Monday, November 19, 2007

Immigrant of the Day: Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo (Mexico)

Marches Eddie "Piolín" (Tweety Bird) Sotelo is a Los Angeles radio personality, born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico in 1972. His show, "Piolín por la Mañana," which is in Spanish day, on mornings on KSCA in Southern California. The L.A.Times ranks Sotelo in the 100 most powerful people in Southern California. His show is the most popular show on Los Angeles among non-English speaking listeners.

Sotelo has described own experience of living and working in the United States as an undocumented immigrant. Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Sotelo regularized his immigration status and now lives legally in Los Angeles.  "I was working three different jobs every day, and I know the feeling when you got fired just because you don't have a green card ... they (employers) make you feel like you're not worthy," he told Reuters.

The Observer reports on Sotelo's role in the spring 2006 immigration marches in Los Angeles:

"Eddie 'El Piolin' Sotelo does not look like a revolutionary threat to America. He is short, stocky, with neat dark hair and a broad smile. His nickname means simply 'Tweety Bird' in Spanish. Until 18 months ago, Sotelo was virtually unknown. Though more than a million listeners tuned into his radio show, the majority of America was blissfully unaware of his championing of the rights of illegal immigrants - simply because he did it in Spanish. Then, one day, he publicised protests against a draft law to classify undocumented migrants as felons. Sotelo urged his Hispanic listeners to take to the streets. They answered his call in their millions. In Los Angeles, 400,000 marchers streamed through downtown. A similar number jammed Chicago. In dozens of cities, millions of people were suddenly protesting against a law few other Americans even knew about. And 'El Piolin' was at the front of the marchers. 'More than two million marched. And I am proud that we were peaceful,' he tells The Observer"


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'"Eddie 'El Piolin' Sotelo does not look like a revolutionary threat to America.'

TO America. An interesting perspective from outside observers. He uses the word 'revolution' a lot.

'Most surprising of all have been surveys showing that southern blacks and whites feel far closer to each other than either does to Hispanics.'

That's not surprising at all.

'But behind the cultural and political arguments lies a more powerful economic phenomenon. Hispanic migration is also driven by the desire of major corporations to create a low-wage workforce. The fear of the American middle class is not just over Spanish or a brown skin; it is also a more justifiable anxiety that jobs are disappearing and wages being lowered. Much of the rhetoric of the right attacks big business. 'It is a betrayal. The corporate elites have hijacked government on behalf of business interests and profits,' says Rubenstein.'

Much of the rhetoric of the right? Interesting if true because corporate criticism is more often from the left. So why can't we all get together and get it out of our democracy?

Posted by: Jack | Nov 19, 2007 11:30:15 PM

No tengo ni idea quien lee estos mensajes pero me gustaria que por favor le i sinseramente ROSIO VALENCIA....sieran yegar este mensaje al piolin ,estoy desesperada por una deportasion que tera con cuatro hijos y no tengo a nadie con quien contar se que el piolin ayuda a mucha jente y les suplico por favor que me ayuden e yamado a muchos abogados y cobran mucho dinero y yo perdi mi travajo en disiembre por favor piolin ayudame te lo suplico ayudame tengo y nesesito ayuda no se a quien recurrir soy madre sol

Posted by: rocio valencia | Mar 30, 2009 1:27:34 PM

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