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Friday, 21 September 2007

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"Reduction" of Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, TX

The Latino Organization, L.A.T.A. (Latinos Americanos Todos Avanzando), has raised their voices in protest to the reduction of Cesar Chavez St. in Austin.

"They are always trying to bring us down, why can't they reduce other White streets like Ben White or William Cannon, it is always the Mexicans being brought down?" said spokeswoman Elizabeth Mendoza-Smith.

In a town meeting held Monday night at commissioner's court, Mendoza-Smith and twelve other East Austin advocates fought over the reduction of Cesar Chavez. In a twenty-five minute speech, she explained why it was blatantly racist and closing Cesar Chavez was part of the white agenda to bring the Hispanic race down.

"What about MLK?" Mendoza-Smith asked. "The city would never reduce or close that street because there would be mass riots like they had in Watts in '65"

Richard Dozer, county commissioner tried to explain to Mendoza-Smith and her supporters that the move was merely to improve the street because it was badly damaged. Mendoza-Smith responded by saying,

"That is also very racist because you are saying that because it is a Mexican named street, it is in need of repair, just like you are trying to Whitewash our minds!"

At that point, Mr. Dozer had nothing left to say, slammed his gavel and adjourned the meeting.

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