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by Javier Rodriguez 18 Jan 2017

On January 20th, the bombastic anti Mexican and neo fascist strong man Donald Trump will be crowned and seated in the most powerful imperial chair in the world. With the aid of an ultra conservative billionaire transition team, he has formed his cabinet of billionaire hyenas, an Exxon Oil man and military men.

Last week the president elect held his first press conference since winning the election. The political event arrived in the midst of the scandal pointing to Trump with alleged information of secretly taped encounters, involving the President Elect and sexual providers in Russian hotels, which the American intelligence community included in their recent Russian hacking report. Vindictively, they leaked the 35 page study prepared by a British 007 agent and subsequently, the massive website Buzz Feed published it. It also came at the point where the Republicans launched the first missile against the Affordable Care Act “Obama Care,” as part of their orgasmic dream to dismantle and destroy the social net inaugurated by Pres. Franklin Roosevelt in the New Deal and enhanced by Barack Obama. But more important, close to 60 democratic congressm@n are boycotting the inauguration ceremony, while thousands of fighting organizations with hundreds of thousands will be protesting against the president to be, in the capitol and hundreds of cities from coast to coast. At the same time, the polls are not being kind to Donald. They paint a picture of him going down a Niagara Falls cliff before he is seated.

The press conference at a D.C. Trump Hotel was a theatrical presentation of boxes, a power of attorney of sorts, to convince us and the media that he’s going to be an honest president, free of influence peddling and “not using the White House as another one of his money making schemes.” -Really. If you believe this, I have a bridge to sell you-. The authoritarian rich man then proceeded to lambast the media, in particular CNN coverage on the intelligence report and violently denied its reporter any participation. No different than the ousted Mexican Jorge Ramos.

For this Friday Jan 20th, the inauguration ceremony and the ball, will be short of American and foreign entertainers,  singing super stars, poets and actors -including Mexicans- who, with the usual exceptions, all endorsed Hillary Clinton, the winner of the popular vote with three million more than Trump. 

As I always do, from the incept, I followed the campaign diligently. Especially looking for political developments and markers in general and within the 57 million Latino-American community, its recognized leaders and the polls. Trust me, Trump had zero national endorsers, and, the more credible pollsters always had him at less than 20%. In fact the Latino decisions poll of 5,000 voters and a recent study/article published in the LA Times on the election results, gauged his final Latino vote at 18.3%.

However in my research I did find the story of Teresa Hernandez, a hard core Republican Latina leader in Orange County and a member of the once powerful Lincoln Club. Early on in the campaign, she publicly declared her passionate support for Trump and I quote, “I also love him and I have forgiven all his flaws because I know he will turn Washington around.” Orange County Register. Meaning of course le perdono/she forgave his anti-Mexican and immigrant hating campaign strategy which was repeatthousands of times by a profit hungry media. Trump awakened, fomented and injected new layers of White racist intolerance, xenophobia and ignorance in the minds of tens of millions of Republicans in search of a scapegoat; As a complementary set of campaign phrases there was also the often repeated call for the deportation of all 11.5 million undocumented, the building of a 40ft border wall to stop all immigrants and Mexicans and also build a registry and prevent 1.2 billion Muslims from entering our country. All this, in addition to his despicable misogynist view of women, LGBTQs, the disabled and the sick in the tens of millions.

 Teresa’s and Trump’s values here are quite similar. She is reported to have led a GOP recruitment campaign in the Mexican barrios of Santa Ana, with the main talking point being, “democrats support homosexual marriages, join the Republican Party.”

 Along with her spouse Jose Hernandez, she is also the owner of Cielito Lindo Restaurant and Sol de Mexico Mariachi Nite Club. Unfortunately, El Sol, one of the top Mariachi ensembles in the world and bred in LA, for many years, has been used to serenade the fiestas of the Lincoln Club and Republican elites in Orange County.

 This brings me to Benito Juarez, the first Mexican Indian to be elected President in the continent and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s most respected hero. He was the leader of the victorious war against the French occupation of 1862. Before the French-Mexico war began, a group of conservative Mexican traitors actually traveled to France to plead to the Emperor Napoleon to invade Mexico. Very similar to those that meet with and express their love for Trump. Being the world’s number one colonial power then, a Napoleon and his nation in decadence, erroneously accepted. In the first battle of 5 de Mayo 1862, Mexico routed the French imperial army, and three years after, the Europeans were defeated. The appointed Duke Maximilian and all the Mexican traitors at his service were executed. To Latinos and all people of goodwill, this is the moral of the story, ZAZ.

 Javier Rodriguez is a journalist and a media and political strategist  blog Larayueladejavierwordpress.com, bajolamiradejavierr@gmail.com

Ayotzinapa y el surgimiento del narco Estado

José Gil Olmos 23 de septiembre de 2015 Análisis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new LD poll shows voters in California’s 34th congressional district give high marks to Senator Bernie Sanders, and many of the themes of his political movement, as more than a dozen candidates jockey for position to replace outgoing Congressman Xavier Becerra. Becerra was named Attorney General of California to fill the vacancy of Kamala Harris who…

via CA-34: Sanders Movement Lives On, Voters Reject Political Establishment — Latino Decisions

ZAZ COMMUNICATIONS 10 Jan 2016

FRIENDS FAMILY MEDIA, TRUST ME, “THE 1 1/2 YEAR OLD PIECE BELOW REPUBLISHED BY FACEBOOK MEMORIES” GIVES A GLIMPSE OF THE PROBLEMS, WE, IN LOS ANGELES ARE SADDLED WITH TODAY. ALL BECAUSE  OF A PERPETUALLY DIVIDED LEADERSHIP IN THE IMMIGRATION REFORM MOVEMENT.

AT 10 DAYS TO THE INAUGURATION OF THE ULTRA RIGHT DONALD TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, ASTONISHINGLY, ON AND AROUND JAN 20TH, THERE ARE SIX  MARCHES AND RALLYS SCHEDULED IN LA. YES, AGAIN, THERE WON’T BE A CALL FOR ONE UNIFIED GIGANTIC MEGA MARCH TO GALVANIZE THE PEOPLE, WOMEN, MEN AND YOUTH OF ALL COLORS AND CULTURES, UNTO THE STREETS BY THE 100,000s.   AND WITH IT BUILD THE MOMENTUM FOR THE AWAITED “ANOTHER NATIONAL DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS,” CALLING FOR NO WORK, NO SCHOOL, NO SALES, NO SHOPPING.” THESE COULD THE COMBINATION OF MASSIVE PROTESTS THAT COULD REALLY IMPACT PUBLIC OPINION AND PLACE THE FIGHTBACK ON IMMIGRATION AGAINST DONALD TRUMP’S THREAT OF 3 MILLION DEPORTATIONS, UNTO THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION,  BUT LIKE ADDICTS, YOU ARE ON THE PATH TO SELF DESTRUCTION AND DIVISION IN ALL ITS MANIFESTATIONS IS THE HEROIN INCESAANTLY INJECTED.

SO, ANGELICA SALAS AND RASPUTIN, MARIA ELENA DURAZO, SEIU-DAVID HUERTA, COUNTY FEDERATION OF LABOR, JUAN JOSE GUTIERREZ, RON GOCHEZ AND DANIEL MONTES, NATIVO LOPEZ, ETC., Y MAS, WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE? ARE YOU GOING TO GIVE IN AGAIN TO THE TERRITORIAL CANINE MENTALITY? ARE YOU GOING TO ALLOW THE TRUMP JUNTA OF BILLIONAIRES AND THE MILITARY TO IMPLEMENT ITS PLANS AND GOALS OF WEAKENING AND DISMANTLING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND SERVICES. THEY HAVE BEGUN WITH OBAMA CARE AND THE THREAT OF LEAVING UP TO 30 MILLION PEOPLE SICK, WITH NO HEALTH INSURANCE. ALL OF WHOM ARE FORMER MIDDLE CLASS, THE UNDER PAID, LATINO AND BLACKS. ARE YOU WILLING TO GO THE DISTANCE ON THE TRAIN WRECK OF DIVISION?

GLORIA SAUCEDO, MARTA SAMANO, JOEL OCHOA, JAVIER RODRIGUEZ AND MANY

THERE IS MORE  PLEASE READ ON, ZAZ   8TH JAN 2017

MAY DAY IN LOS ANGELES ECLIPSED by DIVISIONS

By Javier Rodriguez Media and Political Strategist Los Angeles   May 12, 2015   DO POST

*PREDICTABLE DIVISIONS -6 MARCHES- SMALL TURNOUTS AND NO IMPACT ON RIGHT WING JUDGES AND REPUBLICANS.

*THE SCORE CARD CHIRLA-LABOR 5K, AMERICAN APPAREL 2K, OCCUPY LA 5K, FULL RTS COALITION 1K, BOYLE HTS 200 AND SCIC, QUIEN SABE?

AND BY *THE MAYWEATHER-PAQUIAO FIGHT OF THE CENTURY.

May 1st 2015 arrived in the midst of a national rebellion against the savage and racist police killings and brutality on African Americans and the people of Baltimore are not only protesting in the streets, they almost burned the city down. With the nation watching, the pressure on the State of Maryland escalated and in an unprecedented move, State Attorney General Marilyn Mosley, an African American and a dynamic speaker, filed charges of murder and manslaughter against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of African American Freddy Gray. The legal move signals the cops may face sentences of up to 30 years if convicted. For African Americans and an awaiting nation, including the White House, unequivocally, this was a major victory. On a roll, on 5 de Mayo, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, also an African American, requested a federal investigation into her city’s police force from the Justice Department, now headed by Atty. General Loretta Lynch, another AA.

Additionally eclipsing the 6 May Day marches in LA was the Mayweather-Paquiao Fight of the century. The fantastic one week closing built an unmatched promotional hype that captured public opinion in the hundreds of millions worldwide, especially in the US and the Philippines. The diminutive size of the May Day mobilizations in LA were no match.

May Day also arrived in a period when the socio economic conditions in the US are of severe inequality, exacerbated by the most recent recession in which a miniscule rich class of billionaires ended up owning 90% plus, not just of America, but of the world’s wealth. This however, had been accumulating in conjunction with the consolidation of capitalist globalization. Their superb arrogant wealth now includes millions upon millions of real estate properties and businesses, mega corporations which control light and heavy industry, energy and oil, water, mining, forest and agriculture, animal and food industries, grocery distribution, hotel, restaurant, entertainment and tourism industries, high tech, the war, prison and immigration industries, communications, the media in all its commercial forms, banking, financial and loan corporations and of course they profit from billions in university student debts comparable to the indentured servitude of the past.

All this while the working and middle classes, the farm workers and small farmers, government employees, the white collar sector, the millions of university graduates and the small entrepreneurs, i.e. the 99% of the amassed population struggle for their own survival and the remaining 10% left by the global rulers. The incrementing poverty in all social levels is also associated, with the real loss of purchasing power from 1973 and before. This, while corporate America, the wealthiest of its class in the world, has radically increased production in the same period and amassed its fortune that has made today’s economic inequality a sinful and gigantic human aberration, astonishingly protected by the constitution under the right to private property clause. In the context of today’s capitalist globalization and the gross inequality it has bred, such is the American Dream for the 99%, which includes immigrants, Latinos, blacks and all the poorest.

Moreover, there is a perverse twist to questions of political power, of voting and mass incarceration. The establishment and its political servants began to design laws, with the hidden agenda, that has resulted in the imprisonment of millions of Blacks, Latinos, immigrants, poor whites and the undocumented. This has made for the onerous US record of holding 25% of all the prisoners in the planet and at the same time shackling millions more to the parole system and the courts. Of course 80% of these millions are African Americans followed by Latinos and immigrants. This also means that they, and here is the catch, this group cannot vote, draining political power for past, present and future decades, for what I consider the most intelligent voting bloc in the nation, African Americans and the fastest rising blocs of Latino and Asian voters.  

For the 55 million US Latinos, this May Day came with not only Immigration Reform being held back by the country’s conservative political forces in the capitol since the approved Senate Bill of 2013. More relevant, the 5 Million Executive Action order signed by President Barack Obama last November, is also being held up by the Republicans in the Federal Courts. Additionally, at this point, it should be obvious to all the leaders, activists and immigrant advocates nationwide that the President, the Department of Justice and all the democratic forces on our side in DC need all the help possible coming from the streets of all the major cities in America. Why? To more effectively pressure the conservative Federal Appeals Court and brake the Republican political walls holding back the process and the path towards that coveted mountain top, the liberation of the 12 million people still living in the shadows of America.

The Lessons of Selma and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s

The history of the Civil Rights movement of the sixties under the direction of Martin Luther King, along with the liberal, progressive and radical generation of civil rights leaders, dramatically left a rich historical legacy of strategies, tactics and victories which for generations has benefited many Americans. One of those lessons essentially taught us that mass street demonstrations are not isolated political events, but rather, they were and are part of a larger political agenda that motivates public opinion and activates allies of all branches of society, elected leaders in state and national capitols, including governors and most presidents, and points them in the same direction to help wrest the necessary victories. In the mind of visionary leaders, the street mobilizations, massive rallies, popular boycotts and strikes and civil disobedience which potentially congregate hundreds of thousands and millions –think the Immigrant Spring 2006 and the 1963 Civil Rights March- in the streets of selected targets and struggles, including revolutions and reform movements, are indisputably part of the arsenal of strategic organizational and political tools of the leadership to mount and galvanize the people, display unity, provide the basis for unified fronts, reach goals and to reiterate, “wrest the necessary social and political victories.”

The recent film Selma is an excellent progressive film that reveals the working, strategic, political mind and composition of the leadership in the struggle to democratize the nation from the vestiges of the Jim Crow Laws. In the opening scenes director Ava Duvernay moves back and forth between MLK receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Europe and little black girls chatting down the steps of a southern church. As King then gives his acceptance speech, the camera turns to a realistic bomb explosion, planted by white racists, where you see and feel the brutal savage murder of several of those children. Immediately, the next scene takes us to the Capitol and a conversation in the White House between President Lyndon Johnson and King. There, the latter appeals to Johnson for a federal law with enforcing teeth to once and for all decimate voting discrimination and segregation against millions of blacks in the South. The discussion turns heated but civil, and as the President rejects the movement’s proposal, King exits and on his way out tells Andrew Young and others who are waiting, “Selma it is.” The ending scenes highlight the victory of a brutal hard struggle with Johnson introducing the legislation to Congress and the final 50 mile march through Selma and Mississippi.

Conclusions of Selma

The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 and clearly unfolds a strategy to empower blacks to have the equal right to vote and to end desegregation in the South by legislating real federal enforcement. More importantly, it also chronicles the path followed by this generation of leaders and their philosophy of “peaceful but militant resistance.” Additionally you see clearly their political and organizational knowledge and experience, their command of respect and ability to affect the political arena at play, their use of drama and images to insert into the struggle and the utilization of the establishment reactionaries in their favor to display the violence of the government and police forces and affect the national conversation. You can also observe a glimpse of the internal divisions in the leadership meaning SCLC, SNICC and Coretta King opening the door for Malcolm X’s entry into Selma and electrify the moment. Unquestionably you also see the illegal government intrusion, spying, the planting of internal conflict and exerting official brutal violence, including murder, to destroy that social movement, which was a threat to established power. Most important is the active role of women leaders.

Immigrant Spring of 2006, Its Victories and Lessons

During the “Immigrant Spring of 2006,” the immigration reform movement lived a similar but yet un-chronicled story in the fight to defeat the infamous HR4437 Sensenbrenner Bill and wrest broad general reform from the government. In the first part, the leaders in Washington D.C. mobilized 20,000 people on March 8, with Chicago following and moving an estimated 150,000 on March 10th and that was impactful. By then though, Los Angeles, the bedrock of the immigration struggle, was already on the move and on March 2 called for a national demonstration for March 25. With a creative nov-veau and bold media strategy, the Los Angeles March 25 Coalition entered the Spanish language radio airwaves of the most popular Latino DJs of the time in the country, El Piolin and El Mandril. Beginning on March 15, through their national radio programs, we spoke to over ten million Latino and immigrant listeners, in four hour blocks, for several consecutive days. At the same time we motivated and organized the majority of the Latino DJs and then convened a press conference, specifically for them to join and actively lend air support for the march. Incredibly, 17 of them attended the media event at City Hall -which I organized and conducted- and on Monday March 20, they called on Latinos nationwide to support the march and the M25Coalition. On that same afternoon and for the following five days, the DJs waged an unprecedented and intense publicity radio campaign. The momentum was so intense that on Friday March 24, tens of thousands of high school students jumped the gun and walked out of their schools.

After only 23 days of an intense organizing campaign, on Saturday March 25, 1.7 million people marched in Los Angeles plus hundreds of thousands more in 75 other cities nationally and there from the podium, in unison with the people in the rally, the call was made for the May 1st Great American Boycott. Though on that day most of the TV networks with a helicopter view had publicly quantified the march at 1 to 2 million people, LA’s Ch. 22 went further and hired a professional firm to analyze and digitally count the gigantic crowd through video film and photos taken by air, and this is how we arrived at the1.7 million figure, which we consider an American record. Two days after, on March 27, an estimated 250,000 students struck again and boycotted their high schools in several of the Southwestern states.

Altogether, it was an unparalleled show of dramatic street force by Latinos. On that same week, the House of Representatives killed the Sensenbrenner Bill.

The hot Immigrant Spring continued and the next round for the nation’s mass movement was April 10, sponsored by the moderate We Are America Coalition -organized by labor, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Cardinal Roger Mahoney and NGOs to divide the movement and to stop the national boycott- successfully held a national demonstration with at least 1.5 million people in over two hundred cities marching. Then on April 15, the MC25 students and youth leaders once more called for youth to take the streets and once again tens of thousands marched in LA and many other cities.

The momentum continued building incessantly and on the Monday morning of May 1st, from Los Angeles to New York, millions boycotted work, students closed their schools, small and large  businesses closed and joined the call and others refused to buy for 24 hours. The boycott affected or shutdown to a standstill about 20 industries nationally. The nanny trains were emptied and so did public transportation, taxi drivers, truck drivers closed the ports, agriculture, the garment industry, construction, gardening, restaurants, etc. Additionally, the boycott emptied the streets in approximately 200 cities and many states of the nation. In support, Latino legislators in the Senate and the Assembly closed the California State Legislature and the Capitol. In LA, the cited internal political division continued with the other side actually calling on the people to not strike and only march, but fortunately both coalitions mobilized an estimated 1.5 million people with two mega marches. Trust me when I say this, the masses of the people at that wonderful moment cared less about the internal but public conflict. After the downtown M25C march attended by hundreds of thousands, about half of our people walked to the Wilshire District in the near Westside and joined the late afternoon event where Los Tigres Del Norte opened the program. In all we made the Latino immigrant “A Day Without an Immigrant,” a reality.

I believe on May 7, the first legislative response came to the fore with the Martinez-Hagel Immigration Reform Senate Bill. This was the second major response to the mass movement of the Immigrant Spring of 2006. A better proposal was introduced in 2007, the bi partisan Grand Bargain Immigration Reform Senate Bill but failed.

There has been other momentous and historical events protagonized by the grass roots forces, such as the 2010 fightback against the extreme right and the Arizona SB 1070 Law. The Victory of the 2012 Presidential Executive Action that has benefited close to 700,000 immigrant youth, the 2013 approved Senate Immigration Bill but stopped by the House Republicans and last November’s Obama’s Executive Action, geared to take 5 million immigrants out of the shadows, but regrettably also held up by 26 reactionary Republican governors and right wing federal judges in the courts, and the outcome is uncertain.

Once again this May Day 2015, the LA leaders failed to stage a unified mass mega march in the tens or hundreds of thousands to dramatically impact the national political scene.

For all of you concerned with my health, after my two operations to replace both hips and the following of the prescribed therapy plus a lifting weights program at LA Fitness, in 3 ½, so far I have recovered sufficiently at about 80%. Please post this piece online on your social media accounts and thank you for all you do, ZAZ.  

*Javier Rodriguez is a blogger and a media and political strategist. A long time social activist, he is co-founder of the Millions of Voices Coalition in LA that on Sept. 22, 2013 organized one of the largest marches with thousands of people in Downtown LA for Immigration Reform; He was also the initiator and directed the making of the 1.7 million historical immigration march in Los Angeles on March 25, 2006, as well as the May 1st 2006 Great American Boycott;

Back in 1982-86, he directed the mass street mobilizations in LA that led up to the Amnesty Law IRCA of 1986; a journalist, he traveled for 5 ½ months throughout Mexico in 2012, observing and writing about the country’s political process, the aftermath of a highly questioned presidential election, visited several war zones and his family, as well as the State of Tabasco at the border with Guatemala, where the Central American migrants catch the train they call “La Bestia-The Beast.” Between 1987 and 1996, his son Jesus, his nephew Jaramillo and his brother Jesus all fell victim to neighborhood violence in the area. His blog LARAYUELADEJAVIER.WORD PRESS.COM Bajolamiradejavierr@gmail.com   bajolamiradejavier@yahoo.com    Cell 213-446-0228

 

LA PUENTE COALITION FOR SANCTUARY

Against President Trump’s 3 Million deportations 

MEDIA ADVISORY     For 10 Jan 2017

CONTACTS: Marta Sámano 323-632-4342 Javier Rodriguez 213-373-0349

AN URGENT SANCTUARY RESOLUTION BEFORE JAN 20th

With 10 days to Inauguration Day, the San Gabriel Valley City of La Puente will debate and vote on a citizen’s Sanctuary Resolution ordering all city employees and LA County Sheriffs to not enforce Federal Immigration laws and not use city funds, resources or personnel to investigate, question, detect or apprehend persons for civil violation of immigration laws.

The resolution mandates the city protect and defend the human, civil and immigration rights of all its residents -as well- all the sectors targeted by President Elect Donald Trump including: women, students, families, children, seniors, the Undocumented, DACA holders, Muslims, LGBTQs, the disabled,  working people and the environment.

What: Press Conference and City Council Meeting

Why: Community Leaders and residents will present a City Council Sanctuary Resolution on behalf of all La Puente citizens.

WHEN: Tuesday 10 Jan 2017: PC at 6 PM Council Meeting at 7 PM

WHERE: LA Puente City Hall 15900 E. Main St. La Puente, CA 91744

WHO: Puente Coalition for Sanctuary “Instituto No Te Dejes/Fight Back Institute;” Academy of Latino Leaders in Action; Marta Sámano recent La Puente City Council and Water District Candidate; Gilda Ochoa, Pomona Prof; Yvonne García, Retired Teacher; CSULA Prof. Enrique Ochoa; Manuel Maldonado; Bilingual Outreach Services; José de Paz Labor Leader, Pomona and San Gabriel Valley Coalition, Reyna Smitch SEIU-retired; Activist and Media Strategist Javier Rodriguez, 10 DACA Students, and 100 Puente residents and sympathizers will overflow La Puente City Hall to ensure the conservative block led by the mayor approve the “Sanctuary.”

This Media Advisory has been written and distributed Pro Bono by ZAZ Communications.  

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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por Javier Rodriguez Los Angeles  4 Junio 2016

  • Rentera amenaza con la migra para desalojar academia comunitaria y familia de músicos-mexicanos situada frente a la Plaza Mariachi.
  • Pero los Chavez son ciudadanos/Residentes Permanentes.
  • La racista intimidación y el violento desalojo es la pantalla del gentrificación para subir la renta y no paga $12,000.00 a los Chavez que les debe por trabajos de remodelación y de construcción.
  • El Rumor en el barrio, “Zamora apoya a Donald Trump.”

El 19 Mayo, 2016 Aurora Zamora, una rentera racista “México-Americana” amenazo con “La Migra” para desalojar a la “Academia de Música y Canto – Tres Generaciones,” operada por la Familia Chavez, su mariachi, y Conjunto Norteno Silverado en Boyle Heights.

Para humillarlos más, la rentera ilegalmente removió el anuncio comercial de la escuela, les tiro varias de sus pertenencias y adornos Mexicanos, incluso tumbo un “mariachi maniquí” postado frente a la Academia. Todo en total violación de la ley de California y los derechos de esta familia y su negocio comunitario.

Esa mañana el director Oscar Chavez me llamo pidiendo ayuda, y frente a frente, en la defensa de sus derechos, claramente se escuchó a la prepotente y anti inmigrante rentera decirle a grito abierto a la docena de sus familiares presentes, “llamen a la policía y a inmigración.” Allí se confirmó el rumor del pueblo que la rentera, a escondidas, esta con Donald Trump.

La historia de la academia

Con la meta de crear su “Sueño Americano,” Los Chavez abrieron su academia de música y su humilde museo de arte musical, de vestimenta de charro, pinturas e instrumentos. Adicionalmente, ofrecen clases de música para la comunidad y también ensayos y grabaciones.

En Enero 2015 pagaron una exorbitante renta de $2500 y echaron a andar su sueño. Sin embargo el local estaba totalmente destruido y con la promesa de Zamora de pagarles, los Chavez remodelaron el local, a tal grado que se tuvo que reemplazar todo el largo piso a un costo de $6500. Además, los contrato para hacer otros trabajos de construcción en otros sitios y no les ha pagado. La deuda suma aproximadamente $12,000.

 Aquí el gato encerrado es  la GENTRIFICACION, el aburguesamiento de Boyle Heights y la brutal alza de la renta comercial y residencial donde exista o no el control de renta. Hay una fracción de renteros con tendencia hacia la violación de los derechos de los inquilinos, de los trabajadores y de pequeños comerciantes, que es muy común en todo el país, para echar a la gente a la calle, y así explotar más  a la comunidad, subiendo altamente los  precios a los nuevos y viejos inquilinos. Otro punto, el 80% de los residentes en Boyle Heights no son propietarios y lógico, un pequeño porcentaje son los amos de la propiedad.

 Junto con la privatización de La Plaza y El Mercadito, las condiciones laborales son otro síntoma. La mayoría de los miles de empleados en Boyle Heights y la gama de ciudades aledañas que laboran en los cientos o miles de restaurantes, bares, sweat shops, tiendas,  llanteras, talleres mecánicos, taqueros y fruteros ambulantes, etc., lo hacen por salarios bajos, muchos por debajo del salario mínimo, no hay pago de tiempo extra,  se les paga cash, sin seguro médico o vacaciones y desgraciadamente sin representación sindical.

La Academia, está localizada frente a La Plaza del Mariachi en Boyle Heights en la esquina de Calles Primera y Lucha Reyes, dentro del corazón cultural y Distrito de Artes de Boyle Heights. De allí salen promociones artísticas comunitarias; Estudio y Ensayos de Música y de Voz para niños, adolescentes y adultos; Una Galería de Arte Musical de Mariachi, Norteña, Rock, Trajes Regionales, Culturales, además “Show Ecuestre de Alta Escuela.”

La Familia Chavez es un modelo ejemplar de la experiencia del Inmigrante-Mexicano y el “Sueño Americano” en los EE.UU: La madre Lucy  por 22 años trabaja en el Restaurante La Parrilla en Boyle Heights. Oscar el padre, es el Director de la academia y el Mariachi Tres Generaciones y es Ingeniero Electrónico en Audio Visual, egresado de la Universidad de Guadalajara. Robert, el hijo mayor, estudia su  Doctorado en Literatura en UCLA, Alex su Maestría en Psicología en Cal State University LA,  Chris estudia Law Enforcement y Teoria de Musica en ELA Community College, Hillary estudia leyes en Whittier College y la más joven Katia estudia en Roosevelt H.S. con miras a la universidad

Además son maestros de música, promotores de cultura, arreglistas y compositores, y en el activismo también disidentes y co-fundadores de la Organización de Mariachis Unidos de L.A. OMULA.

*La rentera se dice, es nacida en El Paso de raises mexicanas anti villistas.

Este comunicado es una contribución pro bono/gratuita y preparado por ZAZ Communications.

 

 

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Neo Liberalism in Mexico and the U.S.

 By Javier Rodriguez   Los Ángeles   27 May 2016

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The NAFTA Law, was also a product of the new economic world order designed and implemented beginning in 1970 by the world banks. Their patently conservative package of “neo liberalism” was first introduced in Latin America, and Chile was the laboratory testing ground, under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

 In the 80s President Ronald Reagan and the British Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher played a major role for the new free market economic plan, which advantageously proposed the privatization of the social order and services worldwide, including publicly owned businesses with tens of millions of unionized employees. Naturally, they first screwed their own countries.

Mexican Political Sciences PhD. Alejandra Salas Porras, has identified 127 highly experienced políticos and functionaries that are part of the “new neoliberal elites” and 22 of them in the highest levels of Mexican government -that transcended since the Salinas administration to the present- who since 1988 intensely participated in the development of the neoliberal project in Mexico. Stunningly, they are the home grown experts who designed it first to isolate the state from all economic matters, and two, the privatization of all state run corporations and with it the massive transfer of resources of the public sector to the private. It’s not all, the most gifted of them were immediately recruited by several transnationals who have gotten huge multibillionaire contracts from PEMEX and other institutions.

Bill Clinton, for his part, “destroyed welfare, deregulated Wall Street, worsened the growing mass incarceration crisis, and signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement, a sweeping deal that harmed millions of workers, in the United States, Mexico, and elsewhere.” Noam Chomsky

I will add the crucial Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act enacted September 30, 1996. This law states that immigrants unlawfully present in the United States for 180 days but less than 365 days must remain outside the United States for three years unless they obtain a pardon. If they are in the United States for 365 days or more, they must stay outside the United States for ten years unless they obtain a waiver. If they return to the United States without the pardon, they may not apply for a waiver for a period of ten years. It also called for up to 5 and 10 year imprisonment of immigrants for violation of the above law. So Billy Boy not only intensified incarceration of blacks and Latinos, he is also responsible for the mass incarceration of immigrants and perhaps the construction of private detention centers which hold tens of thousands, and perhaps held as much as 200,000 undocumented prisoners women and children included, in its heyday.  

NAFTA in Mexico

Of course south of the border was 100 times worse than here. Neo liberalism and NAFTA issued major unfair trade competition, the destruction of collective farming –ejidos– small businesses, industries and displaced millions of Mexicans to the large urban centers, the northern border and into the coveted American Dream nation. Astonishingly, the multiplication of poverty today pushed informal vending to up to 30% of Mexico’s work force. Ironically, in all three countries the NAFTA snake oil was sold by their hired guns and through the corporate media, as a panacea for jobs and wealth for the working masses. It would also end, they said, the pestering problem of Mexican immigration and the brightest of the promised stars, “Mexico would become the first emerging country to enter the first world in contemporary history.” These were the major NAFTA talking points.

 

 

Before NAFTA, all of the 22 publicly owned major corporations, the nation’s proud patrimony, was composed of the largest Mexican industries, which good or bad, were operated by successive Mexican administrations. To name a few, these were railroad, steel, energy, the collective Ejido Farm Program, airlines, education, health, telephone etc., which by the way, were made possible by the Mexican revolution and its near socialist constitution of 1917. They all flourished under President Lazaro Cardenas’ truly revolutionary nationalist regime of 1934-1940. Under his visionary and valiant leadership, 19.842 million acres of land were distributed and organized through the Ejido Program, finally giving the land to the peasants. Tata Cardenas’ bull dozer populism on behalf of Mexico’s 99% percent didn’t stop there. In 1938, the oil industry was also nationalized. All these government owned industries and the country side were unionized under the first ever Mexican industrywide trade unions and national peasant organizations and millions of union jobs were created.

 

Most important, these historical achievements were fulfilled in a multifactor environment: The worldwide depression of the ‘30s; Pres. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal which benefitted millions of Americans of all colors until the rise of the one percent; massive social movements on both sides of the border; the 2nd world war against fascism and militarism; the consolidation of the Soviet revolution; the anticommunist crusade; the deportation of 1 million plus Mexicans and U.S. citizen children; the successful nationalization was led by a soldier and general and the most progressive Mexican government since Benito Juarez in 1862. The battle was witnessed by a tense world who saw Mexico heroically taking on the gringo and English empires and duly kicked their ass.                                                                                                                                              

Juan Colorado's photo.This is the historical patrimony which the last five Mexican neoliberalist presidents “blatantly and cheaply auctioned off to the government’s favorite friends and corporations, creating the basis for Mexico’s rising multibillionaire class, the one percenters. As well, the Latino establishment, which included a block of progressives, either didn’t understand it or see it, or just cynically said, fuck Mexico and their poor.”

 This historical analysis is dedicated to my loving family in Torreon, Piedras Negras, Acapulco, Durango and Tijuana. To my prima Council woman Angeles Rivera Hernandez, Angela, Frida, Socrates Sr. and Jr., Edmundo, Sara, Gabriela, Hortensia and Esperanza who all live in constant danger in the home country, but must live on their dreams and goals and fight to reclaim the country. ZAZ

 Javier Rodriguez is a media and political strategist, co-founded and directed the March 25 Coalition in 2006-2011.

 

By Javier Rodriguez  Los Ángeles  24 May 2

Throughout campaign 2016 seeking the Democratic nomination to win the White House and place our country in the hands of the insurgent political revolution movement, Bernie Sanders has railed for real change against the Organized Wealth, the new American Mafia, against NAFTA, the TPP and all past corporate trade agreements, for they only benefit the super-rich

On the other end, Donald Trump, was recently in the middle of a TIME Magazine interview when he was informed Gov. Kasich had dropped out of the race, making him the presumptive Republican candidate. The first reaction of the new ultra-right wing strong man was: “I will review Bernie Sanders’ campaign positions, including NAFTA and the Iraq War, and use them on Hillary.”

If you recall or should know, the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement was the coveted and aggressive pact that liberalized trade between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, by gradually lowering trade tariffs and to zero. It also incorporated an international court to interpret and arbitrate trade conflicts which superseded the laws and courts in the three countries involved.

The agreement essentially allowed global capital to continue the dismantling of industrial America and shipped the factories to Mexico for cheaper wages and thereafter to other emerging countries, China included, along with millions of jobs lost. Ironically, in all three countries the NAFTA snake oil was sold by their hired guns and through the corporate media and Congress, as a panacea for jobs and wealth for the working masses. It would also end they said, the pestering problem of Mexican immigration and the brightest of the promised stars: “Mexico would become the first emerging country to enter the first world in contemporary history.” These were the major NAFTA talking points.  

The Origin of NAFTA

NAFTA was originally the brainchild of Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari and he proposed it to former President George Bush Senior and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. However, Bush lost his reelection bid to Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992, so the “first ever black U.S. president,” graciously moved the ball and on fast track, Congress ratified it on November 17 and 23, 1993 and it was pompously inaugurated on January 1, 1994.

Unfortunately for the victors, the celebration didn’t last long. On that same date, the clandestine EZNL-Zapatista Army of National Liberation, with approximately 40,000 armed indigenous soldiers in the State of Chiapas, waged a spectacular 12 day armed insurrection against the Salinas government and its armed forces, and denounced to the world that Neo Liberalism and NAFTA would destroy Mexico’s provinces, end collective farming and further erode the strength of the country itself, giving away the nation to the rich and Empire was not the solution. *On January 21, I was there with a Los Angeles-Tijuana human rights delegation and we traveled inside the jungle to meet with the Zapatistas.

However, for the ruling classes, now popularly known as the super wealthy 1% percent, NAFTA was another major victory as it moved their greed agenda and their quest forward to brutally accumulate the world’s wealth in their hands.  As well, it was also a victory for the political forces and the armies of conservative and liberal organizations, who carried the water in all three northern countries. The  Latino political establishment of ’88-‘94, who despite the grim predictions by Mexican-Latino progressives, proudly endorsed NAFTA, unified behind Clinton and Salinas de Gortari and passionately built a Latino national movement in the U.S. to actively promote the onerous trade bill.

Javier Rodriguez founded the March 25 Coalition and is a media and political strategist in L.A.