La Gran Marcha: 8 years Later
8 years ago, more than half a million protesters marched in downtown Los Angeles in opposition of H.R. 4437: The Border Protection, Anti-terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, also known as the “Sensenbrenner Bill.”
March 25, 2006 was a special day. The largest march in U.S. history! But much has changed since then, and we can learn a lot from the many marches our community saw between 2005-2007. Lesson number one: Keep it grassroots.
Although many of these megamarchas were used as publicity stunts by Spanish-language radio DJs like El Pistolero in Chicago and El Piolín in Los Angeles, for the most part they were organized from the bottom up. The most recent marches have lacked that same spirit of genuine indignation toward the government, with many being outright corporate bought and sold.
Another matter is that under Obama, the activist community has been much more complacent than with Bush Jr. With Obama’s deportation record, we should be packing the streets again, but instead it seems many of us are busy taking selfies on Instagram.
For there to be a Comprehensive Immigration Reform that doesn’t sell out our community, we need to organize again at the community level, then take it to the streets as we did on March 25, 2006. However, this time let’s wear red and black! (Wearing white as a symbol of peace and non-violence was an apologetic gesture that was never understood by the general population.)Image credit: Bob Chamberlin, AP
Oh man, I remember when a fuck-ton of people at my high school walked out before 3rd period to join this march… and then we went into lockdown.
Full families challenge US-Mexico border with mass reentry
March 11, 2014
Any day now, President Obama, whom immigrant groups call the “deporter in chief,” will make history by surpassing the two million mark — separating two million families through deportation during the course of his administration’s five-year reign.
In response, migrant families are making history of their own.
On March 10, 250 migrants, who have lived in the United States most of their lives, attempted to reenter the country after being deported. Many entire families are returning, while others are coming to rejoin family members still living in the United States. The group is chanting “undocumented and unafraid” as they cross through the U.S. portal that separates Tijuana from San Diego. This action, part of the #not1more campaign, marks the third mass border crossing organized by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. The action comes as immigrant justice groups are increasingly moving beyond advocating for legislative reform and are instead turning to direct action to protest the record deportations. The group says that these actions are calling attention to the immigration crisis and the way millions of families are separated by an arbitrary boarder.
Last year, 150,000 U.S.- born children were separated from at least one parent. The majority were under the age of 10. One of these stories is that of Manuel, who spent 10 years living in Ohio with his U.S.-born children and wife. According to the National Immigrant Youth Alliance’s Facebook page, “Manuel was placed in deportation proceedings after he hired an immigration attorney who he later found out was a fraud.”
All 250 families participating in yesterday’s action have lived in the United States for a large portion of their lives, creating homes and community in this country.
Obama: The Drones and Deportations President
Stating the Obvious: First black president of the U.S. has been a disaster for many people of color
On Friday, reports emerged that Barack Obama was open to a Republican no-path-to-citizenship immigration plan. Another betrayal of his promise of comprehensive immigration reform.
In light of this report and other recent remarks on immigration, we said Obama has been acting like a Republican in blackface. Several were offended, some even called us racist.
What they may not know is that “blackface” in this context is not used literally or as a slur, as in Obama has a black face. It is, however, meant to be a political statement, a rebuke of many of the policies of the first black president of the United States, especially those related to immigration reform. We recognize that it could be misinterpreted and seen as offensive, but we felt it was necessary to express our deep disappointment with Obama and his administration.
The reality is that we’re offended that the United States’ first black president has turned to the Republican practice of scapegoating Mexicans, and has in fact, deported 2 million, more than any other president in U.S. history, separating thousands of families in the process.
“Republican in blackface” is also a reference to a comment made by Dr. Cornel West during the 2012 election. “I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies,” West told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now back in a November 9, 2012, interview. We agree!
Internationally, Obama’s record hasn’t been much better. War hawks at the Pentagon seem to be calling the shots, or at least dictating the United States’ foreign policy.
“Across Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the Obama administration has launched more than 390 drone strikes in the five years since the first attack…eight times as many as were launched in the entire Bush presidency. These strikes have killed more than 2,400 people, at least 273 of them reportedly civilians,” reports the The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
At the end of the day, Obama’s record speaks for itself. He’s chosen the cynical path of scapegoating and war to appease a far rightwing who has never supported him in the first place. This is a problem Obama has created for himself. After all, he was elected with a mandate to end wars. Instead, he has been in many regards worse on matter this matter than his predecessor, George W. Bush.
Obama has not only been a huge disappointment, he’s been somehow able to escape much of the criticism he deserves for his policies. As we’ve stated in the past, imagine if Romney had won the election and was setting records for deportations and drone strikes? There would surely be uproar in the streets. Ignoring the fact that the first African American president of the U.S. has been unfriendly and even disastrous for the Mexican community is not something we’re willing to do. We ask people of good conscience to stand with us, including our black brothers and sisters. It’s time that we hold Obama accountable on these and other issues.
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Here are the links used in the image, in order, if you wanna check my sources:
in 2003 don bartletti chronicled the 1500 mile migration route through mexico, known as “the beast” for its life threatening hazards, made by hondurans trying to reach the united states.
to avoid authorities, migrants (fourth photo) hide until the train picks up speed, risking the chance of slipping on the gravel or falling under the wheels. others, like santo antonio gamay (eighth photo) risk falling off from the fatigue of having held on for fifteen hours.
experts estimate that almost 50,000 children make this journey every year without either parent. as photographer don bartletti notes, “only the brave and the lucky reach their goal.”
but bartletti also describes how In the chiapas countryside he photographed a boy and girl race their horse alongside the train. “the fleeting scene brought a few moments of joy to young honduran stowaways who have learned to fear the worst from people along the rails.”
March for Justice and Dignity
No Somos Ilegales, No Somos Criminales, Somos Trabajadores de Pueblos Originales!
Friday August 30, 2013 March for Justice and Dignity to the US Federal Courthouse and the District Court of Judge Murray Snow, calling for special federal monitor to oversee the corrective actions addressing the regime of Racial Profiling under Maricopa County Sheriff J. Arpaio.
Update: US federal judge delays ruling on Arpaio racial profiling case, says he plans to appoint monitor to oversee Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
Rep. Steve King’s Comments Prove Again Immigration Debate Fueled by Hatred, Racism
Rep. Steve King’s racist comments prove once again that the so-called ‘immigration debate’ is really a one-way shouting match fueled by hatred and racism.
Rep. King’s attempt to associate millions of children and young people with criminality shows Republicans have not learned their lesson. The fact that he refuses to apologize for his comments further confirms the suspicion of many: Republicans are not ready to let go of racist politics.
What the fuck does he mean “until they can define that difference”? It seems pretty well-defined: you catching someone carrying marijuana across the dessert, you can arrest them. Until then, I thought we had a little thing called “innocent until proven guilty”, motherfucker. I know a lot of people who have come to this country, documented and undocumented, and not a single one of them was a drug smuggler.
Also, no one person can carry 75 pounds of marijuana, you dumbass, racist shithead.
I know I made a post about this a while ago, but I’m going to make it again since we’re getting into the hottest time of the year.
If you’re out in the Sonoran Desert in AZ and you see any of these [bottles with insults], please pick them up and throw them away. Vigilante groups are leaving intentionally empty gallon jugs in popular crossing points and that is the last thing that somebody needs to see as they’re trying to cross.
If you can, carry clean and full jugs with you and leave them where you see these. Gatorade or Electrolit are also really good for re-hydration.
Contact Humane Borders if you meet anyone in need of medical attention.
Wow… The fact that people would go out of their way to do this… SIGH.
fuck these assholes
I PREMIO FOTOGRAFÍA EXPERIMENTAL Y CONSTRUÍDA -
Fotografías realizadas en la mixteca de Oaxaca, una de las zonas más golpeadas por la migración a nivel nacional. Esta dinámica social ha fracturado a las familias de la zona, dejándolos en el abandono de algún ser querido, las imágenes están realizadas en las casas que construyen los migrantes, sus familiares, y la proyección del migrante.
Proyectar el retrato del migrante en el espacio en el que habitó es regresarle por un momento una añeja relación con los que han quedado y con el hogar que ha permanecido atrás, pero al mismo tiempo la imagen proyectada no puede separarse de su inmaterialidad construida a base de luz, esa inmaterialidad que viven también las personas que han partido. El juntar en una imagen el hogar abandonado, la familia que se ha quedado atrás y la proyección de un migrante que ha partido es un ejercicio de melancolía, un deseo por reconstruir las viejas relaciones, habitar nuevamente lo que se ha deshabitado, cancelar la espera del regreso por unos instantes.
Strangely, Americans see immigration reform as a way to “solve” a problem, when really it represents a historic opportunity for Americans to embrace their country’s unique Latino personality – in the same way that English Canada acknowledged its French component 50 years ago. Latino culture and the Spanish language are not “foreign” to the United States. They were present on the continent before the foundation of the United States. In fact, the 21 (other) Spanish-speaking countries in the world consider the U.S., at least partly, as one of their own.
Really interesting angle. Thanks, Canada.
TODOS SOMOS AMERICANOS, BITCHES