LA Immigrant Rights Leaders Must Urgently Respond to Republican Delay and Kill Strategy
By Javier Rodriguez from Plaza del Mariachi 13 Nov 2013
To friends and family, I have been saying it since early 2010 and especially during the LA organizing campaign for the May 1st National March Against SB1070 and for Immigration Reform, “It’s the Republicans Stupid.” Faced today with this entrenched Republic toxic reality, what is needed are drastic more effective protests that pack a knock out punchFor that, the National Immigrant Rights Movement, affiliated or independent, of the Alliance for Citizenship needs to be much more inclusive and Los Angeles, the bedrock of this struggle since 1968, can be the catalyst that can spark the people into action, but the leadership is stuck and continues to suffer from SDCS-Chauvinist, Sectarian, Divisive Syndrome.
It’s obvious, a lot clearer now, on immigration reform, the Republican leaders have been playing an obstructionist “delay and kill strategy,” into which some of our staunchest Democratic Congressmen naively played into. The movement in Los Angeles as well as nationally, has in its ranks, several powerful political figures, however without the hundreds of thousands of Undocumented Americans taking the matter in their hands, and not just to march, the ultra conservative Republican Elephants will continue play the card of weathering the storm, expecting it dries out during the electoral mid-term campaign of November 2014. Fat chance and wishful thinking.
The moment is critically urgent, the LA leaders should convene an inclusive summit meeting to engage in a meaningful dialogue on strategy and find a more potent public path, an intrepid one, directly pointing the people on the Republicans. Lastly, if such a move is made to meet, it is imperative to leave out the mindset of the SDCS Syndrome somewhere buried for a hundred years. ZAZ, Javier
*Javier Rodriguez is a journalist, a blogger and a media and political strategist. A long time social activist, he is presently a co founder of the Millions of Voices Coalition in LA that on Sept. 22 moved 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; He recently traveled for 5 ½ months thru Mexico in 2012, observing and writing about the country’s political process, the aftermath of a highly questioned presidential election, the drug war and migrants. His blog is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com and his email firstname.lastname@example.org Temporary Cell 213-909-5756