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Rally in Phoenix March 24 protested bill to tighten border security (Courtesy Arizona Republic)
The coalition that organized an estimated 500,000 marchers in Los Angeles to protest immigration reform announced its next mass action is “an economic and labor boycott that will paralyze the U.S. economy.”
The radical separatist publication La Voz de Aztlan, the Voice of Aztlan, said the proposed boycott is in response to a “racist” measure in Congress.
The House has passed a bill to tighten border security, but President Bush broadly supports rival legislation being debated in the Senate that contains a guest-worker proposal.
Coalition member Roberto Reveles of “Unidos en Arizona” said his group will host a “summit meeting” April 8 and 9 in Phoenix to work out details of the boycott.
The boycott is scheduled for May 1, the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers, or May 5, the Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Armando Navarro, coordinator of the National Alliance for Human Rights, said, “We are living through very dangerous times and we must take advantage of the moment. If we just sit and wait to see what happens, everything we have accomplished so far may go to waste. That is why we must continue the struggle to once and for all defeat that racist (House) proposal.”
In Phoenix, an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 participated in a march and rally last Saturday.
“What occurred on March 24 is a consequence of the people being tired of the treatment we are receiving,” Reveles said. “The first step has already been taken, we organized ourselves and have completed the first phase, now we have to prepare for the second.”
Reveles said the activists “will not rest” until they see the House bill defeated.
“We are sure that the preparations we make at the summit will lead us to victory,” he said. “We are united and only united will we be victorious.”
La Voz de Aztlan said the two-day summit will be attended by Mexican-American and other Latino groups from Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington, New York, Chicago, California and other states.
Representatives from Mexico, Central and South America also will attend.
Navarro said the “international boycott” counts on the support of the consulates of Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba and Mexico, along with Mexican labor organizations.
“We have to demonstrate to the nation, one more time, that its economic stability depends on us,” Navarro said. “I am sure that our sister nations of Latin America, who are also tired of the situation, will unite with us.
The professor concluded: “That is why we will celebrate May 1, ‘Day of the Worker,’ with labor strikes, no purchases and go out and march. Soon they will see the impact we will have!”
As WorldNetDaily reported, one of the organizers of the L.A. rally was the Mexica Movement, which already has decided it is the “non-indigenous,” white, English-speaking U.S. citizens of European descent who have to leave what they call “our continent.”
Both Rep. James Sensebrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a proponent of tougher border security, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger were caricatured as Nazis by the group on its posters and banners.
The group insists the indigenous people of the continent were the victims of genocide – a campaign of extermination that killed, according to one citation, 95 percent of their population, or 33 million people. Another citation on the same website claims the toll was 70 million to 100 million.
The only solution, says the Mexica Movement, is to expel the invaders of the last 500 years, force them to pay reparations and return the continent to its rightful heirs.
The platform of the group illustrates the diverse – and sometimes extreme – agendas of those participating in the mass mobilizations that have been seen largely as protests against efforts to curb illegal immigration.
The Mexica Movement has big issues with many other equally radical groups participating in the massive, united-front rallies, include the separatist Aztlan Movement.
Aztlan, the mythical birthplace of the Aztecs, is regarded in Chicano folklore as an area that includes California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and parts of Colorado and Texas. The movement seeks to create a sovereign, Spanish-speaking state, “Republica del Norte,” or the Republic of the North, that would combine the American Southwest with the northern Mexican states and eventually merge with Mexico.
La Voz de Aztlan identifies Mexicans in the U.S. as “America’s Palestinians.” Many Mexicans see themselves as part of a transnational ethnic group known as “La Raza,” the race. A May editorial on the website, with a dateline of Los Angeles, Alta California, declares that “both La Raza and the Palestinians have been displaced by invaders that have utilized military means to conquer and occupy our territories.”
Others in the coalition hope to see a “reconquest” of the American southwest by Mexico. This would not likely take place through military action, they say, but rather through a slow process of migration – both legal and illegal.
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