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
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA 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

Costa Mesa's March to Justice

by Leslie Radford Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005 at 2:59 AM

Costa Mesans marched and rallied in opposition to the city council's vote to turn the police department into border patrol agents.

Costa Mesa's March t...
a_child_in_costa_mesa.jpg, image/jpeg, 430x473

COSTA MESA, CA, December 23, 2005--Eighty people, calling Costa Mesa's Mayor Mansoor a racist and proclaiming "Ningún ser humano es ilegal," marched through Costa Mesa this afternoon in outrage at the city council's resolution to empower the city police department to check the immigration status of suspects. The city is the first in the country to commit its police to border control, and the demonstrators were determined to reverse that.

The protestors, made up mostly of Mexican-Americans with a handful of white anarchists and activists, gathered at 3:00 p.m. on Sunflower Avenue, in plain sight of holiday shoppers at the South Coast Plaza mall. An hour later, the group marched along Sunflower waving their signs as motorists speeding by honked their horns in support.

I walked for a while with one of the event organizers, a woman from Colectivo Tonantzin. We had met before, after the anti-Minuteman protest in Garden Grove, where several protestors were run down by a Jim Gilchrist supporter and five were ultimately arrested, one for "stealing" a flashlight lying on the ground. She and the others had a red-hot anger at the May Minuteman meeting that had made manifest the racism next door. Now, more than six months later, she and the group were steely-eyed and determined. They were here to do business, to expose the city council for scapegoating immigrants and for officially dividing the people of Costa Mesa along ethnic lines.

Mayor Mansoor's original proposal, which would have targeted people of Meso-American descent for immigration checks for the smallest infraction, even jaywalking, was roundly opposed by the overwhelming majority of the 200-plus residents attending the December 6 city council meeting.

Despite the fierce opposition, Costa Mesa became the first city in the nation to authorize its police department to verify residency status.

The policy the council would train police officers to verify the residence status of any person suspected of a crime with US Immigration. Mansoor claimed the verification training would make the streets of the city safer - but he could not explain how residency checks would accomplish that. The program will cost several hundred thousand dollars and has no provisions to deter false arrest or mass roundups of so-called suspects for immigration checks. The protestors plan to continue pressuring the city council to reverse it new policy of legalized racial profiling.

The marchers turned left onto Fairview Road, into a working class neighborhood earmarked by the Costa Mesa Planning Commission for gentrification. I stopped to make a purchase and fell a block or two behind the group. At the next light, a couple of marchers had waited for me to catch up. We chatted about the long walk, the early darkness, and the small guitar one of them carried. We caught up with the others, and my companions joined the other guitarists who had accompanied us.

Enveloped in the soltice darkness, we reached Fairview and Fall Drive, where the group broke into long chants of "The people united will never be defeated!" and "¡Aquí estamos, y no nos vamos!" As the guitarists picked up the rhythm, the chants turned melodious as we approached the police station. We were met there by more protestors, and together we cheered on speakers as the police videotaped us and print journalists counted the crowd. Only a few of us recognized the four members of Save Our State, an anti-immigrant group which had promised a counterprotest, huddled by their pickup truck in the parking lot.

I looked around to discover we were surrounded by and intertwined with children. Tiny ones in their fathers' arms, toddlers dressed up in fuzzy coats and furry boots, boys and girls doing cartwheels on the grass lawn of the station. I wondered how it would feel to grow up in a nation where the police demanded, "Papers, please."

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

add your comments

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 72 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
Really? Quizling Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005 at 7:23 AM
Thank You Amor y Paz Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005 at 4:13 PM
American citizens VOTE Minutewoman Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at 10:02 PM
Hey minutewoman 1st hand source Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at 8:40 AM
1st hand source Tramp Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at 9:15 AM
Hey Tramp 1st hand source Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at 12:23 PM
VOTE 1st hand MInutewoman Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at 2:33 PM
Crippled Hand Tramp Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at 3:56 PM
actually pete nice Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at 6:36 PM
Hey Minutemama/Tramp 1st hand source Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at 11:16 AM
OK 1st Hand Minutewoman Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at 11:59 AM
1st hand source Tramp Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at 2:19 PM
Definition of a Fasicist (it's u Tramp and Minutewoman) El Chivo Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at 3:15 PM
The Mayor of Costa Mesa has the CMRES Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at 6:04 PM
how dare costa mesa enforce the law! :( mike Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at 7:32 PM
To st hand OC Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 at 10:05 PM
Oh, El Chivo MInutewoman Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 10:58 AM
To 1st Hand again Minutewoman Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 11:05 AM
indy = nonsense? pete nice Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 11:11 AM
To Minutewoman El Chivo Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 12:26 PM
How do you identify an Undoc? Pachuco Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 1:51 PM
How do you identify an Undoc? Border Raven Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 2:53 PM
Only if Suspected Pachuco Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 3:56 PM
Hey People Relax 2016 Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 4:09 PM
Cholo Juana? Border Raven Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 7:16 PM
uh huh Jammer CC Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 7:38 PM
Cholo Juana Pachuco Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005 at 8:42 AM
East Los Angeles El Chivo Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005 at 10:46 AM
how about Santa Maria? Bruce Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005 at 11:23 AM
OH El Chivo HURRAH Minutewoman Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005 at 12:51 PM
MEXICO is the problem BLAME Mexico first Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005 at 12:56 PM
Don't leave out the US Pachuco Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005 at 1:52 PM
Hey Pachuco Minutewoman Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005 at 3:45 PM
the agenda after the fence is built? Border Raven Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005 at 8:11 PM
The agenda after 2016 Aztlan Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 1:05 AM
Minutewoman Pachuco Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 9:43 AM
Getting rid of all the racists Border Raven Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 10:56 AM
Give Up El Chivo Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 12:51 PM
Pachuco Minutewoman Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 1:22 PM
El Chivo NEVER Give up! Minutewoman Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 1:27 PM
Aztlan that's not nice! Minutewoman Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 1:44 PM
To Minutewoman El Chivo Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 2:58 PM
Ningun ser humano es ilegal Aztlan Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 4:12 PM
Minutemen on border watch with Tom Metzger? Border Raven Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 5:09 PM
inmigrantes ilegales ningunos empleo Border Raven Sunday, Jan. 01, 2006 at 5:21 PM
hay gente ilegal - es el ley Minutewoman Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2006 at 9:23 PM
To El Chivo Minutewoman Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2006 at 9:26 PM
To Border Raven Minutewoman Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2006 at 9:30 PM
reply Jammer CC Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2006 at 10:05 PM
Tom Metzger Border Raven Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2006 at 10:19 PM
reply Jammer CC Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2006 at 10:25 PM
reply Jammer CC Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2006 at 10:33 PM
To Jammer and Minutewoman El Chivo Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2006 at 10:55 PM
NAFTA took my job to Canada in 1998 Border Raven Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2006 at 11:42 PM
Border Raven Anti-Racist Sunday, Jan. 08, 2006 at 6:34 PM
Logic Gab Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 12:56 AM
Minutewoman... socialist? Gab Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 1:07 AM

Local News

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

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM


lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

test O06 10:01AM

test O06 9:59AM

test O06 9:59AM

100 Ways GOP Have Stolen Elections Since 1876 O06 12:03AM

Proximospective de l'univocité réifiée O05 6:27AM

“Kava-no!!!” O04 6:42PM

Trump & Palestine vs. Genesis, Rashi & The Land of Israel O03 6:29PM

The Criminality of the Elites O03 11:35AM

Business de l'inhumanitaire O03 7:51AM

Marriage Rape/Date Rape Highest Rapes O02 2:59PM

Women I Know Get Raped - Too Many Times To Count! O02 2:55PM

Women In USA Have Stockholm Syndrom O02 2:50PM

Shooting Drill's Are Political Actual Shootings O02 2:47PM

Dr. Ford's Father Works With CIA O02 2:44PM

Weaponizing Frequencies O02 2:41PM

Google Abuses: Worldwide Spying, Censorship, War Promotion, Spying On Children, Etc O02 11:08AM

Paraphysique de l'administration O02 8:34AM

Paraphysique O02 8:31AM

Affordable Rents? A State of Emergency Intensifies O01 11:36AM

A Few Of Many Impeachable Acts by Trump Sessions And Others O01 4:41AM

Désengrammation, l'éloge de la suite S30 7:01AM

someone Should Work In Hollywood - Good Acting! S28 2:55PM

Ford Gives Psych Drugs To Lower Class To Shut Them Up? S28 2:51PM

Hilllary Calls Ford Trailer Trash? S28 2:47PM

Most Rapes Are In Marriages S28 2:43PM

Nice Boys Dirty Deeds S28 2:41PM

Minnesota 2nd Largest Rape State S28 2:39PM

Paraphysique de la plus-value S28 7:18AM

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