Wednesday, July 14, 2010

George Lopez, Outspoken on AZ Immigration Law, In Bed With Civil Rights Violators by Performing at Pechanga

Say it isn't so, G-Lo. We reported that you stood with CUBAN civil rights protestors. You commented on the AZ immigration law that could possibly violate civil rights. But when it comes to ACTUAL civil rights violators HERE in CALIFORNIA.... you help support THEM?

Please CANCEL your performances scheduled for September 16 and 17 at Pechanga because of THEIR civil rights violations.

George, here is a portion of the letters written to Attorney General Holder on the civil rights violations by tribes in CA:

Throughout California Indian Country, tribal officials have taken actions which have denied and/or stripped thousands of California Indians of their membership status and denied them access to federal benefits and programs in the areas of housing, education, health, voting and public works assistance. In some instances, the illegal actions occurred decades ago, however, there has been a marked increase since Indian Gaming was approved and later expanded in California.

Tribal leaders justify their right to systematically deny civil rights and expel their citizens under the guise of tribal sovereignty. Tribal leaders have routinely committed acts to deny Indian individuals due process; equal protection of tribal, state, and federal laws; property interest rights; and voting rights. Theses actions have been carried out in gross violation of laws enacted to guarantee and protect the rights of the individual Indian.

We can no longer allow those who oppose upholding the civil and voting rights of thousands of California Indians to claim that this is a sovereignty issue that rests solely within the domain of tribal courts and tribal law. Few California Tribes actually have tribal courts. Therefore, in most cases, the tribal government officials responsible for the violations of law are the very same people who pass judgment as to whether or not laws have been violated - they are the judge and jury all rolled into one.
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