[Marxism] Can Democrats Shut Camejo Out of Immigration Struggle?
Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Sun Apr 9 16:06:34 MDT 2006
The most difficult media audience is in the biggest cities, where the
political parties and their media henchmen have the contacts and
sophistication needed to exclude their critics. When Syd Stapleton
ran for Mayor in Cleveland he got regular and not unfavorable
comment. But when any of our candidates ran in NYC, he or she was
lumped in as one of the minor parties, often mentioned only the final
day before an election as a "by the way, here are some fruitcake
But smaller venues, where socialist candidates may even be personally
known by media figures, are more open. Although it is never as fair
as we could wish and although we have difficulty in presenting and
generating newsworthy issues on a regular basis, sometimes we break
through. Camejo, as the representative of the Green Party, and
recognized as a legitimate candidate in the last gubernatorial
campaign, may have this opportunity, especially outside of Los Angeles.
Here are two articles that illustrate this. I am particularly
impressed with the organization of forums outside the main rally.
This is a traditional activity in California, used most often at the
major universities. Almost every action in California in the 1960s
was preceded and paralleled with educational forums and discussions
in a variety of venues.
However, the national media focused on the most confrontational
aspects. Students who saw that there was a civil rights sit-in at a
hotel, the limp bodies and the arrests, never saw the preceding weeks
of negotiations, supported and participated in by trade union
leaders, community organizations, the NAACP, etc.
ACTIVISTS WANT FAIR IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION
Tens of thousands of people are expected to march Sunday at San
Diego's Balboa Park to call on the federal government to enact fair
immigration legislation. "Just and fair immigration legislation in
the United States must consider the lives of people who have lived
here for years," the event's organizer, Gus Chavez, said. "We must
remember that immigrants are society's conscience."
Also on Sunday, a group of student activists with the group "Si, Se
Puede," which advocates amnesty for illegal immigrants, will hold a
10:30 a.m. rally at San Diego City College in advance of the 1 p.m.
gathering in Balboa Park.
Peter Camejo, who ran for governor as the Green Party candidate, is
expected at the rally.
The "Immigrants are America" march, which is slated to begin at 1
p.m. Sunday, will follow Sixth Avenue from Balboa Park through parts
of downtown San Diego to the County Administration Center at 1600
Pacific Highway. The march comes on the heels of large walkouts of
students from San Diego and Los Angeles-area high schools and
colleges at the start of the month to protest pending federal
On Friday, the U.S. Senate was unable to reach consensus on
legislation that would permit illegal immigrants who have been
working in the United States for more than five years to apply for
legal permanent residency. Those here for two years to five years
would have to leave, but could return under temporary work permits.
Those here for less than two years would be required to leave and
apply for a visa to return.
Fox 6 News
The estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States
should get amnesty, Green Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo
said Saturday at a public forum in San Diego. “These people subsidize
the United States,” Camejo said in a telephone interview before the
public forum at the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club. Undocumented immigrants
buy products in this country and pay sales taxes, and also work hard
at their jobs, he said.
To let them work here but deny them driver licenses, health care or
education is a “contradiction,” he said. “You can’t have it both
ways.” Camejo said he supports amnesty for those who are already here
and a reasonable policy to allow others to cross into this country.
Opponents say amnesty for illegal immigrants would be unfair to those
who are trying to become U.S. citizens by obeying the law. Camejo
also said he supports a mass boycott -- called El Grande Boycott, or
The Great Boycott -- on May 1.
Organizers are calling for all Latinos to stay home from schools and
work and not buy anything that day. Camejo said activists in other
countries have agreed to not buy U.S. products as well. The recent
groundswell of interest and rallies over immigration issues occurred
as Congress debated various proposals, ranging from making
undocumented immigrants felons to providing a pathway to citizenship
for them. A compromise bill stalled Friday when a test vote could
garner only 38 votes in the Senate.
Over recent weeks, students have walked out of classes and
immigration activists have staged massive rallies throughout the
country. More rallies and protests are planned for Sunday at Balboa
Park and City College, including a march to the county administration
building on Laurel Street.
Si Se Puede of Southern California is trying to mobilize students
statewide to push for amnesty for undocumented immigrants, student
organizer Jazmin Morelos Salinas said. Si Se Puede means yes we can.
Camejo will speak at the rally, along with Jesse Diaz, one of the
organizers of the massive Los Angeles march that took place March 25.
Numerous graduate students, a professor and others from activist
organizations also plan to address the crowd, faculty organizer Elva
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