Tuesday, June 29, 2021

California Rent Relief Available


Duan --

After over a year of grassroots organizing across the entire state of California to #CancelRent, yesterday, the California legislature passed AB 832, effectively allowing rent debt for most tenants and landlords to be paid off by the state. All of it.

A year ago, this was unimaginable. A year ago, we were deep in the throws of a pandemic with no end in sight for an economic or public health recovery. We still have a long way to go, but today’s vote signals a huge victory for renters that have been waiting in fear of being hit with crushing rent debt.

Here’s the catch: CA has allocated $5.2B to pay off all rent debt, but there is no guarantee that renters and landlords will get that relief IF the money runs out! 

That means we need to get as many renters applying for this relief as soon as possible. ACCE is ramping up a mass social media, radio and door to door campaign to ensure renters across California apply for rent relief today, and have support in applying for it!Donate to support us reaching out to all California renters to ensure they get the relief and support they need!

We know who needs this money the most: it’s Black and Brown renters and working class Californians who have been hit hardest by the pandemic and are the most at risk of eviction and rent debt caused by systemic racism in our labor and housing systems. 

Rollout of relief has been very slow so far, and landlords have used all sorts of tactics to get tenants out of their homes, so we’re going to need all the help we can get to get the word out to renters to apply, to inform them of their rights, and help them organize to stay housed. Chip in to our campaign to make sure all California renters know their rights and get the relief they need!

We know there is more work to do in cleaning up the eviction moratorium. Yes, there is more work to do to hold landlords accountable after they’ve received a $5.2B taxpayer bailout. But right now, what’s most important is getting rent cancelled for as many renters in California as possible.

Join the effort to get relief into the hands of as many renters as possible and donate now!

In solidarity,


Duan --

Después de más de un año de organizar comunidades de base en todo el estado de California para #CancelarLaRenta, ayer, la legislatura de California aprobó el proyecto de ley AB 832, permitiendo efectivamente que el estado pague la deuda de alquiler de la mayoría de los inquilinos y propietarios. Toda.

Hace un año, esto era inimaginable. Hace un año, estábamos sumidos en una pandemia sin final a la vista para una recuperación económica o de salud pública. Todavía tenemos un largo camino por recorrer, pero la votación de hoy marca una gran victoria para los inquilinos que han estado esperando con temor a verse afectados por una abrumadora deuda de alquiler.

Aquí está el detalle: CA ha asignado $5.2 mil millones para pagar todas las deudas de alquiler, pero no hay garantía de que los inquilinos y propietarios obtengan esa ayuda si se acaba el dinero.

Eso significa que debemos conseguir que la mayor cantidad de inquilinos soliciten esta ayuda lo antes posible. ACCE está intensificando una campaña masiva en las redes sociales, la radio y de puerta en puerta para garantizar que los inquilinos en todo California soliciten la ayuda del alquiler hoy y tengan apoyo para solicitarlo. Dona para ayudarnos a llegar a todos los inquilinos de California para garantizar que reciban la ayuda y el apoyo que necesitan.

Sabemos quién necesita más este dinero: son los inquilinos afro-americanos y Latinos y los californianos de clase trabajadora los que han sido más afectados por la pandemia y son los que corren mayor riesgo de desalojo y deudas de alquiler causadas por el racismo sistémico en nuestros sistemas laborales y de vivienda.

La implementación de la ayuda ha sido muy lenta hasta ahora, y los propietarios han usado todo tipo de tácticas para sacar a los inquilinos de sus hogares, por lo que necesitaremos toda la ayuda que podamos para hacer correr la voz a los inquilinos para que presenten su solicitud, informarles de sus derechos y ayudarlos a organizarse para permanecer alojados. ¡Participa en nuestra campaña para asegurarte de que todos los inquilinos de California conozcan sus derechos y obtengan la ayuda que necesitan!

Sabemos que hay más trabajo por hacer para reforzar la moratoria de desalojos. Sí, hay más trabajo por hacer para responsabilizar a los propietarios después de haber recibido un rescate de $5.2 mil millones de parte de los contribuyentes de impuestos. Pero en este momento, lo más importante es que se cancele el alquiler de la mayor cantidad posible de inquilinos en California.

¡Únete al esfuerzo para llevar la ayuda a la mayor cantidad posible de inquilinos y has una donación ahora!

En solidaridad,


ACCE Action

Saturday, June 19, 2021

When ICE Comes Knocking


What to do if ICE comes KNOCKING - Do you know your rights? (English & Spanish) https://issuu.com/news_review/docs/ice_110918?e=2059002/65749844 dd caption

Forget the Alamo- Read


Nic Yeager 
June 10, 2021
Texas Observer
Three Texan authors build on a long tradition of dissent from patriotic accounts of Texas history in a new book on the racism baked into our story of the Alamo.

A photograph of Alamo Plaza from approximately 1910, showing the Hugo & Schmeltzer building attached to the Alamo church., Adina Emilia de Zavala Papers, di_10567, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin


As a former student of Texas public schools, much of what I remember from Texas history class boils down to this: General López de Santa Anna, of Mexico, was evil incarnate—my old friends and I still marvel at how much this was hammered into our heads—and the Texas Revolution was a fight for liberty against the tyrannical Mexican government. The Battle of the Alamo, where Texian fighters held out for 13 days and then were slaughtered by Mexican forces, has long been a central part of that story. Every Texan has been told to “remember the Alamo.” 

It doesn’t look like that will change any time soon. On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill creating “The 1836 Project,” designed to “promote patriotic education” about the year Texas seceded from Mexico. In other words, the law will create a committee to ensure that educational materials centering “Texas values” are provided at state landmarks and encouraged in schools. This comes on the heels of the “critical race theory” bill that has passed through the Legislature, which would restrict how teachers can discuss current events and teach history. The American Historical Association has described the bill as “whitewashing American history,” stating: “Its apparent purposes are to intimidate teachers and stifle independent inquiry and critical thought among students.”


Penguin/Random House


Nevertheless, a new book co-authored by three Texas writers, Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford, urges us to reconsider the Alamo, a symbol we’ve been taught to fiercely and uncritically remember. The authors are aware that their book sounds like a desecration. Starting with the cover of Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of An American Mythout this week from Penguin Press, the authors lean into associations of defacement with the title scrawled in what looks like red spray paint across an image of the old mission.

Written for popular audiences, the book challenges what the authors refer to as the “Heroic Anglo Narrative.” The traditional telling, which Texas public schools are still required to teach, glorifies the nearly 200 men who came to fight in an insurrection against Mexico in 1836. The devastation at the Alamo turned those men into martyrs leaving behind the prevailing story that they died for liberty and justice. Yet the authors of Forget the Alamo argue that the entire Texas Revolt—“which wasn’t really a revolt at all”—had more to do with protecting slavery from Mexico’s abolitionist government. As they explain it, and as Chicano writers, activists, and communities have long agreed, the events that occurred at the Alamo have been mythologized and used to demonize Mexicans in Texas history and obscure the role of slavery.

Taking a comprehensive look at how the mythos of the Alamo has been molded, Burrough, Tomlinson, and Stanford paint a picture of American slaveholders’ racism as it made its way into Texas. In their stories of these early days, they peel back the facade of the holy trinity of Alamo figures: Jim Bowie, William Barret Travis, and Davy Crockett. All three died at the Alamo and their surnames are memorialized on schools, streets, buildings, and even entire counties. They pull no punches describing Bowie as a “murderer, slaver, and con man;” Travis as “a pompous, racist agitator;” and Crockett as a “self-promoting old fool.”

In the nearly 200 years that followed the battle, we learn about the mechanics of how false histories were reinforced by patriotic white scholars and zealous legislators, including the “Second Battle of the Alamo,” when a Tejana schoolteacher fought to preserve a significant area of the compound. Ultimately she was silenced by the moneyed white elite in San Antonio who sought to transform it into a flashy park instead, and the authors suggest that this moment “represented the victory of mythmaking over historical accuracy.”

Well into the 20th century, it was rare that critical studies of the Alamo were taken seriously, although Latinx writers in the 1920s and Chicano activists in the 1960s wrote their own accounts of Tejano history. Starting in the middle of the century, Hollywood further cemented the profoundly conservative folklore through mass entertainment: In 1948, Walt Disney, fed up with left-leaning labor unions, made a television series on Davy Crockett to encourage “traditional” American values like patriotism, courage, self-sufficiency, and individual liberty, the authors write. John Wayne, a rabid anti-Communist, had similar motivations behind his vision for the film The Alamo, in 1960. Meant to draw parallels with the Soviet Union, Wayne’s characterization of Santa Anna was intended to portray “a bloodthirsty dictator trying to crush good men fighting for self-determination.” 

Burrough, Tomlinson, and Stanford are all white male writers, which raises questions. Will this book be afforded the attention and legitimacy that related works by non-white authors haven’t been? Probably, but it shouldn’t. The authors are transparent about the fact that they are far from the first to present an alternative to the “Heroic Anglo Narrative,” and cite Latinx scholarship and perspectives throughout. “We trace its roots to the oral traditions of the Mexican American community, elements of which have long viewed the Alamo as a symbol of Anglo oppression,” they write early on. They dedicate multiple sections to the Mexican American experience of the Alamo myth, highlighting how widespread it is in the Latino community to experience shame and harassment within their school classrooms for being associated with the “bloody dictator” Santa Anna and being “the bad guys.” 

The book is aimed at white readers and toward people who haven’t heard these alternative tellings before, which leads to a slightly more moderated tone, and despite their robust critiques, the authors seem conflicted about how strongly to indict Texas history overall. There’s still so much more to unravel about early Texas, especially for Native Americans, whose histories they rarely delve into: The story of the Alamo before 1800—it was built in 1718 by Spanish missionaries to convert Indigenous people to Christianity—is reduced to about a page. If Forget the Alamo becomes a definitive text of revisionist Texas history, there’s a serious question of whether non-white writers, activists, and scholars will ever get their due. There’s also a question of whether the truth they’ve voiced for generations will prevail: When will it finally be normal within Texas history scholarship to call the whole foundation rotten?

Still, the book provides strong, provocative critiques of U.S. imperialism and colonialism. The writers make clear that even before Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821, U.S. presidents and Washington insiders were invested in—and had a hand in—destabilizing the region in the hopes of eventually annexing Texas. Forget the Alamo also turns to LBJ, who once said, “Hell, Vietnam is just like the Alamo,” and suggests that the patriotic, pioneering myth of the Alamo has been used to buttress justifications for war across the globe and to the present.

The myth of the Alamo, as we know it, is a lie. It’s been a part of the lie students have learned in school, and animates the lies peddled by legislation like the 1836 Project and the critical race theory bill. But if you want to truly remember the past, you first have to forget it.

[Nic Yeager is the culture fellow at the Observer and the author of the guidebook 111 Places in Austin That You Must Not Miss.]


Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Did the White House Interfere in the Mexican Elections ?

 Mexico elections


Tensión con la Casa Blanca: Biden anunció que seguirá apoyando ONGs para combatir "líderes autoritarios"

Fue en un memorándum anti-corrupción. AMLO habló de "injerencia".



see for example:  https://www.lapoliticaonline.com.mx/nota/136650-tension-con-la-casa-blanca-biden-anuncio-que-seguira-apoyando-ongs-para-combatir-lideres-autoritarios/