05/06/2006 - The BLACK Republican MinuteMenso of California...exposed
- Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 22:48:40 -0700
From: "Steven L. Robinson" <srobin21@...>
Subject: Homeless Activist Ted Hayes and the Minutemen
L.A. Organizers Denounce Black Minuteman
Wave Newspapers, News Report,
Gene Johnson Jr., Apr 27, 2006
LEIMERT PARK - A coalition of community activists from diverse backgrounds
came together in Leimert Park Wednesday to denounce homeless activist
Ted Hayes' recent alliance with the ultra-conservative Minutemen Project as
a means of battling illegal immigration.
During an afternoon news conference at the Lucy Florence Coffeehouse,
activist Najee Ali said he believed Hayes is being used as a pawn by
what he called a racist faction that never has affiliated itself with the black
community until now.
"Ted Hayes and his involvement in the Minuteman group is certainly an
issue that we should be concerned about," Ali said. "We feel that [the
Minutemen] will polarize the [black and Latino] communities. It will bring us
farther and farther apart instead of [bringing us] together collectively to
talk about tolerance, peace and resolution."
Hayes, who did not attend the news conference, said he approached the
Minutemen about eight months ago, in part, because they were in support
of helping the homeless. Hayes help organize Dome Village, the homeless
encampment west of downtown.
"I'm realizing that illegal immigration is taking away the resources of
the homeless," Hayes said. "The Minutemen are right. They want to help the
homeless. I can't get Jesse [Jackson] or [Rep.] Maxine Waters to work
with the homeless. Who's helping me? White people."
Others speakers at the Leimert Park news conference faulting Hayes'
alignment with the Minutemen included Randy Jurado Ertll, executive
director of El Centro De Accion Social; Gideon Krakov of the Progressive Jewish
Alliance, attorney Cynthia McClain-Hill and writer and activist Earl
"We [have] enough violence between black and Latinos in schools, jails
and in the community," Ali said. "We're speaking out against potential
violence that may happen based on Ted Hayes."
Ertll agreed with Ali saying that "we need to unite both communities. I
think it's time that [blacks and Latinos] start talking to each other
more and finding common ground and common issues that we can work on
"I think the president and Congress need to find a solution to [illegal
immigration] because it will create more divisions in the future,"
It's a matter of learning to listen and "walk in other people's shoes,"
added Krakov "and not being a part of the problem, but being a part of
Hayes, a Republican, his newly formed Crispus Attucks Brigade, and some
of his Minutemen allies held a forum Sunday in Leimert Park, drawing more
than 100 people. It became an intense war of words between him and another
group, the Progressive Alliance, a coalition of blacks and Latinos urging
The argument grew into a physical altercation for which Hayes later
During the Sunday forum, Hayes announced a plan to hold a protest march
in downtown Los Angeles on May 21 and invited gang members to join the
Tuesday Hayes said he went to the downtown Mexican Consulate to
"clarify" the goals for his new group.
"We support civil rights for illegal immigrants - but in Mexico, in the
country that drove [illegal immigrants] out - whatever country that
drove you out," he said. "[Iillegal immigrants are] coming here to get my
civil rights, something [blacks] fought for. You just can't come here and
take our civil rights.
"We're going to champion your cause for civil rights in Mexico. We, as
blacks, are going to be your champion," he said. "You might not
understand now, but in time you will."
Hayes said he wrote the Mexican consulate general a letter about five
weeks ago, asking President Vicente Fox to allow a multi-ethnic delegation
led by blacks to talk with Fox, Cardinal Roger Mahony and other Mexican civic
and social leaders as a means of restoring civil rights back to Mexicans.
Hayes has called illegal immigration the "biggest threat to blacks in
America since slavery."
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