The Dream Is Now

June 9, 2013


Le Havre

November 3, 2011

A Better Life

July 18, 2011

Immigrant rights groups call for boycott of MLB All-Star game

July 6, 2011

I really wish that some of the high profile Latino ballplayers had taken a stand against this year’s all star game in light of the racist & reactionary law, in the guise of immigration reform, that Arizona passed.

But I suppose in this day and age of multi-million dollar contracts and star ballplayers tightly protecting their own interests it is not reasonable to expect an act of solidarity or a display of integrity or courage from these athletes.

I wonder what Roberto Clemente and Curt Flood would have said about Arizona creating a law that enforces racial profiling and about MLB’s decision to allow Arizona to host the all star game.

My guess would be that they would probably not be silent about it.

Ballplayers and men of political/social consciousness like Clemente & Flood left a great torch that today’s ballplayers, sadly, have decided not to touch let alone carry.

Immigrant rights groups call for boycott of MLB All-Star game
By Nicolas Mendoza

Multiple groups are calling for a boycott of the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Phoenix, Ariz., on July 12 in protest of the immigration law SB 1070. The groups include the Arizona-based human rights groups Puente and Somos America. The Phoenix New Times reports:

Raul Cordero, a member of Puente, says that hurting Arizona’s economy sends a message of dissatisfaction about Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration statute. “This boycott is to avoid money getting to racist governments who promote hatred,” Cordero proclaimed. “The revenue put into the system is what gives force to this racist state.”

An indirect response to the groups protesting the game, Maricopa, Ariz. sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man who has come to symbolize the aggressive immigration enforcement tactics championed by Arizona Republicans, announced he would be using his chain gang of female prisoners to clean up trash at the All-Star game. Arpaio told the New Times¸ “If [protesters] can be there, why can’t my female chain gang be there as a public service.”

According to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, 27 percent of MLB players are Latino, compared to 16 percent of the general population. Since its passage, SB 1070 has been condemned by civil right groups because they say it would lead to racial discrimination against Hispanics by police, who under the law are required to request identification from anyone that they have a “reasonable suspicion” is an undocumented immigrant. A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking this part of the law from going into effect.

In addition to a general boycott, the groups are also calling on prominent Latino and foreign-born players in particular to not attend the game if they are chosen to play, including the Boston Red Sox’s Adrian Gonzalez, who is Mexican-American. Gonzalez had previously said that he would “probably” not attend the game, but now says he will follow the lead of the Major League Baseball Players Association. The MLBPA has said that they oppose the law, but Nation columnist Dave Zirin says it appears that they “have no plans to call for any kind of a boycott.”

MLB commissioner Bud Selig was also chastised by AP sports columnist Jim Litke earlier this week for not “taking a stand” on SB 1070 and the All-Star game’s location.

Minimum Wage

September 6, 2008

This song is from Lila Downs’ new album, Shake Away (Manhattan Records).

To hear the song and to check out more music from this artist go to

Travelled seven hundred miles
Cross the border to the states
With a plasic bottle running
Cross the desert in a shake
Come to English-only country
Hidin’ from the minutemen
Come to make this place my home
Run a long, long way from them
Story of a lifetime for the minimum wage

Well they chased me through the desert
Then the agents strapped me down
Then they ask me why in Spanish
Why you keep on comin’ back
Well I left my dad in Jersey
And my sisters in Des Moines
They been workin’ in this country
Pickin’ lettuce, washin’ floors
Story of a lifetime for the minimum wage

Well they raised me to eight dollars
Cause I washed the dishes fast
Well the boss he got me workin’
On the porch and in the back
Then I wash the dish and rinse it
Then I go home, then I sleep
Well, I need to be real careful
‘Cause I walk out in my sleep
When I see that black van comin’
Then I know I’m sure to run
But goddamn them agents caught me
And they cuffed me on the spot
For the minimum wage

No one forced the boss to hire me
But it’s nearly been fifteen
Well I left my baby cryin’ with
A promise in my skin
On the outskirts of L.A. I recite
A native poem million hands
Ten thousand years, it’s the season
For the crop, it’s my people doin’
The pickin’ in the valley of the dolls
It’s a decent job to work it any day
I’ll take this job

Ethiopian, Colombian, Pakistani, Cantonese
Every man that I run into
All the kitchens on the strip
And they’re pluggin’ in them hours
And they’re smilin’ in their dreams
They’re a long, long way from home now
But they lookin’ to be free
California, Alabama, and Missouri, Oregon
They been workin’ like their fathers were
A long, long time ago
For the minimum wage

Death by Detention

June 20, 2008

Latino Support for GOP Drops

November 4, 2007

What’s the alternative for Latinos though? To vote for the Democrats? The same Democrats that support legislation to build a wall on the border. Who are against driver licenses for undocumented immigrants. Who have almost completely sided with Bush and the rest of the Republicans in the immigration debate.

Spending any amount of time and energy to help elect Democrats is self defeating. Supporting and getting involved in the Pro-Immigrant rights movement is the way forward.

Anti-immigrant rhetoric and hysteria is at an all time high in the US along with the mass arrests and discriminatory laws being created and passed all over the country.

Neither corporate party is going to defend the rights of immigrants. All immigrants not just Latinos have to mobilize, build unity and fight for their equality.

Although immigration is not yet a major campaign issue, it is one that presidential hopefuls cannot afford to ignore. At fifteen percent of the population, Latinos form the largest non-white community in the United States, and Latino voters are an increasingly important constituency.

Latino support for the Republicans has been slipping since 2004, when over 40% of Latinos voted for George W. Bush. By 2006, this had dropped to less than 30%. Pollster John Zogby said last year that the Republican campaign against illegal immigration is “a key factor in Hispanic disillusionment.”

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