If you try and change the system from within, the system will change YOU!

by Travis Morales | March 9, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


In the face of time and time again, police wantonly murdering Black and Latino people and almost never being charged, some activists and others have advocated that the time for demonstrations in the streets is over. They say we need to focus on policy changes, working with policy makers, getting serious about changing laws and working to change the system from within. For all those who take these positions, consider the case of Cecilia Muñoz. Described as “a longtime civil rights advocate,” she was the Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the major Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the country. She worked with NCLR for two decades, advocating for “comprehensive immigration reform” and ending deportations. I saw her speak on Spanish and English language television and at immigrant rights conferences over many years.

In 2009, Muñoz joined the Obama administration and is now director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She has gone from immigrant rights advocate to defending the Deporter-in-Chief Obama administration’s record two million-plus deportations as well as the arrests of and deportation proceedings last year against tens of thousands of Central American children at the southern border. In defending the Obama administration’s deportations, she said, “even broken laws have to be enforced.” There you have it, from immigrant rights advocate to deportation defender. If you try and change the system from within, the system will not change, you will!

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