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Wed Jan 4, 2012, 04:16 PM

"Voices" told to "Cease and Desist"

This morning I picked up a Spanish Journal at the BP Subway
near "The Clock," a couple of blocks south of 1st and National.

This somewhat confusing article took a good five minutes to sort through, parse
and digest. (I was still chewing through it when my 6" spinach, egg & cheese toasted
flatbread had been long gone.)

http://spanishjournal.com/vdlf-told-to-cease-and-desist-p3633-1.htm

Milwaukee - The national director of “Voces Action” recently demanded that Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) cease and desist using the name “Voces Action”.

VLDF was told that legal action would be initiated if their trademarked name was not removed from all VLDF materials.

It appears that Voces de la Frontera has been endorsing political candidates under the brand name “Voces Action”.


The article appears to be very carefully worded. That may be for legal reasons.
It's a "just the facts," Joe Friday special.

It wasn't until I had the opportunity to do some web searches that possibly revealing and pertinent results jumped
to the top of the google page.

1.) As many people are probably aware, Voces de la Frontera has long been a non-profit/community social service agency/immigrant-rights advocate, and
all-around source of aid and inspiration for the predominantly Latino population on Milwaukee's south side. In fact, they have been a voice for many other
under-represented, predominantly low-income groups.

2.) The "Voces Action" referred to in the opening words of the article may be related to this organization:

http://www.corporationwiki.com/Texas/Highland-Village/voces-action/39303765.aspx

location in Highland Village, TX. Active officers include Edna McDaniel, Adryana Boyne and Daryl Boyne. Voces Action filed as a Domestic
Nonprofit Corporation on Monday, June 29, 2009 in the state of Texas and is currently active. Daryl Boyne serves as the registered agent for this organization.


Assuming that "Edna" and "Daryl" were not likely to be Latino but "Adryana" (the Barbye-spelling notwithstanding) could be, I found this page:

http://vocesaction.blogspot.com/2009/08/httpwww.html

Getting the conservative word out to Hispanics is an effort that Highland Village resident Adryana Boyne has made her passion. At the
recent Denton County Republican Party meeting, held in the communications room at Lewisville Medical Center, Ms. Boyne was the featured speaker. As the
recent organizer of VOCES (Voices Offering Conservative Empowering Solutions), Ms. Boyne is on a mission to educate Hispanics through Spanish and English
television, radio and other media on conservative viewpoints.


Daryl and the oddly sinister-looking "Adryana" list as "activities and interests" on their Facebook page, among other names

http://www.facebook.com/people/Daryl-Boyne/615983731#

the following:


Texas Alliance for Life, donttearmedown, Sean Hannity, Roger Williams, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Dianne Costa for US Congress, Solid Rock
Leadership, Van Taylor, Write for the Right, John Cornyn, Texas GOP Vote


Sooooo..... cutting to the chase, these self-appointed spokesperson(s?) for the "conservative word" have commenced a legal initiative that includes
this "cease and desist" order. Copied and pasted from the Spanish Journal article:


1) Voces {the Highland, TX group} requires that VLDF{our local Voces group} cease promoting or marketing any audio-visual, multimedia, print or electronic or digital promotional materials that bear the phrase(s): “VOCES”, “VOICES”, “VOICES Action” and “VOCES ACTION” in any combination, “VOICES TO ACTION” and/or “VOCES ACTION”;

2) VLDF needs to cease printing, duplicating, and/or circulating any marketing materials that include the phrase(s): “VOICES” and “ACTION” in any combination, “VOCES”, “VOICES”, “VOICES Action” and “VOCES ACTION” in any combination, “VOICES TO ACTION” and/or “VOCES ACTION”;;” and that VLDF destroy any inventories of such materials that include either, “VOICES” and/or “ACTION,” “VOICES TO ACTION” and/or “VOCES ACTION”, (this includes removing any reference to the phrase(s) described above from any Internet website or webpage, Facebook page, Facebook events, etc. );

3) VLDF also needs to cancel any web, audiovisual, and/or print advertisements or distributions that include the phrase(s): “VOCES”, “VOICES”, “VOICES Action” and “VOCES ACTION” in any combination, “VOICES TO ACTION” and/or “VOCES ACTION;”

4) That VLDF agrees in a written reply to refrain from any use of the phrases: “”VOCES”, “VOICES”, “VOICES Action” and “VOCES ACTION” in any combination, “VOICES TO ACTION” and/or “VOCES ACTION”;” or any colorable variation of that mark as a trademark in the future.”



....Could it all have anything to do with the fact that our local Voces has joined with the NAACP in challenging Herr Walker's restricitive, voter-suppression Photo ID diktat?

http://www.vdlf.org/about/media/press_releases.php?pid=144

The Voces/NAACP lawsuit follows the same roadmap that Missouri voters used to successfully overturn the Missouri photo ID law in 2006, when the Missouri Supreme Court invalidated photo ID under the State of Missouri Constitution’s right to vote.

"The photo ID requirement is a repressive law aimed at deterring Latino voters from coming to the polls," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director of Voces. "The Wisconsin Constitution guarantees all citizens and Wisconsin residents the right to vote and we intend to ardently protect that right.”

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Response to mojowork_n (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 05:25 PM

1. VDLF is a positive force in the Milwaukee community. The other sound like a right-wing ....

 

... scam of some sort or another.


May the good guys prevail.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 06:05 PM

2. The two groups have conflicting agenda's when it comes to helping low-income Americans vote

Here's a link to the Texas group's most active blog page. Some of their other blogs have no content or
posts at all.

http://vocesaction.blogspot.com/2011/12/voces-action-joins-true-vote-to-oppose.html

Where voter registration fraud prevails, voter fraud likely prevails. Without the Texas ID bill, voter registration is the primary defense against fraud.
VOCES Action stands strongly in educating Hispanics on the conservative issues, and I know, as a matter of fact, that Hispanics understand that to have transparency and integrity in elections, a photo voter ID is necessary. On December 13th, I was invited to speak at a rally sponsored by True the Vote, headed by Catherine Engelbrecht, a wonderful patriot. True The Vote, is an initiative developed by citizens for citizens, meant to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. The organization promotes ideas that actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation.


It's very recent, from just a couple of weeks ago.

Here's the group's mission statement, from a blog page that's had 367 views (counting my one), since July, 2008

http://www.blogger.com/profile/03147159554235988063


VOCES, the Spanish word for Voices, is an acronym for “Voices Offering Conservative Empowering Solutions.” VOCES Action (501(c)(4)non-profit organization. VOCES Action does Public advocacy to promote awareness of conservative issues, economic development, 10th amendment: fighting intrusive Washington policies, border security, public and higher education, health care, tort reform, environment and natural resources, abortion, banning embryonic stem cell research, protecting traditional marriage, promoting adoption, transportation, criminal justice and property right. We are aimed at communicating conservative values within the American community and through the Latino population. We educate and empower Latinos to express their conservative social, fiscal, and moral values in order to help our nation regain and preserve its moral heritage.


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There is no shortage of Latinos in Texas, but it's possible this group has more issues that it supports (what a grab bag, in that mission statement), than actual, participating, dues-paying, flesh-and-blood, Latino members.

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Response to mojowork_n (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 5, 2012, 04:18 PM

3. Summary, w/graphics

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For anyone who might have the least interest in this -- take my word for it, our local Voces de la Frontera is and has
been for some time, a tremendous asset to Southeastern Wisconsin -- I thought it might be helpful to post a quick,
cutting to the chase summary.

The Texas non-profit that's challenging VDLF appears to be led (or fronted) by one person, Adryana Boyne:

Here she is, next to Rick Perry:



You can google her name + youtube to see some video clips. (FOX talking head, Tea Party events,
conservative 'Hispanic' spokesperson). She's a somewhat recently arrived American (naturalized mid-90's),
born and educated in Mexico:

http://trueslant.com/conorfriedersdorf/2010/04/30/race-the-tea-parties-and-mr-blows-column/

"....her whole life’s work is spent trying to convince fellow Latinos that their natural home is the Republican Party, on the theory that they are fiscally and socially conservative, so playing up her identity as a Latina who doesn’t fit into the stereotypical box is an occupational necessity in addition to an honestly held conviction..."


She gives a good speech. Her first language is definitely Spanish. I kind of like her. As
a woman who's working very hard in support of her beliefs. (Supporting the Arizona
Immigration Law, supporting the most restrictive VOTER ID laws imaginable, supporting
the Constitution, at least as she imagines it was written, etc. She has both style and
passion.)

She sort of brings to mind this famous face, from history. (Although
there were no photographs around, back then, and it's never fair
to judge appearances from a painting.):



The Most Excellent, The Duchess of Alba, the artist Goya's favorite subject. (Very convenient, as well,
since The Duchess and her husband were the wealthiest couple in Spain, at the end of the 18th century. It's
very important for artists that they get paid.)

Her full name, the first 5 lines of her Wiki bio:

Doña María del Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva-Álvarez de Toledo y Silva, 13th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Grandee of Spain, (in full, Spanish: Doña María del Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva Álvarez de Toledo y Silva Bazán, décimo tercera duquesa de Alba de Tormes, décima primera duquesa de Huéscar, sexta duquesa de Montoro, octava condesa-duquesa de Olivares, décimo primera marquesa del Carpio, décimo tercera marquesa de Coria, novena marquesa de Eliche, décimo segunda marquesa de Villanueva del Río, sexta marquesa de Tarazona, marquesa de Flechilla y Jarandilla, décimo primera condesa de Monterrey, décimo cuarta condesa de Lerín, décimo tercera condesa de Oropesa, décimo cuarta Condestablesa de Navarra, décimo segunda condesa de Galve, décimo cuarta condesa de Osorno, de jure duquesa de Galisteo, décimo primera condesa de Ayala, novena condesa de Fuentes de Valdepero, condesa de Alcaudete, condesa de Deleitosa, señora del estado de Valdecorneja, señora de las baronías de Dicastillo, San Martín, Curton y Guissens), (10 June 1762 – 23 July 1802)


Although I'd be willing to wager 10,000 dollars Mrs. Boyne and her family are comfortably set in some suburban
Texas zip code where the median income is well north of 100,000 dollars a year, I don't think it's fair
to suggest that this person, or what she represents -- or for that matter -- what The Most Excellent,
the Duchess of Alba
represented -- can even be included in a balance sheet, an accounting statement,
or a stark, black-and-white string of ciphers.

Some people just believe (or can be educated to understand) that
the best way to define yourself is to maintain certain standards.



Standards of deportment, behavior, style and appearance.

Or someone might think you were really someone else, altogether:



This NY Times blog caught a whiff of that, describing a Tea Party event where Ms. Boyne appeared, but without much sympathy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/17/opinion/17blow.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Bottom line: This is some kind of lawyers' thing, so I'm not qualified to say anything about the actual legal
dynamics, but it looks like the participants are this one lady down in Texas and all the people who
support her, up against our local community group, that's been in existence quite a bit longer, for
the right to use a sequence of letters of the alphabet, in certain situations.

The courts, or the lawyers behind close doors (before it gets to trial),
will sort it out. Hopefully.



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Response to mojowork_n (Original post)

Fri Jan 6, 2012, 06:26 PM

4. pehaps if the texass voices were to come up here we could great her with our voices.

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