Latino does not equal undocumented

Dear Columbus Dispatch,

I was getting ready to go out and enjoy my Sunday morning when I noticed the front page of the newspaper with the Headline “Latino Protests to take Many Forms” and a sub headline for another article “Mexicans pushing ‘Nothing Gringo’ campaign”.

Your headlines and sub headlines are misleading and false. Monday’s economic mobilization participants are those in support of immigrants rights. Not just Latinos. Undocumented immigrants come from many different continents including Europe, Asia, and Africa. Additionally, Latinos does not equate to the word “illegal immigrants” nor does the word Latino equate to Mexican, which your article misleads readers to believe.

Supporters of immigrant rights and new legislation are being asked to take a day away from their normal activities whether it be work, school, or shopping. They are being asked to wear white, and attend local gatherings in support of reform. This is not just a boycott by undocumented workers but by supporters as well, while your article misleads again by insinuating that it is the undocumented who are protesting.

If you would like more information here is a good article at alternet on why one person will boycott on May 1st. If you would like help on what terms like “Latino” and “Mexican” mean you can click here.

MOVILIZACIÓN NACIONAL 1 DE MAYO

(un email que mando FLOC como anuncio)

SIGA LA PRESIÓN !!! PRÓXIMA MOVILIZACIÓN NACIONAL 1 DE MAYO

El 1 de Mayo, Día del Trabajador en la mayoría de los países del
Mundo, se esta llamando en los Estados Unidos a un Día Sin
Inmigrantes, y en solidaridad con esta esfuerzo pedimos a miembros y quienes apoyan:

* Lleve ropa blanca (por paz) todo el día.
* No comprar nada en todo el día, para demostrar las
contribuciones de los inmigrantes.
* No trabaje (si es posible), también para demostrar las
contribuciones de los inmigrantes.

En Ohio, la Red de Inmigrantes de Ohio (RIO) se une al llamado nacional
convocando a la población a participar en las siguientes acciones:

“LOS INMIGRANTES SON AMÉRICA”

TOLEDO
Protesta frente a las oficinas del Congresista Paul Gillmor, que voto a
favor de la propuesta anti-inmigrante, anti-americana HR4437. Serenatas
y una muestra de la diversidad en América. Caravanas salen de la oficina
de FLOC 1221 Broadway, en Toledo a las 12:00 pm. Punto de encuentro es
el Rotary Park en Tiffin a la 1:00 pm para marchar a la oficina del
Congresista Gillmor, 96 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Contact a Beatriz
Maya (419) 243-3456 ext 3.

CINCINNATI
Mayo 1 a las 10:00 a.m. Acción frente a la oficina del Congresista Steve
Chavot en Carew Tower, 441 Vine, oficina 3003. Contacte a Sylvia
Castellanos en CODEDI 513-260-6080; sylvia@codedi.org

COLUMBUS
Protesta a los congresistas Debra Pryce y Ted Strickland, quienes
votaron a favor de la propuesta HR4437. También: celebración en el
Restaurante Viva Zapata de 12:00-6:00 pm; información, comida y música.
355 Georgisville Rd. Contacte a: Rubén Herrera (614) 571-1750.

También en Columbus, se harán varias presentaciones de la película “Un
Día Sin Mexicanos” y un panel de discusión en la sede de la Coalición
Hispana de Ohio. Contactar a Josue Vicente al (614) 840-9934

CLEVELAND
Rally y protesta al congresista LaTourette, que voto a favor de la
HR4437. Contactar a Don Bryant al 330/328-5377 o truth_force@yahoo.com

DAYTON
Marcha pacifica frente al Edificio Federal en 200 W. 2nd. St. a las 3:30
pm. Contactar a la Rev. Jayne Ruiz al (937) 258-8118.
————————————————————————
——– Las recientes redadas de inmigración de un compañía de paletas
con oficinas en varios estados del país, incluyendo Columbus y
Cincinnatti en Ohio, muestran la urgente necesidad de una reforma
comprehensiva y justa de las leyes de inmigración para beneficio tanto
de empleadores como de trabajadores. No es coincidencia que estas
redadas se están llevando a cabo justo cuando millones de personas han
salido a las calles a protestar los ataques a inmigrantes. Evidentemente
se esta tratando de atemorizar a la población. Urgimos al gobierno a no
seguir malgastando dinero de los contribuyentes en perseguir a
campesinos, trabajadores de las paletas y jardineros, que simplemente
están tratando de trabajar para sostener a sus familias. Urgimos al
Congreso a pasar la propuesta “AgJobs” para trabajadores del campo y el
Acta “Secure America” presentada por los Senadores Kennedy-McCain en
2005. Ambas representan propuestas eficientes, lógicas, comprehensivas y
justas de reforma a las
leyes de inmigración para beneficio del país todo.

DIGNIDAD, RESPETO, ESPERANZA
América es una nación de inmigrantes fundada sobre la base de Justicia e
Igualdad

“SI” A LA REFORMA JUSTA DE LAS LEYES DE INMIGRACIÓN
NO A LOS MUROS
NO A LA SEPARACIÓN DE LAS FAMILIAS
NO A LA CRIMINALIZACIÓN DE INMIGRANTES

NATIONAL MOBILIZATION: MAY 1

For those readers who don’t know, on Monday May 1st, those who support immigrant rights will hold a day of protest. Students are encouraged to stay home from school, workers to stay home from work, and for all supporters to avoid buying anything on that day. Cities across the country are organizing marches and rallies. Below are events happening here in Ohio.

(Below from a press announcement from FLOC)

KEEP THE PRESSURE UP !!! NATIONAL MOBILIZATION: MAY 1

On May 1, Labor Day in most countries all over the world, there is a
national call for a Day Without Immigrants. In solidarity with this
effort, we ask supporters to:

* Participate in marches and rallies in your community
* Wear white (as a symbol of peace) all day.
* Do not buy any goods all day, to demonstrate the economic contributions
of immigrants and their supporters
* Don’t go to work if possible, also to demonstrate the economic
contributions of immigrants.

In Ohio, the Ohio Immigrants Network (RIO) is joining the national call
with the following actions:

“IMMIGRANTS ARE AMERICA”

TOLEDO/NW Ohio
May 1: Protest at the office of Congressman Paul Gillmor, who votedfor
the anti-immigrant, anti-american proposal HR4437. Serenades and ataste
of American diversity. Car caravans leave the FLOC office, at1221
Broadway, Toledo at NOON. Assemble at Rotary Park in Tiffin at 1:00 pm.
March to the office of Congressman Gillmor at 96 S. Washington St., in
Tiffin.

CINCINNATI
May 1: Gather at 10:00 a.m. at Carew Tower, 441 Vine in
downtownCincinnati, the location of the office of Congressman Steve
Chabot inroom 3003. Contact Sylvia Castellanos en CODEDI 513-260-6080; sylvia@codedi.org

COLUMBUS
Meeting with members of Congress Debra Pryce and Ted Strickland staff,
who voted for the HR4437 proposal. Also: rally/celebration at the
Restaurant Viva Zapata from 12:00-6:00 pm; information, food and music.
355 Georgisville Rd. Contact: Ruben Castilla Herrera (614) 571-1750. —
rherrera2457@yahoo.com

Rally at the Ohio State University Oval – Join Ohio State students,
staff and community at 12:00 noon for a rally at the oval. Participants
will proceed to Viva Zapata after the rally. Contact Martin Alvarado
614-327-6865 – osu_martin@yahoo.com

Showing of the movie “A Day Without Mexicans” and a panel discussion at
the Ohio Hispanic Coalition. Contact Josue Vicente al (614) 840-9934

CLEVELAND

May 1: Rally and protest Congressman LaTourette, who voted for HR4437.
Contact Don Bryant (330) 328-5377 or truth_force@yahoo.com

DAYTON
May 1: Peaceful walk in front of the Federal Building, 200 W. 2nd.
St. at 3:30 pmContact Rev. Jayne L. Ruiz at (937) 258-8118

Recent raids by immigration of a pallet company with facilities on several
states, including Columbus and Cincinnati in Ohio, show the urgent need
for comprehensive and fair immigration reform to benefit both, employers
and workers. It is not a coincidence that these raids are taking place
right after millions of people have taken to the streets to protest the
attacks on immigrants. Evidently they try to create a climate of fear in
the community. We urge the government not to spend more tax payer
resources persecuting peasants, pallet workers and landscapers who are
just trying to make a living and sustain their families. We urge Congress
to pass “Ag Jobs” for farm workers and the Kennedy-McCain “Secure America
Act”, introduced in 2005. Both represent efficient, logic, comprehensive
and just immigration reform proposals that would benefit the whole
country.

DIGNITY, RESPECT, HOPE
America is a nation of immigrants founded on the basis of Justice
andEquality

YES! TO A JUST IMMIGRATION REFORM
NO TO THE WALLS!
NO TO THE SEPARATION OF FAMILIES!
NO TO THE CRIMINALIZATION OF IMMIGRANTS

Mexicanos y otros Latinos en Ohio

5/3 looks to up Hispanic marketing push
Bizjournals.com – Charlotte,NC,USA
… The Hispanic ad agency will help the company plan and develop culturally … runs 19 banking affiliates with more than 1,100 branches in 10 states, including Ohio. …

Senators Forge Immigration Deal
Hartford Courant – United States
… the two parties and among conflicting business, labor, religious and Hispanic rights groups. … House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, cautioned that “we’re …

Fifth Third hires ad agency for Latino outreach

Cincinnati Business Courier – OH, United States
… and develop integrated and culturally relevant marketing campaigns for Latino communities in … banking centers and more than 2,000 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana …

Minorities taking deTour
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… The gap between Tiger and the arrival of the next black or Latino player looks … Right now, Kevin Hall comes closest; two years ago, at Ohio State, he won the …

Ohio a new border’ state

Cleveland Plain Dealer – Cleveland,OH,USA
… Jones’ way of saying he’s tired of housing inmates who made their way to this conflicted community in southwest Ohio after slipping across the Mexican border. …

Forum examines five years of local race relations
Cincinnati Enquirer – Cincinnati,OH,USA
… Cecil Thomas; Boone County Administrator Shawn Cox; Enquirer columnist Peter Bronson; and Tony Simms-Howell of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. …

In the market
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
… now,” said Tom Jackson, president of the Ohio Grocers Association. About 60 percent of the products sold in La Michoacana are imports from Mexico and Latin …

Columbus tops for Latino businesses
Columbus Dispatch – Columbus,OH,USA
And Latinos opened more businesses in Franklin County than any other in Ohio, except Hamilton, during that period. The trend is reflected nationwide. …

Crew to broadcast home games in spanish on Radio Sol, 1550-AM
OurSports Central (press release) – Marshfield,WI,USA
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Wednesday, March 29, 2006) – Columbus Crew General Manager … and mutually beneficial relationship with the Columbus Hispanic community,” said …

Migrant worker plan could be good for Lake County, advocates say

News-Herald.com – Willoughby,OH,USA
… The city of Painesville has become the hub for the Latino population in Lake County. … Dahlberg said Painesville was the first city in Ohio to send a letter to …

DeWine’s walk with Democrats on immigration irritates GOP
Cleveland Plain Dealer – Cleveland,OH,USA
… He said it is less potent an issue in Ohio than in states with larger … voters with strong anti-immigrant feelings, he could also benefit among Hispanic voters.

EEUU.- Unas 3.000 personas se manifiestan en Ohio contra el …

Europa Press – Spain
Cerca de 3.000 personas, muchas de ellas con la bandera de México, se manifestaron este domingo ante la legislatura de Ohio para apoyar los derechos de …
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Fighting For The Irish



 FIGHTING FOR THE IRISH

My daddy is Irish. I know I focus a lot more on my Mexican side and it is mostly, I think because it is more recent. I’ve never been to Ireland. I know a lot less about Irish culture than I do about Mexican culture. In fact my Irish upbringing is some watered down Irish-Americanism. It is my dad hanging up a picture of RFK and JFK next to our Aztec calendar. It is my father getting tipsy while watching soccer games and singing Irish folk songs. It is my Irish-American grandfather making sure I went to “good” Irish Catholic mass. It is my uncle Kevin, telling my mom to make sure us kids never married English.

My Irish side is stereotypically Irish-American along with me having a disdain for those colonizing English.

My Mexican side is much more ubiquitous because I grew up with it. I lived in Mexico, went to school in Mexico, visit it frequently, still have friends and close family there. My Mexican mother became a citizen only a couple years ago, while my Irish-American father has had family here in Ohio for generations.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this because yesterday at the rally someone from the Irish Lobby For Immigration Reform spoke and mentioned 50,000 undocumented Irish in the United States. I think that is something many of us forget is that there are many undocumented people here, not just from Mexico, not just from Latin America, but from all over the world.

I think the Irish-Mexican combination makes a lot of sense particularly in terms of Catholicism and immigration.

Reminds me of a quote from Bernadette Devlin McAliskey an Irish civil rights leader:

I was not very long there until, like water, I found my own level. ‘My people’ the people who know about oppression, discrimination, prejudice, poverty and the frustration and despair that they produce were not Irish Americans. They were black, Puerto Rican, Chicano. And those who were supposed to be ‘my people’, the Irish Americans who know about English misrule and the Famine and supported the civil-rights movement at home, and knew that Partition and England were the cause of the problem, looked and sounded to me like Orangemen. They said exactly the same things about blacks that the loyalists said about us at home. In New York, I was given the key to the city by the mayor, an honour not to be sneezed at. I gave it to the Black Panthers.

Mama Illegal

Mama Illegal

My mom doesn’t get political too often but dear lord when she does stand back.
Today we went to a rally at the state house against HR 4437. This piece of legislation would make a felon out of anyone assisting an undocumented person. That is if you provided food or housing to an abused woman who happened to be undocumented than you would be committing a felony.
My mama’s sign says “Human Beings Are Not Illegal”.

This is my stance with the term “illegals”, people cannot/should not be illegal, their acts may be illegal but they themselves are not “illegal”.