Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional district has recognized a liaison whose purpose is to advocate for the interests of minorities, but as of yet there is no special advisor to represent the interests of the district’s white citizens. Steve Smith, A3P state chairman of Pennsylvania, is ready to fill that void.
U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, who was sworn into office on January 5, 2011, has appointed Angel Jirau as an unpaid volunteer whose role is to make sure that the concerns of the minority community are heard by Rep. Barletta’s office.
Mr. Jirau also serves as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. The 18-member board advises the governor on the needs and interests of the Latino residents of Pennsylvania.
There is currently no advisory board to keep the governor apprised of the needs and interests of Pennsylvania’s white community.
Mr. Smith’s offer to Rep. Barletta was published by the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader on January 24, as follows:
Writer: How will Barletta hear concerns of whites?
Recently, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta appointed Angel Jirau as a liaison between Barletta and the district’s minority community. Who will be his liaison for the district’s white community?
I will readily volunteer if he is courageous enough to appoint me.
Currently, I serve as the state chairman for the American Third Position, which is an organization that exists to represent the political interests of white Americans. For information, go to http://american3p.org.
Steve Smith, Pittston
In an interview with L.A. Tarone which aired on WILK-FM Newsradio on December 28, 2010, Rep. Barletta said, “I personally believe if there’s any way that my office can reach out into a community to make sure that we’re hearing everything, I’m going to use every tool that I can. And any time that somebody wants to volunteer to make me more informed, to make sure that I’m hearing everyone, I’m going to do that.”
Judging from his comments, it sounds like Congressman Barletta ought to be receptive to Mr. Smith’s offer.
Mr. Smith, along with other A3P activists, attended a meeting hosted by the Wilkes-Barre NAACP on October 16, 2010, to express the injustice of the NAACP’s proposal to hire teachers in the Wilkes-Barre school district based on skin color instead of merit.
Mr. Jirau has served on the executive committee of the Wilkes-Barre NAACP.
The A3P believes that in the USA, the needs of American citizens and legal residents should take precedence over the needs of those who are here in violation of the law. Mr. Jirau expressed his disregard for this concept when he was sworn in as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs on December 4, 2009, saying, “we have to address their needs (Latinos) as vigorously as we do everyone else’s. We have to stop dealing with the issues of undocumented, unwanted.”
Rep. Barletta has acknowledged that he has disagreements with Mr. Jirau when it comes to immigration, but said that they can find common ground.
Rep. Lou Barletta gained national recognition in 2006 as mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, when the city passed the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, which would penalize those who employ or rent to illegal aliens.
The ordinance has since been struck down by the courts. The City of Hazleton has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.
The A3P praises Rep. Barletta’s tenacious efforts to reduce the harmful effects of illegal immigration in Hazleton. We encourage him to recognize Steve Smith as a liaison to the white community, and thereby demonstrate that all ethnic groups in the 11th district will have equal access to Congressional representation.