By Javier Rodriguez, Isabel Rodriguez, Antonio Rodriguez, Jacobo Rodriguez, Francisco Paco Rodriguez, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jaime Rodriguez and Marianna Herrera

From Mariachi Plaza       15Image April 2014            Please Post

  • Obama to Hispanic Caucus: “If Congress doesn’t act on reform in 90 days, I will use bold executive authority.”
  • Chicago calls for 90 days of action and move millions to march.
  • Arellano: “On May 1st No Work, No School and no Deportations.”
  • The road to passing legislation leads through the White House door of executive action.
  • The national pressure is on: NDLON led activists protest in 80 cities; After 27,000 miles and 92 Congressional Districts, the Fast for Families and We Belong Together tour arrives in DC; from coast to coast, civil disobedience increases; Deported DREAMers and families Xross the border and demand asylum.The Chicago demonstration, the largest to date, definitely marks the pace for the movement as a whole, because it calls for an increase of targeted political pressure on the president through out the 90 days he asked for in a recent meeting with Gutierrez and other members of the Hispanic Caucus.  As expected, the president finally committed, for the first time, to take “bold executive action” if Congress fails to pass the awaited legislation on reform. The bold executive decrees expected by these leaders are the coveted protection given to the DREAMers in 2012 for all the undocumented now living within the USA, in addition to extending those rights to all deportees with no serious criminal record, to return and unify with their families.Clearly -as we the Rodriguez brothers and sisters recently wrote in a lengthy article that was published nationally, pointing out, that what was missing in the struggle for reform was the massive street movement of 2006, the call from Chicago proposes to the nation to mobilize the masses of the people, by the millions.  Additionally, the strategy of popular political pressure on the President inherently carries the double objective of cracking the back of reactionary Republicans in Congress to wrest the big prize of comprehensive reform:   We have wasted too much time knocking at the door of Republican Congressmen. Our unified vote convinced Republican Party leaders that their party can never win the White House unless they pass immigration reform, but they cannot act without rank and file Republicans. Those rank and file Republicans will never act to pass immigration reform as long as the President is deporting 1100 people a day – as long as the President is doing what they want.”At this moment the Chicago plan appears to be the most comprehensive: A) Politically it maintains a clear line on demanding a stop to deportations and the brutal separation of families, calling for executive action and the same kind of protection the President decreed for the 1.7million DREAMers in 2012, and b) Not allowing the immediate crisis to cloud their vision and leave out the long term goal of comprehensive immigration reform, the Grand Prize of this 28 year old struggle. They see clearly the political pressure has to be exerted on both fronts, Obama and the Republicans, and c) organizationally, as we do, they probably see the existing favorable conditions for the mass mobilization of millions  unto to the streets, to engage the whole country in support of the demands. In comparison2) The Fast for Families circle, reeling from the success of last year’s national fast for families which moved large and important sectors, including clergy and top politicians –Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi to name a few- just completed a national caravan which traveled 27,000` miles and visited 92 Congressional Districts, primarily speaking out for immigration reform and strategically targeting the pressure on the Republicans in their home bases.  4) The radical DREAMers which instituted the border which allowed almost 200 deportees to return to the US including Arellano have set a radical creative bar bringing new alternative tactics to the strategy of reuniting families and exposing the brutality and senseless deportations of non criminal immigrants. These groups and their leaders essentially –and there are more- exhibit a high moral ground in national public opinion and a vast national network which if pulled together, can probably succeed in reaching the goal of mobilizing millions as Chicago proposes. We speculate Elvira’s remarkable return to the US will add a much needed voice of national leadership, meaning another figure of popular stature which has also been one of the missing pieces in the equation of this epical struggle. Especially because she is charismatic, undocumented, a woman and a mother who with her son spent a year in a progressive activist sanctuary church defying a deportation order. Heroically, she then left the protective spot in August of 2007 and clandestinely traveled directly to Los Angeles -the city that initially placed her on the national map and made her and her son Saul national figures- because she wanted to spark life into the movement.  Today she is a former deportee who took advantage of the border opening created by the radical wing of the dreamer movement and like a miracle of struggle, is now back in the good old USA and once again in high gear. Proof of this is the unmatched homecoming gathering described above with 300 clergy and the mass of people motivated with her return to the windy city that saw her rise.Unfortunately,  in contrast in LA, the divisions are so marked that for this year’s May 1st opportunity to contribute and build an unequivocal show of force, with a unified massive march, and also set the pace for the rest of the nation, once again the movement is fractionalized and several marches are scheduled. Instead of strengthening our position against the Republican far right, the anti immigrant national organizations and ICE, they will take notice. Essentially the same “2009” mentality of Sharks and Coyotes is prevalent and continues unabated, ZAZ. *Javier Rodriguez is a journalist, a blogger and a media and political strategist. His blog is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com. Isabel is a long time activist, a member of the Millions of Voices Coalition and presently is on her final year at Cal State University LA Masters on History and Latin America. Antonio is also a long time activist, a civil rights attorney and a former contributor to LA Times and La Opinion Op-Ed pages. Jaime is a long time social activist and presently serves as a field deputy in California’s Senate District 30th?  Jacobo is a retiree, a bail bondsman, a long time  community activist and a former labor organizer. Ricardo,  a former student leader,  just led and completed a successful union drive for 500 workers in Barstow with United Electrical and Machine Workers Union-UE, a Gourmet Chef and Caterer. Mariana is also an activist, an  MA Therapist, has two masters and is a Theater Playwright for CASA 0101 in Boyle Heights.
  •  
  • To be truthful, when the request made to President Calderon to give her diplomatic status to return to the United States failed, and the fact that she was removed during the presidency of George W. Bush, a reactionary Republican, because she was a recognized leader with no criminal record, we didn’t expect her back.
  • When she was arrested in LA and deported in less than 12 hours to Tijuana, she was already a relentless and intrepid national figure and that trajectory was immediately placed in high gear in Mexico. Her spectacular arrival galvanized public opinion to the point that it forced President Felipe Calderon to grant her a private meeting. He offered her a home and scholarships for her son, and though she was living in utter poverty in Michoacán, a highly dangerous place, she graciously rejected them, informing him she was meeting with him on behalf of the people. To our knowledge and Javier traveled and spent time with her in 2012 in Mexico City and Tabasco border where thousands of Hondurans cross into Mexico and begin their long journey to America on “The Beast,” in her 7 year stay in her home country, she was probably the spokesperson that was most interviewed by the mainstream local and internationally media on the issues of Central American migration through Mexico, the struggle to defend them as well as the fight -in Mexico- for immigration reform in the US.
  • In her most recent article, Arellano calls for a May 1st with No Work, No School and No Deportations and we propose NO REPUBLICANS. If the one day boycott materializes, it will be a first for Chicago.
  •  5) The organizational and political success exhibited in the March 27 Chicago Homecoming for Elvira events by the Chicago circle composed of Gutierrez, Arellano, Rev. Lozano and Rev. Coleman, which is one of three city factions, has the campaign trail experience in mobilizing national public opinion through several tours,  as well as co-leading the mass marches of 2005 and 2006 in Chicago and a vast reserve of contacts in several levels. With Cong. Gutierrez, the most recognized and popular figure in this struggle, it is also the only one with direct access to the White House. 
  • 3) The FIRM Coalition, considered the largest amalgam of organizations in the country, as soon as the Republicans backtracked on the principles, began setting up the punishment phase leading to the November elections. It should be noted that this is the D.C. based organization that emanated from a 2008 national conference that set up the massive petitions, organized telephone conferences of over 60, 000 activists and convened the 200,000 people national march on March 21, 2010 in the Capitol. 
  • 1) the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, the leading group behind the grass roots recent protests in 50 to 80 cities primarily stands on the abolition of deportations demand.
  •  
  •  
  • “What is clear now is that the road to passing legislation leads through the White House door of executive action. The threat of executive action is the only hope of bringing the congress to act. The reality of executive action is the only way reactionary members of the Republican caucus can be brought to the table.
  • However, the movement leaders are not waiting. They are clearly defining a path of action to get to the Promised Land:  Familias Latinas Unidas Co-Chair Emma Lozano joined Elvira Arellano in calling for 90 days of action. “We must stand against every single deportation and we must stand with every single family that has been separated to reunite them. We must organize mass civil disobedience. We must march and march and march until the streets are filled with our millions.”
  • At the rally, Gutierrez explained his recent negotiations with the President. “The president has asked for 90 days to see if the Republican Congress will finally act. If not, he has committed to the use of bold executive authority.”
  • In a spectacular comeback Chicago homecoming for Elvira Arellano held on March 27, 2014, over 300 pastors plus 1500 immigrant rights leaders and activists, including Cong. Luis Gutierrez and Rev. Emma Lozano, staged a rally, then marched to ICE headquarters where a reported 50 participants were arrested in another major demonstration of Civil Disobedience. The organizers envision the multifaceted strategy and militant actions will set the pace for the national movement for the next 90 days.  Obviously, injected with the energy of social adrenaline, the pastors pointed to “Elvira’s miraculous return as cause for new hope in the [immigration reform] movement in Chicago.”

LA RAYUELA DE JAVIER Elvira Arellano is Back in Chicago and Dramatically Sparks the Movement  

By Javier Rodriguez, Isabel Rodriguez, Antonio Rodriguez, Jacobo Rodriguez, Francisco Paco Rodriguez, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jaime Rodriguez and Marianna Herrera

From Mariachi Plaza       14 April 2014            Please Post

  • Obama to Hispanic Caucus: “If Congress doesn’t act on reform in 90 days, I will use bold executive authority.”
  • Chicago calls for 90 days of action and move millions to march.
  • Arellano: “On May 1st No Work, No School and no Deportations.”
  • The road to passing legislation leads through the White House door of executive action.
  • The national pressure is on: NDLON led activists protest in 80 cities; After 27,000 miles and 92 Congressional Districts, the Fast for Families and We Belong Together tour arrives in DC; from coast to coast, civil disobedience increases; Deported DREAMers and families Xross the border and demand asylum.The Chicago demonstration, the largest to date, definitely marks the pace for the movement as a whole, because it calls for an increase of targeted political pressure on the president through out the 90 days he asked for in a recent meeting with Gutierrez and other members of the Hispanic Caucus.  As expected, the president finally committed, for the first time, to take “bold executive action” if Congress fails to pass the awaited legislation on reform. The bold executive decrees expected by these leaders are the coveted protection given to the DREAMers in 2012 for all the undocumented now living within the USA, in addition to extending those rights to all deportees with no serious criminal record, to return and unify with their families.Clearly -as we the Rodriguez brothers and sisters recently wrote in a lengthy article that was published nationally, pointing out, that what was missing in the struggle for reform was the massive street movement of 2006, the call from Chicago proposes to the nation to mobilize the masses of the people, by the millions.  Additionally, the strategy of popular political pressure on the President inherently carries the double objective of cracking the back of reactionary Republicans in Congress to wrest the big prize of comprehensive reform:   We have wasted too much time knocking at the door of Republican Congressmen. Our unified vote convinced Republican Party leaders that their party can never win the White House unless they pass immigration reform, but they cannot act without rank and file Republicans. Those rank and file Republicans will never act to pass immigration reform as long as the President is deporting 1100 people a day – as long as the President is doing what they want.”At this moment the Chicago plan appears to be the most comprehensive: A) Politically it maintains a clear line on demanding a stop to deportations and the brutal separation of families, calling for executive action and the same kind of protection the President decreed for the 1.7million DREAMers in 2012, and b) Not allowing the immediate crisis to cloud their vision and leave out the long term goal of comprehensive immigration reform, the Grand Prize of this 28 year old struggle. They see clearly the political pressure has to be exerted on both fronts, Obama and the Republicans, and c) organizationally, as we do, they probably see the existing favorable conditions for the mass mobilization of millions  unto to the streets, to engage the whole country in support of the demands. In comparison2) The Fast for Families circle, reeling from the success of last year’s national fast for families which moved large and important sectors, including clergy and top politicians –Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi to name a few- just completed a national caravan which traveled 27,000` miles and visited 92 Congressional Districts, primarily speaking out for immigration reform and strategically targeting the pressure on the Republicans in their home bases.  4) The radical DREAMers which instituted the border which allowed almost 200 deportees to return to the US including Arellano have set a radical creative bar bringing new alternative tactics to the strategy of reuniting families and exposing the brutality and senseless deportations of non criminal immigrants. These groups and their leaders essentially –and there are more- exhibit a high moral ground in national public opinion and a vast national network which if pulled together, can probably succeed in reaching the goal of mobilizing millions as Chicago proposes. We speculate Elvira’s remarkable return to the US will add a much needed voice of national leadership, meaning another figure of popular stature which has also been one of the missing pieces in the equation of this epical struggle. Especially because she is charismatic, undocumented, a woman and a mother who with her son spent a year in a progressive activist sanctuary church defying a deportation order. Heroically, she then left the protective spot in August of 2007 and clandestinely traveled directly to Los Angeles -the city that initially placed her on the national map and made her and her son Saul national figures- because she wanted to spark life into the movement.  Today she is a former deportee who took advantage of the border opening created by the radical wing of the dreamer movement and like a miracle of struggle, is now back in the good old USA and once again in high gear. Proof of this is the unmatched homecoming gathering described above with 300 clergy and the mass of people motivated with her return to the windy city that saw her rise.Unfortunately,  in contrast in LA, the divisions are so marked that for this year’s May 1st opportunity to contribute and build an unequivocal show of force, with a unified massive march, and also set the pace for the rest of the nation, once again the movement is fractionalized and several marches are scheduled. Instead of strengthening our position against the Republican far right, the anti immigrant national organizations and ICE, they will take notice. Essentially the same “2009” mentality of Sharks and Coyotes is prevalent and continues unabated, ZAZ. *Javier Rodriguez is a journalist, a blogger and a media and political strategist. His blog is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com. Isabel is a long time activist, a member of the Millions of Voices Coalition and presently is on her final year at Cal State University LA Masters on History and Latin America. Antonio is also a long time activist, a civil rights attorney and a former contributor to LA Times and La Opinion Op-Ed pages. Jaime is a long time social activist and presently serves as a field deputy in California’s Senate District 30th?  Jacobo is a retiree, a bail bondsman, a long time  community activist and a former labor organizer. Ricardo,  a former student leader,  just led and completed a successful union drive for 500 workers in Barstow with United Electrical and Machine Workers Union-UE, a Gourmet Chef and Caterer. Mariana is also an activist, an  MA Therapist, has two masters and is a Theater Playwright for CASA 0101 in Boyle Heights.
  •  
  • To be truthful, when the request made to President Calderon to give her diplomatic status to return to the United States failed, and the fact that she was removed during the presidency of George W. Bush, a reactionary Republican, because she was a recognized leader with no criminal record, we didn’t expect her back.
  • When she was arrested in LA and deported in less than 12 hours to Tijuana, she was already a relentless and intrepid national figure and that trajectory was immediately placed in high gear in Mexico. Her spectacular arrival galvanized public opinion to the point that it forced President Felipe Calderon to grant her a private meeting. He offered her a home and scholarships for her son, and though she was living in utter poverty in Michoacán, a highly dangerous place, she graciously rejected them, informing him she was meeting with him on behalf of the people. To our knowledge and Javier traveled and spent time with her in 2012 in Mexico City and Tabasco border where thousands of Hondurans cross into Mexico and begin their long journey to America on “The Beast,” in her 7 year stay in her home country, she was probably the spokesperson that was most interviewed by the mainstream local and internationally media on the issues of Central American migration through Mexico, the struggle to defend them as well as the fight -in Mexico- for immigration reform in the US.
  • In her most recent article, Arellano calls for a May 1st with No Work, No School and No Deportations and we propose NO REPUBLICANS. If the one day boycott materializes, it will be a first for Chicago.
  •  5) The organizational and political success exhibited in the March 27 Chicago Homecoming for Elvira events by the Chicago circle composed of Gutierrez, Arellano, Rev. Lozano and Rev. Coleman, which is one of three city factions, has the campaign trail experience in mobilizing national public opinion through several tours,  as well as co-leading the mass marches of 2005 and 2006 in Chicago and a vast reserve of contacts in several levels. With Cong. Gutierrez, the most recognized and popular figure in this struggle, it is also the only one with direct access to the White House. 
  • 3) The FIRM Coalition, considered the largest amalgam of organizations in the country, as soon as the Republicans backtracked on the principles, began setting up the punishment phase leading to the November elections. It should be noted that this is the D.C. based organization that emanated from a 2008 national conference that set up the massive petitions, organized telephone conferences of over 60, 000 activists and convened the 200,000 people national march on March 21, 2010 in the Capitol. 
  • 1) the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, the leading group behind the grass roots recent protests in 50 to 80 cities primarily stands on the abolition of deportations demand.
  •  
  •  
  • “What is clear now is that the road to passing legislation leads through the White House door of executive action. The threat of executive action is the only hope of bringing the congress to act. The reality of executive action is the only way reactionary members of the Republican caucus can be brought to the table.
  • However, the movement leaders are not waiting. They are clearly defining a path of action to get to the Promised Land:  Familias Latinas Unidas Co-Chair Emma Lozano joined Elvira Arellano in calling for 90 days of action. “We must stand against every single deportation and we must stand with every single family that has been separated to reunite them. We must organize mass civil disobedience. We must march and march and march until the streets are filled with our millions.”
  • At the rally, Gutierrez explained his recent negotiations with the President. “The president has asked for 90 days to see if the Republican Congress will finally act. If not, he has committed to the use of bold executive authority.”
  • In a spectacular comeback Chicago homecoming for Elvira Arellano held on March 27, 2014, over 300 pastors plus 1500 immigrant rights leaders and activists, including Cong. Luis Gutierrez and Rev. Emma Lozano, staged a rally, then marched to ICE headquarters where a reported 50 participants were arrested in another major demonstration of Civil Disobedience. The organizers envision the multifaceted strategy and militant actions will set the pace for the national movement for the next 90 days.  Obviously, injected with the energy of social adrenaline, the pastors pointed to “Elvira’s miraculous return as cause for new hope in the [immigration reform] movement in Chicago.”

La Rayuela de Javier

For 20 Million People and their Families, American Deportation Policy is Living Under a Harsh Dictatorship “Democracy.”  

By Javier Rodriguez   from Plaza del Mariachi   20 March 2014

To friends and family, the country’s deportations of our people is about to hit 2 million deportations, and yes the suffering is devastating. The most immediate comparative I can provide is the unequivocal fact the millions of deportees and the almost 20 million people directly affected by the failed  hard line repressive dogmatic approach to immigration, that is the 12 million undocumented, their  5 million US born sons and daughters, plus their 2.5 to 3 million spouses, are living a harsh dictatorship “democracy.” However as the Americas Voice press release so emphatically clarifies, the grand prize for all of us is not just succeeding in getting the executive presidential order to protect the people from the  “ICE wrath,” but to also succeed in exerting enough political pressure on the Republican Far Right to concede a vote for immigration reform in the House of Representatives.  So read on, ZAZ, Javier

The Devastation of Needless Deportations

America’s Voice | Released on 03/20/2014 at 10:27am

On the Cusp of 2 Million Deportations, New Video Highlights American Families Being Ripped Apart

As House Republicans stall progress on immigration reform, American families continue to pay the price. The Obama Administration has been deporting immigrants at a reckless pace—over 1,000 a day—and is set to make history in the coming days when it hits the 2 million mark on deportations.  Two million is too many.

A new video from America’s Voice documents the case of one such family. Brigido Acosta-Luis was deported this past November even after his U.S. citizen wife, Maria Perez, waged a grueling battle to keep her family together. Despite the fact that he qualifies for “prosecutorial discretion” under a 2011 memo from former ICE Director John Morton, and is eligible for a green card based on his marriage to Maria, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) denied all of Brigido’s legal options to stay and he is now living in Mexico, thousands of miles away from his wife and kids.

As Maria says in the video:

We did everything together.  We cooked together.  We did the laundry together.  So when you take a part of that team out, it just breaks up the family.  My son needs him.  My daughter needs him.  And I need him.

ICE targeted Brigido on an “expedited removal” order from 2002.  Back then, Brigido entered the United States with a valid tourist visa but was inexplicably detained, stripped him down to his underwear, and interrogated for hours at the airport.  He was bullied into signing a paper and flew back to Mexico on his own ticket.  According to ICE, this counted as a deportation.  So when he was found living in the United States in 2013, ICE reinstated that prior order of deportation and took him into custody.

This story is just one family in two million, but it provides a small glimpse into the aftermath of deportation so many families are experience across the country (see here for a collection of other heart-breaking stories of families fighting deportation on America’s Voice’s new action page).  Many of these targeted individuals would qualify for legal status and citizenship under pending legislation House Republicans are blocking in Congress.

According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:

House Republicans are to blame for stopping immigration reform in its tracks. The Senate has taken action, the public supports reform with a path to citizenship and the votes exist today in the House if only House Leadership would give us a vote. Their inaction comes with far-reaching political consequences that could well doom the GOP future.  But that doesn’t mean there’s no hope. The President has the power to stop the bleeding and roll back the deportation machine. He can and must use his executive authority to take immediate, temporary and common sense actions to change course and stop the egregious deportation of people that would qualify for citizenship under legislation he supports.

Watch the video and learn more about similar paces on America’s Voice’s new action page here:  http://americasvoice.org/2million/     

Tagged as: Deportations, Highlights, Immigration, Immigration 2014, Immigration Reform, President Obama and the White House

If you keep your hopes and faith in the system, perhaps by the year 3,000, we will see these criminals rot in prisons

by Javier Rodriguez  from Plaza del Mariachi 20 March 2014

To friends and family, HERE WE GO AGAIN, “ANOTHER BILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT,” and “Although no individuals at Toyota were charged, the case was the first federal criminal case of its kind since the passage of the first U.S. auto safety law 48 years ago.

“It means at the highest levels of the auto company, they have to worry about going to jail if they don’t report a defect,” said Joan Claybrook, a former president of the nonprofit Public Citizen who favors stricter safety standards.”

At this rate with over 300,000 similar cases, purportedly court filings, by the coming of the 3rd millennium, in the year 3,000, we may see these sociopaths and members of the ruling corporate class, serve life terms in prison, or even sentenced to the death penalty. Just like the over 2 million working class Latinos, African Americans, whites, the Guantanamo prisoners and the 12 million undocumented immigrants,their 5 million US born children and their estimated 3 million wives  who exist in a living hell, no different than a dictatorship, rotting away in the prisons and jails or in the hundreds of massive urban settings, ZAZ, Javier

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EL CONTRASTE MIGRATORIO nacional no solo se refleja entre las fuerzas oficiales, gubernamentales, politicas y populares por un lado y por el otro la ultra derecha republicana y su aneja xenofobia en contra los inmigrantes y la tan cotizada reforma migratoria. Este contraste, de anos, se ve mucho mas claro ahora en las mismas paginas de La Opinion de Los Angeles, el periodico Latino de habla hispana mas importante del pais. Los editoriales de Henrik Rhebinder y y el consejo editorial que reflejan la linea official de La Opinion sobre la tematica de inmigracion y la epica lucha politica, desde hace un tiempo, son de lo mejor que se detecta en la conversacion nacional mediatica, porque los canones apuntan, ya sin la timidez del pasado, hacia los que por anos han estado deteniendo la aprobacion de la reforma “los republicanos,” ultras o moderados.

Los canonazos que surgen de ese pequeno pero importante espacio de la pagina editorial son hoy frecuentemente citados por las organizaciones del movimiento nacional pro inmigrante en Washington D.C. Esta linea editorial contrasta con las posiciones confusas, anti democratas y derechistas de Pilar Marrero, un tal Delgado, etc.

Aunque en terminos generales, y mas en politica internacional (como el reportaje sobre el bloque progresista latinoamericano), no estoy de acuerdo con la creciente inclinacion del periodico hacia la derecha, me atrevo a opinar que si La Opinion siguiera mas la marcada pauta de los editoriales y fuera completamente bilingue se antoja especula que seria mas influyente en el debate nacional. ZAZ, Javier

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El camino para mejorar la situación de los indocumentados en Estados Unidos presentó la semana pasada un marcado contraste que no debe ser ignorado,  a pesar de la decepción que existe por los obstáculos para obtener este año una reforma migratoria.

 

Por un lado,  la Casa Blanca reaccionó a la queja de la comunidad latina que, ante la ausencia de una reforma, pide con  urgencia  tomar algún tipo de acción para reducir la cantidad de deportaciones.  La orden del presidente Barack Obama para que su Gobierno revise qué medidas internas o acciones ejecutivas puede tomar para hacer “más humano” este proceso debe ser bien recibida.

 

Por el otro, la Cámara de Representantes, que tiene detenida la reforma migratoria, votó en favor de la medida HR 4138, que le facilitaría  a los legisladores llevar ante los tribunales  al presidente cuando ellos consideren que el presidente no hace cumplir cabalmente las leyes. Esto es consecuencia de la percepción errónea de que Obama dirige una presidencia imperial que ignora al Poder Legislativo. En la práctica este proyecto,  que por ahora no tiene ninguna posibilidad de ser promulgada,  puede impedir  renovar la deportación diferida (DACA) para los  “soñadores”.

 

¡Qué contraste! Mientras Obama se reune con líderes latinos para ver las maneras de reducir las deportaciones, al mismo tiempo en el Congreso se afirma que el mandatario no respeta las leyes migratorias por no deportar más gente. Las palabras y las intenciones hacia los inmigrantes no pueden ser más diferentes.

 

Además, los argumentos detrás de la ley en la Cámara Baja  son una cachetada a la verdad, porque Obama es el presidente que menos usó en los últimos 30 años las opciones que le da la ley para implementar legislación a su manera.

 

Hay una gran diferencia, en medio de la decepción del inmigrante, entre el que lo  escucha y el que lo quiere echar del país. No se puede perder esa perspectiva.

 

La Cámara Baja con sus acciones ratifica el antagonismo que su  mayoría tiene  hacia todo indocumentado; ahora la Casa Blanca, también con sus acciones, debe confirmar la intención expresada de reducir  las deportaciones.

ZAZ Communications

  Javier rodriguez 213-446-0228 bajolamiradejavierr@gmail.com blog Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com

MEDIA ADVISORY

Entertainment/Espectaculos Depts.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
  • A 6 HOUR MARIACHI EXTRAVAGANZA
  • Plus La Sonora Dinamita

Featuring the best and rising talent of LA:

  • All Womens-Mujeres “Mariachi Las Colibrí”
  • Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana
  • Mariachi Jaguares de Mendez High School
  • Especial Guest “Deyra Barrera”

 

What: Special St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with a Touch & Mexican Flavor  

When: Monday March 17, 2014   Show starts at 7 PM dancing to 2 AM

Where: Fiesta Mexicana Bar & Grill 1105 W. Whittier Blvd Montebello, Ca.

 

St. Patrick’s Day is also a special day for Mexican people in the US and in Mexico because of a significant historic event. During the US Mexico War of 1846-48, a Battalion of Irish immigrant soldiers –Los San Patricios- switched sides and joined Mexico in the fight against US occupation and annexation.

from Google: Mexicans, however, see them in a vastly different light. To Mexicans, the San Patricios were great heroes who defected because they could not stand to see the Americans bullying a smaller, weaker Catholic nation. They fought not out of fear but out of a sense of righteousness and justice. Every year, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Mexico, particularly in the places where the soldiers were hanged. They have received many honors from the Mexican government, including streets named after them, plaques, postage stamps issued in their honor, etc.

 

More information call Rebecca Saldana 323-728-3097 or visit www.fiestamexicanabarandgrill.com, saldanarebecca@yahoo.com

This press release was conceptualized and prepared by Javier Rodriguez ZAZ Communications.

Fiesta Mexicana Bar & Grill serves fine food and has a full bar. It is owned and operated by Jesus Jimenez and Rebecca Saldana. She originates from Santa Ana, California and Jesus is a native of Jalisco.  He is a former and legendary union organizer from the 80s, a successful realtor, a restaurateur and both are avid supporters of immigration reform for the millions of undocumented immigrants.

 

 

This piece was held up since February after I got hacked

By Javier Rodriguez, Isabel Rodriguez, Antonio Rodriguez, Jaime Rodriguez, Jacobo Rodriguez, Jorge Rodriguez, Ricardo Rodriguez, Francisco Paco Rodriguez, Mariana Herrera and Aurora Rodriguez.

From Plaza del Mariachi in Boyle Heights 12 Feb. 2014

  • One week after Republicans unveiled a list of principles and      promised to introduce immigration bills up for a vote in the House in June      2014, Speaker John Boehner and the moderate block succumbed to a brutal blitzkrieg      by the far right and meekly abandoned the reform legislation for 2014.
  • Although the Republican chorus      line, led by Boehner and Ryan, is      hypocritically placing the blame on Obama, the move has essentially escalated      the Republican war on Latinos and immigrants in America.       
  • Latino leaders and the      country’s Immigrant Rights Movement must respond with a powerful national revolt and move      the people into the streets by the hundreds of thousands directly against      the Republicans and if the conditions rise to the occasion, they could also      call for Another Day Without an Immigrant National Boycott.     

Allow us to open this analysis by getting directly to the point. From their Maryland retreat a week ago, House Republicans pompously unveiled a list of “standards and principles” for an immigration reform plan that could allow the close to 12 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country if they met certain standards. The development was the first volley of the awaited Republican response to the long time pressure exerted on the conservative politicians in Congress with strategic precision by  Latinos, Asians, African Americans, labor, Clergy, the growers, business, the White House, the Senate and the rest of the forces which make up the broad and diverse  immigrant rights national movement. The issue of what to do with the undocumented is just one of several national issues that have split the Republicans in both, the House of Representatives and Senate, into the moderates that allegedly believe the party must be saved from the wrath of the Latino electorate on one side and on the other, the more dogmatic Tea Party hardliners and the extreme right wing forces behind them, including the powerful Heritage Foundation. For years, the extremists have been on the war path against any type of reform that leads to empowering immigrants and their plans are to kill it by any means necessary.

The Republican media blitz sounded good for several days because it arrived without the rhetoric of “ship them out and self deport them,” which was one of Mitt Romney’s campaign pillars that voters soundly defeated in November 2012. The Speaker’s stated plan was to present the House bills in June, after this year’s primaries were over.

 Astonishingly though, and more in tune with the Republican 5 year long “anti Obama obstruction  campaign,” on Feb 6, Boehner publicly announced to the nation that the legislation is off  for this year and placed the blame for the failure of Immigration Reform on the President, “because he cannot be trusted.” It was surreal but not surprising.

What happened to Boehner and the moderates? Why the 180 degree turnaround on immigration after having defeated the far right in the aftermath of the government shutdown of last year, along with the more recent agreements with the Democrats on the budget deal, the trillion dollar spending bill, the agricultural law and the food stamp program?  The fact is the Maryland Republican retreat unified the far right national organizations and their anti immigrant allies in Congress, along with TV conservative personalities, and they all sounded the alarm. 

The Heritage Foundation, the Tea Party Patriots and For America Group set off the blitzkrieg and the mega conservative grass roots pressure and placed in motion 955,000 calls. Through targeted TV commercials and the social networks they sent unequivocal messages and #hashtags, calling for “no amnesty,” and declaring that “President Obama cannot be trusted.” Additionally, they called for an alternative Republican retreat and the banger, began to organize the removal of Boehner and the Republican leadership. It was a clean sweep. From the start, the retreat and the principles were a losing cause.  

Meantime May 1st 2014 is only 78 days away and deportations are about to become a record 2 million, so the big question is, at this historical junction, are the national grass roots leaders from all quarters within the immigrant rights movement, ready to meet the challenge head on to make sure the reform bill gets approved and signed this year. Or, can they succeed in obtaining the presidential executive orders for a DACA II for the 10 million unprotected immigrants and successfully stop the brutal and ongoing deportations.   

As we have mentioned before on Facebook and the massive email sent recently to thousands of activists, the tool that has been obviously absent in the ongoing array of political pressure on Congress and the White House, is an effective unified call to all the organizations and leaders to promote and organize larger, massive and spectacular street marches, in the hundreds of thousands, and if the conditions rise to the occasion, call for  another economic boycott pointed primarily on the Republicans.

On this, the recent history of this period, 2005-2013, is revealing.  The power of the movement was effectively demonstrated against the Minutemen in 2005 with month long confrontations at the border and in many inland cities, plus the 40,000 people Chicago march in August of the same year; then came the gigantic mobilizations from March 8 to March 25, April 10, April 15 and May 1, 2006.  These, besides convening  millions of people to march in hundreds of cities from coast to coast, the momentum also carried the grass roots leaders and organizations to the first ever National May 1st Great American Economic Boycott in the history of the United States. The one day general strike of No work, no school, No buying and No selling  paralyzed hundreds of cities from California to New York, stopping work and production in approximately twenty industries and effectively closing tens of thousands of businesses. Intrepidly and prior to that May Day, the movement in the State of Georgia organized its own one day economic boycott in which an estimated 80,000 Latinos and immigrants stopped work and also marched in the streets of Atlanta.

 In all, the Immigrant Spring impressively defeated the infamous HR4437 Sensenbrenner Bill and also forced the political class in Washington to place general reform on the agenda.

Four years later in 2010, when the right began pushing its anti immigrant agenda through the states legislatures, the counter response was also immediate with month long vigils, civil disobedience and large demonstrations. The first but most important event of that year took place In Washington D.C., when on March 21, 200,000 people from all over the country marched, clamored and pushed for comprehensive Immigration Reform. Five weeks later on May 1, 250,000 marched in Los Angeles and on May 30 over 100,000 in Phoenix. The latter two were primarily in defense of the immigrants and Latinos, who were under a strong intense assault in the right wing state of Arizona, as well as keeping the flame for reform alive.

The people in the streets in 2010 were not as large as in 2006, but generally speaking, the combined numbers were nevertheless a proud and dignified response to the multifaceted right wing attack. However, and it has to be acknowledged, it was the intervention of the US Attorney General and the  national legal and civil rights organizations and the federal courts that effectively placed the anti immigrant legislation in Arizona and the other 5 states, in paralysis. Moreover, it was a clear defeat of the anti immigrant right legislative strategy and its forces in the nation.

                To clarify any misconceptions, the present movement and its leadership at the helm, in the last four years, has  carried out an incessant and persistent set of planned organizing and actions such as last year’s Hot Summer for Immigration Reform, when, for the first time, thousands of activists nationally targeted Republican Congressm@n in their districts. On September 22, October 5, the movement as a whole organized large and small street demonstrations in many cities, the largest ones in LA. Three days later, on October 8 in the Capitol, a reported 25,000 people attended an unprecedented concert by Los Tigres del Norte and Lila Downs, and after marched to the front of Congress where 200 leaders and 8 Congressmen staged the largest civil disobedience ever in the history of this struggle. Then came the undisputable and remarkable success of the hunger strike also in D.C. Although several Latino desk journalists initially discarded the “Fast for Families” as a non starter, they were wrong. The sacrifice by the participating activists and national leaders for more than 21 days without food, in near zero cold weather, galvanized broad popular support from all social sectors, the media included. Additionally and wisely, in a move reminiscent of Bobby Kennedy and Jesse Jackson’s visit to support Cesar Chavez and the farm workers, national political personalities, including Sen. Harry Reid, Vice President Joe Biden and Barack and Michelle Obama, walked across the lawn of the Senate building and the White House and entered the tent of the hunger strikers to publicly express their support and solidarity. More important, the national fast focused national attention on reform and duly motivated the movement.

Briefly, in our observation of the national political process and the political conditions, all along, before and after Senate Bill S744 was approved last year, it has been the Republicans who have desperately put the brakes on the Congressional approval of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the events of last week are no different.  The Center for American Progress, a major pro immigrant think tank in D.C., immediately and with incisively optimism responded: “There is still plenty of time left in 2014. The last 5 major reforms on immigration, beginning with the 1986 IRCA Law, have been achieved during election years. In fact, 4 of them were approved in the months of September and October, and all with divided governments.” 

“The nation’s largest immigration coalition—the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)—announced today it will step up its efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform by moving into a phase of electoral punishment for GOP inaction.”

 Even though it has become highly diversified, sophisticated and professional and its networks, or base, are the largest we have ever seen woven in the history of this struggle, and we say this with all due respect, in order to maximize the momentum and mobilize greater numbers of the people unto the streets, as it was done in 2006, the leaders of today’s national movement have to trust its fundamental instinct to unify all the leading forces in the country, including those that captured the momentum, and against all odds, organized the May 1 boycott of that historical Immigrant Spring.

“If successful, as in 2006, the mass mobilizations will also put the electorate in greater motion for this year’s mid term and the presidential elections of 2016 against the Republicans.” 

At this crucial stage of the struggle for reform and to put a desperately needed halt to the endemic crisis of deportations, the social movement also cannot afford the spectacles of past mistakes, that is, the divisions and factionalism exhibited during 2006 up to last year 2013. If it is to succeed in augmenting the lobbying in this last part of the process, not just for the bills to get to the floor of the House, but also to assure a more humane reform that can embrace the majority of the people, the national leadership, and LA in particular, must once and for all times discard and bury the Dance of Los Coyotes and Sharks approach to organizing and throw the “Bipolar Political Conduct Syndrome (BPCS),” into another trash bin of history. 

*Javier is a journalist, a blogger and a media and political strategist. His blog is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com. Isabel is an attorney, a long time activist, a member of the Millions of Voices Coalition and presently on her final year at Cal State LA studying for a masters degree on Latin America Studies. Antonio is a civil rights attorney, a long time activist and fundraiser and a former contributor to LA Times and La Opinion Op-Ed pages. Jacobo formerly a longtime community and labor organizer for UE-United Electrical Workers Union and a bail bondsman.  Jaime is a long time social activist and presently serves as a field deputy to Sen. Ron Calderon. Jorge is a public policy consultant, an immigrant and environmental justice activist, a member in the Millions of Voices Coalition and is presently a candidate in the Urban Sustainability Masters Program at Antioch University West. Ricardo is a former student leader and a trade unionist with a recent victory union drive for 500 drivers in Barstow for United Electrical Workers Union-UE, as well as a Gourmet Chef and  Caterer. Francisco Paco Rodriguez is a founder of Corazon del Pueblo in Boyle Heights and a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, Mariana has two masters degrees, is an MA Therapist and presently a progressive playwright at CASA 0101

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