Tuesday, May 25, 2010

La Vida Es Un Gran Viaje

Sup everyone! I'm bout to be out in a minute, lookin forward to eatin a whole bunch of these guys! Late. Hasta los dias mejores en Julio, cuando la gente y el sol son juntos... Life's a trip, here I go!

I love me some Frisco, that goes without saying. But you and I both know that I don't leave my heart nowhere, it comes with me, even on 90 mile bike rides. 408 is the namesake after all, represent that!

You can't tell, but it's raining mad hard in the foreground, sun pourin out in the back. South south bay! Gilas guey!!

In search of song inspiration, and a general reminder of a life that seems so fargone, I took a trip to the old hood the other week:

Catch a body.

This used to be open for people to walk through for easy access to the park. I'm sure the cops forced it closed to try to keep the ghetto element from seeping out the sides and also to funnel the criminal element to the other exits.

There are gangs in Gilroy. The LG's are a norteno hotbed.

Come play!

Through the blight shines the bright. Mingo's parents still hold it down. No car, no job, no English, but plenty of hospitality and Icees. Wholesome, humble folks.

Cheah!!Props to this Guy, Nath, Angelique, Danielle, and everyone else who busted ass for many years for that expensive piece of paper. No go do somethin!!

Very sad that I'll be missing the Geiger Graduation Goodness, however just knowing that folks will hold it down in my absence makes me happy enough. Keep it movin Focheros, it's all love. Late!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


it's official. we've broken the three hundred mark. wooooo!


Monday, May 17, 2010

let it bang.
boys came through and made me feel good.
reminders of home.
new memories in new york.
boy fun will never die.

wanslow feelin saucey.

a gallon of brooklyn ipa is the ONLY way to roll.

i think i have a routine of sorts.
my routine keeps me sane.
i buy records. i listen to records. i make beats.
it's my primary creative outlet.

i'v been meaning to shoot this spot for a while. i didn't really make it happen like i wanted. but after sigh fore pulled the no show of a lifetime... i figured i'd break him off this lil guy through the links. <'s


this guy knows my steeze.
i really like taking pictures of the sky.

what would you do on an empty train.?

all day.

i miss you.
i LOVE you.
i hope you're doing well.
i miss you.
i miss you.
i miss you.
that's it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Rock It

Don't stop it. So sick! That Vestax Controller One looks crazy. I wanna be down!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Diana put me up on this here.. like most of the things i love out here.. xoxo

Monday, May 3, 2010

Repping FOCHO in Arizona--a breakdown of the new law

Aight...so one of my cousins just asked me on facebook to explain why everyone is getting so upset about the new Arizona law. She claimed that she was reading the newspaper every day and still didn't understand...so, obviously I had to tell her what's up.Check out the break down:

1. No city, state, county government entity can adopt a policy that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration.
2. In all contacts with people, government employees will be required to verify someone’s immigration status if they have “reasonable suspicion” that the person might be undocumented (1. This requires a lot more of the officer’s time which means time is being diverted away from other more important/ dangerous/ urgent issues 2) most officers aren’t trained in how to enforce immigration or identify people who might be undocumented so they must rely on stereotyping by the music being listened to, accent, skin color, kind of car they are driving, what they are wearing. 3) Because officers must verify citizenship, undocumented victims of violent and non-violent crimes will not report the crimes so as to not avoid the police. This will in term make our neighborhoods much more dangerous as, for example, rapists won’t be reported. 4) Also, this law stipulates that if a citizen or anyone suspects that an officer did not do his/ her job and verify a person’s status that could be undocumented, then they have the right to sue that officer- which in and of itself is bad…but it also says that the municipality will be responsible for all legal/ attorney costs for the plaintiff (so it encourages reporting of officers that don’t comply with the law but with no cost to people who report). Also, no extra money was allotted to the municipalities to pay for all these lawsuits and we have a horrendous deficit already!
3. Law enforcement would be able to arrest someone they think is undocumented without a warrant; (Again, this law is a waste of officers’ time and the city’s money, and there is a high likelihood of harassment and lawsuits for discrimination by people who are profiled. For example, there are already reports of a Latino citizen truck driver being pulled over and he didn’t have his birth certificates on him; he was detained for almost a full day and harassed by police until his wife could get off work and bring his birth certificate. Also, for this person that was arrested, he will be responsible for paying all costs related to his jail time. 4. A person would be charged with trespassing if they are found to be in the state without having legal immigration status; Trespassing is not just restricted to illegal entry onto private property…you can’t legally be in any public space, which means that officers don’t need any other excuse to approach you and question you about your status. Trespassing will go on your criminal record, making it more difficult or impossible to secure employment, or apply for legal working papers at a later time.
5. It would be a crime for someone to stop their vehicle on the road in order to hire a day laborer and it would be illegal for someone to get into a car that is blocking the road for the purpose of getting a job; This disproportionately affects Latinos, and I think the most important part to realize is that the police will not go after the driver/ person hiring the day laborer, the police will only charge the worker, so even though both are committing an illegal act, only the worker suffers the consequences. This is how the employer sanctions law has been enforced; the employers sanctions law made it a crime for employers to knowingly hire an undocumented person, but only one employer has been convicted since the law took effect in 2008 though thousands of workers have been convicted.
6. It would become a Class 1 misdemeanor for someone who is undocumented to knowingly apply for, solicit or perform work as an “independent contractor” or employee. In case you didn’t know I am working at a worker rights center in Arizona; I tell workers what their rights are in the workplace (which is the same regardless of documentation status) and help them navigate the legal system or negotiate with their employer. I think this bill will have a tremendous impact on workers in that people will want to stay in horrible jobs in which they are harassed, not paid standard wages, are overworked and work in very dangerous working conditions with no safety/ health equipment or information. Workers won’t be able to complain at work or file complaints with the government agencies because they will be afraid of retaliation (cut pay, job loss, threats of deportation, etc). Ultimately, there will be no regulation of labor laws.
7. It would become a Class 1 misdemeanor to drive or “conceal” someone who is undocumented; This could affect church ministries (a youth minister driving the kids to a church event and he doesn’t know one is undocumented, for example), schools/ teachers, social services agencies (I’ve had to drive undocumented people to court, so I could be caught and charged a class 1 misdemeanor), and mixed status families (families in which maybe a mom is documented but the dad isn’t…or the parents don’t have documents but the kids do.)
8. It would also become illegal to “induce” or encourage someone who is undocumented to move to Arizona.

I think we need to consider how all the round ups and broken families will affect the larger community and also how we would really be affected if we successfully ran out all the undocumented people. I couldn’t find the exact numbers but the undocumented in Arizona contribute something like $4.5 million to our state economy but their “burden” on the economy is only $2 million. It is illegal for them to use any publli services (except emergency medical/firefighters/police and vaccination programs), and b/c of the law HB2008 which passed in Nov 2009, it's harder for them to get services for their American born children as well; yet, they are paying, as Lydon so well put it, sales taxes, property taxes, and payroll taxes with their ETIN numbers. Considering how huge a deficit we have in Arizona, we couldn’t afford to have all the undocumented leave, even if we did want them to...Why can't our state and our country realize what tremendous contributions they make to our community economically, culturally, spiritually etc and stop harrassing them?

Ya Guey!

If only it were that simple. Our country breeds this strange sense of entitlement, one in which people feel they deserve a Jones-esque lifestyle simply because they were birthed on this side of the fence. That's all fine and well, but the strangeness comes from the idea that there is an imminent need to "preserve" these "rights" by disallowing "foreigners", non-conformists unwilling to assimilate to our "correct" standards of society, from entering, and thus infecting, this pure society. To this I say, fuck all that noise.

Let's be real; people just don't want an influx of brown murkin' up the pristine, blue (eyed) waters of America. Canada brings hockey sticks and maple syrup. Mexicans bring crime and dependency on government aid. What are the most sensationalized issues regarding illegal immigration? Hmmm...

- They don't pay taxes and use up all our social services. - So, sales taxes don't count? They may not pay federal taxes, but undocumented workers are paid a fraction of the salary of their unionized counterparts, leading to an increase in taxable income for their employer. In theory, this would offset or increase the actual taxes paid, since the employer is likely to be in a higher tax bracket than the undocumented worker. However, we all know that the rich will find ways around taxes. So who is the real criminal??

- They commit violent crimes and we can't track them. - Yes, some illegal immigrants commit crimes. All of them? No. Most? Not close. Even a substantial percentage? Not at all. Let's just chalk this one up to common sense.

- They refuse to speak English or make any effort to assimilate into American society. - You ever learn another language? It's not easy. Oh, your great grandparents were from Italy and worked hard to be accepted into American society and were never given any help from the government, so why can't the Mexicans? Great story, bet it didn't happen overnight, or in a single generation for that matter. It is far and few between where I encounter Latino folks who cannot speak/understand even the most broken, basic English. Any reluctance to speak English is simply because many non-natives are embarrassed to speak and make mistakes. Again, common sense.

- They took our jobs!!! And they just send all the money out of the country! - You or your pussy ass kids ain't gonna pick no lettuce for $4 an hour, so shut the fuck up. And yes many undocumented workers do send money to their families. Not ok with you? Check where everything you own is manufactured and tell me how much of your money stays in the good ol US of A. Late.

The world is locs. It's all too common that common sense takes a back seat to media hype and unwarranted fears. We need to be constantly reminded that we are the thinkers, the progressives, the scholars, the framers of morals and culture and everything we hold dear. Focho all damn day, tell me otherwise!!

The pictures are from the SF MayDay rally in front of City Hall. These are the only two I got to snap off before my battery died. There were plenty of folks there, I stayed for a good 20 minutes and listened to some inspiring words and songs.

To the future!!!!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Estado de Verguenza - The Ballad of Arizona

May Day Rally in Phoenix

La virgen esta presente.

"Nazi Arizona"

20,000 people were present before the rally even started at the state capitol yesterday, and the
vigil became an energized march in response to SB1070 rather than a celebration of workers.
And since when did May Day become a brown people thing? I could have counted on my hand the number of non-Hispanics there yesterday.
Whatever message we're hoping to give, we have to stand together to show that the hope of peace and justice crosses lines of race, class, national origin and documentation status and that this it's not just a brown people fight.

Todos Son Arizona!

It's sad that most Americans don't even know about the international workers day (May Day) our original labor day which was started by American workers 120 years ago, in commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, which subsequently became an international day of solidarity for US workers fighting for the 8 hour work day. It then grew into the international workers day and today is celebrated by workers in almost every other country in the world...except in the US where our government switched labor day to September so this country would forget about the militant labor movement which gave their lives for workers rights. May 1st is a day Americans should celebrate those who built and continue to build this country, and those workers who fought for and gave their lives for, the rights we have today. It is also a day in which we should continue the fight against poverty, racism, sexism, heterosexism and exploitation and stand up in solidarity with those denied their human rights...

En Solidaridad con los Trabajadores Immigrantes..Si se Puede!