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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Election year brings new Ry CHARLES FOU5Y London Observer Service Docs a man really need to hijack a jet airliner and order newsmen aboard at gunpoint to win a hearing for Mexican- American complaints today in the United States? Perhaps not, but many a Chicano will sympathize with the desperation of Richardo Two recent incidents high- light dramatically the kind of tragedy that can befall the Chicano who comes eagerly to the US In search of a belter life. The family of a 24-year old Mexican girl has filed suit against a couple who, they allege, literally im- prisoned the girl as a slave for nine months after she had been Chavez-Ortiz, a young unem- illegally smuggled info the US. ployed cook, who did just that I She was forced to perform the other week in Los Angeles, every kind of household chore Mr. Chavez-Ortiz got all the attention he demanded for 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 to broadcast his message live. But had he waited only a few more weeks his extravagant gesture might not have seemed lingly urgent. to compel- This is election year in the United States, and both major parties are coming to an ap- preciation of just how useful will be the vote of the long- neglected Chicano community, which, in southern California is the largest majority group. The "brown vote" has tradi- tionally gone to the Demo- crats only 10 per cent of Mr. Nixon in 19GJ1 but (Ms time around the President and his aides are ardently wooing Mexican- Americans. Chicano politicians have ob- served that a swing of 6 per cent to the Republicans could affect decisively the elections in California, New Mexico and Texas, the south-western states in which most Mexican-Amer- icans live, and which carry a large slice of the 270 electoral votes a Presidential candidate needs to win. California's Mex- for four rental units, never paid a penny, and never al- lowed to leave the premises, even to go to church, the com- plaint charges. The family who are seeking dam- ages, say the girl was also mo- lested. In the 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 the 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 while 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 1S36 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 tcnt? First, he is appointing that Mr. Nixon b a r c 1 y j many Mexican American's squeaked by in his home state to lop level federal jobs. US in the 19SO contest with John i Treasurer Mrs. Roma'na Ban- F. Kennedy, who needed onlv j uelos is one of 28 Spanish-sur- anolher 5 per cent of the Chi- j named people given positions cano vote to win the Golden i paying annually or State. In Mr. Nixon lost im ore. (President Johnson to Hubert Huninhrey: j made only five similar appoint- had he been able to rally an- I Mr. Nixon has also set other 6 per cent of the Mexi- jn motion a 16 point pro- can American vole, that state I gramme to fit more Spanish- would have gone Republican. I speaking persons into federal The community problems posts at a less exalted level. with which Mr. Nixon must at- tempt to cope, if he is to win this Chicano vote, arc many and serious. Of the total Mexi- can-American population of one third live in over- crowded conditions, often in poor housing. The nation's second largest minority has an infant mortalitv rale four times as great as that for "An- and the Mexican-Ameri- can can expect to live some But in southern California, where some two million Chi- canos live, the record is not good: Spanish speaking peo- ple make iro 17 per cent of the area's population, yet they hold less than G per cent of the available federal jobs, while the nine maior federal agencies have no Chicanos at all in their top management posls. There is a pattern of exclusion running throughout 10 years less. There is a deep the entire federal bureaucracy, distrust of professional modi- j and Mr. Nixon can claim onlv cine and public health scr that when he took office "La- vices, one study indicates Ihat tinos" made up 2.8 per cent of Chicanos make about 2.3 visits a year to the doctor, as against Anglos and 3.7 for the federal workforce (al- Ibough they form 6 per cent of the population) while today that total has risen to 2.9 per cent. 5.6 for blacks. The incidence of tuberculos- is is higher than among the population at large and it is suspected thai the same goes i are looking favourably on some for other diseases for which no j Administration measures Etaii-tics are available. Mexican American family incomes are lower than the na- tional average, and the school drop out rate is higher (as high as 50 per cent 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. Democrats, however, are worried by signs that Chicanos help them. Federal agencies are about to make pre-election handouts of million to Chi- cano projects, and the depart- ment of health, education and 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- Neivs 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 "boy" or "girl." PAPER SHORTAGE SALISBURY, Rhodesia (AP) The ministry of commerce and industry has appealed to Khodcsians not to buy more rolls of toilet paper than they reed because overbuying could lead to a shortage. CHANGE OF IJIF.T PARIS (AP) A mongoose that apparently slowed away 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. BAR SAII.OIIS SINGAPORE (AP) The port master of Singapore has warned shipping companies that sailors with long hair will be barred from coming nshorp here in a campaign "un- desirable alien influences." Till'. LAST MANILA (AP) A old man who scl out fo prove Ihat the waltz lives on collapsed and died aHer for hvo hours, The Daily Mirror iv 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 four times as much as whites and mulattoes. BITING REFUSAL COLOMBO, Ceylon (AP) A tenant here claimed lu's land- lord's son bit his ear off when he refused to file a false decla- ration of rent. LATE LAW HELSINKI, Finland (AP) The Finnish Parliament re- cently abolished the death pen ally, but no criminal has been put to death since when Finland was still a grand duchy of czarisl Russia DOUBLK VISION KUALA LUMPUR (AP) Farmers in northwestern Ma- laysia have been seeing two suns rise in the morning. Meteo- rologists called the phenomenon "mock sun" caused by the sun's rays reflecting on ice crystals in high altitude clouds. HRKAC1I OK TRUST SINGAPORE (AP) An air- porl parking lot attendant ac- cused of not accounting for a cent fee paid by a molorlsl was charged with criminal breach of trust. dates for the Senate and lire; Evfn the I'rc'idcnt's (laugh- governorship of Texas this' Julie, who speaks Spanish, year, says it has been offered is lhu tried, cash help from the cans. "But we refuse to pros- titute says party chairman Mario Compcan. across the Koulh-Wesl. In the coming weeks, Air. Nixon's FATAL MUTT CAIRO (AP) A bedouin shepherd's ram did what Egypt- ian demolition experts (ailed to do, but it cost him his life. The I animal saw a Keep Away sign on a 1' 2 ton unexploded Second j War shell at a desert bal- slice of the Chicano vote he; tlcfiekl, and butted the bomb. It covets. went off. 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