[Imc-houston-video] MARCHES BEGIN-SEE YOU TOMORROW IN HOUSTON-GUADALUPE PLAZA 1:00PM
Jose Jimenez Jr.
jimenezjl75 at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 9 12:18:03 PDT 2006
LULAC MEMBER & COMMUNITY:
APRIL 10, 2006, 1:00PM
GUADALUPE PLAZA (JENSEN)
BRING ALL !!!
BRING THE AMERICAN FLAG AND WAIVE IT PROUDLY!!!
I HAVE ATTACHED THE LULAC MISSION, CODE, AND AIMS & PURPOSES AFTER THE
ARTICLE...SCROLL DOWN AND READ.
HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE:
Tens of thousands of immigrants and their supporters plan to take to the
streets today in Dallas and more than a dozen other cities, and on Monday
the protests are expected to continue in Houston and at least 68 other
cities around the country.
No one knows how many people will turn out. But some organizers in Texas are
already calling the planned wave of demonstrations "historic."
The organizers say they oppose many of the harsh immigration restrictions
debated in Washington, D.C., in recent weeks and favor laws that would allow
undocumented workers to eventually become legal residents and citizens.
"We're not asking for amnesty. It's about respect," said Hector Flores,
national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, or
LULAC, the oldest and largest Hispanic organization in the U.S. "And taking
to the streets is a way to make a statement."
Dozens of groups from around the country are joining the protests, expected
to unfold today in Dallas, Miami, Detroit, St. Louis, San Diego, Albuquerque
and nine other cities.
More protests still are scheduled for Monday, which organizers are calling
their National Day of Action.
Taking issue public
"I think this is going to be the biggest event as far as marches go in
many, many years," said Rick Dovalina, LULAC's Houston-area director.
"I think the people of Houston are ready. They're ready to take this issue
For months now, lawmakers in Washington have been debating immigration
reform issues. In March, quite suddenly, immigrants and their supporters
began protesting in scattered cities around the country, taking many people
Some 100,000 people demonstrated in Chicago on March 10. At least a half
million spilled into the streets in Los Angeles on March 26. Days later,
hundreds of students in Houston staged walkouts.
No single organization or individual has emerged as a leader in the national
Participants range from immigrant and civil rights activists to students,
church leaders and labor unions. They list events on www.april10.org.
As of Saturday afternoon, the site listed 98 protests in 94 cities in 40
states. Five of the demonstrations had taken place, one was in progress and
92 more were scheduled.
On May 1, a "Day Without An Immigrant" is planned. Organizers will encourage
immigrants not to work, attend school or buy anything all across the country
Protests on Monday are planned in six Texas cities besides Houston:
Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, El Paso, San Antonio and Tyler.
"We're just focusing on trying to make our event a success," said Angela
Mejia, a local activist who represents the Houston chapter of the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
The string that connects the cities is a message of wanting comprehensive
immigration reform to include a pathway to citizenship, workplace
protections and a way for families to stay together.
Organizers were spreading word about the events through e-mail, and they
were distributing flyers at stores, flea markets and churches.
Local organizers urged high schools students many of whom took part in
last month's walk-outs not to skip school for the event and school
officials have threatened to punish violators.
Dovalina said LULAC members will carry American flags.
"We want the face of this march to be that there are a lot of citizens
marching and we vote," he said.
cynthia.garza at chron.com
The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance
the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health
and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.
1. Respect your citizenship and preserve it; honor your country,
maintain its tradition in the spirit of its citizens and embody yourself
into its culture and civilization.
2. Be proud of your origin and maintain it immaculate, respect your
glorious past and help to defend the rights of all the people.
3. Learn how to discharge your duties before you learn how to assert
your rights; educate and make yourself worthy, and stand high in the light
of your own deed; you must always be loyal and courageous.
4. Filled with optimism, make yourself sociable, upright, judicious,
and above all things be sober and collected in your habits, cautious in your
actions and sparing in your speech.
5. Believe in God, love Humanity and rely upon the framework of human
progress, slow and sound, unequivocal and firm.
6. Always be honorable and high-minded; learn how to be self-reliant
upon your qualifications and resources.
7. In war serve your country, in peace your convictions; discern,
investigate, meditate, think, study, and at all times be honest and
generous. Let your firmest purpose be that of helping to see that each new
generation shall be of youth more efficient and capable and in this let your
own children be included.
AIMS AND PURPOSES
Based on the spirit of philosophy of our League and having unequivocal faith
in its righteousness we propose:
1. To use all constitutional means at our disposal to implement with
social action the principles set forth in our philosophy;
2. To foster the learning and fluent use of the English language that
we may thereby equip ourselves and our families for the fullest enjoyment of
our rights and privileges and the efficient discharge of our duties and
responsibilities to our country, but at the same time, exerting equal effort
to foster the fluent mastery of the Spanish language which is part of our
heritage and means of extending the cultural horizons of our nation;
3. To constitute the League into a service organization to actively
promote and foster suitable measures for the attainment of the highest of
our American society, and to establish cooperative relations with civic and
governmental institutions and agencies in the field of public service.
4. To exert our united efforts to uphold the rights guaranteed to every
individual by our state and national laws and to assure justice and equal
treatment under these laws.
5. To combat with every means at our command all un-American tendencies
and actions that deprive American citizens of their rights in educational
institutions, in economic pursuits and in social, civic and political
6. To maintain the League free of all involvement in partisan politics
as an organization; however, we shall oppose any infringement upon the
constitutional political rights of an individual to vote and/or be voted
upon at local, state, and national levels;
7. To oppose any violent demonstrations or other acts that defy
constituted law and authority, desecrate the symbols of our nation, and
threaten the physical and spiritual welfare of individuals or institutions;
8. To promote and encourage the education of youth and adults through
scholarships, the constant vigilance of administrative and instructional
practices in schools which deprive persons of educational opportunities, the
sponsorship of classes in citizenship and other areas, and through the
dissemination of information about available training opportunities;
9. To make use of every medium of communication at our disposal and to
exert our combined efforts to promulgate and propagate the principles of the
League, and augment its influence and numerical growth;
10. To undergird the efforts postulated in our Aims and Purposes with
the overall objective of creating among our fellow citizens, through example
and a mutual exchange of concepts, an understanding and recognition of and
an appreciation for the dignity, worth and potential of the individual.
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