What We Stand For
An economic system that doesn't feed, clothe and house its people must be and will be overturned and replaced with a system that meets the needs of the people. To that end, this paper is a tribune of those struggling to create such a new economic system. It is a vehicle to bring the movement together, to create a vision of a better world and a strategy to achieve it.
We chose the thunderbird flying towards the sun as our logo. The thunderbird is a universal symbol for liberty. It's flying upwards towards the light a new society.
Labor-replacing electronic technology is permanently eliminating jobs and destroying the foundation of the capitalist system. The people's needs can only be met by building a cooperative society where the socially necessary means of production areowned by society, not by the corporations. We welcome articles and artwork from those who are engaged in the struggle to build a new society that is of, by and for the people. We rely on readers and contributors to fund and distribute this paper.
El Tribuno del Pueblo is an independent publication supported by our readers and supporters.
Why do revolutionaries need a press?
We are sometimes asked “Why do revolutionaries need a press?” The answer has to do with this moment in history. People are struggling just to get the basic necessities of life.
Historical forces beyond anyone’s control have set the stage for a new society to be built, but from this point on, how things turn out depends on what people think.
This means that those of us who are seeking fundamental change are engaged in a battle of ideas, a struggle to win the hearts and minds of the people. If we don’t raise the consciousness of the people and unite them around a vision of a better world and a strategy to achieve it, then we’ll fail in our effort to build a just and free society.
To win the battle of ideas, we need a press.
- Editorial Board
- Print Edition Design
- Laura Garcia
- Jose Amenero, Jesú Estrada, Laura Garcia, María Martínez, Ada Marys, Rich Monje, Dave Ransom, Gloria M. Sandoval, and Sal Sandoval
- Itzel Muñoz and Sal Sandoval
- Emilio Nikolas Garcia and Mauricio Rivera
Laura Garcia is editor of the Tribuno del Pueblo. She is also a co-editor of Teatro Chicana, A collective Memoir and Selected Plays, published by UTPress. As a journalist, she has reported on youth peace summits and struggles of the poor in the hemisphere. As part of the Mexico Solidarity Network she visited Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. After her return she wrote,"Who is Killing the Women of Juarez." She was a delegate to the NGO Forum on Women in Beijing, China. She is a member of MALCS (Mujeres Activas de Letras y Acción Social.
Maria Martinez is a community organizer in Los Angeles. As a mother of two children in a school district where four schools are being privatized, she is committed to fighting for a public education system where the education needs of every child and adult are met. Maria traveled to the World Social Forum in Venezuela and to Oaxaca, Mexico to a tri-national education conference with Quality Education as a Human Right (QECR).
Richard Monje, Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board, Workers United, assistant director. Much of his work is in states like Michigan and Ohio, organizing low-wage workers. "We have to galvanize around a vision of how to reconstruct the government with a program based upon the needs of people. Republicans and Democrats have done this from the standpoint of their interests. We need a program from the standpoint of the poor and working people."
Salvador Sandoval, M.D., a Physician, Migrant Farmworker Clinics, says "With the technological marvels that exist today, no one should go without health care, just as no one should go without food, clothing, and shelter. With the eager young minds and hands, good health can be realizable for eveyone." Dr. Sandoval is a doctor at the forefront of the fight for universal health care for all. He has provided health care in migrant farmworkers clinics in California's Central Valley for over a decade. He writes on the impact of denying health care to undocumented immigrants. He discusses the technological changes which creates the possibility of single payer, quality health care for all.
Articles that are unsigned, such as the front page and editorials, are written by the editorial board. Bylined articles reflect the views of the authors, and may or may not reflect the views of the editorial board.
Deadlines for Articles & Art
The deadline for articles, photographs and other art is the first of March, June, September and December. Articles should be between 300 and 400 words. We reserve the right to edit articles to conform to space limitations.
Who Are We?
We are national bilingual publication that brings together the many voices of the leaders in the battlefronts for immigration reform, education, health care, against foreclosures, and many others. We also bring you the voices of those who aspire and fight for a different world, where want, deprivation, discrimination and oppression no longer exist.
Our editorial staff, is a volunteer staff who dedicate their time, energy and intellect to publish the Tribuno del Pueblo. We come from all walks of life. Our calling is revolution but we earn our living as dishwashers, janitors, doctors, attorneys, professors, union organizers and retirees. Some were born here, while others come from Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador and, Costa Rica.
The Tribuno del Pueblo has a trajectory of more than a 40 years. In our trajectory we have always upheld the slogan: "No human being is illegal".
We cannot recount all the struggles the Tribuno del Pueblo has been a part of, but we will high light the most important ones.
In the 70s grass root leaders wrote for, distributed it and supported the Tribuno del Pueblo's efforts to bring to the fore the battles to build the United Farm Workers Union in California and the attempts to form the Texas Farm Workers Union.
During these years, the leaders in the fight to stop the Migra from using children as bait to detain their undocumented relatives used the Tribuno del Pueblo to rally the population against this INS tactic.
Leaders in the San Joaquin Valley used the Tribuno to campaign against the Migra tactic of chasing farm workers in the fields which led madesperate farm workers to drown because they would throw themselves into the waters of the rivers when attempting to flee.
In the 90s the Tribuno del Pueblo exposed the militarization of the border that led to the wall between San Ysidro and Tijuana., B.C.
Today, you will find the leaders of the fight against Arizona copy cat laws and ICE Secure Communities in the pages of the Tribuno; together with those who are leading the fight against foreclosures, for jobs and against budget cuts.
During our more 40 years trajectory our North Star has been the interests and well being of all workers. We have also put forth the need of a cooperative society where human beings are priority and not profits.
Read the Tribuno del Pueblo to find out why immigrants have been forced to come to this country, and how we all have common interests, regardless of nationality or country of origin. The Tribuno del Pueblo is a valuable organizing tool to help you inform and organize those you work with.