The Mexican American Political Association is a 50-year old California political organization. It is non-partisan but it endorses candidates in California elections. This year it has endorsed the Peace & Freedom Party nominees for four of the eight statewide partisan races. It has endorsed Marylou Cabral for Secretary of State, Karen Martinez for Controller, Debra Reiger for Treasurer, and Dina Padilla for Insurance Commissioner. For the other four statewide partisan races, MAPA endorsed the Democratic nominees.
MAPA’s web page is www.mapa-ca.org. The preamble to the list of endorsements says, “The gap between wealth and poverty has not been as extreme since the 1890s, and it is only getting worse. The political challenge presented to all Latino and non-Latino organizations, typically tied to the Democratic Party, is the sad reality that the political party in power with majorities at the state and national level not observed since the 1970s has continued to pursue economic and social policies not in accord with its own core constituencies. Having said that, we are not confident that the Democratic Party in California or nationally will do anything beyond managing the crisis for big capital at the continued expense of working people.”