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August 25, 1996
We are caught in a crisis situation which can either go on to cause more danger to the youth and the innocent, or we can take the opportunity to come together as a community to deal with the recent violence which has either claimed or marred the lives of some of our brethren, our children. We as a community can no longer be the passive victim so traumatized that we cower in the corner, waiting for someone else to take on the responsibility to make things better. Fear and anger have incapacitated us to the point where these conditions will get worse as a consequence of our choice to give our power away.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1996
We are caught in a crisis situation which can either go on to cause more danger to the youth and the innocent, or we can take the opportunity to come together as a community to deal with the recent violence which has either claimed or marred the lives of some of our brethren, our children. We as a community can no longer be the passive victim so traumatized that we cower in the corner, waiting for someone else to take on the responsibility to make things better. Fear and anger have incapacitated us to the point where these conditions will get worse as a consequence of our choice to give our power away.
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NEWS
December 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
A drug kingpin who ran what investigators say was an especially violent operation was convicted in federal court Sunday of drug conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering. Prosecutors say Ricardo Melendez ran a gang that used violence to maintain discipline within its ranks and raked in as much as $10 million a month peddling heroin and cocaine in some of Brooklyn's poorest neighborhoods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1995 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His Spartan black-and-white calling card says it all: Ricardo R. Melendez, Cultural Warrior. Armed only with a buckhorn-crowned walking stick and the knowledge in his head, the longhaired 41-year-old is waging the war of his life--fighting the forces of cultural conformity to teach Latino youngsters their rich heritage. "We're floating around without roots," Melendez said. "Part of the problem is that people don't know about their culture. I try to sow seeds of knowledge in the young people."
SPORTS
October 21, 1990
Hector (Macho) Camacho, the World Boxing Organization's junior welterweight champion, allegedly spent $8,000 given to his sister by reputed drug lord Ricardo Melendez, the Daily News of New York reported in today's editions. Camacho's sister, Racquel, testified Thursday that Camacho had ties with Melendez, who is being tried in Brooklyn Federal Court on charges he ran a $120 million-a-year heroin ring between 1985 and 1989.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1995 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His Spartan black-and-white calling card says it all: Ricardo R. Melendez, Cultural Warrior. Armed only with a buckhorn-crowned walking stick and the knowledge in his head, the longhaired 41-year-old is waging the war of his life--fighting the forces of cultural conformity to teach Latino youngsters their rich heritage. "We're floating around without roots," Melendez said. "Part of the problem is that people don't know about their culture. I try to sow seeds of knowledge in the young people."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1997 | LORENZA MUNOZ
El Concilio Del Condado de Ventura, a social service agency, is seeking young Latino volunteers to participate in monthly workshops that deal with teen violence, pregnancy and drug abuse. The agency is also looking for young adults older than 19 to participate in the workshops as mentors. The Latino Youth Support Group is part of El Concilio's Youth Leadership Council, which aims to help build self-esteem and teaches social responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1997 | COLL METCALFE
In an effort to help turn the tide against youth violence, El Concilio del Condado de Ventura and the Oxnard Gang Prevention, Art and Mural Program will hold a "Stop the Violence" march at 2 p.m. Saturday. Marchers will assemble at 400 S. B St. and march to 5345 Meta St., where they will participate in a two-hour prayer service to remember past victims and listen to speeches on the community's need to curb the violence on city streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1996
I recently participated in a Town Hall meeting held in Oxnard concerning community violence. Although it was attended by a good number of concerned citizens, youth and adult, I walked away with a couple of questions. First, how come more people did not show up? Second, would the words and thoughts expressed as solutions be undertaken by this community in crisis? Crisis, a Chinese proverb suggests, offers two things: danger and opportunity. Unless we want to see the danger continue in this epidemic cycle of killing, this community must take the opportunity to become just that--a community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1993 | KAY SAILLANT
Students from Ventura County's public colleges will hold a march and rally today to protest fee increases proposed by Gov. Pete Wilson for the coming academic year. They will assemble in the quad area of Ventura College at 3 p.m. and march east on Telegraph Road and south on Victoria Avenue to reach the County Government Center. There, they will gather at the flagpole and hold a rally.
NEWS
December 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
A drug kingpin who ran what investigators say was an especially violent operation was convicted in federal court Sunday of drug conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering. Prosecutors say Ricardo Melendez ran a gang that used violence to maintain discipline within its ranks and raked in as much as $10 million a month peddling heroin and cocaine in some of Brooklyn's poorest neighborhoods.
SPORTS
October 21, 1990
Hector (Macho) Camacho, the World Boxing Organization's junior welterweight champion, allegedly spent $8,000 given to his sister by reputed drug lord Ricardo Melendez, the Daily News of New York reported in today's editions. Camacho's sister, Racquel, testified Thursday that Camacho had ties with Melendez, who is being tried in Brooklyn Federal Court on charges he ran a $120 million-a-year heroin ring between 1985 and 1989.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1999
Franklin D. Roosevelt once wrote, "If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships--the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together in the same world at peace." Before, during and since the days of FDR we, supposedly the most powerful nation on Earth, have wrestled with various conflicts around the world as well as at home. As this millennium draws to a close, our communities have yet come together effectively to celebrate peace. More often than not, we gather to sporadically join forces to express our concerns over the deaths of our neighbors and, more recently, our children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1999
Re "Poor Turnout for Meeting to Curb Violence," Jan. 31. Thank you for your coverage of Peace Mission '99, the Summit to Stop Violence, but I regret that you focused only on the low attendance. Some of our area's best experts on youth set forth ways to help stop the slaughter and tragic loss of young lives and to have some mercy on the kids. You could have said what really happened at the summit and reached lots of kids who read The Times with a report that at least said, "These people care."
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