Truth Hurts?


 

As my regular readers know, I’ve been raising a series of issues and questions about the La Raza Unida Party faction controlled by Xenaro and Libertad Ayala, such as, whether party resources have been used to engage in mail fraud (18 USC 1941) and wire fraud (18 USC 1943) and comparing the organizational procedures to those of a cult.  I’ve explained how Libertad in particular tried to convince her aunt, my now ex-significant other, that I was having an affair with a member of my National Organization for Women (NOW) chapter’s board (that Libertad had just met).  I’ve also raised questions about the links of the group to the authoritarian government of Sri Lanka and how it has internet meta tags that effectively promote tourism to that nation which massacres civilians and prisoners of war alike, tortures prisoners, and permits mass rape to control its minority Tamil population.

Well, demonstrating that she has little or no impulse control, Libertad called me on my cell phone around 3:57 p.m. today yelling at me and using obscenity in violation of Section 653m(a) of the California Penal Code.  I hung up on her.  She called from a telephone with caller ID blocking that came up as “Private” on my screen.  After I hung up, I received calls from “Private” at 3:59, 4:00, and 4:01 p.m. which I didn’t answer and no messages were left.

I guess the truth hurts as the old saying goes…..

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Conjunto Jardin 15th Anniversary


 

Conjunto Jardin in concert

CONJUNTO JARDIN’S 15th ANNIVERSARY — June 2, 2012
Greetings and saludos to all Conjunto Jardin friends, fans and family! We have an exciting announcement: to celebrate the band’s 15th anniversary, we’re going to produce a grand jarocho concert at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood Saturday, June 2, 2012! The show will feature special guests from Veracruz and visual accompaniments coordinated by our good friend Reyes Rodriguez of Tropico de Nopal gallery/space. Please save the date and spread the word! More details will be available as we get closer to the date. If you would like to get involved in any way — from selling tickets to helping with publicity to soliciting corporate sponsorships and a variety of other odd jobs — please get in touch with us at trova9888@aol.com. This is a community event and we can’t do it alone!
Libby was interviewed in Betto Arcos’ radio feature on weekend NPR a few weeks ago about the growth of son jarocho music in the U.S. In case you missed it, here’s the link:
With the holidays upon us, remember: music makes a great gift! Support local independent music by ordering any one — or all three — Conjunto Jardin CDs (or downloads) from cdbaby.com or amazon.com. Or you can order directly from us at our website.
Best wishes/mejores deseos for a happy and peaceful holiday season and and exciting new year!
Conjunto Jardín
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Tell Malawi: Equal Rights for LGBTI


 

My hat is off to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who recently announced an initiative to insist upon equitable and fair treatment of LGBTI people as a condition for receiving USA foreign aid funds.  At least one country, Malawi, has just announced a review of its laws banning LGBTI conduct.

Join with the California League of Latin American Citizens (CALLAC) in support of our “No More Denial” campaign:

EMAIL THE AMBASSADOR OF MALAWI TO URGE REPEAL OF THESE LAWS AND TO DEMAND THAT MALAWI ENFORCE THE RIGHTS OF ALL ITS CITIZENS UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS:

His Excellency Steve Matenje
Ambassador
Tel: (202) 721-0270
Fax: (202) 721-0288
Email: malawidc@aol.com

Malawi to review homosexuality ban

AFPAFP – Thu, Dec 8, 2011

Agence France Press

 Malawi’s government announced Thursday that it will review a series of controversial laws, including a ban on homosexuality that has drawn widespread Western criticism.

 ”In view of the sentiments from the general public and in response to public opinion regarding certain laws, the government wishes to announce to the Malawi nation that it is submitting the relevant laws and provisions of laws to the Law Commission for review,” said Justice Minister Ephraim Chiume.

 The laws would be sent to the Law Commission, set up in 1995 by the government after the country’s first democratic vote, he added in a statement.

 The penal code of Malawi classifies homosexuality under “indecent practices and unnatural acts”.

 Donors and western governments had heavily criticised President Bingu wa Mutharika’s government for the law, arguing that it tramples on the rights of the minorities.

 There was outrage last year after a gay couple were handed a 14-year prison sentence for sodomy. They were arrested after holding a wedding ceremony in Malawi’s commercial hub Blantyre.

 They were later pardoned by Mutharika.

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A Campaign for No Denial


 

Awhile ago, I attended the annual fundraising banquet for one of the outstanding civil rights organizations in Southern California, the South Asian Network (SAN).  I was impressed with one of their projects which is called “No More Denial,” in support of LGBTI people in the South Asian Community.  The program educates South Asians to be accepting of LGBTI instead of viewing an LGBTI family member as a source of shame or embarrassment.

As State Director of CALLAC (California League of Latin American Citizens) and Co-President of the San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles Chapter of the National Organization for Women (SFV/NELA NOW), I want to kick off a “No Denial” campaign for our Same Page/Misma Pagina Coalition.  In addition to being LGBTI supportive, I want to include the issue of child molestation and combat the tendency of families to go into denial and refuse to deal with its consequences.

Aside from the fact that I’ve had to deal with child molestation professionally in both Family Law and Criminal court cases, I’ve seen just how destructive familial denial can be for generation after generation and also in the political sphere of life.

Case One:  for background on how child molestation has impacted the behavior or a family and the political cult they run, first read:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/10/21/never-do-anything-against-conscience/

What I don’t mention in that blog entry is that at least one and probably two or more generations of the Ayala family have been affected by a culture of denial.  In one generation of the Ayala family, one cousin molested at least two of his cousins.  My understanding is that (a) he was never reported to the authorities and (b) neither of the two cousins known to have been molested were ever given professional therapy.  This whole affair is an open secret within the family and was known by Xenaro Ayala at an early enough time to do something about the situation.

Instead, the family did nothing and much of the bizarre behavior I’ve described in the Ayala family–especially the paranoia and mistrust of outsiders–can easily be attributed to the early childhood molestation that went unaddressed.

Another case of mass denial is the behavior of the California Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) of the gravity and depravity of Steven Bruce Orcutt, aka Frank Runninghorse.  For background:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/08/19/adding-insult-to-injury/

The PFP leadership claim to have conducted an “investigation” into Runningmouth’s prosecution and conviction.  The so-called investigators never bothered to try to obtain via a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request to the police department that arrested him any of the documents which would have shed light on his conduct.  His contention has been that he was the victim of a political frame up by a purported “hooker” that he supposedly thought was over the age of 18.

Had they bothered to ask for and obtain the records that I received from the police department, they would have found that most of the story he told was a fairy tale.  It amounted to a flagrantly false “blame the victim” defense of his behavior, which in fact involved a young African American girl (and I mean girl, not woman).

Civil Rights organizations need to get on the bandwagon of a “No Denial” campaign.  Soon, I will be forwarding to the appropriate authorities declarations involving the use of the date rape drug (GHB) and Ayahuasca by a Tiburon, California based polyamoury cult on children, to deal with issues that have been under investigation for a long time (http://janbtucker.com/blog/2010/12/30/al-gore-out-of-the-closet/).  That investigation is now coming to fruition, so we can hopefully be the catalyst for preventing more children from being victimized.

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Frank Runninghorse’s Martyr Complex


 

I recently blogged about St. Xenaro of Aztlan and how he seems to have a “martyr complex.”  See that posting for context:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/11/27/the-martyrdom-of-st-xenaro/

To reemphasize the point, here’s what Wikipedia says about a martyr complex:

In psychology, a person who has a martyr complex, sometimes associated with the term victim complex, desires the feeling of being a martyr for his/her own sake, seeking out suffering or persecution because it feeds a psychological need.

In some cases, this results from the belief that the martyr has been singled out for persecution because of exceptional ability or integrity.[1] Theologian Paul Johnson considers such beliefs a topic of concern for the mental health of clergy.[2] Other martyr complexes involve willful suffering in the name of love or duty. This has been observed in women, especially in poor families, as well as in codependent or abusive relationships.[3][4] It has also been described as a facet of Jewish-American folklore.[5]

So, check out the following exchange in which Steven Bruce Orcutt, aka Frank Runninghorse attributes his persecution to COINTELPRO as though it’s some grandiose government plot against him.  What he is clearly not cognizant of is that if the government actually cared all that much about him and actually considered him to be a serious threat, he’d be behind bars.  As an “oh by the way,”  I’m not now nor have I ever been or used the name Monty Kroopkin, have never met nor communicated with him and I have no independent recollection of ever having heard of him before this was forwarded to me.

 

On Tue, 12/6/11, Frank and Ambika <dreamality108@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Frank and Ambika <dreamality108@yahoo.com>
Subject: [pfp-scc] MORE COINTELPRO TYPE ATTACKS
To: “peaceandfreedom_party@hotmail.com” <peaceandfreedom_party@hotmail.com>, “Al Haber” <megiddo@umich.edu>, “Alex Shantz” <alexshantz@gmail.com>, “Craig Emery” <tantricbhangra@yahoo.com>, “Ed Rippy” <ed.rippy@mindspring.com>, “Ed Rippy” <ed50san_francisco@yahoo.com>, “Guerimo Richardson {PFP}” <northbayuprising@gmail.com>, “Guerimo Richardson {PFP}” <oneworldgreen@yahoo.com>, “Joel [PFP-sol] Schor” <dybenko@comcast.net>, “John Burnett” <redpanther36@att.net>, “Katey Ramsden” <ladykatey@yahoo.com>, “Kathy Guruwaya” <kguruwaya@yahoo.com>, “Larry Pinkney” <lecconsult@aol.com>, “Loca [Christine] Dingo Girl” <dingogirl@dingowolfwarrior.com>, “Marsha Feinland PFP” <m_feinland@IGC.org>, “Mary McIlroy PFP” <mcmcilroy2002@yahoo.com>, “Nick Holmes” <white_striper187@yahoo.com>, “Sherill Borg” <sheborgg@yahoo.com>, “Stan Woods” <swoods510@aol.com>, “Tarnel Abbott” <tarnelabbott@comcast.net>, “Tom Molyneaux” <tomm@tenorguitar.com>, “Victor Wu” <bus.1475@yahoo.com>
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 4:59 PM

PFP Leaders State wide & C5
    I request a statement on the validity of these accusations
 as they regard the PFP. I have asked SDS ,OGC
Real MDS to do the same . This is a urgent request as it is time to nip this COINTELPRO type “poison pen”
campaign in the bud before it goes any further.
Frank Runninghorse
PS ; I have never been in the IWW and only spoke at their meetings once or twice as a guest on Mumia Abu  Jamal
and was warmly received  and given a ovation. hat was over 10 years ago.
###############################################
Re: [November 24th] SLANDEROUS ATTACK ON MDS/SDS By “MONTY”? / Response

This is a response, from the real Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), to the attack by Frank Runninghorse aka Steve Orcutt upon Monty, a member of the MDS Working Committee, and, by implication, our whole organization. Monty Kroopkin is a long time activist, trade unionist and member of the initiating group of MDS.
Everyone receiving this email was cc’d by Frank Runninghorse in a November 24th email (which is pasted below) that had the subject line “Slanderous Attack on MDS/SDS by “MONTY”?/Response.” when he responded to our post on the Occupy Contra Costa/Concord site after we commented, on November 11th, on the November 6th post, “A Coup: Occupy Contra Costa Has Split” at this link:http://www.contracosta99.org/2011/11/06/a-coup-occupy-contra-costa-has-split/ 

After reading about Frank Runninghorse’s behavior in Occupy Contra Costa  we felt compelled to respond then, as we do now.  Then Frank Runninghorse was giving MDS a bad name.  Now he has slandered our member, Monty, by casting the shadow of cointelpro on him, rather than asking MDS about the post and Monty’s credibility, before writing, out of ignorance, such an email.

MDS values transparency, participatory democracy, and horizontal, rather than top-down, power.  For a long time prior to our reading of the unfortunate split in Occupy Contra Costa, we had received reports from people we know and trust about the conduct of Frank Runninghorse.  Those reports all had these common elements: people witnessing and experiencing undemocratic practices including bullying, intimidation, and unilateral defiance of democratic group process. This included publishing leaflets in the name of SDS without approval from the Diablo Valley College SDS chapter, stacking of meetings for personal opportunism, dominating meetings, refusing to let others speak at Oscar Grant Committee meetings, verbal and physical abuse. The venues were varied [SDS, Oscar Grant Committee, IWW, Peace and Freedom Party] but the conduct was the same–including causing splits, due to his behavior, in SDS, the Oscar Grant Committee, and Occupy Contra Costa.

When we read the negative press that Frank Runninghorse brought upon MDS, by representing himself as MDS, during the split of Occupy Contra Costa, we needed to state the facts.   Frank Runninghorse is not now and never has been a member of MDS (Movement for a Democratic Society)  either under the name of Frank Runninghorse or any other name.  He has never applied for membership.   He did send emails and photos to Alan Haber of MDS that showed picket signs that had “MDS” written on them.   But he has never become a member of MDS and there is only one MDS Chapter in the SF Bay Area.  It is Movement for a Democratic Society–Bay Area also known as Bay Area MDS.   He has never been in it or been to a meeting of it.  A few days ago, he wrote, saying that he never knew there was a Bay Area MDS.  Yet he has known about it for over a year. Making signs with fists that say MDS on them does not make him or anyone a member of MDS and it does not make an MDS chapter.

Monty is a founding member of MDS and he did not write the post on the Occupy Contra Costa site that  Frank Runninghorse copied into the email below that he sent to all of you.  Monty did, however, post it, upon a decision, reached by consensus, by  MDS, that he should post it for MDS.

All who read this message, please know that this is official notice from MDS to comrades in California and everywhere that Frank Runninghorse is not a member of Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS) and any political organizing he has done or is doing is not in the name of MDS and MDS would like him to stop pretending to be MDS.  People who believe themselves to be MDS members, based on their participation in the groups Frank Runninghorse has alleged to be MDS chapters are also not MDS members. They have been deceived or mis-led by Frank Runninghorse. Any such person, wishing to be a member, is welcome to join, according to procedures on the MDS website.

The so-called MDS chapters that Frank Runninghorse claims exist in Concord, North Bay, and Richmond, are not bona-fide MDS chapters. Calling oneself a member of any organization does not make it so, if there has never been an official organizational connection to the organization one poses as–that is true of unions, political parties, the Boy Scouts of America, and countless other organizations.

Even after telephoning Alan Haber, on November 28th, and being told what MDS finds objectionable about his, wrongfully, representing himself as MDS, Frank Runninghorse has proceeded to misappropriate and use our logo on an email flyer.  He seems to feel no shame in not having contacted us to ask about Monty before painting him as possibly “Cointelpro.”  There has been no apology.  In fact, Frank Runninghorse acts like he has been wronged.

Some people are so disruptive in the movement and to the movement that they deserve criticism. We have no pleasure in having to make these criticisms.  We hope this will prompt Frank Runninghorse to re-evaluate and alter his undemocratic behavior. We did not seek to know  things about or be involved with Frank Runninghorse.  We seek accountability, responsibility, and to build MDS. We are asking Frank Runninghorse to please cease and desist from representing himself as a member of MDS.

MDS is critical of the above, undemocratic behavior of Frank Runninghorse.  We would want these points and others answered before we would consider Frank Runninghorse for membership or authorize him to represent himself as connected with Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS).

MDS began because of the need, we saw, for an organizational form allowing a large variety of groups to cooperate and advance a radical, participatory democratic politics. It was not begun to allow an individual or few to appropriate its name, and such credibility as it might have. We are open to respectful and substantive dialogue, presentation of evidence, and other sincere expressions of sincere progressives, including our comrades in the OWS movement around the country and around the world.

for truth in representation,
Movement for a Democratic Society
movementforademocraticsociety.org
movementforademocraticsociety@gmail.com
Post Office Box 7213, Ann Arbor MI 48107

From: Frank and Ambika <dreamality108@yahoo.com>
Date: November 24, 2011 6:25:00 AM GMT-05:00
Subject: SLANDEROUS ATTACK ON MDS/SDS By “MONTY”?
Reply-To: Frank and Ambika <dreamality108@yahoo.com>
MDS COMRADES BACK EAST
     We in Nor Cal MDS/SDS are wondering if you have or know of a member called “Monty”
who wrote this post  [see below ] to a group that tried to expell MDS/SDS from “Occupy Contra Costa 99%”,
out here in the Bay Area.It was basically a Red Baiting attack with some ad hominem personal slander thrown in as well .They lost the vote 22-4 ,then quit the group when they couldn’t get their way. MDS/SDS is by far the largest organized group in the area. In the last 2 years MDS has organized 3 Bay area Chapters [Concord , North Bay & Richmond ] and 2 SDS chapters [DVC &NVC ] .We are also founding members and play a  leadership role in the Oscar Grant Committee in Oakland.
    So we are wondering if this guy “Monty” is for real. Is he a terribly misinformed and ignorant member ,who didn’t
have the curtissy , solidarity or wisdom to contact us first before posting such a bogus statement or is he just another
false name for Jan Tucker, a private eye, police agent who has consistently used the old COINTELPRO poison pen
technic to slander myself [ Frank Runninghorse ] and MDS/SDS periodically.
FYI , before we launched MDS in the Bay Area
we contacted the MDS national  office . And we e-mail Al Haber with daily updates and reports.
We are extremely active in the Bay Area movement with about 30 active MDS/SDS members.Making us one of the larger groups on the Bay Area left.We have never met or heard of any other Bay Area MDS chapters or individuals. Is any of “Montys” post true or is this more FBI/COINTELPRO  ,Jan Tucker shit. Please let us Know ,if you get this post even if you don’t have any information on “Monty”.
     Also included is a set of pictures collected from ‘Indy Bay” over the last year that shows just a small portion of the actions
we have been involved , to give you a flavor of our activity.
Frank Runninghorse
    DVC SDS elected community advisor
    Diablo MDS , founding member & Treasurer
    North Bay MDS ,founding member
    Richmond MDS , founding member
    Former Diablo Valley College ,student body President [1996]
    Former Teamster local 283 , Detroit Mi, shop steward
     Peace & Freedom Party ,Contra Costa Co co-chair
    Oscar Grant Committee , founding member
    Occupy Concord , founding member
         [925] 798-3698
#####################################################################
“MONTYS” BOGUS STATEMENT
November 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm | #3
Reply | Quote
Comrades of Occupy Concord,
We bring you greetings of solidarity in your struggles. Learning that Occupy Concord had come to end at its site of occupation was disappointing to us. Learning the role of Frank Running Horse aka Steve Orcutt and the group of people formed by him calling itself sds/mds was distressing. We are the core group of the MDS Organizing Committee. We are bonafide members of Movement for A Democratic Society (MDS). We wrote the MDS Constitution. We know who our members are. There is only one mds group in the San Francisco Bay Area–Bay Area MDS. Bay Area MDS has existed since 2007. Runninghorse aka Orcutt has never attended a meeting of Bay Area MDS and he has never become a member of the larger organization–MDS. Please know that regardless of the picket signs he makes, that falsely represent him as MDS, that any claims he makes to represent MDS are false. We are your comrades in the Occupy Movement everywhere. We regret that anyone might think that Frank Runninghorse aka Steve Orcutt has or ever had anything to do with Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS).
In love and struggle for truth, justice, peace, and a human revolution everywhere,
Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS)
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Ramsey Muniz: Guilty of Being Latino and Activist in America


 

Ruben Botello

My thanks to Rubin Botello, J.D. and State Director for Pennsylvania for the National League of Latin American Citizens for forwarding this to me.

As an “oh by the way,” during a National Chicano Moratorium Committee (NCMC) planning meeting in 2010 for the 40th Commemoration event, Xenaro Ayala, who claims to be the National President (since 1981) of La Raza Unida Party (LRUP), effectively vetoed my proposal to invite a spokesperson for Ramsey Muniz’s defense committee to speak at the commemoration.  Xenaro claimed at the time that he had met and discussed the case with Ramsey.  I again emphasize “claimed” but there will be more on that topic in a later blog.

Ramsey Muniz: Guilty of Being Latino and Activist in America

by Stephen Lendman | 08.28.2010
targeting the innocent unfairly

Ramiro (Ramsey) Muniz [has been] imprisoned for life without parole on a bogus drug charge. A Corpus Christi, TX native, he “contributed greatly to the Chicano Civil Rights Movement during the 1970s as a leader for justice and equality for all Mexican Americans, Hispanics, and Latinos throughout the United States. In 1972 and 1974 (at ages 30 and 32), he was Texas gubernatorial candidate for the La Raza Unida Party (RUP), established to help Mexican Americans achieve greater economic, social, and political self-determination, especially in South Texas, where, though a majority in many counties and locales, they held little or no power.

Context: Political Prisoners in America | freeramsey.com
Ramsey Muniz – Guilty of Being Latino and Activist in America – by Stephen Lendman
An earlier article explained America’s longstanding political repression agenda, accessed through the following link:
Ramiro (Ramsey) Muniz is one of the victims, imprisoned for life without parole on a bogus drug charge. Now age 67, he’s been incarcerated nearly 17 years, earlier at Leavenworth, KS federal prison, the country’s largest maximum security one, more recently at the US Medical Center, Springfield, MO recovering from life threatening complications from surgery.
In September 2009, he was transferred to the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution, Beaumont, TX.
Friends and supporters can write him there as follows:
Ramiro “Ramsey” Muniz
Prison No. 40288-115
FCI Medium Beaumont
PO Box 26040
Beaumont, TX 77705
For years, he suffered painfully from an untreated herniated disc, knee injuries, and a deteriorated hip, only now beginning to regain his strength, yet burdened by years of injustice.
A League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) described him as follows:
A Corpus Christi, TX native, he “contributed greatly to the Chicano Civil Rights Movement during the 1970s as a leader for justice and equality for all Mexican Americans, Hispanics, and Latinos throughout the United States.”
In 1972 and 1974 (at ages 30 and 32), he was Texas gubernatorial candidate for the La Raza Unida Party (RUP), established to help Mexican Americans achieve greater economic, social, and political self-determination, especially in South Texas, where, though a majority in many counties and locales, they held little or no power.
Muniz Background
A graduate of Baylor University and its School of Law, he was a legal assistant, practicing attorney in Waco and San Antonio, TX, and activista for Latino rights since junior high and high school as a student council leader. Professionally, he championed their inclusion as teachers and politicians, including on school boards, city councils, state and federal positions. He also helped elect the first ever Mexican American Waco and Robstown, TX mayors.
His impact was profound, noted Houston attorney Dick DeGuerin (who represented Muniz) saying he:
“changed the face of politics in Texas. He gave power of inclusion to Hispanic Americans. He particularly changed the face of political offices in South Texas. There has been a lot of resentment from the Establishment because of that. A lot of people would like to see him fall because of who he is and what he did.”
They got their wish. In 1976, he was framed, convicted, and imprisoned on drug conspiracy charges, the idea being to discredit him and RUP. Later, he was repeatedly stalked and spuriously charged again with crimes he didn’t commit. His present troubles began innocently.
The Entrapment Sting
On a business trip, he was arrested on March 11, 1994 in Lewisville, TX, events unfolding as follows:
On March 10, DEA Agent Kimberly Elliott tracked Muniz to the Lewisville Ramada Inn, checked his telephone toll calls, and recorded his license plate number in the parking lot. The following day, he was entrapped after agreeing to return a prospective client’s car (in fact, a government agent) to a rental company. It was a sting, 39 kilograms of cocaine planted in the trunk, uncovered by drug-sniffing dogs when he was confronted.
Prosecutors prevailed by withholding key information from the defense, intimidating jurors to convict, and getting right wing justice to go along. As a result, during proceedings, the court ruled that Agents had probable cause to stop and search regarding a suspected drug deal, though no plausible reason connected Muniz to an $800,000 one with a perfect stranger.
At trial, obvious unanswered questions were: How often do drug dealers operate this way? No money was found. Where was it? No fingerprints either. Why not? Who supplied the cocaine, and for whom? Clearly not Muniz, set up and entrapped for prosecution and imprisonment – to silence a powerful voice for Latino justice.
During proceedings, prosecutors claimed he checked into his motel under a false name to hide his identity. In fact, Ramada records proved otherwise. He was also accused of making suspicious phone calls from the lobby. In fact, all phone records confirmed they were for legitimate business. Another false claim was that motel employees alerted DEA agents about him. When interviewed, they denied it. The entire case was fabricated to convict, prosecutors doing it by lying, their usual strategy against political activists opposed to systemic injustice.
The trap was set. Muniz was bait. Events played out as planned, and, though innocent, he’s now imprisoned for life without parole, one of many political prisoners in America – a shocking indictment of criminal injustice, absolving the powerful, targeting human rights, civil liberties, and equal justice defenders, Muniz one of the best.
Information about him can be accessed through the following link:
His moving home page comment states:
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of false chains and shackles, the imprisonment of innocence? I know not what others will do, but as for me I will forever continue the struggle for my freedom until I die.”
After imprisonment, appeals to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Court were denied, Muniz explaining that government prosecutors can use their “power of indictment” to invent non-existent conspiracies, then convict and incarcerate.
“I knew what the government was trying to do. The time had come to put pressure on who they believed would never compromise or change. Guess what? They were right about never compromising my principles, but the truth of what actions they took to convict me and incarcerate me will all come with time.”
Often “I was in solitary confinement and knew that the government was out not only to confine me physically, but to break my will and power. Of course, as we all know, I have become stronger in my principles and convictions, and know truthfully what I advocated will” one day happen.
How? “Even now as I find myself confined in the darkness of this oppressive political system, I firmly believe with my life and heart that we, as a people, as a race, as a nation within a nation, will never be totally liberated, until we formulate and establish our ‘own’ political power in America.”
It’s why he never voted Republican or Democrat, twice ran for governor, and voted for the first time for himself. He calls his current status “in exile,” saying “I will never give up (proclaiming my innocence and) claiming that my trial was not conducted fairly.” Nor believing that one day he’ll be vindicated and free.
A Final Comment
On August 16, Muniz’s wife Irma, Chairperson, National Committee to Free Ramsey Muniz, in a letter to Barack Obama said:
“I write to express the continued support shared by many for a Commutation of Sentence for Ramiro “Ramsey” Muniz. His case is important as he is remembered for bringing about political, educational, and economic advancements for Mexican Americans, Hispanics, and others during the Civil Rights Movement.”
Incarcerated for nearly 17 years, “he has suffered greatly. (He’s) been a model inmate….We ask that you consider his conduct in your decision to grant him Executive Clemency. National Hispanic organizations, federal and state representatives, and many others ask that you grant (him) an immediate Commutation of Sentence.”
In a June 4 press release, the National Committee referred to “blatant injustice,” highlighting the “intentionally withheld” evidence at trial, the unjust sentence and incarceration in “the hardest maximum security penitentiaries” to inflict pain and break his spirit.
Civil rights activist Jaime Martinez avowed that “There is no question in my heart and in the hearts of the people, who continue to fight against injustice in the spirit of non-violence practiced by Mahatma Gandhi and Cesar E. Chavez, that we will win his freedom.”
More information can be gotten from the National Committee to Free Ramsey Muniz at 409-363-1878.
Note: Irma Muniz will be the featured guest on the Progressive Radio News Hour Sunday, August 29 at noon US Central time.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.
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Civil War in Aztlan


 

In a blog entry a few days ago (http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/11/26/mas-preguntas-para-la-raza-unida/) I asked my readers to help me out by finding out whether the rumors going around on the internet were real.  I’ve gotten responses from Colorado and New Mexico and I’ll let you, my readers, figure out what’s real and what’s not real, but what is apparent is that there’s a civil war going on in what has been known for some time as the “Brown Berets National Organization” or “BBNO,” not to be confused with the National Brown Berets de Aztlan, a completely separate organization.  Remember for context, at a panel discussion in downtown Los Angeles some months ago, Xenaro Ayala (La Raza Unida Party) and Jeronimo Blanco (BBNO) announced the alliance of LRUP and BBNO, followed by an announcement during a National Chicano Moratorium Committee (NCMC) meeting that the alliance had now become respectively, the “government” of Aztlan (LRUP) and the “army” of Aztlan (BBNO).

Well, it now seems that there is a civil war going on within the army, one faction of which remains loyal to “the government” and the other faction (the one denouncing Ernesto Ayala, the son of Xenaro Ayala and brother of Libertad Ayala) apparently revolting against the government, which it refers to as the “Raza Jodida Party and all its kooks, hangers on and psychos….”

Wow, did somebody else say that?  Sure sounds like the critique I’ve leveled at the LRUP faction controlled by Xenaro Ayala, which I’ve equated to a cult headed by a guy with a martyr complex…..

Anyway, here are the statements forwarded to me:

OFFICIAL BROWN BERET PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM BBNO NATIONAL COUNCIL: To all Raza in the Chicana/o Movement: As of late there have been some problems that the BBNO (Brown Beret National Organization) has been facing. Various people have either left the Organization or were expelled from the Organization for misconduct and treacherous behavior. Some have even gone as far as creating rival “Brown Berets” whose sole purpose seems to be to attack and destabilize the BBNO. Some of them even go around claiming to be BBNO while they jeopardize the image and integrity of our Organization.

 

We are bringing this issue to light because as a Chican@ Organization we are part of the Movement and we know that we must hold ourselves accountable to all of you, for it is you that we seek to serve. With all the problems that our Organization was facing it began to leak out to other activists who are not even Brown Berets and this threatens to poison the whole Chicano Movement. This we cannot allow.

 

On November 19th and 20th the BBNO held a National Conference in Tucson Arizona, with delegates from different states representing 99% of our membership either present or teleconferencing. We realized that if we did not act immediately the Organization would completely fall apart. We therefore proposed different solutions and voted on different issues. Which are as follows:

 

1. The retirement of our General Jeronimo Blanco. After 40 years of service he has made the decision to retire from the Brown Berets and will only serve as an Advisor with no voting or commanding privileges. 2. The dissolution of the position of General. The Organization will now be run by the Organizing Council composed of National and State Representatives from every state in Aztlan. The dissolution of the General position was done in order to facilitate a new structure of leadership that represents the voice and vote of every member of the Organization. Though a military structure with a chain of command will still be followed, decisions and authority is now held by consensus and the will of the members. 3. Immediate Expulsion and permanent exclusion of the following people: John (Juanito) Burns, Benjamin Hernandez, Brian (Chuco) Felix, Eliseo Montoya, Ignacio Teran, Audrey Guzman and any others who chose to follow them. 4. Immediate restoration to membership and position of Chimalli Cuetlachtli and Nelli Temachtiani who had resigned from the Organization in good standing. 5. Restoration of alliances damaged or lost due to the misconduct of certain BBNO members (now expelled).

 

Above all, we strongly believe that what makes a Brown Beret is honesty, trust, integrity, honor, respect and most importantly, love. Our hope is that we can heal the hurt and clear up the misunderstandings that have transpired in recent months. We want to move forward, in a new spirit, concentrating on the positive contributions that we can all bring forward. We sincerely apologize to all of you in the Chicano Movement who have had to experience the actions of some individuals claiming to represent our Organization. We wish to open up talks with all of you to work more effectively in our communities throughout Aztlan and beyond. If you have any question or need clarification please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your time and attention.

 

The Organizing Council, Citlalmina Xochitlque tzalli, National Representative, Arizona BBNO David Leon, Arizona State Commander BBNO Hedy Trevino, National Representative, New Mexico BBNO Hector Alamillo, California State Commander BBNO Edward Calleros, National Representative, California BBNO Chimalli Cuetlachtli, National Representative, California BBNO Paul Garcia, California State Commander BBNO Jesse Ornelas, Commander of Special Forces, BBNO

 

 

Jeronimo Blanco

A public message from Los Brown Berets – La Causa:

 

To all members of La Raza Cosmica, from Tierra del Fuego to Nunavut: As of late there have been some problems that the organization formerly known as the BBNO (Brown Beret National Organization) has been facing. Various people have either abandoned the former BBNO in a cowardly fashion, rather than face discipline; or were dishonorably discharged for fighting like a girl, then, once being trounced in debate, publishing an internal BBNO discussion outside the Organization to his daddy and political cronies. Others remain in the organization as moles or infiltrators with the agenda of suppressing any intelligent debate whatever, engaging in treacherous behavior and engendering putrefaction from within. Some have even gone as far as issuing fake “announcements,” whose sole purpose seems to be to drive away all forms of rational or critical thought, jam the gears of the former BBNO to keep it in permanent neutral, and morph it into a weak sister apologist organization dedicated to the propositions that Chicanos should protest, but not vote; march, but not advance; and apologize instead of stand firm. Some of them even go around posting pictures and claiming to be BBNO, while they jeopardize the image and integrity of the Traditional Organization.

 

We are bringing this issue to light because as a diverse organization built to advocate for truth and justice on behalf of La Raza Cosmica, open to all races, colors, hues and creeds who support La Causa and our progressive agenda of inclusion, we are part of La Causa, and as such, we must expose the scamming presently being put over on La Raza. With all the problems that the BBTAO (Brown Beret Treacherous Apology Organization) was facing, it began to leak out to other activists who are not even Weak Sister Apologists, and this threatens to poison the whole Chicano Movement. This we cannot allow.

 

We hereby serve notice of the following indisputable truths, all of which are self-evident:

 

1. National Commander Jeronimo Blanco is not retired, nor is he ready to retire, and he is an irreplaceable asset to the Chicano Movement. He is one of only two Leaders the former BBNO has ever had, and we shall see to it that he is properly honored and recognized for his many years of selfless service. The “announcement” issued by the BBTAO about Commander Blanco has no force or effect, for its underpinnings were illegal and illegitimate.

 

2. The Organizing Council of the BBTAO, composed of National and State Representatives from only three of the seven territories in Aztlán, one of which has but one member, is null and void. We do not recognize the Organizing Council of the BBTAO, nor the existence of the BBTAO itself, unless it is for the purpose of issuing apologies.

 

3. Immediate deportation, expulsion and permanent exclusion from Aztlán of the following people: Randy “Chimalli Cuetlachtli” Gamez; Ernesto “the Whiner” Ayala; Nelli “the Pants” Temachtiani; Citlalmina Xochitlquetzalli, a/k/a Tanya Alvarez; Katt Williams; Belinda “DeeDee” Garcia Blasé; and any others who chose to follow them.

 

4. Public censure of “Randy “Chimalli Cuetlachtli” Gamez; Ernesto “the Whiner” Ayala; Nelli “the Pants” Temachtiani; none of whom resigned from the Organization in good standing, but instead left in shame and disgrace; and Citlalmina Xochitlquetzalli, a/k/a Tanya Alvarez, who conspired with the foregoing traitors with malice aforethought to rig the “election” and present items at the Tucson “Convention” which were not on the agenda and had been deliberately concealed from the members of the former BBNO, using what we shall deem “the Raza Jodida Ruse.”

 

5. Affirmation of the disassociation of the Raza Jodida Party and all its kooks, hangers on and psychos, whose misconduct and treason towards La Raza Cosmica and La Causa in general were exposed by the Legal Division of the former BBNO.

 

Above all, we strongly believe that what makes a 21st Century Brown Beret is honesty, morality, integrity, ethics, loyalty, honor, dedication, education, respect and most importantly, intelligence and having the ability to conceive and execute a winning strategy. Our hope is that we expose the weak sisters, apologists, traitors, infiltrators and egomaniacs presently scamming La Raza Cosmica under false pretenses, and that we can demonstrate to La Raza that their vote is their voice, and that anyone who counsels them to sit out elections or discard their vote on a candidate who cannot win, is but a fool. We are big boys and girls, and if some hurt needs to be healed or some misunderstandings need to be cleared up, we ask that you get to it and get past it. We want to move forward and get something done, concentrating on the positive contributions our diverse membership brings to the table. We cannot “apologize” to all of you in the Chicano Movement who have had to experience the actions of some individuals scamming La Raza and installing themselves in a fixed “election,” and now claiming to represent the BBTAO, for apologies are the exclusive schtick of the BBTAO. We wish to open up talks with all of you to let you know how the BBTAO rigged the agenda at the Tucson “convention,” how the fix was in, and what we intend to do about it. If you have any question or need clarification please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your time and attention.

 

Los Brown Berets – La Causa

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Dia de Las Mariposas Nov 25


 

 

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women as decreed by the United Nations in 1999.  November 25 was chosen to honor Las Mariposas (the butterflies), three sisters who were murdered that day in the Dominican Republic for opposing the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo:  Patria Mercedes Mirabal (February 27, 1924 – November 25, 1960), María Argentina Minerva Mirabal (March 12, 1926 – November 25, 1960) and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal (October 15, 1935 – November 25, 1960).  Viva Las Mariposas!  Las Mariposas presente!

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The Martyrdom of St Xenaro


 

I recently received an email message from a friend inquiring about the blogs I’ve been writing about the BBNO (Brown Berets National Organization, not to be confused with the National Brown Berets de Aztlan or any other BB group) and the La Raza Unida Party (LRUP, the faction controlled by Xenaro and Libertad Ayala, not the other groups that don’t recognize his leadership).  The email I got asked if my goal was to have Xenaro Ayala “arrested.”  My response was along the lines of, ‘no, doesn’t Xenaro have a logical answer for the questions I’ve been posing in my blogging?’

Afterwards I started thinking about the whole question of who would have the responsibility for punitive action taken by public authorities if in fact there is no logical answer to the questions I’ve posed publicly about whether or not the resources of LRUP have been used for crimes like wire fraud and mail fraud (which happen to be RICO “predicate acts”).  Well, out of Xenaro’s own mouth is the answer:  during one of his rants at a meeting of the National Chicano Moratorium Committee (NCMC) he made it clear that he doesn’t care about legalities.  It was in the context of a discussion of the LRUP’s voter registration drive, urging people to use the voter registration mechanism of the State of California (and other states) to join LRUP.

Somebody said something about the whole process which was technically incorrect, so I made some points about the legalities of running political parties and running for office.  I wasn’t advocating any particular course of action; all I was doing was pointing out what people could do under certain hypothetical situations.  I do know what I’m talking about in this realm, given that I’ve run for everything from State Assembly to President at one time or another (State Senate 1974 and 1992, State Assembly 1976, Lieutenant Governor 1978, House of Representatives 1980 and 1990, Governor 1982,  President 1996, State Treasurer 1994 and 1998, U.S. Senate, 2000).

At the NCMC meetings Xenaro had a penchant for playing a contradiction game, which is something he does in virtually every political or social situation that he finds himself in.  A contradiction game is also something that spousal abusers do to their victims and its easier to illustrate in that forum.  In an extreme case an abusive spouse (or significant other) contradicts every opinion or fact ever uttered by their victim in order to constantly demean them and diminish their sense of self-worth.  The abuser gains control over the victim while the victim does everything they can to please the abuser, constantly worrying that they might offend him.

So the contradiction game that he pulled on me assumed the false premise that I was advocating the courses of action which I had merely pointed out were theoretical possibilities.  It didn’t matter to Xenaro that no reasonable person would have interpreted what I said as advocacy; he simply went on ranting and raving about “blonde blue eyed white people” (I was the only gringo in the room and lest the implicit message be lost on the reader, my California driver license does describe me as having blonde hair and blue eyes) and how he didn’t give s–t about the legalities of running a political party.  The legalities were all irrelevant to him.

Now at other times I’m told by reliable sources, he’s also claimed to be proud of not having to register LRUP with any state authorities or to rely upon the governments that he despises so much for legitimacy.

If that’s what Xenaro wants to do with his organization, far be it from me to object.  The responsibility is his and his alone.  However, I’m guessing that (1) he’s never talked to a lawyer or gotten legal advice about the way that he runs his operations and/or (2) that he’s never properly explained the ramifications of his refusal to other LRUP members, especially young people with little experience or knowledge about the legalities that might impact the organization and its members.  If my guesses are correct then Xenaro’s responsibility is completely and utterly irresponsible.

Let’s examine what might be going on in Xenaro’s brain.  If the answers to the questions I’ve been posing in my blogging about how LRUP is run are not benign, then why would Xenaro knowingly and openly expose himself and members of his organization to liability?

Saint Gennaro, a "martyr-saint" of the Catholic Church

Well, Xenaro is named after a “martyr-saint” of the Catholic Church.  In spite of his militant atheism, maybe the name rubbed off on him and gave him a “martyr complex.”  Wikipedia explains a martyr complex:

In psychology, a person who has a martyr complex, sometimes associated with the term victim complex, desires the feeling of being a martyr for his/her own sake, seeking out suffering or persecution because it feeds a psychological need.

In some cases, this results from the belief that the martyr has been singled out for persecution because of exceptional ability or integrity.[1] Theologian Paul Johnson considers such beliefs a topic of concern for the mental health of clergy.[2] Other martyr complexes involve willful suffering in the name of love or duty. This has been observed in women, especially in poor families, as well as in codependent or abusive relationships.[3][4] It has also been described as a facet of Jewish-American folklore.[5]

The desire for martyrdom is sometimes considered a form of masochism.[6] Allan Berger, however, described it as one of several patterns of “pain/suffering seeking behavior”, including asceticism and penance.[7]

 

Of those who know Xenaro Ayala, I don’t think that anybody would deny that he believes himself to have been “been singled out for persecution  because of exceptional ability or integrity” not to mention suffering out of “duty.”  This invites an interesting parallel with Saint Gennaro from Book Four of The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche which opens with a poem entitled ‘Sanctus Januarius’ (Saint Gennaro), written in Genoa in the month of January 1882.  In this work, Nietsche describes the process by which somebody becomes a ‘Yes-sayer’ to everything one is fated to.

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?Mas Preguntas para La Raza Unida?


 

Will the weirdness ever end in the sectarian struggles within La Raza Unida Party (the faction controlled by Xenaro and Libertad Ayala) and their allies in the Brown Beret National Organization (BBNO)?

L to R: Juanito Burns, Jeronimo Blanco y un otro BBNO member

Apparently in response to my blogging about BBNO and LRUP, I get this cryptic email from somebody’s primo in Arizona.   Here are the background blogs:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/10/25/raza-unida-needs-to-come-clean/

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/10/24/my-bad/

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/10/23/lrup-politically-correct-or-political-cult/

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/10/21/never-do-anything-against-conscience/

For new readers who’ve just seen the long and drawn out story of the cult-like behavior and delusional thinking (in which LRUP claimed to be the “government” of Aztlan and BBNO being the “army” of Aztlan), consider the latest communique I’ve received.  Today’s email from somebody claiming to be the primo of somebody who’s just been purged from BBNO sends me the above photo of Juanito Burns, Jeronimo Blanco, and another unidentified BBNO member, claiming that one or more of the people in the photo have been thrown out of the group along with about a dozen other members.

Iosif Dzhugashvili aka Joseph Stalin

This reminds me a lot of my cousin (I’m genetically related to him on my father’s side according to my DNA)  Joseph Stalin’s purges of the Soviet Red Army shortly before World War II.  My paranoid cousin winds up killing off almost the entire leadership of the Red Army, leading to a disastrous war with Finland that convinced Adolf Hitler that the Soviet military leadership was so inept that he could get away with his Operation Barbarossa invasion of Russia.  About 20-25 million Soviet citizens died as a result.

With the so-called "Democratic Centralist" philosophy of the LRUP/BBNO alliance, should this be their flag?

This apparent purge–unless somebody’s pulling my leg–raises some new interesting questions for the BBNO and LRUP:
1.  Since normal polities have civilian control of the military instead of the military controlling the civilians (not that it doesn’t happen, but when it does, such a polity is known as a “military dictatorship”), were these purges authorized by LRUP’s Presidente Xenaro Ayala and the cabinet of his “government?”
2.  My own father as a civilian employee of the United States Army Air Corps during and after World War II, in the days before the legalization of public employee unions, was purged out of government service (along with about 5,000 other Americans) under President Truman’s Executive Order 9835 (March 21, 1947) without any semblance of due process.  Had he been a sworn member of the armed services he would have been entitled to a court martial with significant due process guarantees.  So my question is, what due process rights are guaranteed to “soldiers” and “officers” of the BBNO in the “Democratic Centralist” government and army of Aztlan?  Do they get a defense lawyer (as in the Judge Advocate General’s — JAG — office)?  Do they get a trial by a jury of impartial officers?  Is the assigned prosecutor impartial and bound to respect the rights of the accused?
Inquiring minds want to know….
Inquiring minds also want to know whether this email is a hoax or not and if it’s ‘for reals,’ I want to know who got purged and why (not to mention, where, when and how), so if any of my readers know, let me in on the secret….
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