El Valiente Vive Hasta que el Pueblo lo Permite

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Ultimamente en las noticias a nivel local y nacional hemos escuchado y visto caer bajo las balas o los golpes de los Policías locales, estatales, nacionales o del Servicio de Emigración a nuestros hijos, hermanos, padres, amigos ademas a nuestras mujeres desarmadas les hemos visto recibir feroces golpizas. En cada caso siempre los policías salen exonerados con el simple hecho de que ellos portan un uniforme y reciben un sueldo para controlar a los mismos que pagamos sus salario, nosotros el PUEBLO.
Cansados de tanto abuso hemos decidido salir a las calles a informar nuestros derechos y a buscar a un PUEBLO que construya la resistencia de manera colectiva es decir ayudándonos los unos a los otros, protegiendonos entre nosotros mismos por que solo el PUEBLO puede defender al PUEBLO de sus verdugos.
LUCHAR ES EDUCAR ~ EDUCAR ES LIBERAR

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In recent days we’ve witnessed in the local and national news how our children, brothers, fathers, and friends have fallen prey to the bullets and blows of the migra and police, and even our sisters have been subject to fierce beatings. In every case, law enforcement officials are exonerated and protected by their badges and uniforms. Our communities are forced to pay the salaries of the very same people who mistreat and control us.

Rejecting this humiliation, we’ve decided to go into the streets to inform the community of our rights, and find those who are willing to help build a collective form of resistance. In other words, we believe that only the community can defend the community, and only the PEOPLE will defend itself from injustice and abuse.

BILINGÜE: Califican Deceptionante Decisión de Obama, Se Hace Llamado para Independencia Política // Obama Executive Action Delay Called Deceptive, Political Independence from Parties Called For

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El 8 de Septiembre 2014
COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
DISTRIBUCION INMEDIATA

CALIFICAN DECEPCIONANTE DECISION DE OBAMA SE HACE LLAMADO PARA INDEPENDENCIA POLITICA

La Coordinadora Nacional 2014 por una Reforma Migratoria Justa y Humana califica la decisión del Presidente Barack Obama de demorar otorgar alivio administrativo a las comunidades de migrantes indocumentadas hasta después de las elecciones intermedias de noviembre como decepcionante y manipulación políticamente no solo a las familias inmigrantes sino también al electorado en general.
“Más de 1,000 personas son separadas de sus seres queridos y deportados, y por lo tanto, devastados y socavados económicamente cada día que demora el presidente en otorgar alivio administrativo por medio de acción ejecutiva, “dijo Carlos Arango de la Alianza por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes de Chicago, Illinois.  Durante los últimos seis años de la presidencia de Obama ha habido más de dos millones de deportaciones.
“Una decepción más agregado a muchas más previas cometidas contra las comunidades inmigrantes es como interpretamos esta última promesa incumplida por Obama,” declaro el Profesor Armando Vásquez-Ramos del Centro de Estudios California-México basado en Long Beach, California.  “Ha definido muy claramente sus últimos anos de termino como el jefe-en-deportador, y esto será su legado,” concluyo Vásquez-Ramos.
“No se le puede confiar a Obama en asuntos de inmigración, o en cualquier asunto de por sí.  Ha llevado a cabo el aparado de estado que abarca todo más sistemático en perpetuar la vulnerabilidad de los trabajadores inmigrantes y sus familias, particularmente mexicanos y latinos en general, que de cualquier otro periodo en la historia americana,” observo Nativo Lopez, consejero a la Hermandad Mexicana de Los Ángeles, California.
“Si hubiera cualquier tiempo para los votantes latinos considerar la independencia política de los dos partidos políticos predominantes, Demócrata y Republicano, ahora es el tiempo,” comento Juan José Bocanegra de la Coalición Primero de Mayo de Seattle, Washington.  “El Presidente Obama ha tomado por hecho en el bolsillo a la comunidad y votantes latinos y puesto los intereses de partido por encima de los intereses amplios humanitarios de millones de familias trabajadoras,” acuso.
La Coordinadora Nacional 2014 ahora se prepara para convocar asambleas consultivas dentro de las comunidades migrantes al nivel nacional para discutir como influenciar al movimiento por los derechos de inmigrantes de moverse hacia la independencia política de los partidos políticos, pero enfocado a llamar a cuentas al presidente para obligarlo cumplir su última promesa de tomar acción ejecutiva antes que termine 2014.
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La Coordinadora 2014, nombre corto por la Coordinadora Nacional por una Reforma Migratoria Justa y Humana 20114, es una red independiente amplia nacional de organizaciones de base y coaliciones de trabajadores y familias migrantes que luchan por una reforma migratoria de acuerdo a las necesidades de nuestras familias de California, Texas, Arizona, Oregón, Washington, Illinois, New York, Georgia, Florida y México.

September 7, 2014
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OBAMA EXECUTIVE ACTION DELAY CALLED DECEPTIVE, POLITICAL INDEPENDENCE FROM PARTIES CALLED FOR

The National Coordinating Committee 2014 for Fair and Humane Immigration Reform qualifies President Barack Obama’s decision to delay any administrative relief to the undocumented immigrant communities until after the November mid-term elections as politically deceptive and manipulative not only to immigrant families but to the electorate at large.
“Each day that the president delays administrative relief through executive action another 1,000 persons are separated from their loved ones and deported, and thus, more families devastated and undermined economically,” stated Carlos Arango of the Alliance for Immigrants Rights in Chicago, Illinois.  More than two million deportations have occurred during the last six years of the Obama presidency.
“Another deception added to many previously committed against immigrant communities is how we interpret this latest broken promise by Obama,” declared Professor Armando Vasquez-Ramos of California-Mexico Studies Center based in Long Beach, California.  “He has clearly defined his remaining years as lame duck Deporter-in-Chief, and this will be his legacy,” concluded Vasquez-Ramos.
“Obama cannot be trusted in matters of immigration, if any for that matter.  He has executed the most systematic all-encompassing state apparatus to perpetuate the vulnerability of immigrant workers and their families, particularly Mexicans and Latinos generally, than any other period of American history,” observed Nativo Lopez, advisor to Hermandad Mexicana of Los Angeles, California.
“If there was any time for Latino voters to consider political independence from both major political parties, Democrat and Republican, now is the time,” commented Juan Jose Bocanegra of the May Day Coalition in Seattle, Washington.  “President Obama has taken the Latino community and voter for granted and has put party interests over the broad humanitarian interests of millions of hard-working families,” he charged.
The National Coordinating Committee 2014 is now preparing to convene consultative assemblies within immigrant communities nationally to discuss influencing the immigrant rights movement towards independence of political parties, but focused on holding the president to his new promise of executive action before the end of 2014.
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The National Coordinating Committee 2014 for Fair and Humane Immigration Reform is an independent binational network of migrant worker and family grassroots organizations and coalitions that struggle for immigration reform according to the needs of our families in California, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, New York, Georgia, Florida and Mexico.
 

Contact Persons:

Carlos Arango, (773) 988-1408 – carango957@aol.com – Chicago
Juan Jose Bocanegra, (206) 650-2106 – bocajj1@comcast.net – Seattle
Armando Vasquez-Ramos, (562)-972-0986 – armando.vazquez-ramos@csulb.edu – Long Beach
Nativo Lopez, (714) 423-4800 – nativolopez@yahoo.com – Los Angeles/Orange
 
 

Community Forum: Whose Streets? Our Streets! // Foro Comunitaria: Nuestras calles en la defensa de nuestros derechos!

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(en español abajo) All around the U.S., people are fighting back against police terror and abuse. In Oxnard, the police have responded to this movement with threats, undercover surveillance, & taking Francisco “Chavo” Romero (a member of Todo Poder al Pueblo) to court.

We’ll reveal the evidence showing how the OPD is trying to silence us, and we invite ALL residents to join us for a discussion about how to get involved in the fight to build community power and put an end to police brutality!

FREE POSTERS AND SNACKS!
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Alrededor de los Estados Unidos, la gente se organiza contra terror de la policía y el abuso. En Oxnard, la policía ha respondido a este movimiento con amenazas, vigilancia secreta además de levantar cargos legales contra Francisco “Chavo” Romero uno de los miembros de Todo Poder al Pueblo.

Revelaremos pruebas que muestran cómo el OPD trata de hacernos callar, e invitamos a TODOS los residentes a acompañarnos para una discusión sobre cómo implicarnos en la lucha para construir el poder de la comunidad y acabar con la brutalidad de la policía!

CARTELES LIBRES(GRATIS), BOCADILLOS!
http://www.todopoderalpueblo.org/

ANÁLISIS: La militarización de las agencias de policía desde Ferguson hasta el Medio Oriente

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Dedicado a los pueblos victoriosos de Palestina y Ferguson, MO.

El Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo está orgulloso de presentar la siguiente perspectiva en las operaciones militarizadas de agencias de policía locales y nacionales, que se formulan, se planean y se prueban junto a los aliados extranjeros del imperialismo estadounidense, como la Ocupación israelí en Palestina y los regímenes árabes del Golfo, quienes se unen para emprender la guerra contra los oprimidos.

La violencia de la policía hacia nuestras comunidades no es un “accidente” o acontecimiento anormal, es el plan exacto, el objetivo de la policía y de otros cuerpos armados de la ocupación relacionados con el estado. Dentro de los Estados Unidos, estas prácticas se realizan no sólo a través de la fuerzas armadas, pero a través de la violencia institucionalizada; en Salinas, California, las prácticas de contra-insurrección preparadas con la colaboración de los Militares estadounidenses se utiliza contra comunidades inmigrantes; con los programas de fusión en los que se intercambian los datos con el gobierno federal y la poli-Migra creando el programa de “Comunidades seguras” han elevado las deportaciones; Mientras tanto, en las comunidades de las minorias como Oxnard, Fresno, Los Ángeles y Orange County, medidas contra pandillas (gang injunctions) han logrado revocar los derechos de los residentes en las zonas afectadas.

Agradecemos a Roqayah Chamseddine por escribir este artículo importante y esperamos que los organizadores, trabajadores, estudiantes y familias reconozcan la importancia de estudiar, compartirlo y luchar para tomar el control de nuestras comunidades!

La militarización de las agencias de policía desde Ferguson hasta el Medio Oriente

Escrito por Roqayah Chamseddine

Publicado originalmente en Al-Akhbar (Líbano)

Traducción por Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo

El armamento y las tácticas militares de los organismos policiales de Estados Unidos pueden documentarse, por lo menos, desde el año 1967, cuando se estableció la unidad de paramilitares conocida como Armas y Tácticas Especiales (SWAT, por sus siglas en inglés). En el libro Overkill: Rise of Paramilitary Policing, del periodista Radley Balko, escribe que el origen del SWAT militarizado de hoy tiene sus comienzos en “una fuerza especializada en Delano, California, formada por oficiales de control de masas, con policía antidisturbios y francotiradores, reunidos para hacer frente a los levantamientos de trabajadores agrícolas liderados por César Chávez.” Balko escribe para The Wall Street Journal en agosto de 2013 sobre el año 1975 y esta primera unidad de SWAT experimental y la cual creció hasta aproximadamente 500 unidades. Hoy en día hay miles. En 1983, según las encuestas realizadas por el criminólogo Peter Kraska de Eastern Kentucky University, 13% de las ciudades con 25.000 a 50.000 habitantes tenían un equipo de SWAT. Para el año 2005, está cifra creció hasta el 80% de las ciudades.

IZQUIERDA: Se observa un miembro del equipo SWAT desplegando un dispositivo no letal fuera del garaje de un apartamento donde se cree que un sospechoso armado puede estar atrincherado en Port Hueneme. (Rob Varela – Ventura County Star) DERECHA: patrullas militares israelíes por las calles de la ciudad cisjordana de Hebrón, en 06 de julio 2014 (Abed Al Hashlamoun—EPA)

IZQUIERDA: Se observa un miembro del equipo SWAT desplegando un dispositivo no letal fuera del garaje de un apartamento donde se cree que un sospechoso armado puede estar atrincherado en Port Hueneme. (Rob Varela – Ventura County Star) DERECHA: patrullas militares israelíes por las calles de la ciudad cisjordana de Hebrón, en 06 de julio 2014 (Abed Al Hashlamoun—EPA)

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ANALYSIS: The militarization of police agencies from Ferguson to the Middle East

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Image credit: Todo Poder al Pueblo Media Operations


HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA ESPAÑOL

Dedicated to the victorious people of Palestine and Ferguson, MO.

The Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective is proud to present the following perspective on the militarized operations of domestic police agencies, which are formulated, planned, and tested alongside overseas allies of U.S. imperialism, such as the Israeli Occupation in Palestine and the Gulf Arab regimes, who are united in waging war against the oppressed.

Police violence towards our communities isn’t an “accident” or freak occurrence, but is the exact plan and purpose of the police and other armed bodies of occupation connected to the state. Within the United States, these practices are carried out not only through armed force, but through institutionalized violence: in Salinas, CA, counterinsurgency practices drawn up in collaboration with the U.S. Military are utilized against immigrant communities; throughout the country data-sharing programs with the federal government such as fusion centers and the poli-Migra “Secure Communities” programs have led to record deportations; meanwhile, in communities of color such as Oxnard, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Orange County, anti-gang civil injunctions have been imposed which effectively revoke the rights of residents in the affected areas.

We thank Roqayah Chamseddine for writing this important article and we hope that organizers, workers, students, and families recognize the importance of studying and sharing it, and fighting back to take control of our communities.

The militarization of police agencies from Ferguson to the Middle East

Originally published on Al-Akhbar English (Lebanon)

The arming of US police agencies with military-grade weaponry and tactics can be traced back, at the very least, to the creation of the paramilitary “Special Weapons and Tactics” Unit (SWAT) in 1967. In Overkill: Rise of Paramilitary Policing journalist Radley Balko notes that what inspired the heavily militarized SWAT team of today was “a specialized force in Delano, California, made up of crowd control officers, riot police, and snipers, assembled to counter the farm worker uprisings led by Cesar Chavez.” Balko writes in August 2013 for The Wall Street Journal that by 1975 from this first experimental SWAT unit grew to “approximately 500 such units. Today, there are thousands. According to surveys conducted by criminologist Peter Kraska of Eastern Kentucky University, just 13 percent of towns between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team in 1983. By 2005, the figure was up to 80 percent.”

LEFT:  ROB VARELA/THE STAR A SWAT team member deploys a flash-bang device outside the garage of an apartment where an armed suspect was believed to be barricaded in Port Hueneme. (Rob Varela—Ventura County Star) RIGHT: Israeli military patrols the streets in the West Bank city of Hebron on July 6, 2014 (Abed Al Hashlamoun—EPA)

LEFT: A SWAT team member deploys a flash-bang device outside the garage of an apartment where an armed suspect was believed to be barricaded in Port Hueneme. (Rob Varela—Ventura County Star) RIGHT: Israeli military patrols the streets in the West Bank city of Hebron on July 6, 2014 (Abed Al Hashlamoun—EPA)

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VC STAR – Scathing letter questions Oxnard’s handling of homeless grants

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OXNARD, Calif. – Federal officials have sent a scathing letter to Oxnard outlining long-standing problems so severe the city’s ability to handle certain grant funds has come into question.

“City staff has consistently demonstrated a lack of capacity” to administer grants that help the homeless, the Aug. 13 letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development says.

The document refers to monitoring sessions that stretch back six years. Problems identified in 2008 still have not been fixed, it says. HUD even paid for an outside firm to develop a policy manual that city staff admitted they never used, according to the letter.

In an echo of the highly critical report written by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office in 2012, the HUD letter describes sloppy record keeping that makes it impossible to determine whether rules were followed.

“City files were too disorganized and incomplete to determine the level of compliance,” the letter says at one point, noting some files were “confused and inconsistent” and other required records may not have been kept at all.

The agency has threatened to transfer remaining grant funds to another entity if Oxnard fails to fix certain problems quickly.

City Manager Greg Nyhoff, who started his job June 1, called the letter “extremely disturbing” and said it described “a very concerning management failure.”

“Somebody did not lead well here,” Nyhoff said.

Two of the top city officials noted in the letter have recently left.

Oxnard’s former housing director, Bill Wilkins, retired last month.

Will Reed, who formerly oversaw Oxnard’s homelessness services and is the subject of an investigation by HUD’s Office of Inspector General, quit in April. A HUD spokeswoman said the Aug. 13 letter has nothing to do with that investigation. No update on the investigation was available Friday. Reed is not named in the Aug. 13 letter, but is referred to in it as the former homeless coordinator.

“His fingerprints are heavily involved in this lack-of-compliance issue,” Nyhoff said.

Nyhoff appointed Carrie Sabatini as interim housing director Monday. Sabatini is heading a team that will look through all the old files and “find out exactly where we’ve been missing the mark with HUD,” Nyhoff said, adding: “I’m not going to allow us to fail again.”

He also expects to hire an outside firm early next week to help assess the situation.

As to who was responsible for the yearslong shortcomings, Nyhoff said there are layers of accountability. The letter, which he received Monday, is addressed to him and he believes earlier letters would have been sent to the former city manager.

“This letter is written to me and it’s my responsibility” to see that it gets fixed, he said. “It goes to the top.”

HUD representatives looked at how the city handled grant funds awarded to three agencies: The Kingdom Center, Khepera House and Community Action of Ventura County. A dollar amount for the grants was not included and was not available from the city Friday.

Four items needing quick correction were identified, although one — potentially unsafe electrical wiring at the city-owned Kingdom Center facility, which houses homeless women and children — has already been fixed, Nyhoff said.

Other findings identified problems with paperwork, including lapses that lost Oxnard $2.3 million in HUD funding over the years, the letter said, when grants expired with unspent balances.

“These are long-standing problems that have not improved, despite extensive technical assistance” provided by HUD and previous orders to fix problems, the letter says.

Eileen Tracy, who once sat on the city’s homelessness commission and who has filed complaints about Oxnard’s housing department with HUD, wasn’t surprised by the findings.

“We’ve known for years filing and documentation was incomplete or nonexistent,” Tracy said.

Peggy Rivera, chair of the homelessness commission, said city staff resisted the commission’s input. “I knew they had to listen to HUD,” she said of the letter. “It’s a sad way to get it solved.”

Timothy Hockett, executive director of Community Action of Ventura County, said he was “just anxious to see things improve.”

Some council members said they were appalled by what has come out. One, Councilmember Carmen Ramirez, described long-running frustration with the housing department.

“I have had my complaints that have not been addressed previously,” Ramirez said. “I have confidence in Greg, and I believe we will go forward and do what we need to do.”

Trail for Humanity: OXNARD

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JOIN the Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective and other members of our community for an evening of culture, music, and powerful discussion as we welcome the brave mujeres in the Trail For Humanity, who are making a 300-mile, 30-day pilgrimage from Merced to the U.S. – Mexico border. This event is FREE and all workers, families, and students are welcome!

The goals:

  • Pressure the Obama administration to put a halt to its deportation enforcement only regime until the Senate and House come together and pass a Just and Humane Immigration Reform,
  • Not 1 more deportation!
  • Call for an end to the use of Police as Immigration enforcement Agents, no to the failed Secure Communities and 287g programs, No a la Poli-Migra!
  • Demand an end to family separations, 3,750,000 of citizen children have had a parent deported.
  • Stem the tide toward Racial Profiling that has incarcerated so many migrant and African American brothers and sisters, no to SB 1070 and copycat laws, no to gang injunctions, Stop “stop and frisk” and the targeted check points in migrant communities.

“In the name of social justice and human rights, we… have pledged to walk over 300 miles to the Los Angeles Detention Center to give voice to the people suffering from injustice around the world. We especially seek to raise awareness on a global scale about the atrocities occurring along the US-Mexico border and within Arizona. The terrorization of women and children, the countless lives lost and signified by unmarked graves, and the inhumane treatment of people must all come to an end. We are walking to bring these realities to the forefront. We demand protection of immigrant women and their families, comprehensive immigration reform, and the eradication of racial profiling policies. A Trail for Humanity reminds us that we are all Arizona. The attacks made on our documented, undocumented, and migrant brothers and sisters can no longer be silenced. We are all subject to the cruel systems of racism, sexism, and border and body politics that perpetuate violence. We are taking a stand against violence, especially the kind that target women and children. Join us as we pave a trail for humanity.”

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