Actually, People in Glass Houses Should Dress in their Basement
The following post was recently put out publicly on Facebook by the so-called “August Twenty-Ninth Movement” or as it is usually abbreviated “ATM.” Following their statement, which appears written by somebody who couldn’t pass elementary school grammar or English composition based on the spelling and punctuation, is my analysis:
As of this day, August 15, 2016, we, “August Twenty-ninth Movement”, will no longer volunteer or support the “National Chicano Moratorium Committee” (NCMC), which consist of one known member, Jaime Cruz, Chairman of the NCMC. The NCMC has failed its supporters, which consist of grass roots organizations, Local progressive groups, students, and local educators by allowing its supporters and volunteers to be subjected to a “Slapp Lawsuit” by a Private Investigator, Jan B. Tucker. Meanwhile, this Slapp lawsuit has crippled the honest efforts and elements of the community while the struggle continues in its presence. These supporters, grass root organizers, and community members, who have looked forward to the annual Chicano Moratorium as a reminder of our peoples Strength, Cultura, and Inspiration. The community and its true supporters, do not deserve to be treated in this manner by an Organization such as the NCMC who claim to fight for self-determination and independence. It is very Individualistic for the “NCMC” (Jaime Cruz) to abandon its/ his (NCMC) supporters and volunteers at a time of need and treat them as “Fair Weather Friends” after all the support they have shown and given to the “NCMC” and its community in support of the Annual Chicano Moratorium.
In the efforts of: “Self Determination”:
“The Right of the people of a particular place to choose the form of government they will have”
“The Freedom to make your own choice”
“Free choice of one’s own acts or states without external compulsion”
“Determination by the people to a territorial unit of their own future political status”
Supporters, Grass Roots Organizations, Students and Educators should be able to contribute to the community without the fear of being sued by those who allow the community and its people to be oppressed and restricted.
August 29th, 1970!!!!
And the Murder of Ruben Salazar!!!!
Today, our local community members are being sued, in an act AGAINST “SELF DETERMINATION!” while utilizing the system which has been used to oppress the people
August 29th, 1970
Grass root organizations, students, and educators, supporters and family came together.
The “Chicano Moratorium” belongs the “People, the Community”, and should not be restricted or oppressed.
Belongs to the people!
La Lucha Sigue!!
Los Angeles County
Case No. BC 592038
First and foremost, who or what is the so-called ATM? Wikipedia writes that:
The August 29th Movement (or August Twenty-Ninth Movement, ATM), was a Chicano communist organization that lasted from 1974 to 1978. It formed out of the Labor Committee of La Raza Unida Party in Los Angeles, and other collectives, officially forming at a Unity Conference in May 1974. It was one of several organizations that were part of the New Communist Movement, which were influenced by the thought of Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin‘s theories on the National Question.
The ATM published a manifesto, “Fan The Flames: A Revolutionary Position on the Chicano National Question,” in 1975. In it, the organization articulated the view that Chicanos living in the Southwestern United States were an oppressed nation due to the annexation of northern Mexico in the Mexican-American War of 1846-48, and had a right to independence. The strategy of ATM, like other NCM formations, was to build a multinational communist party.
The August Twenty-Ninth Movement published a newspaper, Revolutionary Cause, and a theoretical journal, The Red Banner.
In New Mexico, the ATM chapter entered into the Chicano Communications Center, a media organization founded by Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez. They were responsible for the destruction of an entire edition of her book 450 Years of Chicano History, one of the first Chicano histories, due to disagreement of how ATM saw the books portrayal of the Chicano National Question.
The fact is, today’s ATM’s only link to the original ATM is that its founder was thrown out of the League of Revolutionary Struggle (LRS) on suspicion that he was a management informer during a successful union decertification campaign. Following the vote all other union officials and LRS members at the plant were systematically fired…he was the sole person standing who kept his job after the purge. This was according to his ex-wife who was told this by one of his long time comrades literally on his death bed. LRS itself disbanded years ago so ATM today is not a successor organization.
What is the lawsuit about?
I am a private investigator. Accusing me of being a “government informer” against the National Chicano Moratorium Committee could not only ruin my professional practice, it could get me attacked and killed and could result in clients in jail or prison being attacked and murdered simply through guilt by association.
That is precisely what suspended attorney Guillermo Suarez insinuated at an NCMC meeting. His sole basis for the claim is that I am a member of InfraGard which provides me with free continuing education opportunities courtesy of the FBI. My business clients greatly benefit from this training. So do my criminal defense clients. It’s no secret and never has been and in fact Suarez freaked out over the fact that I openly pointed it out in my blog, in public, on the internet.
Suarez was suspended by the State Bar for failing to properly supervise an immigration service that he claimed to have been employed by from San Bernardino. As a result of what he admitted to the Bar at least one man got deported because of his sloth and ineptitude. Currently he’s under active investigation by the Bar for continuing to hold himself out as an attorney well after he was suspended.
Another of the cast of characters being sued is Jesse Hurtado, “General” of the so-called BBNO, Brown Berets National Organization. Following the meeting–which he wasn’t even at–he called around the United States telling people I was a government informer. Unfortunately for him he called one of my out of town clients who promptly told me what was going on. Jesse, who for years has been telling me he’s an ex-convict is kind of interesting. I couldn’t find any record of him on the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation website which has a data base of both current and former prisoners. Nor does he show up on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons data base. I ran other data bases and….nada. Why exactly would you make this claim if it wasn’t true….or, why would the authorities cover up your record so tight? Inquiring minds want to know.
After I left that meeting Carlos Callejo was reported by witnesses to have claimed that I had sued LULAC—the League of United Latin American Citizens—and cost them a lot of money. That claim was a complete fabrication. Feel free to read the lawsuit [email me at email@example.com and I’ll send it to you] which tells the entire and complete truth. Later, at a meeting over lunch at Philippes French Dipped Sandwiches in DTLA, Carlos denied he said that and claimed he was only trying to clear the air about something he’d heard….but hemmed and hawed about who told him. The problem for Carlos is that I’ve both been trained and tested on my ability to detect deception and Carlos is not a very good liar.
Another aspect of the suit is that the people being sued brought in openly notorious anti-semites to the NCMC in an effort to harass me. One such person–who openly cc’d me an email denouncing the NCMC for allowing me as “a Jew” to participate–in particular has a very, very interesting criminal record which brings the matter full circle. He had an outstanding felony case (forgery) in Maricopa County, Arizona—where Joe Arpaio is the County Sheriff. It’s not like the authorities are notoriously lenient with Chicano activists, so I’d like to know why, after he was on the lam and wanted on an arrest warrant from 2002-2013, the case was abruptly dismissed? BTW, that’s just shortly before his friend Carlos Callejo started trying to get him into the NCMC.
While he had the arrest warrant outstanding for him, he picked up four (4) other felony cases in Los Angeles for everything from burglary and grand theft to drugs. THOSE CASES ARE NOW SEALED SO TIGHTLY THAT I CANNOT EVEN GET THE DOCKETS FROM THE COURTS THAT ARE NORMALLY PUBLIC RECORD EVEN AFTER A SO-CALLED “EXPUNGEMENT” MORE TECHNICALLY DESCRIBED AS A “TERMINATION & DISMISSAL.”
Hmmmmm….I wonder why? Yet Suarez and his cohorts had the gall to insinuate that I’m an informer?
A comment from Harriett Elliott:
Jan, you say at the end of your great and interesting expose of the two men in the picture, standing next to you: “mm….I wonder why? Yet Suarez and his cohorts had the gall to insinuate that I’m an informer?”
What you are insinuating, Jan, is that these two are informers? Right on!! That’s exactly what it sounds like to me!!!!
Please post since I am not able.