San Gabriel valley Sanctuary Coalition

Javier Rodriguez bajolamiradejavierr@gmail.com blog Larayueladejavier@wordpress.com  1-323-768-5328

La Primera Gran Marcha del 1ro Mayo 2017 en el Valle San Gabriel-L.A. y

Carta a Marta Samano  13 Abril 2017

Hola Marta, lo que El Periodico Sin Fronteras te está pidiendo compañera, es que tu escribas el artículo. Te dan todo para que entiendas e intérpretes sus instrucciones y  eso incluye el contenido que ellos buscan y te ofrecen 2 cuartillas = 400 palabras. Me imagino que en el avión a Michoacán ya llegaste a algunas conclusiones panorámicas de la columna por escribir y sobre algunos detalles de tu partida de vacaciones. Yo estimo que el artículo te va a llevar entre diez a veinte horas, más los tiempos de investigación y la lucha interna EN TU MENTE que SIEMPRE SURGE donde quiera que estés, digamos “dentro del momentum político en California, el país o la crisis que se vive mundialmente”.

Pero, que no cunda el pánico. Decidiste irte de vacaciones a México por 5 1/2 semanas, y esto, en el momento más crítico de la campana del 1ro de Mayo en el Valle de San Gabriel. Traducido el tiempo, estas semanas suman 1,008 horas y a la coalición le quedan 16 días de trabajo intenso.

 

A tod@s en la Coalición SGV voy a contarles una de las miles de historias de la Revolución Angelina que vivimos dentro de la década del 2006 al presente. Está en particular se dio durante la campaña para derrotar la infame Ley AB 1070, que la extrema derecha de Arizona logro coronar con la firma de la Gobernadora Brewer en el 2010. Inequivocadamente, ante tamaño desafío, el pueblo Latino Migrante y sus aliados en la América humanitaria y progresista, se levantaron en armas.

  • El 21 de Marzo 2010, entre 100,000 a 200,000 protestamos en el Mall-Explanada de Washington D.C., exigiendo la esperada reforma migratoria. La marcha y el rally conto con 100 oradores y testimonios y también con el Pres. Obama. Todo fue televisado en vivo a través de gigantes pantallas, y nacionalmente, ante millones en la cadenas, CSPAN, las Latinas, etc. Fue esa  misma noche que se logró la victoria de la Reforma Sanitaria “Obama Care/ACA”.
  • En Los Angeles ya estaba una Coalición -de las que van y vienen cada 1ro de Mayo desde el 2006 en Los Angeles- funcionando y compuesta por la Federación Laboral, CHIRLA, MIWON, Labor’s Union SoCal, Full Rights Coalition, SoCal-IC, dos de las siempre divididas Hermandades Mexicanas y La Coalicion 25 Marzo, cual yo representaba, y otras más.
  • Yo soy uno de los que en este movimiento he insistido por años en la “unidad permanente del movimiento por la reforma migratoria en Los Angeles”. Inspirado por las mencionadas victorias del 21 Marzo, días después ya en Los Angeles, me reuní con Angélica Salas, Directora de CHIRLA. El motivo, plantearle la necesidad de cerrar filas ante cualquier movimiento conservador dentro de la Coalicion en Los Angeles, que quisiera dividirla y expulsar el ala más progresista de sus filas. Estuvimos de acuerdo, prometimos lo casi imposible por mantener y afianzar la unidad. De despedida para sellar como se debe, nos abrazamos.  
  • En esa Coalición, yo, junto con Jorge Mario Cabrera de CHIRLA y otros, participábamos en el difícil, pero importante Comité de Comunicaciones y Medios. De hecho, colectivamente el Comité ya había fijado la también súper importante primera Conferencia de Prensa, the Kick Off / el despegue de la gran marcha. En ese proceso de armar el “Press Release” estábamos con varios borradores/first drafts en las computadoras y volando en-linea, cuando repentinamente, Jorge nos escribe a los 10 miembros del Comité, que “por órdenes superiores se parara todo, porque algo está sucediendo.” Nerviosamente el hijo de El Pulgarcito de América, que es también uno de los favoritos de los medios Latinos, escuetamente término, “me comunico individualmente más tarde con todos los comunicadores”.
  • Para todos los que no sabían del golpe de estado mediático en La Capital del Inmigrante, las horas pasaron y la llamada de Cabrera o de Angélica Salas nunca llego. Si recuerdo bien, al día siguiente sonó la Campana del Palco de los Reyes Democráticos y bingo, como una docena de líderes y activistas miembros de la Coalicion,* tuvieron una tristemente organizada conferencia de prensa anunciando que “democráticamente convocamos al pueblo a la gran marcha del día del trabajo”. Carajo, esto fue después de la promesa de Angélica. Entre risas y coraje se supo que el evento de l@s demócratas no había trascendido. Al fiasco mediático solo dos reporteros y/o camarógrafos asistieron. Lógicamente no invitaron a los mugrosos y revoltosos progresistas de las coaliciones SoCal Inmigración Coalition y la C25Marzo.
  • La crisis causada por los “facciosos moderados” causo estragos, casi parando el trabajo de la Gran Marcha.  Finalmente, con 14 días hacia el 1ro de Mayo, logramos un acuerdo de un solo Evento de Prensa y una sola marcha unida. Allí, clarifique a la prensa y la comunidad que el conflicto se había resuelto y  el 1ro Mayo se había salvado con el dialogo y la unidad a comillas y por lo tanto tendríamos una sola marcha. Ya unidos en esas dos semanas sin conflicto, logramos la confianza de la gente, los medios y una movilización de 250,000 personas, ¼ millón, en Los Angeles para derrotar la SB 1070. Fue una contundente victoria contra la Política Bi-Polar y de división que se practica entre los líderes hasta hoy.  
  • Para aquellos los dirigentes que se opusieron al golpe mediático y para nosotros del 2017, La Moraleja de la Historia es y sigue siendo: En la lucha y en un movimiento político progresista la unidad es mil veces más fuerte y perdurable sobre la división política. En el 2009 se organizaron 7 marchas en el Centro de L.A. por los mismos y nuevos actores de hoy. Es muy similar al presente. A dos semanas de este 1ro Mayo, hay 5 o más marchas registradas en el Condado de Los Angeles. El movimiento necesita dialogar, debe dialogar seriamente porque si no, corremos el peligro de hacer el ridículo con diminutivas marchas como en el 2009 y un boycott desorganizado como acuso Henrik Rhebinder en La Opinión hace unas semanas.  Para esto es imperativo entrar a la discusión con el pueblo primero en la mente y no con el ridículo cuento de “a ver que saco para mi molino”. Adicionalmente e igual de importante es lo que plantee recientemente: la prensa, ante esta realidad, los periodistas, reporteros u analistas tienen que entrarle con visión, profundidad y compromiso en esta coyuntura y exigir la unidad de todos en la región para así sacar una sola marcha que fácilmente sea de 1 millón y no chingaderas.
  • Las coaliciones y líderes que yo observo en el tablero son las siguientes:
  1. Marcha Boyle Heights: Freedom Road Socialist-C.S.O. liderada por Carlos Montes “El Cara de Pollo” y Sol Márquez. No Tienen Coalicion. Su base es joven y se esperan de 100 a 200 en la Cesar Chavez Ave. a la Plaza Mariachi.
  2. CA Latino Congreso; Organiza Huelga General y Marcha de 1 Millón. Su volante lista 8 organizaciones que incluye a Freedom Road y a Union del Barrio pero esta renuncio hace semanas, quitándole cualquier posibilidad y semblanza al Congreso de aparentar ser una Coalicion real con una base de miles. El dirigente es Nativo López, de antecedentes muy cuestionables en Los Angeles y a nivel nacional. Si recuerdan en el mismo 2010 y dentro la campana contra la SB 1070 entro a dividir más al movimiento con el cuento Evangélico de boicotear el Censo. También  asesor cercano de Con. Gilbert Cedillo y socio de Antonio González. Para las marchas del pasado 20 de Enero contra Trump, López sin ninguna explicación pública no llego a su propia marcha. El Congreso y González, aunque se aprovechó del mega momento del 2006, nunca ha organizado por su cuenta ninguna mega marcha aquí o en San Antonio.
  3. Full Rights Coalition: encabezada por Juan Jose Gutiérrez y Raúl Murillo, en los últimos anos su participación en las Marchas del 1ro Mayo y su última del 20 de Enero, este grupo ha reducido su influencia por un 95% entre organizaciones Centroamericanas, la iglesia y los sindicatos. De miles, hoy su base se redujo a un promedio de 100 a 150 personas por evento. Aunque Univisión Nacional y La Opinión los siguen sosteniendo, las divisiones y su estilo manipulador y oportunista de trabajo les ha cobrado la factura. Además la guerra entre este contra los dirigentes de Union del Barrio y el hoy Congreso Latino es a muerte.
  4. Coalicion 1ro de Mayo encabezada por CHIRLA, L.A. County Federatión of Labor, IDESPCA y 50 organizaciones más. Esta Coalicion tuvo su debut a principios de Marzo 2017 y la cobertura fue sensacional situándolos como punteros a tal grado que después de ser blanco de una crítica mía -hacia el no a CHIRLA- el editor Francisco Castro remato con otra página entera, relegando a la Coalicion del Valle de San Gabriel a 35 palabras de cobertura. CHIRLA, Angélica y Jorge Mario son considerados la fuerza angelina principal ante los medios, la clase política local y estatal, las fundaciones, y lógico ante el pueblo por la cantidad de luchas que han encabezado a través de los anos.

Como ya se empieza ha comentar en las noticias, se esta desarrollando la primera mega marcha en la historia del Valle de San Gabriel que una a este  primer evento callejero de 1,000, 10,000, 50,000 o 100,000 activistas. Lograr esto es mil veces más difícil, que el artículo.

Para la reunión de hoy se discutirá un presupuesto de unos $10k a $15k para cubrir varios gastos,  como son la propaganda; 50,000 volantes, y 2,500 posters; La Manta de La Coalición con sus demandas; Rentar el Sonido $1,000; la compra de los anuncios en La Opinión con 2 páginas enteras con costo de non profit sale a $750×2; Para estos trabajos se necesita contratar diseñadores gráficos profesionales. Tambien tendremos que entrar en la radio y ojala tengamos el apoyo de Latino-Mex Radio donde chambea el locutor y miembro de la Coalición Leo Muncie y también donde El Famoso CuCuy es su locutor Estrella. Las 2 conferencias de prensa programadas para antes de 1ro Mayo: una en el Edificio Federal en el Centro de L.A.

Sabemos que nuestros lideres y la coalicion tiene mucho apoyo dentro del estudiantado en las Preparatorias/High School y Middle School. La decisión de decidir que el punto del comienzo de la marcha sea afuera de Basset High School a las 11:00 AM fue vital; Además, acabamos de lograr que el Distrito Escolar Hacienda, City of industry y La Puente y La Ciudad se convirtieran en Santuarios para aproximadamente 200,000 Mil Inmigrantes del Valle SG. Esta factura ahora se cobra con el apoyo a La Gran Marcha  de los Políticos y los Consejos Municipales.

De Hecho ya se cuenta con el apoyo activo de La Supervisora  Hilda Solís, que goza  en ser la líder Latina electa más popular en Los Angeles.

También, nos apoya la Cantante Progresista Margarita Luna “de lunerias,” que cantara durante el Programa.

 

Marta Cuando termines el primer borrador de tu articulo me lo envias y lo edito y te lo regreso después y  lo enviare a unos 10,000 activistas Sociales, lideres, Abogados, ZAZ,  Javier Rodriguez

Me despido con la frase universal de la lucha:

Hay Hombres y Mujeres que Luchan un dia.

Y son buenas. Hay otras que luchanunos anos y son mejores,

Hay otr@s que luchan toda la vida,  esas son las imprecindibles.  

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El papel de los Despegues Mediáticos de las Mega Marchas del 1ro Mayo 2017 y las Mentiras de los Medios

Conversación Abierta con Francisco Castro Editor Metro La Opinión

Por Javier Rodriguez 5 Abril 2017

Maestro Francisco, con aquella investigación superficial y subjetiva contra mí como líder de la Coalición 25 Marzo en el 2006 estuviste equivocado. Y si, hoy no es lo mismo, entonces trabajabas para periódico Hoy, propiedad de Los Angeles Times, hoy para La Opinión, desafortunadamente te antojas peor. Tu concepción del valor de las movilizaciones populares y sus despegues de campana -como este 1ro de Mayo- se deben reportar en los medios solo al final de las campanas, indica una desdeñosa carencia de conocimiento y sensibilidad hacia este fenómeno que es un arma política de los pueblos inmigrantes, del resto de las clases sociales, las mujeres y bloques de minorías que componen el 99%. Y para justificarte mentiste.

Las mega marchas en América y en todo el mundo se inician, se construyen y se promueven dialécticamente. Los iniciadores, que son los de la visión panorámica, los directores y organizadores que implementan esa visión, más el plan de armar las coaliciones y las alianzas, lo hacen a través de estrategias  políticas, organizativas, mediáticas y financieras. Y todos en conjunto calibran the momentum/, el momento político, el nivel del ambiente, las condiciones objetivas y subjetivas y la correlación de fuerzas en juego en cada etapa del proceso.

El inicio o despegues de campanas, por necesidad conllevan las conferencias de prensa. Lógico, con ese gigante megáfono compuesto de canales de TV, Radio, la prensa escrita, servicios noticieros y las redes sociales, intentan llegarle a millones de ciudadanos con su mensaje colectivo que pone en alerta a la población y sectores de poder.  

Te refiero a las dos únicas conferencias de prensa -antes de la nuestra- que han sido organizadas para la presente campaña del 1ro de Mayo en Los Angeles. El primer despegue mediático fue convocado hace mes y medio por el Congreso Latino y aproximadamente dos decenas de organizaciones bajo su carpa. Anunciaron la marcha y una huelga general el 1ro de Mayo, pero desafortunadamente no trascendió.

La segunda conferencia de prensa fue convocada por una Coalición de 56 organizaciones, encabezada por CHIRLA. Esta, como la otra, convoco a los medios para   presentarles  a ellos y a la comunidad su kick off/el despegue de su campana y las fuerzas con que cuenta para llegar a la meta del 1ro de Mayo con cientos de miles en las calles, junto también con otro paro general de 24 horas. Este, se espera se encienda aquí y a nivel nacional y pide el no trabajar, no escuela, no compras y ventas. De hecho yo espero que con el momentum habido y por elevar, un movimiento unido de las coaliciones, tiene el potencial de mover millones en cientos de ciudades del país, similar a lo que hicimos en 2006 y lo que sucedió el 21 de Enero con la novedosa Marcha de las Mujeres Contra Trump. Con la observación y condición que la unidad de todos los grupos es vital. Hago hincapié que la gran mayoría de los participantes no son los que marchan, más bien serán los que participen en el paro general. Para reiterar, como en 2006 cuando paramos 20 industrias y un ciento de ciudades a nivel nacional, incluso Los Angeles.

Aquí es importante clarificar que en tu escueto contraataque a la observación critica que te envié un día antes, señalándote que ningún reportero de La Opinión asistió a la conferencia de prensa de La Coalición Santuario del Valle de San Gabriel para anunciar Un Día de Resistencia con La Primera Marcha y Boicot Económico del 1ro de Mayo en esta región, enfatizaste que La Opinión “cubrirá las marchas del 1ro Mayo solamente en los últimos días antes del 1ro”. Sin embargo el Jueves 23, 2017, la sección Metro de La Opinión que tu diriges, le otorgo a ese evento 2 ½ páginas con todo y enormes fotos en la primera plana, reluciendo el paro, la marcha y el mensaje. O sea les dieron a esa coalición 400,000 copias del periódico con todo y distribución. Adhiero un punto más, el evento mediático de CHIRLA no empezó ni acabo por sí solo. El Domingo 19 Marzo, el columnista nacional Michael Myerson público en el LA Times senda columna citando extensivamente a la dirigente Angélica Salas de CHIRLA, anunciando el 1ro de Mayo, el paro económico, y que ella espera repetir las hazañas de la Primavera de Inmigrantes del 2006, con millones en las calles. Adicionalmente, el 26 de Marzo, en la sección editorial, nuestro amigo Henrik Rhebinder público un excelente editorial apoyando el 1ro y abogo por una sola marcha unida y bien coordinada.  Francisco, compulsivamente como el Presidente Trump, mentiste. Con la cantidad de medios Latinos y Americanos –incluso La Opinión, que asistieron a ese evento de prensa, yo estimo que de uno a dos millones escucharon, leyeron y vieron el llamado por la TV y Cable, la radio y las redes sociales. Porque? La prensa sabe que se viene la nueva ronda de grandes protestas contra Trump y su administración ultra derechista. Además, que este 1ro de Mayo, no solo van a ser Latinos e inmigrantes, también van a ser grandes olas de activistas anglos y otras etnias como se ha visto ya desde el triunfo de Trump.

Para recalcar las protestas desde la elección de Trump, han tenido mayoritariamente un bloque enorme de activistas blancos y con menores entradas de las otras etnias. Para ser más incisivo, de Noviembre 2016 hasta el presente en las marchas vistas en L.A. todavía no salen las olas de familias enteras y la juventud que en el pasado carpeteaban las calles del centro hasta la Exposition Boulevard –Broadway, Hill, Main, Wilshire- como el 25  de Marzo, 10 y 15 Abril y 1ro de Mayo, etc. Si caminaste  en cualquiera de esas marchas observaste que los gritos de consignas en español eran actos aislados que no resonaban.   

En esta era altamente mediática, la prensa escrita, en línea, las redes sociales, la electrónica, y los medios Latinos locales y nacionales han superado por creces su potencia de alcance e influencia entre los 57 millones de población Latina. La   participación de La Opinión siempre ha sido valiosa e historica, aunque hoy, con excepciones, el personal hace su trabajo por teléfono y en casa, perdiéndose el importante contacto personal para identificar el feeling entre las masas.

Yo pienso que tu posición debe ser examinada para que refleje más entendimiento de como el movimiento político callejero, siempre con pocos fondos, en ciertas etapas ha logrado la unidad aquí en la nación y así ha podido entrar e influir en la conversación local y nacional, incluso en Washington D.C., como se hizo en la Primavera Inmigrante con una estrategia mediática que yo diseñe y dirigí. Lo mismo se dio en el 2007, 2008, y el 2010.  Lo mismo se puede decir de la reciente gigante manifestación de millones de mujeres encabezada 99% por ellas el pasado 21 Enero.

Los despegues de campanas son puntos de partida importantes en muchos de los ramos como el mercadeo en la industria privada, los deportes, universidades, gobiernos y las campañas electorales, particularmente la última campaña presidencial entre Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton y Donald Trump. Esta última  capto la atención de los medios y la extrema derecha del país y el mundo por su salvaje ataque a México, a los mexicanos e inmigrantes, acusándolos de violadores, criminales y narcos traficantes y el Muro en la frontera. El kick off fue un éxito contundente que Trump manejo cientos de veces,  en el cierre de su campana y hasta hoy. Dirías también que a esa campaña presidencial se le daría una cobertura solo al final.

Si ya leíste el comunicado de prensa nuestro, crees que merezca un reporte extenso sobre la Coalición Santuario del Valle de San Gabriel. El Press Release que envié, te da todas las bases y contactos históricos para un reportaje objetivo y veraz. Es más, te invito a la siguiente asamblea del Martes 4 Abril en la Biblioteca Municipal de La Puente. 

Por último, deseo brevemente dirigirme al tema que toda la prensa Angelina no toca y que la mayoría de los líderes y  organizaciones del Movimiento de la Reforma Migratoria, le corren como la plaga, LA DIVISION.  Es imperativo que antes del 1ro de Mayo los medios Latinos y de inglés desarrollen una investigación seria de fondo y objetiva, sin el sectarismo periodístico que yo he observado por años y que saquen conclusiones para entender este cáncer que existe desde que yo tengo memoria política. La comencé a detectar desde la victoria de la Amnistía de 1986, que también yo dirigí, la batalla contra la Prop. 187 en 1993-94 y la peor de todas por sus consecuencias dañinas en el 2009. Las preguntas principales varean: Cuales son las diferencias políticas e ideológicas de estas organizaciones,  las personales, los egos de los lideres, los celos, hay dinero de por medio que sostiene las divisiones, cuales son los juegos de poder antes y durante las movilizaciones, porque unos lideres intentan controlar las trocas del sonido, a quien favorece Univisión, Telemundo, La Opinión y el resto de medios, que prejuicios de juicio opacan  la cobertura y objetividad de los periodistas en contra del movimiento en general, porque nunca hemos visto que los miembros de la prensa salgan en contingentes a marchar y protestar con nosotros, o que respeten las convocatorias a no trabajar como este siguiente 1ro de Mayo? ZAZ

NEWSBREAK La Opinión público ayer una reseña de reportaje sobre las marchas en Los Angeles, intentando así, esquivar la crítica de favoritismo en sus reportajes, inclinándose pesadamente hacia uno de los bloques del movimiento por la reforma de inmigración. El reportaje concluye en más de lo mismo, con la excepción que insertan a La Coalición de Plenos Derechos de Juan Jose Gutierrez “El NAFTA” y Raul Murillo de Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, otros favoritos de La Opinion y UNIVISION. Entre estos y Angelica Salas, del mismo sector, se llevan el 97% de tres cuartillas y al ultimo le dedican unas 20 palabras a la Coalicion Santuario del Valle San Gabriel, ZAZ

*Javier Rodriguez is a journalist, a blogger and a media and political strategist. A long time social activist, he is presently a founding member of the San Gabriel Valley Sanctuary Coalition; he co-founded and directed the March 25 Coalition in Los Angeles in 2006; Initiated 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; Co founded the LA Millions of Voices Coalition that on Sept. 22, 2013 organized one of the largest marches nationally for Immigration Reform; Back in 1982-86, he directed the mass street mobilizations in LA that led up to the Amnesty Law IRCA of 1986; he also founded the Committee to Rescue La Casa del Mexicano;

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 including Torreon and Piedras Negras, Coahuila, one of Mexico’s 10 most violent regions where part of his family lives, as well as the State of Tabasco at the border with Guatemala, where Central American migrants catch the train known as the “La Bestia-The Beast.” Between 1987 and 1996, his son Jesus, his nephew Jaramillo and his brother Jesus all fell victim to LA’s perpetual neighborhood violence. His blog is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com; email bajolamiradejavierr@gmail.com zazcom.2016@gmail.com

Contacts: Marta Samano Gilda Ochoa Manuel Maldonado

AMENDED 14 March 2017

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PUENTE COALITION FOR SANCTUARY CITIES

Hola a tod@s-to All  members of the Puente Sanctuary Coalition……

I am certain you are aware of the arrest of a undocumented father taking his daughter to Vanguard Charter School in Lincoln Heights, next door to Boyle Hts where I live. Along with a similar and violent arrest in South L.A., the story went national, and created an uproar because the mega tragic drama taped and narrated by the daughters, in tears, and placed on the social networks and international news. What I am writing you for is the fact that, several organizations and clergy, held a protest today in front of the federal jail in downtown L.A., along with the daughter, highly articulate, and her high school friends. She dramatized it perfectly and it was again covered by a big show of media. This is the point. I did not recognize any one the usual suspect movement leaders/orgs and about 2/3 of the people were white, including the young spokesman, and a combination of youth and elders.

The Puente Sanctuary Coalition is very similar, made up of primarily new entries into the formal immigration reform battles and the issue that brought us together is of central concern and unitary to many. It has been very successful so far to the point of forcing Sanctuary from local governments and School Boards. It is gaining recognition and trust from the general community and circles of influence, Attornyes, teachers, politicians and serves as a fighting model to imitate. However, we have yet to engage in defending an arrested ICE victim and family from the violent tactical arrests taking place. You can be sure it will happen and it will become a 24/7 Coalition task to wrest the neighbors from the claws of the largest police army in the U.S., ICE.

An added point is the fact that these arrests are the ICE and Homeland Security follow up moves to the recent national raids in homes, streets, jails, courts to further penetrate our neighborhoods and schools to terrorize, intimidate and create the widespread fear into a national mind set of panic in the 11.4 million undocumented.   To reiterate, we have yet to make a general call to all the people of the San Gabriel Valley to take the streets and protest in marches by the dozens, hundreds or thousands. Additionally, we have yet to enter the public scene with an effective press event at the L.A. Federal Building and tell the media and the County of L.A. who we are. Trust me, the new generation, CHIRLA, las Hermandades Mexicanas, the Latino Congreso, etc., will come to show their solidarity.

Whoever doesn’t come to lend their support is still stuck in the canine territorial and “solo llevo agua a mi molino” factional and sectarian divide. At the same, time we can announce our support for May 1st to massively and organizationally unify and strengthen the fightback against Homeland Security and the Trump Administration in defense of the people. Lastly, call for a unified struggle which as several of you have commented, it will be a stronger message to all America, the allies and the government, much like the Women’s March which mobilized an estimated 3 million in the U.S and internationally more in 30 other countries.

The last plea to TRUST ME again is to recall that of the  ¾ million Women that marched  on that same day, it can be speculated that 10% of the I million population of San Gabriel Valley may have participated, and today, they are probably waiting for the  Coalition’s to bring the fightback to their territory, your community, and for this a magical website is desperately wanted.

The Puente Coalition unequivocally has already proven itself and it has the needed infrastructure to socially embrace the SG Valley women marchers of Jan 21. You have nothing to lose and tens of thousands of people to win. ZAZ

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PRESS STATEMENT 15 FEB 2017

St. Valentine Day Massacre -on Friendship- at Goodwill Corporate Hqts. by Irrational and Fixated White CEO, Adrineh Terantonians.

L.A. IMMIGRATION REFORM LEADER JAVIER RODRIGUEZ FIRED FOR GIVING A VALENTINE’S DAY FRIENDSHIP GIFT AND KISS TO A FEMALE FRIEND AND CO-WORKER.

WHITE CEO TERANTONIANS, USED A HIDDEN BUT SECRETELY KNOWN GROTESQUE CORPORATE RULE AND APPLIED CORPORATE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT TO an EMPLOYEE ON HIS TRAINING DAY. THE ARCHAIC MEASURE IS HISTORICALLY RELATED TO THE WITCH HUNTING AND SCARLETT LETTERS OF THE COLONIAL AND SLAVERY PERIODS OF THE 16TH CENTURY, AND BEYOND, WHEN BLACKS WERE LYNCHED AND BURNED FOR RELATING ROMANTICALLY TO WHITE WOMEN.

FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS LIKE THE  11.3 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED AND MILLIONS MORE IMMIGRANT RESIDENTS OF TODAY, UNDER JIM CROW LAWS, BLACKS WERE PROHIBITED FROM VOTING UNTIL THE PASSAGE OF THE CIVIL AND VOTING RIGHTS ACTS OF 1962-1965. IN THE PRESENT, MASS INCARCERATION OF LATINOS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS IS AT A WHOPPING 2.3 MILLION PRISONERS AND 8 MILLION MORE IN THE PAROLE PROCESS WHO ALL CAN’T VOTE. ADD MILLIONS OF DEPORTATIONS IN THE LAST 16 YEARS AND THEIR US BORN CITIZEN CHILDREN ARE HERE OR IN MEXICO AND MANY COUNTRIES FIGHTING FOR A BETTER WORLD. ,

AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE RACIALLY PROFILED AND ASTONISHINGLY ONE IS EXECUTED BY POLICE EVERY 28 HOURS.

IN THEIR DEFENSE  BLACK LIVES MATTER AND IMMIGRATION  REFORM MOVEMENT AND MILLIONS OF WOMEN ARE MARCHING AGAINST NEWLY INSTALLED PRESIDENT, AS WELL AS FOR AN END TO  GROSS SOCIAL-ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, FOR HEALTH CARE, THE ENVIRONMENT, MUSLIMS, IMMIGRANTS, ETC.

HOWEVER, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY AND THE GOODWILL VICTIMS HERE -IN A LIBERAL AND `PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATIC CITY AND STATE- ARE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN AND A LATINO.  “THE CEO MUST HAVE SEEN FORNICATION -IN THE GOOD AND JOYFUL CONSENSUAL- GESTURE OF HER COLORED EMPLOYEES”.

Goodwill SoCal Corporation is located in the Lincoln Heights Community in Los Angeles and is part of Council District 2, operated by Councilman Gilbert Cedillo. It has a perceived white Anglo Saxon majority Executive Board and higher brass which comes down from its 4th floor quarters once a year to serve the native employees a Thanksgiving dinner.

It was founded in 1902 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., one of the bedrocks of today’s violent religious practices. A global nonprofit, Goodwill operates as a network of 164 independent, community-based organizations in South Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, the United States, Canada, and 8 other countries and presently has a generated revenue of $5.59 billion. In 2015, the group served more than 37 million people, with a reported 312,000 people placed into employment.

Jim Gibbons is the national corporate President & CEO and is blind.

Javier Rodriguez is asking all Goodwill employees, the general community and the media for help to end the archaic conservative mentality that breeds discrimination at the Corporate Goodwill SoCal Offices and demand he be reinstated.

Please call or write to: Executive Board Corporate Offices 342 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031 (323) 224-8645 and email CEO Adrineh Trentonians at atarentonians@goodwillsocal.org  call 323-480-0109. Please send any donations to sustain the campaign to: Chase Bank #2933297551 R/322271627 or write check to Javier Rodriguez 114 N. Breed St #111 L.A. 90033

PROFILE*Javier Rodriguez is a journalist, blogger, and media and political strategist for grass roots movements. A long time L.A. social activist and Mexican immigrant, has for decades dedicated his life to defending and empowering Latinos, immigrants, women and workers.

He was the initiator, designed and directed the media and political strategy in the making of the 1.7 million, digitally counted, historical immigration rights march in Los Angeles and 75 cities on March 25, 2006 against HR4437 Sensenbrenner Bill. A week later Congress immediately threw the House Bill into the trash bin of history.

As a cofounder of the March 25 Coalition, he also directed a national street event called the “May 1st 2006 Great American Boycott”, which besides mobilizing more mega marches in the millions in 200 cities from coast to coast-L.A. to New York, the boycott, a community general strike, which paralyzed 20 industries nationally, including: agriculture in California and Florida and the Los Angeles Port delaying food and goods distribution for days; public transportation, nanny trains and a million homeworkers, taxis, trucking, construction, landscaping, restaurant industry, thousands of businesses closed, an estimated 275,000 students waked out in dozens- school districts and hundreds of Latino quarters refused to buy nationally.

On May 3rd, Congress responded with the Hagel-Martinez Immigration Reform Bill to embrace the undocumented.

Back in 1982-86, he also co-planned and directed the mass street mobilizations in LA that led up to the Immigration Reform and Amnesty Law IRCA of 1986, legalizing 3 million undocumented immigrants.

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 which installed President Enrique Pena Nieto, a pro-business and closet ally of the anti-Mexican xenophobe and misogynist Pres. Donald Trump; he also witnessed and reported on Cartel and Government Armed shootings and killings from several war zones, as well as the State of Tabasco at the border with Guatemala, where the Central American migrants catch the train known as “La Bestia-The Beast.”

Between 1987 and 1996, his son Chuy Jesus, his nephew Jaramillo and his brother Jesus all fell victim to L.A.’s contemporary neighborhood violence. His blog Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com has 135 articles written since 2012, email   zazcommunications.2016@gmail.com 

 

 

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by Javier Rodriguez 18 Jan 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ayotzinapa y el surgimiento del narco Estado

José Gil Olmos 23 de septiembre de 2015 Análisis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

ZAZ COMMUNICATIONS 10 Jan 2016

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

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

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

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

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

MAY DAY IN LOS ANGELES ECLIPSED by DIVISIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusions of Selma

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

Immigrant Spring of 2006, Its Victories and Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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