[Pnews] Political prisoner Luis V. Rodriguez: Aztlan warrior passes to the spirit world
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Political prisoner Luis V. Rodriguez: Aztlan warrior passes to the
April 27, 2016
Luis Valenzuela Rodriguez left this mortal world on Thursday April 14,
2016, at 7:28 p.m., surrounded by his family and friends. He was 60
years old. Songs and prayers were offered to honor him from the four
In addition to all his other accomplishments, Luis Rodriguez was also an
extraordinary artist. This is a self-portrait.
Luis was innocent. He fought with determination to prove his innocence
for 37 years. Lies were told about him; in the media, in the courtroom.
Many let him down and betrayed him, but many more loved him and stood by
him. Despite the great injustice that befell him and despite all the
indignities he was subjected to in prison, Luis woke up every morning
with a prayer of gratitude, thanking the creator for another day on
earth, even if it meant it would be spent behind bars. His spirit was
never broken. His sovereignty never compromised. He walked his path with
Luis was no angel. He had his faults … he was human. But he was a good
man. He was intense but fair in his dealings with others. He was a man
of his word. He shared what little he had with those who had less. He
gave guidance and encouragement to many. He counseled the young, hoping
to change their perspective on life so that they would never have to
return to prison. (You know who you are.)
Luis was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son
and brother. His physical body was not home with us, but he was ever
present in our lives. He was more of a father, of a husband, than many
men out there who get to go home to their families every night.
Luis was Apache-Mestizo. He was a warrior. His medicine was powerful. He
died in prison, then came back to life, then woke up from a coma and
rose in his hospital bed to dance to the beat of his daughter’s drum.
Who does that? Luis Valenzuela Rodriguez. That’s who! Luis chose his
passing. He gathered us around him to say goodbye and see him out on his
journey. He obliterated the prison from his hospital room and from his
life and he passed to the spirit world a free man. We are proud to call
Luis our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother,
cousin and friend.
*Luis Rodriguez – rebel, magazine publisher, counselor, wrongly
incarcerated political prisoner*
“You cannot harm me. You cannot harm one who has dreamed a dream like
mine.” – Indian Warrior Song
Luis V. Rodriguez was raised in an atmosphere of political and social
involvement. As a youngster, he lived in Los Angeles for a period of
time with a group known as the Brown Berets, a Chicano-Native American
militant organization, which formed against racism and other social
Luis grew up in the times of the Vietnam War and its consequent
demonstrations which resulted in the Watts Rebellion and the 1970
Whittier Boulevard Rebellion after the police killed political activist
and journalist, Ruben Salazar. Rodriguez was a part of that rebellion.
Luis’s politically active father and his contact with the Brown Berets
helped Luis to place these events into proper perspective and to bring
about his political and social awareness. He also interacted with the
League of United Latin Americans (LULAC), the G.I. Forum and other
Rodriguez worked diligently to help himself and others. At age 17, he
started Aztlan, a Chicano-Native American news magazine, which focused
on politics, history, culture and ethnic awareness. He was
editor-in-chief, artist and headed a small staff of other youths.
He was a counselor at a program for offenders and ex-offenders in
Sacramento, a counselor in Los Angeles at the Ayudate program, and a
counselors’ aide at the California Youth Authority Perkins Reception
Center. His goal was to become a California Youth Authority counselor, a
parole or probation officer, or an attorney, in order to help young
people. Until his erroneous conviction in 1981 for two homicides, he had
never been convicted of a felony (People v. Rodriguez, 1991).
*In prison, Luis faced revenge and retaliation every day*
*/by Bato Talamantez/*
A sad and tragic life of imprisonment befell Luis Rodriguez every day
while inside. They did it all to him over a span of long years until his
health broke down and he couldn’t walk anymore. They wouldn’t give him a
walking cane nor wheelchair.
They had him at Pelican Bay when it first opened then moved him to Mule
Creek when a plot at PB was discovered of guards wanting him eliminated
because of a pending lawsuit and investigation by the FBI, reported by
the Sacramento Bee newspaper.
He was under constant threat by the guards since they claimed he was
responsible for death of two California Hightway Patrol officers, and
the guards constantly sought revenge and retaliation every day against him.
Orale, LuisR! RIP
/Bato Talamantez, a former political prisoner, can be reached at
//batowato at gmail.com/ <mailto:batowato at gmail.com>/. The initial
statement above was given to //Sacramento Prisoner Support/
Luis Rodriguez’s family. Following the statement is Luis’s bio from the
//National Jericho Movement/
recognized him as a political prisoner. The Bay View thanks Petey from
Sacramento for compiling it./
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