Monday, November 16, 2009

All there is to hear (Or almost all till now) On the "Tea Parties Against Amnesty and Illegal Immigration Nov. 14 (ROUND 1)"


By now you must to have heard all there is to hear about the ALIPAC's "
Tea Parties Against Amnesty and Illegal Immigration Nov. 14 (ROUND 1)" , they claimed NUMBER OF TEA PARTIES FOR NOV 14: 53 -- NUMBER OF TEA PARTY AGAINST AMNESTY SUPPORTERS: 5546

Most likely you have not heard much about it afterwards, simply because there was not much to talk about them, except for a few reports coming from the progressive side, I've been checking their websites and forums to read what were their post-actions assessments, they are not even talking about them with the exception of a few of them, but mostly about the one in Phoenix where they had about 200 attendees according to an ALIPAC Forum Post written by a Ms. Connie Cone Sexton of the Arizona Republic Newspaper.

From what I've heard so far, Phoenix was their largest rally and one of very few where there is any mention of it at the ALIPAC's Forum.

But as is often the case with the Right Wing Fringe, they tend to contradict each other when it comes to numbers, they usually inflate attendance, as it is the case in this post at The Frugal Café Zone' written By Vicki McClure Davidson on April 16, 2009 (Includes photos and video, maybe you can see if there were 5,000 people there), where she quotes an Arizona Republic Newspaper account of the event, written by Matthew Benson - Apr. 15, 2009 10:43 PM and citing 5,000 attendees who came to hear "A string of elected state officials, legislators, conservative talk-radio hosts and others who addressed the assembled masses".

Another post at ALIPAC's Forum from "ALIPAC Super Hero, AirborneSapper7" (No kidding), talks about hundreds, not thousands, also links as his source, surprise!!!, which for a change seems to be telling the truth, that's where the ALIPAC 'Super Hero' (Still not kidding) got his 200 attendees number.
Also at ALIAC's Forum, there is this report with pics of the event at Ft. Lauderdale, I can't see a large crowd there either.

But giving the same number of attendees at the Phoenix event as Ms. Sexton, is this post at ThinkProgress: Anti-immigration Tea Party activists attempt to distance themselves from neo-Nazis.(video included), (A bit more on this hmmm... issue, further down) -- On Saturday, approximately 200 people showed up to the anti-immigration “No Amnesty” tea party rally organized by American Citizens United in Phoenix. Many people were holding signs that had phrases such as “America not Amexico.”

Porter, at Immigration Clearing House, Light Turnout for ALIPAC’s Tea Bagger’s against Amnesty parties where he also reports the same number of 200 attendees at the Phoenix protest, sourcing the number to a "non-partisan article" In the Arizona Republic written by the same Ms. Connie Cone Sexton who also wrote the entry on the ALIPAC Forum mentioned above: "In a city of 3/4 of a million people, the turnout of 200 people to hear the hateful rhetoric of speakers such as Senator Russell Pearce and Chris Simcox, is negligible. This is the turnout that the Arizona Republic is reporting in a very well written non partisan article."

In this report, Porter gives numbers for 7 cities "7 Cities – 553 protesters (best estimate) Willy might get his 5000 numbers, but it is looking doubtful."

Also at Immigration Clearing House, Porter himself was on the ground and filed this report Observing Gheen’s ALIPAC tea baggers in Snead Alabama.

In spite of regular searches over the last two days, I have not been able to get much information about other events, except for this dandy one from St. Paul MN where 45 anti-immigration activists held a small rally and where Anti-Racists Steal the Show at White Supremacist "Tea Party Against Amnesty", -- created a video of what transpired there TEA PARTY FAIL!: Sue Jeffers and Ruthie Hendrycks PUNK'D, this post is a MUST SEE and SO IS THE VIDEO when the young Mr. Robert Erickson really PUNK'D them.

And now we move to California where we have reports from Modesto and San Francisco:
Modesto, our dear friend Cynthia I. organized to have a counter-protest, she did show up to find out that about only 5 TEA Partiers attended, BOoooRING.
San Francisco was another DUD for the TEA Partiers, none showed up that we could see or find, ALSO BOooooRING, except that we made the best of it, enjoying the beautiful whether we had in SF for about the 1 1/2 hours we waited for the Anti-Immigrant protesters to show up, I took a little video (Some Spanish, some English and I think there is also a bit of Spanglish) with my Palm Cell "Searching for TEA Partiers, SF Pier 39 Nov. 14, 2009" and "The TEA Party's make believe world and we had a front-row seat", in trying to be on time for the counter-protest, neither my friend Juanita, nor I, had any breakfast, so we decided to have a small (Literally) bite to eat, no, we didn't go for tacos, as the racist and xenophobic anti-immigrants TEA Partiers would have you believe, obviously I took a couple of scenes on a short video "Two unassimilable(?) Mexican Immigrants after the TEA Party DUD"

Getting back about the rift between the Anti-immigration Tea Party activists attempting to distance themselves from neo-Nazis., yeah, that one, Porter from Immigration Clearing House is on top of this one, he reports that In an ALIPAC Statement to David Duke and Stormfront, Gheen rants and Porter says on 11//13/09 regarding this, that "It seems that former Ku Klux Klan Grand Poohbah, Congressman and Presidential hopeful David Duke along with the neo nazi racist organization STORMFRONT are trying to steal Gheen’s thunder. Don’t worry Willy, there’s no shortage of hate or haters to manipulate. In an ALIPAC Statement to David Duke and Stormfront, Gheen rants:" Read about it on this post: "ALIPAC’s William Gheen refuses to share the hate!", by the way, maybe David Duke took Gheen's threats seriously, because he Scrubbed the offending page, but thanks to google's practice of making copies, you can see Duke's original post in the Cached page, if you check out the post, you will see that he was trying to be helpful, make out of this one what you will, is Gheen burning bridges gratuitously?

Needless to say, at the Stormfront Forum, they are talking about it, still trying to be conciliatory in spite of Gheen's nasty open letter, noting that ALIPAC in on Facebook and that "ALIPAC Facebook has 2,995 members. They are 99 per cent white" and that "ALIPAC and ALIPAC Facebook are implicit white communities. Period."
Something to ponder about for the Latin@s and African-Americans who make common cause with ALIPAC.

Porter also reports on 11/15/09 about "Jim Gilchrist on ALIPAC and William Gheen’s Tea Parties", it is a stinging statement by the founder of the Minutemen, himself a rabid racist calling Gheen an opportunistic who "routinely engage in repulsive, defaming propaganda, or present themselves in a very physically hostile manner", WOW! "The Pot calling the Kettle..."

In closing, I would like to mention that ALIPAC's William Gheen, is trying to re-invent and present himself as an all-inclusive really nice guy, heed the warning, this is a man with a long history of racism, xenophobia, nativism, white supremacy positions, eugenics and racial purity, who has been associated with John Tanton and other white supremacist individual, groups and organizations.

Beware, he is trying to be the perennial 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

Be well,

Aurora Grajeda
SFCA 11/16/09

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