Many in Anaheim Still Feel Disenfranchised

From the Voice of OC: 

At a small apartment yard sale recently on Guinida Lane, a working-class Latino neighborhood in Anaheim, Antonia Bustos talked about the troubles her children have faced. Two of her sons were in jail and another was killed by a gang member after being released from jail, she said.

Bustos, who moved to Moreno Valley six months ago but remains active in her old neighborhood, said she would do the hard groundwork — door-to-door visits and phone calls — if activists would organize a movement to challenge the Anaheim Police Department, which she said treats everyone on Guinida Lane like criminals.

Jordan Brandman and Disney lobbyist Carrie Nocella

Jordan Brandman and Disney lobbyist Carrie Nocella

But as Gloria Aguayo, another Guinida Lane resident, said: “Nobody comes here, because they're scared.”

It was a year ago that back-to-back police shootings led youths from Guinida Lane and other neighborhoods in Anaheim's flatlands to the streets for protests that turned into a riot outside City Hall.

The unrest had the effect of peeling the veneer off the city's Disney-dominated image, revealing a sharply divided populace and an angry Latino community fed up with being mistreated by police and disenfranchised by city leaders.

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