for ‘Filly Brown’ in support of California’s PROP 38
HOLLYWOOD, CA – On Monday, October 8th, more than six hundred I AM 38 supporters and influential Latinos in the entertainment industry packed the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood to celebrate the arts in support of California’s Prop 38 with the showing of Filly Brown.
The star studded event kicked off with a red carpet spectacle that included the cast of Filly Brown: Gina Rodríguez, Jenni Rivera, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos, and directors: Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos. Renowned actors such as Jimmy Smits, Cheech Marin, Rick Nájera, Ana Ortíz (Ugly Betty), director, Robert Rodríguez (“Machete”, “Spykids”), Tyler Posey (MTV’s “Teen Wolf”), Marco Regil (MundoFox’s “Minute to Win it) were some of the celebrities who voiced their support for Prop 38.
The film directed and produced by Michael D. Olmos is based on a Hip Hop-driven drama about a Mexican girl who rises to fame and consciousness as she copes with the incarceration of her mother through music.
“Like our titular character, Filly Brown, finding your passion and unique voice through education and creative expression in the arts is the central journey of every person on the planet. Without the inalienable right of proper education, one cannot pursue life, liberty or happiness,” expressed the filmmaker.
“You simply won’t have the tools to do so. Without cultivating the artistic streak innate in all of us, we rob the world of the music, art, literature and films that record, express, and transform the human condition. If we fail to invest correctly in our children’s education we deny our future,” he added.
Before the screening, award winning actor and activist Edward James Olmos, took the mike to acknowledge his son and urged the audience to vote Yes on 38.
“I am so proud of his love of life, education and art. May the youth of tomorrow have the same opportunities he had thru a great public education. It is the great equalizer and all children deserve to understand all that they can be. I love this proposition and what it stands for. I have never asked anyone to vote a certain way, but this year is different. I am voting “yes” on Proposition 38. I hope you’ll join me”, expressed the Latino Chair for Yes on 38.
Then, Molly Munger the primary activist behind Proposition 38 thanked Mr. Olmos and recognized the Latino community.
“The Prop. 38 campaign would not be where it is today without the great support we have had from Latino leaders and from Latino communities. I want to thank Mr. Olmos again for his leadership on Proposition 38—For our children and our future. Si se puede!, exclaimed Munger.
“Latinos are particularly important to Proposition 38 because they understand and value education especially. We see it in our polls and in the faces of people as we travel around the state. Latinos see education as the path to a better future for us all—and they are right,” said the civil right attorney, Molly Munger.
Chief Media Outreach Strategist for I AM 38 campaign, Rick Nájera, proud father of three children concluded the presentation.
“What Prop 38 does for education is what art does for our souls it enriches our life’s and inspires us that is why we celebrate filmmakers and educators and support both Prop 38 and film,” expressed the award winning writer and performer.
Another parent and the most awaited celebrity on the red carpet was the unstoppable Jenni Rivera, the # 1 Mexican Regional music female who made a special appearance. Rivera stars as Majo’s mother and Filly Brown is her debut on the big screen.
“When Edward James Olmos invited me to be part of this movie, I couldn’t say no,”recalls la Diva de la Banda.
“I have worked very hard to support my five children and I teach them that education, strong work ethics and never giving up results in success. This is why I AM 38 because education is civil right”, said Rivera.
The evening ended with a gala on the patio.
For more information on Filly Brown visit – To learn more about the movie, visit http://www.facebook.com/FillyBrown
To view all the video testimonials, visit www.youtube.com/iam38org
“We are 38 because education is civil right”
I AM 38 demands to see real money go to California schools, money that can be counted, traced and controlled locally – money that the legislature and the governor are strictly prohibited from using.
Prop 38′s newest commercial featuring California teachers and students is now airing in Spanish:
Directed by Jay Torres
Produced by Rick Najera and Rafael Agustin for I AM 38 campaign
Hollywood, CA (Sept. 26, 2012) – On Wednesday, September 26th, the Latino Chair for Yes on 38 campaign, Mexican American actor and director, Edward James Olmos stood up for education and delivered a strong message to California residents at a press conference held at Beso Restaurant in Hollywood.
“I have never asked anyone to vote a certain way…. in my 65 years… But the children, 3 thru 17, need our help to push into higher education… That’s why I’m voting “YES” on Prop. 38! And I’m letting YOU know that!
The incessant activist who has fought to portray Latinos is a positive way on television and film (“Stand and Deliver”, “Walkout”, ‘American Me”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Miami Vice”, “Selena”) was joined by civil rights attorney, Molly Munger who thanked Olmos for lending his voice to fight a good cause, for our children, our future.
“Education is our future because children are our future,” expressed Munger, the primary advocate of California’s Proposition 38. “Without quality schools, our state will lack the skilled workforce needed to grow our economy and create jobs.”
“Instead of investing in our schools, political leaders from both parties have been cutting back. Since 2008, they’ve cut school budgets by $20 billion. More than 40,000 educators have been laid off, and California now has the largest class sizes in the nation.”
Prop 38 raises $10 billion for local schools, collects the money in a trust fund that the legislature and governor cannot touch, and then sends the money automatically every quarter on a per student basis to every school in California.
“Every single California public school benefits – regardless of whether you are White, Latino, Chinese or African-American,” said Munger. There’s no politics in the distribution of the money. Everybody who votes for Prop 38, especially Latinos, can rest assured that the money is really coming to their district and really coming to their individual school to provide a lifeline to a good education. Prop 38 sends money directly to our local schools, where Latino families, not Sacramento politicians, can make the decisions on how the money is spent,” said Molly Munger.
Bilingual, Cuban American teacher Melissa Revuelta from Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, California spoke on behalf of her colleagues and first generation Americans. She said the power of education is truly the one thing that can change the history of a family.
“Prop 38 embraces that power and allows all Californians to decide that together we can change the history of our state by putting our children first and showing them they are worth it,” said Revuelta. “With the $50,000 a year spent on an inmate vs. the $7,500 spent on a student; Prop 38, with the 10 billion dollars it raises each year for our schools, sends the clear message that as a state we will make it a point to have our children educated rather than incarcerated”.
Then, popular and charismatic Mexican TV host from MundoFox’s “Minute to Win it” game show, Marco Regil, who recently became a U.S. citizen, proudly, shared with attendees how he will vote on November 6th.
“Education is the way out of poverty, struggle and unnecessary suffering for our kids and their families,” said Regil. We need to make education a top priority. My first vote as a U.S. citizen will be YES on Proposition 38.”
An enthusiast group also demonstrated their support by carrying I AM 38/ YO SOY 38 signs that stated ‘We are 38 because education is a civil right’ / ‘Somos 38 porque la educación es un derecho civil’.
One of the most influential Latinos in Hollywood, Rick Nájera voiced his opinion as a parent and introduced screenwriter John Posey, father of actor, Tyler Posey, who won 2012 Alma Award for Favorite TV Actor for playing “Teen Wolf” on MTV.
“I am a second generation Californian, my children are third generation and I am Latino. There is no greater issue for our people than education. Education or lack of it will decide our future,” concluded the award- winning writer/performer and chief media strategist for the Prop 38 campaign, I AM 38.
To view all the video testimonials, visit www.youtube.com/iam38org
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“Whittle” Highlights How Prop 38 Will Send Billions To Local Schools, Not Sacramento
Ad Also Highlights How Prop 38 Restores Science, Music, Gym
SAN FRANCISCO – Today Yes on 38 released its first statewide television ad. The ad will run in every major California media market. In some cities, a Spanish-language version will also run.
To view the ad in English:
The ad, “Whittle,” highlights how Prop 38 will send billions of dollars to local schools, not to Sacramento. It also highlights how Prop 38 will restore school programs lost in recent years such as science, music, and gym.
A Spanish language version of the ad will be available on the Yes on 38 YouTube channel as well as another 15-second English version.
For years, Sacramento politicians have chopped away funds for our schools._
Today, we’re forty-seventh out of FIFTY in per-pupil funding.
Now these politicians say unless we send more tax dollars to Sacramento, they’ll cut education again.
Here’s a NEW approach.
Prop Thirty-Eight sends billions in new education dollars STRAIGHT to our
local schools…and guarantees the politicians can’t TOUCH it.
Thirty-Eight will RESTORE the education cuts from Sacramento.
So remember THIS number. Thirty-Eight.
Proposition 38 has been endorsed by the California State PTA, the
California School Boards Association and the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Monica-Malibu and Pasadena school districts,among others.
For 12 years, Proposition 38 will raise $10 billion a year for public schools in California. Every school gets new money on a per student basis, the funds are controlled locally, and the legislature and the governor are strictly prohibited from using the money for any other purposes.
Multimillionaires will pay 2.2% more in taxes, but most people earning under $50,000 a year won’t pay any more taxes.
To find out how much a school will receive from Proposition 38, go to:
For more information about Proposition 38, visit:
STATE SUPERINTENDENTS OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION:
Tom Torlakson (current)
Delaine Eastin (former)
Alameda Unified School District
Alhambra Unified School District
Arvin Union Elementary School District
Azusa Unified School District
Baldwin Park Unified School District
Bear Valley Unified School District
Buena Park Elementary School District
Camino Union Education School District
Carmel Unified School District
Cloverdale Unified School District
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
El Dorado County of Education
El Monte Union High School District
Emery Unified School District
Encinitas Union Education School District
Escondido Union School District
Folsom-Cordova Unified School District
ontana Unified School District
Goleta Union Elementary School District
Hayward Unified School District
Hueneme Elementary School District
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union School District
Imperial Unified School District
Jefferson Elementary School District
Jefferson Union High School District
Kernville Union Elementary School District
Little Lake City Elementary School District
Long Beach Unified School District
Los Angeles Unified School District
Mammoth Unified School District
Merced City Elementary School District
Metropolitan Education District
Mountain View Education School District
Mountain View Elementary School District
Napa County Office of Education
Natomas Unified School District
North Monterey County Unified School District
Oakland Unified School District
Oxnard Elementary School District
Palo Alto Unified School District
Paradise Unified School District
Pasadena Unified School District
Pierce Joint Unified School District
Pittsburg Unified School District
Ravenswood City Education District
Round Valley Unified School District
Sacramento City Unified School District
Sacramento County Board of Education
San Diego City Unified School District
San Diego County of Education
San Francisco County Board of Education
San Francisco Unified School District
San Luis Coastal Unified School District
San Mateo County Office of Education
San Ysidro Education School District
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Santa Rosa City Schools
Snowline Joint Unified School District
South Bay Union Education School District
South Whittier Education School District
Stockton Unified School District
Summerville Union High School District
Sunnyvale School District
Torrance Unified School District
Victor Education District
Victor Elementary School District
Weaver Union School District
West Contra Costa Unified School District
Westside Union Elementary School District
Winters Joint Unified School District
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC)
ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties
Arts for LA
Black Economic Council
California Alliance for Arts Education
California Alliance of African-American Educators
California Alternative Payment Program Association
California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)
California Association for the Education of Young Children
California Child Care Coordinators Association
California Head Start Association
California Latino School Board Members Association
California Music Educators Association
California School Boards Association
California State PTA
Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
Early Childhood Profession Development and Education Collaborative(EPEC)
Educators 4 Excellence
Education Trust – West
Family Involvement & Training, FIT for Student Success
Local Early Education Planning Council of Santa Clara County
Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP)
NAACP- San Jose
National Asian American Coalition
Pasadena Education Foundation
Performing Arts Workshop San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee
William C. Velasquez Institute
Zero To Three