Ramsey Muniz: Guilty of Being Latino and Activist in America


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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


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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


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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


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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?


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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:





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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Poem by Aztatl Garza


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Fancy Dancing
for buelito Madaleno Ortiz
Fancy Dancing
Cointelpro in the house
bang! – gang banging
Last Poet sparksfly
NYC to E. LA
to San Antonio
Africa to
Latin America
sounds of blackness
red man Xikano brown
yellow sunrise we
all are waiting
too long
we wait
for Avitar
the movie
to come true
King Kong with the big dong
Tarzanian missionaries run
screaming unbelieving their
Indian Casino stroke of bad luck
Injun’ paraphernalia quit working,
conceal the truth from themselves
asking themselves
what is going on here?
in our happy
lost survivor paradise
Haiti vacation home
underwater mo jo
strange woo woo
voodo voidox mix
Feeding the Spirit
ju ju medicated
digging on Laura Nyro
                Billy Bragg
                Flogging Molly
man, I remain homeless
rabid frantic for water
time to play
justice & peace
free ice cream
not necessarily
in that order
tierra, techo, trabajo free
tacos for justicia sit-in’s
at student union lunch stands
free in every Latin country
free unified working class
medals for barrio bravery
for every Xikano member
of E. LA barrio street wars
Vietnam Veterans For Peace
Brown Beret ancestry
trippin’ on
Odyssey The Band
ishle yi park
Emily XYZ
Natalie Toledo
holding our umbilical chord
tight-hugging in love again
stunned Chiapas human
gods of change smile
Cointelpro in the house
Steve Earl
Allen’s Alley
the Quintet
in the back yard BBQ
birthday balloons & clowns
Piggly Wiggly supermarket
wild child Fancy Dancing mania
Indian Apple y Maiz red bandana
over-shadow grand dads 1956 Model T Ford
sold in 1960 he never again saw
Guatemalan green grass ghost
revolutionary whispers under
struggle hardened sun
hidden mountain jungle spaces
Fancy Dancing feathers flying
behind Temple of the Mayan Moon
                            c. Aztatl, 2010

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Taxing Constitutional Rights


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The Nicholas Berggruen Institute has formulated proposals which the associated “Think Long Committee” will place on the November 2012 California election as an initiative petition.  The committee has a war chest of $20 million (Berggruen is a billionaire).  While I do not have a fundamental problem with the concept of taxing services, as our economy continues to shift from a manufacturing base to a services base, I am very troubled by the idea of taxing services that are intimately tied to the exercise of Constitutional rights.

In 1964, the United States enacted the 24th Amendment, to stop the practice of taxing the right to vote:

Section 1.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Section 2.

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

In the 9-0 Supreme Court decision in Lubin vs. Panish 415 U.S. 709 (1974) “filing fees” to run for public office, a tax by any other name, were held to be unconstitutional when there was no provision for an alternative to people who could not afford to pay for the simple right to run for office, a right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

So why should other Constitutional rights be taxed?  Why should anybody have to pay for exercising any Constitutional right?  A right is not a privilege.

Everything I do as a private investigator, like what attorneys, expert witnesses, process servers, and everybody else with a critical private sector role in the legal system is devoted to guaranteeing somebody their right to due process of law, as guaranteed by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.

The proposal of the Think Long Committee includes an across the board tax on all services, including those which involve the exercise of Constitutional rights:

• Broaden the tax base to include services.

• The new sales tax on services would be at a rate of 5 to 5.5% and would apply to all services, to businesses as well as to consumers, except for health care and educational services. Current projections show that the rate will need to be 5 1/8% to achieve the revenue gains targeted in the initiative. If the revenue increases turn out to be more robust than estimates, the rate could end up being less than 5%.

• To ease the transition to the new tax system, the tax rate would be phased in over a two year period as follows:

• 3% effective July 1, 2013, allowing 7 months after the enactment of the initiative on the November 2012 ballot for tax officials, businesses and consumers to prepare for the new tax.

• 4 % effective January 1, 2014, but the rate could be as high as 4.5%.

• 5% effective January 1, 2015, but the rate could be as high as 5.5%.

What about services that enable people to exercise their Constitutional right to free speech under the First Amendment?

Hopefully there will be exemptions for these services in the final proposal submitted to the voters, but this message must get to the Think Long Committee loud and clear before it’s even submitted to the voters.

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Ernesto Nevarez–P.I.A.M.F.


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In a previous blog (http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/11/03/spy-or-not-a-spy/) I discussed how Tom Lacey and registered sex offender Steven Bruce Orcutt (aka Frank Runninghorse) have accused me of being a COINTELPRO agent for law enforcement while at the same time, private investigators (private defectives maybe?) Ed Saucerman and Rick Von Geldern have been accusing me of being anti-law enforcement.  Another voice has now chimed in to this looney debate, Ernesto Nevarez, who posted this accusation against me on the PortofAztlan yahoo group:


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I have no idea who this guy Nevarez is and it’s a really strange accusation to throw out at me.  After all, by definition, I am a spy.  I am a private investigator by trade.  It’s not like it’s some kind of secret…..I blare it out for the whole world to hear in this blog and on my website.  The Los Angeles Times wrote about my being a private investigator extensively in a July 1996 article that was promoted on the front page and which was the lead article in section B.  I’ve appeared on radio and television as a private investigator, books have been written mentioning that I’m a private investigator and I’ve testified before legislative committees on behalf of the private investigative industry.

So, since PortofAztlan Yahoo Group is devoted to issues involving the labor movement, let me explain why many in the labor movement are glad that I’m a spy:

  • For years I was the investigator used by District Council 2 of the Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU-Teamsters) to investigate employers and union busters….anybody who knows the former long time president of the union, the well-respected Bernie Sapiro, can ask him what he thinks about my sleuthing skills and how important they were to his union
  • I worked my way up from Unit Vice Chair of Local 69 of The Newspaper Guild to serving as First Vice President under two successive local presidents
  • I served as Southern California Public Relations Director for the Arizona Farm Workers Union (AFW) in 1978
  • As a long time L.A. County Federation of Labor delegate I was a close confidante of Miguel Contreras and periodically called upon to perform special investigations for the County Fed in both labor struggles and political battles behind the scene
  • I really could go on ad nauseum about my labor credentials

So, let me reiterate:  I am a spy for the labor movement and I’ll plead guilty to that any day without apology…..but that’s better than being a Pendejo Ignorant Ass Mother-F–ker which is what I would characterize somebody who throws out an accusation without a shred of evidence as to why he made the claim.


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Poetry from a New Friend


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Born A Suspect 
(for the innocent victims of racism,
 racial profiling, & police brutality)
I was born a dark skinned suspect, born
in a one room tin roofed shack, south
San Antonio, born on parole/probation
don’t you know the kind? a loose
long haired goose drug dealer not,
with a large dog for protection not,
you from the big city know
the ominous dark police vehicle
“To Serve and To Protect”
private property & landed class
circles the block one more time
for closer observation of you
robbed of our privacy/
thoughts of well being disrupted
a suspect where there is no crime
it raised a memory as a child
in the fresh fruit market, Bagley Street
downtown barrio southwest Detroit
after mass on Sunday we stopped to replenish
the spices mom used for her cooking…
comino, chile verde, mole, canela, queso
Mexicano, oregano, cilantro y mas
when in one of the bins in a dark corner
squatted a cord of cumquats (kiwi fruit?)
the unfamiliar word out loud brought
to mind australia…cuwana?…kowala
bear? it must be bear fruit that humans
can eat as well, it would prove to be strange
fruit indeed of the kind Lady Day sang
when my dark little child’s hand reached
to experience the texture of the miniature
coconut the store owner quickly grabbed it,
with a black permanent ink marker he
etched a large X on the upturned palm,
was it for our brother Malcolm?  no
he was calling me a thief branded
although nothing had been taken
I smiled at the store owner thinking
it was some sort of game he was playing
my father had seen the entire episode
he looked into my eyes the trauma
was his as well, at first I questioned myself,
out of curiosity had I intended to steal the fruit?
had the intent been relayed as an
expression of guilt ? was the store owner
a knowledgeable seer a night owl of the kind
my grandmother so often had spoken?
in her kitchen at night with dancing
wall shadows from flickering kerosene lantern- 
the trauma so great to this day
I have not touched the hairy fruit 
I suppose when “they” believe they have you
alone, no witnesses,  no defense is possible
no justice should be expected behind the barbed 
wire the truth is the first casualty of urban chaos 
on the streets of the barrio sometimes
truth wears a subtle coat chased underground
runs from the depths of fear and racism,
I suppose each stand a person assumes
should be weighed – tempered carefully
according to weather conditions at the time -
the response chosen with care in order
to survive the injustice & preserve
the struggle for dignity & democracy,
someone explain to me however-
how does one protect ones self esteem?
what is the cost of not standing up?
to what place is the principle of self defense
relegated?  what becomes of self determination,
the future, when the people are fearful? 
who if not us who do know
will speak for the people
who cannot speak for themselves?
 aztatl, 2006
(from my new friend, Aztatl Garza, Albuquerque, NM)

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A deathly silence from Xenaro Ayala


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It’s been nearly a month (October 24) since I exposed the link between Xenaro Ayala’s La Raza Unida Party (an organization he claims to be national president of, in spite of the fact that some other Raza Unida groups around the country don’t recognize his authority and want nothing to do with him) and its promotion of tourism to the racist, authoritarian regime of Sri Lanka.  Sri Lanka persecutes its Tamil minority much the way that Chicanos (of whom Presidente-Generalisimo Xenaro claims to be the incipient government of along with the general of his “army,” Jeronimo Blanco) have historically been oppressed, repressed and generally f–ked over.  Here’s what I wrote on October 24:


Since then, there has been a deafening silence on the issue from Xenaro Ayala.  Very unlike Xenaro, since he seems to live for every opportunity to write polemics attacking and denouncing his detractors or even those who have the temerity to disagree with him about anything.  I can only assume that Xenaro has no defense against the allegations I’ve made against him and/or the implications of the questions I’ve repeatedly raised in this blog about his behavior.

Here’s the latest development in Sri Lanka, the nation that continues to list La Raza Unida Party information on its website to promote tourism to the nation:

Sri Lanka ex-army chief jailed for three years – Yahoo! News

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