I'm extremely proud that so many white activists are concerned with what is happening in Oaxaca and are willing to take to the streets for the people there. However, even though your intentions are good, there are unintended consequences of the protests on the Mexican consulate.
First and foremost, Vicente Fox and Jorge Casteñada and other power brokers for the Mexican state are not going to swing by the consulate any time soon. In fact, the Portland Consulate is small potatos for the Mexican government.
However, for the thousands of migrant workers and residents of Oregon (indeed the whole region), documented and undocumented, the Mexican consulate is an essential asset in terms of getting paperwork and permisos for immigration permits, work cards, etc. All too many of these people already live in fear of la migra, la ICE and racists like the minutemen. When people, who perhaps have less than full permission to be in this country, see a bunch of weird looking white people protesting the embassy, they don't think "Solidaridad" they think "trouble." No matter how good your intentions are and how many "istas" you put after your nouns and how many "Si se puede" chants you can use, your presence at the embassy is putting uneccessary intimidation on a group of people who have too much to worry about already. And when white people who don't have to live in fear of la migra chain themselves to the door of the embassy, they are not stopping political violence in the southern state, they are blocking people from getting necessary paperwork from an agency they are forced to use. Furthermore, when you all do demos at the embassy, you are bringing completely unwanted media and law enforcement attention to that little corner of Morrison where so many people slip in and out of in fear for their lives and freedom. On Tuesday a group of five braceros from Woodburn took time off of work to drive up to get copies of documents. Because of your demonstration which shut down the embassy, if only briefly, they had to go home empty handed and will have to miss another day of work.
I know all of your actions are done for good purposes, but please, i beg you. don't aggravate an already intense situation by intimidating immigrants, blocking their access to documents and bringing law enforcement pressure on people who don't need any more attention from people in uniform.
(besides, that corner is isolated! pioneer square would be a much more visible place to get your messgae across without jeopardizing the very people you claim to support)
¡solidaridad es más que ego!