10/22 Falfurrias, TX: STOP THE MINUTEMEN MARCH AND RALLY
- Minutemen watch: Project of National Immigrant Solidarity NetworkPlease Visit our Minutemen Watch Page: http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/Campaigns/Minutemen.htmSOUTHWEST WORKERS UNION
STOP THE MINUTEMEN MARCH AND RALLY
OCTOBER 22, 2005
The Minutemen racist group first appeared in Goliad, Texas in April 1,
2005 where they organized a ‘town hall’ meeting with local ranchers
and residents to agitate against migrant people crossing through that
region on the way to Houston and other cities. Southwest Workers
Union mobilized a contingent to go to Goliad, Texas and confront the
lies of the Minutemen leader. Che Lopez led a delegation of youth
who made posters that read ‘minutemen are racist and violent’. The
local newspapers and television covered SWU’s protest in front of the
auditorium. Many local residents and ranchers gave support to the
picketers. Che Lopez and Antonio Diaz spoke inside the auditorium
denouncing the Minutemen’s line as racist and violent. People
applauded our group who confronted the lies of their leader J.
Coalition contra minutemenA Contra Minutemen Coalition was organized by Mike Chavez from
the Corpus Christi bend area to fight the presence of the minutemen
in Falfurrias, Texas. The Coalition includes civil rights groups,
veterans, students and community residents. The Contra Minutemen
Coalition made the call to action for a day of protest against the
Minutemen. A statewide March & Rally were organized by the
Coalition in Falfurrias, Texas.
State CoalitionFuerza Unida from San Antonio called a meeting and several
conference calls to unite numerous Texas and South Texas
organizations into a Stop the Minutemen Coalition. Southwest
Workers Union is a member of the coalition. The coalition counts
with member organizations from Austin, Houston and San Antonio.
The Austin groups passed a resolution in the county denouncing the
Minutemen racism. In Houston the Coalition organized a protest
against the Minutemen who were harassing day laborers.
STOP THE MINUTEMENT MARCH & PROTEST RALLYSouthwest Workers Union, and organizations from Austin, Houston,
Corpus Christi, and the Rio Grande Valley mobilized membership to
Falfurrias, Texas to a March and Rally to stop the Minutemen camped
there at a local veterinarian’s ranch. Nearly 100 people gathered on
Saturday, October 22, 2005 to hold a protest rally at the City Park
and denounce the racist group. The March proceeded down Main
Street around downtown and made a full circle back to the City Park.
Members and leaders of SWU organized a contingent of 18 people
who drove from San Antonio to Falfurrias-a 2 ½ hour drive south.
White Ribbon Campaign
A local Catholic Church (San Roque) in the Brownsville, Texas region
started a ‘white ribbon’ campaign as a symbol of anti-racism and for
Human Rights of migrants coming from Mexico and Latin America.
SWU adopted the ‘white ribbon’ campaign to involve community
against the Minutemen project and has distributed thousands of
educational flyers and white ribbons. The ‘white ribbon’ campaign
started during the ‘week of action’ against the Minutemen organized
by SWU during the September 16th Independence Day of Mexico
from Spain. SWU distributed hundreds of white ribbons in Falfurrias,
Texas. Many of the people there took ribbons to distribute in their
The Southwest Workers Union delegation to the Contra-Minutemen
March & Rally was led by Che Lopez and Chavel Lopez. Both SWU
leaders spoke at the rally. According to Chavel Lopez, “We are here
to stand in solidarity with the people and to stop the Minutemen
militia”. Che Lopez, Co-Director of SWU said, “We are proud to be
here as an organization to take a stand against racist groups such as
the ‘Minutemen Project’. These militia type groups are dangerous
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