We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Most of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Alhambra: And Then They Came

by Leslie Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 4:30 PM
lradford@radiojustice.net

Report from the Alhambra Home Depot Save Our State anti-immigrant demonstration and counter-protest

It was a few minutes after 9:00, and it was already clear that Joe, determinedly grinning, and his ragtag crew from Save Our State had lost their effort to stop Alhambra Home Depot shoppers from supporting the store's hiring practices. What wasn't clear was why the police let most of the Alhambra and Los Angeles counter-demonstrators stand behind and on either side of the small Ventura group, as well as across the street, for more than an hour. Thirty Alhambra, Monterey Park, and Glendale police lined up along Morengo Street facing both groups on the sidewalk, those complaining about Home Depot's community-based hiring practices in front and those supporting it directly behind them and to spilling along the sidewalk on either side.

A hundred and fifty or so day labor supporters had surrounded fewer than twenty SOSers when the police moved the out-of-towners to the south corner of the driveway entrance. Somewhere in the move, the three skinheads with U.S. flag handkerchiefs in their pockets who had stood with the SOSers drifted away, diminishing their number further. By 11:00, the swelling ranks of counter-protestors, now two hundred and fifty or more, filled the north corner, the west side of the street, and even the sidewalk east of small band of anti-Mexican protestors. Unless the SOSers had busloads of supporters on the way, they were outnumbered fifteen to one. A helicopter circled overhead for ten minutes and flew away.

This time the SOSers gave up their trademark sports pants and sundresses of Baldwin Park and Garden Grove for jeans, baseball caps, and one droopy Cat in the Hat hat that mimicked the the U.S. flag. They held up signs declaring "This land was Mexican once and will be American Forever." Their smirking leader, Joe Turner, carried a printed poster that said "This is our land. This is our fight. saveourstate.org" Another sign read "Home Depot Partners with Racist La Raza."

From all sides, chanting supporters of la raza and day workers, mostly local Chicanos and Mexicanos, responded to remarks on the SOS website with homemade placards declaring that "Alhambra Is Not a 'Cesspool'," "Alhambra Is a Racist Free Zone," and "All Work Is Legal in Alhambra." Mexican flags, yellow anti-racism banners, and an anarchist flag waved over the crowd. About every fifth car honked their support for the chanting locals and their allies. On the back of one T-shirt from Cerritos College MEChA was the observation "They call us violent cause we're no longer silent."

The counter-protestors took up a collection for the day workers watching from the back of the parking lot and the three green-hatted National Lawyers Guild observers delivered the collection. Telemundo, NBC Channel 2, and ABC Channel 7, roamed the crowd and waited in their vans, waiting for something to happen.

Suddenly smirking Joe appeared among the counter-protestors on the west side of the street, vainly roiling those in front until he was escorted back to his followers across the street by an Alhambra sergeant, slapping Joe on the back as they crossed.

At 11:15, the police distributed riot kits and helmets among their ranks and stepped forward toward the counter-demonstrators on the west side of the street. At 11:35, the police escorted two late SOSers to their companions. The sun was nearing its apex, and the warm weather hinted at the heat of summer, but today was not the day for a showdown.

And then they came. In crisp white t-shirts and carpenters' caps, homemade signs held high, twenty jornaleros from San Gabriel Valley appeared in the south, marching toward Save Our State. The police stopped them briefly until counter-protestors called from behind the cops to let the workers pass. The crowd roared as the laborers joined the eastside counter-demonstrators and held up their messages: "Jornaleros unidos del Monte" and "Fue, es y será de México." The contingent of jornaleros and the eastside demonstrators crossed the street to cheers of "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!"

The re-invigorated counter-protestors shouted "You're the problem!" to the anti-immigrant group, and by 12:15 most of them had disappeared into the parking lot. One stayed and rolled up his flag, and Joe, looking for all the world like a captain on a sinking ship save for the perpetual sneer, faced the protestors with his sign rolled up and bent in one hand until he, too, drifted down the sidewalk.

The jornaleros took the bullhorn to thank the crowd and the organizers, the San Gabriel Valley Friends of Peace and Justice. Announcements followed for Baldwin Park, Chicano Park, and the summer border actions. As the police walked to their cars I shouted to one, "We're not so scary. What's with the riot gear?" He said, "Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it." I answered, "But it makes everyone edgy." Like a recording, the cop behind him repeated with the same intonation, "It's better to have it and not need it."

On the way to my car, I passed a Home Depot shopper talking on his cellphone as he loaded lumber onto the roof of this van. ". . . people who are extremists and don't want the Hispanics here" was all I caught.

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 31 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Support Home Depot The Mórrígan Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 5:56 PM
Support Home Despot? Render Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 6:19 PM
Shopping Decisions johnk Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 7:00 PM
Again, Patriot Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 7:16 PM
Is this Home Depot union? San Franciscan Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 8:01 PM
...From Far Away Too johnk Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 2:04 AM
Home depot? Maru Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 4:31 AM
If you follow the links Render Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 6:31 AM
check on home depot / racists take up space analyze Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 7:24 AM
Home Depot=WalMart Union Power Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 12:18 PM
I Should Know Chris Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 1:29 PM
I own a business BushAdmirer Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 1:43 PM
A New Plan 1planet1People Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 5:19 PM
No American Flags on your side SoS Rules Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 10:30 PM
Re: A New Plan SoS Rules Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 10:35 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2005 at 7:30 AM
Not nice to threaten people man dontcarryinpublic Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2005 at 2:37 PM
Cheers for courage Fredric L. Rice Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2005 at 6:28 PM
Weasel Words johnk Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2005 at 1:29 AM
Re: Flags johnk Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2005 at 1:31 AM
How does left represent American values when it's Anti-American? Happy Gilmore Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2005 at 5:46 AM
TOMMY THE TORRY !!! SOS=NASZIS!!! Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2005 at 10:53 AM
LUPE MORENO IDENTIFIED SOS=NAZIS Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2005 at 11:24 AM
another pic of LUPE MORENO, NAZI/SOS COLLABORATOR SOS=NAZIS Friday, Jun. 24, 2005 at 10:44 AM
another pic of Tommy the Torry, SOS infiltrator SOS=NAZIS Friday, Jun. 24, 2005 at 11:38 AM
Mr. Tom Sunday, Jul. 03, 2005 at 5:52 PM

Local News

Woolsey Fire: Worst News of 2018? J01 12:18AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 4:03AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 3:58AM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Presents Night for Hope O30 5:38PM

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Jesse Jackson's Sneak Attck on Toyota Lexington Ky and it's workers 2018 J19 9:12PM

Video: Chris Herdges in Eugene, 1 hr 24 min J19 5:37PM

FAKE NEWS J19 2:31PM

MACROTHSCHILD.2 J19 11:03AM

Judge Delays Ruling on Puerto Rico Debt Deal White House Opposes Island's Food Assistance J18 6:04PM

BATACLOWNS J18 9:28AM

FALSAS VICTIMAS J18 9:22AM

Paraphysique de proxémie guerrière J18 7:59AM

MACROTHSCHILD J17 9:38PM

FARCELONA 8.17.2017 J17 3:23PM

DEAD MAN LIVING J17 10:46AM

DIARY OF A CON MAN J16 10:40PM

PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt J16 9:04PM

Réseautage, fragmentation du capital J16 4:20PM

Paraphysique de manipulation mentale et sociale J15 9:51AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

Markets as a Fetish, Globalization, and Dissent Management J14 1:03PM

State Debts - The Primal German Fear J13 5:09PM

Sans liberté, sans égalité, sans fraternité J13 8:09AM

From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump - and Beyond J12 9:22PM

Copper Cures Cancer J11 1:42PM

Steven Taylor, Investor who Evicts J11 9:24AM

Du sectarisme, des sectes, des clans J11 8:10AM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen J10 6:34PM

Patrick Kilpatrick discusses and signs Dying for Living J09 11:51PM

SexActs vs Sexuality USA 2018 Invitations to Power Marriages without Affection J09 8:36PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy