The National Council of La Raza ("The Race") - a group that opposes immigration enforcement and that funds extremists - recently threatened not to hold their yearly convention in Kansas City because the mayor appointed a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps [the group run by Chris Simcox; minutemanhq.com] to the board of the parks department. Racial power advocates even went as far as trying to deliver a letter to the door of that MCDC member; while they claim otherwise, intimidation may have been their goal.
This page has more on that incident (including a link to the Myspace page of one of those involved), although the organizations to which the door-knockers belong is not clear. It would be tremendously helpful to get documented proof that one or more are members of - or even leaders of - the NCLR or the AILA (note, of course, that just because a group uses "La Raza" in their name that doesn't mean they're the NCLR).
Now comes the Kansas City Star with a profile in cowardice and corruption to urge the mayor to capitulate to these racial power groups:
Enough is enough. Mayor Mark Funkhouser must swallow his pride and remove Frances Semler from Kansas City’s Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners.
As mayor, it is his responsibility to look out for the interests of the entire city. Driving away tourists and major conventions is not fiscally responsible, clear-headed thinking...
...Now two major civil rights organizations are standing up for their principles, saying they won't patronize a city that honors a member of a group linked to vigilante actions along the country's southern border...
Perhaps they should spell out exactly what they mean by "vigilante actions"; are they accusing the MCDC of committing crimes? And, of course, it's the Kansas City Star that needs to stand up for principles; the "civil rights organizations" are just looking to flex their race-based power.