Join us at the LEA LA Book Festival to be held at the L.A. Convention Center – Friday, Sat. and Sunday


Join us at the LEA LA Book Festival to be held at the L.A. Convention Center – Friday, Sat. and Sunday. It is one of the best book festivals in the world!!!

I will have my books there to sign. Other great authors will also be present.

See you soon!!!

Invitation – 5 de mayo – Empowerment through Literature


invitation - central american literature

Invitation – L.A. Times Festival of Books – HOY newspaper booth/stage area – Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Join us at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend at the University of Southern California – USC at the HOY newspaper booth/stage area. Next to University Club – across the street from the Shrine Auditorium. I will be signing my books. Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience, Esperanza en Tiempos de Oscuridad: La Experiencia de un Salvadoreno Americano, The Life of an Activist: In the Fronlintes 24/7, and The Lives and Times of El Cipitio.

Saturday June 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday June 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

It’s a great book festival. 

El Cipitio  

We need to remember Archbishop Romero, 35 years later


Tribune News Service

We need to remember Archbishop Oscar Romero 35 years after his assassination on March 24, 1980.

Romero’s political evolution took place once he was named to head the Catholic Church in El Salvador.

He was transferred to the capital San Salvador, where he was met with much antagonism and dislike. It was not just Roberto D’Aubuisson (the politician who hatched the conspiracy), the death squads and some members of the Salvadoran elite who murdered him. Many others were complicit, too.

While in the capital, leading the church, he gained incredible spiritual strength to defend the poor and the voiceless. Millions would listen to his homilies on radio.

The people who truly embraced Romero were the poor campesinos who attended his mass and those who had the privilege to get to know him when he would visit their villages. Romero came from a middle-class background but he purposely chose to live a humble life.

Romero was not afraid to die. He was a valiant man who did not accept bodyguards. He consciously chose to give his life for the poor.

But he was very afraid of the demons that were being unleashed upon the Salvadoran populace. He knew much blood would be spilled. He even risked his life by having a dialogue with the guerrilla leaders, asking them to avoid using violence. He tried everything in his power to stop the oncoming bloodbath.

Before his assassination, Romero visited Pope John Paul II, who snubbed Romero. Romero was deliberately made to wait an inordinate amount of time and relegated to a long line to meet the pope. The pope chastised Romero and ordered him to stop speaking up for the rights of the poor and involving himself in political issues.

Romero returned heartbroken to El Salvador. But he still continued to denounce the regime’s human rights abuses and killings. He made up his mind that he would give his life for the persecuted Salvadoran people, even if the Vatican refused to acknowledge the atrocities.

Ironically, the same church that turned its back on Romero is all set to venerate him. The Catholic Church will formally beatify Romero on May 23 in San Salvador, one step short of sainthood.

Even if not a saint, Romero did actually conduct countless miracles. He saved the lives of numerous people who would otherwise have been tortured and killed.He sheltered and protected innocent victims in his churches.

He fed the poor, clothed them, and he spoke up for them, knowing that he would possibly be killed. In fact, the miracle is that Romero has been now recognized as an international hero by the Catholic Church, when before he was demonized by many of his fellow clergy. Finally, the church is atoning for its sins toward him.

Romero taught us all an invaluable lesson: He stood up to bullies and he did not turn his back on his people.

Archbishop Romero was a hero and martyr. We honor him on his assassination anniversary by remembering all the good that he did.


Randy Jurado Ertll is the author of the book “Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience.”




Wednesday book signings & discussions

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Wednesday book signings Nov. 19
I have been invited to speak to the CLAVE student club at Pasadena City College (PCC) tomorrow Wednesday Nov. 19 at 12:00 p.m. R122.
Discussion at Cal State Dominguez Hills -Extended Education Building
- Rm. 1206
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Address:1000 E Victoria St, Carson, CA 90747 (310) 243-3696
Esperanza en Tiempos de Oscuridad: Experiencia de un Salvadoreno Americano & The Lives and Times of El Cipitio – a novel by Randy Jurado Ertll

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