Faith and Civil Rights Leaders Release Public Letter to Tea Party and GOP Candidates: ‘Refuse to Share Stage with Minuteman Rosanna Pulido at Saturday Tea Party Rally’

At a news conference hosted by JCUA today…

Chicago, Ill. – Civil rights and faith groups today released a public letter [read the letter here] asking that Tea Party and Republican officials (including GOP gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Bill Brady and 14th District Congressional Candidate state Sen. Randy Hultgren), not to share the stage with Illinois Minuteman leader Rosanna Pulido. Ms. Pulido and the officials are scheduled to speak at the Tea Party’s “Tri-Count-Teas” Rally on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, in Bartlett, Ill.

The letter signed by Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, immigrant rights, civil rights, and LGBTQ leaders stated:

“We believe hate should be stopped before it starts and are therefore asking that you:

1) Pledge to be hate-free. Muslims, Catholics, Jews, Latinos, African-Americans, and members of the LGBT community are members of both parties – and all are citizens of Illinois. We want you to join us in advocating for a hate-free campaign in 2010.

2) Cut ties to Ms. Pulido and FAIR. Ms. Pulido, FAIR, and others have a right to free speech. But that does not mean we need to give them a microphone or share a stage with them. Every time their voices are amplified, hate gets legitimized which in turn further divides our community. We ask that you agree not to appear at events where Ms. Pulido has a speaking role nor share a stage with her.”

For years, Ms. Pulido has engaged in hate speech at public forums and blogging at the right-wing website FreeRepublic.com under the name Chicagolady.

“Ms. Pulido’s vicious remarks targeting my fellow Catholics, Muslims, Mexicans, and gays are full of hate,” said Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). “Racism and the politics of hate have no place in Illinois. We urge the Tea Party and the Republican leadership to reject the hate, bigotry and extremism Ms. Pulido represents.”

Leaders stressed the harmful impact hate has on our communities. “Throughout our nation’s history, hate has haunted us. It has destroyed communities, separated families, and torn apart the fabric of our society,” said Jane Ramsey, executive director of the Jewish Council of Urban Affairs (JCUA). “As Americans, as people of faith, we reject bigotry and hate and embrace diversity. We must have leadership who share these basic values and helps to guide our communities and nation toward solutions and with respect for all peoples.”

“Rosanna Pulido’s hate-filled statements have brought shame on her political allies in the past,” said Jill Garvey, director of communications for the Center for New Community, a national civil rights organization that monitors hate groups and works to build democratic and inclusive communities. “Other candidates and elected officials should take note: this is not about partisan issues, it’s about disavowing bigotry. That’s something voters on both sides of the aisle understand.”

“Comments attacking Muslim prayer are reprehensible.” said Mohamad Nasir, executive director of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC.) “No American from either political party should tolerate attacks on prayer. We will denounce those that tolerate this hate.”

The following is a sample of some of the comments that have been posted on FreeRepublic.com by Ms. Pulido under the moniker Chicagolady:

On Mexicans: “I lived in Mexico for a year. I was ripped off the worst by the Bible students. It is so cultural to rip people off they do not see that it is wrong. It’s culture.” (Read more…)

In response to the comment by prairiebreeze: “Oh I don’t know, those pictures of dozens of men in mosques kneeling on prayer rugs with their heads down low always looks pretty funny to me,” Chicagolady says: “It reminds me of my dog, smelling buts.” Posted on December 29, 2003. (Read more…)

Ms. Pulido has also been very vocal on media outlets, town hall meetings and other public venues attacking the Catholic Church. On April 16, 2008, she testified before the Illinois House of Representatives, Executive committee where she said “If the church succeeds in their mission, they will destroy the United States of America.” (Watch the video…)

She has also attacked the Cardinal. “Cardinal George is responsible for every illegal immigrant who dies while crossing the border coming over here because he is luring them.” (Excerpt from an interview on ABC news on March 21.)

“I am deeply disturbed by the attacks on Cardinal George and the Catholic Church,” said Father Larry Dowling member of Priests for Justice for Immigrants. “We need to refocus the national conversation on real solutions for the millions of families affected by the broken immigration system.”

The joint letter was copied to House Minority Leader Tom Cross, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, and State Republican Chairman Pat Brady, as well as to the speakers listed on the Tri-Count-Teas website, including

  • State Senator Bill Brady
  • State Senator John Millner
  • State Senator Randy Hultgren
  • Commissioner Tony Peraica
  • State Representative Randy Ramey
  • Angel Garcia, Candidate for Cook County Board
  • Roger Keats, Candidate for President of the Cook County Board
  • Steve Rauschenberger, Candidate for Illinois State Senate
  • Raphael Rivadeneira, Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois President
  • Maria Rodriguez, Long Grove Mayor and former Congressional candidate
  • Joe Walsh, Candidate for U.S. Congress
  • Rick Newton, Tri-Count-Teas Rally Chairman

The letter was signed by leaders of numerous organizations representing Catholics, Protestants, Lutherans, Jewish, Muslim, immigrant rights, civil rights and LGBTQ advocates including:

  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
  • Protestants for the Common Good
  • MALDEF
  • Equality Illinois
  • Lutheran Advocacy-Illinois
  • · Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Metropolitan Chicago Synod
  • United Methodist Church, Northern Illinois Conference
  • Priests for Justice for Immigrants, Archdiocese of Chicago
  • United African Organization
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition
  • Center for New Community
  • Mujeres Latinas en Accion
  • Korean-American Resource and Cultural Center
  • Asian American Institute
  • CONFEMEX

Rosanna Pulido’s History of Hate

“I lived in Mexico for a year. I was ripped off the worst by the Bible students. It is so cultural to rip people off they do not see that it is wrong. It’s culture.” http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1932960/posts (post #27)

— Dec. 1, 2007

Responding to the post, “Oh I don’t know, those pictures of dozens of men in mosques kneeling on prayer rugs with their heads down low always looks pretty funny to me,” Chicagolady says: “It reminds me of my dog, smelling butts.” (Read more…)

— Posted Dec. 28, 2003

“How can you tell the difference between a radical Islamic Jihadist who is visiting from his mosque and just another lay volunteer visiting from the mosque?” (View the video…)

— Testimony before Illinois House of Representatives Executive Committee; April 16, 2008

“If the Church succeeds in their mission, they will destroy the United States of America!” (View the video…)

— Testimony before Illinois House of Representatives Executive Committee, April 16, 2008

“Cardinal George is responsible for every illegal immigrant who dies while crossing the border coming over here because he is luring them.” (View the video…)

— March 23, 2008

“When you have a Catholic Church that is violating its 501(c)(3) by getting involved in political issues; that has been ravaged because of all the children who were molested; and a lot of people upset about that and leaving the church; what better way to fill your pews and fill your offering coffers then with inviting in and giving sanctuary to illegal aliens?” Public forum on immigration

— Chicago History Museum, Oct. 4, 2007

Referring to the gay community: “Face it, its better to be in a meat packing town than in a fudge packing town.” http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1922190/posts (post #42)

— Posted Nov. 7, 2008

“Great! Now the gays can indoctrinate the other kids who are struggling, they will be told that they have gay tendencies and be lead along like sheep to the slaughter.” http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2134083/posts (post #3)

— Posted Nov. 18, 2008

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One Response to Faith and Civil Rights Leaders Release Public Letter to Tea Party and GOP Candidates: ‘Refuse to Share Stage with Minuteman Rosanna Pulido at Saturday Tea Party Rally’

  1. David Weltman says:

    No hate. There’s enough in the world as is.

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