By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 1, 2013

UNION CITY, Calif. – Authorities in Union City are looking into an alleged hate crime, after racist graffiti appeared on three buildings over the weekend, outside of the Filipino Community Center, Toppings Too, a Filipino restaurant, and the office of the non-profit organization, Filipino Advocates for Justice.

Chris Cara, youth coordinator for Filipino Advocates for Justice said, “I was taken aback when I saw it. But I wasn’t surprised.”

Cara cited that the words “Mex” or “Mexico” in the graffiti could mean that some members of the Latino community in the area are unhappy with the current tensions in the community. The word “AMS”, Cara said, could mean “Alvarado Middle School”.

Alvarado Middle School was originally named after Juan Bautista Alvarado, the Mexican governor of California in the 1800s.

But this month, the New Haven District school board approved to change the school’s name to “Itliong/Vera Cruz Middle School”, in honor of Filipino-American labor leaders, Larry Itliong and Phillip Vera Cruz.

Former school board member and now city council member Pat Gacoscos said she could understand how the school name change would cause resentment from other communities. She said they plan to reach out to the community and educate them about Itliong and Vera Cruz, and how they were heroes, not just to the Filipinos, but all communities as well.

So far, Union City police said they have no leads on the perpetrator of this hate crime.

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  • Delia
    2 May 2013 at 7:25 am - Reply

    This is only the beginning , California used to be Mexican Vs African American . And now it will be a chain gangs of Mexican against another ethnic groups , wether it be Filipino , Chinese , Veitnamese, Thailanders or any Asians groups.

    California will be the war zone for Mexicans , they want to own California and any ethnic groups will be thier sworn enemy . Once they gain that territory , moving along towards Nevada , Arizona and as far state as they can get away with. Latinos are coming in droves , asians are outnumbered even if it combines together . If this Administration sleep and not recognizing the problem, Hell will brake loss at any time.

  • av
    2 May 2013 at 8:02 am - Reply

    California is once owned by Mexico, check your American History books as you claimed your patriotism. There are numerous Filipino and other Asian gangs already in California. Delia Delia, where have you’ve been all these years? You are so 5 hrs. behind from all realities. Or you just simply does not want to accept and adapt to the New America???

    • Delia
      2 May 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Last time i check if history serve me well , all USA lands belongs to Indians. Since you started this history that i never mention , i think its you who need to know history . Av , dont act liike you know shit , actually your no more than a freaking smart ass .

      Just like one segment that i replied too and you never uprehended and actually did not understood , then you said , you dont care where i was . If you dont care like you said , why do you insist asking questions ? You see Av , when topic gets heated and you’ve given truth all you could say is i dont care ,lol . You dont deserved answer since you really could not accept what any one say’s. Your in denial and clearly psychopaths.

  • Newbie3
    16 June 2013 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Graffiti has a long history.

  • Argos
    16 June 2013 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Yeah it’s the only way to identify the real history.

  • Belkis Pastuch
    19 June 2013 at 1:22 am - Reply

    For good referencing about graffiti history, see the iPad Book “Big Subway Archive.” Bing search “Big Subway Archive” and it will be at the top. Loads of cool pics…

  • Glavin
    22 June 2013 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    For good information about graffiti art history, check out the iBook “Big Subway Archive.” Google search “Big Subway Archive” and it will be at the top. Tons of great pictures…