Freedom of Speech in America is a
If you want to test it, just
criticize Mexico to see how far you get.
Last month, I
reported on the case of Walter Kehowski, an Arizona
mathematics professor. Kehowski had
posted links on his website to VDARE.COM in response
to campus groups seeking to replace the traditional
Columbus Day with
Dia de la Raza.
As hot as things remain for Kehowski,
he was never
physically attacked for expressing his opinions.
But Colorado activist Terry Graham
hasn`t been so lucky.
Graham found herself in the wrong
place at the wrong time on July 22 2004 when she
attended a public forum sponsored by the
First Data/Western Union titled,
"Immigration: What Reform Will Bring to Our Nation."
First Data, through its
various subsidiaries and foundations, has provided
substantial funding for organizations that encourage
massive illegal immigration.
Shortly after arriving at the
meeting, Graham began to openly tape the six
proponents of illegal immigration—on the stage at
Denver`s North High School. (The school gained
national infamy last year for hanging a
Mexican flag inside the classrooms.)
When Graham exercised her First
Amendment rights by objecting that the panel failed to
include speakers with opposing views, 31-year-old Julissa
Molina-Soto—then director of multicultural outreach for
the Hep C Connection—assaulted her.
According to the
civil suit filed October 20 2004 by Graham against
Molina-Soto, the First Data Corporation, Western Union
Financial Services, First Data Western Union Foundation
and the Hep C Connection,
action arises out of a violent physical robbery, assault,
and battery against Plaintiff Terry Graham, who
justifiably feared for her life during this brutal and
totally unjustified attack. Defendant Julissa Molina
attacked, repeatedly hit, and knocked down Ms. Graham, in
the absence of any provocation, all in retaliation for
Ms. Graham`s peaceful exercise of her First Amendment
right to participate in a community forum. The other
Defendants either negligently set up the forum without
taking reasonable steps to protect the safety of
participants, and/or negligently hired or placed
Defendant Molina in a position of contact with the
public, with reckless disregard for her violent and
The suit also charges the defendants
ethnic intimidation and civil conspiracy.
An eyewitness made the following
official statement to Denver police on July 30
"…The woman (Julissa
Molina-Soto) suddenly launched herself from about four
seats away at Ms. Graham and began beating on Ms.
Graham`s head with two closed fists. Every three or four
blows, the woman would grab at Ms. Graham`s hair and
continue to hit Ms. Graham while pulling Ms. Graham`s
hair. She would then release her hair and resume beating
Ms. Graham`s head with closed fists."
Molina-Soto also grabbed the tape recorder, tore out the tape and
continued to pummel Graham.
Paramedics treated Graham—who said she
feared for her life—at the scene.
What happened next is key to understanding the status of free speech in
Denver police arrested Molina-Soto. But she was immediately released—because,
according to Graham`s
legal complaint, of the intervention of
First Data and Western Union, the
Mexican Consul, LARASA (Latin American Research and
Service Agency), and Servicios de la Raza, Inc. The
latter two entities are funded by Defendant FDWU
as Graham was being escorted out of the auditorium to
catcalls and additional verbal threats, the crowd was
Polly Baca, a member of the Board of Directors of the
FDWU Foundation and Executive Director of
her) and by attorney Adrienne Benavidez, who sits on the
Boards of Servicios de la Raza and the Denver American
Civil Liberties Union, and runs something called Color of
Justice, Inc at the University of Denver (email
her), that Molina-Soto would have legal
Graham must pay for
her own attorney fees.
Not much is known about defendant
Julissa Molina-Soto? Who knows? This woman has more
aliases than I have pairs of socks." (According to
the lawsuit, Molina-Soto is known by five different
status is also unclear. A Mexican citizen, Molina entered
the US nine years ago with her two children. She claims
to have permanent legal resident alien status.
What is clear is
Molina-Soto`s philosophy toward free services for illegal
aliens. In a January 2004 interview with the Rocky
Mountain News regarding a proposed Constitutional
amendment proposed by Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo
to eliminate social services to aliens, Molina said:
"Life in the United
States is a hassle for undocumented immigrants. It`s a
whole different culture where you have little choice and
limited access to services. What Tom Tancredo is doing
to immigrants will only add to our misery." [Agencies
fearful of Tancredo plan, By April M. Washington]
although Molina-Soto claims to be a legal resident alien,
her comments about "…our misery" unwittingly
include herself among the "undocumented immigrants.")
Molina-Soto`s immigration status, the degree of
"misery" experienced by illegal aliens in America is
debatable. And since being in the
US illegally is a crime, detractors like Graham
should be able to express a contrary view without taking
attorney Robert Corry said,
"No person in the United States of America should fear
violent retaliation for exercising her First
Amendment rights to speak out and participate in an open
remains upbeat. In an interview, she said:
"Americans will not be silenced by immigrants like
Julissa Molina Soto, who assaulted me for exercising my
First Amendment right to free speech. The fact that I
have to hire an attorney to defend the First Amendment,
while this violent Mexican woman was promised legal
representation by an ACLU lawyer—even while I was being
seen by paramedics—speaks volumes about the precarious
state of our nation.
have no doubt, the American Spirit will prevail!"
Graham`s case may be key in the
struggle to defend America`s traditional freedoms against
the intolerance of our alien invaders.
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.