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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Election year brings new hope FATAL HUT By CHARLES FOLI3Y London Observer Scrvil-K Docs a man really need lo hijack a jcL airliner and order newsmen aboard at gunpoint to win a hearing for Mexican- American complaints today in the United Stales? Perhaps not, but many a Chicano will sympathize with the desperation ot Ilicliardo Chavez-Ortiz, a young unem- ployed cook, who did just that the other week in Los Angeles. Mr. Chavcz-Urtiz Rot all the attention he demanded [or his 35-minule monologue detailing the hardships faced by Mexi- can-Americans in this affluent society. It seemed that every radio and television station in Southern California was on the scene, vying lo broadcast his message live. But had he waited only a few more weeks his extravagant gesture might not have seemed to lingly urgent. This is election year in the United States, and both major parties are coming to an ap- preciation of just how useful will bo the vote of the long- neglected Chicano community, which, in southern California is the largest majority group. The "brown vote" has tradi- tionally gone lo Ihe Demo- crats only 10 per cent of Ciicanos Mi1. Nixon in Ibis lime around the President and his aides are ardently wooing Mexican- Americans. Chicano politicians have ob- served that a swing of 6 par cent to the Republicans could affect decisively the elections in California, New Mexico and Texas, the south-western stales in which most Mexican-Amer- icans live, and which carry a large slice of the 270 elecloral votes a Presidential candidate needs to win. California's Mex- Two recent incidents high- light dramatically the liind of tragedy that can befall the Chicano who comes eagerly to the US '.n search of a belter lite. The family of a 24-year old Mexican girl has filed suil against a couple who, they allege, literally im- prisoned the girl as a slave for nine months after she had been illegally smuggled info the US. She was forced to perform every kind of household chore for four rental units, never paid a penny, and never lowed lo leave (he premises, even lo go lo church, the com- plaint charges. The family who are seeking dam- ages, say the girl was also mo- lested. In Hie second case a natur- allized Mexican working on a Californian farm was shot dead by a border patrolman checking for illegal aliens. When a Grand Jury ruled that the shooting was justified, on the grounds that the patrolman was attacked, an organization calling itself the "Chicano Lib- eration Front" bombed Ihe of- fices of the Border Patrol. Said the "Front" in a note proclaiming "the start of our spring "We do not recognize boundaries set up hy a foreigner. We will no longer stand idle wlule our peo- ple are treated like criminals for travelling from one part of our land to the other." Many Chicano radicals like to argue that California, Texas and other south western states, seized between 1R36 and 1848 by American settlers who forced war on the Mexicans, are still by right part of Mexi- co. TOP JOBS What is President Nixon do- ing to stem the tide of discon- ican Bar Association has noted j lent? First, he is appointing that Mr. Nixon b a r c 1 y many Mexican American's squeaked by in his home slate I to lop level federal jobs. 1JS in the 19BO contest wilh John i Treasurer Mrs. Romana Ban- F. Kennedy, who needed onlv js one of 28 Spanish-sur- anolher 5 per cent of the Chi- j named people given positions cano vole lo win the Golden; paying ?30.000 annually State. In JSlin, Mr. Nixon lost to Hubert Humuhrey: had he been able lo rally an- other 6 per cent of Hie Mexi- can American vole. Hint state would have gone Republican. The community problems with which Mr. Nixon must at- tempt to cope, if lie is to win this Chicano vole, arc many and serious. Of Ihe tolal Mexi- can-American population of one third live in over- paying more. (President Johnson made only five similar appoint- Mr. Nixon has also set in motion a 16 point pro- gramme to fit more Spanish- speaking persons inlo federal posts at a less exalted level. But in southern California, where some two million Chi- canos live. Ihe record is not good: Spanish speaking peo- ple make un 17 per cent of the area's population, yet they hold crowded conditions, often in i ]css than c, per cent of the poor housing. The nation's available ISO 000 federal jobs. i-------, ,._.. second largest minority has an infant morlalilv rale four limes as great as thai for "An- and (he lUcxiran-Amcri- can can expect to live some 10 years less. There is a deen dislrusl of professional medi- cine and public health scr vices, one study indicates Dial Chicanos make about 2.3 visits a year to Ihe doclor. as 5.6 for Anglos and 3.7 for blacks. The incidence of tuberculos- federal agencies have no Chicanos at all in their top management posls. There is a pattern of exclusion running throughout the entire federal bureaucracy, and Mr. Nixon can claim onlv that when he look office "La- tinos" mode up 2.8 per cent of the federal workforce (al- Ihough tliev form 6 ner cent of Ihe population) while today that total has risen to 2.9 per cent. is is higher Ihan among the: Democrats, however, are population at large and il is worried by signs that Chicams nusneded Ilial the same goes i are looking favourably on some for other diseases for which no j Administration measures lo statistics are available. helo tl Mexican American family incomes are lower than the na- tional average, and the school drop oul rate is higher (as high as 50 per cenl in some There is housing dis- crimination, job discrimination. But none of this stops the steady flow of cheap and often illegal Mexican labour across the border Into Texas and Cal- ifornia. help them. Federal agencies are about lo make pre-election handouts of S12 million lo Chi- cano projects, and the depart- ment of health, education nnd welfare is threatening Califor- nia with the loss of mil- lion in welfare funds unless it does something abut the dis- crimination against the Spanish- speaking poor. The radical Raza Unida (United Race) party, which Is running candi- Neics in brief CHANGE OF ADDRESS JOHANNESBURG, South Af- rica (AP) The Junior Cham- ber of Commerce has urged em- ployers to address their non- white workers as Mr., Mrs. or Miss, am! not as or "girl." PAPEIt SIIOHTAGE SALISBURY, Rhodesia (AP) The ministry of commerce and industry has appealed lo Khodcsians nol to buy more rolls of loilet paper than they need because overbuying could lead to a shortage. CHANGE Or DII'.T PARIS lAP) A mongoose that .sloivcrl .IUYIV on a plane from India has been living off eggs and fruit at Orly Airport instead of its favorite diet of poisonous snakes at home. MAR SAIJ.OI'.S SINGAPORE (AP> The port master of Singapore lias warned shipping companies that sailors with long hair will be barred from coining nshore here in a campaign "un- desirable alien inlhionrf'.s." Till', LAST MANILA (AP) A old man who si1! out fo prove (hat (lie lives on rnlliipsod and died a'ler drincinji for two The Daily Mirror re- ported. EQUAL, PRICE CAPE TOWN (AP) The South African government has standardized the price for dupli- cates of lost identity papers Blacks previously had to pay tour times as much as whites and mulattoes. BITING REFUSAL j COLOMBO, Ceylon (AP) A tenant here claimed Ins land-, lord's son bit his car off when he refused to file a false decla- ration of rent. LATE LAW HELSINKI, Finland (AP) i The Finnish Parliament re- cently abolished the dcalh pen ally, but no criminal has been pul to death since when j Finland was still a grand duchy ot czaris! Russia DOUBLE VISION KUALA LUMPUR (API Farmers in northwestern Ma- laysia have been seeing two suns rise in Uic morning. AIclco- rologisls called the phenomenon "mock sun" caused by the sun's rays verier! ing on ice crystals in high altitude clouds. IlKKACH OF TIll'ST SINGAPORE (AP) An nir- porl parking lot atlr-ndant ac- cused of not accounting for a -II cent fee paid by a molorlsl was charged wilh criminal breach of trust. dales for Ihe Senate and the1 Kv( n Ihe Pre'itk-nl's (laugh- governorship of Texas spiMl.s Spanish, is t l" lions across Ihe In year, says it has been offered cash help from the Republi- cans. "But we refuse to pros- titute says party chairman Mario Compcan. CAIRO (AP) A bedouin I shepherd's ram did what. Egjipl- "big rush" cumincu llcxi- inn demolition experts (ailed lo can Americans that he lias, do, but it cost him his life. The a Keep Away sign Thursd-w. May A, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID 35 100 pupils stage musical Icdll illllul ILUIJ.n NlLlL III; IJCI.1 110, IJUL 1L UU their inlcrcsls at heart will be, animal saw o-calalod, and there arc many j on a 1'2 ton unexplodcd Second j who believe will win Ihe j World War shell at a desert bal- slice of the Chicano vole he, tldiekl, and bulled the bomb. II the- coming v.cuks, Mr. Nixon's covets. off. COALDALE (HNS) St. Jo- seph's School choir recently presented the Magic Beanstalk lo a capacily crowd in the school auditorium. It was based on Ihe Jack and I Ihe Beanstalk fairy tale. The on-slagc cast cousisM of more than 100 pupils and an- olher 50 look part in backstage operations. Sister Imclda Toomey was the director and Mrs. Robert Harrison was pianist. n a p -A -sjJ ''-ggJ.--.> U V !i U We That' you the o ashers. fford to give arantee refunded' That's no wishy-washy guarantee. No hedging. 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