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Police State / Fascism

Resistance is non-stop at Tacoma detention center

Marú Mora Villalpando |  Issue: November | December 2018

At the Northwest Detention Center, detainees continue organizing and resisting, despite threats and retaliation every time they start a hunger strike.

Rise of the grassroots

from the Editors |  Issue: September | October 2018

Fascism and the breakup of the old political party systems in the United States and Mexico resulting from pitting workers against high-tech robotics.

Fascism or Democracy

from the Editors |  Issue: September | October 2018

Today, fascism is rearing its ugly head once again. This time however, serving the interests of corporations and elected officials.

Rev. Edward Pinkney wins again

Rev. Edward Pinkney |  Issue: June | July 2018

  BENTON HARBOR, MI — Let the truth be told. I, Rev. Edward Pinkney was charged in Berrien County, Michigan with five felony counts of election forgery under Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 937, and six misdemeanor counts of making a false statement in a certificate of recall of a recall petition under MCL 168.957 for […]

The moral side of the American workers

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: June | July 2018

We have all seen the social face of fascism breaking into churches and schools and roaming through streets and rural roads in America. Fascism. To the immigrant population, fascism has the face of the ICE and border patrol agents. The ruling class is using its billionaire propaganda machine to foment a fascist culture that blames […]

Victory! Laura Monterrosa released

from the Editors |  Issue: April | May 2018

  As we go to press Laura Monterrosa was released from detention March 16.  Her release is the result of a months long campaign that drew support from around the country. AUSTIN —I was at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center on Saturday to support Laura Monterrosa.  She is a 23-year-old asylum-seeker from El Salvador, […]

No democracy in Texas

Manuel Torres |  Issue: April | May 2018

“In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Texas’ Senate Bill 4, the unjust “Sanctuary Cities Law.” The law forces elected officials, from the governor to justices of the peace, to turn immigrants over to immigration agents. Public officials (many of whom have refused to comply with the law and provide sanctuary to […]

In memory of a comrade, a veteran fighter for a better world: Juan Torres

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

  A veteran comrade, Juan Torres, passed away in January 2018. He was born and raised in the Rio Grande “Valley of Tears.” Juan labored in the fields during his youth as an adult In the Valley and in the summers migrated north. After graduating from high school, Juan joined the Marines and achieved the […]

Texas: As we battle forward unity will be our only weapon

Jose Torres and Manuel Torres |  Issue: February | March 2018

Unity is our only weapon as we battle forward for clean and safe water, and the means to feed and clothe our families. Unity is also our only weapon to fight for our democratic rights —all of which are at peril with SB-4. Texas unemployment is the lowest in decades and one of the lowest […]

Toward the Chicago Poor People’s Conference in 2018

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Basing ourselves in the long history for justice and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, we announce our plan to build citywide organizations in Chicago around the following five-point basic agenda. These five points are not meant to fully represent all our areas of concern, but they serve as a unifying beginning […]

We need the Poor People’s Conference to unify across Chicago

Andy Willis |  Issue: February | March 2018

  I spoke with Carlos Castro from the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park about the upcoming Chicago Poor Peoples Conference. Carlos is a longtime community organizer and activist. I asked him why we needed such a conference. Carlos Castro: With all the abuse from the police department in the city, lack of housing, with the […]

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 […]

A country living in fear

Gloria Meneses-Sandoval |  Issue: November | December 2017

  SAN FRANCISCO – On September 18, the House Minority Leader, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, was not allowed to speak at a news conference when protesting DREAMers drowned her out with demands to protect all 11 million undocumented immigrants, not just the 800,000 DREAMers under DACA. The DREAMers were concerned about a deal that was struck […]

The right to stay with our families!

from the Editors |  Issue: November | December 2017

An injury to one, is an injury to all     America was built by immigrants from all over the world. This includes those forced into slavery and brought against their will. It includes the Native Americans who were first to arrive. Oppression, exploitation, and brutality have been part of this history, and they continue. […]

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 […]

Why the hunger strikes in detention centers?

Marú Mora Villalpando |  Issue: September | October 2017

In the past months, immigrants detained in three different places on the West Coast have gone on hunger strike to protest their terrible conditions. One would think that under this new fascist regime, vulnerable people who have been used as scapegoats would not protest, especially while being processed for deportation. Nevertheless, hundreds of people in […]

Immigrants: scapegoat for economic ills

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: September | October 2017

Ten people are dead after dozens, including children, were locked by smugglers inside a sweltering tractor-trailer. The truck was found at a San Antonio, TX Walmart. This horrific event testifies to how desperate people are to find work to feed their families and the imminent danger they face in doing so. The smugglers have been […]

The root of the problem

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: July 2017

  With all the scandal and controversy surrounding President Trump’s first months in office, talk of war and terrorist attacks abroad, and state sponsored vicious attacks on the defenseless here at home — it is easy to get lost in the details. As a consequence, we don’t see what is underlying the rapidly changing political […]

Texans stand up against ICE attacks

Manuel Torres |  Issue: May | June 2017

  FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Authorities in Fort Worth say federal immigration agents arrested 26 parolees living in the country illegally, as they performed community service. Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn tells KXAS-TV his office participated in Sunday morning’s operation at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Waybourn says those arrested were […]

CHICAGO: ICE agents shoot father in terror raid of family home

Leslie Willis |  Issue: May | June 2017

CHICAGO – It was just after 6 a.m. on March 27. As the Torres household was waking up, ICE agents burst into the home with guns drawn, ordering the family of eight men, women and children out into the street. Felix Torres, Sr., 53, was immediately shot as he opened the door to find out […]

Corporations love to milk the deportation machine cash cow!

Gloria M. Sandoval |  Issue: May | June 2017

President Obama’s deportation machine involved lies about who was getting deported. Instead of deporting felons or serious criminals, anyone with even a minor crime was being deported. The number of Border Patrol and ICE agents was increased to deport even more people. President Trump is building on this increase. The Department of Homeland Security has […]

Growing resistance to Trump’s immigration policy

Austin Correspondent |  Issue: March 2017

AUSTIN, TX – A thousand people came in support of the Muslim community outside the Texas capitol building in Austin on January 31. This show of force in support of immigrants is part of a larger and growing resistance against Trump’s immigration policy. The following week, the Texas legislature opened hearings on Senate Bill 4, […]

It’s time to resist; it’s time to stop ICE

Marú Mora Villalpando |  Issue: March 2017

In less than a month ICE activities have been more visible than ever. By early February nearly 700 people were hunted down and sent to immigration prisons in several states throughout the country. We must recognize this is not new immigration enforcement activity, but it is more rampant and visible than before. During the Bush […]

End police terror: Justice for Jose ‘Cheo’ Nieves

Leslie Willis and Andy Willis |  Issue: March 2017

  CHICAGO, IL — One hundred people huddled together in the severe cold, gaining little comfort from the tiny candles cradled in their hands. The Hermosa neighborhood held a vigil for Jose “Cheo” Nieves, called by Parents for Peace and Justice, a Chicago group formed to organize for an end to violence and for justice […]

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 […]

Free Ramsey Muñiz:

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: December | January 2017

There are certain myths about the United States that need to be exploded. One such myth says that there are no political prisoners in this country. The fascist dictator Benito Mussolini once said that if a lie is repeated often enough it will soon be accepted as a truth. The United States claims there is […]

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 […]

We Are One

Eban Morales |  Issue: September | October 2016

HIGHLAND PARK, MI — My heart has been heavy for weeks now as I visualize first-hand the tragedies of this war waged upon the people.  But I am not the only one. The people are agitated as their consciousness is being awakened. But consciousness comes with a price, because once awakened and your mind aware, […]

Who’s at the controls?

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: September | October 2016

Participants at protests against police brutality will include those hurt by the violence or deaths; those who are seeking to give support for or against; to those who intentionally want to obstruct the developing unity among those that are most affected.  This is not a time to take sides, but to demand justice and accountability.  […]

The Talk of the Country

Gloria M. Sandoval |  Issue: September | October 2016

  Black Lives Matter!  White Lives Matter!  All Lives Matter!  Blue Lives Matter!  The most recent killings of young black men and now five police officers has exploded in dialogue and frustration across social media and protests throughout the country.  The debates/discussion about whether there has been more numbers of whites than blacks that have […]

Mothers Against Senseless Killing Promote a New Vision

Andy and Leslie Willis |  Issue: September | October 2016

  CHICAGO, IL — Chicago is not only a tale of two cities—the Magnificent Mile vs. poverty stricken neighborhoods—it’s also the tale of two visions. One vision is to secure our city with military-style police who terrorize dispossessed communities. The other vision is to have sharing and nurturing neighborhoods where resources become the property of […]

Mexico: Education Reform Written in Blood

David Bacon, Renata Bessi & Santiago Navarro F. |  Issue: July | August 2016

  On Sunday, June 19, federal police in Oaxaca, Mexico, fired on teachers and supporters in the Mixteca town of Nochixtlán, killing at least four and wounding 50 more. The latest confrontation between teachers and the federal government since the 2013 National Education Reform. Why is the government willing to kill for Education Reform? The […]

Case of Nico Gaete: How Social Media Policing is Criminalizing and Framing Our Youth

Rodrigo Starz of Rebel Diaz |  Issue: July | August 2016

  CHICAGO, IL — On the weekend of June 10, Nico, the son of my cousin, Carolina Gaete, was kidnapped by Chicago Police and is being held on $750,000 bond on trumped up and false charges. He’s charged with shooting another young man three times over some weed. I’ve known Nico his whole life, and […]

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 […]

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 Police Murder of Laquan McDonald in Chicago

Andy Willis |  Issue: February | March 2016

  “It’s time we show our power. People power is alive and real.” Rousemary Vega walks the walk she talks. A Chicago mother of four, Rousemary is uniting with many struggling for justice in the police murder of Laquan McDonald. She is on the front lines seeking justice for our city. Outraged citizens are fighting […]

The People of Mexico and the U.S. face a Common Enemy

Robin Yeamans |  Issue: June | July 2015

Police in the U.S. and Mexico have been militarized by the U.S. government. In the 2007 Mérida Initiative the U.S. and Mexico agreed the U.S. would supply the Mexican government with weapons, allegedly to fight drug cartels. But, when parents of the 43 students taken from Ayotzinapa recently toured the U.S., the father of one […]

Pregnant woman killed by police

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: June | July 2015

Jeanetta Riley, a pregnant homeless mother of three who suffered from emotional difficulties, was killed by police as she waved a knife outside a hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho. Seconds after their arrival, two police officers opened fire. Police say she refused their commands. Her death was ruled justifiable. Jeanetta’s family has not, so far, received […]

Another World is Possible, Another System is Necessary

Rachel Mazzaro and Galen Tyler |  Issue: June | July 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Mark your calendars! The Third U.S. Social Forum (USSF) will be taking place from June 24 to 28, 2015. This year, organizations and activists will convene in Philadelphia, PA, Jackson, MS, and San Jose, CA to build stronger relationships, collaborations, and social movements across fronts of struggle for political understanding and strategic […]