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Old 01-30-2010, 12:23 PM
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Default Staged "clean-up" event.

This event was staged just like the so called protest by ANSWERLA at the Santa Clarita City Council meeting. As soon as the cameras were gone, so were the protesters, and basically no one had arrived to the meeting until way after the so called protesters had already left. It was staged and the media knew it, yet they showed it on the news as thought the ANSWERLA had actually protested. They never even say most of the people who attended the council meeting. There were over 200 who attended the meeting, yet ANSWERLA left after less than 10 people had arrived. Ya, that was quite a protest, what a joke. It was staged and the media was in on it.


This is an email sent to me.
Day laborer Publicity Stunt
January 29, 2010 San Bernardino, CA
Take Action: Email Reporter/Letter to the Editor
The National Day Laborer Organizer Network
http://www.ndlon.org/ exploited day laborers in a staged "clean-up" event. Article below.

EMAIL a letter to the editor/reporter. Leave your comments at the end of the article.
letters@inlandnewspapers.com
stephen.wall@inlandnewspapers.com
NOTE: A laid off illegal alien "plumber", now a day laborer, is quoted in the article. He has FIVE U.S. BORN CHILDREN ; therefore, as he stands on the sidewalk, which taxpayers fund, taxpayers are also forced to pay for the social services for his five children! Be sure to read Raymond Herrera's quote at the end of the article.

Day laborers pick up trash to send message
Stephen Wall, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/29/2010 08:20:36 PM PST


SAN BERNARDINO - More than two dozen laborers on Friday launched a volunteer campaign to give back to the community by cleaning up the city.
Men who typically wait on street corners hoping to work as construction workers, gardeners, movers, electricians and plumbers spent the morning raking leaves and picking up trash.
The campaign was put together by the National Day Labor Organizing Network, a Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of day laborers.
Wearing orange and yellow vests and carrying brooms, shovels, rakes and dust pans, the group started by clearing trash and leaves from a dirt lot across the street from Home Depot on West 21st Street.
They continued to clean up as they walked nearly a mile and a half to Central City Lutheran Mission on G Street, where they ate lunch.
Besides making the city beautiful, the workers wanted to answer critics who complain about their presence.
"They think that because we are day laborers we are the dirtiest people," said Rosalino Calderon, a 30-year-old illegal immigrant from Guerrero, Mexico. "That is not the case. We are on the streets to work to feed our families."
The San Bernardino resident, who has lived in the United States for a decade, has seen work dwindle during the recession. He said he typically works two days a week, making about $10 an hour.
Workers and their advocates also wanted to make a political statement that they contribute
to society and the economy rather than draining resources from American taxpayers.
The campaign is part of the broader strategy to convince Congress and the Obama administration to enact comprehensive immigration reform this year, organizers said.
"We want amnesty," said Oracio Garcia, a 36-year-old illegal immigrant from Nayarit, Mexico.
Garcia said he has lived in the country 18 years and worked for years at a plumbing company. He said he was laid off in November when his employer found out he didn't have papers.
Because plumbing work is so sporadic, Garcia said he stands on street corners willing to do anything to support his wife and five U.S.-born children.
"They complain about us throwing trash," said Garcia, a San Bernardino resident. "We want to be good people. We want to show people that we are workers."
The cleanup campaign will move to Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, Pomona and other sites where day laborers gather in coming weeks, said Loyda Alvarado, lead organizer for the National Day Labor Organizing Network.
While conceding that some people have a negative view of day laborers because many of them are illegal immigrants, Alvarado said that opinion is slowly changing.
"We're not second-class citizens," Alvarado said. "They need to start respecting our dignity. Dignity has no borders."
The leader of a local group opposed to illegal immigration said he was not impressed by the cleanup.
"It's a political propaganda ploy that they're pulling to try to better their position for amnesty," said Raymond Herrera, founder and president of We The People California's Crusader, a Claremont-based anti-illegal immigration group. "My opinion is they should do this cleanup and volunteer service in Mexico to better their communities and society in Mexico."
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