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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.

Edward May 06, 2013 at 02:52 AM
The re-name Cesar Chavez Middle School ...Chavez-itliong-veracruz middle school and be done with it. Alvarado Middle School...Forever! Or build a New High School.
Edward May 06, 2013 at 02:54 AM
So, We end up with a WAR betwean Communities?
lupe May 06, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Haaa that's it explain all, your married to philipino Edward otherwise you would'nt be sticking up for Philipino.
E.L.S May 06, 2013 at 06:48 AM
http://asmdc.org/members/a18/other-resources/ab-123 Something to think about
UnionCity360 May 06, 2013 at 01:14 PM
thank you cheryl. my point exactly.
Edward May 06, 2013 at 06:07 PM
That would be good, if they learned about the American labor Movement and it helped them to organize Unions in the workplace when they eventually get jobs. When the Pinoy Nurses cross picket lines at hospitals and other workplaces, it shows they don't care about what Philip Veracruz or Larry Itliong or even Cesar Chavez were all about.
Edward May 06, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Ha Ha Ha ...lupe....wrong again! This is about taking history away from one group to passify another by the New Haven Unified School District. The School District needs A New High School, on the West Side of Union City, that is Local and Logan High School needs to have it's population reduced to get it more personable to Students. Fremont has 5 High Schools that are local to each district so why does Union City have only ONE. We need Two High Schools and Union City is still growing. The New High School could be called "Itliong-Chavez-Veracruz High School". Everybody wins, including the Students of Union City.
Edward May 07, 2013 at 07:07 AM
So, Do you support the American labor Movement and belong to a UNION, Proud? If you talk the talk, but, don't Walk the Walk, no one will care. If this was a new High School, almost everybody would be for it (except the republican growers) but re-naming an existing School, with thousands of alumni, is asking for trouble, no matter how great the names may be.
Edward May 07, 2013 at 07:10 AM
You are correct. Two wrongs do not make a right. I just wish our School District Board had not made the first Wrong by not taking it to the voters. They took 2 measures to the voters at a cost of $50,000.00 each and lost becuase it was about money and it takes 67% of the electorate to pass. A name change takes only 51% of the electorate and they could put it on the 2014 Ballot. But no, with raised fists, the Pinoy POWER People pushed down the electorate with dictatorial Relish..
Edward May 07, 2013 at 07:19 AM
29% of Alvarado Middle School is Phillipino and 71 % is non-Phillipino. 97% of the repondents to the School's own survey said they wanted to keep Alvarado middle School's name. What do you think the 71% think? Do you think they will be proud their school will be named after some "Marxist Labor leaders" who Quite the UFW? Those, who have parents that "are Union" will, but only 14% of todays workforce belongs to any Union at all. In the end, this fight will not only "NOT" help the Cause for Labor, but put the "forgotten" Labor Leaders Names in a bad light among Union City Residents. What a Shame. They deserved Better. Why not take it to a vote only name the School "Itliong-Chavez-Veracruz Middle School" So it is about their deeds, as Union organizers, and not about their race?
Edward May 07, 2013 at 07:21 AM
29% of Alvarado Middle School is Phillipino and 71 % is non-Phillipino. 97% of the repondents to the School's own survey said they wanted to keep Alvarado middle School's name. What do you think the 71% think? Do you think they will be proud their school will be named after some "Marxist Labor leaders" who Quite the UFW? Those, who have parents that "are Union" will, but only 14% of todays workforce belongs to any Union at all. In the end, this fight will not only "NOT" help the Cause for Labor, but put the "forgotten" Labor Leaders Names in a bad light among Union City Residents. What a Shame. They deserved Better. Why not take it to a vote only name the School "Itliong-Chavez-Veracruz Middle School" So it is about their deeds, as Union organizers, and not about their race?
Edward May 07, 2013 at 07:30 AM
What About the students that are not from Phillipino Families? Do you think they will be proud their school will be named after some "Marxist Labor leaders" who Quite the UFW? Those, who have parents that "are Union" will, but only 14% of todays workforce belongs to any Union at all. In the end, this fight will not only "NOT" help the Cause for Labor, but put the "forgotten" Labor Leaders Names in a bad light among Union City Residents. What a Shame. They deserved Better. Why not take it to a vote only name the School "Itliong-Chavez-Veracruz Middle School" So it is about their deeds, as Union organizers, and not about their race?
Cheryl May 07, 2013 at 03:47 PM
No. They had to do with unwritten segregation laws and police discrimination. This is a name change for a school. One can not make the comparison because of the enormous difference between the inciting incidents.
Union City Resident May 07, 2013 at 09:04 PM
I am sick. Every valid discussion about the school name change has disintegrated into racial comments. Don't be upset at those who comment. Thank your school board. They planned this before the vote. They broke the law and violated the Brown Act and voted on an item not on the board agenda. They violated their own district policies and procedures not to mention California State Law. They have to stand by the decision though as they did explain a grant may be coming to New Haven just because of this name change. And the President? Whew, big stuff. Just imagine your school board members getting their pictures taken with him!! Now, if they had only done it right. Legally. Fairly. Held open discussions, gathered ideas, acted as leaders in a community. If only they had not taken a name that was important to the Latino Community and replaced it with a name for someone else, no matter what ethic group they represented. It doesn't work to insult your constituencies, then try to appease them. They made a huge mistake and are obvious novices at community leadership. Novices at keeping a community together, working together, respecting each other. There never used to be a problem with Latinos and Filipinos before in Union City, EVER...until now. Shame on the School Board - sorry I mean all of them. And the School Superintendent and where is the Attorney? Violating Brown Act is something they should have not allowed either. They all should be fired. Now how to fix?
Edward May 08, 2013 at 01:50 AM
..................................................THE WHITE HOUSE.................................................. I will not be able to attend the Dedication of the "Itliong-Veracruz Middle School" in September of 2015 because i will be fighting the Republican Take over of the Senate in 2014 and will need to be in Washington D.C. to keep your Social Security and Medicare from being taken away. I will send the National Guard to keep the peace in my place. God Bless you all and God Bless the United States of America. ...........................Signed..The President of the United States of America.................. Just kidding. Now if it was a new High School "Called Itliong-Veracruz" or "itliong-Chaves-Veracruz HIGH SCHOOL", Union Built, with the $29.2 Grant money, Who Knows?
Maria Rabuy Inciong May 10, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I have refrained from posting any comments because I don't want to engage in a discussion online where I can't tell who I'm conversing with. But after reading all that has been said, I am so disheartened to hear so much negativity - particularly with referring to Union City as a gangland. While in college, I volunteered as a tutor in inner-city Los Angeles. The children I tutored survived each day in a real gangland. We here in Union City have no clue what it's like to live in a gangland. We are so blessed to have all that our city has to offer. I understand the frustration with the process with which the Board came up with the decision to change the name of AMS. I also understand the frustration and the feeling of dis-entitlement by some with the name being changed to honor Filipino-Americans. But it is never okay to resort to vandalism and racial slurs. Each time a new school was built and when CCMS was renamed, Itliong-Vera Cruz were names submitted to be considered. Each time, it was turned down. I've lived in Union City for over 30 years, I don't ever recall the Filipino-American community showing their dissatisfaction by writing racial epithets on buildings. 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.
Maria Rabuy Inciong May 10, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Thank you, Thomas Clarke, for such an insightful comment. Based on what you've said, I am certain you are an intelligent, educated, and morally upright human being. I hope you are insightful enough to detect the extreme sarcasm in my comment. May your life never have to depend on any Filipino or Filipino-American. If it did, may you stand by your words and not allow them to help you.
lupe May 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM
To UC GUY, u either dumb or stupid to make a race remark like that , about Mexican r a Disease. I believe u r a STUPID FK , my wife used to work at a bank and she would tell me that she couldnt believe how much money the philipino elderly. Who never work a day in there life in the USA were getting for Social Secruity, thats explain why they have big house in Alvarado. Secondly the Philipino had a very small part in developing Alvarado in the 1960 & 1970, was Ittiong - Cruz developing Alavrado FK no, so named the middle schoole after then. THE MEXICANS,PORTUGESE Develope and shape Alavarado, they were the one picking the fruits and Driving the caterpillar and turning over the Dirt, not Itiong-Cruz. So u r the races and bigot of the Philpino party ASSHOLE.
lupe May 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM
EDWARD, sometime u surpise me and other times ur idot WATTTS comunity!!
Jeremiah Reyes May 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Lupe - you clearly missed the intent of my comment and the parallel to what we are experiencing as a community. Of course what I said was incredibly racist, ignorant and bottom line hurtful. You and I both know that is not the truth yet the same type of hateful remarks are being said about another community and rather extending compassion we get people who make more hateful remarks. So that same pain you have right now is the same pain I have.
Edward May 11, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Good Post, Maria, That is exactly what needs to be done, Change the School Board and put all future name Changes on the Public Ballot. Let everybody have their say, then vote. The school board ignored most comments and this is the result. As far as the vanalism, no one has tryed to change a Phillipino named anything to a Latin named anything....YET.
Edward May 11, 2013 at 03:23 AM
The United States was "their" country, when it was a "US Teritory". Then in 1946, any US Citizen had the right to Imigrate rather than stay in the Newly formed "Phillpiine Republic." If they served in the US Military or worked for US companies in the Phillipines, they got SS credit just llike those in Alaska and Hawaii before they were states in 1959 and 1960. They also got compensation for going through the Japanese occupation. Check your facts before you rant. Larry Itliong and Philip Veracruze were US Citizens from Birth, if they were born or lived in the Phillipines from 1906 to 1946, and, they were. They fought for all American Workers, not just one migrant community. Changing, an already named school, is the issue here, not the Qualifications of the nominees as US citizens or hard workers..
Edward May 11, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Watts was a community that destroyed it's self. Are we going to become another Watts over this fued? The community got along, for the most part, untill this name change was rammed through without a Public Vote. Raised fists and Phillipino Flags did not help, but, there is re-course through the ballot if those against it wish to get a pettition started to get it on the ballot in 2014. Union City could still vote for the change but it would not be with only 3 votes of a School Board Quarem.
Edward May 11, 2013 at 03:36 AM
Then get Pain Relief with a petition to put the name change on the Ballot. Stand in front of the Decoto Safeway and get signatures. i will be there to sign it with you.
Ed May 11, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Maria, First there are two different Union Citys, the west side and the east side. There is a part of the east side that is rampant with gang problems. I'm not saying it's a gangland but gangs are a much bigger issue on the east side of UC. By the way have you ever seen the letters "ABT" graffittied on the west side? ABT is long known west side gang of a particular ethnic group. This is what happens when a school board doesn't follow their own policy; if a thurough study had been done you would know the truth; when New Haven Middle was changed to Cesar Chavez Itliong-Vera Cruz were not proposed. The NHMS name change came about because the school board and district way back in 1971 voted to build a junior high school named after Cesar Chavez. Budget cuts, lower property taxes who knows but the school was never built. When NHMS was built the name was always suppose to be Cesar Chavez but he was still alive at the time, it wasn't until his death did the district make the name change. Ruth Ann McKenna had the board policy changed when she was attempting to impress and rise up the ranks by naming a school Delaine Eastin. It's very concerning that the part of the community supporting the name change has such tunnel vision that they are willing to basically break the law to do it. The school board absolutely violated the Brown Act but that seems to be okay as long as one group gets what it wants.
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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