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Jose Rizal Avenue in Carson, California

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Dear Mayor & City Council: In order to honor the legacy of the great Asian renaissance man, Dr. Jose Rizal (who was the forerunner of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi), the first Asian to set the standards in the struggle to restore human dignity and self-respect to subjugated peoples the world over; as well as, to magnify the on-going struggle in the fight for social justice, equality and human rights, I support the proposal that Moneta Avenue in Carson, California be renamed Jose Rizal Avenue. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BIO: Dr. Jose P. Rizal (1861-1896) lived only 35 years, during which he showed unusually enlightened understanding of his times as well as the future of his people and their neighbors in the region. A true renaissance man, Rizal excelled in all the fields he entered- as a sculptor, doctor, architect, engineer, inventor, an illustrator, a businessman, a cartoonist, an educator, an economist, an ethnologist, a composer, a scientific farmer, a draftsman, a historian, an inventor, a journalist, a linguist, a musician, a mythologist, a naturalist, a novelist, an ophthalmic surgeon, a poet, a psychologist, a scientist, a sociologist, a theologian, a fencer and a good shot. He validated through his life that "Genius knows no country"; the first to debunk the myth and racism perpetuated by the colonial masters about the perpetual inferiority of the Indios, the brown-skinned natives. Fluent in over 22 languages, he inspired many Asian leaders on the importance of a national identity and national pride as a precursor to nation-building and independence. With sustained intellectual vigour, he fought against the colonial masters of the day: a feat of immense courage and profound self-sacrifice which evoked the admiration of all those who later became conscious of their own indolence and humiliation under the yoke of colonialism. Rizal championed a nationalism for Asia founded on education of the masses and human rights - always aware that the "slaves of today" can become "the tyrants of tomorrow." His poignant poem, written prior to facing the Spanish colonizer's firing squad, was recited by Filipino and Indonesian soldiers of independence before going into battle. His two novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, banned in the Philippines by the Spanish colonizers, awakened the Filipino people to a national consciousness and fanned the flames of the Philippine Revolution. Jose Rizal stood for a multi-dimensional approach to the problems of mankind. His role as a foundation-layer for the Asian freedom movement was acknowledged by both Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi and Jawarhal Nehru who two decades later are to inspire the US Civil Rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez as some of the leading figures. What Jawarhal Nehru in his prison letters to his daughter Indira (Austin Coates) indicated was they found Rizal's writings and martyrdom played a pivotal role in the revolution's national character and; Rizal's struggle to destroy the moral authority of the tyrant to rule through his own example of civil disobedience- was an idea later developed by Mahatma Gandhi. According to Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. (1955): "Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics. ” If Dr. King learned the tactics of the 1960's Civil Rights movements that shaped the United States through Gandhi, then it is only righteous, honorable and long overdue to recognize the foundation-layer of non-violent revolutions; realized through the paramount legacy of Dr. Jose Rizal- the earliest modern political leader to preach non-violence as a way to freedom. Without brandishing a sword and leading an armed revolution, Rizal through his writings, his novels, the La Liga Filipina (which he founded), and his martyrdom ultimately destroyed the moral authority of the tyrant to rule through his own example of civil disobedience- paving the path towards Asia's first republic and constitutional democracy. "Within a few centuries, when humanity has become redeemed and enlightened, when there are no races, when all peoples are free, when they are neither tyrants nor slaves, colonies nor mother countries, when justice rules and man is a citizen of the world, the pursuit of science alone will remain." Jose Rizal, 1891 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jose Rizal's visit to the United States of America (April 28-May 15,1888) 28 April 1888
-Rizal arrived at San Francisco, California. 28 April to May 1888
-He was placed in quarantine for 6 days on board the Belgic anchored off San Francisco Bay. 5-6 May 1888
-Rizal boarded at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California. He went around for observation of the city. 8 May 1888
-He started his trip of the American continent. He passes through Reno, Ogden, Denver, Farmington, Salt Lake City and Provo. 9 May 1888
-Rizal continued his trip, passing the territory of the State of Colorado. 10 May 1888-
He passed thru the territory of the Nebraska, Illinois. 11 May 1888-
He arrived at Chicago, after four days crossing the American Continents. 13 May 1888
-He reached Albany and later traveled along the bank of the Hudson River. This day was the end of his transcontinental trip. Arriving at New York on the morning, he boarded at the Fifth Avenue Hotel. “I visited the largest cities of America with their big buildings, electric lights, and magnificent conceptions. Undoubtedly America is a great country, but it still has many defects. There is no real civil liberty. In some states, the Negro cannot marry a white woman, nor a Negress a white man. " -Jose Rizal,1888 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please sign the online petition to rename Moneta Ave. in Carson, CA to Jose Rizal Ave by July 20,2009 (Sub-commitee hearing @ 6pm, 22400 Veterans Park, Moneta Avenue, Carson, CA.) Moneta (definition: money; a mint.)


(CJR) Committee on Jose Rizal, Carson, California This petition is an effort of the Committee on Jose Rizal (CJR), a grassroots group of community members who have organized themselves around this street renaming effort. The ultimate purpose of this group is not only to rename a street in Carson, home to a dynamic enclave of Filipino Americans (about 30,000 of the 90,000 Carson residents); but, to draw attention to the enduring legacy of the first modern political leader to preach non-violence as a way to freedom; and, create a concrete reminder that the struggle for equality, peace, justice and civil rights for all people still continues today. CJR believes that renaming a street after Jose Rizal will extend his influence beyond the Filipino American community; and, inspire Carson youth to get involved in insuring that Carson remains a progressive city. By going street by street, block by block in campaigning for this street re-naming, educating residents about Rizal and our community-we are also paving the way for Filipino Americans to be more visible and empowered. There are over 600 MLK Blvd's in the USA, re-named through sustained collective efforts of the African American community. This among many other moments of high victory eventually paved the way for the first African American in the White House. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streets_named_after_Martin_Luther_King,_Jr. On the other hand, Carson youth will also learn to find love in the world if they live with acceptance and friendship, fairness and security, praise and approval, tolerance and encouragement through campaigns for cultural empowerment and representation that a city as diverse as the citizens of Carson will realize for every major ethnic group in the city. Finally, if approved by the City Council, Veterans Park, site of the annual June 12 Independence Day celebrations (the longest ongoing celebration in LA County) will have an address of: 22400 Jose Rizal Avenue, Carson, CA. Support the campaign and help us make this happen! Because the success of this movement can have national significance... For more info contact: Hazel- hazelkoons@gmail.com Fe- fekoons@aol.com First Picket/Rally in front of City Hall: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=GaY0kbgYBAI&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Ffilamnation%2Ecom%2Falbum%2Ephp%3Fuser%3DFilAmNation%26album%5Fid%3D261&feature=player_embedded http://filamnation.com/album.phpuser=FilAmNation&album_id=261


Jose Rizal's Global Fellowship of Humankind: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_fellowship Why RIZAL is a universal hero: http://www.facebook.com/note.phpnote_id=116908635718&ref=nf Regarding the PROPOSAL: http://www.bakitwhy.com/carson-ca-rizal-street http://www.dailybreeze.com/latestnews/ci_12704376 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Officials-Want-to-Rename-Street-Jose-Rizal-Who.html Cities with large FILIPINO AMERICAN populations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._cities_with_large_Filipino_American_populations Jose Rizal in the USA: http://hawaii.indymedia.org/news/2005/12/5386.php Feedback: http://www.topix.com/forum/source/daily-breeze/TU9AE95P3SJVB8OI3 Latest News: http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_12789067source=rss http://www.asianjournal.com/dateline-usa/15-dateline-usa/2301-renaming-of-moneta-avenue-to-rizal-avenue.html http://filamnation.com/album.phpuser=FilAmNation&album_id=261 About Rizal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Rizal http://www.essortment.com/all/nationalheroph_rfwt.htm http://philipppines.tripod.com/rizalhudson.htm http://webx.up.edu.ph/~sio/upnewsletter.phpissue=48&i=783 http://ikdasar.tripod.com/anwar/95-21.htm http://ikdasar.tripod.com/anwar/95-23.htm http://dinmerican.wordpress.com/2008/01/05/jose-rizal-»-poetry-»-mi-ultimo-adios/ http://www.palhbooks.com/rizal.htm Film on JOSE RIZAL: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=Xs1yKJKmYOU Jose Rizal Place (Paris, France) http://www.parisdailyphoto.com/2007/05/i-took-this-photo-at-place-jos-rizal-in.html#links Jose Rizal Avenue (Philippines) http://www.pinoytravelblog.com/roadtrip/360/rizal-avenue http://www.postcolonialweb.org/singapore/arts/painters/philippines/amorsolo/2.html http://www.flickr.com/photos/akinito/1219454892/ Jose Rizal Park, Seattle, WA http://www.seattle.gov/Parks/park_detail.aspID=433 http://www.historylink.org/db_images/Rizal9.JPG Jose Rizal Bridge, Seattle, WA http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladyjake/3511659809/ http://www.panoramio.com/photo/5930358 Rizal's ULTIMO ADIOS: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=hCMUY__EsHw http://www.youtube.com/watchv=zW-JGgK5edg
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