[force10@lbbs.org: Uncl: Fwd: DRAFT II LETTER/URGENT (fwd)]

Clarissa V. Rogers (id815@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Fri, 12 Apr 1996 14:38:26 -0400


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Subject: Uncl: Fwd: DRAFT II LETTER/URGENT (fwd)
Date: Wed, 10 Apr


Subject: Uncl: Fwd: DRAFT II LETTER/URGENT (fwd)

Greetings Everybody. Please send this to everyone on your list. The
price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

AC>the following is a very important letter that all should read and=20
AC>re-read. I am still upset and angry at seeing the beatings of
AC>Alicia, Enriquez and Jose by the Riverside Sheriff deputies. Please=20
AC>forward to those in your list. Raza Unida no sera vencida!!
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AC> _/ _/ _/_/_/ _/ _/ _/_/_/ _/ _/ Wendy Sanchez =20
AC> _/ _/ _/ _/ / _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ EMAIL: =20
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AC>du
AC> _/ / / _/ _/ _/ / _/ _/ _/ _/ WEBSITE:
AC>_/_/ /_/ _/_/_/ _/ /_/ _/_/_/ _/ http://www.calpoly.edu/~wsanchez

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AC>DEAR FRIENDS: FOLLOWING IS DRAFT II OF PROTEST LETTER ON L.A. BEATING.

AC>CIRCULATION IS GOING VERY SLOW. PLEASE SEND TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW NOW!!!!!

AC>THOSE OF YOU WILLING TO CONFIRM YOUR SIGNATURE PLEASE RESPOND, WITH PROPER
AC>I.D., TO RUBEN62@AOL.COM

AC>STILL NEED TIPS ON FUNDRAISING (TO PUBLISH LETTER IN L.A. TIMES). THIS IS
AC>GOING TO DIE IF WE DON'T GET OUR ACT TOGETHER.
AC>RUBEN MARTINEZ

AC>TO THE RIVERSIDE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, AND TO THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA, THE
AC>UNITED STATES, AND THE WORLD:

AC>We the undersigned artists, writers, academics and concerned citizens from
AC>varied walks of life, were shocked and saddened-as were people the world
AC>over-when we viewed the videotaped images of two Riverside, California
AC>Sheriff's deputies brutally club Alicia Sotero, Enrique Funes and Jose
AC>Pedroza with their batons at the end of a chase that eerily recalled the
AC>Rodney King beating five years ago.

AC>But we were not surprised.

AC>Such incidents are all too common in many of our communities. There are man=
AC>y
AC>African-Americans in Los Angeles and other parts of the country who can
AC>testify to "abuse of authority under the color of law" firsthand, as there
AC>are Asian-Americans, gays and lesbians, practically anyone considered an
AC>"outsider" by the "mainstream" of America.

AC>The fact that Sotero, Funes and Pedroza were undocumented immigrants en rou=
AC>te
AC>to what they believed would be a better life in California merely highlight=
AC>s
AC>one of several segments of our society that lives in the shadows of social,
AC>political, cultural or economic "legality."

AC>For that's precisely how people like Sotero, Funes and Pedroza are usually
AC>referred to by our politicians and media-as "illegals." There are an
AC>estimated two million "illegals" living in California today, several tens o=
AC>f
AC>thousands more in practically every corner of the United States. Most of th=
AC>em
AC>are from Mexico and Central America.

AC>Just what crime did the beating victims, and the nineteen other immigrants
AC>with them at the time of the beating, commit? They crossed the border betwe=
AC>en
AC>the U.S. and Mexico looking for work. They were among the immigrants who
AC>labor daily in the picking fields of California, Washington and Pennsylvani=
AC>a,
AC>clean hotel rooms in Dallas, toil in the canneries of Alaska, sell flowers =
AC>on
AC>street corners in New York City. In practically every case, the immigrants
AC>make life easier, prettier, and less expensive for those of us who have the
AC>luxury of calling ourselves "legals."

AC>But who are the "illegals" now? Besides the two deputies, we would like to
AC>point out those who fostered an environment which pitted "legal" against
AC>"illegal" and exacerbated ethnic tensions, leading many Americans to believ=
AC>e
AC>that the undocumented are our enemies.

AC>Among them are politicians such as Governor Pete Wilson of California,
AC>Republican primary presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan, as well as the
AC>majority of Democratic members of Congress, such as California Senators
AC>Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, all of whom have proposed, supported, o=
AC>r
AC>voted for legislation that symbolically blames the "illegals" for our
AC>economic and social problems.

AC>This incident is about much more than two sheriff's deputies who crossed th=
AC>e
AC>line between civilized and barbaric behavior. It is about the fear and
AC>division caused by power-hungry politicians willing to exploit our worst
AC>instincts. It is about the wave of discrimination against Latinos caused by
AC>Proposition 187 in California, it is about the iniquituous and destabilizin=
AC>g
AC>effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada
AC>and Mexico. Ultimately, it is about the choice between tolerance and
AC>intolerance, humanity and inhumanity in the new global era.

AC>We do not believe that the majority of Californians who voted in favor of
AC>Proposition 187 were consciously supporting a campaign of intolerance and
AC>violence. And yet, the evidence that 187 has become a vehicle for some in o=
AC>ur
AC>society to vent their ethnic hatred is undeniable. Something must be done.

AC>We demand that the American legal system work in favor of those it usually
AC>casts in the least favorable light, and punish the guilty in this case.

AC>In this election year, we ask that politicians of all parties desist from
AC>waging campaigns steeped in the scapegoating of any "outsider."

AC>We ask that members of the House of Representatives reconsider their passag=
AC>e
AC>of House Resolution 2202, legislation which mirrors in several aspects
AC>California's Proposition 187, and that members of the Senate reject the
AC>similar Simpson bill.

AC>We call on the governments of the U.S. and Mexico to deal directly with the
AC>core economic issues that have left workers on both sides of the border
AC>desperately searching for gainful employment.

AC>Finally, we call on the citizens of the Americas to look beyond our painful=
AC>,
AC>conflictive history towards a new world where everyone-whatever the color o=
AC>f
AC>our skin, whatever our sex or sexual orientation, whatever tongue we speak-=
AC>is
AC>afforded the opportunity for a job, a future, a life with dignity. The very
AC>dignity that was so brutally denied Alicia Sotero, Enrique Funes and Jose
AC>Pedroza on April 1, 1996.

AC>Sincerely,

AC>[[CONFIRMED SIGNATORIES AS OF THIS MAILING]]
AC>Ruben Martinez, author
AC>Elia Arce, performance artist
AC>Mandalit del Barco, journalist, National Public Radio*
AC>Raul Villa, professor, Occidental College*
AC>Guillermo Gomez-Pena, performance artist
AC>Rafael Perez-Torres, professor, University of California, Santa Barbara*
AC>Ofelia Cuevas, Chicano/Latino Policy Project, University of California,
AC>Berkeley*
AC>Luis Leon, graduate student, University of California, Santa Barbara*
AC>Rita Cano Alcala, professor, Scripps College*
AC>Marco Vincio Gonzalez, journalist, Radio Bilingue*
AC>Carolina Gonzalez, instructor, University of California, Berkeley*
AC>Los Illegals, musicians
AC>Pedro Meyer, photographer
AC>Sandy Close, editor, Pacific News Service*
AC>Richard Rodriguez, author
AC>Johnette Napolitano, musician
AC>Lalo Alcaraz, cartoonist
AC>Lalo Medina, artist
AC>Hector Alvarez, Upward Bound, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo*
AC>Oscar Marquez, programmer, analyst II, University of California, Berkeley*
AC>Lisa Flores, assistant professor, Arizona State University*
AC>Neo Martinez, scientist, University of California, Davis*
AC>Jose Luis Rodriguez-Nodal, poet, University of California, Berkeley*
AC>Kimberly L. Tejada, University of California, Berkeley*
AC>Roberto Sifuentes, performance artist

AC>* for identification purposes only; does not signify an institutional
AC>endorsement.




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