ARGONAUT NEWS: A Medal of Honor Long Overdue

On Memorial Day, think of Maj. Gabriel Navarrete and the Mexican-American infantry unit who gave all in World War II Bill Lansford fought in World War II. He fought in Korea. And then

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"The Dark Side of the Dream," historical novel about discrimination against Mexican-American soldiers in WWII

“The Dark Side of the Dream,” historical novel about discrimination against Mexican-American soldiers in WWII

“Of the nearly 4,000 Medals of Honor awarded since the Civil War, 40 have been given to Latino-Americans, making them the largest single ethnic group, in proportion to the number who served, to earn what year did viagra come out our nation’s highest award for bravery,” Lansford, the son of a Mexican mother, wrote on his website. One soldier who was denied this honor, however, was Maj. Gabriel Navarrete. He stood up to his commanding officer over what was “without a doubt, the most criticized of moves made by the United States Army in the European Theater in WWII,” wrote historian Raul Morin in “Among the Valiant: Mexican-Americans in WWII and Korea.” Navarrete commanded E Company of the Texas 36th Division, America’s first all Mexican-American infantry unit. Read more »

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ARGONAUT NEWS: Happy Birthday, Heal the Bay “But I want to be an S.O.B.!” Dorothy Green joked during our discussion about whether to name our new group “Save Our Bay” or “Heal the Bay.” As 20 or so of us crammed into my little studio apartment in Ocean Park, two Hollywood types no one seems to remember made a persuasive — and historical — case for the word “heal.” And so Heal the Bay was christened.

Kelly and Dana Schriever cleaning the beach on Heal the Bay's Clean-Up

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We made another important decision that day: To set our membership price at $5 instead of the “going” rate of $15, $20 or even $25 that most environmental groups charged. While other volunteers of our humble group designed the T-shirts or drafted the legal briefs we’d use to force the Hyperion Treatment Plant to stop dumping sewage into the Santa Monica Bay, I organized our first membership drive. “$5 to help heal the bay!” we called from behind folding tables on the Venice boardwalk, hoping to lure skaters and sightseers. Although we had only a sketchy plan to actually “heal” the Santa Monica Bay, people stopped, signed up and donated. It was 1985. Fellow environmentalist Ruth Galanter was about to be elected to the Los Angeles City Council, unseating the entrenched and pro-development Pat Russell, and Dorothy was feeling heady. Read more »

ARGONAUT NEWS: Nick Ut’s Photo Finish

Pulitzer-winning photographer, in Venice on Saturday, altered the course of history but worries today’s press faces too many roadblocks Can a photo really finish a war? I ask Nick Ut that question. Ut snapped the powerful photograph of the little girl running naked down a road after being burned from napalm dropped on her Vietnamese village. The photo not only earned Ut the Pulitzer Prize, but it is widely credited with helping end the Vietnam War.

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Twelve years after the bombs fell on Baghdad, the enduring spirit of one Iraqi girl remains unforgettable Twelve years ago this week I sat in my Santa Monica apartment glued to coverage of President George W. Bush’s “shock and awe” campaign against Baghdad. The surreal images of bombs exploding in the night sky were tangible to me because I had just returned from a visit to Iraq. Women had stopped me on the street there and begged me to go home and ask the president not to bomb them.

Two girls stand outside their front gate in Baghdad shortly after the 2003 invasion

Two girls stand outside their front gate in Baghdad shortly after the 2003 invasion

In 1991 Bush’s father dropped 90,000 tons of explosives on Iraq, hitting homes, hospitals, water and sewage treatment plants — necessary structures that Iraqis were unable to rebuild during the following decade of sanctions. That first day of the 2003 bombing, Read more »

ARGONAUT NEWS: Life Beyond Politics

Sometimes to find yourself you have to leave everything else behind… I got into politics to change the world. I got out of it when politics changed me.

Santa Monica’s Kelly Hayes-Raitt began trekking to some of the world’s most dangerous places shortly before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq

Santa Monica’s Kelly Hayes-Raitt began trekking to some of the world’s most dangerous places shortly before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq

For 30 years I was a political activist living in Santa Monica, working with dynamic women to help create Heal the Bay, preserve the Ballona Wetlands and make Santa Monica a Nuclear Free Zone before moving to statewide issues. I was Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy’s environmental aide during his U.S. Senate bid and a spokesperson on several statewide initiative campaigns to protect consumer rights. We won a few, we lost a few, but I always kept my faith that political involvement was the way to change the world. Then I ran

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Before we hear Pres. Obama’s national address tonight, where he is expected to make the case for a “limited,” three-year “boots on the ground” reinvasion of Iraq (in addition to the 1,000 troops currently stationed there), let’s hit the pause button and consider non-military options. Yes, ISIS, a brutal offshoot of al-Qaeda that stretches from the Mediterranean in northwest Syria to the Persian Gulf in southeast Iraq, needs to be stopped. The questions are how and by whom. The U.S. has many options. Is Obama considering them all before he sends our men and women back into battle? I’ve drafted a brief petition to the President and Members of Congress with 7 steps to stop ISIS – peacefully. Will you please take a moment to consider signing it? If you feel as strongly as I do that more war is NOT the answer, please forward this page to your friends. Let’s get 10,000 signatures before the President’s speech tomorrow night! Congress has just reconvened. Today is the day to contact them and raise these non-military intervention options to stop ISIS — peacefully. As you know, I traveled to Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion, spent a summer in Syria working with Iraqi refugees and spent last summer in Beirut interviewing Syrian refugees. I

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