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While perusing my California Sample Ballot to decide between Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, I was suddenly shocked. What to my wondering eyes should appear but this listing of occupation for a candidate for Lieutenant Governor:
Cultural Spiritual Advisor
What the??? Right there under the name of James “Jimi” Castillo, the Sample Ballot read
Cultural Spiritual Advisor
No shit? Is this for real? Jimi’s party affiliation was listed as Green, so I went to my Green Voter Guide to check. Sure enough, we Californians have the opportunity to vote for a “Cultural Spiritual Advisor” for Lieutenant Governor rather than Democrat Gavin Newson or Republican Abel Maldonado.
Here’s a snip:
While Gavin Newsom is a multi-millionaire businessman
funded by a multi-billionaire oil heir, Green Party Lt.
Governor Candidate Jimi Castillo is a Native American
spiritual leader of Tongva/Acjachemen ancestry, the first Native
American to run for the office of Lieutenant Governor
in California. A Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, as well as
a member of the statewide Bear Clan Society, Castillo has
a lifetime of hands-on experience working directly with
people and communities, particularly in counseling youth
at correctional facilities (he was a counselor and Board
member for the Southeast Area Counseling Center in Santa
Fe Springs), defending and educating on Native American
culture in ceremonial and prayer events, and speaking at
conferences and classes at UCLA’s American Indian Studies
Center and the UCLA Native American Student Association.
More below the fold from green voter guide (pdf)
In contrast, Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco from 2003-2010,
has built a career off of news headlines,
appealing to hot-button emotional issues while the majority
of key reforms and innovations occurring in the City
were conceived by others working behind the scenes
Ultimately, Newsom’s efforts are primarily
for headlines toward the next political position he seeks.
For example, Newsom’s recent ridiculous proposal to
criminalize sitting or lying on public sidewalks (“Sit-lie”)
serves little purpose except as a political tool.
he gets to run his statewide campaign as someone who’s cracking
down on the homeless.”
While Gavin Newsom has made millions off business
and real estate deals in Hawaii and California-initially
funded by Gordon Getty, the Republican multi-billionaire
son of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, and lead investor in 10 of
Newsom’s 11 businesses-Jimi Castillo has long been a
spiritual leader in Native American events throughout California.
In 1998, Castillo helped organize a walk for peace
with 25 others, trekking from San Diego to Sacramento to
speak with then-Governor Pete Wilson over his decision to
award gambling pacts to a small number of tribes, creating
divisions among them. In 2004, Castillo helped return a
herd of buffalo-used in Hollywood productions decades
ago, left on Catalina Island-to their native terrain on Lakota
Reservations in South Dakota. Castillo has conducted
numerous prayer and pilgrimage events on sacred Native
American sites in California, in one instance halting construction
of a mini-mall in Long Beach with the help of the
ACLU and the Sierra Club. His independent documentation
of the removals of ancient bones from sacred sites in Long
Beach-by reviewing coroner records-refuted claims
by developers that only small amounts of remains were
Bay Guardian reported in July, the issues Castillo addresses in his Lt. Governor
Platform, the top three that he examines in detail
are education, the environment, and reform of the broken
criminal justice system. Castillo has a wealth of experience
in these areas.
What an opportunity.
I’m going to vote Green Native American Cultural Spiritual Advisor.
I’m voting for Jimi Castillo for Lt. Governor in California.
For more information, see his web site.
I’m going to vote for “Jimi” Castillo. I hope you’ll join me.