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Revolutionaries Take Kids On Trip To AZ

From Fox News:

With Revolutionaries ‘Looking On,’ Teachers Take Kids on a Protest Trip to Arizona

June 9, 2010

Standing in front of a wall-to-wall mural featuring a who’s who of revolutionaries, including Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and boldly displaying the motto Patria o Muerte, Venceremos!!! (Fatherland or Death, We Shall Overcome!!!), a group of teachers, students, parents and community activists in the Los Angeles Unified School District gathered last month for an unusual field trip — to Arizona, to protest that state’s controversial immigration law.

A video posted on YouTube shows LA social studies teacher Jose Lara interviewing teachers and students on May 28 at the headquarters of an organization calling for a Mexican revolution on U.S. soil. Soon after he shot the video, many in the group left for an overnight "freedom ride" to Phoenix to protest what Lara tells the camera is a "racist and outrageous" law.

Four days later, the school board president implored the superintendent of schools to ensure that students in the district be taught that Arizona’s law is "un-American" and Jim Crow-like

Lara, who made the video, teaches at the Unified School District’s Santee Education Complex with Ron Gochez, another social studies teacher who came under fire last month after he was identified making incendiary remarks in a widely circulated YouTube video that shows him speaking at a 2007 rally for La Raza, a revolutionary group calling for Mexican revolt inside the United States.

In that video, Gochez referred to Americans as "frail, racist, white people, and to California as "stolen, occupied Mexico." The video’s posting led to a groundswell of anger and a flood of calls for Gochez’s firing, but a school district investigation found him fit to continue teaching history to public school students.

Both Lara and Gochez are active in numerous revolutionary groups, including Union Del Barrio, a La Raza organization that Gochez helped establish across the street from Santee High School.

In the video shot before the trip to Arizona, students, teachers and others are seen gathered at the Union Del Barrio meeting hall and cultural center in Los Angeles, called Centro Cultural Francisco Villa — a nod to one of the leaders of the Mexican Revolution — where wall murals picture revolutionary leaders — including Ho Chi Minh — holding machine guns.

Beside portraits of the revolutionaries is a hand-painted rendering of the famous and long-living revolutionary motto: Patrio o Muerte, Venceremos!!! Popularized by Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution, it’s been used by Latin American leaders including Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Evo Morales of Bolivia, who declared it the official motto of his nation’s army three months ago.

Gochez confirmed to FoxNews.com that he participated in the caravan to Arizona, though he does not appear in Lara’s video blog entry. Gochez did, however, give numerous on-camera interviews to local news outlets from Centro Cultural Francisco Villa that same night…

The teachers who accompanied students to Phoenix are no strangers to political activism and controversial speech. Gochez has organized against immigration law enforcement raids and held anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement meetings at his public high school. Lara has worked to secure scholarships and student loans for high school students who are in the U.S. illegally

You tax money at work.

(Thanks to NickB for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Revolutionaries Take Kids On Trip To AZ”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    I bet these lackwits would freak if we called the Mexican Government “frail” “weak” and “racist”.
    At least we wouldn’t be lying.

  2. imnewatthis says:

    I have a friend who would have loved to be on that bus!

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Again, ignorance on display. It is especially disturbing when there are teachers involved. For example, is this teacher aware that California passed a (very) similar law in the 90’s? So why all the hype, lady? Oh that’s right, today’s teachers use their hearts, not their brains.

    • JohnMG says:

      Well, Rusty, you use what you have on hand. In this case, these teachers have feelings, but no brains. They have an agenda, but no sense of responsibility.

      They seem to lack a lot of things. Dignity, responsibility, morals, shame, sense of obligation, decency, character……all things that require thought and the exercise of some personal restraint.

      The real tragedy is that occupy positions of authority as they present a terrible example of human behavior that poisons the well for generations to come, and they are not being held accountable for it by people who should know better and either don’t, or don’t care.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I recall in the third grade, we had a teacher who, by today’s standards even, was a loose-lefty liberal. When we got to the subject matter of slavery in the US, she was teaching us negro protest songs and “We Shall Overcome” and when parents heard their kids singing them at home, questions were raised. I seem to recall that the curriculum mysteriously changed one day and we shifted gears into something completely different and none of my fellow students understood what happened. Being kids, we just went along and continued on with whatever the new thing was.

      I would guess that parents had some things to say about the goings on as well as the school administrators…back when the PTA had some horsepower. The PTA could press a school in my small area to fire a teacher. Nowadays, they do it with lawsuits and so on.

      I also recall that she was teaching us to be ashamed that we were white. She stayed on at that school long after I went on to high school many years later. She was generally liked by all the kids. So I guess she simply had to hide her flaming liberal personality.

      But now that the pendulum has swung so far left and in fact is banging against the side of the clock, they don’t fear presenting their utopian dreams and skewing the history to satisfy their agenda. Indeed, when I was a substitute high school teacher, I quickly learned that some of the stupidest people on the face of the Earth are, in fact, teachers.

    • Right of the People says:


      Sadly the kids they’re teaching are probably all illegals or at best children of illegals who were born here as an “anchor” child allowing their parents to stay. I’m also willing to bet Espanish is the language spoken at home and for the most part in school. So much for assimilating into American culture.

      Another thought to ponder. Did they get permission slips to take these kids this far away from home? And who paid for it? If I recall reading, the LA school system is one of those crying for more federal education monies. How can they afford to finance a trip like this?

  4. NickB says:

    What’s really laughable are comments like “Fatherland or Death, We Shall Overcome”, and that this is “their continent”. Don’t these halfwits know that it was the Spaniards who conquered what was left of the Mayans and Aztecs in what is now known as Mexico and Central America (as well as the indigenous people of South America) and IMPOSED THEIR language, culture AND religion on those people? The Mayans and Aztecs were NOT hispanic nor a drop of spanish blood in their veins.

    I pray someone on national TV gets Lara on and someone points all that out to him and his mindless lemmings. THEN they can see that maybe the descendants of Mayans and Aztecs should be demanding THEIR countries back.

  5. U NO HOO says:

    The word “fools” comes to mind.

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