Posted on June 9, 2005

The Battle for Baldwin Park Continues

Joseph Turner,, June 7, 2005

On June 25th, from 12-2 PM, will protest and demand that the city of Baldwin Park immediately remove seditious anti-American language from the “Danzas Indigenas” monument at the Baldwin Park Commuter Rail Station. The most offensive passage is a quote from Gloria Anzaldua, which reads: This land was Mexican once, was Indian always and is, and will be again.”

On Saturday, May 14, 2005 fifty American Patriots were violently attacked by the Brown Berets de Aztlan and MEChA resulting in one elderly Save Our State member spending the night in the Intensive Care Unit with inner cranial trauma. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Times and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune failed to report that any injuries occurred. If not for the fine work of the Baldwin Park Police Department and the 70 officers in riot gear, the situation could have escalated even further.

Judy Baca, the artist of the monument, Mayor Manuel Lozano, and the city council members of Baldwin Park insist that this monument was erected as art and that it does not promote sedition. In fact, the counter-demonstrators and the video that followed document the anti-American and “reconquista” sentiments that exist and further prove the necessity for the removal of the inflammatory and divisive language.

On May 11, 2005, Lora McLaughlin of CBS Channel 2 News in a televised news interview asked Mayor Manuel Lozano, “Would you like to see this [language] changed?” The Mayor responded, “Absolutely. But, I don’t think the artist is in concert with us in making that type of change.” On May 14, 2005 he roused the swelling ranks of counter-demonstrators by telling them, “This project will be here 20, 30, 40 years so your grandchildren will enjoy it.” The Mayor has not been held accountable for this flop by the media.

Joseph Turner, Executive Director of states:

“The racial hatred that seethed from the crowd that gathered to protest against us was stifling. The attack they waged against one of our peaceful protestors was reprehensible. Their desecration of an American flag was unforgivable. Everything about that day underscores the simple fact that the monument is not merely art but a representation of an ideology that America is stolen land and they intend to reclaim it”

Once again, we implore the city of Baldwin Park to voluntarily remove these offensive passages by Friday, July 1st, in advance of the American Independence weekend. They must clearly demonstrate their commitment to America and their disapproval of treasonous sentiments. If this situation is not remedied, will take additional steps to ensure that the passages are removed.

[Editor’s Note: For more on this story, see here and here.]