Earlier this morning I linked to a post in LA Observed noting the recent death of Richard "Scar" Lopez, a founder of Cannibal & the Headhunters, a revered Eastside vocal group that for a short period in the mid-60s had a wildly successful run with "Land of 1,000 Dances." (The song is best known to later generations who grew up hearing it on oldies stations as that song that starts with "Na, na-na-na-na...") In its heyday, the band opened for the Beatles (at Shea Stadium, no less), the Rolling Stones and the Righteous Brothers.
Lopez, a graduate of L.A's Lincoln High School, died July 30 in Garden Grove at 65. The Los Angeles Times also has an obituary today, featuring quotes taken from a 2005 interview that Lopez did with the LA Weekly. This is one of my favorites:
Good morning. I'm experimenting with a new tool for rounding up links - hope it works. Here are a few of the more interesting items I've encountered this morning.
To N.Y. Muslims, Islamic center near Ground Zero would be more than a mosque (The Washington Post)
Moctesuma Esparza aims to bring more movie screens to Latino audiences - Los Angeles Times (articles.latimes.com)
Poll: Growing number incorrectly call Obama Muslim - Yahoo! News (news.yahoo.com)
Colorado GOP Wants Immigration Law Like Arizona's - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver (The Denver Channel)
A new charter elementary school in West Adams is being named for a scarcely-known hero with a story as dramatic as that of Oskar Schindler: José A. Castellanos, El Salvador's consul in Geneva, Switzerland during the Holocaust, who helped save the lives of tens of thousands of European Jews by issuing them fake Salvadoran citizenship certificates. Really.
The story behind the namesake of the new José A. Castellanos Charter School goes like this: While stationed as the consul in Geneva in the early 1940s, former Salvadoran army colonel José Arturo Castellanos Contreras was approached by George Mandel, a Romanian-born Jewish businessman, who told him about the imminent danger that his family and others were in.
Learning about the First Amendment as she went about applying for U.S. citizenship inspired a young Muslim woman who works at Disneyland to challenge a company policy and wear her hijab to work.
Today, Imane Boudial filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging she is not allowed to wear the traditional head scarf while on the job, according to 89.3 KPCC and other news reports. Boudial has worked at the Grand Californian Hotel's Storytellers Restaurant for more than two years. More from the KPCC story:
"As long as she's been there, she took off her hijab before she went to work because it's against Disney policy,'' said Leigh Shelton, a spokeswoman for Boudlal's union, Unite Here Local 11. "But more recently she's gone through some experiences that have enlightened her a little, and she wanted to challenge the policy because it's illegal and wrong.''
Several months ago, Boudlal, who is Arab, applied for U.S. citizenship, Shelton said, adding her lessons on the First Amendment changed the way she started thinking about the issue.
This morning has brought with it an interesting mix of stories. Here are a few of them.
- The Associated Press reports that in Arizona, legislators have decided to shelve the idea of making "tweaks" to the state's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law, as proposed earlier by Gov. Jan Brewer, pending the state's appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court. The state is appealing the decision of a federal judge who last month blocked key parts of the law from being implemented.
- And speaking of Arizona, according to a news release on MMD Newswire, the conservative Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, known as ALIPAC, has been keeping count of states following Arizona's lead and has announced that there are now 22 states that have been pursuing SB 1070-style legislation.
- The Washington Post and UPI report on the continuing federal civil rights investigation involving Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, who is being threatened with a lawsuit if he refuses to cooperate. Arpaio is under investigation for possible discrimination against Latinos in violation of federal civil rights laws.
- Remember Aunt Zeituni? The immigration judge who granted asylum to Zeituni Onyango, President Obama's aunt who would have otherwise been deported to Kenya, said in an Associated Press story that the leaking of her immigration status by a federal government official made her a potential target in her native country, thus making her deserving of asylum.
- The Sacramento Bee and others have stories based on a new report showing that Latino homeowners have been hardest hit by the state's foreclosure crisis. The entire report from the Center for Responsible Lending can be seen here.
- The Washington Post has an interesting piece on the key role of conservative bloggers in bringing the politically charged debate over the so-called Ground Zero mosque to national prominence.
- Lastly, the Stanford Report, from the university of the same name, has an interesting story on the work of a graduate-student anthropologist who has been unearthing a former fishing village, near what is now the Monterey Bay Aquarium, that was home to hundreds of Chinese immigrants more than a century ago.