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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Call your senator RIGHT NOW, critical border security vote TODAY!


The brains in the US Senate have sneaked a measure into the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act regarding adverse measures in detention and security on the US border. 


If you are late in getting this message, call anyway!  There will be more critical votes very soon and it is important your senator knows how you feel!

phone numbers at
SenatorPhone Number
Bayh, Evan (D - IN)202-224-5623
Begich, Mark (D - AK)202-224-3004
Bennet, Michael F. (D-CO)202-224-5852
Boxer, Barbara (D - CA)202-224-3553
Cantwell, Maria (D - WA)202-224-3441
Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D - PA)202-224-6324
Feinstein, Dianne (D - CA)202-224-3841
Hagan, Kay R. (D - NC)202-224-6342
Harkin, Tom (D - IA)202-224-3254
Johnson, Tim (D - SD)202-224-5842
Klobuchar, Amy (D - MN)202-224-3244
Kohl, Herb (D - WI)202-224-5653
Landrieu, Mary L. (D - LA)202-224-5824
Levin, Carl (D - MI)202-224-6221
Lieberman, Joseph I. (ID - CT)202-224-4041
Lincoln, Blanche L. (D - AR)202-224-4843
McCaskill, Claire (D-MO)202-224-6154
Merkley, Jeff (D - OR)202-224-3753
Murray, Patty (D - WA)202-224-2621
Pryor, Mark L. (D - AR)202-224-2353
Rockefeller, John D. (D - WV)202-224-6472
Sanders, Bernard (I - VT)202-224-5141
Shaheen, Jeanne (D - NH)202-224-2841
Specter, Arlen (D - PA)202-224-4254
Stabenow, Debbie (D - MI)202-224-4822
Udall, Mark (D - CO)202-224-5941
Udall, Tom (D - NM)202-224-6621
Warner, Mark R. (D - VA)202-224-2023
Webb, Jim (D - VA)202-224-4024
Wyden, Ron (D - OR)202-224-5244

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bucu arrests likely at National Day of Action – Immigration protest May 29th, 2010 – Civil Disobedience against Arizona SB 1070

Civil Disobedience

Massive arrests possible

in Arizona

May 29th = D Day

National Day of Action

“We are living in historical times where we do not have the luxury of being spectators while a hurricane of hate destroys our families, our dreams, our businesses and our work” Salvador Reza


Phoenix Arizona, May 29th, 2010, will be a battle ground for civil disobedience.  Human rights activists are en-route to Phoenix, Az., as I write this.  They are flooding into the state to protest the Republican sponsored SB 1070 which is the most vicious anti-immigrant law passed in the history of the United States of America.


Guide to civil disobedience

in the immigration reform movement


SB 1070 requires police to detain anyone they suspect of being in the country without documents.  Since the majority of undocumented workers are of Hispanic origin, the burden of the law falls on people of color.  Additionally, the law makes it illegal for a US citizen to transport an undocumented worker.  For example, a social worker driving an undocumented alien to the doctor could find himself on the wrong side of the law.


The weekend of protests starts off with a rock concert on Friday night in the Festival for Human Rights.  The following day, May 29th, 2010, has been termed The National Day of Action!  The column for the demonstration march is expected to range over five miles long!


Along with the Festival and the March, many activist reportedly are discussing the possibility of civil disobedience.  They are thinking about mass acts of disobedience in peaceful defiance of SB 1070.  Depending upon response by law enforcement, many arrests may occur.


One thing you won’t see at this event or any of the civil rights events protesting comprehensive immigration reform is violence.  This is a peaceful movement which believes in using tactics of resistance similar to the ones used by Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.


If you are planning an act of Civil Disobedience you may want to consult my guide on that topic, Civil Disobedience for the immigrant community.


“Estamos viviendo tiempos históricos donde no podemos darnos el lujo de ser espectadores mientras un huracán de odio destruye nuestras familias, nuestros sueños, nuestros negocios y nuestros trabajos”





Don’t drink and fly, a/k/a don’t touch the stew!


Muhammad Abu Tahir of Glen Allen, Virginia, gets three months in the pokey for the shenanigans he pulled after getting blitzed January 8th, 2010 on AirTran Airways flight 39 from Atlanta, Georgia to San Francisco, California.


Abu Tahir was unhappy when a flight attendant cut off his wine supply after he downed five bottles during the flight.  After yelling at the flight attendants he stormed into the bathroom.  The crew waited a bit for Tahir to “finish up” and then knocked on the door.  That earned the flight crew more yelling and accusations by Tahir the stew was not respecting him.


The crew left Abu Tahir to do whatever it was he wanted to do.  Sometime later, they came back to encourage Tahir to give up his seat in the lavatory.  Tahir opened the door and grabbed the arms of the stew and began pulling her.  A male passenger came to the rescue ordering Tahir not to touch the stewardess.  Tahir gave up his tug of war and ducked back into the toilet, locking the door.


The pilot was notified.  A decision was made to divert to Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Two F-16s were called to escort the plane to the tarmac.  The passengers were de-planed and interviewed during their 3.5 hour unexpected layover.  Meanwhile, Colorado Springs Police Department extricated Tahir from the “throne” and arrested him.


Muhammad Abu Tahir claims he has no memory of tugging on the arms of the stewardess.  There are two messages here.  First, ‘don’t drink and fly’!  Second, ‘Don’t touch the stew’!


In addition to giving Tahir three months in federal prison, Judge Blackburn ordered him to reimburse AirTran $14,584.  That is an expensive glass of wine!


“Today’s sentencing demonstrates that there are serious consequences to interfering with the duties of a flight crew,” said U.S. Attorney David Gaouette.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kasandra Carleton and Mark Barrett prosecuted the case.


Muhammad Abu Tahir found himself in hot water after interfering with a flight crew on AirTran Airways flight 39 from Atlanta, Georgia, to San Francisco.  A well prepared police response in Colorado Springs along with a generous judge left Tahir in a lot better shape than he could have been!