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Articulo en La Opinion: Sin Mega Marchas – Hay Movimiento Pro Inmigrante?

Articulo en La Opinion:

Sin mega marchas ¿hay movimiento pro inmigrante?

El 1 de Mayo no hubo manifestaciones gigantes, a pesar de que el tema migratorio es el que más motivó la elección de Trump. Pero los activistas ven esperanza en la diversidad y amplitud de eventos más pequeños por todo el país y en el activismo de diario. Se resalta necesidad de hacer alianzas con grupos no tradicionales, que aún faltan.

Jose Zapata Calderon
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640

La Opinion Artículo: En el Ayuntamiento de Pomona se habla español

Articulo Por Alejandro Cano en La Opinion:  EEn el Ayuntamiento de Pomona se habla español

Los cuatro nuevos líderes se comprometieron también a continuar apoyando a la comunidad indocumentada y a bloquear cualquier acción del Presidente electo Donald Trump hasta donde la ley se lo permita. ….. Para activistas como Melissa Ayala y José Calderón, el nuevo Concejo representa un cambio importante en la trayectoria de la ciudad.  Debido a que los nuevos líderes crecieron en barrios humildes de Pomona, los activistas están seguros que entienden las necesidades y saben cómo resolver problemas para lograr el éxito. 

Según datos del censo, en Pomona el 70 por ciento de la población es de origen latino, el 10 por ciento afroamericano y el 7 por ciento asiático.  Para Calderón, tener un Concejo totalmente latino no significa que habrá representación total, pero sí la oportunidad para un mayor acercamiento con el pueblo.

“Es nuestro trabajo ahora asegurarnos que trabajen para lograr mejores empleos, mejor calidad de vida, mejor cuidado de salud, mejor educación, mejor medio ambiente y un mejor desarrollo social”, dijo Calderón.


Jose Zapata Calderon

Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies

1050 North Mills Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711-6101

(909) 952-1640


Pomona is on Record: It Supports Muslims – Diverse People/Groups

An exemplary vote by the Pomona City Council by voting in favor of a resolution whose specifics include: opposing immigration raids, supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, calling for imposing a moratorium on immigration raids, and calling for all city employees to not collaborate in enforcing federal civil immigration laws.  Here is the link to Daily Bulletin article:


Jose Zapata Calderon

Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies

1050 North Mills Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711-6101

(909) 952-1640



Ontario Performance Re-Enacts Peaceful L. A. Protest

Newspaper article from the Daily Bulletin:

Ontario performance re-enacts peaceful East LA protest turned deadly

By Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Posted: 08/27/16, 1:23 PM PDT | Updated: 12 hrs ago


ONTARIO >> Teatro Urbano will present a special performance of a play set in a time of protest in East Los Angeles — specifically a peaceful protest turned deadly.

“Silver Dollar” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at CASA Ontario, 200 S. Euclid Ave., Suite B in Ontario.

The play, written by Rene Rodriguez, directed by Rosemary Soto Rodriguez and produced by Susan Quiles, is a fictitious account of events taking place in the East Los Angeles bar where Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar was killed in the course of covering the Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War march on Aug. 29, 1970, according to an August 1990 article published in the Los Angeles Times.

At the time of his death, Salazar was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director at Spanish-language television station KMEX.

On the day of his death, Salazar, who was reporting stories about the Mexican-American community, had been at the march. The protest started out peacefully and drew thousands of participants, but ended in violence with a clash between march participants and members of law enforcement.

Following Monday night’s performance a series of guest speakers will address the audience. They include Rosalie Urias Munos, co-chairwoman of the march; Gloria Arellanes, a former Brown Beret, activist and coordinator of the Barrio Free Clinic; and Jose Calderon, emeritus professor of sociology and Chicano studies at Pitzer College as well as president of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the Pomona Valley and San Gabriel Valley, according to a statement from the theater group.

Tickets to the performance are $12. Tickets for seniors and students are $10. Accommodations will be made for those who have limited funds, the statement said.

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U.N. to Help U.S. Screen Central American Migrants

Media: New York Times


Date: 12 January 2016

The Obama administration is turning to the United Nations to help screen migrants fleeing violence in Central America, senior administration officials said Tuesday, and to help set up processing centers in several Latin American countries in the hopes of stemming a flood of families crossing the southern border illegally.

Designed to head off migrants from three violence-torn countries in the region before they start traveling to the United States, the new refugee resettlement program will be announced by Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday in Washington. Under the plan, the United Nations refugee agency will work with the United States to set up processing centers in several nearby countries, where migrants would be temporarily out of danger.

As it does in other places, the United Nations will determine if the migrants could be eligible for refugee status. The administration officials said thousands — perhaps as many as 9,000 — migrants each year from the three countries, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, could eventually settle in the United States. But some refugees would also be sent to other countries in the hemisphere, officials said.

The new program comes amid a furious reaction by Democratic lawmakers and advocates for immigrants to a series of arrests during the holiday season in which women and children from Central America were rounded up for deportation after they failed to win asylum.

In a stunning rebuke just hours before President Obama was to come to Capitol Hill for his final State of the Union speech, more than 140 Democrats issued a scathing letter accusing the administration of wrongfully deporting women and children who had come here seeking refuge from violence.

The White House, eager to head off a showdown on the day of the president’s speech, sent the White House counsel, W. Neil Eggleston, to a hastily called meeting in the office of the House Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California.

The meeting succeeded only in slightly delaying a news conference announcing the letter and imploring the administration to shift course.

“The administration needs to go in a different direction,” Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said at the news conference, adding leadership muscle to the protest. “Yes, send a message but do not send a message by putting literally hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people in fear.”

Democratic lawmakers said they were furious over the raids, which began on Dec. 31, when they said lawmakers were distracted by family and the holidays. Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez of Illinois accused the administration of beginning the raids “without consultation” with members of Capitol Hill.

Administration officials insisted that planning for the refugee program had been in the works for many weeks, with negotiations proceeding with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and with several countries in the region, and that the initiative was not a response to the outcry over the raids.

The administration decided to press for a formal refugee program, the officials said, after concluding that the epidemic of violence by international criminal gangs in the three countries had reached crisis proportions and required a broader regional response.

The administration was increasingly concerned that it could face another chaotic influx like the one in 2014, with women and children pouring across the southwest border seeking asylum, overwhelming detention centers and immigration courts.

Many advocates for the migrants, who are mainly women and children, have urged the White House to treat them as refugees. But it was not clear that the new plan would immediately mollify Mr. Obama’s critics.

The refugee program moves slowly, and under an initiative the administration began last year allowing children to apply in their home countries for refugee status, more than 6,000 young people have applied, but only five have arrived so far in the United States, according to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a nongovernmental organization.

The new refugee plan is far more ambitious than that program, which was limited to minors with parents living in the United States who are citizens or legal immigrants. Under the new plan, any adult claiming to be fleeing persecution can apply to the United Nations. But the laws determining eligibility to come to the United States as a refugee will not change, officials said.

The plan is to provide an alternative for the migrants to paying money to smugglers and risking the dangers of the journey across Mexico, while also cutting off the illegal flow across the southwestern border, which had begun to surge again in recent months. “We want to do our utmost to honor humanitarian claims but also to protect the border,” one senior administration official said, speaking anonymously in advance of the program’s announcement.

The officials declined to name the countries where temporary centers would be set up as processing way stations, saying delicate negotiations were still underway. But people who were briefed on the plans said Belize, Costa Rica and Mexico were under consideration. The migrants would stay in the temporary centers while the United Nations was reviewing them, but it has not been decided if they would be in camps or some other, less restrictive shelters.

Several other Latin American countries are weighing whether to accept refugees after they have been initially approved by the United Nations, the administration officials said.

Any refugees coming to the United States from Central America would undergo the same criminal and terrorism background checks as those from most other regions of the world. Officers would be on the lookout for gang members trying to slip through the system, a senior administration official said.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will travel to Guatemala on Thursday to attend the inauguration of President Jimmy Morales, and the new program will be discussed then.

Representative Raúl M. Grijalva, Democrat of Arizona and a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said lawmakers objected to the wave of deportations in particular because they had received no notice about the arrests that the Obama administration was preparing. Some Democrats and advocates have asked the administration to offer a special protected status to Central American asylum-seekers already in this country, he said. Administration officials said this week that they had rejected this approach.

But Representative Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California, who is another leader in drafting the letter to the president, said she had urged the administration to broaden refugee screening and resettlement in the region, a proposal much closer to the administration’s plan. “Deportation is not going to deter you if your dad was just murdered, your husband was just murdered, your brother was just murdered, and now they are coming for you,” she said.



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El Super Settlement

Big Big Victory for our communities:

“The agreement reached Friday aims to remedy complaints filed last fall and winter, marking a victory for the 600 employees represented by United Food and Commercial Workers locals at seven El Super stores in greater Los Angeles. As a result, one worker fired for what he contended was retaliation for supporting the union got his job back along with seven months of back-pay.”