Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Immigration debate

I was just on the Voice of America show Hablemos con Washington, talking (in Spanish) with Chris Sabatini (from the Council of the Americas) and Jack Martin (from the restrictionist organization FAIR) with host Leonardo Bonnet about the Arizona immigration law.  I have no idea whether anybody's opinions changed one way or the other from listening, but it was a very lively debate.  It was an hour show, and I am certain my Spanish improved greatly after about 10 minutes warm up.


Vicente Duque 10:40 AM  

BOYCOTT ANHEUSER BUSCH (Cindy McCain's beer; number 1 business in AZ), especially Bud and Bud Light. If you must drink beer, drink Dos Equis or Miller - Boycott John McCain, Sarah Palin, etc ...

Immigration Talk with a Mexican American
BOYCOTT! Why it Works! Why it will work Fighting the White Nationalists who support SB1070!
By Dee from Texas
Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Boycott! A Powerful Term! A Powerful Action. Ghandi knew it. Martin Luther King knew it. Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerte knew it.

All Humanitarians and lovers of Freedom, Justice and the American Way realize the inhumanitarian and racial profiling SB1070 is wrong. It was wrong when Eisenhower imposed Operation Wetback in the 1950s and it is wrong today.

When I was a little girl, when my mom listened to the news, she always said a prayer. I asked her, "Mom, why are you saying a prayer?" She prayed that the name of the perpetrator was not Latino. I asked her why. She said, "Because for us, when the criminal is a Latino, then they make all of us guilty." That was in the 1950s. As a small child, I was not aware that Operation Wetback was going on in the Southern States.

Now, with SB1070, what many are calling Operation Wetback 2010, the same Fear Mongering environment is occurring. I can feel it. I can see it. It is happening all around us. The ANTI Immigration Reformers are utilizing their scare tactics to inhibit distrust and fear against ALL Latinos. When I listen to the news now and a Latino happens to be the perp, I get a chill and hear my mother's words in my ear. I myself am starting to say a little prayer, "Please don't let it be a Latino."

Do you know what I find interesting is, the same thing doesn't happen with Northern European ethnicity. The news announcer says, "Scott Peterson was just arrested for murdering his pregnant wife..." (Insert BTK, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, on and on ad naseum) and no one says, "Oh no. We gotta get rid of the White Guy." But insert a Latino name, like Gomez, Lopez, Medina, etc., then suddenly, heads are turning, whispers start whispering "....oh those illeegals. We need to get rid of them." The same thing is happening with the Robert Krentz murder and the deputy shooting: "Oh those illeegals. We gotta get rid of them."

During the Civil Rights boycotts, the bus boycotts lasted over a year. The boycotts were met with violence and harassment. Dr. King's home was bombed. But he responded with, "We must learn to meet HATE with LOVE." The bus boycotts lasted over a year. It eventually took the United States Supreme Court to support Civil Rights and end the boycotts.

Boycotts work! When Arizona refused to recognize the Martin Luther King holiday in the 1990s, it was a BOYCOTT of the state that convinced them to approve the holiday.

A Peaceful Boycott of Arizona WILL Work! All opposers to the racial profiling bill should BOYCOTT Arizona. Join the Facebook Groups Boycotting Arizona. "1 MILLION Strong AGAINST the Arizona Immigration Law SB1070" and other like groups. Stop visiting Arizona. Stop spending in Arizona. Do not spend your dollars with any Arizona company. Do this for the world to see. If we Boycott Arizona, the world will see the impact on their economy. Perhaps then they will realize that they cannot racially profile Latinos. They cannot treat us like 2nd class citizens. They cannot treat us with disrespect.

One more thing. Tomorrow, on Cinco de Mayo, BOYCOTT ANHEUSER BUSCH (Cindy McCain's beer; number 1 business in AZ), especially Bud and Bud Light. For tomorrow at least, if you must drink beer, drink Dos Equis or Miller or some other beer or wine.


Vicente Duque

Vicente Duque 8:36 AM  

Phoenix New Times : Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy Shooting Last Friday Has Some Local Cops Scratching Their Heads - A Big Hoax ??

Phoenix New Times :
Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy Shooting Last Friday Has Some Local Cops Scratching Their Heads
By Paul Rubin
May. 3 2010


Some excerpts :

Far as we know, Pinal County sheriff's Deputy Louie Puroll deserves all the praise in the world for fighting off five suspected drug smugglers in a remote desert area last week and surviving with just a minor wound from an AK-47 type weapon.

But we've spoken with about a dozen current and former local cops in the last few days (most of them initiated the contact), and check this out:

When mentioning the highly publicized (and highly charged) incident near the intersection of Interstate 8 and Arizona Route 84 last Friday afternoon, every last one of them brought up the name Franklin Brown.

(Our list of sources did not include Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, the gent in the photo.)

Longtime readers of our paper may remember the story we did awhile back on onetime Phoenix Police Officer Brown.

It was entitled "A Shot in the Dark."

The facts of that case do have some curious similarities with the Pinal County case: Brown claimed that, in the wee hours of July 5, 2000, a Latino flagged down his cruiser in an then-unpopulated area of 95th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

Brown described how the man knocked him to the ground, and then shot him with a handgun as two accomplices armed with automatic weapons looked on.

Brown said he repelled the trio during a ferocious gunfight that lasted almost 30 minutes--30 minutes!--sustaining minor bullet wounds to his left hand and to his chest in the process.

Youth, Minorities, Demography and Politics :


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