Archive for June 10th, 2006

For the most part, no. While I wasn't able to get my car washed that day, every store, restaurant, and business I normally frequent was open. In fact, those who boycotted (mainly latino immigrants, legal and illegal) tended to boycott their own neighborhoods, causing economic harm to themselves. Additionally, traffic was great that day.

Anyway, here's an OpEd piece from SFGate.com that explains better than I could why "A Day Without an Immigrant" didn't work.

The 'Day Without Immigrants' Backfires
Cinnamon Stillwell
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
With last month's barrage of anti-immigration-enforcement protests, Americans had their fill of the issue. The sea of Mexican and Latin American flags, the scuffles in schools and other public buildings over the raising of Mexican flags, all the "reconquista" and "stolen land" rhetoric and the sight of thousands of illegal immigrants demanding citizenship had done little to gain supporters.

So when organizers insisted on continuing the offensive with a nationwide boycott aimed at crippling the nation's economy on May 1, it was a political disaster waiting to happen. Immigrants (legal or otherwise) were urged to boycott work, school and commerce and go out and demonstrate instead.

This time around, organizers had obviously spoken to participants about the Mexican flags, because American flags were now the order of the day. Never mind that organizers could be seen in television footage quietly replacing Mexican flags with American ones. All of a sudden we were to believe that patriotism was back in style. Needless to say, the subterfuge did not succeed.

As for the boycott itself, the much-ballyhooed "Day Without Immigrants" came and went, and the country is still standing.

Ironically, the boycott may have done more damage to industries and businesses that employ illegal immigrants than to others. Agriculture, construction, meat production, restaurants and other small businesses, many of them Hispanic-owned, took the brunt of the boycott.

The one thing the boycott did achieve was to expose the lie that the country cannot function without the labor of illegal immigrants. While some may have been inconvenienced by the experience, the economy hardly came to a grinding halt. It seems there are still some jobs Americans are willing to do.

Part of the problem was that not all Hispanic groups were united in favor of the boycott. Several departed from the pack early on, showing up on TV talk shows to condemn the boycotts. Some, such as "You Don't Speak for Me," an organization comprised of American Hispanics, wanted to dissociate themselves from the stigma of illegal behavior. Others saw the boycott as a bad political move and rightly predicted that it would engender further hostility to their cause.

May Day a Disquieting Choice

Holding the boycott on May Day, an international workers holiday with communist connotations, didn't help. While much of Latin America celebrates May Day, most Americans aren't particularly fond of anything associated with communism. But despite its failure in practice and the attendant body count, communism is still being touted by the American far left. And it was they, among other special-interest groups, who organized the "Day Without Immigrants" boycott and last month's protests.

International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), a group that, in its own words, wants to "transform society, disarm the Pentagon and win back all that has been stolen from us — from Los Angeles to Baghdad, Mexico City to Manila, Port au Prince to Gaza and everywhere," was one of the main organizers. This fact was overlooked by most of the mainstream media protest coverage, despite the wealth of signs carrying the group's logo. Such coverage almost uniformly omitted the word "illegal" as well.

Impossible to ignore however, was the "Day Without Gringos" held in Mexico to coincide with the "Day Without Immigrants" in America. The traditional celebration of May Day gave way to a show of solidarity for the protesters in the United States and a boycott of American goods and companies.

Organized by Mexican labor unions and leftist groups (who might try applying their activism to reforming their own corrupt government), the "Day Without Gringos" was another in a long line of public relations gaffes surrounding the boycott. In fact, the Mexican government tried to stay out of the fray by not officially backing the boycott, but at least six state governors endorsed it.

The racist nature of the event was apparent for all to see, with the focus on "gringos," or non-Hispanics. Presumably, the African Americans and other nonwhites opposed to illegal immigration are also being lumped in the gringo category. Marti Batres, Mexico City leader of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, was quite specific when he told demonstrators, "This is a great revolution of the bronze race, the brown race." Were such language to be used by gringos, the world would be up in arms. But apparently racism's acceptable when it's spouted south of the border.

Meanwhile, Democrats in the California Senate voted in favor of a resolution supporting what they called the "Great American Boycott 2006." Written by Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles), the resolution was a slap in the face to anyone who expects state government to support the rule of law. Several Democrats added insult to injury by walking off the job in solidarity with the boycott.

Senate Republicans voted unanimously against the resolution, and Governor Schwarzenegger, an immigrant from Austria, tried to discourage people from taking part in the boycott. Considering the unpopularity of the boycott, Democrats may yet come to regret their decision.

Rounding out the barrage of bad timing was the release of a Spanish-language version of the national anthem several days before the boycott. Titled "Nuestro Himno" ("Our Anthem") and performed mostly by Latin pop stars, this was no "Star-Spangled Banner."

Not only was the song in Spanish, it also contained altered passages scolding the "mean laws" supposedly inhibiting illegal immigration to the United States. It also expressed anti-war sentiment. It seems the aspects of American history upon which the "Star-Spangled Banner" was based were insufficiently pacifist for certain modern tastes.

The fact that the album was produced and marketed by British music producer Adam Kidron simply added fuel to the fire. Yet another foreigner meddling in their domestic affairs was the last thing Americans wanted to hear.

When pressed, President Bush offered a few token statements in favor of the national anthem being sung only in English, no doubt to pander to his largely disaffected base. The fact that the White House Web site is translated only into Spanish and that Bush himself has given speeches in Spanish would seem to belie such sentiment. Meanwhile, first lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters that the Spanish version was just fine and dandy.

What other country would tolerate such an affront? Just try exporting an English version of the Mexican national anthem to our neighbors to the south. Or would the French enjoy the "La Marseillaise" in English? Somehow, I doubt it.

Coming Backlash at the Polls?

With all the bad public relations associated with the May 1 boycott, one has to wonder what motivated its seemingly politically tone-deaf organizers. They may have simply taken a gamble that a show of toughness would intimidate the country into surrender. But the American people don't respond well to blackmail, and polls continue to show a majority in favor of border enforcement, including building a barrier.

Some have speculated that organizers knew the boycott would create animosity and planned it for that very reason. That way, they could garner more recruits from the Hispanic population, legal or otherwise, using the "racist backlash" bogeyman.

Well, it turns out the boycott did create a backlash — but it was a political one. The very next day, the mayor and two town council members in Herndon, Va., became the first casualties. All three had approved a taxpayer-funded "day-labor center" (meaning a place to provide cheap illegal labor for unscrupulous employers) last year, and their constituents were less than thrilled about it. The voters finally had their revenge and ousted the responsible politicians. In their place, they elected only politicians who oppose the continuation of the day-labor center.

While this was the first such incident, a voter revolt could very well spread across the country and make its way onto the national stage in 2008. Meanwhile, representatives of the open-borders lobby are talking about registering more Hispanic voters, with no reference as to whether they will be legal or not. A battle at the ballot box could be brewing.

One thing is for sure: Tomorrow's politicians will inherit a new political landscape. For with the protests last month and the May Day boycott, the issue of immigration enforcement is finally receiving the attention it deserves.

So bring on the boycotts!

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"[Mother of Devin Brown], Evelyn Brown alleged in her lawsuit that Garcia was never in danger and alleged negligence on the part of the city for the hiring, training and supervision of the police officer."

I allege negligence on the part of Evelyn Brown for the raising, training and supervision of her son, Devin Brown for stealing a car in the wee hours of the morning, being stoned, running from the police, and then backing his car into/near an officer with a gun.

I don't defend the action taken by officer Garcia. I believe he really jumped the gun so to speak. But Evelyn Brown got $1.3M for being an apathetically inept parent who raised a mentally defective son. She should give that money to chairity or be forever ashamed of herself.

clockJun 7, 2006 2:02 pm US/Pacific

L.A. To Settle Devin Brown Shooting Suit For $1.3M

(CBS) LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles City Council has agreed pay a $1.3 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit over the officer-involved shooting of a 13-year-old boy who led police on a pursuit in a stolen car.

The council voted 12-2 to award the settlement to Devin Browns mother, Evelyn Brown. Councilmen Dennis Zine and Greig Smith voted against the settlement and Councilman Tony Cardenas was absent from the meeting.

The teen led police on a brief chase in South Los Angeles in a stolen 1990 red Toyota Camry on Feb. 6, 2005. Officers said they believed the driver was drunk and could not clearly see inside the vehicle. They said they were unaware the motorist was a 13-year-old boy.

Devin Brown was backing the car into a police cruiser at the intersection of 83rd and Waster Avenue when Officer Steven Garcia fired 10 shots at the Camry, according to police accounts. The teen was struck by seven bullets.

An autopsy later showed that marijuana was in the teens bloodstream at the time of the shooting.

Autopsy results and a reconstruction of the shooting scene revealed that the boy was shot on the right side of his body, conflicting with Garcias account that the teen was driving the car straight at him. Investigators estimated that Devin was driving 10 to 12 mph when he scraped the passenger side of Garcias cruiser and 2 mph or less when Garcia opened fire.

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled on Jan. 31 that Garcia had violated department rules, and should face discipline for the shooting.

A three-member Board of Rights — made up of two LAPD officials and a civilian — will now determine whether Garcia engaged in "administrative misconduct" during the shooting and what discipline — if any — he will face.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office decided in January that no criminal charges would be filed against Garcia for shooting the boy.

Evelyn Brown alleged in her lawsuit that Garcia was never in danger and alleged negligence on the part of the city for the hiring, training and supervision of the police officer.

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Public tax dollars
fund racist school

K-8 institution backed by groups
seeking to retake Southwest U.S.

Posted: June 1, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Principal Marcos Aguilar

Taxpayers along with radical groups that aim to reconquer the Southwestern U.S. are funding a Hispanic K-8 school led by a principal who believes in racial segregation and sees the institution as part of a larger cultural "struggle."

The Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School was chartered by the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2001, local KABC radio host Doug McIntyre who has been investigating the school for the past three weeks told WND.

Among the school's supporters are the National Council of La Raza Charter School Development Initiative; Raza Development Fund, Inc.; and the Pasadena City College chapter of MeCHA, or Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan.

"La Raza," or "the Race," is a designation by many Mexicans who see themselves as part of a transnational ethnic group they hope will one day reclaim Aztlan, the mythical birthplace of the Aztecs. In Chicano folklore, Aztlan includes California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and parts of Colorado and Texas.

The school teaches the ancient Nahutal language of the Aztecs and its base-20 math system. Another language of emphasis is Mandarin, even though no Chinese attend.

MEChA, founded at U.C. Santa Barbara in 1969, has the stated goal of returning the American Southwest to Mexico.

As WorldNetDaily reported Sunday, students identifying themselves as members of MEChA at Pasadena City College said they stole 5,000 copies of the campus newspaper because it did not cover their high school conference.

One of the charter school's listed donors, a Nissan/Infinity dealer in Glendale, Calif., asked to be removed from the website after hearing McIntyre's broadcast about the school yesterday, the host told WND.

Marcos Aguilar, the school's founder and principal, said in an interview with an online educational journal, Teaching to Change L.A., he doesn't think much of the Brown v. Board of Education decision that desegregated American schools.

Aguilar simply doesn't want to integrate with white institutions.

"We don't want to drink from a white water fountain, we have our own wells and our natural reservoirs and our way of collecting rain in our aqueducts," he said.

The issue of civil rights, Aguilar continued, "is all within the box of white culture and white supremacy. We should not still be fighting for what they have. We are not interested in what they have because we have so much more and because the world is so much larger."

Ultimately, he said, the "white way, the American way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction. And so it isn't about an argument of joining neo liberalism, it's about us being able, as human beings, to surpass the barrier."

Aguilar said his school is not a response to problems in the public school system, as it's available only to about 150 families.

"We consider this a resistance, a starting point, like a fire in a continuous struggle for our cultural life, for our community and we hope it can influence future struggle," he said. "We hope that it can organize present struggle and that as we organize ourselves and our educational and cultural autonomy, we have the time to establish a foundation with which to continue working and impact the larger system."

On its website, the school describes itself as being "dedicated to providing urban children of immigrant native families an excellent education founded upon their own language, cultural values and global realities."

"We draw from traditional indigenous Mexican forms of social organization known as the Kalpulli," the website says, "founded upon the principles of serving collective interests, assembling an informed polity, and honestly administering and executing collective decisions."

Born in Mexicali in Baja California, Aguilar attended schools on the border in Calexico, a farm worker community.

"We grew up with the knowledge that in Arizona, in Yuma, Arizona, everything was black and white," he said in the journal interview. "The dogs and Mexicans drank from one spot and the white people drank from the other one."

Teachers in the Los Angeles area, he contended, have little regard for the culture of Hispanic children.

By learning the Aztec tongue of Nahuatl, he said, students "will be able to understand our own ancestral culture and our customs and traditions that are so imbued in the language."

Said Aguilar:

"The importance of Nahutal is also academic because Nahuatl is based on a math system, which we are also practicing. We teach our children how to operate a base 20 mathematical system and how to understand the relationship between the founders and their bodies, what the effects of astronomical forces and natural forces on the human body and the human psyche, our way of thinking and our way of expressing ourselves. And so the language is much more than just being able to communicate. When we teach Nahuatl, the children are gaining a sense of identity that is so deep, it goes beyond whether or not they can learn a certain number of vocabulary words in Nahuatl. It's really about them understanding themselves as human beings. Everything we do here is about relationships."

KABC's McIntyre, noting the school's emphasis on Aztec language and culture combined with test scores that fall below the L.A. school system's meager results, told WND he believes the school is bordering on "educational malpractice."

"What high schools are they preparing kids to go to?" he asked.

"The whole multi-culture-diversity argument is blowing up in our faces," McIntyre said. "What's lost is, we have a culture, too. But when you defend American culture which I believe is the most diverse in the world you are branded a xenophobe."

The school has no whites, blacks or Asians, McIntyre pointed out. According to statistics he found, 91.3 percent are Hispanic and the rest Native American or Eskimo.

McIntyre said he was teaching a writing class at UCLA in 1993 when Aguilar, as a student, participated in a 50-day student takeover after Chicano activist and labor leader Caesar Chavez died. School officials eventually gave in to demands to create a Chicano-studies major and agreed to pay some $50,000 in damages caused by the protesters.

Aguilar repeatedly has refused to come on McIntyre's program, the host said.

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