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Sent: Wed 6/9/2010 7:56 AM

Evidently you were under the impression that only non-Puerto Ricans
would view your letter. This is one puertorriquea who is very
offended at your generalization of my island and her people.

It s important for all involved in a LULAC Council to be mindful of
what the acronym stands for: League of United Latin American
Citizens. Your Call to Action amounts to no more than AZ Senator
Russell Pearce s Immigration Bill in his state. There s no need to tell
you the backlash of that law in Arizona and what it has done to our
communities. On behalf of our Council, I can tell you that every single
Puerto Rican in our region is as outraged and committed to registering
and taking voters to polls to fight the injustices to all Latinos. Although
as U.S. citizens the law does not affect me, my souls is Latinas first,
therefore, I take it personally.

In conclusion, I say to you that whether it s Rosa Rosales or any other
politician, the saying goes, if you can t stand the heat, get out of the
kitchen. The test of a true National LULAC President is their passion
and how hard they will work to right the injustices to all Latin
American Citizens regardless of their country of origin.

Wipe your tears, roll up your sleeves and campaign hard at the
National Convention if want change. But, please, there are enough
people out there who would love nothing more than to see angry, bitter
Latinos pecking away at each other. I strongly suggest that we stay
focused on LULAC was meant to stand for, not the politics and in-

Vilma Seymour, President
Metro-Richmond Council 4611
Editor's Response: The Voice of the Mainland is a public publication,
emailed to all LULAC'ers with known email addresses. There was no
presumption by the editor that only non-Puerto Ricans were going to
read the publication. Latinos and non-Latinos of all ethnicities were
sent a link to this publication. Getting the government and/or a rum
producer from Puerto Rico to finance the 400 islands who will attend
the LULAC convention is Albuqueque to the tune of $800,000.00 is
offensive, The government on the island is in a state of financiql crises.
Where does it get $800,000.00 to finance this venture. If we find out
that "rum" is behind this venture, we will boycott "rum" in the USA
It is kind of hard to tell LULAC councils wherever they may be found
to have cake sales and fundraisers to finance their delegtaes to the
national convention in Albuquerque when you've got a sugar daddy
financing the island Puerto Rico venture to the tune of $800,000.00.
Read about the LULAC-Puerto Rico Scandal here.
From: Art Bedard []
Sent: Wed 6/9/2010 10:20 AM
Thank you sister Vilma for your eloquent response to this "editor".

I have a less eloquent response: Dear Editor, the only statement I agree
with in your whole article is when you say "que pendejada", because
truly that is what you have written, una pendejada. Quit trying to divide
us. We have to stay united.

Being an "island" Puerto Rican, as you characterize, I am very
offended by your paranoic ramblings. To insinuate that the government
in Puerto Rico is behind the growth of LULAC and wants to control us
to further the statehood cause is ridiculous.

I have been in this country for over 30 years and have seen a lot of
progress in latino issues, but we have a long way to go. And you are
not helping. As sister Vilma said we are all committed to righting the
injustices to all latinos regardless of our country of origin.

Deja la pendejada porque "El pueblo unido jams ser vencido"!
Read about the LULAC-Puerto Rico Scandal here.
Editor's Response: The government of Puerto Rico was behind the
island Puerto Rico ventures in LULAC from 1994 through the year
2002. "El pueblo unido jams ser vencido"! You said that right. We
will not allow the government or a "rum" producer to take over
LULAC. We, LULAC'ers has a historic legacy with LULAC. It was
founded in the United States by Latino residents of the United States
who struggled day and night, year after year to make things right for
their families and their communities. We will never allow that legacy
to be compromised by the conservative Republican government of
Puerto Rico or a "rum" producer from Puerto Rico.
From: Francisco J. Gonzalez []
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2010 4:42 PM
To: Bernardo Eureste
Subject: Re: Voice of the Mainland
Sounds a little paranoid... I doubt that most "island" Puerto Ricans or
the Fortuo administration are interested in LULAC petty politics.
Even if the plot was true, there is little that LULAC could do in order
to foster statehood...Fortuo knows that Republican opposition to
statehood is the main obstacle, and whatever LULAC would say or do
is inconsequential to the GOP.

I ll rather spend my time fighting against AZ's racist laws!

Francisco J. Gonzalez
(Isabela, Boriken)
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To the heroes of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion and the International
Brigades, Spain 1936-1939: Salud y Gracias!
'When you give food to the hungry, they call you a saint. But when you
ask why the hungry have no food, they call you a communist.' Helder
Cmera, Archbishop of Recife, Brazil.
--- On Fri, 6/11/10, Bernardo Eureste <> wrote:
From: Bernardo Eureste <>
Subject: Voice of the Mainland
Date: Friday, June 11, 2010, 3:37 PM
Editor's Response: I would agree with you. We have been down that
path before. The Herald s story is probably the best summary of what
I witnessed from 1994 through 2002. Statehood is a gigantic issue.
LULAC will not create a dent in the statehood panorama, yet I do
believe that $1,000,000.00 will be dumped into island Puerto Rican
LULAC councils to get the issue of statehood as a LULAC platform. It
was done in 1994 and in 1998. The number of island Puerto Rican
delegates to LULAC in 1993 was nil. About zero. In 1994, it was 325.
Everyone of the delegates voted to seat Belen Robles as LULAC
President in 1994 and kept her there in 1995, 1996, 1997. In 1998,
island Puerto Rico produced 335 delegates to the National LULAC
convention in Dallas. There the Puerto Rican delegation voted in block
for Rick Dovalina. Each time the votes were counted, 1/5 of mainland
LULAC votes were added to the island Puerto Rican delegates to elect
the LULAC president. The influence Puerto Rico ended in 2001, with
the investigation noted in the Herald. Puerto Rico stopped sending
delegates to LULAC in 2002, 2003, through 2008. The number for
2008 was 25 delegates from Puerto Rico. The LULAC National
Convention went to Puerto Rico in 2009 and the rest is what we have
today, 158 LUAC councils, most of them new and re-activated
councils. These councils can produce 400 island Puerto Rican
delegates for Albuquerque. Maybe the numbers are hype. We will not
know until we get to Albuquerque.
The story in the Herald that the private contractors paid for the
delegates trips to the LULAC conventions is pretty much on the
money. It costs about $2,500.00 per person to attend a LULAC
national convention flying in renting a hotel room at the headquarter
hotel, eating and entertainment. The buget is like $1,000,000.00. That
kind of money buys the politics in LULAC.