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jakethesnake
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In a somewhat related article:

Governor candidate of Alabama says "This is Alabama; we speak English" and is going to remove all other languages from the state drivers license exam?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100428/ts_ynews/ynews_ts1831


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Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:26 am
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Jared Paul



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jakethesnake wrote:
In a somewhat related article:

Governor of Alabama says "This is Alabama; we speak English" and is going to remove all other languages from the state drivers license exam?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100428/ts_ynews/ynews_ts1831


Did a show way out in highly conservative Amador County (NorCal) last night and there was a young Glenn Beck supporter in the crowd who was very upset when I broke down my feelings on discrimination and violence against undocumented Americans (past, present, and future).

He booooed in the middle of my talk and when I addressed him, he said that we had to respect the law. I calmly (not sarcastically) reminded him that Jim Crow was law, that Chinese internment camps were law, that slave masters could legally rape and murder their stolen prisoners and that was the law, that the middle passage was law, that massacring an entire nation of native americans was law, that private militia murdering union workers during "crowd dispersal" was law, and that Exxon drilling/spilling in the Amazon right now, is law... that many laws are not only questionable, but DEAD WRONG until we fix or abolish them.

I posed to him that tea baggers, minute men, and ICE agents are the modern incarnate of the racists who resisted civil rights reform, lynching posses, and government agencies brutally enforcing discriminatory policies throughout our history. I said that it was his right to stand with Glenn Beck, but that "History" is Now, whether we realize it or not, and that I intended to be on the side of the innocent people under attack, and not those who will clearly go down in said "History" as human rights abusers as barbaric enforcers of unjust laws. The clear majority of the club agreed and the boy stayed quiet for the rest of the set.

I processed with him after the show. Gave him a chance to say his piece and we made buddies. He's a born again, and member of his school's Christian youth group. The Amador County Klan was not waiting out in the street of the tiny town when the set was over but I was once again reminded of how goddamned privileged I am. Not just to not currently be in the cross hairs of the ICE agency or other violent racists, but to be born with a set of physical characteristics, government paperwork, and geographic dumb luck that allows me to, for the most part, speak my mind and present my writings without much fear of violent or legal response from private militia, pinkertons, the klan, the House Un-American Activities Committee, human rights abusing government agencies, or other hate groups, etc.

In so many places around the world at this moment, at so many times in this country's past, and for so many people in this country's present, the right to speak so safely and freely came/comes with a much heavier price tag.

It's not lost on me that I might not be as consistent (as I hope I would be) if ever up against the extreme circumstances our predecessors, comrades, and contemporaries were once faced with/are facing now.


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Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:22 pm
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icarus502
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They're now trying to get rid of ethnic studies programs in Arizona and will fire English teachers with too much of an accent. I can't believe this shit is really happening.
Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:24 pm
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Alan Hague



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Chuck D on the new law:

http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/30/tear-down-that-wall


"Tear down that wall"

April 30, 2010

The following statement from legendary hip hop artist Chuck D and his wife Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, a professor of Black Studies and Chicano Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara, was written following the signing into law of Arizona's anti-immigrant law SB1070.
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JAN BREWER'S decision to sign the Arizona immigration bill into law is racist, deceitful, and reflects some of the most mean-spirited politics against immigrants that the country has ever seen. The power that this law gives to police, to detain people that they suspect to be undocumented, brings racial profiling to a new low.

Brewer's actions and those of Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce, the Arizona State Senate are despicable, inexcusable, and endorse the all-out hate campaign that Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce, and others have perpetrated upon immigrants for years.

The people of Arizona who voted for this bill, as well as those who crafted it, demonstrate no regard for the humanity or contributions of Latino people. And for all of those who have chosen not to speak up, shame on you for silently endorsing this legislated hate.

In 1991 I wrote a song criticizing Arizona officials (including John McCain and Fife Symington) for rejecting the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The same politics I wrote about in "By the Time I Get to Arizona" are alive and well in Arizona today, but this time the target is Brown people.

These actions must stop. I am issuing a call to action, urging my fellow musicians, artists, athletes, performers and production companies to refuse to work in Arizona until officials not only overturn this bill, but recognize the human rights of immigrants. This should include the NBA playoffs, revisiting the actions of the NFL in 1993, when they moved the Super Bowl to Pasadena in protest against Arizona's refusal to recognize Dr. King.

We all need to speak up in defense of our brothers and sisters being victimized in Arizona, because things are only getting worse. What they're doing to immigrants is appalling, but it will be even more damning if we remain silent.
Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:20 pm
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seandaley
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toki wright made a pretty cool remake of the p.e. joint in regards to this.
i don't know how to embed the music player, but it's here:

http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2010/04/29/toki-wright-by-the-time-i-get-to-arizona-2010/
Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:17 pm
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Dr Sagacious



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And to think, I was gonna move to Arizona. Thank the lawd I didn't.

Thank ya Jesus. Amen. Thank ya.
Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:29 pm
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Oh god.

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Post Tue May 04, 2010 1:08 am
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Dr Sagacious



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Hahaha.

Aunt Pam?
Post Tue May 04, 2010 3:30 am
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Sage Francis
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seandaley wrote:
toki wright made a pretty cool remake of the p.e. joint in regards to this.


I absolutely LOVE his remake. We've had it up on the front page of www.StrangeFamous.com since Friday. Toki really freaked that song, man. Big ups to the homie.
Post Tue May 04, 2010 4:05 am
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UC berekely goes on a hunger strike.

I'm planning on tabling tomorrow.
Post Tue May 04, 2010 4:19 am
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Jared Paul



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Sage Francis wrote:
seandaley wrote:
toki wright made a pretty cool remake of the p.e. joint in regards to this.


I absolutely LOVE his remake. We've had it up on the front page of www.StrangeFamous.com since Friday. Toki really freaked that song, man. Big ups to the homie.



Well played Toki, well played. RSE's got crazy support in the southwest. Anything special planned for the legislators of the great state of Arizona?
Post Tue May 04, 2010 4:28 am
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sick_transit wrote:
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as a moniker, "pissy granny" fits
& induces benjy to ROFL 'til he tilts; even better,
her video & its comments/responses antiquates
liposuctions, sit ups & ab machines
Post Tue May 04, 2010 5:03 am
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The best thing with these people is agreeing with them and then stirring them to new heights of crazy. I'm her concerned Nazi-Christian friend. We're dialogging, and I'm telling her about how her grandsons are living in sin by reading Spider-man.

The internet is a wonderful place.
Post Tue May 04, 2010 6:52 am
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futuristxen wrote:
The best thing with these people is agreeing with them and then stirring them to new heights of crazy. I'm her concerned Nazi-Christian friend. We're dialogging, and I'm telling her about how her grandsons are living in sin by reading Spider-man.

The internet is a wonderful place.


<3 trolling these types.
Post Tue May 04, 2010 10:21 am
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Rodriguez's Machete trailer has been released with a special introduction... for Arizona!

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/44943
Post Wed May 05, 2010 10:02 am
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