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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Obama File 29 Senior US Socialist Jose LaLuz, Manipulates Latino Vote for Obama

Obama File 28 here

The Communist Party USA has been working hard to muster the crucial Latino vote for Barack Obama for many months.

Now Obama's other key Marxist ally, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is trying to manipulate the must win Latino vote through their Chairmanship of Latinos for Obama.

According to the Communist Party USA's Peoples Weekly World.

Latino Voters Key to Obama Win in Battleground States

The historic Nov. 4th presidential election is less than two months away, and a monumental battle is heating up in a few crucial swing states, as some nine million Latino voters prepare to cast their ballot, which could be the deciding factor for an Obama win.

Latinos are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. at 15 percent of the population and represent nine percent of eligible voters. But many agree the Latino vote could be the key bloc that could lead to an Obama victory, especially in battleground states where Latinos make up at least 10 percent of the voting population...

Latino voters represent 35 percent of the electorate in New Mexico, 11 percent in Colorado, 12 percent in Nevada and 14 percent in Florida. According to the poll Obama is expected to win the majority of Latino voters in California, which is the state with the largest Latino population...

In New Mexico, Obama leads McCain 56 percent to 23 percent among Latino voters. Among non-Latino voters McCain leads 50 percent to 34 percent.

In Colorado, Obama has a 56 percent lead over McCain’s 26 percent among Latinos. And among non-Latino voters Obama has a narrow 45 percent lead over McCain’s 41 percent.

In Nevada, Obama leads McCain at 62 percent to 20 percent among Latinos. Yet McCain leads among non-Latino voters at 46 percent to 37 percent.

Jose LaLuz is the chairperson for Latinos for Obama and is campaigning in Colorado and New Mexico registering, educating and mobilizing voters until Election Day. He is also the director of the Leadership Academy with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union.

LaLuz spoke with the Peoples Weekly World during an AFL-CIO labour forum at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

“Well over 60 percent of Latino voters are supporting Obama – closer to 66 percent now, ...The right wing is pulling all its dirty tricks even in the Latino community. We all realize that Bush used appeals to ‘family values,’ religion and the sanctity of marriage, etc. to get white workers and Reagan Democrats to back him last time...Well they are using the same stuff, the same tactics in the Latino communities. When you combine this with their attention on swing states we find they are waging an especially big push against Obama in the Mexican and Chicano communities in Colorado and New Mexico...

LaLuz explained his tactics to the Peoples Weekly World;

"The Obama campaign is working in both New Mexico and Colorado, among other states, telling Latino voters about McCain’s terrible stands on the economy and about the horrible role Republicans have played and continue to play on immigration... “We are showing how the companies and outfits that exploit Latino workers are the people behind McCain,”

Between now and Election Day LaLuz said that the Obama campaign is registering voters in New Mexico and Colorado and developing lists of tens of thousands of Latino supporters for Obama.

Those lists will constitute the people we bring out on Election Day.

The Peoples Weekly World went on to say;

President Bush won 40 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, a key factor in his win. Even though John Kerry lost Ohio then, many Democrats feel if Kerry had won Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado, he would be president today. Things have changed since then and the margin of victory is in the Latino vote, particularly in these states, respectively, Democrats say. Polls across the country concur and find that Latinos are fed up with the Bush administration and the Republican Party represented by McCain and see Obama as the person to change course for the better.

Who is Jose LaLuz? Why has he left his Puerto Rican base to campaign across the Southwest for Barack Obama?

In the early 1970s Jose LaLuz was active in the Connecticutt branch of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP). Allied to Castro's Cuba, the Marxist-Leninist PSP agitated for Puerto Rican independence and committed several bombings and other terrorist acts on US soil.

LaLuz was expelled from the PSP in 1976 and went on to to join the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC)the following year. He became Chairman of the Hispanic Commission of DSOC, before the merger with the New American Movement that created DSA in 1983.

Like many in the DSOC/DSA LaLuz also supported the CPUSA initiated and dominated US Peace Council-an affiliate of the Soviet front World Peace Council.

LaLuz rose through labour movement ranks and today serves as Executive Director of Servidores Publicos Unidos de Puerto Rico/AFSCME (United Public Employees of Puerto Rico).

Jose LaLuz is also Vice Chair of the several thousand strong DSA, making him one of the most influential socialists in America.

Like many DSA linked unionists backing Obama,La Luz has ties to the Chicago socialists who have supported Barack Obama since his earliest days in the "Windy City". The photo at right pictures La Luz addressing a DSA sponsored 1992 dinner in Chicago.

The 34th Annual Dinner was held on May 1, 1992 at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. The Master of Ceremonies was Michael Lighty, who was then the Executive Director of DSA. Sue Purrington, the Executive Director of Chicago NOW, and Dr. Quentin Young, President of Physicians for a National Health Program, were the honorees. The featured speaker was Jose La Luz, who was the National Education Director of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union.

DSA member Quentin Young incidentally, is a long time neighbour, friend and supporter of Barack Obama. Young attended the famed 1995 gathering in Chicago with US Peace Council activist Alice Palmer, in the home of former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayres and Bernardine Dohrn.

Bernadine Dohrn was one of the first radicals to travel to Castro's Cuba with one of the early Venceremos Brigades. Some of Quentin Young's children are also Brigade veterans.

Jose LaLuz might struggle to win the patriotic Cuban American vote for Obama, if they knew how many Castroites had helped launch the good Senator's career.

Obama File 30 here


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