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Vandal Targets Filipino Establishments in Hate Crime

The Filipino Advocates for Justice, Toppings Too and Filipino Community buildings were vandalized over the weekend.

 

A vandal struck the Old Alvarado neighborhood over the weekend, spraying graffiti on Filipino-American establishments.

Those targeted were the Toppings Too restaurant, the Filipino Advocates for Justice office and the Filipino Community of Alvarado and Vicinity building, which houses various offices including the Union City Chamber of Commerce.

The pieces of graffiti appear to be written in the same handwriting.

According to the Union City Police Department, the suspect painted anti-Filipino messages, and police are investigating the case as a hate crime.

“Graffiti that incenses any group by race constitutes a hate crime,” said Cmdr. Ben Horner of the UCPD.

According to Horner, a hate crime is a felony and could be punished with civil fines and prison terms, depending on how much vandalism occurs.

Though the identity of the perpetrator is unknown, the graffiti appears to name two ethnic groups.

On the Filipino Community building, located at 3939 Smith St., the vandal crossed out “Filipino” and wrote “Mex” above the word “community,” with “f--- Filipinos” underneath. Similarly, the graffiti scrawled on Toppings read “Mex” and “f---- Filipinos” on one side of the restaurant’s entrance door with “AMS” on the other, suggesting possible tensions after the renaming of Alvarado Middle School after Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Veracruz.

Members of the Filipino-American community were saddened to see such divisive messages in the community.

Tracie Noriega, a member of the New Haven Pilipino American Society for Education, said in a statement that the acts of vandalism are “extremely disheartening.”

“It is also disheartening that the vandalism is claimed by and against two ethnic groups that have roots in very similar experiences,” Noriega added. “The formation of the United Farm Workers Union was grounded in inter-ethnic solidarity to fight oppression. It was in the spirit of unification that the Mexican and Filipino Farm Workers struck together for better working conditions. As a Filipino-American Community, we continue to stand with all of our neighbors in peace and unity.”

Christopher Cara of the Filipino Advocates for Justice echoed similar sentiments. 

“The best thing we can do is move forward in the spirit of building,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Union City Police Department is urging anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact Union City police at 510-471-1365. Anonymous tips can be left at 510-675-5207 or by e-mailing tips@unioncity.org.

Ed May 11, 2013 at 06:46 AM
"If the dissatisfied population want to effect a change with the School Board, then I humbly suggest that they work towards putting themselves, or someone they trust, in positions where they can, in fact, effect the changes they desire." This statement confirms what a number of us opposed to the name change suspected: Canlas got on the school board for one purpose and one purpose only, to get a middle school named after Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong (or as board member Dino said, "Joseph"). My question is when the current board members are voted out and new board members vote to change the name of Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School because a particular group of people offers them money to do it what will you say? Will you still tell people to work to put someone in positions where they can effect the changes they desire? Will you stand in front of the school board reminding them there is a process for what they're doing only to have it acknowledged, by the board members themselves, that they didn't follow their process but it's okay because the community elected them and they can do as they please because they were voted in to affect change? Just sayin'........................
Edward May 11, 2013 at 06:53 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
Ed May 11, 2013 at 06:54 AM
Speaking of the Superintendent.....................I wasn't there but I heard at last Tuesday's board meeting the board DID NOT accept Mc Veigh's recommendation for principal at Cesar Chavez next year. Now here it gets really strange, the board did their own investigation (could that also be a thurough study?). Maybe, since Mc Viegh's last recommendation to the board didn't turn out so easily done there is now a lack of trust by the school board with their employee?
Edward May 11, 2013 at 07:21 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 15, 2013 at 01:23 PM
It seems the original posts and discussions were all deleted and all that is left are my posts, out of context. The "Reply" tag has been eliminated, so, instead of many "micro blogs" it is now just on long list of comments.

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