Gabriel Garcia Marquez Presente!

The Mesa Directiva of the Raza Press and Media Association joins the masses of Latinoamerica and the World in mourning the passing of a true literary giant, Gabriel “Gabo” Garcia Marquez. Garcia Marquez was not only an intellectual and a writer without equal but a tireless fighters against Imperialism and a defender of the struggles of the People of the World. It is especially notewothy that at a time when most “Latin American Left/Intelligensia” were jumping ship and attacking the heroic Cuban Revolution, Garcia Marquez refused to abandon Cuba.

En Poder Descanse Gabo Garcia Marquez Hasta La Victoria Siempre

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UNITED FOR JUSTICE AND DIGNITY NATIONAL MIGRANT LABOR CONVENTION: Saturday Sept. 7th Los Angeles, CA

Statewide network calls for national forces fighting for workers, migrant and immigrant rights to gather in Los Angeles on the eve of the AFL-CIO Convention

Sloganeering with our ‘Sí Se Puede,’ Barack Obama promised “Latino” voters back in 2008 that within the first year of his term there would be ‘reforma migratoria’. That was over four years ago and since then, nearly 2 million undocumented workers and families deported, in addition to the approximately 300 annual deaths along the U.S./Mexico border and the countless thousands that languish in government and private detention centers. His so-called immigration reform promise was forgotten until a handful of senators, ironically and respectfully referred to by the controlled corporate media as the ‘Gang of Eight,’ met to develop, propose and push through a bi-partisan pact.

U.S. Senate narrowly approved the proposal, Border Security, Economic Prosperity and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), and has turned out to be anything but a response to the need for “immigration reform.” It is clear that it is an open attack on both documented and undocumented workers that will set the stage for the further militarization of the border, expand guest worker drives reminiscent of the infamous “bracero” programs, provide for an obstacle gauntlet of conditions for the two thirds of the population that qualify, and unleash a national security surveillance state on the rest of us at a level never seen before. S.744 is being presented as the best hope for some type of “comprehensive immigration reform” under the current administration. The likelihood that the House of Representatives adopt S.744 has been reported as a slim-to-none probability. Moreover, what has been predicted is that a more severe and penalizing version will result from the more conservative body.

Various national organizations, unions, and non-profits have also joined the ‘something is better than nothing’ bandwagon. It appears that most of these mainstream groups have capitulated and,despite offering mild critiques, have endorsed S.744.

However, for the past several months, California-based progressives and independents have forged an alliance – the United Front for Justice and Dignity (UFJD), to organize and expose the so-called S.744 immigration reform proposal. As a result of meetings, a call has been made to come together in Los Angeles this coming Saturday, September 7, 2013, 9am-6pm at the United for Teachers-Los Angeles building, 3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Part of the convention goals are to unite and strategize on how to inform, educate and convince unions and the community at large to stand on the side of the workers on the issue of immigration. The AFL-CIO national convention will be gathering from September 8-13th in Los Angeles, and the UFJD plans on distributing material outlining a more humane immigration policy analysis and demands to convention delegates that they stop the AFL-CIO push to endorse S.744.

This past week, the International Longshoreman Workers Union officially broke ties with the AFL-CIO due in large part to the AFL-CIO’s weak stance on immigrant rights. This is a positive development, pressure must be re-doubled and the UNITED FOR JUSTICE AND DIGNITY NATIONAL MIGRANT LABOR CONVENTION is an important opportunity for this.

The Raza Press and Media Association will attend and report on the convention. We are encouraging everyone that is concerned with workers’ rights and immigration reform to attend this important event. We are especially making a call for independent media workers to attend and correct the misleading propaganda being sold to the public by the corporate media.

The Raza Press and Media Association – Mesa Directiva
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UNITED FOR JUSTICE AND DIGNITY NATIONAL MIGRANT LABOR CONVENTION
For convention pre-registration, information, flyer, visit:

http://migrantlabor.eventbrite.com/

EVENT LINK: http://migrantlabor.eventbrite.com/

EVENT LINK: http://migrantlabor.eventbrite.com/

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Guerrilleros de la Pluma – Call for Articles: State of the Movimiento

RPMA Call for Articles

CALL FOR ARTICLES! Fall Edition of Guerrilleros de la Pluma – Journal of the Raza Press and Media Association (October 2, 2013 Submission Deadline)

For this issue, the RPMA will be publishing articles that offer a critical analysis or perspective of the State of the Movimiento.

During the height of the Chicano Power Period, La Raza called for, among others, an end to; our exploitation in the workplace, police brutality, wars of aggression, and failing schools. We demanded that our history be respected by the creation of Chicano Studies. Our gente – alongside other oppressed communities – made important civil rights gains during this period and supported Raza liberation movements in our hemisphere. Many of those gains have now been eroded and many of the activists and organizations from those times no longer exist, have mainstreamed into more conservative assimilationist positions, or have outright sold-out.

For this issue, the RPMA specifically plans to publish pieces that offer a critique or commentary of the question of the State of the Movement and whether our struggle is either for human rights or civil rights, assimilation or liberation, acceptance or rejection of the theft of Southwest lands from Mexico. Other topics are the role of the non-profits and the Democratic Party in the Movimiento. Have we as a community and our movimiento gone forward in the past four decades, why or why not? Where are we now and where is our movimiento going?

All submissions will be read and are subject to edits as necessary and our editorial board will select the most relevant pieces connected to our theme for this issue. Authors will be informed of any edits prior to publishing.

Articles should be 2 1/2 to 3 pages long (800-900 words). Articles should be submitted to the RPMA by emailing us at: newswire@razapressassociation.org

Por una Prensa Comprometida con el Pueblo!

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Ernesto Bustillos Guerrillera/o de la Pluma Award Recipient, 2013

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The Raza Press and Media Association is proud to announce this year’s Ernesto Bustillos Guerrillera/o de la Pluma Award Recipient to Marc Baca. The award was presented to Marc at the 15th Annual Conference on Raza Prisoners & Colonialism held at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego on June 15, 2013. Camarada Marc has been a longtime member and collaborator with the work of the RPMA. He is a tireless fighter to bring the truth to our communities and he exemplifies the consistency, innovation, and courage we must all emulate.

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Spring/Summer 2013

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