This happened today in San Francisco.
Who was the first voice? 24-year-old Ju Hong.
This happened today in San Francisco.
Who was the first voice? 24-year-old Ju Hong.
Tomorrow in San Juan.
Tomorrow in New York City.
From Congressman José Serrano:
Although we sometimes disagree on other issues, this is a cause that unites us all. Oscar López Rivera has been in prison for more than 32 years- that is long enough.
The President of the United States has the power to commute the sentence of Oscar López Rivera. It is up to all of us to ensure that he hears from the millions of people who support freedom for Oscar. That is why today’s event is so important.
My colleagues and I will continue to advocate in Washington, DC to ensure that Oscar López Riviera is able to return to Puerto Rico soon. I thank you all for working to make that goal a reality.
Follow @latinorebels tomorrow for more updates.
This in from the YouTube page of closethesoa, or Close the School of the Americas:
The School of the Americas is the Pentagon’s flagship training school for Latin American militaries. The SOA has trained hundreds of torturers, military dictators and human rights abusers. The purpose of the school is to maintain U.S. domination over Latin America.
The resistance is growing, and the call for self-determination is getting louder throughout the Americas.
Mass mobilizations are a key element for our success. Join us from November 22-24, 2013 at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia and take a stand for justice.
For more information visit http://SOAW.org/november or call SOA Watch at 202-234-3440.
Ricardo Trade , Executive Director of Brazil’s Organizational Committee for the 2014 World Cup, recently gave an interview in which he spoke about the impact of nationwide protests that have occurred in Brazil since June have had on the event’s planning. He had the following to say, via The Raw Story:
“The protests are democratic in a democratic country — save for the violence, which nobody wants to see,” said Trade, speaking from his headquarters just outside Rio where his team can monitor progress on the venues 24 hours a day.
“They (protesters) are demanding health, security, schools, education — these are legitimate public desires.”
In the full interview Trade called the protester’s demands a “welcomed” goal, saying that “Brazil is growing and needs to improve on its social inequality.” He went on to issue a message to those protesting throughout the country:
Asked what his message would be to demonstrators, Trade said: “Protest for what you believe is fair; the country is growing and needs to do better in terms of social inequality. But let’s not forget that we are bringing over an important event for your country.
“Treat the people who come here well.”
The executive director also said “It’s very important to not mix up their actions with those who will be here.”
As innocuous as those words might seem, they are not. If you’ve wondered at any point in the last few months why Brazilians have been upset enough to stage the largest national protests in over two decades, this is why.
In one breath Ricardo Trade acknowledged Brazilians’ right to protest and voice their discontent with rampant inequality, crumbling infrastructure, and widespread corruption, yet in the next he made the country’s emphasis quite clear: those coming into the country matter more than those who have been there all along.
During the onset of the #ChangeBrazil movement it was widely reported that a main cause for public outrage was the government’s enormous investment into World Cup preparations. While this is true, it is tangent to the primary point. Brazilians are protesting because they’re a secondary priority in their own country.
Now, I must hedge my criticism of Ricardo Trade’s comments: He is not an elected official; his obligations are not (necessarily) to the Brazilian people.
The goal should be decreasing the margin of income inequality, not increased FIFA’s margin of revenue. The goal should be improving. The goal should be protecting all of the country’s residents and visitors, not just the tourists.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has launched a Veterans Day postcard petition to demand Congress to pass “commonsense immigration reform” legislation to honor the service of Latino veterans.
The postcard, which reads “This Veterans Day Honor Them By Honoring Those They Fight For,” was distributed to LULAC’s 130,000 members to fill out, and will be delivered to Capitol Hill tomorrow, according to representative Paloma Zuleta. The card continues:
Dear Member of Congress,
U.S. military service members fight for our freedom as Americans, even if not all of them are U.S. citizens. Since September 2002, 89,095 military service members have become citizens.
This Veterans Day, we honor those who defend our country and stand ready to defend their families’ quest for American citizenship. Don’t you think they have earned the right?
The Time Is Now to pass commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship for families who contribute to our nation every day.
The postcard, one of two, was paired with an “I voted for immigration reform” petition and is intended to launch a nationwide campaign to further the group’s agenda of passing comprehensive reform. In a recent press release LULAC announces a press call scheduled for tomorrow, November 12th, to discuss the state of immigration in the U.S. and the ongoing debate over proposed legislation. The release states the following:
As pressure mounts on Congress to vote this year on immigration reform with a path to citizenship, Latino community members from across the U.S. are reminding Congress that tens of thousands of military service members are immigrants who have defended our country and now seek a path to citizenship for their families and those who are willing to earn the right to become citizens.
Latinos from across the U.S. are issuing the reminder to Congress through postcards, as part of a campaign that was organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Hispanic Federation (HF), and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and theHispanic Federation. The national groups advocate for immigration reform that protects the civil and human rights of all workers and members of our society.
Next week’s push for action on immigration reform campaign, beginning with Veterans Day, will be discussed on a press call that will include Jesus Magaña, who was serving in the U.S. Air Force two years ago when his sister was placed in deportation proceedings.
LULAC is the largest civil rights and advocacy group in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau over 1.2 million Latinos 18 and older are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. LULAC and it’s sister organizations hope the is able to aid the latter by achieving comprehensive immigration reform.
You HAVE to be kidding us. Guess not.
This is from local Houston news.
We have now seen everything.
SAN JUAN—On Wednesday November 6 2013, around 2,000 Puerto Ricans from different backgrounds and political affiliations marched through Old San Juan to pressure the local government to act on the results of last year’s plebiscite. The activity was organized by Boricua ¡Ahora Es! (BAE), led by Ricardo Rosselló, son of former governor Pedro Rosselló, and a possible New Progressive Party (PNP) candidate for governor.
The activity was held at night during a rain storm and with no political parties helping to mobilize march members. Analysts were amazed at the amount of people that showed up. Many of the PNP leaders refused to endorse the activity, largely in part because statehood proponent Pedro Pierluisi, the party’s president and main candidate for governor, has been wary of Rosselló’s popularity with the PNP base and youth.
The march began on Dos Hermanos bridge, headed to the Supreme Court, and then proceeded to the Capitol building, where legislative sessions are now being held at night due to a law that changed how the legislature operates. It concluded near La Fortaleza, where pro-commonwealth Governor Alejandro García Padilla resides.
According to El Vocero newspaper, BAE, along with StarPac, a political action committee also headed by Rosselló, paid for an ad broadcasted mainly in mainland cities such as New York, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Washington, DC.
“With its inaction, Puerto Rico’s government has ignored the people, but we continue getting to where we need to send this message,” Rosselló told El Vocero during the march.
Since the launch of the #BringThemHome campaign, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, especially Rep. Cuellar and Rep. Gutierrez have stuck to one talking point: the families of the #Dream30 are being manipulated by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.
We have always found this analysis to be horribly off and, at its core, very dehumanizing. Rep. Gutierrez wants YOU to believe that if a “‘Mexican” finds his or her way to his Capitol office to ask for something, then he or she must be being manipulated. The only place a “Mexican” must know is in the back of someone’s kitchen or office, doing back-breaking work. We find Rep. Gutierrez’s statements to be absolutely dis-empowering and a disservice to the real power of the undocumented community.
As the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, we are the only national network that is led entirely by undocumented youth. The decisions as to what we work on and the direction in which we go are completely in line with the needs of the undocumented community. That is the reason why we have already, purposefully infiltrated several detention centers and have had members willingly return to Mexico in an effort to bring home other exiled Dreamers. As NIYA, we ultimately lay our faith in our own community, and believe that an empowered community is more powerful than other organizations at accomplishing its goals.
Given Rep. Gutierrez’s recent posturing, it is all the more evident to us that to those like him, an empowered community that dares to make an ask of him is a very dangerous thing. In the role that Mr. Gutierrez has carved out for the “Mexican,” they are only expected to get involved in politics when he is on one of his many national church tours. Their only role is to fill his pews, provide tears for the cameras so that he, as the “Moses of the Latinos” can once again “tell us” how bad deportations are. But once they begin forming their own political opinions and demanding more than just the scraps from the table, can only mean they are being manipulated.
This is not the way we work at the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, and if Rep. Gutierrez thinks that opens us up to attacks, then we welcome them.
In response to the shameful personal attacks by Rep. Gutierrez: Since the #Dream9 actions, many of the undocumented organizers we work with have been under attack by lone, fringe activists upset that we have dared to demand that deported family members be allowed to come home. This fringe group has gone as far as sending personal messages to reporters claiming we are associated with Hamas. It is sad to see that, when presented with the option of respecting #Dream30 families, Rep. Gutierrez has instead chosen to align with fringe groups in attacking undocumented youth at the forefront of this fight.
1. “Productively kill CIR”: Comprehensive immigration reform has been dead since the beginning of this session. We are one of few groups who never hitched onto the foundation-driven wagon of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” CIR never stood a chance of passing and just pushing for it for the heck of it while real solutions could be reached is not the way we organize.
One of our members, through his personal Facebook, made a comment about “productively killing CIR.” We ought to think beyond it. We need to move past the concept of a bill that will never happen so that we can begin to pass real, meaningful legislation. The only accomplishment the CIR lobby such as Rep. Gutierrez can truly take credit for is the nearly 2 million deportations.
After more than two-years of pushing to “kill” CIR it seems that finally Rep. Gutierrez himself has caved to the reality: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/01/luiz-gutierrez-immigration-reform_n_4192798.html? “Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a leading proponent of comprehensive immigration reform in the House, said Thursday in a radio interview that the GOP preference for a piecemeal approach is likely to win out.”
How can he demand our belief in something in which he no longer believes?
Immigration reform is not the only lens through which we should see the fight for immigrant rights. We have families that can’t wait for Congress. We have families that are living in fear now. We are ready to help them fight for themselves; Gutierrez only waits for others to join his.
2. ”Racist Sentiments”: Rep. Gutierrez needs to understand the concept of racism before taking on the task of labeling who is the racist in this immigration complex. Rep. Gutierrez quoted one of our members as saying:“…My point is if you aren’t undocumented and living in a different country separated from your family, then it isn’t your place to say what is too much and what is too little. You have no agency to speak. You don’t know what it is like to be deported, to be forced to leave. It isn’t your space to judge whether someone thinks its worth it to come back or not.” As the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, we wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments. Our role in this movement is purely to empower other undocumented people to see the power they have. It is a shame that Rep. Gutierrez would attack us as being racist for simply believing that, in a struggle for the rights of undocumented people, undocumented people should be at the forefront.
3. ”Broken Ties with NIYA & DreamActivist”: We hate to burst another bubble: we haven’t had a working relationship with the office of Rep. Gutierrez since well before September of 2012. The kind of relationship we had with his office has been one where his Chicago staff will only meet with families at a local Dunkin’ Donuts. For the #Dream9, the only reason Rep. Gutierrez made a floor speech for Lulu Martinez was because her mother, along with three organizers slept overnight in his Chicago offices, refused to leave until he did something. In New York, Marco’s mother chased the member down from ‘immigration event to immigration event’ badgering him until he caved. We have never had a working relationship with Rep. Gutierrez. As the National Immigrant Youth Alliance we don’t measure power in relationships with members of Congress; we see power in the members of our own community, those that Rep. Gutierrez says he represents. We use that power to hold politicians accountable.
Rep. Gutierrez’s shameful attacks are nothing new. Last year an article in the National Journal labeled us as a “Rogue Activist Network,” with a warning to offices on Capitol hill not to mistake other Dreamer organizations for us. http://www.dreamactivist.org/rogue-activist-network-of-dreamers-rattle-members-over-immigration/ “We take no prisoners,” said Juan Escalante, who runs communications for Dream Activist when he is not at his regular job at an ice-cream shop.
If Gutierrez plans to turn away families that come to him, that is on his conscience. It only reveals how weak of a “champion” he is. We will not abandon them, because they are like us.
Our champions are out there fighting. They are tired of living in fear; they may even be in deportation proceedings. But they are like us, who one day decided to stand up and ask others to join them. We will find them, we will fight alongside them, and together, we will win.