Ted Nugent made discriminatory remarks against the Native American community recently calling them "dirty vermin" and less than humans. Rudy Gonzales is the son of the legendary Chicano activist via Corky Gonzales of Denver and answers the Chicano Movement Indigenous calls when struggles appear. Rudy has initiated calls and made it clear to Gothic Theatre that if they continue with the Ted Nugent concert on July 30, 2014, a boycott against the theatre will be initiated.
The Gothic Theatre essentially said: "Bring it" and continued with the concert.
As a result of the theatre continuing with the concert, Rudy Gonzales will not be idle and said the boycott of the Gothic Theatre will begin. In fact black and brown coalition efforts are underway in order to raise awareness with black Hip Hop artists alerting them to how the Gothic Theatre was insensitive to racial issues and bigotry.
Rain appeared to play a factor to the number of Ted Nugent concert patrons, and it appears there were more protestors than Nugent fans who showed up despite the horrible weather. We enjoyed reading the Westword story about Mr. Poopy Pants, and was glad they reported on the story, but we think the deadline issue could have prevented them from staying a little longer to see approximately 75-100 total protest attendees that showed. Some protestors were very small children where families needed to leave sooner in light of drenched clothes.
Reddog Rudy said: "I blame the weather. It threw everything off, but there was a lot of us that came through."
Even though the Native American population might be too small for the likes of the Gothic Theatre to worry about in the Denver area, our national group is making a stand with our Native brothers and putting our Chicano/Latino/Hispanic population and economic buying power behind this cause. The State of Colorado is one of the top ten states in our Union with regard to Chicano/Latino/Hispanic buying economic buying power, and we are committed to building a better Native American and Indigenous coalition against bigotry.
Chicanos, Latinos and Hispanics contribute massive economic buying power and Colorado is listed as top 10 states with billions of dollars feeding local businesses and corporations. The ten states with the largest Hispanic markets, in order, are California ($253 billion), Texas ($175 billion), Florida ($101 billion), New York ($76 billion), Illinois ($43 billion), New Jersey ($37 billion), Arizona ($31 billion), Colorado ($21 billion), New Mexico ($18 billion), and Georgia ($15 billion). In fact, according to immigration policy: "Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians account for large and growing shares of the economy and electorate in the swing state of Colorado. Nearly 1 in 10 Coloradans is an immigrant (foreign-born), and 1 in 5 is Latino. More than one-third of immigrants in Colorado are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. “New Americans”—immigrants and the children of immigrants—account for 5.9% of all registered voters in the state. Moreover, Latinos and Asians (both foreign-born and native-born) wield $28.4 billion in consumer purchasing power. At last count, businesses owned by Latinos and Asians had sales and receipts of $10 billion and employed more than 65,000 people. Immigrant, Latino, and Asian workers, consumers, and entrepreneurs are integral to Colorado’s economy and tax base—and they are an electoral force with which every politician must reckon."
Here are some signs and photos protestors took at the event, and you can see more photos here: