In A Nutshell
What Is The Nature Of This Passion
By Norla Antionoro, Ph.D.
27 March 2006
What gets Americans to stand up and get active? Does the illegal war do it? Does the endangerment of our children and the
world by the actions of the US military do it? Does the infringement of our rights as they erode under the assault of the
Bush administration do it? Some. Not enough. But this last week, immigration did it.
About 500,000 people rallied in the Los Angeles area to protest proposed legislation that would make it a
criminal act to be an illegal alien in the United States. No longer would an illegal immigrant simply be deported, they would
be subject to arrest and imprisonment and on release from prison they would be subject to deportation. It is a bad law. It
is a stupid law. And it inflamed the population so much that half a million people in LA alone turned out to protest. That
is a huge rally for any cause in laid back southern California.
What is there about this issue that it was able to
incite such a passionate response from the people when a war that is depleting this country of all the things that make it
a desirable place to immigrate to, illegally or otherwise, is not enough to gather a half million people in any of the major
US cities on the anniversary of the war? As activists trying to stop this war we need to know what it is that generates this
kind of response in the people. We need to be able to tap into that passion to stop the world wreckers from continuing to
destroy our country and the world.
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make it a felony for
someone to be in the US illegally. It would turn harvest workers into felons for doing work that most American citizens will
not willingly do. It would criminalize children whose parents bring them into the country illegally. It is a bad bill and
it is being pushed under the guise of that old bugaboo – Homeland Security. We are “securing our borders”
by making the domestic workers and migrant workers into felons.
And we must not forget that fence they are planning
to build along the US-Mexico border. Perhaps that’s another Haliburton contract. I can feel my own emotions rising in
response to this ridiculous and inhumane law. Every bit as much as it rises about the war and occupation in Iraq. Why is that?
activists we need to look at this issue that has risen out of the morass and stirred the people enough that 500,000 got up
and protested in one US city. Acts of war have not generated this much response since the beginning of the war. Rolling back
the gains in civil rights has not generated this kind of protest. Reversing the gains in protecting the habitat we depend
upon for our survival does not generate this kind of passionate response in the people. What is there about this issue, at
this time that got such a response?
They estimate that there are 11 million people living in the US illegally at this
time. That is not enough to stir this kind of passion on most topics. We do not get this kind of response to the glass ceiling
that affects women in the work force and that’s a hell of a lot more than 11 million. We do not get this kind of response
to the issue of choice and how a woman’s rights to make her own decisions are being eroded, and again that involves
a lot more than 11 million of us. So it is not the numbers that stirred this to the point that 500,000 LA folk got up out
of their armchairs and by god protested!
What happened? What is there about this issue that got us going? I am not
an immigrant nor have my family been immigrants for well over 150 years. Every branch of my family has been here since before
the War Between the States. So it’s not that this issue touches me on a personal level. Yet it does stir my passions
every bit as much as it does my fellow Californians in LA. Why?
I don’t have the answer for this but I do know
there is something there for us to look at. It is essential that we find a way to mobilize the people of this country if we
are ever going to have a true say in how it is run. We have to find a way to activate our people if we are going to determine
what American foreign policy will be, what we will use as a cause for armed intervention, and the many other things we must
take a hand in deciding. The only way we can take a hand is to TAKE a hand. To do that we must find a way to mobilize the
people of this country. So let’s look at this issue carefully and see if we can determine what happened here that got
such a passionate response.
I invite comments. You can send them to me c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter to the Editor, Larry Sakin, 28 March 2006
Letter to the Editor, John McCarthy, 29 March 2006
Leter to the Editor, Michael Marino, 30 March 2006
Norla Antinoro is a life long Democrat. Born in California she spent the last 40 years in and around Tucson, Arizona.
Currently a New Yorker she commutes regularly to Guelph, Ontario where she is the voluntary curator of the Rosalie Bertell
Source: MYTOWN In a Nutshell, Series 1
LETTER TO THE EDITOR IN A NUTSHELL
What Is The Nature Of This Passion
John McCarthy, Los Angeles, 29 March 2006
Those who organized the gatherings of over 500,000 concerned
human beings last Saturday are to be congratulated with gusto.
Reasonable men and women, like those who gathered over
their concern for Immigration Policies that are egregious and politically motivated, would agree, from the available evidence,
that 9.11 was an Inside Job. Those are the same standards DOJ offers to jury's in criminal courts!
The Patriot Act
was rushed into being by our elected officials who didn't even take the time to read the Act before they voted it in. The
Act came about as a direct result of 9.11, and being an Inside Job, it should be seen as null and void as it was born out
of treason and deceit. The Act affects all immigrants, including the so called illegals who number over 13,000,000.
have seen what happened when we angered 13,000,000 Sunni Muslims in Iraq!
Beyond the Act, the same people who are responsible
for planning and facilitating 9.11 are the ones framing the Immigration Policies and it's enforcement.
And, these same
people fabricated "slam dunk" intelligence in order for Congress to provide the President with War Powers Acts for preemptive
attacks on Iraq in violation of the Nuremberg Findings.
Crimes against Peace and Crimes against Humanity are the ultimate
war crimes which we established in 1945.
Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson was appointed by President Truman to
be the Chief Prosecutor at the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany and in his opening statement to the
jury he said: "The standards by which we judge these defendants today are the same standards by which we shall be judged tomorrow".
we hanged them.
So, can you trust the current administration, who violates US Law, Constitutional Law, International
Law, with the authority to impose and enforce Immigration Law?
The organizers that brought together over half a million
people to raise their voices for democracy and freedom have shown the rest of America that all it takes is unity of purpose
for the truth to be free again.
Welcome to America.