Sunday, April 30, 2006

May 1st,2006,, Day of Action for Immigrant Rights

Tomorrow on Monday, May 1st, (May Day), will be the 2nd national day of action to bring attention to the plight of immigrants in this country and the attack on them by HR4437. See previous posts for details if you need more background info.

Tomorrow we ask that all youth across the USA Not Attend School, and for people who are able to, without risking their jobs, Not Go to Work. We are also not to go shopping. It is also a day of economic boycott to show people how immigrants, the work they contribute and taxes they pay, are important for the wheels of this country to keep turning. It will be a reality check for everyone.

If you are a student and there is a rally in your city, attend it. Wear your most outrageous clothes, costumes, swimsuits, school or dance uniforms, you name it. Show off your beauty and make yourself be heard (peacefully). Most of the rallies across the nation will be starting in the afternoon and will include marches in cities. Check your local paper for information or contact a local activist group that is involved in the coordination of events. Regardless of what side you are on on this issue, be there and watch this new civil rights movement in action. This is all history in the making. Be there to observe it for yourself. Also anyone who takes some good video can contact me, and we can post it on this, and other websites.

Hope to see you all on television and the Net showing yourselves off.

Patsy Robles, Executive Producer for 411 Productions
Empowering Youth with the Media Arts

Sunday, April 23, 2006

411 Show - Violinist Nancy 11 years old

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411 Show - listen and watch this breathtaking performance by

young 11 year old violinist Nancy Zhou. She is an internationally known performer from San Antonio who has already travelled to other countries to showcase her talent.

She plays a beautiful by piece by Paganini (not Puccini as stated in video). We were very honored to have her on the 411 Show as a guest performer.

Espanol:Oigan a esa Joven, Nancy de 11 anos, tocar esta pieza para violin del compsitor Pagatnini. Nancy ya es un artista que esta reconocida internationalmente.

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Friday, April 14, 2006

A Day Without a Mexican April 10, 2006

On Monday, April 10, 2006, history was made across cities in the U.S.
What was wonderful to watch about this was that people of all ages, backgrounds. colors and religions united to voice their outrage at the passage by Congress of HR 4437, Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. The bill has passed the House of representatives, and now must pass the U.S. Senate to become law.

The bill criminalizes undocumented immigrants as felons. It expands the definition of smuggling to include those who "knowingly" relate with them such as, family, neighbors, clergy, teachers and businesses. This may mean you. Local police agencies would be drawn into enforcing these provisions. They are already overworked from combating other crimes. They don't want this bill to pass either.

If within your circle of friends and family there are any immigrants, they are in danger of being
convicted of a felony (serve a minimum of 1 year in jail), no matter how long they've been in the U.S. This could send your friends, parents, other family members and their spouses to jail, in addition to undocumented immigrants being deported.

The next Day of Action against HR 4437 will be on Monday, May 1st, 2006. Many students participated in walkouts at schools, or refused to eat their lunch in protest of this bill on April 10. We ask that for Monday May 1st, 2006, students from all schools across the country stay home in protest, so that they don't have to walk out of their schools, and put themselves in physical or legal danger. Many school doors were chained shut on April 10.

Our hope is to wake-up the masses of people, especially youth to get involved in this issue, before it's too late. The madness of this bill must be stopped. It must not be allowed to pass.

The students in France protested against a bill that would be an injustice to them and allow them to be fired without cause for the 1st 2 years they worked. They protested for weeks, until finally, the Prime Minister and their legislatures reversed the bill, from the intense pressure. Youth can have great power, even the power to reverse an unfair law that was passed to benefit employers, but to the detriment of youth.

If there is a march in your city on May 1st, 2006, go to the march and experience it for yourself. I promise you that it will be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Wear your school shirts, your dance uniforms, cheerleading outfits, your swimsuits, etc. as a group so that you all stand out in the crowd. Show everyone the beauty of youth in action.
Don't be afraid. We have nothing to fear but fear itself. (FDR)

To quote Dr. Martin Luther King: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Dare to make a difference, it will make you feel proud.

For video of the March against HR4437 that occurred in San Antonio, Tx, click on this link on the website for We hope to post more video on this march soon. You will see Executive Producer for 411 Productions Patsy Robles Benitez and Journalist Barbara Renaud Gonzalez with their commentary on the march. But watch for all the youth that were there that day, and dared to get involved. They have been awakened and motivated to defend their friends and family on this important issue.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

411 Show - Hurricane Katrina Part 2 (11 min)

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411 Show – 2nd part of our show concerning hurricane Katrina and reaction from youth to the events after Katrina hit. Features Ashley 15 years old as host and Chris, 16 as guest.

See narrative on Part 1 of this show for more background information.

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

411 Show - Belly Dancer Yas 22 years old

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411 Show – Watch Dancer Yas, 22 years old, dance this sultry Belly Dance.

Yas has been dancing for 2 years with Karavan Dance Company in San Antonio.

For more information on Karavan Dance Company go to

Espanol: Vean a Yas 22 anos, bailar este baile del vientre. Yas baile con el grupo Karavan de San Antonio.

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