Sunday, June 11, 2006

Boycott Backlash? Nativo Lopez Describes the Immigrant Movement: Internet Video (9 min)


Los Angeles, CA Who are the forces behind the immigrant boycott? In a two-part interview with Nativo Virgil Lopez, Full Disclosure Network™ host Leslie Dutton discovers the motivation and the forces behind the immigrant boycott. A nine (9) minute preview of the one hour interview is available for viewing now, FREE, “on demand” 24/7, as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™. Included in this Internet presentation and the two-part hour-long interview are video clips of recent immigrant demonstations/rallies and counter protests. The full on-hour programs are to be featured on 43 cable systems starting June 12, 2006.

Some of the revelations from Nativo are:

Labor unions and Catholic Church: What role have these groups had in the organization of immigrant demonstrations and boycotts? Nativo Virgil Lopez tells Full Disclosure how he began his activism in 1968, organizing high school “walk-outs” to bring about educational opportunities for students. Nativo says he was inspired by Bert Carona and Cesar Chavez, who taught him to listen to the peasant people. He attributed the 1986 citizenship program for three million immigrants to the efforts of Bert Carona, a student/organizer under Harry Bridges, founder of the Longshoreman’s Union.

Capitalism vs Socialism: Nativo explains that the balance of power between capitalism and socialism was at it’s peak during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. He says that is not the case today, where only 12% of the work force is union organized. He notes that today there is a lack of health care coverage and lack of benefits in spite of the value that is being created by workers. He points to greedy ranchers for responsibility for what he says is a current imbalance.

Illegal immigrants vs “Migrants”: Nativo is featured in a confrontation with Lou Dobbs on national television, he explains on Full Disclosure why certain words describing people who come to the United States illegally are unacceptable and offensive. He gives examples to Host Leslie Dutton, the words “wop, nigger, kike” are just as offensive as "illegal immigrant." according to Nativo. And, in his opinion migrant workers should be appreciated for their value and should “share in the bounty” resulting from their labor.


What is ATZLAN and MECHA?: Nativo describes the “mythical” yet possibly ancient land of Atzlan is the territory located in the Southwestern United States and which many Mexican nationals believe should be returned to Mexico or should become independent from the United States. He describes the Mexican student organization known as MECHA that was formed here in the United States for that purpose. Prominent political leaders who are a part of that group are Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villargairosa, State Senator Gil Cedillo and Congressman Joe Baca. Nativo, describes his friendship with Mayor Villargairosa since they were seventeen years old, noting that while the Mayor is not an immigrant he indeed has cleaned toilets, and refers to that experience to underscore the importance of such menial labor.

Groomed for Political office: At the urging of others Nativo was elected to office and served six years on the School Board in Orange County, California. He was recalled from office at the behest of a multi-millionaire named Ron Unz who was the financial supporter of California Proposition 227, to prohibit billingual education programs. Among the issues that surfaced during the campaign were audits of an organization headed by Nativo which resulted in demands that taxpayers funds were to be repayed. Nativo told Full Disclosure that matter has not yet been resolved.

Open Borders vs Labor Regulation: As an open border advocate, Nativo Lopez describes the need for “government regulation” of labor in the United States. Stating that and open border is necessary to allow the flow of capital goods and labor in order to create a “common market” like in Europe so that Canada, the United States and Mexico could compete with Europe.

Moderated by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure Network™ is an independent public affairs television program, billed as “the news behind the news” and featured on 43 cable systems and the worldwide Internet at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. In 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

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