By Javier Rodriguez from Los Angeles 29 March 2015

”If Obama and supporters want the government of Venezuela to be punished and/or toppled because they refuse to comply with U.S. dictates, they should at least be honest about their beliefs so that their true character can be seen. Pretending that any of this has to do with the U.S. Government’s anger over suppression of political opponents — when their closest allies are the world champions at that — should be too insulting of everyone’s intelligence to even be an option.” Glenn Greenwald

The latest gross US intervention by “Nobel Peace Laureate” Barack Obama against Venezuela has intensified the conflict between both countries. Once again, what is at stake is the unequivocal fact that the South American nation and its Bolivarian revolution hold one of the largest oil reserves in the planet. Even though American corporations have been Venezuela’s largest oil buyer during its revolutionary period, the US government and the ruling global capitalist class apparently want to control it completely, again, as it did for decades before the socialist revolution, in addition to erasing the country’s influential independent role in the continent.
The latest ploy, as surreal as it maybe seem, the leader of the most potent military force in the history of humanity has opened up a new phase of imperial intervention against the South American nation because according to the Peace Laureate, Venezuela represents “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the security of the US.” As it has been done dozens of times in the last 215 years, Obama is cynically playing the role of the American victim. In the last 6 ½ decades, the familiar but brutal game has been applied to Korea, Viet Nam, Chile, Granada, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq with draconian results, except in Venezuela .
Korea was the first casualty of the Cold War when in July 1950, the United States entered the one month old war in support of the right wing South Korean dictatorship and like Chile, Cuba and Nicaragua from the sixties to eighties “to fight the forces of international communism” and to “liberate” the North from the communists. However, as with all American wars, astonishingly, an estimated 4,960,000 Koreans were killed, while the US lost only 40,000.
In the US-Vietnam War, almost three million Vietnamese were killed and their land was almost destroyed by the US military, when it bombed that small nation with three times more bombs and chemical warfare than all the bombing done in the 2nd World War, when 27 million Soviets were killed by the Nazis. Incredibly in the latter, it was the Russians who after moving millions of their people and whole industries geographically and rebuilding them, the Soviet Armies took on and defeated 200 German Divisions, while the US, Britain and France fought a total of 10.
Since 9/11 and the fall of the three towers of New York and the air assault on the Pentagon by Saudi terrorists, the US military machine destroyed Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq and of course installed “friendly and democratic regimes.” The 2003 assault on Iraq was ridiculously fabricated and again the US Air Force broke the bombing record, destroying the infrastructure and cities alike, logically killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and successfully taking control of that country’s economies and large oil reserves, with I believe only 4,000American deaths. In the case of the Taliban nation, the invasion returned it once more into the world’s limelight as the heroin king pin of the world, producing 70% of the all the opium.
Astoundingly, the fabricated political, economic and military assaults on all of the countries mentioned, and there are more, savagely killed, maimed, injured and starved millions of people and these facts are well documented by the 12 hour documentary, “The Untold History of the United States,” produced and directed by progressive Film Director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick. (All 12 original DVD as shown on Showtime can be purchased directly through Amazon.com for $17.95 plus taxes.) As a Mexican immigrant schooled in America from the age of 11, like Stone, I was never privy to the real history and truth of US wars of intervention and colonialist and imperial invasions, except the US-Mexico War, where my homeland lost half of its territory, the richest, to “American civilization and the Monroe Doctrine.”
Honduras

President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya

The latest left leaning and democratically elected government in our hemisphere to suffer a full scale coup d’état is Honduras. The imperial hit to the former US ally -remember the Nicaraguan Contras and the Honduras camps- and its popular elected President Manuel Zelaya took place on 28 June 2009 and traditionally, it was done under the cover of democracy and human rights and coordinated by the CIA out of the US Military Base in Honduras. With the exception of the oil, the politics behind the Honduran coup were no different than that of Venezuela’s 48 hour overthrow. That is to say, the other democratically elected government administrated by a really militant and visionary President, Hugo Chavez. At the time of the violent coups, both Latino nations were considered hostile to American interests. However, Chavez had the thick of the military and millions of active and hard loyal supporters backing the revolution, which took up arms and the streets and reinstated the president. Unfortunately, the correlation of forces in Honduras did not favor Zelaya.
Upon hearing of the Honduran developments, President Obama had been in office only 5 months and at that moment he was in Africa. From there, I recall, he publicly declared, “Manuel Zelaya is the only true elected President of the Central American nation.” However and highly unfortunate for us and the Honduran people, during the following days of that crisis, his silence was deafening. Not a sound calling for the reinstatement of Zelaya. Obviously, the former president of “change” and the first African American to be elected in the US, who in the process of a historical election raised hopes of democracy and a new path for humanity, hadn’t been completely schooled or co-opted by the CIA and the military. Paradoxically today, he is leading the charge against a real icon of change, Venezuela.
Since 2009, the social security in Honduras is horrendous. A country of just 8 million inhabitants, by 2013, the murder rate had risen to 85.5 per 100,000 residents, making Honduras the most violent nation in the planet. Additionally, in the beautiful coastal City of San Pedro Sula, the killings rose to 173, which according to the Violence Observatory at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (NAUH), it’s the highest in the world outside a war zone. Astonishingly since the coup, as in Afghanistan, 80% of all the drugs in the continent are now smuggled through Honduras.
Another indicator attributed to the coup, is the fact that poverty has also skyrocketed and as usual in Central America, it’s accompanied by a familiar shadow, “immigration to Mexico and the US” and I witnessed it during several trips through Mexico in 2012. Then, I visited the southern State of Tabasco which borders with Guatemala and where since the coup, young Hondurans by the hundreds, cross daily into Mexico on their way to the American dream. They, then immediately cross the spectacular Usumacinta River in hired boats and after landing, an arduous and dangerous walk of 35 kilometers awaits them on their way to the LA 72 Immigrant Shelter in Tenosique, founded by the San Franciscans. Trust me, I walked that path with close to 200 of them, but under the protection of the priests and the reform activists.
In Tenosique every night, the familiar train whistle of “The Beast” is heard for miles and in a matter of minutes the young Hondurans, women and children included, reach the railroad tracks. There, surrounded by an abandoned train station and humble neighborhoods, with some of the homes occupied by the “Maras Gangs,” they climb on top of the Beast to continue their three thousand mile trek north to the US-Mexico border. Incredibly by themselves, tens of thousands have made it and continue making it to the north.
Mexico’s strong Immigration Reform Movement has meticulously documented the human rights violations which in summary state, “in Mexico many of the Hondurans: are beaten, robbed and killed, and 75% of all the immigrant women are raped.” The testimonies implicate not only the criminal Maras gangs and the Zetas Cartel -who control the migrant routes of the Gulf of Mexico- but also reveal the participation of the Municipal and State Police, Mexico’s National Institute of Immigration as well as politicians.
Mexico is perhaps the nation that clearly exemplifies America’s hypocritical pretention of concern over the suppression of political rights in Venezuela or any other place. A country of 110 million people, plus the millions living in the US, it is next door with a 2,000 mile border from where the US can see it all. Since 1988 it has had three massive documented electoral frauds. 1) Unbelievably to ensure Carlos Salinas de Gortari”s victory, in July of 1988, in the middle of the count, the national computer went down for three whole days to make the needed adjustments for the triumph. With Salinas in the presidency, NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement between Mexico, the US and Canada, was approved in 1994. Instead of moving Mexico to the first world and ending immigration as promised, the poverty rate doubled, with millions losing their farms and then displaced from the countryside, they migrated into the large Mexican urban cities and the US. Additionally, after having violated the political and human rights of the whole population, in vengeance, Salinas incremented the political suppression with more than 500 leftist party leaders executed in the first two years of his rule. On January 1, 1994 thousands of Zapatistas exploded in armed rebellion against NAFTA, in the southern State of Chiapas, the poorest under extreme poverty in Mexico. I was there with a Bi-national Human Rights Delegation on January 20 and met with the Zapatistas, inside liberated territory in the jungle. It is at this historical junction in Mexico, when the execution of journalists intensifies. In the north, right under the nose of President George Bush father, the femicide of hundreds of young women began in Juarez, the twin city of El Paso, Texas. In 1996, I was there in Juarez where I accompanied the fact finding delegations headed by then Congs. Hilda Solis and Luis Gutierrez, where we visited the killing fields and spoke to the mothers of the victims, which by then numbered over 5,000. However, the US government brushed it all under the carpet.
2) In 2006, Felipe Calderon, a right wing fundamentalist was also installed as president of Mexico, after the second major electoral fraud, this time directed by three right wing foreign consultants: Two Americans and one Spaniard. With Calderon’s brother in law in charge of the programming, the national computer and the count, this time, the system only went down for a few hours to also make the adjustments for the victory. Immediately after, Calderon, on the request made at a meeting with American Embassy diplomats in the City of Cuernavaca, with the sinister Attorney General Genaro Garcia Luna and Mexican Army officials present, the war was agreed. Financed with $1.5 billion US Dollars under the Merida Plan, he launched it against all the drug cartels except “El Chapo Guzman’s.” In Calderon’s watch, an estimated 100,000 died and 27,000 disappeared, two million were displaced internally and of course many more migrated north. Spectacularly, Juarez where I lived prior to migrating to Los Angeles, for years, became the murder capital of the world, followed by Torreon my hometown, and Acapulco. Logically with the dogs of war loose in Mexico, human rights violations augmented dramatically. As the war ensued, the killing of journalists increased and Mexico earned the number two spot in media assassinations worldwide. This period was documented by national and foreign human rights organizations, the progressive media and investigative authors like Anabel Hernandez and her Trilogy “Los Senores del Narco.” Our democracy loving government, once again, did nothing to stop the massacre, on the contrary.
3) I have written extensively on my trips to my home country in 2012, border to border, where I witnessed the third presidential electoral fraud and I wrote several pieces and media advisories from Mexico City. For the popular left candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, it was the second consecutive stolen election against him. I was there on both occasions and I saw and heard the people by the millions in the streets calling on Obrador to order a rebellion, an uprising, but he refused. Cuauhtémoc Cardenas did the same thing in 1988 when he was robbed of the presidency by Salinas, after the computers cynically went down for three days. Was it a historical mistake?
In July 2012, Enrique Pena Nieto was imposed after his team bought the votes of millions of the poorest in the country, unbelievably by handing out debit cards by the millions. The victory was also part of a seven year TV reality campaign, directed by the Chief Executives of Televisa, including its principal stock holder, Emilio Jean Azcarraga. This chapter was documented by Jenaro Villamil in his classic, “El Gran Montaje.” Pena Nieto is formerly the Governor of the State of Mexico, next to Mexico City and holder of the largest bloc of votes, at 12 million. He has a reputation of being a cruel and corrupt public official. Intellectually he’s not the brightest but politically he is tenacious. Today, Mexico under his rule continues on the road of poverty and like the US, brutal inequality. The war and the suppression of rights continue and for the last six months the world has heard of the missing 43 student/teachers from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. It just won’t go away. To reiterate, President Obama has been a complete disappointment on international policy, human rights and suppression towards all of Latin America and Mexico is the perfect illustration.
Venezuela
Of course the Venezuelans are a peaceful people. That country’s military forces have only exited their land for purposes of war once, in the 19th century, when along with Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, they fought the Spanish during the war of independence, led by their historical father figure, Simon Bolivar. Which means the progressive and Socialist nation has not threatened, invaded nor bombed any nation in this hemisphere or the world? The question is, where does Obama, the highly intellectual and constitutional law professor gets his information?
The Latin American independent bodies such as UNASUR, ALBA, CELAC and the Organization of Non Aligned Countries, have all condemned President Obama’s offensive Executive Actions against Venezuela and are demanding a retraction. Remarkably this time around, the US, as with Cuba, is completely isolated in the world’s political arena. Moreover, the Summit of the Americas is coming in April and with the tension over Obama’s actions and his presence there promises a historical debate.
The 55 Million Latinos in the US
The piece missing here is the 55 million Latino population and its national leadership. I’m referring to the Latino political class, the over 5,000 Latino elected leaders, the Hispanic Caucus, Latino Business Associations and the influential Latino and progressive media entities such as National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Hispanic Media Association and Radio Pacifica and Democracy Now. Venezuela and the Latin American and Caribbean progressive organized blocks could use their assistance to lobby and directly pressure President Obama and help him understand “the Venezuelan people are not a threat to the US or any other Country.” The leaders could also send fact finding high level delegations to begin a series of dialogues with the Venezuelan Government, similar to the one being organized by California elected officials and expected to visit Cuba this Spring.
*Javier Rodriguez is a journalist, a blogger and a media and political strategist. A long time social activist, he is recent co founder of the Millions of Voices Coalition in LA that on Sept. 22, 2013 organized the largest march of that crucial year with thousands of people in Downtown LA for 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 traveled with Elvira Arellano to the State of Tabasco 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 urban LA. His blog is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com; email bajolamiradejavier@yahoo.com

By Javier Rodriguez from Los Angeles 8 Feb 2015
TRUST ME, the recent essay by Communist Party Chairman John Bachtell, published last week in the People’s World newspaper, is not necessarily a surprise. It is a continuing historical pragmatic position geared towards driving a war knife into the heart of the American far right, including the country’s extreme reactionary leaders now embedded in the federal government, the House of Representatives and the US Senate which, as is widely known, are today the driving force behind the Republican Party’s political and organizational strategies and direction.
To provide you with several vivid examples, for the last 6 years, in detriment of our country and the 99%, the ultra right has persistently obstructed the liberal and progressive wing of the political class and President Obama from effectively governing the country and turning the country and the economy around. This, if you recall, has been done with a smack of cynical hypocrisy because it was the George W. Bush’s administrations of 2000-08 which left the country’s economy in shambles and saddled with two fabricated and bankrupting wars that grotesquely enriched the fascist Neo-Con’s favorite corporations. As Barack Obama took the reins of the nation in the historical election of 2008, on immigration, which for years has been the litmus test for the Latino electorate, the far right leaders have tenaciously blocked the passage of reform, and today, they are on a mission to derail the Executive Actions signed by the President to protect and empower the millions of undocumented in the country.
Moreover, they have also tried, but so far have failed dozens of times to turn back the clock on the Affordable Care Act of March 21, 2010 which has already benefitted millions of Latinos, Blacks and other members of the 99%. Additionally, they have done the same with all other progressive legislation or presidential actions signed since 2008 by the first African American President in American history. The fact that Barack Obama is seating in the most powerful position in the planet, that he is an African American and today is outfoxing the white on white far right, is an added right wing incentive for his defeat and that of the potential next democratic nominee, a woman: a Clinton or Warren.
Historically the Latino Civil and Immigrant Rights Reform Movement and its leaders have worked in broad alliances and fronts, which since the sixties, the Communist Party USA and other left organizations and tendencies have always been a part of, especially in the building of the pioneer United Farm Workers Union-UFWA and the immigration reform movement, both founded in the 1960s. The latter seminal development ensued in Los Angeles and it was directed by its mentor Humberto “Bert” Corona. The visionary leader who was born in El Paso, Texas in 1917, was also the son of a revolutionary colonel who fought with Pancho Villa. He also lived and struggled through several decades of social and class battles which to name a few, included the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution; the Great Depression of the 30s and the deportation and expatriation of over 1 million Mexican immigrants and US born Mexican Americans; the founding of the first Mexican American organizations in America, including the Congress of Hispanic Peoples and the Mexican American Political Association- MAPA; he fought in World War II; saw first hand the Bracero Program of the 40s-60s; lived the Operation Wetback campaign of the 50s; built the John Kennedy for President Campaign; and in 1968 in Chicago, on national TV, he was the first Mexican American to address a Democratic National Convention. An avid reader as well, he was also as a student of dialectical and historical materialism which throughout his radical years he learned to master and apply it in practice.
In the founding of the grass roots reform movement he wasn’t alone. With him were his first wife Blanche Corona a civil rights and labor activist, organizer Soledad Alatorre, Humberto Camacho of the United Electrical Workers Union-UE, Rose Chernin of the Committee for the Bill of Rights, a CP national front, MAPA and a host of other Latino progressive and nationalist organizations and activists of the time. The leading immigrant organization founded that year by this group was the Autonomous Center for Social Action-C.AS.A.-MAPA. It should be noted that the majority of the founders were also prominent members of the general Latino Civil Rights social movement and active trade unionists.
Additionally, in the period of 1971-74 members of important Latino organized sectors joined C.A.S.A. and to single out a few: the large and prominent Latino immigrant Rodriguez Family of Los Angeles; Mexican political refugees from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, all of them Marxists; and finally about 250 members of the National Committee to Free Los Tres and other groups from several states of the union. In fact, a number of activists in the leadership of this movement were at one time integral members of the several left and progressive organizations as well as the Latino Student Movement of the late sixties, seventies and beyond.
This movement, the first of its kind, grew extensively picking up broad national support in its first five years, to the point that also under Corona’s direction, the National Coalition for Fair Immigration Laws and Practices-NCFILP was established in 1973- 74. Again, in the making of the lobbying Coalition, broad fronts were organized which attracted hundreds of participants nationally to the founding conferences in the City of Los Angeles, which in turn facilitated and expanded the arteries of immigrant rights and the reform movement. The January 1973 conference held in LA at the basement of the old Saint Joseph Catholic Church had Congressman Ed Roybal as a keynote speaker and also Pedro Castillo, a radical and leading law student at Mexico’s UNAM, who upon returning to his country was arrested and jailed without charges for three years.
While CASA’s services and chapters expanded and rank and file undocumented membership also grew by the thousands, the 1974 2nd National Conference of the NCFILP held at ELA College was attended by close to 1000 participants from dozens of cities and states from coast to coast including LA, New York, Chicago, San Antonio, Denver, Greely and Mexico’s UNAM. In absence of the internet, “the Old Man Corona,” as we called him, sent a 5 member LA delegation headed by me, Raul Leon de la Selva, one of the Mexican law students, Pepe Palacios, a 17 year old Salvadoran undocumented immigrant, Sandra Aguirre and Attorney Lorraine Tafoya of the Los Tres Committee. The group traveled and slept in a new van bought by CASA for a month and a half and visited all of the Southwest and Mid-Western States speaking to grassroots audiences in communities, unions, colleges and universities.
On top of the successful organizing efforts, CASA also carried the working class message of “An injury to one is an injury to all” which encompassed the undocumented. Essentially, it was aimed at the national Latino and civil rights Movements, labor and the new born Latino media. It was no easy task because as part of the cold war politics, organized labor then had a reactionary anti immigrant line which preached the rising undocumented immigrant was “unorganizable.” Unfortunately, this same regressive political school of thought was carried for years by the leadership of the United Farm Workers Union-UFWA.
Like today, in the past, several of the left organizations, unions and especially the CP fell victim to the anti communist crusade and the ideological traps of exclusionary politics propagated by members of the corporate, media, government intelligence and political –meaning politicians- ruling class. Liberal and right wing leaders waged sectarian and factionalist purging campaigns to oust the left from the ranks and leadership of democratic membership organizations. The clearest examples in the history of the Latino struggle were the witch hunts carried out within the UFWA during the 1970s, unfortunately led by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Marshall Gahnz and other leaders.
At the same time of the witch hunts, the union’s leadership also waged a brutal campaign against the undocumented immigrant worker to the point that in 1974, they actually engaged in patrolling the US-Mexico border in search of the crossing immigrants and then turning them over to immigration authorities. It was at this moment where the ongoing conflict between the two schools of thought, its movements and its leaders reached a crossroads. An enraged Bert Corona staged a press conference on the other side in Mexico and harshly criticized Chavez, labeling him “irresponsible.”
The conflict and divisions did not stop there. In 2006, in the making of the “Immigrant Spring,” it flared up once more. The “old alarming red flag” went up again when the leadership of the UFW, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Cardinal Roger Mahoney, the County Federation of Labor and the moderate wing of LA’s reform movement realized that I, a member of the progressive Rodriguez Family, was leading the March 25 Coalition and what was to become the largest street mobilization in the history of this country. The street demonstration I’m referring to was the March 25, 2006 protest against HR4437, the Sensenbrenner Bill which called for the criminalization of undocumented immigration and any American that assisted them including clergy, teachers, social workers and families.
At the same time that the ultra right was making its move, the movie “A Day Without a Mexican” was breaking records at the box office in the US and Mexico and it clearly set a vision of action for the millions of the undocumented workers and their families in the US as well as for all Latinos in America. The stage was set and our people were screaming for leadership. However the moderates and Mexican American types did not see the Tsunami tides of discontent rising until it was too late. By that time they realized the radicals were in the front leading, so their initial response was to destroy the village in order to save it. A common tactic which was popularized during the Viet Nam War when the US Armed forces opted to napalm, bomb and burn the villages of poor unarmed peasants in the country in order to destroy the homes of potential sympathizers and/or active supporters of the Vietnamese revolution. In our case at first the tactic was to discredit and disdain the call to march as unrealistic, because it was a fantasy to think “hundreds of thousands of people would respond.” When that didn’t work and the call went out nationally for the March 25 date and 75 cities responded, then their Plan B went into effect. The 2nd step called for a coup de tat / Un golpe de estado, placing the UFW in front to oust the leaders of the M25C and cancel the march, shifting it instead to the bland Cesar Chavez Annual Celebration. Fortunately Plan B also went down into the trash bin of history.
To reiterate, on that historical day 1.7 million people marched in LA plus hundreds of thousands more rallied from coast to coast. From that date to April 10th, April 15th and May First, millions more marched and boycotted to defeat HR4736, advance immigration reform and put a stop to deportations. In a word, the roots of today’s presidential Executive Actions of June 2012 and December 2014, signed by Obama to protect an estimated 5 million immigrants from the terror of deportation, provide them work permits, the right to a higher education, the right to a license and to travel to their home countries whenever emergencies arise, can be found in the Immigrant Spring of 2006.
The 5 Million People Victory which is about to be a reality on May 20 -in 100 days- belongs to the broad sector of forces that make up the largest ever immigration reform movement in America and TRUST ME, this includes the left and progressive forces in its ranks.
*Javier Rodriguez is a journalist, a blogger and a media and political strategist. A long time social activist, he is recent co founder of the Millions of Voices Coalition in LA that on Sept. 22, 2013 organized the largest march of that crucial year with thousands of people in Downtown LA for 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 traveled with Elvira Arellano to the State of Tabasco 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 urban LA. His blog is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com; email bajolamiradejavier@yahoo.com

The Latino media needs a more sobering look into the paralysis in the reform movement and its divisions.

By Javier Rodriguez  from Boyle Heights   19 Jan 2015

Predictably, the far right republicans, including Speaker Boehner, launched another mega cannon  shot against immigrant empowerment. This time, as promised, attacking President Obama’s preventive Executive Action Order against deportation for 5 million of our people. It was done through the vehicle of threatening the security budget. It’s obvious, as we Mexicans of all levels of intellect and power like to say “a los Republicanos les vale madre.” In other words the right is willing to risk it all and proof of the pudding is in the eating. On its 7th year of right wing “backward progress ,” with their present political and organizational plan, last November they took not only the Senate majority, they also expanded their power in the House of Representatives.

Since the historical election of November 2008, their objective has been to take back the White House in 2016 and to get there, the Republican strategy has been presidential obstruction and this includes the venue of obstructing the course of  immigration. And this, regardless of the predictions and treatening growth of the Latino, Asian and immigrant  demographic shift, set to increase to unstoppable levels for the November 2016 presidential elections and unequivocally, the scope of these electorate bases is pointed at the racist Republican Party.  

If we are clear on this, the real point I want to once again make is, “where is the massive response or at least the Pre-Ops moves of the immigration reform street movement and its leadership against the republicans?”

Let’s look it historically. Though it took years of debate -since 2008- for the influential Latino Media and a significant sector of the immigration reform movement to clearly understand, point the blame and condemn the republican plan for what it was, the grass roots leaders are once again dragging their feet the same way. It is not clear if this atomized sector is once again in absolute confusión brought on by their divisions, or if they are only concentrating and looking forward to the massive and lucrative immigration application process for the estimated 5 million immigrants who will qualify and benefit from Obama’s Executive Action.

From the beginning of 2010 when the reform movement reached, what I saw as the highest political  altitude and organizing success, through my articles and the organizing meetings in LA, I began to point to the republicans, not the democrats,  as the leading cause of the failure of reform. Then in the year of DACA, the signed Executive Action, the presidential debates and the Democratic National Convention which opened its program to undocumented luminaries for the nation to see, the republicans were completely disrobed.

It was around that time that La Opinion’s editor Henrik Rehbinder and Univision’s anchor Jorge Ramos, both Latino immigrants, took the baton and began to change the lukewarm Latino national reporting and analysis against the far right. In doing so, by 2014, they had both entered the national conversation confronting the number one political enemy of Latinos, Asians and immigrants. In restrospect, the process revealed  it was not only the affected American communities who yearned a more courageous and committed jounalistm  in their defense from their own sons and daughters, it was also a majority of the mainstream media and public opinión.

The conditons today have sufficiently matured for our growing Latino journalists to critically examine in depth the history of divisions and paralysis of the immigration reform movement and its leadership. I am confident that the public airing of its positions through all the Latino venues and national figures will enrich our national debate and possibly send a portion of those holding back the process to early retirement.  ZAZ

Javier Rodriguez *Javier Rodriguez is a journalist, a blogger and a media and political strategist. A long time social activist, he founded the Committee to Rescue La Casa del Mexicano; he is also 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 is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com; a victim of hacking his old email   bajolamiradejavier@yahoo.com has been recovered.

Fort the good, this week I will have my second major operation done in 10 weeks and about the end of March I should be back in full form in the City of the Angels.

Blog Larayueladejavier.WordPress.Com    bajolamiradejavier@yahoo.com

  • Two new polls out Monday show voters are on board with President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
  • “Latino Voters support the Presidential Action by a whopping 90%,” and “Latino respondents blame Republicans in Congress for their inaction on the issue—64% to 24%.” Latino Decisions
  • By a 39-point margin–67 percent compared with 28 percent—all likely 2016 voters view favorably the plan Obama announced last week,” Hart Executive Research Associates

By Javier Rodriguez from Los Angeles   26 November 2014                    

Predictably, the Presidential Executive Action signed by Barack Obama, designed to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S. –the majority parents of US born or legal resident children- from the scourge of deportation, and renewable every three years, has kicked off an unprecedented explosion of support from the American electorate. 

Two of the latest polls published on Monday clearly show that contrary to the pessimist predictions from right wing quarters, voters are in tune with the president’s bold move to begin fixing the old broken immigration system, in addition to the fact that he is doing it by integrating almost half of the 11.5 million undocumented communities into the mainstream.  

The awaited presidential move as of last Thursday night is now a reality and the only thing that could possibly reverse the decree would be if the  right wing controlled Senate and Congress   petition the Supreme Court  to declare the Executive Action unconstitutional. If not, we the people have a presidential protection that will last many years, similar to the ones signed by past presidents.

However, the immigration reform movement cannot sit idly by because the moment is key and highly emotional. Obama has the Republican leadership against the wall and their midterm election strategy of continuing on the offensive has crumbled. As predicted, they ran into the unstoppable Latino and Asian demographic Tsunami and the stark reality of the upcoming national elections of 2016 and it’s obvious, they had no other plan. Unequivocally, the media and the majority of credible analysts have it right: the Republicans are on the defensive, they are divided into several camps, with the far right, which includes Ted Cruz, driving the hard line and hypocritically  playing the Crying Game without passing their own reform bill. And the president and the crowd in Las Vegas, on national TV, loudly reminded them with the robust campaign chant of “pass a bill, pass a bill, pass a bill” and the country was and is listening. Additionally and more myopic, the Koch Brothers and the other far right wing billionaires, who poured hundreds of millions into the last republican campaign, thought they were going to have a free ride and bask on making legislation and bills for themselves, but it appears that their plan also crumbled y ZAZ here we are.

By the same token, the same myopia that is blinding the right can also affect the reformers, unless, unless they up the ante and catch the ball launched by the president. That is to also take advantage of the window in front of us -before the Republicans take control of both houses- and begin the new state of play by putting a more creative and implacable pressure on Speaker Boehner and Senate leader McConnell to once and for all, place the comprehensive immigration reform law to legislate the permanent protection -with the path to citizenship- for all the qualified undocumented part of our family, up for a vote. For this to happen, the reform movement leaders have  to understand that the opinion polls and the electorate are now dramatically leaning in favor of reform, therefore the demographic Tsunami has to appear everywhere relentlessly pointing at the republicans. 

Essentially, and unfortunately at the same time, what this means is that the new generation of growing leadership, Latino media included, has to convince or bypass the always divided Crying Game leaders within our ranks, in all the important strategic battle ground states and wage the necessary “unified not divided” political and organizing campaigns, to once again inject immigration reform into the American Dream, just as we did in 1986.

For this to be made a reality, the reform movement has to also take advantage of the growing momentum and the obvious change in the correlation of forces, meaning the forces at play on this side of the court, made possible by the 5 million People Executive Action Victory.

*Javier Rodriguez is a blogger and a media and political strategist. A long time social activist, he isa 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;

By Javier Rodriguez  from Los Angeles   23 November 2014

The awaited Presidential Executive Action is now a reality and an estimated 5 million immigrants in the US are now protected for three years and the only thing that can reverse the presidential decree would be if the  right wing  congress appeals to the Supreme Court to declare the Executive Action as unconstitutional. If not,  we the people have a presidential protection that will last many years, similar to the ones signed by other presidents.

However, the immigrant rights movement can not sit idly because  the moment is key and exiting. Obama has he Republican leaders against the wall and their strategy of continuing on the offensive since the midterm election has crumbled. They ran against the unstoppable Latino  and Asian demographic reality and the upcoming national presidential election of 2016 and its obvious, they have no plan. They are divided, on the defensive and loudly playing the . The Koch Brothers and other far right ideological right wing billionaires, who poured hundreds of millions into the last campaign, thought they were going to have a free ride and bask on making legislation and bills for themselves y ZAZ here we are.

But the same myopia that blinded them can also affect us, unless, unless we up the ante and catch the ball launched by the president. That is putting the pressure on Speaker Boehner and Senate leader McConnell to wrest a full congressional legislation, meaning a comprehensive immigration reform law to legislate permanent protection for all the undocumented part of our people. Essentially what this means is that the new generation of leadership in our ranks has to defeat the always divided Crying Game leaders in all the important strategic battle ground states and wage the necessary unified political and organizing campaigns to make immigration reform a full reality.

ZAZ, Javier

By Javier Rodriguez  Los Angeles  17 November 2014

 For the last 12 months I have lived a ruthless and excruciating experience stemming from a complicated health problem that painfully attacked both of my legs and hips. Initially it began with a bout of bursitis in the left groin where one of the body’s bursa bags was irritated and inflamed 400%. After months of treatment, therapy and medication, the bursitis was resolved, but inexplicably, the problem gradually evolved into several issues, stages and diagnostic confusion, always accompanied by a high level of weakness and pain.

In late September I suffered what in medical terms is known as a “flare up.” A kind of muscle explosion that causes a relentless level of pain every single hour of the day, that is until I medicate and neutralize it. The explosion this time may have been brought on by the chronic fracturing of both of my hips, which astonishingly were just found and diagnosed. Concretely, the trauma has reduced my capacity for physical mobility by a wopping 60%. Essentially I can’t walk, however in this year long world of painful darkness, suddenly I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

 On Thursday morning November 6, the brutal pain awakened me once more and I finally had had enough. I told myself “Ya basta maestro” and I headed directly to the Kaiser Sunset Emergency in a desperate search for relief.  Unexpectedly however, the move sent me on a 15 hour spiral that would give my life a thousand times more relief than the shot I launched for that morning.

To give you a perspective into this world of chronic pain, which is estimated 100 million people suffer in the U.S., for almost a year every morning, the pain has awaken me and from there on, with every move my body’s muscles make, a turbulence takes over, exploding with sharp radiating force, and many of times is combined with a heavy throbbing pain that pierces through deeply into the bone. Trust me, that anguishing agony overwhelms your mind and body. It’s like riding a roller coaster 7/24, it’s always there, up and down.

When you’re a writer, especially a columnist or a political and media strategist, you have to grasp the moments of creativity that move at times in flash like speed wherever you may be or whatever you may be doing, as you work, read, research or write. Even in this the most difficult period of my life, my favorite creative moments arise in the daily conversations on the ongoing issues, the political events or the daily Op-Ed columns with a circle of intimate political friends, including my family. However the life of severe pain I been living, combined with the medication can take its toll, diminishing intellectual and artistic grasping space, especially in the morning hours.  

 That morning, as during the rest of the week, the meds had zero curing effect because I was living the worst episode of pain of my 12 month ordeal. The constant and severe attacks on my quadriceps, the hamstring and hip abductors, which initiated with the September flare up seriously incapacitated my mobility and also weakened me like never before. Fortunately, I had enough will power and the mental strength to move ahead to the hospital.

Incredibly though, trough out the 30 minute drive from Boyle Heights to my destination, what concerned me most was, “how was I, the well known immigrant and human rights leading activist,” going to convince the ER Medical Staff that my pain was real and severe and that I needed relief above and beyond the narcotic pills I had in my pocket.  Additionally, make them understand that my 2 month adverse medical condition warranted at least a 24 hour period of observation to hopefully bring me out of my misery.

As dramatic and incredible this tale may seem, this is the battle that has been at the heart of my survival against Kaiser Permanente, one of the giants of medical care in America. Additionally, the hostile experiences with Kaiser personnel have not only accompanied my pain but they have also increased it. Here are some examples:

1.) On May 25 of this year, I had a similar major flare up that caused me extreme weakness and pain on my lower limbs to the point that on that day, they dangerously buckled under  on more than one occasion. Late that evening I ended up at ER where I made almost the exact demands of the present for relief and to be placed on observation. The response then was humiliation and told “this was not a hotel,” twice, and as that discussion ensued, the staff resorted to threats, called the hospital security and the LA Police Department followed. Assisted by the morphine and the adrenalin in me, at 6 AM, with Security Guards standing by, I actually walked out of Emergency without any Kaiser offered assistance.

2.) Knowing the lack of an existent centralized diagnosis and the confusion on my case, I requested from my primary physician to analyze my medical record and provide the needed direction on my case and it was accepted. But when we met three weeks later,  immediately I knew he hadn’t done his homework. He treated the meeting as a regular follow up appointment with no new diagnosis or a new direction on my case. However on my next bash of meds, he restricted me to two pills per day.

3.) Recently, Dr. Christopher Ching, my pain management physician took control of my pain medicine prescription and immediately after cut off the one that I had been effectively using for months.

 

November 6 Déjà Vu at Kaiser ER

I parked inside the parking lot of the Sports Medicine Clinic located directly across the Sunset Hospital and the plan was to request a Kaiser shuttle to ER. Cane in hand I began the trek, about 20 yards to the Clinic’s front desk. On the way though, I ran into one of the cement parking block and the edge of the patio and I tried to step up, but all I recall is my legs giving out and my body spinning. I tried to hang on, I believe on a tree or a plant, but my strength also gave out and as I spun, I fell flat and hard on my left side and I screamed out in pain.   

In seconds civilians came to my aid and with all the strength in my arms and their help I pulled myself  and I stood up. As this was happening I felt lightheaded and I felt my mind traveling fast and it felt eerie. I then turned and saw the clinic’s  emergency response team of medical staff running towards the me and crowd. I was placed in a wheel chair and was taken inside the clinic while we waited for the transportation to ER.

When we arrived there it was the two African American nurses who accompanied me who spoke to the reception clerks and explained my situation. I was then seen by a female nurse  which by coincidence or some kind of spiritual sign, she knew Dr. Ching and had also had unfortunate and bitter medical experiences with him. As she completed the intake and because of the severe fall and the pain, I was given priority and I was officially admitted into Kaiser Emergency.

“Relief arrived and it came wrapped in the morning accident.”

That in itself was a relief and more so when I was given the first Intravenous injections of morphine for the implacable pain. About two hours later on Thursday November 6, 2014, the head ER doctor came in to my room with a smile that said everything. She  poignantly informed me and I quote, “we finally know what is wrong with you, you have two broken hip bones.” Then what she added next will stay with me for a long time, “no one can say you’re crazy any more.” I began to tremble and I openly burst out in tears.

The unraveling of my 12 month ordeal had begun. Approximately two hours later I recognized Dr. Hall from Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Departments across the street where I had fallen in the morning. He also came in with a big smile and without a doubt for me, he had some wonderful breaking news. “You’re going to surgery sometime this evening  to replace your right hip. The left one will have to wait until you recover and all we need is to wait for an operating room.”

It was impossible to continue repressing my emotions. For the second time that day, I began to tremble and cry. Frack, I couldn’t stop. All I could think about was, “relief had finally arrived and it had come wrapped in the morning accident.” I had Finally been  vindicated, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I could now begin to take my life back. The diagnosis/decision given by the Orthopedics Department, that is Dr. Hall and his two other colleagues, in my case, to consecutively replace my hips at first look is a routine one. After all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 332,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States each year. However, from my vantage point it is a major qualitative change in direction, to the point, that if the recovery on both hips is successful, I will be walking again without any tools, without the episodes of severe pain and the dangerous medication. Additionally, the eye witnesses to the dangerous fall and the intervention on my behalf by all the Kaiser patient members and the emergency team from Orthopedics was absolutely a blessing and this is irrefutable.

From a Major Kaiser Hospital to a Kaiser Contracted and Operated Nursing and Rehabilitation “Mini Hospital.”

After the  successful operation and the rea placement of my right hip with Prosthesis, on Saturday  evening November 8, I was transferred to Fountain View Convalescent, a nursing facility in Hollywood that essentially serves as a Mini Hospital for Kaiser. But don’t misunderstand me and trust me, it’s a good paying union shop and relatively speaking it’s a high level patient friendly health provider and a fantastic place for recovery. It provides sufficient supportive services and the professional staff needed for physical recovery. The problem as always is management, so please continue and you’ll understand.

Although the estimated recovery time for hip replacement is placed at 3 to 6 months, the  administrators here, headed by a callous Dr. Jeegar Rana and LVN Timmy Nichols and, both Kaiser staffers, on November 11, precisely 52 hours after my admission here, determined the Skilled Nursing Services I have a right to under federal law, were to end on November 13, 2014.  

I appealed the case and the Independent Quality Improvement Organization – QIO, the official investigative body for all Medicare appeals against Kaiser, immediately ruled in my favor and against the shabby biased Kaiser argument that I’m disqualified to receive the recovery services at Fountain View. Since Saturday Nov 15, in the vulnerable condition I’m in, I have been the subject of corporate intimidation and was told by Nichols not to get comfortable, because by next Tuesday I will once again receive a Notice of Medicare Non Coverage, that is a Kick Out Notice. I asked him for the medical or legal basis for the upcoming attack and his response was, “that’s my job man.”

Of course the rational here is really political and the decision is probably coming from Corporate Headquarters. So I’m making a call to everyone with a legal mind or to all the blog readers who might have a friend that can assist me pro bono and help me, please do call on them, ZAZ

*Javier Rodriguez is a journalist, a blogger and a media and political strategist. A long time social activist, he founded the Committee to Rescue La Casa del Mexicano; he is also 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 is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com; a victim of hacking his old email   bajolamiradejavier@yahoo.com has been recovered.

“SE HACEN PENDEJOS” Carlos Fuentes Mexico City 1996 Part II

  • The 2010 struggles for immigration reform, the Washington D.C. 200,000 People held on March 21.
  • The LA May 1st march of 2010 and the onerous, divisive and extreme sexist role of the LA leaders, or in synthesis “el Como se Hacen Pendejos,”

By Javier Rodriguez     Los Angeles 31 October 2014

The November 2014 Mid Term Elections are now only for days away and regardless of what party wins the majority in the US Senate, the countdown for the presidential Executive Order  DACA II, which is expected to provide broad protection and security for the millions of undocumented immigrants, will begin, and with it, a fierce intense national debate will ensue.

Predictably, as a preamble, the Republican leaders have already begun to launch heavy artillery and have threatened to destroy it by any means. Here’s a 180 degree turnaround by three prominent Republican ex members of the Gang of 8:

  • “Acting by executive order on an issue of this magnitude would be the most divisive action you could take — completely undermining any good-faith effort to meaningfully address this important issue, which would be a disservice to the needs of the American people,” Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida wrote to Obama. AP 30 Oct. 2014It is in this context that this series of highly critical pieces on the Latino immigrant rights leaders are being offered for discussion and I’ll start with the year 2010 which in terms of our accomplishments as a movement it is undeniably factual to place it second to 2006 in numbers and momentum. Our own LA leader and long time CHIRLA Director co-chaired the event’s program and it propelled her as a national figure. It was her moment. When we got back to California, the Arizona SB 1070 exploded and just in time for the first meeting to organize the next round of May 1st marches. Recall that in the first part of these series, I pointed out that the previous year 2009, May 1st was a travesty of divisions, and six diminutive marches were held which essentially buried immigration reform for years to come. Angelica agreed and promised to discuss the points in her circles. The work with about 40-50 delegates from the four coalitions and different organizations which were MIWON, Full Rights, SCIC, the March 25 Coalition, the County Federation, SEIU, LIUNA, etc., began. The infrastructure was laid out and as usual I volunteered for the media committee along with Jorge Mario Cabrera and about 7 other media wonks. With five weeks or so to May 1st the opening press conference was scheduled. However as the days moved on, some confusion set in and as the day for the press conference neared, Cabrera sent out an email cancelling it. We lost two weeks of real work. The Coalition’s real press conference and the call I made for one march was an absolute success and this was made exactly two weeks before May Day. Unfortunately, the obsession to continue trying to manipulate the process continued to the last minute of the program at the end of the march. However I can proudly say they got their ass whipped. Immediately after the march I consulted with several of the leaders on the size of the march -it was huge, bigger than Washington on March 21- and collectively I got the green light and I called it at 250,000 and of course it was the national momentum that moved the people. To this day Sister Angelica has yet to apologize. 
  • I’ll end this Part II article with a letter I received on May 3, 2010, two after the march in LA. It is from Celina who worked with me and the Media Committee. She exposes one of the ugliest manifestations of male sexism against women of the May 1st Coalition by LIUNA members, the closest allies Juan El NAFTA had in his coalition and according to my sources he knew about the abuses on the young women activists. I’ll stop here and you read on.
  • Nevertheless, behind the scenes the press event was scheduled and it was staged, but the SCIC and the March 25 Coalition were excluded except that the media did not bite and the event attended by the other half of leaders primarily the groups mentioned above, was a fiasco. Immediately the internet got hot with stern criticisms and accusations of divisions. Incredibly, at the following general meeting they tried to cynically silence the truth with band aids but it was impossible. To use a Maoist term of the 70s, their attitude was putchist, meaning extreme organizational chauvinism. In other words they thought the implicated largess of their faction would prevail. The sorriest part was the role played out by Angelica. My sense is that her husband Rasputin prevailed over her common sense and then CHIRLA, the Filipinos, in complicity with Juan Jose “El NAFTA,” Raul Murillo and La Hermandad, ANSWER, LIUNA and SEIU, etc., conspired and met behind our backs to manipulate the process and place themselves on top, but it didn’t work.
  • Understanding the momentum and the need to follow the success of the Washington march, I knew it was paramount to maintain the unity of all the coalitions in Los Angeles and other organizations and personalities which were already part of the recently general coalition. And for that purpose, I convened an early morning meeting with Angelica at Philippe’s Deli in Downtown LA which she graciously accepted. With no formal agenda, I opened the conversation with my thoughts on the Washington march, and the fact the national coalition had become the vanguard in the fight for reform, and rightly so, had set the agenda for the nation. I added also, that politically she had also grown significantly and her status and moral authority had taken a leap forward. In that context, I explained the need to cement the unity and not allow divisions in the general coalition and that the conditions were obvious to ensure the success for only one giant May 1st march.
  • The year began on March 21 with a spectacular mammoth mobilization of 200,000 people convened in the capitol by the largest pro immigrant reform coalition in history and the primary demand was the passage of legislative reform. It was a gathering that marked the beginning of a major campaign, it truly represented every corner of the country and another first, in the ESPN televised program, President Obama addressed the crowd and the nation by video. Though back in the Immigrant Spring of 2006 on April 10 D.C. was flooded with half a million people New York with 300,000 and Dallas 500,000, all against the infamous Sensenbrenner Bill, March 21 was more focused and pro active because we had taken the offensive. Additionally, that same Sunday evening, ACA, the health reform, was approved by conciliation and signed into law by the President. For us it was a double victory and it enhanced our status as a powerful grass roots force.
  • With the election over, when President Obama issues the widespread protection order, it is imperative for the pro immigrant and Latino national grass roots movement to unify and effectively defend the order, and on the long term, forge an organizing and political strategy that will assist all the liberal, progressive and independent national forces in defeating the far right Republicans in the 2016 elections.

Celina

Thank you for so maturely expressing your thoughts. I can assure I can understand your pain and that of your coalition members. The offenses and resentments of those people from LIUNA are indefensible. Can I respectfully ask you to edit your letter and then resend it to me? I would do it but I’m swamped with a document I have to produce today. I’m on a deadline and other matters,

Best,

Javier — On Mon, 5/3/10, prettycelina1@aol.com <prettycelina1@aol.com> wrote:

From: prettycelina1@aol.com <prettycelina1@aol.com> Subject: Fw: Thank you To: bajolamiradejavier@yahoo.com Date: Monday, May 3, 2010, 12:12 PM

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry —–Original Message—– From: prettycelina1@aol.com Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 19:07:50 To: Javier Rodriquez<bajomiradejavier@yahoo.com> Subject: Thank you I read your review of the march. Gracias por el credito que le distes al equipo de la media. It was a pleasure working with you. Really rewarding as seeing as far as the eye could see people coming. I also want to thank you for denouncing the security issues we had. I was verbally abused and harassed by members of security. At the stage three of them put their hands on me as well. Even as  Ray from RIFA, William from M25, Carlos Montes, Ron Gochez explained to them that I was one of the six coordinators and must be at the stage, the security member from LIUNA, Richard wouldn’t let me in, not because it was a “full stage” as 6 other people got in at the same time they refused my entrance. We went as far as showing my name as a coordinator and Richard said “I still don’t and won’t see it. You’re a nobody and this will teach you to complain about my staff”. The other guy said, “see bitch, I told you you’re a nobody. After 3 failed attempts, Marroquin came over and we explained that all we were trying to do was make sure I was let in, no one else.  Marroquin finally got me in and even then it wasn’t easy as he fought for me. The girl in security pushed me trying to block my entrance.  I asked her not to touch me. Earlier that day, at 8 am, the other guy who was also at the stage entrance had verbally abused me and other members of my coalition. I had various reports from female members that were yelled at and cursed by this individual as they were setting up; to the point that other people had to interfere. When I in a polite matter asked one of them, Andy, he agreed to give us more time as I was thanking him and told him that I will talk to Gerardo to facilitate things and to be smoother. Last thing I wanted was for anyone to get in trouble for us. That same security guy that was later on the stage started yelling and snapping his fingers at me and said, “I don’t see anything moving out of this truck, get fucking moving you stupid bitch, you’re fucking nobody. You do as I say and get the fuck out of here” The verbal abuse went on for 5 more minutes. I told him he wasn’t going to speak to me or anyone like that, that I was the liaison for this group and we are trying to work together. I said I was going to Gerardo and talk to him about the situation and that we are trying to help but we won’t be mistreated. I ran into Marroquin as I was asking for Gerardo and I explained the events to him so then he removed the individual. The police was very pleasant as they informed security we had till 9:30 to remove the vehicle. Prior to that time we asked them to please help us get the vehicle out, as many members of the media were using it to take footage and pictures of the preparations because it was an elevated platform and it was surrounded before 8:30 by people.  I also saw the way they treated you. I was standing next to Umberto as I asked him to please talk to the team to let you in and they shouldn’t be treating leadership or anyone else that way. Different members of the media including channel 52, BBC also complained about the security mistreatment. Both Ray and I had to fight hard to let a team of Credentialed and International officials. They were 6 Consuls and 1 Congresswoman from different countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica)  that had come to show their support, organized a press conference the day before in our support, they were denied access to the backstage area. The security member said “no one gets in unless Richard tells me, he is my boss”. They eventually got in with the help of Ray, Dawn and I, but the situation and how they were treated was highly abusive. The Consul for Costa Rica left and the board member of the FMLN was also sent away. To be clear this is the original reason I went over to the stage where the other members were to speak to the other 4 program coordinators. Ray had already been made aware. It was decided collectively that we would communicate. Even now I don’t know what else will be done to rectify their abuse of power and in order for this not to continue to take place.  If this is the way we treat our allies, since we fight for justice, what hope do we have to fight against those who see us as enemies, when we are being unjust among us. We don’t even need them to destroy and separate us as we are doing it for them.  Gracias otra vez por el analisis. In Solidarity,  Celina      Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

In Part III, I will provide an X-Ray of the making of the September 22 Millions of Voices March in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Texas in the context of the national campaign, the May 1st marches of the same years and the onerous, divisive and the continued extreme sexist role of the LA leaders, or in synthesis el “Como se Hacen Pendejos,” ZAZ

*Javier Rodriguez is a journalist, a blogger and a media and political strategist. A long time social activist, he founded the Committee to Rescue La Casa del Mexicano; he is also 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 is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com; a victim of hacking his old email   bajolamiradejavier@yahoo.com has been recovered.

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