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The Editor to the Texas Atty Gen to the FBI Voice of the Mainland 2 8 12

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 Historia Chicana
8 February 2012
 
Voice of the Mainland 
Accessed: 8 February 2012
 
To the Texas Attorney General and to the Federal  Bureau of Investigation
By Bernardo Eureste, Editor
Voice of the Mainland 
8 February 2012
The public media have gone head over heels over the ranting and raving of Luis Vera, the attorney forLULAC, in the Texas redistricting fight.The Texas Attorney General said it very clear yesterday when he recognized the major Latino partiesentering an agreement with Texas in the Texas redistricting legal battle and cited: Texas LULAC,MALDEF, GI Forum, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, Domingo García, The MexicanAmerican Bar Association of Texas, and La Fe Policy Research and Education Center. There were alsothe Southwest Workers Union and NOMAR. These organizations are all well-known Latinoorganizations, known to people nationally and in Texas and very representative of Latinos in Texas.Many of these organizations were born in Texas.The Texas LULAC and the Luis Vera LULAC needs some clarification.The Luis Vera LULAC that is getting all of the media attention is a paper tiger, in Texas and in most of the United States.The Luis Vera LULAC is led by a national board of directors who are elected into office at each year'snational LULAC convention. The election which elected the current slate of national LULAC leaderswas held in Cincinnati, Ohio this past July where LULAC held its national convention.LULAC has been going through a national struggle for leadership since 1994 when the national electionheld in El Paso, Texas was decided by 325 delegates who were flown in from the island of Puerto Ricoto a convention that normally hosts 450 to 500 delegates from throughout the United States. The El Paso
 
 
convention had just over 800 delegates. The conservative candidate for President won with a margin of 1 to 5 votes. There were five counters. Puerto Rico's first thrust into LULAC national politics gave 325delegate votes to the conservative winner. Mainland LULAC'ers broke at about 400 for the liberalcandidate and 77 for the conservative candidate. Puerto Rico voted its entire slate of delegates for theconservative candidate. This new arrangement was repeated each year, since LULAC elects its nationalofficers each year. In 1998, new candidates had to run, since national office holders cannot serve formore than four years. In 1998 in Dallas, island Puerto Rico showed up with 340 delegates. The victoryagain went to the conservative candidate, who won by 16 votes. Again mainland liberal LULAC'ersmade up 75% of the mainland delegate vote. In 1999-2000, the FBI investigated, charged and gotindictments against island Puerto Rico government officials, some going to prison. Island Puerto Ricostayed out of LULAC politics until 2010, when they showed up with 225 delegates at the nationalconvention in Albuquerque.The island Puerto Rico strategy regarding LULAC is orchestrated by island Puerto Rico's ruling party,the New Progressive Party, also known as the PNP. Its governor is Luis Fortuno.In Puerto Rico, the politics of island stauts has the PNP supporting statehood. Opposition parties supportcommonwealth status (current status), independent status and no change in status.Over the 50 years, Puerto Rico has had three plebiscites on the issue of status, 1967, 1993 and 1998.Each time, statehood and independence have lost out to status quo.The PNP made a decision in 1994 to use LULAC as its mainland forum to have LULAC lobby for itsstatehood status. They supported that decision by paying for the transportation, lodging and feeding of the hundreds of island Puerto Ricans who are flown in to the LULAC national conventions. That runsinto over one million dollars each year. The PNP gets government contractors to pay the bill. InAlbuquerque, the Plaza in downtown Albuquerque had island Puerto Rico entertainment during theLULAC convention there in 2010. Several banquets were hosted by island Puerto Rico. Many mainland
LULAC’
ers have given up on the national conventions, why go and spend money if the elections will bedecided by the Puerto Rican PNP.The history of LULAC has LULAC organized in states throughout the US. The strongest stateorganization of LULAC is Texas, the LULAC cradle.The current battle in LULAC is to figure out how national LULAC can control Texas LULAC.In 2011 as we got into the Texas redistricting fight, the word went out from Luis Vera, nationalLULAC's legal counsel, that Texas LULAC should not self-direct its Texas redistricting strategy. TexasLULAC wanted to join the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force (TLRTF). Luis Vera sent out a moredirect letter. Do not join the TLRTF or heads will roll. The Texas LULAC Board voted to have TexasLULAC join the TLRTF. In response to this decision, Luis Vera engineered a complaint against JoeyCárdenas, the State Director of Texas LULAC. The complaint resulted in a hearing to impeach JoeyCardenas on October 1, 2011. The hearing was rigged. Joey Cárdenas was impeached and removed fromoffice. Cárdenas had served as state director for 3 years and was in his 4th year as director, his last. Hehad 9 months to serve out his term. He had no challenger
 
 
The national board named Florinda Chávez, the Deputy Director of Texas LULAC, which is the next inline scheme in the organization, as the State Director. Ms. Chávez is on the same page that TexasLULAC is on the matter of the redistricting agreement.The word on the LULAC street is that the national board will remove Ms. Chavez and replace her with aState Director who dances to the national board's music. On the street LULAC'ers know who that personis.The purpose of this opinion piece is to ask the question, who is National LULAC and what is its role inthe Texas redistricting process?Texas LUAC'ers spoke on the Texas redistricting effort. They decided through their board of directors to join up with the TLRTF.What we know of national LULAC is that their politics is controlled by island Puerto Rico money. Whyshould that national board be sticking their nose into the Texas redistricting effort?Luis Vera's only interest in the Texas redistricting effort is to protect the Congressional District of Congressman Lloyd Doggett.All of the Latino organizations who joined up to fight for Latino interests in the Texas redistricting fighthave agreed to the redistricting plans that were announced on Monday. The State of Texas is on board.Luis Vera says...No! With that, National LULAC says...No!Who is Luis Vera? And who is National LULAC in the Texas redistricting fight when all of the majorLatino organizations are saying that we have an agreement?National LULAC should be investigated by the Attorney General of Texas for violating the charterprovisions under which LULAC was organized. What is a Texas chartered not for profit organizationdoing being a lobbying agency for island Puerto Rico? What is Luis Vera doing running a lobbyinggame for Lloyd Doggett in the redistricting fight? Is that what national LULAC is all about, becomingthe lobbying arm for causes that are not the causes of mainland Latinos and Texas Latinos?Who is paying Luis Vera's bill? Lloyd Doggett? National LULAC? Island Puerto Rico? The bill must bein the hundreds of thousands. Who is paying that bill?The Texas Attorney General should not pay heed to Luis Vera or National LULAC. They are papertigers. The conservatives in Texas LUAC support the State of Texas and the liberals in Texas LULACsupport the agreement that MALDEF was able to work out with the state as the attorney for the TexasLatino Redistricting Task Force. Forget Luis Vera and national LULAC, they are paper tigers.Island Puerto Rico does not vote in Texas. Island Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States. They donot vote in federal elections. They do not pay federal income taxes. Their per capita is $17, 692, 1/3 of the US and they fly 340 delegates to LULAC conventions in the US, some in first class seats. Google r/t

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