Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Action Alert: Cesar Chavez Day, Marketplace Research, FOX Attacks

Here are three opportunities to become an Accidental Activist.

The first is from our friends at United Farm Workers

Help Win a National Holiday for Cesar E. Chavez!

Join the grassroots movement to make Cesar's March 31st birthday a national holiday.

Thank you for signing the petition for a National Cesar Chavez Holiday. Thousands of people have signed our online petition.

Please help us take this campaign to the next level.

  • Tell-A-Friend: Please help make the Cesar E. Chavez national holiday a reality. Forward this message to at least 10 friends or family and ask them to sign the petition today.

  • Download the Petition and Get Signatures: Many of you will be attending events celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez. Please help us spread the word by download the petition and circulating it at Chavez day events, work, school, your house of worship and any other location you can think of.
    Please return signed petitions to: UFW, C/O Chavez Holiday Petition,2550 N Hollywood Way, Su. 400, Burbank, CA, 91505
The second is another outreach effort by American Public Media's radio show Marketplace.
What was the impact of President Bush's Americas trip?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how Marketplace can cover Latino issues in greater depth. We could use your help again as we try to understand the impact of President Bush’s six-day trip to Latin America.

The president focused on trade agreements and immigration issues, though protesters and a rival Latin American tour by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez stole some of the spotlight.

Was this all political theater? Or do you expect Bush’s trip to affect your life or the lives of other Latinos in the U.S.? What do you expect to happen as a result of the trip? Share your insights with us.

The trip highlighted some tensions between the U.S. and its neighbors to the south. Bush and Chavez's dueling tours underscored their ongoing tug-of-war for influence in the region.

And in Mexico today, president Felipe Calderon pressed Bush for U.S. action on comprehensive immigration reform focused on creating jobs, not a fence. (Here’s the text of Bush and Calderon’s arrival ceremony speeches.)

What do you make of the Bush visit, and what it means for relations between the U.S. and Latin America?
This is the second time the staff of American Public Media has reached out to the Latino Blogosphere. Many thanks to them for engaging with our communities.

Last, but not least, there is an online campaign underway that is highlighting the ways Faux News is targeting the black community. Based out of the website: FOX ATTACKS, they are wondering if there is similar interest for their intrepid muckrakers to study the ways that MSM Propaganda Organ is directly targeting Latinos (and they are).

Drop them a note expressing your support. Here is one of the videos already put together, in conjunction with

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