César Chávez Calls Migrant Workers From Mexico ‘Wetbacks’ and ‘Illegals’
KQED News report from September 25th 1972 featuring an interview with Cesar Chavez, in which he explains that legitimate strikes by agricultural workers can always be broken by employers bringing in illegal labor from Mexico. He goes on to state that the best way for agricultural workers to secure collective bargaining rights is by organizing a boycott of farm products.
About a year ago, we posted a link to the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive where this clip was originally hosted. In it, César Chávez is heard referring to Mexican migrant workers brought in to break UFW strikes as ‘wetbacks” and “illegals.”
The next day it was uploaded to YouTube by a user named krove. We have no connection to this person. Based on the account’s videos, it appears they’re Filipino. We cannot verify their identity or motive, but it’s there and now has more than 4,600 views.
As we’ve mentioned before, it’s time to have an honest and open discussion on Cèsar Chávez and the UFW. This clip which clearly demonstrates the demonization of Mexican migrant workers is a part of it. As well, this is not the only bit of historical evidence out there. There’s a lot more, which points to the fact that this was not a one time slip of the tongue, it was a deep part of UFW’s culture. In fact, this clip is tame compared to several articles in El Malcriado, the UFW’s newspaper, and actual campaigns to arrest migrants at the border, which were led by Chávez and other UFW leaders. Look for that information in the coming days.
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
Swimming Cities by Swoon aka Caledonia “Callie” Curry
One of my lifelong dreams since I was a wee Ian Brooks was to build my own ramshackle boat and sail away from all my problems, like homework and eating vegetables. It’s still pretty much the same dream except now replace boat with spaceship. Street artist Swoon collaborated with dozens of other artisans to craft these makeshift floating domiciles, scrapped together from discarded wood, foam blocks, car parts, and myriad other urban flotsam, before drifting down mighty rivers like the Mississippi and Hudson, stopping at abandoned sites along the way to play music and gather antiques as building blocks for their vessels.
#1 SVENGALI BOYS FREDDIE LORCA + SAL DALI
"Brown eyed people are responsible for the fact that you have electricity. Many of the components for generating and transmitting electricity were invented by brown eyed people.
Brown eyed people gave us our alphabet. Brown eyed people gave us our numeration system. Brown eyed people gave us the paper on which we write these anonymous letters to me that tell me that brown eyed people are inferior.
Brown eyed people are the originators, the ones who founded every major religion on Earth. No white people have ever founded a major religion.
Now you need to realize the contributions that have been made to society, to civilization by brown eyed people, by PEOPLE OF COLOR.
I’m talking about people of color here folks. And most of us are not aware of those things because we live in a racist society.
And because we are educated by a racist school system that only teaches us about white contributions.”
@classalpha tome esta foto de una foto de La Frida especialmente para ti! #frida #fridamania
“Me importa una mierda lo que piense el mundo. Yo nací puta, yo nací pintora, yo nací jodida. Pero fui feliz en mi camino. Tu no entiendes lo que soy. Yo soy amor, soy placer, soy esencia, soy una idiota, soy una alcohólica, soy tenaz. Yo soy, simplemente soy… Eres una mierda.”
— Frida Kahlo, una carta nunca entregada a Diego Rivera
I love, love, LOVE this one of la Frida. <3
Cualli Yancuic Xihuitl - Ome Tochtli
According to a popular count of the Mexica Calendar, today, March 12, marks the beginning of a new solar year: Ome Tochtli, or 2 Rabbit. Happy Mexica New Year!
Image via Ruben Herrera Gtz.
1. “Calavera de Azúcar” / A ‘Sugar Skull’ (Executed in cardboard), by the Linares Family of Mexico City.
2. ‘Altar de Muertos’ - ‘All Souls’ Day altar in a private home decorated with handcrafts from different regions of Mexico.
3. & 4. ‘Zapatista Judas Skulls’ / The Linares Family of Mexico City.
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