1. He doesn’t represent us
On June 30, the Historic Cine El Rey shared a photo on Facebook of the sign they put up on their theater just days before the Fourth of July parade. The sign reads, “TED CRUZ DOES NOT REPRESENT US.”
2. Chicano business
McAllen resident Ronnie Garza has put together a collection of “resistance music” dedicated to Sen. Ted Cruz to be released on July 4.
The collection is titled “Unfinished Chicano Business Vol. 1 – HEY TED CRUZ, HERE’S SOME FUCK YOU’S FROM THE VALLEY. IT’S A REMINDER THAT YOU WERE NOT INVITED HERE BY THE PEOPLE OF MCALLEN AND YOU DO NOT REPRESENT US, ASSHOLE.”
3. “El Cucuy”
More than 500 people have joined the Facebook event to protest Sen. Cruz during his address on Fourth of July in Archer Park in McAllen, Texas. The protest will begin at 7 AM.
4. No closed meetings
After McAllen Mayor Jim Darling misstated during a city commissioners meeting one June 26 that La Union Del Pueblo Entero would meet with Sen. Ted Cruz, LUPE clarified that they had declined the invitation from the Senator and instead asked for a town hall.
The immigrant rights organization was criticized in an editorial by The Monitor for deciding not to meet with the Senator. The following day, LUPE responded to the criticism in an op-ed on The Monitor:
“That meeting would have gone against our commitment to participation. LUPE is founded on the views and beliefs of our founder César Chávez, who once said: ‘We don’t need perfect political systems; we need perfect participation.’ It is through participation that individuals discover their own power to impact change. It is through participation with their constituents that elected officials learn how to respond to the needs of their community.”
5. Proud to stand together
After that editorial, 14 community organizations signed onto an op-ed, also published in The Monitor, in defense of LUPE:
“Unlike Mr. Darling, LUPE is not a political organization. Politicians may consider compromise as a political maneuver, but community organizations stand with and defend their community’s dignity and values. This is true especially when confronting those who for years have advocated for policies contrary to that dignity and those values.”
The organizations that signed on were:
- Texas Civil Rights Project
- Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club
- People for Peace and Justice
- Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center
- Minority Affairs Council
- Human Rights Coalition of South Texas
- Aquí Estamos RGV
- Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
- La Unión Chicanx Hijxs de Aztlán (LUCHA)
- Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
- South Texas Equality Project (STEP)
- Villegas Law Office, PLLC
- Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law PLLC
6. Money talks
The McAllen Collective Action Committee hosted a silent protest during McAllen’s city commissioners meeting on June 26. During the meeting, Mayor Darling spoke to the group where they demanded a town hall with the senator.
Two days later, Neta interviewed the group after learning that FEC records show that Darling donated $1,000 to the Ted Cruz presidential campaign.
“I am tired of seeing our supposed community ‘leaders,’ like Jim Darling, pander to these racist and classist Washington politicians,” a spokesperson for the Collective said. “In essence, they’re paying them to be heard and seen, and in this case, parading around our streets.”
7. A big mistake
The Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club posted this statement on Facebook:
“We believe that it is a mistake for the City of McAllen to allow such a divisive figure to have such a prominent role in our Independence Day festivities, which should be our time to come together as a community to illustrate the values that unite us.
These are values that Senator Cruz does not seem to share. The only public interest that Cruz has taken in the Rio Grande Valley and in the border region as a whole is as a backdrop for his extreme “border war” and anti-immigrant rhetoric.”