Prepared Statement to the City Council, City of Anaheim Tuesday, October 1, 2002 5 p.m. Presiding: Council Member Lucille Kring, Assistant City Clerk Cindy Daniel-Garcia Council Member Shirley McCracken, City Clerk Sheryl Schroeder Mayor Tom Daly, City Attorney Jack White Mayor Pro Tem Frank Feldhaus, City Manager David Morgan Council Member Tom Tait, Consulting Manager Jim Ruth
My name is James Robert Reade. I have owned my home in Anaheim for 12 years. My public comments tonight are being uploaded to the Internet at AnaheimInjustice.com.
The day's work is done at Las Anonas, a rail-side hamlet of 36 families in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico when a field hand, Sirenio Gomez Fuentes, sees a startling sight: a battered and bleeding boy, naked except for his undershorts.
It is Enrique.
He limps forward on bare feet, stumbling one way, then another. His right shin is gashed. His upper lip is split. The left side of his face is swollen. He is crying. Gomez hears him whisper, "Give me water, please."
The knot of apprehension in Sirenio Gomez melts into pity. He runs into his thatched hut, fills a cup and gives it to Enrique. "Do you have a pair of pants?" Enrique asks.
Gomez dashes back inside and fetches some. There are holes in the crotch and the knees, but they will do. Then, with kindness, Gomez directs Enrique to Carlos Carrasco, the Mayor of Los Anonas. Whatever has happened, maybe he can help. Enrique hobbles down a dirt road into the heart of the little town. He encounters a man on a horse. Could he help him find the Mayor? "That's me," the man says. He stops and stares. "Did you fall from the train?" Again Enrique begins to cry. Mayor Carrasco dismounts. He takes Enrique's arm and guides him to his home next to the town church.
"Mom!" he shouts. "There's a poor kid out here! He's all beaten up." Mayor Carrasco drags a wooden pew out of the church, pulls it into the shade of a tamarind tree and helps Enrique onto it. Lesbia Sibaja, the mayor's mother, puts a pot of water on to boil and sprinkles in salt and herbs to clean his wounds. She brings Enrique a bowl of hot broth, filled with bits of meat and potatoes. He spoons the brown liquid into his mouth, careful not to touch his broken teeth. He cannot chew.
Mayor Pro Tem Frank Feldhaus, over the past year what have you done for another human being in desperate need of help?
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