Tuesday, October 20, 2020. New York City – Carlos Menchaca, a Latino candidate for New York City Mayor in 2021 has been arrested for good causes. Carlos has been arrested twice doing civil disobedience.
If Carlos Menchaca is elected Mayor, he would be the first Latino New York City Mayor. He would also be the first openly gay New York City Mayor.
Civil disobedience is often a symbolic violation of the law, which is used as a nonviolent and collective means of forcing concessions from the government, private companies, etc.. People who commit civil disobedience do so with the acceptance of consequences such as arrest.
Carlos arrests remind me of the arrests of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dolores Huerta, Rosa Parks, Bernie Sanders, Cornel West, Howie Hawkins, among others.
Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested 28 times doing civil disobedience. His arrests were in support of civil rights for Black people in the country.
“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law,” said Martin Luther King Jr.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. Rosa Parks was arrested on Thursday, December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to surrender her seat on a bus to a white passenger. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation, but the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) believed that she was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws.
Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Dolores Huerta has been arrested twenty-two times for participating in non-violent civil disobedience activities and strikes in the country.
Bernie Sanders was arrested doing civil disobedience when he was 21 years old. His arrest occurred during a 1963 civil rights protest of segregation in Chicago schools. Bernie was a student at the University of Chicago. Bernie was a supporter of Martin Luther King Jr. Bernie went to the the March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D. C. with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. At this march Dr. King delivered his famous speech: “I Have a Dream”.
Cornel West has been arrested several times doing civil disobedience. According to his biography on cornelwest.com, “Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.”
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for president in 2020, was arrested in November 2009. Howie was also arrested in January 2016. The third time Howie was arrested was in April 2018.
Howie Hawkins is the original Green New Dealer, the first US candidate to campaign for a Green New Deal in 2010. He is also one of the original Greens in the United States, having participated in the first national meeting to organize a US Green Party in St. Paul, Minnesota in August 1984. Howie became active in “The Movement” for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam in the 1960s as a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Click the link to learn more about Howie Hawkins campaign (and Angela Walker, the Green Party vice presidential candidate in 2020): https://howiehawkins.us/
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Carlos Menchaca was arrested on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at a rally for carwash workers in Brooklyn. Councilman Brad Lander, Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, and Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, were also arrested doing civil disobedience.
“Today, I was arrested (and later released) alongside Council Member Brad Lander, labor leader Stuart Appelbaum among others with support from our Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change and local residents, all in the name of the carwasheros of Sunset Park. We will not be stopped until justice for these workers is achieved. We are on a clear path for victory. As my carwashero brothers and sisters offered today: “Si Se Puede”!
The carwasheros of the Vegas Auto Spa are our fathers, brothers, cousins, nephews, neighbors, and friends. They have been on strike for almost four months. They are not a distant reminder of worker struggle; they are right here in our neighborhood.
We believe that real power belongs to us, the people – el pueblo. Bad actors believe that they can “wait it out”, but today they saw first hand that there is no waiting for justice. It is unacceptable that in New York City, under our very noses, bad business owners are creating unsafe spaces for workers and not allowing for full dignity with fair wages and medical benefits. We organize and participate in actions like this to end regressive businesses practices.
Just last week I had the honor of overseeing a hearing in the Council’s Committee on Immigration that focused on labor-trafficking, and the concerns of immigrant, often voice-less, workers of our City. That is our role as Council Members, to lift the voices of our people.
Today, we elevated their call and affirmed their resolve,” said Carlos Menchaca on Facebook after he was arrested.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Carlos Menchaca was arrested doing civil disobedience on Friday, January 20, 2017, in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan. Other people arrested were, Jumaane Williams (Jumaane was a Council Member and today he is the NYC Public Advocate), Jumaane’s mother, New York Senator Marisol Alcantara, Kirsten John Foy, Minister, President of Brooklyn Chapter of the National Action Network, Margalit Ewart, etc. They said they will resist the Trump administration from Day One.
Click the link to see photos and videos: https://www.javiersoriano.com/2017/01/20/resist-from-day1/
”My arrest on Fifth Avenue today is the start of my daily resistance to the Trump administration’s abhorrent intentions. We must stay unified, speak the truth, and take every opportunity to uphold American values including peaceful protest. In the coming days there will be many marches and rallies. If you can participate, I applaud you. If you can’t, then find your own ways to get informed and to take positive actions for yourself, your community, and your nation,” Carlos Menchaca said in a press release.
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