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Saturday, April 22, 2006

More From The Horse's Ass

Well, the Reconquistadors are planning a really Big Bash for May Day! Here's some more unedited material from the Horse's Ass!

Gee - Anyone planning on going to Mexico for a vacation any time soon?

May 1 strike plans include truckers

Jill Dunn

Independent owner-operator Armando Gonzales was among the truckers who shut down in 2004 to protest fuel price increases. On May 1, he and other truckers plan to shut down their trucks again, as part of a larger effort to protest a federal immigration bill.

The resident of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is among those calling for a general nationwide "Day Without An Immigrant" strike, across all industries, to protest HR 4437, which the U.S. House approved in December. The bill would make being in the country illegally, or assisting an illegal immigrant, a felony. A softer version of the bill stalled in the U.S. Senate earlier this month.

"The pulse of the population is right for this," Gonzales said. "It's a really hot time. HR 4437 is an attack against Hispanics in general."

A group of truckers calling itself the Los Angeles Troquero Collective ("troquero" is Spanish for trucker) advocates the strike in hopes of bringing about immigrant amnesty, the right of all truckers to unionize and a 25 percent salary increase.

The collective has distributed fliers asking truckers to shut down and gather at ports, rail facilities and truck stops May 1. A large trucker protest, for example, is scheduled for May 1 in Banning Park in Wilmington, Calif., near the Port of Los Angeles.

Most of the truckers planning to participate in the May 1 shutdown are Hispanic owner-operators, said Gonzalez, a line-haul trucker who said he was among those arrested in 2004 for blocking a California freeway with parked trucks. He plans to join other truckers May 1 at the Citadel outlet mall in Commerce, Calif.

Ernesto Nevarez, a Wilmington, Calif., tax preparer whose clients include many truckers, said it's important that all drivers have a sense of solidarity "rather than having truck drivers split along racial lines." Nevarez said he has supported years of trucker shutdowns.

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  • At Sat Apr 22, 10:46:00 AM PDT, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    "The pulse of the population is right for this," Gonzales said. "It's a really hot time...."

    Well, I'm "hot," all right.

    On May 1, I'm going to see just who shows up for work in my neighborhood stores. And if those businesses are shut down, I'll never patronize them again.

    How about "A Day Without Buying Anything From Any Foreigner"?

    And how about the seizure of those businesses who celebrate "invader day"?

    The invaders may well turn me into a xenophobe. Me! A foreign-language major. It was that waving of flags from other countries which tipped me over.

  • At Sat Apr 22, 11:06:00 AM PDT, Blogger Cubed © said…


    Why not tell us what you REALLY think?

    And you aren't a "xenophobe" either! What you are doing is correctly (as contrasted with politically correctly) assessing a situation and responding to it appropriately.

    You get hot about people who wish to do us harm - there's nothing "phobic" about that!


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