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Well here it is. Been waiting for this one for a while. This is actually my first time at the annual May Day parade in Los Angeles. If you’ve been paying attention to my blog, you’ve already heard that there were two parades, due to conflict between two immigrants groups. Therefore, I will divide my report in two. One will cover the rally organized by Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition (FRIC) and the second half will cover the rally orgainzed by the Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC).

Though there were two rallies, most people who took part would shift between the two, either because they didn’t care about the divide or because they didn’t realize there were two separate rallies, even though a line of LAPD officers separated between two groups. This is unfortunate, since if the two groups were united the amount of those who took part would have probably seemed larger than they were.

Here’s the report from the LA Times.

Full Rights for Immigration Coalition:

This was the first rally I went to when I got there. It was a bit larger than the other one which was further down the street.

The vast majority of protesters were holding the following sign.

A few bands were also playing at the rally:

A few socialist/communist protesters brought with them a pinata in the shape of a “capitalist banker.”

At first they tried to tie it around the street pole but it got stuck and the police told them they couldn’t do that. So they went to a nearby sidewalk (in front of the Bank of America) and used a metal stick to hold it up while kids took turns swinging at it until the candy came out.

Here’s a video of what happened:

Southern California Immigration Coalition:

This rally was blacked off by a line of LAPD officers.

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While I was searching for any upcoming rallies, protests, and demonstrations on the internet that people were planning on conducting this coming week, I happened to remeber the annual May Day Immigration march that occurs every year that I’ve always been anticipating to get on film. You know. The one that has now become a tradition in commemorating the colossal failure known as the Great American Boycott?

Anyways, while looking it up on where they were planning on having the march, I noticed something that peaked my interest: there will be two marches going on this May Day. Normally, there is a single march that is held by multiple immigrant groups. One will be lead by a group called by the Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC), while the other will be lead by the group Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition (FRIC).

This division seems to be due to a conflict that the two groups had last year. According to the SCIC, they accuse FRIC and the LA County Federation of Labor of trying to “keep SCIC out of the planning process” by changing meeting dates and locations. They also accuse the organizers of cutting off the microphones when SCIC and CHIRLA activists were trying to speak, and that  Juan Jose Gutierrez and FRIC “collaborated” with the LAPD in order to block SCIC in getting a permit to march.

In response, the SCIC is planning on organizing a separate march this Sunday. Even though their budget isn’t as much as the other groups, they boast that they are larger and have more community support. I tried to see what FRIC’s response was but I’m unable to find their website if they have one. I did find their facebook page, but it’s terrible out of of date. Another difference between the two groups is that FRIC appears to by the arm of the Democratic Party, supports a Guest Worker Program, and tends to wave only American flags, while the SCIC is more grassroots oriented, hates both Republicans and Democrats, believes in complete open immigration, and waves flags from multiple countries.

It appears that both marches are planning on marching at the same time and place, though I’m not sure how that’s going to work out. FRIC seems more moderate compared to SCIC, but I’m not completely sure. Juan Jose Gutierrez himself has been accused of expressing “radical” views and being a Marxist. It’s just one of those things I’ll have to see when I head over there this Sunday.

As you can see, television reporters were already there interviewing the protesters.

Around 10:30 am, students began walking towards the stairs in front of the campus library where the speakers were located. Many students also began to show up with their signs.

 

About a half hour later, the crowd outside the library grew significantly.

Many other groups began setting up desks, passing fliers, and handing out signs.

Students also began marching around campus and into classroom buildings.

I will also be uploading some video footage of the event later, so please sub.

Interestingly by Ron Paul supporters.

I horrible act no less, yet the immense bravery of those who tackled the shooter should also be known.

 

I’m sure all of you have heard about the recent artillery engagements between North and South Korea. But just this morning I got this lovely message sent to my email account. Now for those who aren’t familiar with the IAC, it’s a communist activist group founded by former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark.  After the 9/11 attacks they also initiated the socialist protest group the ANSWER Coalition (a group I have examined before in this blog). Apparently by the looks of it, they also support psychotic governments who stave their own people.

Let’s examine the petition paragraph-by-paragraph shall we?:

It is an undisputed fact that on Nov. 23, the government of South Korea mobilized 70,000 troops for a week of military maneuvers just off the border of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The DPRK said that these military maneuvers simulated an invasion of the north.

Now let’s just ignore the obvious hilarity of accepted the DPRK’s word for a minute. I mean we all know how honest they have been in the past right? (sarcasm)

Notice that no where in this paragraph did South Korea attack the North. The 70,000 troops that were maneuvering near the border was part of the Hoguk exercise: a large-scale military drill involving the South Korean and US militaries.

On Nov 23, at 1:00 p.m., South Korean forces fired many shells into waters right off the DPRK. This is an area that the north has a longstanding claim to be within its territory. This claim had been accepted by prior south Korean governments.

And? We should blame S. Korea because the North can’t control itself like a child?

An hour and a half later, the DPRK retaliated to what it saw as an attack on its territory by firing shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

Retaliated? Against what? North Korea wasn’t attacked, something we already proved and everybody knows.

And now the U.S. has announced plans to send the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington and its battle group including war ships, destroyers and hundreds of fighter jets back into the area to participate in new war maneuver provocations.

If it was after the North Korea I really see no problem with this.

Clearly the military provocation is from the U.S. government and the south Korean government of President Lee Myung-bak.

For there to be peace on the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. must withdraw its troops so the Korean people can decide their own destiny.

Yeah, we should have  just let the North Koreans and Chinese take the area over and turn it into an economic black-hole where starving is rampant and democracy is non-existent. The stupidity of this group never ceases to amaze me. Thank God they are a minority.

Again I wasn’t the one filming this. From the description section of the video:

A holocaust surviver is cursed out by a left wing nut at the rally against the ground zero mosque, August 22, 2010.