Two Quotes We Love From Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s Rolling Stone Interview

Guess who made it Rolling Stone? Congressman Luis Gutierrez, the Illinois Democrat.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D–Illinois)

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D–Illinois)

In a profile to promote his new book, Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill, Gutierrez talked a lot about his life and his politics. The piece even covered how the Puerto Rican Gutierrez has thrived in a Chicago district that is predominantly Mexican American. No divide and conquer here. He discusses why he was able to earn that vote:

“It was easy getting their votes, because, look, what did they write about Puerto Ricans in the 1950s? We were bringing diseases. We were coming to get welfare and have babies. If you look at how [Arizona sheriff Joe] Arpaio and the other xenophobics speak about immigrants today, is that any different than the treatment my mom and dad got?”

Then there was this:

Gutiérrez’s insight about the unity Latinos feel about immigration reform explains a powerful truth about the role Latinos play in national politics. Despite the fact that Puerto Ricans have had U.S. citizenship since 1917, Gutiérrez says he’s always understood the plight of the undocumented. “It’s the same way with most U.S.-born Latinos,” says Gutiérrez. “Last November, every pundit in America woke up and said what? Latinos are powerful, and they just whupped the Republicans into shape because they’re anti-immigrant. Latinos did this because Arizona’s Proposition 1070 isn’t just against immigrants – it angers all Latinos.”

Preach.

Rep. Gutierrez Plays “Pick Out the Immigrant” on the Floor of Congress

How much do we love Luis Gutierrez? A lot. Brilliance.

Pick out the immigrant, people. Time to play! (h/t to @Synbad)

Today in Congress, @RepGutierrez Blasts Mitt Romney’s Views on SB 1070

Thanks to our friends at The News Taco for posting the following this morning.

Give it up to El Galiito Rebelde.

Congressman @LuisGutierrez VIDEO: “Food Stamp President(s) – Oh SNAP!”

Wondering if GOP candidate Newt Gingrich might want to retract his claim that President Obama is the country's most successful "food stamp president."

This week, on the floor of Congress, Illinois Congressman Luis "El Gallito Rebelde" Gutiérrez present his case against Gingrich's claim with…. actual facts.

Rep. Gutiérrez: There Is a “Very High Moral Cost” in Alabama

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez Opening Statement as Prepared for Delivery from November 17, 2011

Photo © USATODAY

As you know, a group of nine Members of Congress is traveling to Birmingham, Alabama for a series of events on Monday. We will hold an Ad Hoc hearing at 3 p.m. in the chambers of the Birmingham City Council to hear from residents. 

While some of the details are still coming together, we will have a range of people offer their testimony: local elected leaders and law-enforcement, families, educators, farmers, and small business owners and the like. We want a range of people who fit into categories including those who were the intended targets of Alabama's law, but we also want to hear from and those who have proven to be targets, perhaps unintentionally, as the law has begun to be implemented.

After the hearing we will meet with leaders of the immigrant advocacy and civil rights community in Birmingham and across the state at a private meeting at the Civil Rights Institute. Then we will walk across the street to the historic 16th Street Baptist Church — the church where four little girls were killed by an assassin's bomb — and at 7 p.m. there will be a huge rally that marks the kick off of the "One Alabama" statewide campaign to repeal the law. I was in Alabama in October and I came back to Washington and said to my colleagues, "you have got to go and see for yourself."

In other states we have seen anti-immigration bills pass, but in Alabama it has triggered something unique. The fear and chaos in a small, not very well established Latino and immigrant community has run deeper. The feeling of danger and despair is palpable, perhaps owing to Alabama's history of dogs and water cannons and bombings and worse. But that same history also gave me a great deal of hope.

All across the state I met people at rallies, at the NAACP state convention, at the Spanish language radio station, and I got a sense that the history of fighting for justice and fighting for basic rights is still alive in Alabama. Indeed, a lot of what we know about social movements, about social change and fighting for justice, we learned from the people of Alabama less than a generation ago.

We are seeing what happens when Congress is prevented from passing immigration reform for a decade or two decades. We see the reaction on the ground to an immigration system that is a quarter century out of date. Ironically, the Republican Party in Alabama that pushed this law through is the same Republican Party that has actively blocked immigration reform in Washington. And those few Republicans with whom I and Senator Kennedy and others worked with across the aisle have all drifted away from the negotiating table.

In particular, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, in his role on the Judiciary Committee, has played a substantial role in obstructing immigration reform along with a handful of Southern Republican Senators. In order to get control of immigration, we need to strengthen legal immigration and make sure enforcement is both firm and fair. In order to get control over immigration we have to get immigrants who live and work here into the system and on-the-books because we simply will not deport of drive out 10 million people who have deep roots, family, property, and lives here.

But Republicans, often led by Senator Sessions of Alabama, have prevented us from moving from the current chaos and blackmarket to a modern, efficient and legal immigration system because they think immigration is a good political football. Perhaps more so than anyone going on this trip, I have been critical of the President because of the one million people he has deported, but I am pleased that the Justice Department is fighting against unconstitutional laws in Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina and elsewhere. We simply cannot have 50 separate immigration laws and the Constitution is clear about that.

We will hold President Obama and Secretary Napolitano accountable for sticking to the federal policies they laid out that put a priority on deporting criminals so we can get bad people out of our communities. That means standing up to and not cooperating with the state policies that create broad roundups based on appearance or make it a crime to work or take your children to the library.

Anti-immigration laws at the state and local level come with tremendous costs… — in terms of the slowed economy, businesses that fail and millions of tax dollars paid to lawyers to defend against lawsuits. — in political terms, these laws have changed the way America thinks about Arizona and Alabama and whether they are modern states or backward-looking ones. — and at the local level — from family to family, business to business, and town to town, the divisiveness of playing politics with such an important issue carries a huge cost to the very fabric of a community.

There is a very high moral cost. I am going to Alabama to stand with the good, decent people of Alabama to fight back and defend what I think is right and just.

Ten Members of Congress Join Rep. Gutiérrez on November 21 Visit to Alabama

Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, an Illinois Democrat, is leading a congressional delegation on a November 21 visit to Alabama, the latest state of the Union to have imposed harsh and draconian immigration laws, with the summer passage of state law HB 56.

According to Gutiérrez's office, Gutiérrez will be joined by the following members of Congress: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Terri A. Sewell of Alabama, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Charlie Gonzalez of Texas, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Secretary of the Congressional Black Caucus Yvette D. Clarke of New York; Rep. Al Green of Texas; Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Democrat Zoe Lofgren of California; Rep. Joe Baca of California, Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, and Rep. Grace Napolitano of California.

A preliminary schedule of the November 21 Alabama visit was released by Gutiérrez's office:

ALABAMA CONGRESSIONAL VISIT – NOV. 21

Preliminary Schedule for November 21, 2011, all events are in Birmingham and all times local (CT):

2:00p.m.       
                  

 

Press Conference for Members of the Congressional Delegation
Location: Birmingham City Council Chambers - Birmingham City Hall, 710 20th Street North

3:00-5:00p.m. 

 

Ad Hoc Hearing: The impact of HB56 on families, businesses, agriculture, law enforcement and civil society.                        
Location: Birmingham City Council Chambers

7:00p.m.       

 

Members of the Congressional Delegation will participate in the launch of the "One Family One Alabama Campaign to Repeal HB56"
Hosted by the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ)
Location: Historic 16th Street Baptist Church (1530 Sixth Ave. North)

 

 

 

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Demands That Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño Apologize to the People of Puerto Rico

Leave it to Representative Luis Gutiérrez to leave it all out on the floor of the US Congress this week, in light of a scathing Department of Justice report on the police abuse charges in Puerto Rico.

Gutiérrez, who has been the lone voice of Congress in exposing the hypocrisy of the pro-statehood Republican administration of Luis Fortuño, share his thoughts with his Congressional colleagues.

A VIDEO DEDICATION to Congressman Luis “El Gallito Rebelde” Gutiérrez: FIGHT THE POWER

Yes, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, just like Kasey Kasem, the Rebels once in a while with do a VIDEO DEDICATION. Now that we have anointed you as EL GALLITO REBELDE, you need a song.

How about a little PE in DA HOUSE?

Congressman Luis Gutierrez: Un Gallito Rebelde

Democratic  Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois was arrested  along with other protesters yesterday afternoon in front of the White House. He refused to leave the premises as ordered by the U.S. Park Police. Gutierrez had long protested against the Washington D.C. establishment for its failure to pass the DREAM Act and reform immigration policies. Yesterday’s protest came in response to  ”President Obama’s address to the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza” (USATODAY.com).

Congressman Gutierrez has a long record fighting for what he believes is right.

  • He was arrested in May of 2010 at a similar immigration policy protest in front of the White House.
  • Gutierrez was a leader in the Vieques Movement which protested against bomb testing in the island of Vieques,off of Puerto Rico. In 2000, Gutierrez, along with almost two hundred others, was arrested for  refusing to leave the natural habitat that the US military was using as a bombing range.

The difference between Rep. Gutierrez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, and other members of Congress is that he speaks out fervently both outside and inside Washington without fearing the loss of his seat.

Click on the link below to see Gutierrez speak right before his arrest. He believes that President Obama has broad discretionary powers to pass the Dream Act. We can say that Luis Gutierrez is our ”Gallito Rebelde”.

http://www.breitbart.tv/dem-rep-arrested-outside-white-house-protesting-obamas-immigration-policies/

 

Here is video of the arrest: