Marchers in El Salvador

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Another source of pride for me today was seeing the sea of red shirts that crammed the streets from El Salvador del Mundo in Colonia Escalon, to the Reloj de Flores in downtown San Salvador. It was a festive, positive parade of workers insisting that Funes take his pledge seriously and help his party. There were delegations from Honduras, Guatemala, and it was HUGE! I was proud to join them with my red hat, and my dog with his FMLN band around his neck, beside my proud Salvadoran husband. They were also speaking about Arizona, so this has gained world wide recognition, for this pathetic woman's demonstration of how racist it gets.

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May Day in El Salvador

Here, we celebrate workers day, as is done in many places in the world. This May Day, there was a huge gathering protesting for the rights of workers, better health care for the poor, gay rights, and against Janet Brewer's law in Arizona, where anyone can be stopped and racially profiled (although they deny that, even with their own Sheriff Arpaio who has been doing this for years). May Day is a day that business shuts down, people rally in the streets, leftist political groups reinforce their ideals of celebrating workers. It's a festive day. They called it the Nacional Fiesta, yesterday and it did indeed feel that way. I'll post some photos, although they aren't mine, because we are having download problems. The Vice President of the FMLN spoke in front of the Reloj de Flores and music filled the air. It really was a sight for the eyes to see miles and miles of red shirts.

And as a socialist, it was a proud day for me. I had never seen so many faces with the same view of things united in one place. This literally went for miles, trucks filled with bands or speakers blasting songs like that the band Molotov, called appropriately, "Frijolero" which has some significant lyrics for what is happening in Arizona:

Yo ya estoy hasta la madre
Yo ya estoy hasta la madre
De que me pongan sombrero
Escucha entonces cuando digo
No me llames frijolero
Y aunque exista algun respeto
No metamos las narices
Por que inflamos la moneda
Haciendo guerra a otros paises
Te pagamos con petróleo
O intereses nuestra deuda
Mientras tanto no sabemos
Quien se queda con la feria
Aunque nos hagan la fama
De que somos vendedores
De la droga que sembramos
Ustedes son consumidores

**CORO**

Don't't call me gringo, you fucking beaner
Stay on your side of that godamn river
Don't call me gringo you beaner
No me digas beaner Mr. Puñetero
Te sacare un susto por racista y culero
No me llames frijolero pinche gringo puñetero
(chingao¡¡)

Now I wish I had a dime for every single time
I've gotten stared down for being in the wrong side of town
And a rich man I'd be if I had that kind of chips
Lately I wanna smack the mouth of these racist

Podras imaginarte desde afuera
Ser un mexicano cruzando la frontera
Pensando en tu familia mientras que pasas
Dejando todo lo que tu conoces atras
Si tuvieras tu que esquivar las balas?
De unos cuantos gringos rancheros?
Les seguiras diciendo good for nothing wetback?
Si tuvieras tu que empezar de cero?

Now why don't you look down to
Where your feet is planted
That U.S soil that makes you take shit for granted
If not for Santa Anna, just to let you now
That where your feet a planted would be Mexico

Correcto!

**CORO**

Don't't call me gringo, you fucking beaner
Stay on your side of that godamn river
Don't call me gringo you beaner
No me digas beaner Mr. Puñetero
Te sacare un susto por racista y culero
No me llames frijolero pinche gringo puñetero

Don't't call me gringo, you fucking beaner
Stay on your side of that godamn river
Don't call me gringo you beaner
No me digas beaner Mr. Puñetero
Te sacare un susto por racista y culero
No me llames frijolero pinche gringo (pinche gringo que?) puñetero

It expresses the frustration and outrage of many Latinos, who see people like Governor Janet Brewer as much of a racist as Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It highlights the reasons we (Latinos from the U.S. living in El Salvador, join with our U.S. friends, calling for a complete financial boycott of Arizona, financially. Not to mention the numerous requests for the U.S. to cut off federal funding of any sort in Arizona, as we did when they decided that Martin Luther King Day would not be allowed as a federal holiday there. I believe Mexico is calling for a financial boycott as well. It will be interesting to see who refuses to do business with that racist state any longer and the effects of that. I do know that Russel Pearce, who chased many Latinos, both legal and illegal, out of that state a few years back, was begging for them to come back later, because this caused a financial collapse in his state's economy.

The march yesterday had many focuses...but they were very much on the immigration issue in the U.S., as well they should be.

jumping into the middle of a conversation

I feel like I missed something, what marchers?  What's the event?  Mayday?  

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