Monthly Archives: December 2009

A federal grand jury has indicted Derrick Donchak and Brandon Piekarsky

Back in May 2009 Derrick Donchak and Brandon Piekarsky were acquitted in the Shenandoah beating death of undocumented Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez.  To the surprise of many the not guilty verdict by an all white jury raised additional questions in a case that was expected to last several weeks ended up lasting only two days.

After the acquittal much of the White community in Shenandoah looked to putting all this case and all the media attention behind them, while the Latino immigrant community in and out of Shenandoah remained uneasy. MALDEF, the Latino Advocacy group sought an indictment on Federal Hate Crime charges and today a  federal grand jury has indicted two Pennsylvania teenagers and four Shenandoah police officers in the Luis Ramirez hate crime investigation.

Today a Federal grand jury has indicted the two Pennsylvania teenagers and four Shenandoah police officers in a hate crimes investigation.

From the Associated Press:

The incident began when a half-dozen high school football players were headed home from a block party in the coal town of Shenandoah, which has attracted Hispanic immigrants with jobs in factories and farm fields. They came across Ramirez, 25, and his 15-year-old girlfriend in a park.

After the teens had been sentenced Brandon Piekarsky to 6-23 months and Derrick Donchak to 7-23 months, Diggers Realm posted:

Pro-illegal supporters have been pressuring the US Department of Justice to file Civil Rights violations against the two, a call that I find ludicrous since civil rights are endowed on citizens of a country, of which Luis Ramirez was not a citizen of the United States. They are really calling for “human rights” violations, which in essence means that our country doesn’t matter and that it’s world opinion that counts. Either way it shows their lack of belief in America and it’s laws.

Diggers Realm is run by Dan Amato, his YouTube channel is here.  The Anti Defamation League devotes this page to Amato.

Numerous anti-immigrant figures and groups view Amato as a source of information and inspiration. He is perhaps one of the best examples in the anti-immigrant movement of a figure who has used Internet technology to inspire action, to network, and to build his reputation in the real world.

Why have I included Dan Amato and the teens who killed Luis Ramirez in the same post?  The answer is simple, so called anti-immigrant groups led by the likes of Dan Amato, William Gheen and Lou Dobbs have used the Internet to “spread venom and hate” which often times targets and  inspires action amongst White youth and the Luis Ramirez case in Shenandoah, PA it demonstrates the fruits of their labor.

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The Credit Card Game

This video from PBS’ Frontline titled “The Card Game” goes far in getting the architects of such creative financing tools to admit that their financial products where traps and how congress supported deregulation.  It’s a dirty dark secret of how our elected officials allowed banks to promote products that the average consumer could never fully understand.  Products that would place millions of Americans into debt-traps and would help usher a potential economic collapse of the USA.  The deception is clearly outlined, the most telling part is the explanation on the tricks and traps of credit card companies and the length they’ve gone to make sure that their products skirt the Truth in Lending Act.

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