The Real Cinco de Mayo

  • Aired:  05/07/13
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Jessica Williams chooses to not waste her Cinco de Mayo experience by marching for more humane immigration laws. (3:13)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

THIS PAST SUNDAY, MAY 5TH,

WE CELEBRATED THAT MOST

AMERICAN OF HOLIDAYS CINCO

DE MAYO.

BUT NOT EVERYONE IN THIS

COUNTRY UNDERSTANDS ITS TRUE

MEANING.

JESSICA WILLIAMS REPORTS.

>> CINCO DE MAYO, THE PARTY

OF PARTIES.

I WANTED TO HIT UP AN

AUTHENTIC FIESTA THIS YEAR

SO I WENT DOWN TO DALLAS,

TEXAS, WHERE THOUSANDS OF

LATINOS WERE TAKING THE

PARTY TO THE STREETS.

HOW'S YOUR PARTY GOING.

>> THIS IS NOT EXACTLY A

PARTY FOR US.

>> ARE YOU KIDDING?

>> LOOK AT ALL THESE MOVES

I'M DOING.

>> WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

IS IMMIGRATION REFORM.

>> HERE I AM WITH MY GIRLS

ON CINCO DE MAYO!

>> WE'RE HERE TO MARCH FOR

IMMIGRATION REFORM.

>> Reporter: SO 5,000 PEOPLE

CHOSE TO WASTE THEIR CINCO

DE MAYO BY MARCHING FOR MORE

HUMANE IMMIGRATION LAWS?

NAH-UH, NOT ON MY WATCH.

>> I HAVE A PERMIT BUT AFTER

THAT --

>> LET'S TALK ABOUT PARTY

STUFF LIKE WHAT IS THE

CRAZIEST PLACE YOU HAVE

BONKED SOMEBODY.

MEAN IN AN OSCAR WEANER

MOBILE.

>> I DON'T HAVE ONE LIKE

THAT.

>> WHEN I WAS 13 MY FATHER

WAS DEPORTED.

I WAS LIVING WITH WASN'T

LIVING WHERE MY MOTHER,

SEPARATED FOR 20 YEARS.

>> ALL RIGHT, YOU KNOW WHAT

THAT MEANS, PARENTS AWAY,

YOU GOT TO GET WITH IT.

TAKE THE-- OFF.

>> I WAS TRYING TO GET THE

PARTY STARTED BUT THE

NEGATIVITY WAS WEARING ME

DOWN.

>> A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE ARE

GETTING SEPARATED FROM THEIR

FAMILIES.

>> WORKING LONG HOURS,

OVERTIME WITHOUT BEING PAID.

>> FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS

IN AMERICA.

>> IT'S HARD FOR US TO GET

ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE.

>> THESE PEOPLE WERE BUMMING

ME OUT.

WHAT'S WORSE, WHAT I THOUGHT

WAS THE BEER LINE TURNED OUT

TO BE FOR SOMETHING CALLED

BOTAR.

CLEARLY THESE PEOPLE HAD A

LOT TO LEARN ABOUT THE

AMERICAN HOLIDAY OF CINCO DE

MAYO.

I TOOK A FEW OF THESE PARTY

POOPERS WITH ME TO SHOW THEM

THE TRUE MEANING OF THE DAY.

>> CINCO DE MAYO IS THE

SINGLE BEST EXCUSE TO GO OUT

AND DO UNLIMITED TEQUILA

SHOTS ALL DAY LONG.

>> YEAH, THAT'S WHAT MI

TALKING ABOUT.

>> CINCO DE MAYO IS A PARTY.

NO POLITICS.

ONCE IT GETS INTO POLITICO

STUFF IT IS NO FUN.

>> WE DON'T WANT TO GET NOT

POLITICO STUFF.

>> NO.

>> THERE IS WHAT CINCO DE

MAYO IS ALL ABOUT.

>> THEY HAD MUCH TO LEARN

ABOUT OUR TRADITION.

>> TRADITIONALLY ON CINCO DE

MAYO WE EAT STOCK ITOES

WHICH ARE SMALL TACOES.

>> SEE A THAT QUITO.

>> YEAH, I KNOW WHAT A THAT

QUITO IS.

>> MUSTACHE, SOMEBREROES.

>> I HATE CINCO DE MAYO.

GRINGO CAN'T HANDLE THE

TEQUILA.

JUST TIRED OF IT.

I JUST WANT TO GO HOME.

>> I EVEN FIGURED OUT A WAY

TO COMBINE OUR RITUALIZED

DRINKING WITH THEIR BIZARRE

NEED TO CONSTANTLY CRUSADE

FOR BASIC RIGHTS.

>> MY FAMILY BEING SEPARATED,

THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO

DESCRIBE IT BUT INHUMANE.

>> INHUMANE.

>> THAT'S ONE, EVERYBODY

DRINK.

>> ACROSS CULTURE SUCCESS.

ONE OF THE ACTIVISTS EVEN

OFFERED TO BE A DESIGNATED

DRIVER.

>> OR I COULD TAKE FOUR IN

THE BACK.

>> MAYBE WE NEED EACH OTHER

AFTER ALL.

>> THEY DO THE JOBS WE DON'T

WANT TO DO.

STAYING SONER AND BEING

POLITICALLY ENGAGED.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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