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CA: San Pablo woman protests border vigilantes (in 4th day of hunger strike)
Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/20/05 | Shirley Dang

Posted on 04/20/2005 8:59:28 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

SAN PABLO - On the fourth night of her front yard hunger strike, Diana Ponce lay delirious under the carport, fighting off the chill under a fuzzy blanket emblazoned with the Mexican flag.

Neighbors sat clustered around her on white plastic lawn chairs. Children smacked at a yellow volleyball in the street. Toddlers tricycled past fence-strung banners that read "Tenemos Que Unirnos" -- We have to unite.

Outraged by recent news accounts of vigilante Mexican border hawks, the 32-year-old San Pablo woman took to the streets -- really, her driveway -- on two lawn chairs pushed together. Ponce, a diabetic, is fasting there for a week.

"How dare they call us terrorists," she said.

She refused not only food, but also water for the first two days of her fast, which ends Thursday.

Worried friends and family finally convinced her to drink fluids. Now she's sipping a kind of children's Gatorade that her husband, Feliberto Diaz, serves her before he leaves in the morning for his gardening job.

Ponce can be stubborn, relatives say.

"Once she gets into a certain cause, she really goes all the way," said her sister, Christina Gastelum.

Earlier this month, Ponce read a newspaper account of the Minuteman Project, a loose band of armed volunteers gathered in Arizona this month to catch illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border.

President Bush has called them vigilantes, but the administration has taken no action. The group is slated to speak in front of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus next week, according to the Associated Press.

"How can the government in 2005 allow this, let people take the law into their own hands?" said Ponce, whose father came from Michoacan. "Why do they need to be armed?"

Ponce discussed a protest with her husband and her three children.

"I told him, I need to do something," Ponce said.

She considered a demonstration at the border, but then took a cue from March4Education, a Bay Area activist group. Besides walking 70 miles to Sacramento last year to protest school budget cuts, members starved themselves in Oakland and Sacramento.

Ponce marched with them, but missed the hunger strike. This time, she saw her chance, she said.

She took a week off as a manager at Century Theatres in Pleasant Hill. At home, she built her lawn chair platform, piling it with red plaid and denim comforters.

Each night at dusk she holds candlelight vigils, occasionally filmed by a TV crew. She sleeps outside on the improvised divan, in a spot usually reserved for her 1953 Fordomatic, the barbecue or, on really hot days, her free-standing pool.

She knows there are more conspicuous places for a protest.

But Ponce said she wanted news cameras to show the world her neighborhood -- a tightknit Mexican-American enclave of families with children, all of them with inalienable rights.

"And I figured the government can't get involved if it's my own property," she said.

To her right, a statue of Guadelupe clasps her hands in prayer, wooden rosary beads dripping from her plastic digits. Fatima beams in a gilt white robe, a trio of doves at her feet. A bust of Jesus flashes Ponce the peace sign.

About 8 p.m. Monday, as Ponce lay weak, the mini-congregation lit long white tapers, saucered by red plastic cups to catch the wax.

Friend Lisa Ramirez began the prayer:

"Our father, who art in heaven ..."

They repeated the prayer a second time in Spanish.

Ponce gripped a pink teddy bear, the tag dangling from its left ear. Someone turned on the TV to watch the news, but there was only the mustache of Dr. Phil.

Ponce drifted in and out of sleep. Soon, her husband would light a fire and let out her dog, Vega, a pit bull-German shepherd mix, to guard her.

Through her homebound protest, Ponce is following not only her conscience, but the stars, she said.

The day she read about the Minutemen, her Gemini horoscope (after warning her of troubles with strangers, authority figures and traveling) ended with an edict:

"Help a cause you believe in."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; americahaters; border; california; kooks; march4education; mexifornia; minutemen; protsts; radicalleftists; rats; sanpablo; vigilantes
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"How can the government in 2005 allow this, let people take the law into their own hands?" said Ponce, whose father came from Michoacan. "Why do they need to be armed?"
1 posted on 04/20/2005 8:59:35 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
On the fourth night of her front yard hunger strike, Diana Ponce lay delirious

Only four days to delirium?

Wimp.

2 posted on 04/20/2005 9:02:14 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Doo-wop)
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To: NormsRevenge

Who are these "border vigilantes" being referenced in this article?


3 posted on 04/20/2005 9:02:34 AM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: NormsRevenge
Now she's sipping a kind of children's Gatorade ...

Don't you get tired of wusses who proclaim a hunger strike and then consume calories. A "real" protester would forgo all food and water until the other side gives in or until death, whichever comes first.

4 posted on 04/20/2005 9:03:56 AM PDT by JoeGar
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To: NormsRevenge

Trying to figure out how she failed to connect these two thoughts:

"And I figured the government can't get involved if it's my own property," she said."

and

"How can the government in 2005 allow this, let people take the law into their own hands?"

The minutemen are on private property at the owner's request and other places where they can legally be. But she wants the government to stop them.


5 posted on 04/20/2005 9:04:26 AM PDT by flashbunny
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To: NormsRevenge

has the world been turned inside out or is it just my imagination?


6 posted on 04/20/2005 9:04:54 AM PDT by bigsigh
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To: socal_parrot

She was delirious to start with.


7 posted on 04/20/2005 9:05:59 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Chat is my milieu)
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To: NormsRevenge

Que sera sera...her life isn't anyone else's responsibility but her own. If she decides to starve herself, let her.


8 posted on 04/20/2005 9:07:03 AM PDT by TheBigB (Proudly annoying stupid people since 1970!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Were they sellng tickets to this "protest"? I would've bought one to show my solidarity with this so very righteous cause.

On the fourth night of her front yard hunger strike, Diana Ponce lay delirious under the carport, fighting off the chill under a fuzzy blanket emblazoned with the Mexican flag.

Burn that flag-emblazoned blanket. That ought to help keep you warm.

Neighbors sat clustered around her on white plastic lawn chairs. Children smacked at a yellow volleyball in the street. Toddlers tricycled past fence-strung banners that read "Tenemos Que Unirnos" -- We have to unite.

Viva La Raza!!

9 posted on 04/20/2005 9:07:56 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: NormsRevenge
"How can the government in 2005 allow this, let people take the law into their own hands?" said Ponce, whose father came from Michoacan. "Why do they need to be armed?"

all of them with inalienable rights.

I suppose this woman thinks that only little Mexican-American children have inalienable rights.

But the Minutemen do not have the right to bear arms, to free speech, and to petition their government for redress of their grievences.

But the good news is that given her hunger strike, taxpayers are probably saving a little on food stamps.

10 posted on 04/20/2005 9:08:00 AM PDT by jackbenimble (Import the third world, become the third world)
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To: NormsRevenge

Where are the DUmmies? they could save her, they like to throw food.


11 posted on 04/20/2005 9:08:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I don't suffer from stress. I am a carrier!)
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To: NormsRevenge

What a waste of resources.


12 posted on 04/20/2005 9:08:36 AM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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To: socal_parrot

Wow, 4 days without food (actually not without noursishment) and she's already delirious. Hmmm...but I thought it was a painless and peaceful death by starvation & thirst in Florida. Must only be painful in California.


13 posted on 04/20/2005 9:09:12 AM PDT by rhc2000
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To: HiJinx

A ping for the delusional woman staging a hunger strike to protest the armed vigilante MMPs.


15 posted on 04/20/2005 9:10:38 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: NormsRevenge

Looking at pictures of this woman, going on a hunger strike for a few weeks might do her some good. If you know what I mean.


16 posted on 04/20/2005 9:10:46 AM PDT by tortoise (All these moments lost in time, like tears in the rain.)
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To: TheBigB
Que sera sera...her life isn't anyone else's responsibility but her own. If she decides to starve herself, let her.

And we better not catch anybody trying to insert a feeding tube.
17 posted on 04/20/2005 9:11:39 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: NormsRevenge
"The day she read about the Minutemen, her Gemini horoscope (after warning her of troubles with strangers, authority figures and traveling) ended with an edict: "Help a cause you believe in."

I think her horoscope today says she should go visit a Dr with a couch (bilingual of course)

Or, she should have watched Dr Phil on TV.

So many nutcases, so little time.

18 posted on 04/20/2005 9:12:22 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (Ongoing prayers for nw_arizona_granny and TexasCowboy)
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To: NormsRevenge

"She refused not only food, but also water for the first two days of her fast, which ends Thursday."

Someone should tie a granny knot in her feeding tube...


19 posted on 04/20/2005 9:13:19 AM PDT by babygene (Viable after 87 trimesters)
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To: JoeGar

If she is truly a diabetic, she is really comitting suicide, because diabetics HAVE to have a certain amount of food a day with carbohydrates or they will go into a diabetic coma and die....

I say IF....because I am skeptical.


20 posted on 04/20/2005 9:14:10 AM PDT by Txsleuth (Mark Levin for Supreme Court Justice!)
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To: socal_parrot

I would stand on the sidewalk in front of her house eating a BigMac waiving goodby to her.


21 posted on 04/20/2005 9:14:49 AM PDT by Lowell (The voice from beyond the edge!)
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To: WestCoastGal

If she is illegal I wish she would continue her protest on the proper side of the border..... Be nice if our government would enforce that.


22 posted on 04/20/2005 9:15:01 AM PDT by Sterco
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To: NormsRevenge
Ponce, a diabetic, is fasting there for a week.

Presumably she's adult onset diabetes, not Type 1 (juvenile, the more serious version that requires shots...which, incidentally, is what I have), so her problem is probably caused by obesity. Hence, I imagine she could stand to go on a hunger strike without causing too much trouble--her doctors might even approve of the measure.

Perhaps she'll lose a ton of weight and market this as a new diet? Call it the "Border Protest Diet."

23 posted on 04/20/2005 9:16:14 AM PDT by keepingtrack
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To: NormsRevenge
I like how the word vigilante is not quoted and what is with the last part of this "... a tightknit Mexican-American enclave of families with children, all of them with inalienable rights."
24 posted on 04/20/2005 9:16:17 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (To hell with Mexico, its policies, and its leaders)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey Ponce, if you're not going to eat that burrito, may I have it?


25 posted on 04/20/2005 9:16:39 AM PDT by GunnyHartman (Allah is allah outta virgins.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let her starve herself to death. One less stupid person in the world to deal with.


26 posted on 04/20/2005 9:16:49 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: NormsRevenge

27 posted on 04/20/2005 9:17:14 AM PDT by frogjerk
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To: NormsRevenge
This should be put under - The most ridiculous article of the day, were there such a category.

These are not vigilantes as this woman and the MSM are want to call American citizens doing their duties as citizens…they are doing just what they should be doing when their government does not do the job of protecting the Homeland and they are doing it very well in spite of the ACLU appearing along with all the reporters, trying to tweak many members into confrontations.

28 posted on 04/20/2005 9:18:14 AM PDT by yoe
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To: NormsRevenge

Is everybody an idiot? I fast 7 days every spring and have done so for 20 years. The only thing it will do is make her feel better and might cure her diabeties. In addition I fast each monday which off sets the weekend binges. It takes 90% of your total energy just to digest what people stuff in their mouth. You would be suprised how good you feel when all this energy goes to repairing your body. If she was writhing around delusional in a lawn chair there was something else wrong. I suggest she be checked for iligallities or liberallities.


29 posted on 04/20/2005 9:18:25 AM PDT by jec41 (Screaming Eagle)
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To: keepingtrack

I may be wrong on my post re: her diabetes, I don't know. I don't really know about adult onset diabetes---

I just know about Type 1 diabetes, which DOES require carbohydrates or the person would go into coma....

Sorry if I misrepresented what this person may be doing to herself---


30 posted on 04/20/2005 9:19:29 AM PDT by Txsleuth (Mark Levin for Supreme Court Justice!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hmmmm - sounds to me like she's running a little late to join Jim Jones at Guyana. But, that's the beauty of the Darwin Awards - the nominee doesn't have to be a moron during any particular time frame.


31 posted on 04/20/2005 9:19:50 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

 

 

"Why do they need to be armed?"

Soon, her husband would light a fire and let out her dog, Vega, a pit bull-German shepherd mix, to guard her.


32 posted on 04/20/2005 9:20:04 AM PDT by Not a 60s Hippy (They are SOCIALISTS - not progressives, elitists, liberals, etc.)
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To: Sterco

We can only hope AHHHHHrnold means what he said about closing the border.

I doubt it though. It will be up to citizens like the Minutemen to continue the fight or this country will look like the junkpile called Tijuana in a lot of places in a few years. Many cities already do!!


33 posted on 04/20/2005 9:23:26 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (Ongoing prayers for nw_arizona_granny and TexasCowboy)
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To: Txsleuth
"If she is truly a diabetic, she is really comitting suicide, because diabetics HAVE to have a certain amount of food a day with carbohydrates or they will go into a diabetic coma and die...."

I don't think that's true... That would apply only if she were tasking insulin. Most diabetics have type II. If she was type I and cut out the insulin dhe'd still be OK.di
34 posted on 04/20/2005 9:23:35 AM PDT by babygene (Viable after 87 trimesters)
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To: yoe

I see FOX showed a map of states planning citizen border patrols. Basically it included all our southern border states and a few here on the northern border.


35 posted on 04/20/2005 9:23:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I don't suffer from stress. I am a carrier!)
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To: bigsigh

Feels kinda like Alice in Wonderland. Who would have thought that book would be prophetic.....
susie


36 posted on 04/20/2005 9:24:36 AM PDT by brytlea (Yes, there are Republican teachers...)
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To: brytlea

PS: my wife keeps encouraging me to go on a 90 day hunger strike. Doesn't care what the cause.


37 posted on 04/20/2005 9:26:11 AM PDT by bigsigh
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To: NormsRevenge

IGAF.


38 posted on 04/20/2005 9:26:19 AM PDT by verity (A mindset is an antidote to logic.)
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To: Txsleuth

that's not completely true--type 1 diabetics require insulin, or they'll go into a coma from high blood sugar. (A friend of mine died in high school from this.) A lack of carbs, combined with too much insulin, will cause blood sugar to plummet, which causes an insulin reaction (also called insulin shock). So it's dangerous on both ends, but only a lack of insulin will send a person into a coma.


39 posted on 04/20/2005 9:27:52 AM PDT by keepingtrack
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To: bigsigh

"has the world been turned inside out or is it just my imagination?"

wiping off my monitor screen, lol!


41 posted on 04/20/2005 9:30:14 AM PDT by peacebaby (I have hope.)
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"Why do they need to be armed?"

Uhh, Diana, has anyone told you that Mexican drug smugglers are armed? Has anyone told you that Arizona is a "carry" state? Has anyone told you that it's illegal to sneak over American borders? Diana, you're one dumb chick.

42 posted on 04/20/2005 9:30:50 AM PDT by janetgreen (WAKE UP PRESIDENT BUSH - AMERICA IS BEING INVADED!!)
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To: keepingtrack

Beautiful,wonderful!


43 posted on 04/20/2005 9:32:34 AM PDT by blaze (Welcome to the Hotel Mexifornia (WWW.AMERICANPATROL.COM) Go to links and have a cry!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey - what say we go by McDonald's, grab a couple bags of burgers, and head on over there??


44 posted on 04/20/2005 9:34:39 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (This tagline is Bush's fault.)
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Are they serving popcorn?

Stoke up that barbeque grill, ma, the party's at your house!


45 posted on 04/20/2005 9:35:54 AM PDT by peacebaby (I have hope.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Once she gets into a certain cause, she really goes all the way; said her sister, Christina Gastelum.

Let's hope she does go "all the way". It will be guaranteed to be euphoric

46 posted on 04/20/2005 9:36:14 AM PDT by bullseye1911 (Not as good as I once was, but as good once as I ever was!)
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To: NormsRevenge

"On behalf of alienated aliens everywhere, I'm proud to accept this Darwin award...."


47 posted on 04/20/2005 9:36:24 AM PDT by ironmaidenPR2717 (But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days......(2Tim3:1))
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To: DustyMoment

Maybe that *childrens type gatorade* is really Koolade.


48 posted on 04/20/2005 9:37:37 AM PDT by JoeBob (If you live like sheep the wolves will eat you.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Me so Hungy,

She doesn't have the credibility of Homer though. Maybe she can eat her Mezcan flag blanket. If she loves Mezigo soooo much WTF is she here in the USA????? HUH!!!!!

Love it or LEAVE IT Mamacita.

49 posted on 04/20/2005 9:37:43 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Man, You should have seen them, kickin Edgar Allen Poe! Koo Koo Kachoo)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good grief. She's a diabetic for heaven's sake. This could really do great harm to her, even death. Doesn't she care as much for her family???? Amazing! People are nuts!


50 posted on 04/20/2005 9:37:47 AM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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