Voices of the New Majority

Mario Castillo


Listen to the parents

Posted on January 13, 2018

With all the holiday celebrations behind us, we know that Santa Claus did not bring the Sonoma Valley School District three million... Continue

Wisdom of the ancestors

Posted on November 9, 2017

During the particularly tense night of October 11, I received a phone call from one of my Oaxacan friends. She was watching news reports... Continue

Now that the fires are out

Posted on October 26, 2017

It wasn’t quite four in the morning when my wife and I were abruptly awakened by the doorbell. Thoughts raced through my mind. Who... Continue

Being there for the immigrant community

Posted on September 22, 2017
Being there for the immigrant community

This is the text of a speech made at the September 6 DACA rally held in response to President Trump’s announcement that the Deferred... Continue

Views from a train

Posted on September 8, 2017

I just returned from a solo 18-hour Amtrak train trip to Washington state to visit family, and I’m still processing a number of thoughts... Continue

A legacy of resiliency and empowerment

Posted on August 20, 2017
A legacy of resiliency and empowerment

We three standing up here today are a reflection of what this country has to offer. It is a reflection of what this community has to... Continue

‘Nevertheless, she persisted’

Posted on August 12, 2017

The above words were spoken by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding Senator Elizabeth Warren’s spoken opposition to Jeff... Continue

After the storm

Posted on July 7, 2017

In the Mexican culture we say, “No hay mal que por bien no venga.” This roughly corresponds to the English saying, “Every cloud... Continue

Luxury has its price

Posted on May 24, 2017
Luxury has its price

Touted as “the ultimate luxury festival experience,” a $3,500 per person ticket to the BottleRock Music Festival in Napa gets you... Continue

The sound of drums, the call to action

Posted on April 22, 2017

As the drumming intensifies, so does my heartbeat and breathing rate. Stomping feet, twirling bodies, and the intermittent rattle of... Continue

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