This is Marcos Aguilar, the Mexican separatist founder and principal of La Academia del Pueblo charter school in El Sereno, CA (LAUSD)
And here are some stunning quotes from an interview of Aguilar by Maribel Santiego, an undergraduate student at U.C.L.A. The interview can be read in full at kabc.com.
"TCLA: 'Do you view La Academia Semillas del Pueblo as a response to the problems in our school system?'
MA: 'No. It’s not a response because there is no way we can replace it. It’s an alternative for 150 families out of how many--a million? That’s not much of an alternative. It’s an alternative for a few people in the community. We consider this a resistance, a starting point, like a fire in a continuous struggle for our cultural life, for our community and we hope it can influence future struggle. We hope that it can organize present struggle and that as we organize ourselves and our educational and cultural autonomy, we have the time to establish a foundation with which to continue working and impact the larger system. This is the work of a parallel institution, a very liberal one, whose autonomy is very delicate. It is very easy to disorganize and destroy....'
TCLA: 'Finally, what do you see as the legacy of the Brown (v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas) decision?'
MA: 'If Brown was just about letting Black people into a White school, well we don’t care about that anymore. We don’t necessarily want to go to White schools. What we want to do is teach ourselves, teach our children the way we have of teaching. We don’t want to drink from a White water fountain, we have our own wells and our natural reservoirs and our way of collecting rain in our aqueducts. We don’t need a White water fountain. So the whole issue of segregation and the whole issue of the Civil Rights Movement is all within the box of White culture and White supremacy. We should not still be fighting for what they have. We are not interested in what they have because we have so much more and because the world is so much larger. And ultimately the White way, the American way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction. And so it isn’t about an argument of joining neo liberalism, it’s about us being able, as human beings, to surpass the barrier.'"
For a little more background information about Principal Marcos Aguilar, we can turn to McIntyre in the Morning at kabc.com/mcintyre, where McIntyre asks: "Does La Raza Have Its Own LAUSD Charter School?" Having taught in California Schools, I can tell you LAUSD is the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Academia Semillas del Pueblo is a public school in a public school district. As such, it receives federal funds for every student in attendance, as well as other federal program subsidies and eligibility to apply for and receive available federal grants.
American public school systems do not exist to facillitate Mexican separatist and racist schools that exclude white and black American students and teach in a foreign language instead of English, which is the traditional language taught and spoken in American public K-12 schools---just as it is in public, and most colleges and universities. An exception would be the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, which is not a grade school and is primarily for federal foreign service, intelligence and military employees.
This charter school's discrimination, presumably with some blessing of the LAUSD, is a prime example of violations of federal laws and defrauding the federal government into funding discrimination. It denies racially-excluded children the protections of the 14th Amendment, Equal Protection Clause and their rights under the Civil Rights Act (CRA) of 1983 and amendments thereto.
Neither this anti-American school nor the LAUSD have the right or the authority to willfully operate a racist, separatist school outside of the law, using local, state and federal monies to turn civil rights protections on their heads and damage American children in the process. Both should be held fully accountable for the Constitutional and civil rights laws violations and the diversion of federal funds to a prohibited purpose.
The following is McIntyre's intro to the interview above:
"McIntyre in the Morning has begun an investigation into Academia Semillas del Pueblo, an LAUSD charter school. The website for the K-8 school says it is, "dedicated to providing urban children of immigrant native families an excellent education founded upon their own language, cultural values and global realities." The school's student body is 91.3% hispanic and 8.7% native / alaskan native. There is not a single white, black, or asian student.
The school receives support not only from the tax payer but also the National Council of La Raza and the Pasadena City College chapter of MeCHA (Movimemeniento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan). In various interviews and actions the school's founder, principal and council trustee secretary, Marcos Aguilar, has shown contempt for racial integration. Like everyone else connected to the school, Aguilar has refused repeated attempts by McIntyre in the Morning for an interview, telling our reporter he only speaks with spanish speaking media and warning the reporter, "I would be very careful before I came down here."
McIntyre also provides the following, which I add here in case you want to let U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Denny Hastert know what you think about a La Raza, MeCHA, and U.S. taxpayers-supported racist, discriminatory, separatist charter school in California's Los Angeles Unified School District.
In case you don't know, all money bills---budgets, funding, appropriations---originate in the U.S. House of Representatives---which is Hastert's purview as Speaker of the House. Or---put another way---as honcho-in-chief, he be da man. The House Appropriations Committee is probably the most powerful in the House and seats on that Committee are coveted.
The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert United States House of Representatives
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1314
DC Phone: 202-225-2976 DC
Email Address: http://www.house.gov/hastert/write1.shtml