we are america alliance
We Are America Alliance
Their website is weareamericaalliance.org, which redirects to cccaction.org/cccaction/waaa_home_page.html
A partial list of their members is here.
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) (allegedly has collaborated with the Mexican government)
- Center for Community Change
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
- Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
- National Association for Latin and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)
- National Capital Immigrant Coalition (NCIC)
- National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON)
- National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
- New American Opportunity Campaign (NAOC)/Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR)
- New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)
- Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United)
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
- UNITE HERE
Immigrant Supporters To Counter Bush Speech says that the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) as well as unnamed "Catholic churches" are also members of WAAA. That article also compares WAAA to more militant groups such as the March 25 Coalition.
Forum to address impound law (tangential link to Mexican government)
1. One of the organizers of the March 24 Georgia boycott was Teodoro Maus, a former Mexican consul general. He was also one of the organizers of the October 7 Atlanta march. That march was led by GA state Senator Sam Zamarripa and GA state representative Pedro Marin, both members of the Democratic Party.
Released August 29, 2006
Washington Post/April 20, 2006/Darryl Fears/ link
The New York Times offers the unsigned editorial "They Are America". It takes up two whole screens, and pointing out all the problems in it would extend to novel length. So, let's look at just the first two paragraphs:
Almost a year ago, hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers and their families slipped out from the shadows of American life and walked boldly in daylight through Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, New York and other cities. We Are America Alliance their banners cried. The crowds, determined but peaceful, swelled into an immense sea. The nation was momentarily stunned.
1. Many or most of those marching weren't "immigrants", they were foreign citizens who were here illegally, aka illegal aliens. And, all the marchers were marching in support of illegal immigration.
2. Those banners saying "We Are America" were actually supplied by the eponymous group at the link above. One of that group's members (CHIRLA) has allegedly collaborated with the Mexican government. Another (NCLR) funds extremists.
3. Any march of hundreds of thousands of people is a show of physical force, whether they march peacefully or not.
4. Many people were indeed stunned to see foreign citizens marching in our streets, waving the flags of the countries of which they're citizens.
A lot has happened since then. The country has summoned great energy to confront the immigration problem, but most of it has been misplaced, crudely and unevenly applied. It seeks not to solve the conundrum of a broken immigration system, but to subdue, in a million ways, the vulnerable men and women who are part of it. Government at all levels is working to keep unwanted immigrants in their place — on the other side of the border, in detention or in fear, toiling silently in the underground economy without recourse to the laws and protections the native-born expect.
1. The immigration system is not "broken". What's broken is the enforcement of our current laws.
2. One of the government's main functions is to keep illegal aliens out of the country, something that our leaders have intentionally failed to do.
3. All residents of the U.S. are covered by various laws and protections, even illegal aliens. By using the phrase "native-born", the NYT is trying to imply that naturalized citizens and legal immigrants are in the same position as illegal aliens, something that is self-evidently false.
4. The New York Times has continually supported illegal immigration and has enabled that "underground economy" to blossom. If they were resolutely opposed to illegal immigration - for instance by exposing those who support it instead of enabling them - they could reduce the abuses they complain about.
We will always have laws against illegal immigration; those like the NYT who refuse to see any distinction between the different types of immigration and who support illegal immigration through other means are partly responsible for any consequences.
The page from Service Employees International Union local 2028 (San Diego) at seiu2028.org/action/issues/mco.cfm has a link entitled "San Diego We Are America/Somos America Alliance", which leads to the (now 404) page cccaction.org/cccaction/waa_index.html, which is similar to the page hosting the We Are America Alliance. And, it includes this:
[[Eastern Group Publications]]/[[Selene Rivera]]/[[September 14, 2006]]/link
Reports on the September 2 Los Angeles march:
..."The truth is that the immigrant community is been attacked and now more than ever we have to be together," said Maria Salinas of Hermandad Mexicana, one of the many coalitions that were part of the Labor Day weekend marches. Other organizations included Somos America (note: that may have been a reference to the We Are America Alliance instead), [[Proyecto Latino USA]] and the March 25 Coalition.
Note there was also a September 4 Los Angeles March which occured in Wilmington. Who exactly organized which march is not clear.
..."Immigrants made this country and many of us have had the opportunity to work and get citizenship or are born citizens. We have to give others the chance we were given," said 'white activist and American citizen Pamela Douglas during the Saturday march.
The march downtown Los Angeles also showed support for Elvira Arellano, an undocumented immigrant who faces deportation, despite having a 7-year-old U.S.-born son. She has sought refuge in a Chicago church, in order to avoid being separated from her son.
Many of those who attended the recent immigration marches are foreign citizens who are here illegally. But, it doesn't stop there. For instance, one rally organizer is a former Mexican consul general and another is an official with a Mexican political party.
Not surprisingly, the MSM has barely mentioned such links. The reader is strongly encouraged to contact media sources and suggest that instead of simply reporting what goes on at future marches they do some journalism and look into any links between organizers and foreign governments or institutions.