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Latino Students Rally Against Meg Whitman at Placita Olvera

By David Markland
Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010, at 05:54PM
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Today's get out the vote rally on Olvera Street had a handful of women, and men, dressed up as Meg Whitman.

A "Get Out The Vote Rally" held today at Placita Olvera drew around 200 Latinos holding signs portraying gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman as a witch.

The rally featured a number of short skits performed largely in Spanish with their visions of how California's future would look if Whitman was elected governor. Many had male actors in wigs playing Whitman, with a recurring theme of Whitman calling on immigration to arrest and carry away undocumented college students.

The event was organized in part by Javier Gonzalez, executive director of Strengthening Our Lives (SOL), who describes Whitman as "the Meg Mata Suenos!" (the dream killer). Gonzalez' organization is trying to draw attention to what they say is Whitman's agenda of stopping undocumented students from attending California schools and universities if she's elected.

"She has spent millions in Spanish language television and radio ads trying to convince Latinos that she's the best choice for governor," Gonzalez said, "but her policies on immigration and education will kills the dreams of thousands of aspiring students and their hard working parents."

On hand to speak to the crowd were Assemblymember Hector De La Torre, State Senator Gil Cedillo, State Controller John Chiang, and SEIU Secretary General Eliseo Medina, the highest ranking Latino labor leader in the country.

After the audience called for California State Controller John Chiang to speak to the crowd in Spanish, as the rest had, he shouted, "No habla!" and later challenged the crowd by saying, "I'll learn Spanish if you learn Mandarin," citing the need to compete against China, and the role of education in being prepared.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the SEIU United Service Workers West (USWW) were the event's co-organizers.


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