Letter: Hateful Graffiti Destroys Unity, Honor and Respect of Entire Community

COR, Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Supervisor Richard Valle, Assemblymember Bill Quirk and others urge residents to work together to strengthen relationships after hateful graffiti was spray-painted on Filipino-American establishments.


A message to Union City, from Congregations Organizing for Renewal and Our Allies:

Over the weekend, the Alvarado neighborhood and the Union City community were impacted by an act of vandalism targeting the Filipino community.  While the motives and situation of the person or people who spray-painted local establishments are unknown, there are a few things that we do know.

We know that acts of this nature are harmful to the entire community.  This was not an act against only Filipino community members; it is an act aimed at increasing divisive sentiments throughout Union City.  It is an act that is aimed not only at the vandalized buildings, but aimed at the very nature of unity, of honoring and respecting the many histories and lives that shape our community. 

We also know that, when there is harm in a community, it takes an entire community to heal and address the harm.  To restore trust, to restore wellbeing, to restore the human dignity of those impacted, it takes a commitment from every person. 

A commitment to restoration, not retribution. 

A commitment to listening as much as speaking.  

A commitment to pro-actively working towards something better, rather than reactively tearing ourselves further apart. 

As Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti said, “Justice requires that everyone should have enough to eat.  But it also requires that everyone should contribute to the production of food.”  So we are each called to contribute to the wellbeing of our community, so that we might each enjoy true wellbeing.

Union City is no stranger to violence, but we have worked together, East side and West, Latino and Filipino, Christian and Sikh, to build something better and bigger than any one of us alone.

As representatives of many communities, we speak with one voice as we call for greater determination to strengthen our relationships with one another, to create opportunities of understanding and shared experience, and to be generous with good will.

“For the work of the righteous shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness, calm and confidence forever.” (Isaiah 32:17)


Fr. Jose Leon, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, COR Board

Assemblymember Bill Quirk, District 20

Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Mayor of Union City

Rev. David Borglum, Minister, Fremont Congregational Church (UCC)

Deacon Dennis Davis, St. Leander’s Church

Rev. Drew Nettinga, Associate Conference Minister, United Church of Christ Northern California Nevada

Michael Wharton, Co-Chair: COR Board

Supervisor Richard Valle, District 2


Union City Resident May 09, 2013 at 06:26 PM
FYI, the Mayor and City Council do not make any decisions regarding schools or the school district. Only the School Board does. If we have another high school, we need another principal, vice principal, counselors, more new teachers for every class, all the same equipment as Logan - uniforms, sports equipment, theater, art, science equipment and labs, etc. The expense is prohibitive. I won't support another bond for the school district either. I don't trust any of them any more. That's why they put all the money in one high school only. Just FYI Too many people believe the Mayor and City Council make school decisions and they don't.
Edward May 09, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Remember, there are 6 houses at James Logan High School with 6 principals, 6 counselors ETC. for each house. Move 2 ot 3 houses to the new school and take the staffing with you along with the existing teachers. Split up the School staffing to go with the students and turn James Logan back into a community high School rather than a "SUPER SCHOOL" that is like 6 shools in one. Have you seen how backed up Both Alvarado-Niles road and Alvarado BLVD to Pasao Padre/ Decoto road gets at the School Commute Times from East to West? 2000 Students, parents teachers are commuting that could stay local and save on Green House Gasses and Foreign Oil. What will we do when Gasoline gets to $10.00 per Gallon? Cyber Commute to School? Maybe the brick and mortor Schools days are numbered. Home Schooling has worked for millions, so fa,r and maybe the teachers and school employees need to look for "other Work"?
Union City Resident May 10, 2013 at 12:44 AM
you could be on to a super idea! Online education. No ecological impacts. Everyone works at their own speed and capability. They get the best teacher every time because we can choose the lesson. Do anytime before midnight the same day if there is homework just like in college for those who sleep late and are always truant in regular school, no computer or too young and nobody at home, can go to computer centers. LOL You can name your own computer instead of school names. We can afford it better, cheaper for parents than school taxes, no administrators everywhere you look. Okay, I was just kidding...I think it's one issue at a time. School naming, school board, violating the Brown Act, address issues of recall, new elections, listening to the public, elected officials not following district policy, School Superintendent who knew or should have known it was a Brown Act violation, should be fired or not?, put issue on ballot by referendum or not?, let other elected officials write to editor instead of meeting with their voters?, Nobody trying to correct the errors made?, then discuss new high school. I agree with other letter - students being abused in school for maybe years now, bad test scores and they all say they know why but as educators they haven't fixed the problem yet, budget is non existent but we can afford all new band and athletic uniforms for the school with the new name LOL Taxpaying without representation
Edward May 11, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Here are some patch photos. you will notice the children marching with the" Filipino Advocates for justice" banner all the way up to the New Haven Unified School District office. Do you think these photos could have incited the Vandels and selected their target? Just a thought. http://storify.com/UnionCityPatch/a-collection-of-photos-and-reactions-to-alvarado-m/embed
Edward May 14, 2013 at 07:00 PM
May 14,2013 Union City, California. Police said the first suspect pushed both homewoners down to the floor and "forcefully removed the elderly female's jewelry." The second suspect found a young adult male locked in a bedroom, struck him in the head with the gun, ransacked the bedroom and took more property, police said. Both suspects fled on foot to a waiting vehicle, described as a newer model silver Audi sedan or BMW with chrome rims and tinted black windows. The vehicle was last seen being driven past Kitiyama Elementary School onto Medallion Drive, according to a Union City Police press release. Now this is about rich Black kids, with guns and driving BMWs, Attacking Elderly Whites in Union City. A little "political Vandelism" did not do this. This is a true "hate crime" against Whites yet it is reported as a "home invasion Robbery". They followed the Elderly White guy home from the store and pushed there way into the house and hurt everybody as they robbed them. Pre-selected an Elderly White Guy, because of hate" thencommited a crime against him and his family. The Political painting on a Political office was not a hate crime but a "political Statement". Get it Strait.


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