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Open Space, Recreation, Biodiversity and Habitat: An ‘Our County’ Workshop Liberty Hill

Open space begins with open communication. The LA County Chief Sustainability Office and Liberty Hill held a workshop at the LA Trade-Tech College in preparation for the LA County Sustainability Plan on September 17, 2018. Nonprofits deliberated over the Office’s goals and strategies, emphasizing equitable access to green space during focus group discussions.

City Project Policy Analysts Elizabeth Chi and Hannah Sumiko Daly (left to right) at Our County Workshop

Experimentos con seres humanos por EE.UU. en Guatemala 70 años después US STD human medical crimes against humanity Episodio 1

English La Arquidiócesis de Guatemala, la Clínica de Derechos Humanos de la Facultad de Derecho de la UC Irvine, y The City Project / Proyecto del Pueblo impulsan una petición de derechos humanos contra los EE. UU. por crímenes de lesa humanidad

Por Joce Sterman, Alex Brauer, Chris Castano y Larry Lazo Circa 2018

¿Qué pensaría usted si le dijeran que hay niños en un país del tercer mundo que todavía están pagando el precio de experimentos realizados por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos hace casi 70 años? ¿Lo creería?

Circa viajó a Guatemala para sacar a la luz pública un capítulo oscuro en la historia estadounidense, cuando el gobierno de los EE.UU. fue a América Central e infectó a personas con enfermedades de transmisión sexual a propósito. Nuestra historia intenta dar sentido a un acto atroz cometido por el gobierno de los EE.UU. en nombre de la ciencia. Hicimos este viaje para entrevistar a personas como Gonzalo y Lázaro Ramírez, hermanos que viven en el remoto campo guatemalteco.

Watch Video Episode 1 A Heinous Act

Estos hermanos son hijos de un dedicado soldado guatemalteco fallecido hace mucho tiempo. Dicen que fue infectado con una enfermedad de transmisión sexual por los estadounidenses que llegaron a una base militar donde su padre servía.

Los expertos afirman a Circa que lo sucedido al padre de Lázaro y Gonzalo es comparable con las atrocidades de los médicos nazis y el estudio de investigación de sífilis de Tuskegee. Se realizaron experimentos con seres humanos en guatemaltecos en situación de vulnerabilidad a quienes deliberadamente infectaron con sífilis y gonorrea sin su consentimiento, sin saber lo que estaba sucediendo o por qué.

Los hermanos viven actualmente en modestos edificios de cemento sin electricidad ni agua corriente. Tuvieron la amabilidad de invitarnos a sus casas para contarnos sobre los experimentos a los que sometieron a su padre en la década de los cuarenta.

“Nos dimos cuenta de que había sido una víctima grabado en nuestras mentes”, dijo Gonzalo.

“La verdad es que los mandaban llamar a la enfermería donde los inyectaban sin ninguna explicación. Nunca les dijeron para qué era”.

Gonzalo Ramírez, hijo de víctima del experimento.

La mayoría de las personas utilizadas en los experimentos fueron infectadas con ETS deliberadamente por parte médicos estadounidenses entre 1946 y 1948. Reconocidas dependencias gubernamentales como el Servicio de Salud Pública de los Estados Unidos proporcionaron el financiamiento. Incluso hay acusaciones de que instituciones privadas de renombre como la Universidad Johns Hopkins, la Fundación Rockefeller y otras, también estuvieron involucradas.

El investigador de Harvard Ángel Rodríguez ha estado profundizando en el contexto histórico detrás de los experimentos. Cuando hablamos de que los estadounidenses seleccionaron a Guatemala como país sede de los experimentos, no se trataba de usar fuerza extrema contra un pequeño país. Rodríguez afirma que la investigación contó con la total cooperación del gobierno de Guatemala.

“Era mucho más difícil para un científico guatemalteco ser reconocido en una plataforma científica internacional que para un científico estadounidense”. Es por eso que la colaboración fue tan valiosa. Porque si puedes colaborar con un grupo de científicos más privilegiados, entonces eso aportará mucho más mérito a tu trabajo”.

Ángel Rodríguez, erudito de Harvard

Víctimas de los experimentos guatemaltecos

Secundina Escut, víctima de los experimentos guatemaltecos

Carlos Farnes, víctima de los experimentos guatemaltecos

Javier Guerra, víctima de los experimentos guatemaltecos

Oliva Venancio, víctima de los experimentos guatemaltecos

José Esteban de León, víctima de los experimentos guatemaltecos

El Dr. John Cutler en la foto con una de las víctimas de los experimentos guatemaltecos

Timoteo Rodríguez, víctima de los experimentos guatemaltecos

Mujeres internadas en un manicomio guatemalteco que fueron utilizadas en los experimentos

Hombres internados en un manicomio guatemalteco que fueron utilizados en los experimentos

Se consideró que Guatemala era un lugar ideal para la investigación sobre enfermedades de transmisión sexual, en parte porque la prostitución era legal y los trabajadores sexuales podían ser utilizados para los experimentos. Además, porque la idea de usar el país para la investigación provino de un médico guatemalteco. El Dr. Juan Funes, quien dirigió la división de enfermedades venéreas del departamento de salud pública en Guatemala, fue entrenado en los EE. UU. por el Servicio de Salud Pública.

De acuerdo con los registros históricos, los experimentos que involucraron a Funes y a una multitud de médicos estadounidenses afectaron a más de 5,000 personas. Esos documentos muestran que más de 1,300 personas se infectaron con ETS en experimentos que fueron documentados con horripilantes detalles por investigadores y luego se mantuvieron en secreto hasta aproximadamente 60 años después. . . .

La Arquidiócesis Católica de Guatemala y The City Project / Proyecto del Pueblo coordinaron el viaje de los documentalistas para reunirse con las víctimas en Guatemala.

Traducción por Alianza Fronteriza de Filantropía / Translation by Border Philanthropy Partnership

The City Project 19th Anniversary Equal Justice, Democracy & Livability for All!

September 15 . . . The City Project’s flagship project has led to LA State Historic Park, Rio de Los Angeles State Park, revitalizing the LA River, saving and expanding Baldwin Hills Park, saving Panhe and San Onofre State Beach, transit to trails, billions in state resources for equal access to parks and recreation, billions for new school construction and modernization by LAUSD, state and federal policy and law reform, health equity for all, local green jobs, cultural celebration – and smiles on children’s faces from playing in parks, schools, pools that did not exist before, and more . . . With more to come . . .

Ted Jackson CA State Parks & Recreation Hero. Presente!

Ted Jackson as Chief of Operations at the California Department of Parks & Recreation worked with the people to transform state parks for all. Ted is a personal hero and friend. QDP. Robert García.

 


L.A. River Master Plan kick off Sean Woods, Ted Jackson, Robert García, Ron Schafer L.A. State Historic Park 2005


Rio de Los Angeles State Park Opening Earth Day April 21, 2007


L.A. State Historic Park Design Competition 2006 Sean Woods, Ted Jackson, Diana Martinez


L.A. River Master Plan kick off Sean Woods, Ted Jackson, Robert García, Lewis MacAdams L.A. State Historic Park 2005

Ted was hiking with a friend in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains that Ted loved so much. Ted was on a week long backpack trip into the interior of the Sierras. Ted’s goal was to climb Mt. Goddard, hiking on the South Lake Trail out of Bishop. Ted collapsed on the trail suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, September 12. Rescue efforts by United States Forest Service and Cal Fire paramedics, and other hikers, were not successful.

 

Immaculate Conception Catholic School 100th Anniversary Sept 14 Transformative Power of Education and Teachers

The transformative power of education and great teachers.

Sister Mary Vincent IHM, my grade 6 teacher and the principal of the school, called me into her office once. She said sadly to me, “I hear you told a dirty joke.” Caught, I admitted yes, Sister, I did. She asked “What was the joke?” Puzzled, I innocently replied, “Well, Sister, which one?” She was shocked: “So there’s been more than one!” For my penance, she had me read four books about the saints as little boys. The nuns expected us to grow up to be saints. I am by no means a saint. I did learn we each need to do what we can to save our own soul.

Monsignor Joseph Truxaw served as pastor of the Church from 1935 to 1972. Sister Mary Vincent IHM was principal and our grade 6 teacher in 1963-64. A young nun, Sister Joan Marie IHM, taught us in the afternoons. Sister Zita IHM was our grade 5 teacher in 1962-63. She taught us cursive longhand. She was strict and demanding. Mrs. Reynolds was our grade 4 teacher 1961-62. My mother paid $7.50 monthly tuition each for my sister and I to attend the school.

Historian Kevin Starr writes covers the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and their relationship to Cardinal James Francis McIntyre, in his book Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950-63 (2009).

 

#STOPKAVANAUGH LDF NY Times Save Diversity, Economic Vitality, Right to Vote, Police Accountability for All!

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund opposes Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court because of his rulings on matters of racial and economic equality.

He Supports Racial Blindness Over Diversity and Ending Discrimination
He Defends Police Misconduct Over Our Right To Be Left Alone
He Has Opposed Economic Protections for Communities of Color
He Upholds “Troubling” Discriminatory Voter ID Laws
Read the LDF report
Read the NY Times article
TELL YOUR SENATORS TO #STOPKAVANAUGH’S CONFIRMATION HEARINGS
The City Project proudly joins our sisters and brothers in the LDF family…

Los Angeles Business Council 2018 Mayoral Housing, Transportation & Jobs Summit

The City Project is proud to be a Cooperating Organization for the 2018 Mayoral Housing, Transportation & Jobs Summit taking place at UCLA’s Renee & Meyer Luskin Conference Center on Friday, October 5th from 8:00am to 2:30pm. Register for the event here.

 

The Next Supreme Court Justice Could Take Away Your Civil and Human Rights – Ask Your Senators to Fill in the Blanks

As day two of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing begins, one thing is clear: Much of his record as a political operative remains a mystery.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley insists on pushing ahead with the hearing while refusing to even ask for millions of pages of Kavanaugh’s record as a White House political operative — meaning neither the Senate nor the public will be able to see them.

There are too many holes in Kavanaugh’s record. Too many unanswered questions. What are they trying to hide?

Senators must fill in the blanks. If they cannot, senators must oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation. This kind of secretive, partisan, and incomplete review process is unprecedented. And it’s a sham.

That’s why we’re asking for your help right now. Will you watch this video and share to demand transparency and accountability from the Senate?

Based on what we already know about Kavanaugh, it’s clear our civil and human rights are at stake. But who knows what else is in his records. The American people deserve to know. And their senators do, too. #WhatAreTheyHiding? We’ll never know — unless they fill in the blanks.

The next Supreme Court justice will serve a lifetime appointment and make a lasting impact on our civil and human rights — from health care and reproductive freedom to voting and disability rights.

There’s too much at stake to continue with a sham hearing.

Watch our video and tell your senators to fill in the blanks. Otherwise, they must oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation to our nation’s highest court.

— The Leadership Conference

Visit: savescotus.org

Webinar Increasing Diversity in Our Public Lands, Waters & Monuments Corazón Latino, The City Project, NEEF NPLD, USFS . . .

Corazón Latino, The City Project, AFC+A, NEEF – National Public Lands Day, U.S. Forest Service, Descubre el Bosque, Wild & Scenic Rivers . . . “Gracias Felipe Benitez for including our work in this beautiful platform for greater diversity in our public lands!!! Honored to share the webinar with the #greenlatinos giant of civil rights my dear Hermano Robert Garcia!!” Irene Vilar AFC+A

Please register with free tickets

Webinar September 6, 2018, 12 noon PT / 3 pm ET

 

President picks David Vela as new National Park Service Director

Rob Hotakainen and Corbin Hiar, E&E News reporters

Published: August 31, 2018

The White House said today the president had picked David Vela, the superintendent of Grand Teton National Park, to become the new director of the National Park Service. He is a 28-year veteran with NPS.

Director Vela said last month that he was “deeply humbled by the rumors and speculation” that he would get the job and that he would be “honored to serve.”

The Senate has not voted on the Park Service director’s position since 2009, when Jonathan Jarvis won confirmation as President Barack Obama’s NPS chief. Director Vela is the first Latino Director of the National Park Service.