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PRESS STATEMENT

By Javier Rodriguez                    Los Angeles                   20 may 2015

“If we stop families from being deported, we open the doors for our country to be invaded by immigrants, one person at a time. Our pockets are being picked and innocent people are being killed by illegal aliens and hurt and robbed and beaten and raped by criminal foreign nationals that are in our country. Most undocumented immigrants are 130-pound drug runners with calves the size of cantaloupes.

They’re going to be dependent on welfare and handouts and hence will be dependent on the Democratic Party for their livelihoods. These immigrants just come here for easy acquisition of public support through welfare programs.”

And here is the catch, “The impending new Latino majority in the U.S. (which will happen soon because of course immigrants are more fertile than native-born Americans) is dangerous – they could conduct an ethnic cleansing.People for the American Way

TRUST ME YOU WANT READ THIS FAR RIGHT PIECE BELOW. IT WILL BOIL YOUR BLOOD WITH AND YOU WILL WANT TO ACT EFFECTIVELY WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS.

WHY BECAUSE, WITHOUT EXCEPTIONS, THEY WILL ONCE AGAIN USE THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AS A RABID ANTI LATINO AND ANTI IMMIGRANT PLATFORM AND THIS TIME, THEY ARE STARTING EARLIER.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

YOU CAN DEMAND THROUGH THE LATINO, PROGRESSIVE AND MAINSTREAM MEDIA NETWORKS, YOUR CHURCHES, UNIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS, THAT THE OLD GUARD OF LEADERS OF THE IMMIGRATION REFORM MOVEMENT, ESPECIALLY IN LOS ANGELES, STOP THEIR DUMB FOUNDED DIVISIONS BY SIGNING A LONG TERM UNITY COVENANT,-DATED JUNE 2015 TO NOVEMBER 2016- AND CALL FOR A REAL ROUND OF UNIFIED STREET DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, IN EVERY MAJOR CITY, TO PRESSURE THE CONSERVATIVE 9TH DISTRICT FEDERAL APPEALS COURT TO REJECT THE FAR RIGHT REPUBLICAN LAWSUIT AND ALLOW THE 5 MILLION PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ACTION TO BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY.

IF THE 55 MILLION LATINOS AND IMMIGRANTS IN AMERICA SEE AN TRUE TRANSPARENT UNIFICATION OF THE MOVEMENT, -NOT WHAT THEY’VE SEEN ON MAY DAY INTHE LAST THREE YEARS- THE NATIONAL MOBILIZATIONS COULD SERVE AS THE STARTING POINT TOWARDS THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2016.

AND IF ANY OF THE LEADERS DON’T MOVE TO UNIFY, DEMAND THEIR RESIGNATION,

ZAZ, JAVIER    

Randy Borntrager Political Director, People for the American Way

GOP: President Obama’s Out to Destroy Our Nation through His Executive Actions on Immigration

Posted: 05/19/2015 11:37 am EDT Updated: 05/19/2015 1:59 pm EDT

NICHOLAS KAMM via Getty Images

 

On May 19, part of President Obama’s executive actions to keep DREAMers and families from being deported was supposed to go into effect, but they’ve been temporarily blocked because of a lawsuit brought on by anti-immigrant Republicans. This week, immigration groups and progressive organizations across the country are rallying in support of the President’s executive actions.

After reading so many anti-Obama, anti-immigrant screeds, I began to wonder, what if all the Right’s most extreme rhetoric came together in one place. Behold! The ultimate anti-immigrant op-ed, brought to you by the Republican Party and their extremist base! Included are actual statements from GOP leaders and activists like Former Governor Jeb Bush, Representative Steve King (IA), and anti-immigrant leader William Gheen.

President Obama’s Out to Destroy Our Nation Through His Executive Actions on Immigration

President Obama’s lawless executive actions on immigration that protect DREAMers and families from deportation are an insult to the American people. Obama is acting like a Latin American dictator, King George, a tyrant, and Putin, abusing his power to promote his nefarious agenda.

This literally could be the death of the Republic. The executive actions could cause our country to descend abruptly into an abyss that we have never seen in the history of this country. Or at the least, the executive actions will turn us into a lawless third-world nation. Our Constitution will certainly be torn asunder.

If we stop families from being deported, we open the doors for our country to be invaded by immigrants, one person at a time. Our pockets are being picked and innocent people are being killed by illegal aliens and hurt and robbed and beaten and raped by criminal foreign nationals that are in our country. Most undocumented immigrants are 130-pound drug runners with calves the size of cantaloupes.

They’re going to be dependent on welfare and handouts and hence will be dependent on the Democratic Party for their livelihoods. These immigrants just come here for easy acquisition of public support through welfare programs. They’re rushing over here because they’ve heard there’s a bowl of food just across the border. And once they’re here, they’ll raid the Social Security system and lie about their work history.

The impending new Latino majority in the U.S. (which will happen soon because of course immigrants are more fertile than native-born Americans) is dangerous – they could conduct an ethnic cleansing.

We can’t stand idly by as the President does this – he’s not above the law and above the Constitution. The Senate should not confirm a single nominee—executive or judicial—outside of vital national security positions, so long as the illegal amnesty persists. We could also shut down the government again!

But that’s not enough. We have a constitutional duty to stop this runaway, imperial presidency – should we impeach Obama? And at some point, we have to evaluate whether the president’s conduct aids or abets, encourages, or entices foreigners to unlawfully cross into the United States. That has a five-year in-jail penalty associated with it. We must also start talking about treason. Obama’s action certainly is an act of treason because it’s aiding and abetting the enemies of America and giving them comfort and aid.

So let’s arrest the president of the United States! If not, there could be civil war.

To see even more anti-immigrant, anti-Obama rhetoric from the GOP – and who’s saying what – check out People for the American Way’s recent memos on this issue.

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“Baltimore officials have lifted a 10 p.m. curfew and National Guard troops have begun to withdraw as peaceful protests continue over the death of Freddie Gray. On Friday, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced a range of charges against the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport, including murder and manslaughter. Gray’s family says his voice box was crushed and his spine was “80 percent severed at his neck.” Police said they arrested Gray for looking a lieutenant in the eye, then running away. We play excerpts from Mosby’s dramatic announcement, when she acknowledges protests calling for justice in the case and argues officers illegally arrested Gray without probable cause, then ignored his pleas for medical help. “To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment. This is your moment,” Mosby says. “Let’s ensure that we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. You’re at the forefront of this cause. And as young people, our time is now.” From Democracy Now MAY 1

By Javier Rodriguez from Los Angeles   7 Mayo 2015

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 Mosley, 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 blocks 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, to liberate 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.

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 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 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.  

*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 is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.combajolamiradejavier@yahoo.com.

Por Javier Rodriguez de Los Angeles 6 Abril 2015

“Si Obama y partidarios quieren que el gobierno de Venezuela sea castigado y/o derrocado porque se niega a cumplir con los dictados de EEUU, por lo menos deberían ser honestos acerca de sus creencias, de manera que su verdadero carácter salte a la palestra. Pretender que nada de esto tiene que ver con la ira del gobierno de Estados Unidos sobre la supresión de los opositores políticos – cuando sus aliados más cercanos son los campeones del mundo en el tema – debe ser demasiado insultante a la inteligencia de todos, incluso para ser una opción. “Glenn Greenwald

La última y grosera intervención de Estados Unidos y el “Nobel de la Paz” Barack Obama en contra de Venezuela, ha intensificado el conflicto entre ambos países. Una vez más, lo que está en juego es el hecho inequívoco de que la nación sudamericana y su revolución bolivariana mantienen una de las mayores reservas de petróleo del planeta. A pesar de que las empresas estadounidenses han sido el mayor comprador de petróleo de Venezuela, durante su período revolucionario, el gobierno estadounidense y la clase capitalista global gobernante, aparentemente quieren controlar por completo, una vez mas, como se hizo durante décadas antes de la revolución socialista, además de borrar el país del influyente papel independiente en el continente.

Con su última agresión política a Venezuela, tan surrealista como parezca, el líder de la fuerza militar más poderosa en la historia de la humanidad, ha abierto una nueva fase de la intervención imperial en contra de la nación sudamericana, porque de acuerdo con el Nobel, Venezuela representa “una inusual y extraordinaria amenaza a la seguridad de los EE.UU.”. Como se ha hecho decenas de veces en los últimos 215 años, Obama, cínicamente está jugando el papel de la víctima estadounidense. En las últimas 6 ½ décadas, el brutal juego ha sido aplicado a Corea, Viet Nam, Chile, Granada, Panamá, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Afganistán, Libia e Irak, con resultados draconianos, excepto en Venezuela.

Corea fue la primera víctima de la guerra fría, cuando en julio de 1950, los Estados Unidos entró en la ya corrida guerra, en apoyo de la derechista dictadura de Corea del Sur. Igual que Chile, Cuba y Nicaragua en los años sesenta y los ochenta “para luchar contra las fuerzas de comunismo internacional “y también para “liberar el norte de los comunistas.” Sin embargo, como con todas las guerras americanas, asombrosamente, 4.960.000 coreanos fueron asesinados, masacrados pues, mientras que los EE.UU. perdió sólo 40.000, y aun asi este perdió la guerra.

En la guerra entre Estados Unidos y Vietnam, casi tres millones de vietnamitas murieron y su tierra fue casi destruida por el ejército estadounidense, cuando este bombardeó esa pequeña nación con tres veces más bombas y armas químicas que todo el bombardeo realizado en la segunda guerra mundial, cuando 27 millones de soviéticos fueron asesinados por los nazis. Increíblemente en este último, fueron los rusos quienes después de mover millones de sus habitantes e industrias enteras geográficamente y reconstruirlas, los ejércitos soviéticos asumieron y derrotaron a 200 divisiones alemanas, mientras que los EE.UU., Gran Bretaña y Francia combatieron un total de 10.

Desde el 9/11 y la caída de las tres torres de Nueva York y el asalto aéreo en el Pentágono por terroristas saudíes, la máquina militar estadounidense destruyó Afganistán, Libia e Irak y por supuesto instalo “regímenes amigos y democráticos.” El asalto de 2003, sobre Irak fue ridículamente fabricado y otra vez la Fuerza Aérea de Estados Unidos rompió el récord de los bombardeos, la destrucción de la infraestructura y las ciudades por igual, lógicamente matando a cientos de miles de iraquíes y logrando el control de las economías de ese país y las grandes reservas de petróleo, creo, con un total de 4, 000 muertes americanas. En el caso de la nación de los talibanes, la invasión regresó al país una vez más a ser el centro de atención mundial, como el pivote de la heroína, produciendo el 70% de todo el opio y heroína en el planeta.

Sorprendentemente, las agresiones políticas, económicas y militares fabricados en todos los países mencionados, y hay más, salvajemente ha resultado en millones de asesinados, mutilados, heridos y muertos de hambre y estos hechos están bien documentados por el documental de 12 horas, “The Historia Escondida de los Estados Unidos “, producido y dirigido por el progresista director de cine Oliver Stone y el historiador Peter Kuznick. (Los 12 DVD originales como se muestra en Showtime, se pueden comprar directamente a través de Amazon.com por $ 17,95 más impuestos). Como un inmigrante mexicano educado en Estados Unidos desde los 11 años, como Stone, yo nunca fui educado en las escuelas sobre la historia real y la verdad de las guerras de intervención y las invasiones imperiales, excepto la guerra entre Estados Unidos y México, donde mi patria perdió la mitad de su territorio, los más ricos, a la “civilización americana y la Doctrina Monroe”.

Honduras

Presidente of Honduras Manuel Zelaya

El último gobierno de tendencia progresista, elegido democráticamente en nuestro hemisferio, en sufrir un Golpe de Estado es Honduras. El golpe imperial al antiguo aliado de Estados Unidos -recordemos la contra nicaragüense y sus campos hondureños financiados por el trafico de drogas- fue Honduras y su popular elegido Presidente, Manuel Zelaya, tuvo lugar el 28 de junio de 2009 y, tradicionalmente, se orquestó bajo el manto de la democracia y los derechos humanos y fue coordinado por la CIA en la base militar de Estados Unidos en Honduras. Con la excepción del petróleo, la política detrás del golpe en Honduras no diferenció a la del derrocamiento de 48 horas de Venezuela. Es decir, el otro gobierno elegido democráticamente y administrado por el muy militante y visionario presidente, Hugo Chávez. En el momento de los golpes violentos, ambas naciones latinas eran consideradas hostiles a los intereses estadounidenses. Sin embargo, Chávez tenía el grueso de las fuerzas armadas y millones de activos y duros fieles seguidores que respaldaban la revolución, que se levantó en armas y en las calles y restableció el presidente. Por desgracia, la correlación de fuerzas en Honduras no estaba a favor de Zelaya.

Al enterarse de los acontecimientos de Honduras, el presidente Obama había estado en el cargo sólo 5 meses y en ese momento él estaba en África. Desde ahí, recuerdo, declaró públicamente: “Manuel Zelaya es el único verdadero presidente electo de la nación centroamericana.” Sin embargo y muy lamentable para nosotros y el pueblo hondureño, durante los siguientes días de la crisis, su silencio fue ensordecedor. Ni una palabra pidiendo la restitución de Zelaya. Obviamente, el ex presidente de “cambio” y el primer afroamericano en ser elegido en los EE.UU., que en el proceso de una elección histórica, aumentó las esperanzas de democracia y un nuevo camino para la humanidad, no había sido completamente instruido o cooptado por la CIA y los militares. Paradójicamente hoy, está liderando la carga en contra de un verdadero icono de cambio, Venezuela.

Desde 2009, la seguridad social en Honduras es terrible. Un país de sólo 8 millones de habitantes, en 2013, el índice de asesinatos había aumentado a 85,5 por cada 100.000 habitantes, lo que convierte a Honduras en la nación más violenta del planeta. Además, en la ciudad costera y hermosa de San Pedro Sula, los asesinatos se elevaron a 173, lo que según el Observatorio de la Violencia de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (NAUH), es el más alto del mundo fuera de una zona de guerra. Asombrosamente desde el golpe, como en Afganistán, el 80% de todas las drogas en el continente son pasan de contrabando a través de Honduras.

Otro indicador atribuido al golpe de Estado, es el hecho de que la pobreza también se ha disparado y como es habitual en América Central, va acompañada por una sombra familiar, “la inmigración a México y los EE.UU.” y yo la presencie durante varios viajes a través de México en 2012. Entonces visité el sureño Estado de Tabasco, en la frontera con Guatemala y donde desde el golpe de Estado, los hondureños jóvenes, por cientos, entran diariamente a México en su camino hacia el sueño americano. Después de la línea fronteriza, cruzan inmediatamente el espectacular Río Usumancita en balsas y lanchas contratadas. En su camino hacia el “Albergue Inmigrante LA 72” en Tenosique, fundada por los sacerdotes San Franciscanos, les espera un arduo y peligroso camino de 35 kilómetros. En jueves y viernes Santo, caminé ese recorrido con cerca de 200 hondureños, pero bajo la protección de los sacerdotes y de los luchadores sociales por una reforma migratoria mexicana.

En Tenosique todas las noches, el familiar silbido del tren de “La Bestia” se escucha por kilómetros y en cuestión de minutos los jóvenes hondureños, mujeres y niños incluidos, llegan a las vías del ferrocarril. Allí, rodeado de una estación de tren abandonada y barrios humildes, con algunas de las casas ocupadas por las “Pandillas Maras”, se suben al lomo de la Bestia para continuar su caminata de tres mil millas al norte de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Increíblemente por sí mismos, decenas de miles han hecho y seguirán haciendo el viaje hacia el norte.

El fuerte Movimiento de Reforma Migratoria de México ha documentado meticulosamente las violaciones de los derechos humanos en todo el país y en resumen dicen, “en México muchos de los hondureños: son golpeados, torturados, robados, asesinados y reclutados a los carteles, y el 75% de todas las mujeres inmigrantes son violadas.” Los testimonios no implican sólo a las bandas criminales Maras y la Zetas -que controlan las rutas migratorias del Golfo de México- también revelan la participación de la Policía Municipal y Estatal, Instituto Nacional de Migración de México, así como los políticos.

México es quizás el país que ejemplifica claramente la pretensión hipócrita de Estados Unidos
por la supresión de los derechos políticos en Venezuela o cualquier otro lugar. Un país de 110 millones de personas, además de los millones que viven en los EE.UU., que está al lado de una frontera de 2.000 millas de donde el gobierno americano puede verlo todo. El aliado incomodo es considerado “el patio trasero” del norte que desde 1988 ha tenido tres elecciones y tres fraudes presidenciales documentados que ilegalmente han instalado a tres presidentes de los peores presidentes en la historia de Mexico.

Increíblemente para asegurar la victoria de Carlos Salinas de Gortari, en julio de 1988, en medio de la cuenta del voto, el sistema electrónico nacional cayó por tres días enteros para hacer los ajustes necesarios para el triunfo. Ya con Salinas en la presidencia, el TLCAN, el Tratado de Libre Comercio entre México, los EE.UU. y Canadá, se aprobó en 1994. En lugar de mover México al primer mundo y terminar la inmigración como se había prometido, la tasa de pobreza se duplicó, millones perdieron sus granjas y los campesinos sus trabajos, millones también fueron desplazados del campo forzándolos a emigrar a las grandes ciudades urbanas de México y los EE.UU. Además, después de haber violado los derechos políticos y humanos de toda la población, en venganza, Salinas incremento la represión política, con más de 500 líderes de los partidos de izquierda ejecutados en los dos primeros años de su gobierno.

El 1 de Enero 1994, decenas miles de zapatistas explotaron en una rebelión armada contra el TLCAN, en el Estado de Chiapas, cual tenía la más alta tasa de pobreza extrema en México. Yo estuve allí con una delegación Binacional de Derechos Humanos el 20 de enero y nos reunimos con los zapatistas, dentro de territorio liberado en la selva. Es en esta coyuntura histórica en México, cuando la ejecución de los periodistas se intensifica. En el norte, justo debajo de la nariz del presidente George Bush padre, el feminicidio de cientos de mujeres jóvenes comenzó en Juárez, la ciudad gemela de El Paso, Texas. En 1996, también estuve allí en Juárez donde acompañé a las delegaciones estadunidenses encabezadas por los entonces Congs. Hilda Solís y Luis Gutiérrez. Alli visitamos los campos de la muerte y nos reunimos y hablamos con las madres de las víctimas, que por entonces contaba ya con más de 5.000. Sin embargo, el gobierno de Estados Unidos rozó todo bajo la alfombra.

2) En 2006, Felipe Calderón, un fundamentalista de derecha también fue instalado como presidente de México, después del segundo fraude electoral importante, esta vez dirigido por tres consultores extranjeros de derecha: Dos estadounidenses y un español. Con el cuñado de Calderón a cargo de la programación, el equipo nacional y el conteo, esta vez, el sistema sólo bajó por unas horas para también hacer los ajustes para la victoria. Y hay que recalcar que Calderón solo pudo entrar al palacio legislativo a juramentar rodeado de cientos de soldados

Inmediatamente después, por una solicitud presentada en una reunión con diplomáticos estadounidenses de la embajada en la Ciudad de Cuernavaca, con los siniestros funcionarios Fiscal General Genaro García Luna y del Ejército Mexicano la actualidad, Calderón acordó la guerra. Financiado con $ 1,5 mil millones de dólares por el Plan Mérida, el ejército mexicano se lanzó contra todos los cárteles de la droga, excepto “El Chapo Guzmán”. En la guardia de Calderón, hubo un estimado de 100.000 muertos y 27.000 desaparecidos, dos millones de personas fueron desplazadas internamente y, por supuesto, muchos más al norte. Espectacularmente, Juárez, donde yo viví antes de migrar a Los Ángeles, durante años, se convirtió en la capital mundial del asesinato, seguido de Torreón mi ciudad natal, y Acapulco. Lógicamente con los perros de la guerra sueltos en México, las violaciones de derechos humanos aumentaron dramáticamente. A medida que la guerra se produjo, el asesinato de periodistas aumentó y México obtuvo el segundo lugar en asesinatos de medios de comunicación de todo el mundo. Este período fue documentado por organizaciones nacionales y extranjeras de derechos humanos, los medios de comunicación progresistas y autores de investigación como Anabel Hernández y su trilogía “Los Señores del Narco.” Nuestro gobierno americano, tan amante de la democracia, una vez más, no hizo nada para detener la el fraude ni la masacre, por el contrario.

3) He escrito bastante sobre mis viajes a mi país de origen en 2012, de frontera a frontera, donde fui testigo del tercer fraude electoral presidencial y escribí varios reportes y comunicados de prensa desde la Ciudad de México. Para el candidato popular de izquierda Andrés Manuel López Obrador, fue la segunda elección consecutiva robada en su contra. Yo estaba allí en ambas ocasiones y observe y escuche a la gente, por millones en las calles pidiendo a Obrador un levantamiento de rebelión, pero se negó. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas hizo lo mismo en 1988, cuando le robaron la presidencia. ¿Fue un error histórico?

En julio de 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto se impuso después de que su equipo compró los votos de millones de los más pobres, increíblemente con la entrega de tarjetas de débito por millones. La victoria también fue parte de una campaña de televisión realidad de siete años, dirigida por los directores ejecutivos de Televisa, incluyendo su accionista principal, Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Este capítulo fue documentado por Jenaro Villamil en su clásico, “El Gran Montaje.” Peña Nieto fue antes el Gobernador del Estado de México, que con 12 millones de votos, es el bloque electoral más grande del país, ubicado al lado de la Ciudad de México. Tiene una reputación de ser un funcionario público cruel y corrupto. Intelectualmente no es el más brillante, pero políticamente es tenaz. Hoy en día, México bajo su gobierno, continúa en el camino de la pobreza y al igual que los EE.UU., a una brutal desigualdad. La guerra y la supresión de los derechos siguen y durante los últimos seis meses, el mundo ha oído hablar de los desaparecidos 43 estudiantes / profesores de Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. Simplemente el tema no desaparece.

Para reiterar, el presidente Obama ha sido una decepción completa sobre la política internacional, los derechos humanos y la represión hacia toda América Latina y México es el ejemplo perfecto.

Venezuela
Por supuesto que los venezolanos son un pueblo pacífico. Las fuerzas militares de ese país sólo han salido de sus tierras a la guerra una vez, en el siglo 19, cuando junto con Colombia, Perú, Ecuador y Bolivia, lucharon contra los españoles durante la guerra de independencia, encabezada por su figura histórica, Simón Bolívar . Lo que significa que la nación progresista y socialista no ha amenazado, invadido, ni bombardeado ninguna nación de este hemisferio o del mundo? La pregunta es, ¿de dónde Obama, el profesor de derecho constitucional y altamente intelectual, obtiene su información?

Los organismos independientes de América Latina, tales como UNASUR, ALBA, CELAC y la Organización de los Países No Alineados, todos han condenado las acciones ejecutivas del presidente Obama contra Venezuela y están exigiendo una retractación. Cabe destacar en esta ocasión, los EE.UU., al igual que en el bloqueo contra Cuba, está completamente aislado en la arena política del mundo. Por otra parte, la Cumbre de las Américas está casi aquí, en abril, y con la tensión sobre las acciones de Obama y su presencia allí, promete un debate histórico.

Los 55 Millones de Latinos
La pieza que falta aquí es la de 55 millones de población latina y su liderazgo nacional. Me refiero a la clase política latina, los miles de líderes latinos electos, el Caucus Congresional Hispano, Asociaciones Empresariales Latinas y las entidades de medios de comunicación latinos y progresistas, como la Asociación Nacional de Periodistas Hispanos, la Asociación Nacional de Medios Hispanos, Radio Pacifica y Democracy Now. Venezuela y los bloques progresistas latinoamericanos y del Caribe podrían utilizar su ayuda para cabildear y directamente presionar al presidente Obama y asi ayudarlo a entender que “el pueblo venezolano no es una amenaza para los EE.UU. o cualquier otro país.” Los líderes también podrían enviar delegaciones de alto de nivel para comenzar una serie de diálogos con el Gobierno venezolano, similar a la que está organizada por funcionarios electos de California y se espera visite Cuba esta primavera.

* Javier Rodríguez es periodista, bloguero y estratega político y mediático. Activista social de varias décadas es reciente co-fundador de la Coalición Millones de Voces en Los Angeles. Fue el iniciador y director de la historica marcha de 1,7 millones contra la Ley Sensenbrenner en Los Angeles el 25 de marzo de 2006, así como el Gran Boicot Americano1 de mayo 2006. En 1982-86, dirigió las movilizaciones masivas de Los Ángeles que condujeron a la IRCA Ley de Amnistía de 1986;

Periodista, viajó durante 5 meses y medio a lo largo de México en 2012, observando y escribiendo sobre el proceso político del país, después de una elección presidencial muy cuestionada, visitó varias zonas de guerra donde reside su familia, así también viajó con Elvira Arellano al Estado fronterizo de Tabasco con Guatemala, donde los migrantes centroamericanos cogen el tren que llaman “La Bestia”. Entre 1987 y 1996, su hijo Jesús, su sobrino Jaramillo y su hermano Jesús cayeron víctimas de la violencia criminal en Los Ángeles urbano. Su blog es Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com; email bajolamiradejavierr@gmail.com.

La Grosera Intervención del Presidente Obama en Venezuela, abre la puerta a otro golpe de estado “al estilo americano.

Los representantes de los países del grupo ALBA posan para la foto durante la cumbre de la alianza en Caracas. Foto Reuters
Por Javier Rodriguez de Los Angeles 6 Abril 2015

“Si Obama y partidarios quieren que el gobierno de Venezuela sea castigado y/o derrocado porque se niega a cumplir con los dictados de EEUU, por lo menos deberían ser honestos acerca de sus creencias, de manera que su verdadero carácter salte a la palestra. Pretender que nada de esto tiene que ver con la ira del gobierno de Estados Unidos sobre la supresión de los opositores políticos – cuando sus aliados más cercanos son los campeones del mundo en el tema – debe ser demasiado insultante a la inteligencia de todos, incluso para ser una opción. “Glenn Greenwald

La última y grosera intervención de Estados Unidos y el “Nobel de la Paz” Barack Obama en contra de Venezuela, ha intensificado el conflicto entre ambos países. Una vez más, lo que está en juego es el hecho inequívoco de que la nación sudamericana y su revolución bolivariana mantienen una de las mayores reservas de petróleo del planeta. A pesar de que las empresas estadounidenses han sido el mayor comprador de petróleo de Venezuela, durante su período revolucionario, el gobierno estadounidense y la clase capitalista global gobernante, aparentemente quieren controlar por completo, una vez mas, como se hizo durante décadas antes de la revolución socialista, además de borrar el país del influyente papel independiente en el continente.

Con su última agresión política a Venezuela, tan surrealista como parezca, el líder de la fuerza militar más poderosa en la historia de la humanidad, ha abierto una nueva fase de la intervención imperial en contra de la nación sudamericana, porque de acuerdo con el Nobel, Venezuela representa “una inusual y extraordinaria amenaza a la seguridad de los EE.UU.”. Como se ha hecho decenas de veces en los últimos 215 años, Obama, cínicamente está jugando el papel de la víctima estadounidense. En las últimas 6 ½ décadas, el brutal juego ha sido aplicado a Corea, Viet Nam, Chile, Granada, Panamá, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Afganistán, Libia e Irak, con resultados draconianos, excepto en Venezuela.

Corea fue la primera víctima de la guerra fría, cuando en julio de 1950, los Estados Unidos entró en la ya corrida guerra, en apoyo de la derechista dictadura de Corea del Sur. Igual que Chile, Cuba y Nicaragua en los años sesenta y los ochenta “para luchar contra las fuerzas de comunismo internacional “y también para “liberar el norte de los comunistas.” Sin embargo, como con todas las guerras americanas, asombrosamente, 4.960.000 coreanos fueron asesinados, masacrados pues, mientras que los EE.UU. perdió sólo 40.000, y aun asi este perdió la guerra.

En la guerra entre Estados Unidos y Vietnam, casi tres millones de vietnamitas murieron y su tierra fue casi destruida por el ejército estadounidense, cuando este bombardeó esa pequeña nación con tres veces más bombas y armas químicas que todo el bombardeo realizado en la segunda guerra mundial, cuando 27 millones de soviéticos fueron asesinados por los nazis. Increíblemente en este último, fueron los rusos quienes después de mover millones de sus habitantes e industrias enteras geográficamente y reconstruirlas, los ejércitos soviéticos asumieron y derrotaron a 200 divisiones alemanas, mientras que los EE.UU., Gran Bretaña y Francia combatieron un total de 10.

Desde el 9/11 y la caída de las tres torres de Nueva York y el asalto aéreo en el Pentágono por terroristas saudíes, la máquina militar estadounidense destruyó Afganistán, Libia e Irak y por supuesto instalo “regímenes amigos y democráticos.” El asalto de 2003, sobre Irak fue ridículamente fabricado y otra vez la Fuerza Aérea de Estados Unidos rompió el récord de los bombardeos, la destrucción de la infraestructura y las ciudades por igual, lógicamente matando a cientos de miles de iraquíes y logrando el control de las economías de ese país y las grandes reservas de petróleo, creo, con un total de 4, 000 muertes americanas. En el caso de la nación de los talibanes, la invasión regresó al país una vez más a ser el centro de atención mundial, como el pivote de la heroína, produciendo el 70% de todo el opio y heroína en el planeta.

Sorprendentemente, las agresiones políticas, económicas y militares fabricados en todos los países mencionados, y hay más, salvajemente ha resultado en millones de asesinados, mutilados, heridos y muertos de hambre y estos hechos están bien documentados por el documental de 12 horas, “The Historia Escondida de los Estados Unidos “, producido y dirigido por el progresista director de cine Oliver Stone y el historiador Peter Kuznick. (Los 12 DVD originales como se muestra en Showtime, se pueden comprar directamente a través de Amazon.com por $ 17,95 más impuestos). Como un inmigrante mexicano educado en Estados Unidos desde los 11 años, como Stone, yo nunca fui educado en las escuelas sobre la historia real y la verdad de las guerras de intervención y las invasiones imperiales, excepto la guerra entre Estados Unidos y México, donde mi patria perdió la mitad de su territorio, los más ricos, a la “civilización americana y la Doctrina Monroe”.

Honduras

Presidente of Honduras Manuel Zelaya

El último gobierno de tendencia progresista, elegido democráticamente en nuestro hemisferio, en sufrir un Golpe de Estado es Honduras. El golpe imperial al antiguo aliado de Estados Unidos -recordemos la contra nicaragüense y sus campos hondureños financiados por el trafico de drogas- fue Honduras y su popular elegido Presidente, Manuel Zelaya, tuvo lugar el 28 de junio de 2009 y, tradicionalmente, se orquestó bajo el manto de la democracia y los derechos humanos y fue coordinado por la CIA en la base militar de Estados Unidos en Honduras. Con la excepción del petróleo, la política detrás del golpe en Honduras no diferenció a la del derrocamiento de 48 horas de Venezuela. Es decir, el otro gobierno elegido democráticamente y administrado por el muy militante y visionario presidente, Hugo Chávez. En el momento de los golpes violentos, ambas naciones latinas eran consideradas hostiles a los intereses estadounidenses. Sin embargo, Chávez tenía el grueso de las fuerzas armadas y millones de activos y duros fieles seguidores que respaldaban la revolución, que se levantó en armas y en las calles y restableció el presidente. Por desgracia, la correlación de fuerzas en Honduras no estaba a favor de Zelaya.

Al enterarse de los acontecimientos de Honduras, el presidente Obama había estado en el cargo sólo 5 meses y en ese momento él estaba en África. Desde ahí, recuerdo, declaró públicamente: “Manuel Zelaya es el único verdadero presidente electo de la nación centroamericana.” Sin embargo y muy lamentable para nosotros y el pueblo hondureño, durante los siguientes días de la crisis, su silencio fue ensordecedor. Ni una palabra pidiendo la restitución de Zelaya. Obviamente, el ex presidente de “cambio” y el primer afroamericano en ser elegido en los EE.UU., que en el proceso de una elección histórica, aumentó las esperanzas de democracia y un nuevo camino para la humanidad, no había sido completamente instruido o cooptado por la CIA y los militares. Paradójicamente hoy, está liderando la carga en contra de un verdadero icono de cambio, Venezuela.

Desde 2009, la seguridad social en Honduras es terrible. Un país de sólo 8 millones de habitantes, en 2013, el índice de asesinatos había aumentado a 85,5 por cada 100.000 habitantes, lo que convierte a Honduras en la nación más violenta del planeta. Además, en la ciudad costera y hermosa de San Pedro Sula, los asesinatos se elevaron a 173, lo que según el Observatorio de la Violencia de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (NAUH), es el más alto del mundo fuera de una zona de guerra. Asombrosamente desde el golpe, como en Afganistán, el 80% de todas las drogas en el continente son pasan de contrabando a través de Honduras.

Otro indicador atribuido al golpe de Estado, es el hecho de que la pobreza también se ha disparado y como es habitual en América Central, va acompañada por una sombra familiar, “la inmigración a México y los EE.UU.” y yo la presencie durante varios viajes a través de México en 2012. Entonces visité el sureño Estado de Tabasco, en la frontera con Guatemala y donde desde el golpe de Estado, los hondureños jóvenes, por cientos, entran diariamente a México en su camino hacia el sueño americano. Después de la línea fronteriza, cruzan inmediatamente el espectacular Río Usumancita en balsas y lanchas contratadas. En su camino hacia el “Albergue Inmigrante LA 72” en Tenosique, fundada por los sacerdotes San Franciscanos, les espera un arduo y peligroso camino de 35 kilómetros. En jueves y viernes Santo, caminé ese recorrido con cerca de 200 hondureños, pero bajo la protección de los sacerdotes y de los luchadores sociales por una reforma migratoria mexicana.

En Tenosique todas las noches, el familiar silbido del tren de “La Bestia” se escucha por kilómetros y en cuestión de minutos los jóvenes hondureños, mujeres y niños incluidos, llegan a las vías del ferrocarril. Allí, rodeado de una estación de tren abandonada y barrios humildes, con algunas de las casas ocupadas por las “Pandillas Maras”, se suben al lomo de la Bestia para continuar su caminata de tres mil millas al norte de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Increíblemente por sí mismos, decenas de miles han hecho y seguirán haciendo el viaje hacia el norte.

El fuerte Movimiento de Reforma Migratoria de México ha documentado meticulosamente las violaciones de los derechos humanos en todo el país y en resumen dicen, “en México muchos de los hondureños: son golpeados, torturados, robados, asesinados y reclutados a los carteles, y el 75% de todas las mujeres inmigrantes son violadas.” Los testimonios no implican sólo a las bandas criminales Maras y la Zetas -que controlan las rutas migratorias del Golfo de México- también revelan la participación de la Policía Municipal y Estatal, Instituto Nacional de Migración de México, así como los políticos.

México es quizás el país que ejemplifica claramente la pretensión hipócrita de Estados Unidos
por la supresión de los derechos políticos en Venezuela o cualquier otro lugar. Un país de 110 millones de personas, además de los millones que viven en los EE.UU., que está al lado de una frontera de 2.000 millas de donde el gobierno americano puede verlo todo. El aliado incomodo es considerado “el patio trasero” del norte que desde 1988 ha tenido tres elecciones y tres fraudes presidenciales documentados que ilegalmente han instalado a tres presidentes de los peores presidentes en la historia de Mexico.

Increíblemente para asegurar la victoria de Carlos Salinas de Gortari, en julio de 1988, en medio de la cuenta del voto, el sistema electrónico nacional cayó por tres días enteros para hacer los ajustes necesarios para el triunfo. Ya con Salinas en la presidencia, el TLCAN, el Tratado de Libre Comercio entre México, los EE.UU. y Canadá, se aprobó en 1994. En lugar de mover México al primer mundo y terminar la inmigración como se había prometido, la tasa de pobreza se duplicó, millones perdieron sus granjas y los campesinos sus trabajos, millones también fueron desplazados del campo forzándolos a emigrar a las grandes ciudades urbanas de México y los EE.UU. Además, después de haber violado los derechos políticos y humanos de toda la población, en venganza, Salinas incremento la represión política, con más de 500 líderes de los partidos de izquierda ejecutados en los dos primeros años de su gobierno.

El 1 de Enero 1994, decenas miles de zapatistas explotaron en una rebelión armada contra el TLCAN, en el Estado de Chiapas, cual tenía la más alta tasa de pobreza extrema en México. Yo estuve allí con una delegación Binacional de Derechos Humanos el 20 de enero y nos reunimos con los zapatistas, dentro de territorio liberado en la selva. Es en esta coyuntura histórica en México, cuando la ejecución de los periodistas se intensifica. En el norte, justo debajo de la nariz del presidente George Bush padre, el feminicidio de cientos de mujeres jóvenes comenzó en Juárez, la ciudad gemela de El Paso, Texas. En 1996, también estuve allí en Juárez donde acompañé a las delegaciones estadunidenses encabezadas por los entonces Congs. Hilda Solís y Luis Gutiérrez. Alli visitamos los campos de la muerte y nos reunimos y hablamos con las madres de las víctimas, que por entonces contaba ya con más de 5.000. Sin embargo, el gobierno de Estados Unidos rozó todo bajo la alfombra.

2) En 2006, Felipe Calderón, un fundamentalista de derecha también fue instalado como presidente de México, después del segundo fraude electoral importante, esta vez dirigido por tres consultores extranjeros de derecha: Dos estadounidenses y un español. Con el cuñado de Calderón a cargo de la programación, el equipo nacional y el conteo, esta vez, el sistema sólo bajó por unas horas para también hacer los ajustes para la victoria. Y hay que recalcar que Calderón solo pudo entrar al palacio legislativo a juramentar rodeado de cientos de soldados

Inmediatamente después, por una solicitud presentada en una reunión con diplomáticos estadounidenses de la embajada en la Ciudad de Cuernavaca, con los siniestros funcionarios Fiscal General Genaro García Luna y del Ejército Mexicano la actualidad, Calderón acordó la guerra. Financiado con $ 1,5 mil millones de dólares por el Plan Mérida, el ejército mexicano se lanzó contra todos los cárteles de la droga, excepto “El Chapo Guzmán”. En la guardia de Calderón, hubo un estimado de 100.000 muertos y 27.000 desaparecidos, dos millones de personas fueron desplazadas internamente y, por supuesto, muchos más al norte. Espectacularmente, Juárez, donde yo viví antes de migrar a Los Ángeles, durante años, se convirtió en la capital mundial del asesinato, seguido de Torreón mi ciudad natal, y Acapulco. Lógicamente con los perros de la guerra sueltos en México, las violaciones de derechos humanos aumentaron dramáticamente. A medida que la guerra se produjo, el asesinato de periodistas aumentó y México obtuvo el segundo lugar en asesinatos de medios de comunicación de todo el mundo. Este período fue documentado por organizaciones nacionales y extranjeras de derechos humanos, los medios de comunicación progresistas y autores de investigación como Anabel Hernández y su trilogía “Los Señores del Narco.” Nuestro gobierno americano, tan amante de la democracia, una vez más, no hizo nada para detener la el fraude ni la masacre, por el contrario.

3) He escrito bastante sobre mis viajes a mi país de origen en 2012, de frontera a frontera, donde fui testigo del tercer fraude electoral presidencial y escribí varios reportes y comunicados de prensa desde la Ciudad de México. Para el candidato popular de izquierda Andrés Manuel López Obrador, fue la segunda elección consecutiva robada en su contra. Yo estaba allí en ambas ocasiones y observe y escuche a la gente, por millones en las calles pidiendo a Obrador un levantamiento de rebelión, pero se negó. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas hizo lo mismo en 1988, cuando le robaron la presidencia. ¿Fue un error histórico?

En julio de 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto se impuso después de que su equipo compró los votos de millones de los más pobres, increíblemente con la entrega de tarjetas de débito por millones. La victoria también fue parte de una campaña de televisión realidad de siete años, dirigida por los directores ejecutivos de Televisa, incluyendo su accionista principal, Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Este capítulo fue documentado por Jenaro Villamil en su clásico, “El Gran Montaje.” Peña Nieto fue antes el Gobernador del Estado de México, que con 12 millones de votos, es el bloque electoral más grande del país, ubicado al lado de la Ciudad de México. Tiene una reputación de ser un funcionario público cruel y corrupto. Intelectualmente no es el más brillante, pero políticamente es tenaz. Hoy en día, México bajo su gobierno, continúa en el camino de la pobreza y al igual que los EE.UU., a una brutal desigualdad. La guerra y la supresión de los derechos siguen y durante los últimos seis meses, el mundo ha oído hablar de los desaparecidos 43 estudiantes / profesores de Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. Simplemente el tema no desaparece.

Para reiterar, el presidente Obama ha sido una decepción completa sobre la política internacional, los derechos humanos y la represión hacia toda América Latina y México es el ejemplo perfecto.

Venezuela
Por supuesto que los venezolanos son un pueblo pacífico. Las fuerzas militares de ese país sólo han salido de sus tierras a la guerra una vez, en el siglo 19, cuando junto con Colombia, Perú, Ecuador y Bolivia, lucharon contra los españoles durante la guerra de independencia, encabezada por su figura histórica, Simón Bolívar . Lo que significa que la nación progresista y socialista no ha amenazado, invadido, ni bombardeado ninguna nación de este hemisferio o del mundo? La pregunta es, ¿de dónde Obama, el profesor de derecho constitucional y altamente intelectual, obtiene su información?

Los organismos independientes de América Latina, tales como UNASUR, ALBA, CELAC y la Organización de los Países No Alineados, todos han condenado las acciones ejecutivas del presidente Obama contra Venezuela y están exigiendo una retractación. Cabe destacar en esta ocasión, los EE.UU., al igual que en el bloqueo contra Cuba, está completamente aislado en la arena política del mundo. Por otra parte, la Cumbre de las Américas está casi aquí, en abril, y con la tensión sobre las acciones de Obama y su presencia allí, promete un debate histórico.

Los 55 Millones de Latinos
La pieza que falta aquí es la de 55 millones de población latina y su liderazgo nacional. Me refiero a la clase política latina, los miles de líderes latinos electos, el Caucus Congresional Hispano, Asociaciones Empresariales Latinas y las entidades de medios de comunicación latinos y progresistas, como la Asociación Nacional de Periodistas Hispanos, la Asociación Nacional de Medios Hispanos, Radio Pacifica y Democracy Now. Venezuela y los bloques progresistas latinoamericanos y del Caribe podrían utilizar su ayuda para cabildear y directamente presionar al presidente Obama y asi ayudarlo a entender que “el pueblo venezolano no es una amenaza para los EE.UU. o cualquier otro país.” Los líderes también podrían enviar delegaciones de alto de nivel para comenzar una serie de diálogos con el Gobierno venezolano, similar a la que está organizada por funcionarios electos de California y se espera visite Cuba esta primavera.

* Javier Rodríguez es periodista, bloguero y estratega político y mediático. Activista social de varias décadas es reciente co-fundador de la Coalición Millones de Voces en Los Angeles. Fue el iniciador y director de la historica marcha de 1,7 millones contra la Ley Sensenbrenner en Los Angeles el 25 de marzo de 2006, así como el Gran Boicot Americano1 de mayo 2006. En 1982-86, dirigió las movilizaciones masivas de Los Ángeles que condujeron a la IRCA Ley de Amnistía de 1986;

Periodista, viajó durante 5 meses y medio a lo largo de México en 2012, observando y escribiendo sobre el proceso político del país, después de una elección presidencial muy cuestionada, visitó varias zonas de guerra donde reside su familia, así también viajó con Elvira Arellano al Estado fronterizo de Tabasco con Guatemala, donde los migrantes centroamericanos cogen el tren que llaman “La Bestia”. Entre 1987 y 1996, su hijo Jesús, su sobrino Jaramillo y su hermano Jesús cayeron víctimas de la violencia criminal en Los Ángeles urbano. Su blog es Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com; email bajolamiradejavierr@gmail.com.

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.

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