Joe Turner arrested
GLENDALE, December 10, 2005--Seventy-five determined day laborers with 150
allies defended their brethren at the Glendale Temporary Skilled Worker Center
this morning from a protest by Save Our State, a San Bernardino-based
anti-migrant group. SOS had called the demonstration to turn public
sympathy against the workers, but only managed to bring out about twenty
supporters. SOS was overwhelmed in the sea of counterprotestors, and
passing motorists along the busy San Fernando Road throughway honked their
support for the jornaleros throughout the morning.
The only violence of the day resulted in the arrest of Joseph Turner for
misdemeanor assault after he forcefully pushed a protestor. He was led
away by police at 8:20 a.m.
When Save Our State members began appearing at 8:00 a.m., they were met by
day laborers and contractors, organized by Instituo de
Educacion Popular Del Sur De California (IDEPSCA), already spread along
the east side of San Fernando Road in front of Home Depot. Mexica Movement
stood in formation on the west side in front of the Day Labor Center.
Glendalian supporters of the migrant workers were joined by anti-racist groups
from around Los Angeles County and as far away as San Diego, including
Anti-Racist Action, Gente Unida, Radical Women, the Southern California Human
Rights Network, the International Socialist Organization, and La Tierra es de
A dozen officers from the Glendale police department, which co-sponsor the
day labor center, kept protestors on the sidewalk. Eight green-hatted
Lawyers Guild legal observers kept watch, and a few reporters chiefly
interviewed members of Save Our State.
The counterprotestors' early positioning forced SOS to the northeast corner
of San Fernando and Harvard, where they were surrounded by their
opposition. Without leadership, SOS clustered in groups of two's and
three's, and faced a steady onslaught of "SOS, KKK, nazi scum, go
away," "Racists go home," and angry confrontations. One SOS
member took a Schwarzenegger-esque muscleman pose, folded his arms, and jumped
up and down in what was apparently intended to be an offensive ploy.
Another crossed to the west side of the road, pretended to telephone his mother
for help, and sang an impromptu song asking the counterprotestors to buy him a
boat. A lone SOS member made his way south to the Home Depot parking lot,
where he tried to hand out anti-migrant flyers to Home Depot customers, but a
legal observer quickly notified a police officer, and the leafletter was left
holding a bagful of flyers for the rest of the morning.
When requested to stop blocking sidewalk traffic, the jornaleros quickly
formed a picket line with people posted at each end and calling "¿Qué
queremos?" The picketers responded, "¡Justicia!"
"¿Quando?" "¡Ahora!" Celebrating their victory, a
trio sang labor songs accompanied by a guitar, a small drum, and an accordion.
A representative of the jornaleros remarked, "This is our fight. We
will be here to fight it."
Home Depot workers looked on from the parking lot. One person rolled a
shopping cart of water and snacks through the crowd.
Before the eleventh hour, the scheduled end of SOS's protest, had struck, SOS
had disappeared to their cars in a parking lot off Harvard and sped away down
San Fernando Road, presumably back to their middle-class neighborhoods.
SOS, which had predicted they would be outnumbered two to one, were overwhelmed
by the better than then to one showing. Their poor turnout reflects
ongoing fissions within Save Our State's ranks, their failure to garner broad
support for their agenda, and the ongoing counterprotests that have repeatedly
impeded their efforts. SOS has, over the past year, demonstrated at day
laborers in Los Angeles and Orange counties and twice protested an artwork in
Baldwin Park. On two occasions, SOS was joined by neo-nazis waving
swastika-emblazoned banners. Turner has been deemed too violent even for
the minutemen ever since his call last January to "Bring your bats fellas,
if we’re lucky, we’re gonna need them...PING!"
Top: east side of San Fernando Rd. Middle: west side of San Fernando. Bottom left: south side of San Fernando and Harvard. Bottom right: south side of San Fernando and Harvard (SOS position).
Some of SOS's members.
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|The Funny Thing
||Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at 1:18 AM
|"Fell apart" LOL
||Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at 10:59 AM
||Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at 12:02 PM
|The Truth - 1 ONE pickup the ENTIRE MORNING!
||Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at 4:53 PM
|Btw, I was just having fun
||Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at 4:57 PM
|my usual corrections of Leslie's account
||Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at 5:20 PM
|The Truth - The work comes back
||Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005 at 1:05 AM
||Fredric L. Rice
||Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005 at 12:52 PM
|if having Joe Turner rot in jail is being "successful"...
||Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005 at 2:36 PM
|Cliff, canada is waiting
||Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 at 2:53 AM
||Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 at 3:02 AM
|as for Canada
||Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 at 3:03 AM
||Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 at 7:50 PM
|Where did I . . .
||Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005 at 12:01 PM
|Turner Sighted in Mexico
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 12:37 AM
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 2:17 AM
|Stuck in the middle with you
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 8:42 AM
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 12:57 PM
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 3:11 PM
|I challenge you
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 3:49 PM
|So much denial
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 7:45 PM
|Fact or Fiction
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 9:43 PM
|So that's a no?
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 10:31 PM
||Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 11:46 PM
|Turner's prior bust
||Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at 12:53 AM
|To southcentral, with an aside to Ayatollah
||Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at 1:01 AM
||Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at 1:31 AM
|So much denial?
||Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at 2:44 AM
||Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at 4:28 AM
|Stuck in the Middle?
||Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at 6:04 AM
||Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at 7:02 AM
|so much lurking
||Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at 9:47 AM