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¡Todos somos Arizona! ¿Sarah Palin tambíen?

17 May 2010

Photo: Miguel Espinosa/El Universal

I suppose one could make some comment about wet backs, but the downpour in Mexico City this afternoon did not stop 50,000 people from showing up for the Todos Somos Arizona concert on the Zocalo.

Headlined by los Jaguares,  Maldita Vecindad and Molotov. the Todos Somos Arizona concert and teach-in

Molotov lead singer Micky Huidobro with a message for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

was sponsored by the Federal District Secretariat of Education.  In addition to the Mexican groups, Cuban band Kiki and Los Bunkers from Chile were also featured artists.

Meanwhile, in Cuenca, Ecuador, there was an anti-Arizona march on Friday, led by Julia Quintuña, mother of the late José Sucozhañay, the Ecuadorian beaten to death in New York by idiots who thought he was a gay Mexican.  Which is doubly, or triply moronic.

And, in Arizona itself, speaking of idiocy multiplied — Sarah Palin, who you may  remember as the former governor of the North American state even more socialist than Venezuela (giving direct subsidies to its citizens from the oil money) and who who abruptly quit her post after two years in office when she came under fire for ethical violations and nepotism — also said “We Are All Arizona”.  However, Ms. Palin apparently meant “Some of us, are some Arizonans.” but perhaps her odd linguistic quirks don’t quite translate into  Spanish or Pima or Piute or Navajo or even English.

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  1. Tio Foncho permalink
    17 May 2010 6:21 pm

    Boy, if the Ecuadorians are concerned about abuses to gays, they need to stay out of Mexico.

    “Killings of gays increase in Mexico, report says
    (AP) – 4 days ago

    MEXICO CITY — Killings of gays and lesbians have risen in Mexico despite a government tolerance campaign and a law legalizing same-sex marriage in the capital, according to a report released Thursday by a coalition of civic groups.

    A review of more than 70 newspapers in 11 Mexican states found an average of nearly 30 killings a year motivated by homophobia between 1995 and 2000, compared to nearly 60 a year between 2001 and 2009, the report said.

    Ricardo Bucio, president of the government’s National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination, backed the report, saying it gave visibility to a lingering problem.

    The government launched a radio campaign in 2005 to promote tolerance of homosexuals.

    In December, the Mexico City legislature approved the first law in Latin America explicitly giving gay marriages the same status as heterosexual ones. The legislation, affecting only the capital, also allows same-sex couples to adopt children.

    Mexico City’s annual gay pride parade draws tens of thousands of people, and in some neighborhoods gays openly hold hands.

    But violence against gays seems to have increased as more become public about their sexual orientation, said Alejandro Brito, director of Letter S, one of the groups that released the report.

    Mexico City had the most homophobia-motivated killings, with 144 between 1995 and 2009, according to the report.

    Despite the federal government’s push to promote tolerance, President Felipe Calderon’s conservative administration campaigned against the Mexico City law allowing same-sex marriage.”

    Now let’s discuss what Mexican police do to any Ecuadorian they catch illegally in Mexico.

    • 17 May 2010 9:48 pm

      Yes, lets. There is a FINE for illegal entry, and perhaps some Ecuadorians have faced illegal persecution but the Ecuadorian “illegals” who lived in my neighborhood (along with Brazilians, Argentines, Peruvians, and others) didn’t have any more problems than the “illegal” gringos.

      You do realize that José Sucozhañay was beaten to death for having his arm on his BROTHER’s shoulder (and was not gay). Walking with one’s arm on another man’s shoulder wouldn’t rate a second glance in Mexico. Nor would it be assumed to be a “gay act”… nor would it justify murder.

      As to the increased number of REPORTED homicides of gays, it appears to be partially just more reporting. After 2001, when the right to one’s “sexual preference” was added to the Mexican Constitution, newspapers and the media have been more willing to identify victims by their sexual orientation.

      Not that any of this has to do with stupidity — whether in Mexico, Arizona, Brooklyn, Alaska or wherever the hell it is you are desperately trying to justify the unjustifiable.

      Thanks for playing.

  2. Tio Foncho permalink
    18 May 2010 8:43 am

    I’m not trying to justify anything. I am only pointing out that you are cherry-picking facts, and ingnoring the totality. Your method of “reporting” is more commonly known as the “fallacy of anecdotal evidence”. To wit, your reply above that you know “Ecuadorian “illegals” who lived in my neighborhood,” as if that was some kind of an empirical comparison of the true treatment of immigrants between Mexico and the US. Maybe you should look at some actual studies. When 2/3’s of Mexican families report they have been the victims of crime during the preceding 12 months, there has to something terribly wrong with that country. I’m just saying…..

    “International Migration Review

    Crime Victimization in Latin America and Intentions to Migrate to the United States

    Charles H. Wood , Chris L. Gibson , Ludmila Ribeiro and Paula Hamsho-Diaz

    A question in the Latinobarometro survey asked:

    Have you or someone in your family been assaulted, attacked, or had been the victim of a crime in the previous twelve months?

    Mexico 67.6 %
    Venezuela 46.9 %
    Paraguay 46.0 %
    Argentina 42.1 %
    Ecuador 40.2 %
    Guatemala 40.0 %
    Peru 39.1 %
    Bolivia 36.9 %
    El Salvador 36.3 %
    Costa Rica 35.7 %
    Chile 35.6 %
    Honduras 35.1 %
    Nicaragua 33.5 %
    Brazil 33.4 %
    Colombia 31.2 %
    Uruguay 27.3 %
    Panama 24.8 %


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