"The government sees the Chicano people as a threat," he said. "We were able to turn out millions of people in 2006. In 1994 we had hundreds of thousands. We are growing. There are millions in the Southwest. We are all over the country, but especially in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California. We are still unorganized, but if we get organized we could really demand changes. We had millions of people out in 2006 and then they came after us hard in 2007. There was a lot of police repression, especially in Los Angeles. They fear the Chicano people challenging the status quo."
"Many of the activists that were raided by the police are anti-war
and solidarity activists," he went on. "And even though the anti-war
movement is not massive right now, the potential is there because there
is an economic crisis. There is mass disgust with this economic system.
People are out of work. It is not yet like COINTELPRO [Counter
Intelligence Program] started under Hoover and the FBI to carry out
surveillance, infiltrate and disrupt domestic political organizations,
but the situation is getting worse. That is why we have to have
demonstrations to put a stop to it now."