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Mexica Movement Turns The Tables on Save Our State Rally

by John Q. Bystander Sunday, Jan. 08, 2006 at 8:35 PM

“Europeans Are Illegal Immigrants Since 1492” declares Indigenous liberation movement at Glendale counter-protest; Glendale Police Department slammed for “unprofessional conduct.”

“Conquest and genocide are a natural part of humanity,” boasts Save Our State’s Joe Turner.

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Around 25 members and supporters of the Mexica Movement – an Indigenous peoples’ liberation organization -- confronted approximately 15 supporters of the “anti-illegal immigration” Save Our State organization in Glendale on January 7. The event was orchestrated by the S.O.S. to protest Home Depot’s Glendale Temporary Labor Center as part of a wider national protest called “Stop The Invasion.” The organization claims that day labor the site encourages “illegal immigration” and is inappropriately funded by Home Depot of Glendale.

Mexica Movement, however, delivered a bold message of striking contrast to the Save Our State protestors: “Europeans are the real illegal immigrants here, since 1492! This is our continent, not yours! We are the Indigenous people of this continent, you are European trespassers!”

That turn-the-tables methodology did not sit well with the S.O.S. protestors, as they found themselves in a face-off with the highly organized Mexica Movement directly across a street between Home Depot and the day labor site. SOS protestors responded by sending their own group across the street into the protest space of Mexica Movement members who held large, bold signs. Shortly thereafter, a series of confrontation of ideas and tempers ensued.

Associated Press reporters caught the conflagration as Mexica Movement members directly confronted Joe Turner (founder of Save Our State) and others with facts of illegal European immigration since Columbus in 1492.

“You want to talk about illegal immigration? Well so do we”, declared one Mexica Movement activist. ”We want to talk about how illegal immigration started with Europeans in 1492. We’re not the illegals! You are illegal Europeans on our continent!”

This message seemed to stun Turner and his fellows as they found themselves on the defensive regarding the facts of how Europeans arrived on this continent 500 years ago. Mexica Movement activists presented them with facts of European invasion, genocide, and theft of land and resources since 1492.

“Conquest and genocide are just a natural part of humanity,” retorted S.O.S.’s Turner amid chants of “You are an illegal European on our continent!” and “Genocidal European!”

The Glendale Police on the scene were noticeably absent from enforcing separation between the protesting groups, except for one incident where they arrested Tenochtli, a member of the Mexica Movement, for allegedly pushing Save Our State’s Joe Turner -- as Turner himself pushed his way into the Mexica Movement protest.

“The Glendale Police were extremely unprofessional in their selective enforcement of this arrest”, said Olin Tezcatlipoca, Director of the Mexica Movement. “They acted like they almost wanted the two groups to start a fight by their refusal to separate the two sides. We will file a complaint against Glendale Police regarding this totally unprofessional behavior.”

During the arrest of the Mexica Movement member, an angry crowd of protestors from unaffiliated organizations surrounded the officers shouting “Arrest the Nazis, not the people!” and “Let him go!”

Tenochtli was subsequently released without bail from the Glendale Jail of his own recognizance. Offering immediate legal assistance was an affiliate of the National Lawyer’s Guild who collected statements and viewed video footage that drew into question the alleged offense leveled against the Mexica Movement member.

As is their custom, the Mexica Movement waited until Turner and the Save Our State protestors retired from the protest. Amid applause from other protestors, the Mexica Movement left the scene in military fashion, with their matching black shirts and their tools of confrontation in hand: large, bold signs with messages like “White racists, this is OUR continent.”

In addition to the Mexica Movement were nearly 80 members of various local pro-immigrant groups and members of the local and national media.

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Mexica Movement squared off against Save Our State at the Glendale Home Depot.

by John Q. Bystander Sunday, Jan. 08, 2006 at 8:35 PM

Mexica Movement squa...
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The Mexica Movement turned the tables on the Save Our State protest in Glendale.

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TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Support Counterprotester Arrested in Glendale Street Soldier Sunday, Jan. 08, 2006 at 9:54 PM
Defend the Labor Center How best to counter SOS/MM? Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 12:09 AM
Ideas Gab Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 12:50 AM
reply Jammer CC Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 3:21 AM
Huh? Confused Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 6:30 AM
we weren't pete nice Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 8:24 AM
Attention OT and Mexica Movement Teco Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 9:57 AM
Job center is run by Catholic Charities How best to counter SOS/MM? Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 1:03 PM
collaborative effort? Border Raven Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 3:50 PM
Phony "Tenets" Disinformation Mexica Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 3:59 PM
SOS is Confused johnk Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 7:35 PM
tactics Pete Nice Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 10:41 PM
johnk Pete Nice Monday, Jan. 09, 2006 at 10:43 PM
mexica madness mike almeida Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 4:16 AM
Corrections for Mike Mexica Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 6:15 AM
Getting Tribal johnk Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 6:19 AM
Glendale Police = incompetent Mexica Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 6:28 AM
Mexicas are hotties Tiahui Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 5:29 PM
Your continent? Bowman Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 10:30 PM
One Indigenous People Mexica Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 3:20 AM
Butt out Bowman Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 9:10 AM
relax bowman anahuac warrior Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 11:57 AM
Irony in the Orwellian language Fredric L. Rice Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 12:44 PM
"IT'S THE CONTINENT, STUPID." Mexica Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 1:05 PM
Mexica Movement -- not good Fredric L. Rice Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 1:10 PM
Not all Europeans are racist, but all are ILLEGAL Mexica Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 1:17 PM
Listen to the hate Mexica Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 1:40 PM
bull hockey canat Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 1:52 PM
p.s canat Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 1:58 PM
Verbal epilepsy Mexica Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 2:08 PM
LO O L canat Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 2:12 PM
I don't find it anywhere Fredric L. Rice Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 4:52 PM
Navajos from China Fredric L. Rice Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 4:54 PM
Fred, you need glasses Mexica Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 5:38 PM
Navajos from China? I missed that episode. Mexica Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 5:44 PM
let's get a few things straight fresca Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 7:49 PM
Canat - Read This Ixachilanka Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 10:28 PM
Zionists are not Indigenists Ixachilanka Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 10:46 PM
Chicano power Chicano Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 at 11:15 PM
This is Our Continent, not Europeans Mexica Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 at 3:19 AM
To Chicano re Elders Ixachilanka Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 at 3:22 AM
U.S. Census Population Projections Mexica Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 at 3:50 AM
Re: Census FIgures Ixachilanka Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 at 5:02 AM
re: population Mexica Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 at 2:32 PM
re: population and the meaning of land Ixachilanka Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 at 10:01 PM
To Ixachilankah, from my elder Mexica Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at 2:07 AM
even better... canat Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at 8:02 AM
LOL ! canat Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at 8:06 AM
Burried in the race hate Fredric L. Rice Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at 12:12 PM
Yes, China, idiot. Fredric L. Rice Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at 12:15 PM
And that's wrong, too. Fredric L. Rice Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at 12:22 PM
"Native Americans" agree Mexicans are "Indians" too Mexica Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at 12:40 PM
To Mexica Ixachilanka Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006 at 1:05 AM
To Mexica from my elder Border Raven Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006 at 9:28 AM
this was reallllly funny... canat Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006 at 11:40 AM
Last note on "elders" Mexica Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006 at 1:24 PM
Continuing Notes on "mexica" canat Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006 at 1:43 PM
Canat Mexica Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006 at 2:31 PM
Mexica Movement Ixtli Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006 at 11:41 PM
Ixtli Mexica Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006 at 12:13 AM
Listen to the hate, Mexica Ixtli Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 at 1:48 AM
You're Boring Lupe Watchale Friday, Jan. 20, 2006 at 11:44 PM
La Raza Cosmica Pachuco Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 at 4:27 PM
Canat Pachuco Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 at 4:31 PM
Tribes cat Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 at 5:37 PM
Gilligan Island Tribe Pachuco Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006 at 8:49 AM
poser Who Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006 at 6:17 PM
Canat is actually observer Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006 at 8:24 PM
helping the workers to find work? Border Raven Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006 at 4:48 PM
to bowman r.s. Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2006 at 5:32 PM
2nd attempt to post this thread... canat Thursday, Feb. 09, 2006 at 1:36 PM
Bored with you Canat Xikano Thursday, Feb. 09, 2006 at 3:16 PM
"prove"? canat Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006 at 11:15 PM
canat what is your tribe? r.s. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006 at 2:50 PM
Canat Pachuco Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 at 4:34 PM
Finally, a word of truth from the colonialist Pochocho canat Thursday, Mar. 09, 2006 at 9:51 AM
Canat Pachuco Friday, Mar. 10, 2006 at 3:02 PM
hahaha, colonialist is sweatin' now canat Saturday, Mar. 11, 2006 at 1:03 PM
canat,you're funny r.s. Sunday, Mar. 12, 2006 at 10:26 PM
Lakota? Pachuco Monday, Mar. 13, 2006 at 12:02 PM
lost tribe Fak Indian Monday, Mar. 13, 2006 at 12:29 PM
Uhhh..hey r.s., your RACISM is showing.... observer Thursday, Mar. 23, 2006 at 10:23 AM
Uhhh..hey r.s., your RACISM is showing.... observer Thursday, Mar. 23, 2006 at 10:26 AM
Canat Pachuco Friday, Mar. 24, 2006 at 9:23 AM
yep banat Thursday, Mar. 30, 2006 at 12:47 PM
777prov Maria Thursday, Mar. 30, 2006 at 9:34 PM
yes, lets.. canat Saturday, Apr. 01, 2006 at 10:24 AM
Don Juan Juanes! Saturday, Apr. 15, 2006 at 11:52 PM
Nica! Cholo Saturday, Apr. 15, 2006 at 11:55 PM
Listen Up EZO-(means covered in blood) Sunday, Jul. 30, 2006 at 12:36 AM
Who ate the Anasazi? MadMaxim Friday, Sep. 08, 2006 at 6:22 PM
cough* canat Friday, Sep. 08, 2006 at 6:50 PM
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new video exposing SOS YTC Friday, Jun. 08, 2007 at 6:01 AM
Andrew Jackson A. Jackson Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007 at 9:49 AM
c wilson for city council Craig Wilson Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 at 5:07 PM
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