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Elections

2018 Election: A Wave of Resistance

from the Editors |  Issue: November | December 2018

The 2018 election campaign made what is good in America better and what’s bad in America worse. We have to build on the unity that was forged.

Texas primaries: ‘They’re all the same’

José Torres and Manuel Torres |  Issue: April | May 2018

  The Democrats all over Texas came out not in waves or bandwagons, just like any other primary election in Texas. Ever since Reconstruction minorities all over the south, Texas included, have been left out of the voting process either by fear or the poll tax. Nowadays, it’s no ID. No vote! That’s why Texas […]

What is tax reform? It is a transfer of wealth, a theft!

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Tax reform is what Trump signed into law in December and many legislators who supported and voted for it are now planning to seek re-election in 2018 and beyond. Most people in the United States do not know what it was all about! Lobbyists and the Treasury Department are still trying to decipher it. Basically, […]

What is on the people’s agenda?

Arielle Maldonado |  Issue: November | December 2017

   (This is an excerpt from a blog post by Arielle Maldonado, leader and founder of the Healing Corner in the Humboldt Park and West Side neighborhoods of Chicago) As a community, we need to focus our energy on the legislative damage being perpetrated against us stemming from the whims of politicians and their governmental […]

Opposition to SB-4 is growing

José Torres and Manuel Torres |  Issue: September | October 2017

What Texas governor Greg Abbott is trying to do is bring the people of Texas to its knees. In the first Legislative session, he was able to pass Senate Bill 4, the “anti-sanctuary cities bill,” which becomes law on September 1. Meanwhile, he is up for re-election and is courting the “Hispanic” vote here in […]

When will a humane decision be made?

Gloria M. Sandoval |  Issue: September | October 2017

Immigrants are not footballs!     On July 20, two U.S. senators, a Republican and a Democrat, introduced the DREAM Act of 2017 which would create a pathway to citizenship for thousands of immigrants brought to the United States as young children. There have been many bipartisan attempts at passing the DREAM Act. Not to […]

Cheri Honkala: Another Philadelphia is coming

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: March 2017

  The city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are being afforded a special opportunity on March 21t to step out of politics as usual. Fraud has become the common practice of the 197th District’s representatives. Leslie Acosta, the former state representative, resigned on January 3, having secretly pleaded guilty to money laundering. Acosta’s […]

Incorrect Social Security number on 1095-C could mean deportation

Irma Garcia, Jose Garcia, Workers United |  Issue: March 2017

  CHICAGO, IL – Through the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration has left millions of undocumented workers more exposed and thus more vulnerable to deportation by the Trump administration. A new part of the Affordable Care Act that just went into effect in 2016 requires some employers to provide the names and Social Security […]

Trump’s cabinet: the oligarchy seizes power

From the Editors |  Issue: March 2017

The U.S. government is being openly, blatently, brutally taken over by big capitalists — the American oligarchy. Previously — with presidents like the Bushes, Clinton and Obama— the capitalists worked behind the scenes, putting their money behind politicians who did their bidding. Now the mask is off. Chief among the capitalists taking political power directly […]

Tumultuous change

From the Editors |  Issue: March 2017

  As difficult as it may seem, we are witnessing the birth pangs of a new society. No one can deny that we are living in times of momentous and tumultuous change. Everything we have known and loved about America seems turned upside down. Democratic rights are trampled. Women’s and minority rights are threatened. The […]

Mega marches return

Gloria M. Sandoval |  Issue: March 2017

  From his annoying tweeting to executive orders, President Trump is adjusting to just how much power he can have over the country in converting it toward a fascist state. His first order of business on January 20th, inauguration day, was to sign an executive order dealing with the Affordable Care Act, the so-called Obamacare, […]

Ramsey Muñiz

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: December | January 2017

Ramsey Muñiz is an incarcerated Hispanic political activist who ran for governor of Texas in 1972 and 1974, each time as the nominee of the Raza Unida Party. He lost both elections to the Democrat Dolph Briscoe, a wealthy banker and landowner from Uvalde, Texas. He is the first Hispanic to have his name appear […]

Hidalgo County voters beat rich politicos for 2nd time

José Torres |  Issue: December | January 2017

  Hidalgo County voters have shown the rich politicos that we are united against higher taxes. The rich politicos had lost once in 2014 by a larger margin (111,000 voted no; 44,000 voted yes). They supposed we had not been properly “educated” about the issue so they introduced it again. They insisted on this proposition […]

2016: An Election Like No Other

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: December | January 2017

  The U.S. has entered a political crisis. The oligarchy is attempting to divide us. We can win only if we unite. “Not my president!” With this slogan, thousands of people from New York to California, Minnesota to Texas — men and women, young and old, Latino, African American, and Anglo —have taken to the […]

Nothing new, just hypocrisy has been thrown out the window

Marú Mora Villalpando |  Issue: December | January 2017

  Editors’ note: Marú Mora Villalpando is a pro-immigrant right activist in Washington State. After years of activity in defense of the rights of the undocumented immigrant, she herself came out and announced her status. In 2013 she joined the local #Not1More deportation campaign to plan a civil disobedience action. On Feb 24, 2014, she […]

Desperate for Change: Interview with Cheri Honkala

People’s Tribune |  Issue: September | October 2016

Editor’s note: After the March for Our Lives and the Democratic National Convention, the People’s Tribune interviewed Cheri Honkala, the director of the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign. People’s Tribune: Describe the poverty in Philadelphia and around the country that you addressed with the March for Our Lives. Cheri Honkala: Poverty is devastating Philadelphia. […]

What can Latinos expect from the presidential elections of 2016?

for the Editors |  Issue: September | October 2016

This electoral campaign reveals an unprecedented crisis and splits within the established Democratic and Republican parties. We have two of the most unpopular establishment candidates ever to choose from. Additionally, Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein are getting unprecedented coverage due to popular dissatisfaction with the establishment candidates. On one hand stands […]

“The status quo doesn’t work”

People’s Tribune / Tribuno del Pueblo |  Issue: September | October 2016

The Peoples Tribune interviewed Eddie Cisneros, President of Students for Bernie at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. Eddie was elected to be a Sanders delegate and attended the Democratic National Convention in July. Peoples Tribune: Why did you start Students for Bernie? Eddie Cisneros: The first time I heard Bernie speak, I said to […]

Voting is not the only solution

Marú Mora Villalpando |  Issue: September | October 2016

  The idea that voting alone will solve the problems we face as a country is a common one, and now that we face a terrible choice during this electoral season, this “solution” is presented to us as the only way out to a fascist future under the GOP candidate. There are several problems with […]

Trump and Elections Stir Up Fascist Movement

From the Editors |  Issue: July | August 2016

At first Donald Trump’s campaign caused outrage at his anti-Mexican attacks, but people thought of him as a clown impossible to elect. Now people are taking the situation more seriously and saying that Trump is stirring up a growing fascist movement. What is fascism? Fascism is a political form of state power. It is the […]

What the Presidential Elections of 2016 mean for us

From the Editors |  Issue: July | August 2016

  As the election approaches, our Tribuno audience faces difficult choices. After eight years of failed promises for immigration reform, do we support Hillary Clinton just because Trump, the Republican candidate, seems so bad? Advanced technology and globalization are wiping out millions of jobs, both in the home countries of immigrants and in the U.S. […]

What will P.R.O.M.E.S.A. impose on Puerto Rico?

Pedro Angel Rivera |  Issue: May | June 2016

  Financial crisis and un-payable debt headings have become the ideological media propaganda regarding the social and economic problems that cage Puerto Ricans within our colonial archipelago. According to the most recent reports, the notorious International Monetary Fund, a financial henchman against indebted countries throughout the world, Puerto Rico should look at itself in the […]

These are revolutionary times

Salvador Sandoval |  Issue: May | June 2016

What is really at stake today is democracy: in the new era, which class will rule These are revolutionary times, quite unlike any most of us alive today have ever experienced before. Underlying the politics of the 2016 presidential elections are profound — revolutionary — economic changes driven by the introduction of labor-replacing technology and […]

An election like no other

Salvador Sandoval |  Issue: May | June 2016

  Both major parties — Democrat and Republican — are in crisis The 2016 presidential election is like no other seen in living memory. Both of the major political parties—Democrat and Republican—are in crisis. People angry over abandonment by government and the existing establishment are drawn towards new faces seen as offering fresh new solutions […]

Why Latinos are voting for Sanders

Ricardo Juarez Nava, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras |  Issue: May | June 2016

Our struggle is not only for immigration reform, our struggle is for equality The threat from the candidacy of Donald Trump comes at a time when undocumented immigrants are in the most vulnerable and precarious situation since 2005. They face the most aggressive persecution of the Obama administration in eight years, as evidenced by the […]

May Day 2016: “We must provide the necessities for the people,” says labor leader

People’s Tribune Interview |  Issue: May | June 2016

Editor’s note: The People’s Tribune (our sister publication) interviewed Richard Monje, Vice President of Workers United, about May Day, 2016—the international workers holiday. On the significance of May Day, 2016 “May Day presents the opportunity to examine what is happening to the working class—with technology replacing labor. After the 2008 depression, working families were devastated […]

The world battle against fascism

Robin Yeamans |  Issue: May | June 2016

  The global oligarchy is moving to enforce a stranglehold on the peoples of the world, as seen in the Trump presidential campaign and the financial disaster in Puerto Rico. The workers of the world are struggling to take the offensive in this battle. Donald Trump steps forth as hangman of democracy. He began his […]

The Forces behind the 2016 Presidential Elections

from the Editors |  Issue: May | June 2016

  There is a revolution going on not only in the United States, but all over the world.  The revolution and changes in the economy are influencing the capitalists and their politics in the United States and abroad. We are seeing changes that we have never witnessed before:  increase of extremely wealthy, corporate individuals while […]

The Politics of Racism, Politics of Fear

Matt Sedillo |  Issue: February | March 2016

No single event really gives rise to an idea, unless nurtured and fostered by institutions, conditions, and repetition. To see a parallel to Trump’s popularity, one can look back to the election of 1828 and the introduction of whites-only “Jacksonian democracy.” It is a good place to begin to answer the question asked every election […]

Donald Trump — Huckster Extraordinaire

Matt Sedillo |  Issue: February | March 2016

  The clown prince of real estate, Donald Trump, has traded his most famous catchphrase, “You’re Fired!” for one more fitting to a 2016 presidential campaign: “Make America Great Again.” Trump — racist, misogynist, and American huckster extraordinaire — makes an appeal to people who feel America has been made ungreat. The threats to America’s […]

Letter to the Editor on Donald Trump:

Francisco Reyes |  Issue: October | November 2015

Editor’s note: Reader Francisco Reyes responds to a People’s Tribune article entitled, “Attack on Immigrants Aims to Cultivate a Fascist Movement” in its August, 2015 issue. Can I sue Donald Trump for defamation of character?

Is Trump The New Hitler?

Alex Suarez |  Issue: October | November 2015

TAMPA, FL — Trump’s latest call for pogroms against about 12 million people, including “anchor babies” who are half this amount, and deporting all undocumented workers in the U.S., is unconstitutional to say the least. The fact is that the most people ever deported in a year in the U.S. was under Obama. But who […]

Editor’s Note

from the Editors |  Issue: October | November 2015

  While seeing U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump talk to reporter Jorge Ramos like a dog outraged Latinos and decent Americans, many in the U.S. have been fooled into thinking he has some kind of solution to their problems. The idea of a strong man persona with answers and a fascist appeal is presented as […]

TEXAS: Elections Time, “Here We Go Again”

Manuel Torres |  Issue: August | September 2015

  Rio Grande Valley–Once again the election campaigns are gearing up for November 2016. Nationally we see the presidential campaigning from the Democratic and Republican parties, who together have over 10 candidates.  Locally here in the “Valley of Tears,” as the Rio Grande Valley in Texas is known, there will be local, state and county […]

In Chicago: A Movement not a Moment

Richard Monje |  Issue: April | May 2015

  CHICAGO, IL — On February 24, the workers won, and money lost. Against all odds, the workers stood firm and forced a runoff election. Neither the endorsements of President Obama and Luis Gutierrez, a war chest of over a $15 million did not help Rahm Emmanuel the contending candidate or deter the people from […]

We, the People, Beat Chevron in Richmond, Calif.

Dave Ransom |  Issue: January 2015

On election day, Eduardo Martinez and his friends and supporters beat Chevron 5-0 in a major test of the power of We, the People, against the increasingly exposed American oligarchy. They got themselves elected to the Richmond (Calif.) City Council, where they are now the overwhelming majority. They won despite Chevron’s throwing more than $3.1 […]

First American Banned from Internet: Rev. Edward Pinkney

from the Editors |  Issue: June | July 2014

While Latinos aren’t surprised that the US government would use terrorist tactics, Americans are just learning this. Continuing a long history of oppression of South America, in July 2013, the US government in a warlike move against Bolivia forced down a plane carrying the president, Evo Morales. They didn’t do this by sending fighter jets […]

“Imagine a New California”

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

  Luis J. Rodriguez for Governor The Luis J. Rodriguez campaign for California governor is heating up! After fielding teams of supporters, we obtained close to 5,000 signatures of registered voters and fund donations in a little more than two months to make the June 3 primary ballot. The only Green Party endorsed candidate for […]

California: Top-two Primary System

Dave Ransom |  Issue: March | April 2014

If the Republicans field enough candidates in the June primary to severely split their vote, Green Party gubernatorial candidate Luis Rodriguez could place second and face a run-off with Governor Jerry Brown. That would be an important step in the battle for a political party of, by, and for the 99 percent—as the oligarchy changes […]

Imagine a New California

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: March | April 2014

  Luis J. Rodriguez for California Governor Tribuno del Pueblo: What is your program to eliminate poverty? Luis J. Rodriguez: California is the richest state in the nation and the 8th largest economy in the world. Yet it has the worse poverty rate of any state—almost 24 percent. There are close to 9 million poor […]

“Forward Together – Not one step back!”

John Slallugher |  Issue: March | April 2014

  The Moral Monday Movement gathered together a growing movement across the South on February 8 in Raleigh, North Carolina, with a massive rally estimated to be between 80,000-100,000 people. Sparked by the North Carolina Moral Monday movement, the movement is spreading and growing in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and other states. The rally […]