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3/31 Cucamonga, CA: KKK/Minutemen Harrasing Migrant Workers Met by Larger Counter Protesters
Released 31 March 2007  By Anonymous

3/31: Klu Klux Klan in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

By about 7:45am, the KKK , branch from Yucca Valley, appeared on the street corner (about 5 to 7 of them) facing at least 100 workers, families and friends of day laborers, with maybe an additional hundred or so showing up througout the morning.

At first the Minutemen because stood at a third corner, and within about 15-20 minutes, the minuteKLAN left they said they didn't want to be associated with the Klu Klux Klan. But, by about 8:30am, more MinuteKLAN showed up and maintained a 3rd corner for the duration of the morning.

The energy was high on our side of the street, chanting, singing, banners, etc. One of the workers kept answering back at this psycho minuteKLAN lady to just---go home! "Thanks for coming" the jornalero says in english, "we want to go to work now, okay?!"

English classes were taking place with several more volunteers to become maestros de ingles, volunteers coming from nearby college and a recently formed organization called "Community Justice Center of Inland Valley." This is likely a trend we should really consider duplicating at other sites, with or without a center.

About 2 hours into the protest, one of the jornaleros walked up to me with a piece two pieces of paper and said "teacher, here is my homework." He wanted me to review his "tarea" from the previous weekend, couple worksheets handed out to the workers.

This is just another representation of the high level of dedication from the workers to continue working, to continue learning english, and to get a Center opened again so they do not have to stand in a parking lot to acquire work.

The workforce provided by these workers represents a profound piece of california's economy, and by allowing workers the dignity of having a center is just that--legitimizing them as workers and increasing the responsibility and accountability by the patrones to their workers.

One of the sentences we practice in our English classes leading up to this event / protest was on how the jornaleros can answer back to the racistas. We practicingi saying the typical slogans from these types of protests, but they are meaning. "Working is not a crime," and "we are all humans", primero--somos humanos, ningun ser humano es ilegal.

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