Tell House of Pacific Relations that Mexico needs a stand-alone house in Balboa Park

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Tell House of Pacific Relations that Mexico needs a stand-alone house in Balboa Park

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Enrique Morones started this petition to State Senator Juan Vargas 2 and

Mexico started with the House of Pacific Relations in 1935 and was a member until 1941. It returned in 1978 for one year, when it was inexplicably shut down while the Mexican Community in California faced "Operation Wetback", the "Lemon Grove Incident," and Proposition 187, before being accepted as a member again in November 2004 and has remained a member since. The work to join in 2004 actually began back in 1995. Enrique Morones approached the HPR about possible events to promote Mexico in Balboa Park and learned that a House of Mexico did not exist. Morones decided that an effort to establish a HOM was not only necessary but vital to building bridges to the south.

After many years of organizing, encouraging and soliciting the assistance of others, Morones was able to forge the formation of an exploratory committee in 2002 to research, prepare and submit a formal membership application. In 2003, HOM became a 501(c)(3) and the HPR application was submitted in late 2003. When HOM finally became a full member in 2004, SDPD was actually had to be called to the Hall of Nations, such was the local opposition against the HOM receiving approval for a house. 

Throughout it's entire involvement with HPR, HOM has faced many set-backs to achieving its goal of a stand-alone house in the International Cottages section of Balboa Park, including seeking intervention from the Office of the City Attorney due to inappropriate communications and hurdles set by the then-President of the HPR. And now, in 2015, despite years of asking for a stand-alone cottage, HOM has never been given the opportunity to fund or build one.

At first, HOM was told that there was no more room for it to have a house in the HPR. Then, when room was made, HOM was put on a list and told it would be allowed to have a house if it could prove that it had priority.  HOM was able to prove long-time involvement. Then, somehow, HOM was bumped down the list by a country whose house not even on the "wait list." 

Now, HOM has been told that it will be given a house, though far in the back and that it will have to share with another country.

HOM represents a country 22 miles from the San Diego City center, and the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa communities, belonging to greater San Diego, are right across the US-Mexico border. As the largest community in the region, it is shocking that HOM does not have its own independent house and a solid presence in the International Cottages, and that it is still not slated to have a stand-alone house at this time.

The continued attacks on Mexico and Mexicans must end. We say, "Basta! Enough!"  Mexico deserves its own house in a prominent location. 

Please add your name to this petition to send a message to the City of San Diego and the House of Pacific Relations that HOM is valued, respected and important to our San Diego community and that HOM should be given a visible, prominent and stand-along cottage in the International Cottages of Balboa Park.

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