Saturday, May 16, 2015

There is hope for the future: Mexico's most valuable treasure; It's Children

Posted by DD, republished from Mexico News Daily

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DD; "Out of the mouths of babes".  This young girl in secondary escuela, (which means she is probably between 12 and 14 y.o.) told politicians (including Gov. Duarte of Chihuahua) to  their face that they are corrupt and inept.  She did not hold any punches.  She has the makings of a honest leader in Mexico and someone who can make a difference..   A video of her 3 minute speech has gone viral on You Tube with nearly 300,000 views in 2 days.

The second part of this post is a story about a program being initiated in (ironically) Chihuahua by the Duarte administration to steer youth away from a life of crime and becoming involved in drug trafficking and cartels.  To me, it is really thinking out of the box.  Not the typical "social" program of putting new playground equipment in the parks.

News Daily;

 The governor of Chihuahua got an unexpected earful yesterday in a strongly-worded speech by a secondary school student who lashed out at government for corruption and ineptitude.
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Luz Elena Patricio García took the microphone at a talent and culture event in Ciudad Juárez and gave a spirited discourse on the state of the nation in terms of governance. She pulled no punches.



Flanked by Gov. César Duarte Jáquez and a member of his cabinet, Patricio García made a blanket accusation against state governors for robbery and failure to complete their obligations.

“These fourth-rate politicians misuse tax revenues, squander what belongs to us for their personal benefit instead of completing public works for the benefit of our communities.

“Our country is being left paraplegic . . . .”

The speaker delivered her dissertation with all the flair of an experienced politician and several times drew loud applause from her audience, in which Gov. Duarte enthusiastically joined.

Patricio García warned that when citizens lose their confidence in those who govern, governability is put at risk, creating the danger of an armed movement.

She pointed out that students are well aware of what is going on.

“You believe that because we are young people we have not become aware of this serious problem, but allow me to contradict you, because we are the ones most affected and of course we know and we understand every move you make. Not all of us youngsters are ignorant; we know that corruption continues growing.”

Patricio García finished her dissertation, which ran at least three minutes long, by observing that Mexico has many honest people who, unlike politicians, wish for its health, happiness and prosperity.

The governor congratulated Patricio García on her ability at public speaking and later published a photo of them together on his social media accounts.

DD.  

This story is also from Mexico News Daily.

DD.  The following story almost made me like Governor Duarte.  It seemed to be an example of "thinking out of the tox".  Maybe he has used that ability to steal millions from the treasury, but I thought maybe in this case he was using that innovative thinking to help the people.

But  being somewhat of a skeptic, especially concerning anything that  the Duarte administration in Chihuahua is doing so I went to a good friend "jlopez", a long time contributor to BB, whose opinions I highly respect.  "jlopez"'s comments  remind me of a old TV commercial from the '80s and '90s, "When EF Hutton talks, people listen".  When readers see a post on BB by jlopez, they read it.

 He has had a lifelong passion for music.  I asked him if teaching a child how to play a musical instrument and develop in that child a love of music could actually do anything to help keep that child out of a life crime.  His response follows this story.

 Guitars, not guns, with Chihuahua’s Plan Villa  
'The child who plays an instrument never takes up arms or drugs'

Armed with their instruments
It’s guitars before guns for children in the state of Chihuahua, where Plan Villa aims to form 1,000 orchestras, along with the creation of 7,500 basketball teams, as diversions away from organized crime.

Named after the famed revolutionary general Pancho Villa and timed with the 100th anniversary of his tenure as governor of Chihuahua, the plan is designed to keep youth away from the influence of organized crime. Government officials say the objective is also to demonstrate to children that they have talent they can utilize.

Children will have access to 70,000 instruments, including violins, guitars, percussion instruments, clarinets, saxophones and others, and each orchestra will be accompanied by choirs of 30 youths.

“The child who plays an instrument never takes up arms or drugs; they are hard to transform into somebody who doesn’t understand the value of the human being that they are,” said Marcelo González Tachiquín, Secretary of Education, Culture, and Sports.

Members of Chihuahua’s current 50 youth orchestras have joined for various reasons. While some are bored at home, others were forced to by parents and several are following their idols.

Kenia Rubio, 10, began playing the clarinet after she saw the cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants, which has a clarinet-playing character named Squidward.

But Plan Villa is not just about music. It also plans to help youth recover their love for basketball. González Tachiquín said the focus is not on who wins because “we want to create a culture of competitiveness with a foundation of rules, something very urgent now for the times in which we live in Mexico.”

Youths like Daniel Salas and Isaac Ramírez, both 17 years old, admit that the sport has helped them stay away from drugs and alcohol. Now that their free time is spent playing sports, their friends have changed.

A fundamental part of the plan will be students’ emotional well-being. It will also seek to cultivate an appreciation for school. Students’ school sweaters, for example, will indicate the year in which they will finish university.

From April until next August, elementary school teachers and principals are going to be receiving training to be able to understand and apply the new model.

González Tachiquín pointed out that “Chihuahua is fortunate to have a seasoned faculty and a well-constructed alliance between the government, union bases and parents.”

DD;  Could teaching a child how to play the guitar or saxophones really keep him from pursuing a life of crime?.
 
-Here is part of "jlopez's"  response, reprinted here with his permission from an email he sent me.

"If a kid really has musical talent enough to take up music studies, he or she will have no time or room for anything else for a while. Then there are the related subjects that one has to learn along with the music, such as composition, history, names of composers and performers. Pretty soon, the kid begins to emulate or look up to an artist or a composer. It's almost inevitable. The main trick is to keep them from being perverted by popular music, which in rural areas means narco-related music, until the love of real music takes root. Once they begin to perform, they'll be hooked. So, short answer, done right, music training will keep them out of gangs and drugs.

But the greatest gift from music training is creating self confidence in the kids. They are doing something nobody else can do, they are creating beauty. Once that gets ingrained, preferably at an early age, they generally don't go wrong. This self confidence is especially valuable for kids in a place like Mexico.

I think teaching kids to play musical instruments in an orchestra is a good idea. No better way to spend taxpayer money, in my opinion.


Guitars, not guns, with Chihuahua’s Plan Villa
Guitars, not guns, with Chihuahua’s Plan Villa
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60 comments:

  1. The children are the greatest chance for change on the whole world
    Thanks BB

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  2. The post right before this tell how children are killed and this one say they are the future. There is hope. Hopefully the cartels will allow them to have a future and not kill them or force them into joining. Overall it is sad to think changes won.t come until the children are adults. That's a long time!

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  3. and the SOBs will probably kilt her. Viva Mexico and the People

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  4. viva Chihuahua! pero chinga su madre al gobierno Chihuahuense

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  5. Sinaloa should be like this its sooo brainwashed because kids there worship narcos as gods its a narco state the culture the music and almost all the people there

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    1. Not true. I'm from sinaloa, visit 4x a year and you are 100% wrong. There is alot more than narcos there

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    2. Case proven, visit 4x a year. All those kids will become US citizens and only visit Mexico, therefore Mexico has no hope with children.

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    3. ok yup your probably right that i'm wrong but 100%? dude what about the march in culiacan when El Chapo got arrested? All the big capos in Mexico are mostly from Sinaloa and most of the narco music came from Sinaloa... Sinaloa is a beautiful state but lets be honest its probably the most narco state in mexico im not against Sinaloa i love mazatlan im just pointing it out

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    4. That's true, every time I meet someone from sinaloa, the first thing they talk about is how cool his relative drug dealer in sinaloa is. They are super proud of their narco cultura. It's funny everytime I meet someone from there because their conversation is so predictable. lol

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    5. 11:02am,Yeah all from Sinaloa and they all get busted or killed, no doubt Sinaloa has produced some heavyweights in the business, but how is that n the chapo march going to bring hope for the children n mexico?

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    6. 5:09am you should ask the next person from sinaloa, que se moche!

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    7. It is only that on sinaloa like all over mexico, narcos are better people than mexican politicians that steal it all for a living and pay their sicarios from the mordidas they exact from the people, on top of having narcs killing each other over the "gramero profits" in pesos...guacala!!!

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  6. :) Very nice. We need to see a LOT more of this type of initiative.

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  7. Great story, thanks for publishing!
    Too bad all the other girls in Chihuahua have no goals other than getting married.

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  8. Please bb stop doing bad news, criminals account for less than .10 % of Mexico population, more than 99% of Mexican are living in peace.This kind of news show to the world as if Mexico is full of crimminals and if children only have a choice to be crimminals, wrong. There are millions of Mexican childrens doing well, this video only shows politics and ignorance of reality..pd her discourse probably is written from a pan party.

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    1. where the fuck you from Mars? well over 80% of Mexico is impoverished and narco you flim flam bs artist.

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    2. You sir live in a fantasy world. There is a reason why Mexican people have left Mexico by the millions within the last 30 years. I doubt it's because only 1% are criminals.

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    3. Teachers who don't teach,but protest for their self serving interest.Got to be a teacher by getting their credentials for a family member,or bought it.Protest because the government wants them to be accredited. And the former head of the teachers union stole millions,and gets house arrest?wtf

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    4. @11:22 PM. You and I seem to have a very different perspective of what is good news and bad news that "shows the world ...that Mexico is full of criminals".
      Very few people would have the nerve that this Jr.High School girl showed in telling elected officials that they are inept and corrupt, and that they needed to clean up their act "or else". The rest of the story dealing with a social program being started that has a reasonable chance of success in leading youth away from a life of crime (even if it is in one of the most corrupt states in Mexico). How is a story that offers a glimmer of hope "bad news" that makes Mexico appear full of criminals?
      There are 11 other stories on the front page deal in violence in Mexico. They range from stories about increased violence in TJ, to murder of mayoral condidate, army killing civilians, attempted murder of former police chief in TJ and Juarez, to the increased danger around Mx. City;
      " 73 gangs, 25 groups of kidnappers, seven groups of extortionists, 38 groups committing robbery with violence, and three groups engaged in people trafficking."
      And yet you ask me to stop publishing positive stories of Mexican youth because it might give people the wrong impression of Mexico.

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    5. Blah Blah Blah Blah...... and.......what Will you do???

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  9. The same kids will become US citizens and make there money in the States and only go back to Mexico to vacation, if that, they might just forget about Mexico n enjoy other countries.

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  10. Chihuahua la gente mas corrupta detodo Mexico y no solamente los politicos

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    1. solo lo dices por que si

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  11. Pan y Circo =Bread and Circus, by the very same corrupt government that leaves students without means to study and leads them to gangs, drugs and prostitution...
    --Music and sports can be taught all you want, ask Mary Boquitas, and Ricky Martin, or many sports heros, or alfredo castillo the new czar of sports in mexico, in charge of recruiting the next batch of Raza Superior that will support the mexican governing narco-mierdocracia in goose step with their corruption...
    --Music tames beasts, painting is promoted in prison, and the "CREATION" OF PLAYING FIELDS WHERE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE LED ASTRAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES ARE ALSO FAMOUS AS A TOOL OF RECRUITMENT...
    --frankly, what mexico needs is LAWS AGAINST CORRUPTION, and forensic accounting, and to drag corrupt politicians and "banorte" associates to prison, and leave sports, music, or literature to community services...
    --anything coming from this corrupt regime of criminals stinks to high heavens, sorry, the propaganda is not welcome...
    atentamente: anonymous...

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  12. She's 12, prolly gonna be knocked up in a couple years. People naturally love to bitch and moan over anything and everything. There is never gonna be hope for the upcoming generations of mexico unless they can take a stand against their government, which they wont cause theirs nothing but pussies!!!

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    1. I disagree my daughter came to the US and she doing fine and not knocked up. the only hope is to get out of Mexico the rich and powerful want to the good Mexicans down

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    2. It's "there is nothing but pussies" ....if you're going to cast stones, so will i. Maybe you're so macho, because you can't spell?

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    3. And what's prolly

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    4. Ahhh the oppressed look to lighten up themselves by putting down others!!. Who gives a flying fuck about grammar man. Let's argue the truth instead of a few misspelled words!!

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    5. Prolly is the name of the bad guy in the movie IDIOCRACY which is about people who watch TV.some people think it is an ebonic translation of the word PROBABLY.

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    6. The BIGGEST TWATS, with the biggest and powerful armies, and all the money they could borrow from china, can't say no mas to the mexican governing narco-mierdocracia, and that is a bigger shame...
      @5:45 I guess you have your big girl chones on now and you can handle the truth, your ball, argue, don't worry about the grametrica...

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    7. How can you debate with someone when they use the word "pussies". Also you really can't argue the truth when your statement is an opinion.

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    8. @5:45AM You said; " never gonna be hope for the upcoming generations of mexico unless they can take a stand against their government"
      Did you even read or listen to what this young girl said face to face with her Governor?
      " “These fourth-rate politicians misuse tax revenues, squander what belongs to us for their personal benefit instead of completing public works for the benefit of our communities.
      “Our country is being left paraplegic . . . .”

      You don't consider that "standing up to the government" ?

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    9. DD rides to the rescue

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    10. Its not what she said that was so impressive. Ive heard the same thing said by many people in mexico in the press. It was the passion with which she delivered her speech that gave real meaning to the words she spoke. That's what was different and so refreshing.

      She also realises at a young age, that those standing next to her, are civil servants, and they serve her, not the other way around. She spoke with authority and commitment, and I have no doubt that she believes every word she said very deeply

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  13. I love it. I am Mexicano and I speak and write better than many critics of Mexico on these comments. Put down the bong bueys and study Ingles (and common sense). Go to Lousiana or Mississippi and mouth off to a traffic cop giving you an infraccion for something that never happened. You are too dim-witted to understand the results of having millions of indocumentos living in EUA experiencing life with a lot less corruption then changing. They now have no patience for corruption. They tell their friends and family in Mexico. If you think no pressure is building here you do not know la republica ni gente. Corruption from top to bottom is almost impossible to fix. Please pay attention to the word almost - it has a meaning.

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    1. don't understand. We have corruption the Rio Grande Valley

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    2. Cuz thats close to the border thats why, everyone has a price.

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    3. 9:26 YOU NEED TO PUT DOWN YOUR BONG AND GO BACK TO SCHOOL GÜEY...
      you are bragging about learning english, but you need to improve a lot yourself...
      --living with millions of "undocumentos" in the US, is a consequence of too much facking around with people that do not have much to lose, and paying the wrong gorillas of the wrong gorillate to keep them peaceful, singing in the plantation...
      --The US mexico fence was started as things were about to blow and to prevent a flood of immigrants to the US, by the root cause of world problems, the devil himself, the US of A, or to put it better, the rogue agents that have stolen their US government from the people of the US...

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    4. Fuck off you hateful dog..
      Story is about an intelligent young Mexican girl not the US

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    5. YOU do not put down "undocunentos" for nothing güey...

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  14. I agree with the message here. The youth in Mexico can transform the country.
    If their parents really care about the future of the country their kids are growing up in, they need to stop teaching their daughters that their only responsibility is to get married as young as possible, and stop teaching their boys that they need to be rich machismos who only look out for themselves.

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    1. AND WHO IS TEACHING MEXICAN CHILDREN "THAAAT"?
      I think you need to re-check your sources, honey, you have been saying that as if it is 100% true since I started reading BB three or four years ago, always the same bullshit. --mexican parents do not send their kids to high school college and universities to become married or pregnant, like you generally generalize, Mr general popó

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    2. Why don't you go to BDN?
      Why post here amongst people you hate?In other words take your racist shit elsewhere.Getting a pass because your Mexican with your constant hate?

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    3. @9:41 BECAUSE BB IS MORE IMPORTANT, AND IT NEEDS TO BE CLEARED OF POPÓ FIRST, daaah.
      --why don't you use your freedom of expression to bring something here, other than crude attempts to control and supress others?

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    4. BB just gives you an anonymous platform to spew your outdated ideas on race and hatred to the very people you wish to offend..You bring nothing constructive and you don't care about BB..

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  15. I'm sure most Mexican politicians had the ambitions of a incorruptible political career until the money started rolling in. I bet Governor Duarte was one them but it's obvious he has succumbed to the dark side of greed. It's inspiring to hear this young lady's words but can she make enough of an impact to make a difference. Or will she be used as a political pawn by Duarte's advisors? Was it staged?

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    1. I disagree. Mexican politicians enter politics to get rich and steal as much of the public's money as they can until they 'retire'. Then they go overseas, generally to Spain, which is another corrupt country, Ireland or France, and stay there until the statute of limitations expires. When there's no chance they will be prosecuted for their theft, they come back and get into politics again.

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    2. El jundillo de zedillo, la chuky gordillo, el señor fecal, and carlos slim helu's partner genaro garcia luna, all went to the US for imperial immunity, and protection, and get succored there...

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  16. Can we all agree without the mindless jingoistic crap, that Patricio Garcia is an impressive young Mexican lady?
    More power to you Patricio Garcia

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    1. There have been other children badmouthing the mexican government in public functions, youtube may make it easy for you to find some...

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    1. I have a different perspective, and agree with a comment somewhere on BB about this being just election bull.
      I have worked with the state government heads of various parties, mostly PRI, and within both federal and states school systems, in Mexico there are two school systems , why is still a mystery to me and everyone I ask.
      In an election years, many arrests are made and promises to help education and children appear, and within a year or two vanish.
      What I do support and is a wonderful story, in Juarez there is a foundation founded by a music teacher that collects musical instruments for children. The instruments and lessons, after school hours, are free. About 4 years ago an American friend who has a foundation out of Coahuila collected 75 instruments.
      I trust 501c3’s and other nonprofits far more than I do anything a corrupt government says or does.

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    2. hitting the like button chivis. it is absolutely election tricks.
      can you give the name of the juarez foundation?

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  18. I give the speech a Golf clap at best.

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    1. You'd give miss Patricio the clap...

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  19. I have family in Sinaloa and none are narcos all are hard working people, But yes theirs a lot of narcos around and they have a lot of cash and stuff but respect our family out there for been hard workers and not messing with no one

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    1. That was a joke right lol

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