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Mixed Race Marriages and Our Attitudes (The Wide Angles, March 25, 2011)

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Israeli Consul General, Palestinian Lobbyist Reach Mock Peace Agreement (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 6, 2009)

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L.A. at the Tipping Point (www.RonKaye.LA, February 13, 2009)

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Theatrics by the Teachers (Daily News, February 8, 2009)

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Fast-food Moratorium is Meddling (Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2008)

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Shalom is not Funny (Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News, June 23, 2008)

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A Dangerous and Precedent Setting Intrusion (Jewish Journal, June 13, 2008)

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On Any Given Sunday, Rev. Wright is Wrong (www.theroot.com, March 26, 2008)

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Obama’s Minister (KPCC’s Airtalk, March 18, 2008)

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Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

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Playing a Frayed and Faded Race Card (Jewish Journal, January 18, 2008)

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Board Vote Not Aimed At Students (Los Angeles Daily News, September 9, 2007)

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Mexican Americans and Drunk Driving (KCET’s Life & Times, Kitchen Table Conversation, June 6, 2007)

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Drop the Race Card (Washington Post, April 15, 2007)

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Racism Claims a Stretch" (Daily News, December 1, 2006)

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Did Anti-Semitism Take Root at the South Central Farm? (Jewish Journal, June 23,2006)

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Letter to the Editor regarding Race, Religion, and Demographic Change (Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2006)

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Debate education policy, not race (Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2006)

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Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, April 7, 2006)

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Civil Rights? How About Lawlessness? (Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2006)

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Life & Times, June 21, 2006

KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversations regarding Immigration and Employment

Val Zavala>> You hear it all the time. Undocumented workers are stealing jobs from Americans, especially low-wage jobs. Well, is it true? And why don't you hear Black and Latino leaders talking about it much? Well, for some frank discussion, we brought three people together in the kitchen of a Los Feliz home. They are writer and novelist, Gary Phillips; commentator, Sonia Lopez; and Joe Hicks of CommUnity Advocates, who gets our conversation started.

Joe Hicks>> Now the question here is there clearly is a great deal of tension and conflict that has developed almost underneath that in some urban communities between black and brown residents of those neighborhoods. Let's just cut right to the chase. Is this the strength of this migration, if you will, the illegal workers across the border, taking jobs away from people that were indigenous, if you might want to use that term, of these communities? Is it taking jobs away from them?

Gary Phillips>> Yes, there's some of that happening. It's also the case, though, that we have a leadership on both sides of this issue that is talking at one level and clearly that's a disconnect from what's happening down at the grassroots. So once again, clearly this leadership, if it's going to really reflect anything, it's got to really start to talk about the intentions that in fact exist on the ground level day to day.

Sonia Lopez>> If you pay a decent wage or you pay enough money, anybody will do any job basically. So do they take some jobs away? Yes, they probably take some jobs and that has to be acknowledged. Not all of the jobs, but some, and that has to be acknowledged and the political leadership does not acknowledge that on a Democratic side and the Republican side wants to, you know, attack the immigrants when they're just here illegally, but they're trying to make an honest wage to support their families.

Joe Hicks>> But isn't that the appeal, though, of illegal labor? In fact, you've got people that are willing to outbid, if you want to use that term, others and undercut the wage of most Americans that generally comes as --

Gary Phillips>> -- well, of course, that's been the split within the GOP and what's hung up the first series of these bills which is in fact you're right. You have a certain part of the GOP that in fact represents business and in fact depends upon agriculture in this state and other sectors depend upon that low-wage labor and the other sector that says, no, let's close the border. Let's shut it all down. So there's that fight, but it is certainly the case that it has to have some economic analysis. Part of whatever leadership we're talking about has to be addressing and has to look at it in an honest way.

Sonia Lopez>> And the corporations and the companies have to be held responsible, not the people that are here working. I mean, they're just here trying to make a living. But the corporations and the companies that hire undocumented workers have to be held responsible.

Joe Hicks>> But the people that are coming here are clearly fleeing something. They're coming from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras or Mexico, which is the major block of people coming here illegally. So what's going on in Mexico? Clearly, even Vicente Fox is basically just throwing up his hands and saying, "We can't afford those folks there. We need open borders." That's sort of a tradeoff to labor.

Sonia Lopez>> Well, if he wants open borders, then he should let Americans buy property in Mexico because we cannot buy property there and the middle class in Los Angeles cannot afford to buy a home.

Joe Hicks>> And the biggest kept secret, by the way, is how Mexico deals with illegal entry into their country, their southern borders. I mean, the Federales will shoot them (laughter). Here they get critical of our immigration laws in a nation that deals very harshly with illegal entry into their country.

Gary Phillip>> On their part, that's right.

Joe Hicks>> But what is the response with Mexico to try to maintain a hold on their workers? Because I don't think that all people of Mexico or any other country, for that matter, coming here are particularly enamored with Mexico. They're coming for the access to shops and --

Sonia Lopez>> -- right, yeah. They love their country, but they're here because they want to make a living.

Joe Hicks>> So what should we be expecting Mexico to do? What can they do?

Gary Phillips>> Well, what might happen anyway is a more southward drift of factories and jobs that we already have sort of the sector in Tijuana. I frankly think that you're going to see more of that. The fact that you've had -- for instance, in the south you've had car companies locate particularly in the south. I think you're going to see more of that pressure on places like GM and Ford which are now losing money market share. I think there's going to be pressure on them to go south of the border and in fact put factories up in Mexico where in fact they can get cheaper labor.

Sonia Lopez>> Well, that's a really long, long-term solution. I think what's even more short-term is that we have to put these undocumented workers on the road to citizenship and we have to have a guest worker program. Not the kind of guest worker program that George Bush suggests because I think the wages are way too low, but you have to have higher wages for a guest worker program, maybe working in conjunction with the unions, something that the unions will agree upon, and have a wage that is high enough that it does not compete with jobs for --

Joe Hicks>> -- but are you guys going to join me to help convince Americans that to afford a three dollar head of lettuce or a dollar and a half tomato is okay?

Gary Phillips>> We're priming them, we're priming them. You're paying more at the gas pumps. You're going to pay even more at the gas pumps and that's a realistic cost, so we're going to be stuck. Wal-Mart's trying to go for more upscale customers now.

Sonia Lopez>> Well, you know how Wal-Mart started. They started "Made in America". Everything in Wal-Mart was made in America. That was their whole campaign to begin with, but not anymore.

Joe Hicks>> But wait a minute. It seems that we got a conference that either just concluded or is soon on the agenda here at USC that brings Christina Chavez, the grand-daughter of Cesar Chavez, and Al Sharpton, of all people, as the keynote speakers.

Gary Phillips>> You're brave.

Joe Hicks>> The theme, of course, is trying to build this black-brown.

Gary Phillips>> Which is a good thing.

Joe Hicks>> It is, but the question is, the leadership of the old guard civil rights movement here and, in some ways, the old guard Latino civil rights movement, all trying to build this political unity here, but at the grassroots level. It seems to be still a great deal of discontent and a disconnect. Why the disconnect? Who's speaking to this?

Sonia Lopez>> The leaders are not being honest in their discussions. They're not acknowledging the other side. They're saying exactly what they think will make them more popular with their own constituency and not acknowledging the other side. Until the leaders start acknowledging that there are actual differences of opinion and tensions and acknowledging -- like the Latino leaders, a lot of them will not acknowledge that, yes, there are some jobs that are taken away from African Americans or inner city legal citizens. They just act like there --

Joe Hicks>> -- if those organizations, the NAACP and on and on, and MALDEF constituencies, are believed to be middle class and working class Mexicans and black Americans --

Sonia Lopez>> -- well, they're not speaking for their own constituency. That's right.

Joe Hicks>> We got Ted Hayes. Just like the Minutemen.

Gary Phillips>> That's up to some debate as to who in fact are the constituencies of these organizations.

Sonia Lopez>> And I think they're making a mistake because they're second, third, fourth, fifth generation Hispanic Latino Americans who feel differently than first generation, so they're totally missing out on a large portion --

Gary Phillips>> -- it does get to be these various organizations, if they're going to really be real and viable, they really need to clearly be surveying who the heck their leadership is.

Joe Hicks>> Believe it or not, we've just scratched the surface here (laughter). We have not actually dealt with all the issues around this whole question. We're going to have to come back here and do this once again.

Sonia Lopez>> Definitely.

Joe Hicks>> Thanks a lot, guys.

Sonia Lopez>> Thanks, Joe.

Gary Phillips>> Thanks, Joe. Appreciate it.

Joe Hicks>> We'll be back.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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