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SOS Must Be Opposed in Alhambra

by John Riley Thursday, Jun. 16, 2005 at 7:08 PM

On Saturday, the Ventura based SOS organization will be holding yet another anti-immigrant demonstration, this time in Alhambra (9am –Noon at Home Depot, 500 S. Marengo, Alhambra). The SOS likes to harass and intimidate day local day laborers. Passages from the SOS website portray a “massive illegal alien invasion” which turns “our communities into cesspools.”

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WHY ALHAMBRA?

Why is Alhambra being targeted by their racist-hate agenda? Why is SOS coming to Alhambra this time? Alhambra is one of the most diverse communities in the entire state. The SOS website reveals much about their motives and reasons. A website banner promoting the SOS Alhambra demonstration states, “Alhambra – Ghettoway to the San Gabriel Valley.” Alhambra has also been referred to as a “cesspool” on the SOS site.

Everyone I know that lives in Alhambra considers it a nice place to live.

The main organizer of the SOS Alhambra demonstration, who claims to live in Alhambra, has already attempted to intimidate some of the local day laborers. He says this: “Taking pics of the illegals made them very nervous,” and, “I couldn't help yelling, ‘Viva La Migra!’ as I drove by.”

After musing on about the changing demographics in Alhambra (the National Vanguard, a white-supremacist group which attended the SOS rally in Victorville Saturday, is also opposed to changing demographics) and some racist references to “white flight” from Alhambra the SOS organizer goes on to say, “I've had friends come down to visit and comment that they could not tell what country they were in.”

Is the fact that Alhambra is not a fully assimilated community part of the problem for SOS? Is it a problem for them that there are shops which cater to Asian clientele and have signs posted in Chinese or Vietnamese and that Spanish is spoken in on the sidewalks of Alhambra?

To quote Leslie from a post on indymedia earlier this week, “white Americans have never finally imposed their civilization on others. White racism is the manifestation of that failure.” Why else would a nice town like Alhambra be considered a “cesspool”? An SOS member also laments, “This is our country… it is temporarily enemy occupied territory.”

The SOS organizer also adds “I see these Mecha/Aztlan clowns in Alhambra regularly. They are always young, from late teens to early 20s, shaved heads, a few tattoos, the normal thing you would expect from such dirt bags.”

He also states, “There are a couple of Mechistas on the city council and I dislike them intensely.” Who is he referring to here? Why does the SOS refer to every brown skinned politician as a Mechsita?

Well, the only liberal on the Alhambra City Council is Alhambra Mayor Daniel Arguello, who is a graduate of the University of La Verne and a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient. Why is Arguello considered a “mechista”? To my knowledge the University of La Verne does not even have a Mecha chapter. Further, Arguello lists his greatest sources of pride as “to have served my Country with honor and serving my community as a public official.” Why is he being targeted?

(see Arguello’s bio)

http://www.cityofalhambra.org/government/city_council/second_district.html

Does the SOS do any homework before making their claims? Or are they simply, “trying to tap into this seething anger,” as SOS founder Joe Turner states. The same kind of anger that has it’s root cause in the internalization of fear and confusion.



WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM SOS IN ALHAMBRA

The SOS also has been kicking around various tactics and ideas that might be used in Alhambra on Saturday.

One idea is as follows: “Someone [could] dress up in a Mexican outfit with a huge sombrero and go around begging to everyone "Pleeeeeasssee Senior, let me come to your country, and ruin it". Or maybe this idea will be effective, “What about a defaced Mexican flag with a big red X marked over it?”

At a prior SOS rally at a Home Depot site in Laguna Beach they were heard referring to immigrants as “vermin” and “disease carriers”.

This bazaar remark was also lifted from the SOS board, “The Chinese food in Alhambra basically SUCKS!”

(SOS website)



THE SOS MUST BE OPPOSED IN ALHAMBRA THIS SATURDAY

Anti-racism activists and community supporters will be arriving at 8am on Saturday June 18 to stand in solidarity with the day laborers who will be under direct attack from the SOS. The address is 500 S. Marengo Ave. in Alhambra (between Atlantic and Fremont, North of Mission)

Please come out and support this community demonstration and stand against racism, immigrant bashing and scapegoating and stand up for the rights of all working people.

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Chinese food there is fine johnk Thursday, Jun. 16, 2005 at 7:34 PM
Alhambra Pachuco Thursday, Jun. 16, 2005 at 8:24 PM
SOS is confused about Chinese Food FoodIsYummy Thursday, Jun. 16, 2005 at 8:39 PM
Immigrants don't ruin anything ChopChop Thursday, Jun. 16, 2005 at 9:51 PM
Illegal alien drain MBA Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 2:04 AM
I organized the demonstration Save Our State Organizer Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 2:17 AM
Pachuco Save Our State Organizer Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 2:22 AM
Chinese Foods Save Our State Organizer Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 2:28 AM
To Save Our State Organizer... Alhambra Resident Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 3:22 AM
Pick up sticks is fine with me! littlebopeep Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 4:29 AM
To: Alhambra Resident Save Our State Organizer Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 4:36 AM
Fascists and rhetoric johnk Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 4:51 AM
johnk interested Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:04 AM
The City's Concerns... johnk Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:23 AM
The Site johnk Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:26 AM
Chinese food in Alhambra johnk Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:47 AM
Aztlan Forever Pachuco Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 12:39 PM
Neo Nazis join SOS Pachuco Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 12:53 PM
Indy Media supports US breakup ARVN Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 1:52 PM
The City's Concerns... SoS Organizer Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 1:56 PM
To SOS Organizer ChopChop Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 2:35 PM
One more thing I forgot... ChopChop Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 2:44 PM
SOS Maru Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 4:20 PM
I can't make it to anti-hate rally Fredric L. Rice Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 4:29 PM
Better why? MBA Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 4:35 PM
Typical hate mongering racist Fredric L. Rice Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 4:42 PM
SOSMM Liar Caught Yet Again Fredric L. Rice Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:05 PM
Better Because Pachuco Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:07 PM
Fred and his tricycle Hellfire USA Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:11 PM
ARVN Pachuco Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:21 PM
Better Because MBA Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:54 PM
Pachuco... ChopChop Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:56 PM
Re: The City's Concerns... johnk Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 5:59 PM
To the SOS and Minutemen Pachuco Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 6:47 PM
My favorite comment of the day littlebopeep Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 7:16 PM
Re: Illegal alien drain johnk Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 7:21 PM
MBA Maru Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 8:25 PM
SOS message board ChopChop Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 8:36 PM
Not just the day workers Thomasina Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 8:55 PM
Thomasina hits the mark Ronson X. Magellan Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 9:43 PM
Chill, puh-leaze The Mórrígan Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 10:57 PM
Morrigan? ha ha ha ha ha RXG Friday, Jun. 17, 2005 at 11:32 PM
Hey ChopChop Voice of Reason II Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 12:02 AM
my handle ChopChop Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 1:36 AM
White Revolution site... ChopChop Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 1:52 AM
Pachuco ARVN Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 2:20 AM
Magellan, you are far too good for this Web site Columbus Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 2:54 AM
Riposte to "columbus" RXG Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 3:45 AM
Warning against the evils of "multiculturalism" Darius Rucker Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 4:19 AM
look who www.kirkbyTV.com is in bed with Hex Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 8:33 AM
Ever wonder why the FBI is there OCMexicanforsos Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 11:03 AM
Warning against the evils of "multiculturalism" II Pachuco Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 12:35 PM
ARVN Pachuco Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 12:41 PM
Turner link to White Revolution El Chivo Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 1:25 PM
Rightard can't back up claim Fredric L. Rice Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 1:35 PM
EXCERPTS FROM SOS SITE: ChopChop Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 1:46 PM
EXCERPTS FROM SOS SITE: ChopChop Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 1:47 PM
some more dirt on them Hex Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 2:26 PM
"Inner Cranial Trauma" . . . The Mórrígan Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 3:22 PM
10 SOSers Signed Up for BP2 The Mórrígan Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 3:37 PM
watching the video of her Hex Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 3:58 PM
Not so: 35 per group Fredric L. Rice Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 4:11 PM
It _is_ amusing, though Fredric L. Rice Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 4:17 PM
SOS Playing You Like A Fiddle Voice of Reason II Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 5:09 PM
Alternatives johnk Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 5:37 PM
"Comedians are encouraged" LOL Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 6:10 PM
you missed not admitting you're RACIST Hex Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 6:27 PM
I want evidence Show me Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 6:36 PM
Yes, Show me Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 6:38 PM
"the riot" Hex Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 6:39 PM
Expand your mind, square Hexagon Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 7:08 PM
Watching the Vidoe of her I was there Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 7:20 PM
Re: I was there GGPD Rules Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 7:34 PM
reason = proof Hex Saturday, Jun. 18, 2005 at 8:33 PM
as a scientist Not like US Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 12:11 AM
Immigrants? You mean illegal aliens don't you? Sick of anti-Americans Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 1:18 AM
the blame America first crowd Anti-Windbag Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 3:00 AM
Most of the counter-protesters were born here johnk Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 5:32 AM
Again johnk Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 6:06 AM
your own words make you stupid Hex Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 7:48 AM
Drain on Society Fed Up Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 2:35 PM
It's amazing deanosor Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 4:25 PM
Voice of Reason II Pachuco Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 5:04 PM
Thomasina Pachuco Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 5:21 PM
Critical Breaking Point 1Planet1People Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 9:59 PM
I love the MINUTEMEN! Karen B Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 10:22 PM
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Yummy! johnk Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 2:23 AM
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Same Old Tactics Proud American Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2005 at 10:32 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2005 at 2:08 PM
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