Winter Solstice 2015 @ Casa Solidaria del Sur

Jovenes en Resistencia recited two poems to remember the lives of Maria Guardado & Lil Milagro Ramirez. Father and son joined us with guitar rhythms  learned at community space Casa Solidaria del Sur.

Recitamos poesia de Maria Guardado y Lil Milagro Ramirez para recordarlas. Papa e hijo nos acompañaron en la guitarra con ritmos aprendidos en en centro comunitario Casa Solidaria del Sur.

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SOA Watch Encuentro in Arizona

On October 7-9th Jovenes en Resistencia participated in the SOA Watch Encuentro in Arizona. The school of the amerikkkas is still operating and this year SOA watch gathered in Tucson, Arizona and at the border in Nogales to connect the institutionalization of borders and power at the expense of migrants in detention centers. We were able to share poetry of Maria Guardado, Lil Milagro Ramirez, & Mahmoud Darwish to honor elders and revolutionaries throughout our collective memory. It was also great to share space with community folx and they came up with a collective poem:

To sugar coat the image of a movement in order to edit the voices of those disenfranchised; do not rotate the minds of neoliberal donation funders at progressive universities
Do not listen to that professor that tells you that your english is “wrong”
that your grammar is not worth an A

The new movement is not just “diverse,”
interested in representing of a few in positions of power, but one that is conscious of each other

Through our collective struggles we learn our representation has grown…
it’s our turn; My hurt, my pain is long drawn out. The struggle of a generation is creating more problems for everyone.

You kill our flowers with weeds, but we grow. Unaffected by your weeds, the more you stomp on us, the more we flourish. Vive. We will continue to grow. We will continue to speak. You will always hear our voices…they will grow louder, while your oppression crumbles underneath them.

Resist, resist, I have to resist. My mind a battlefield I must resist. My body a protest born in a society that tells me to hate me, born in a society that tells my hair is protest. I was born to resist.

Born with a fist in the air.
Fuck your stares
I struggle upstairs for my grandmother whose liberation is attached to my hip as I climb ’cause these hills don’t define me

Do not settle for anything

Dealing will all these emotions
Because of all of these commotions
State violence rooted in masculinity
Being all responsible for it, but I’m torn dealing with mine
Because I know I’m a walking threat
Bit there is one thing that I can bet…
We will not quit and we will not be broken
WE WILL WIN!

By: Danielle Harris, Stacey Gomez, Yesenia Portillo, Audrey Edwards, Kenberly Ferguson, Alfredo Gama, Tichina Ward-Pratt, Leilani Clark, Cheyenne Ne’shay

 

 

 

Learning from our elders

13654399_1598532673772438_3201391906533072836_nOn July 13th, 2016 young womxn from the Brown Berets visited Gloria Arellanes. One of Jovenes en Resistencia’s principles is to honor people who have vastly contributed to creating a better world for the next generations. Gloria identifies as Chicanx and Tongva. She spendsher time tending her veggies and cats, as well as attending ceremonies now. There was a time when she was really involved with the Brown Beret; she is one of the original members. However, history books tend to focus on the men’s perspective of the Berets and never the womxn.

Nowadays, Brown Berets chapters include many young womxn but are still dominated by men. Gloria invited the young womxn to her home to learn about herstory and views on the movement.

7 young womxn arrived to Gloria’s home full of sweets and food to share. Gloria prepared refreshing iced teas as it was a hot Wednesday afternoon. The guests sat around Gloria’s patio table. As a dear friend of Gloria I introduced the space and we did a quick check in. The guests were eager to listen to Gloria’s story.

She began by sharing that there will be a Chicanx Moratorium monument on Whittier Boulevard to be announced soon. Those streets are symbolic to the movement because there’s where young Gloria and friends will drive and hang out. Whittier Blvd is also where many youth were killed and harassed by police for being against the Vietnam War and racism at home. Gloria moved on to share that being part of the Brown Berets was one of the best things that happened to her. Even though it was mostly men; she was one of the only womxn unfortunately to hold a position and speak up for the other womxn in the group. She learned a lot from becoming organized to make social change to being true to herself and leaving the group because of the recurrent sexism. Gloria worked on the Free Clinic in Whitiier Blvd. and contributed a lot to the Brown Berets. The young womxn learned a lot from Gloria and identify with her struggles. Thank you Gloria for being the person you are and providing time to the new generation of organizers!

Collective Poem

On April 9, 2016 community womxn recited a collective poem dedicated to Berta Caceres!

Berta Caceres Vive!

Berta lives Berta is now everywhere in the water above injustice

Berta Ceceres a true representation of sacrificing her body and soul for the good of the people

Berta Caceres mujer leal a la causa

Your spirit that can’t be bought nourishes in the form of resistance siempre presente

Sadness to know that another voice is silenced that searched justice

With the great sadness and disbelief of the killing of  a woman who just wanted basic needs for people

When she was killed she transformed into water Her soul lives

Berta, I’m angry that I will never get to hear your words of wisdom. But you will never be forgotten

Berta Caceres vive en nuestra lucha día a día Vamos caminando paso a paso al ritmo de la naturaleza

A wild wild powerful water, grounded CEBA tree she dances in the fire and now I hope to speak with her in the dream world Teach us how to protect pacha mama

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Comunicado en Solidaridad con Berta Cáceres!

Martes 8 de Marzo 2016

COMUNICADO EN SOLIDARIDAD CON BERTA CACERES

Desde la tierra secuestrada de Yangna, Abya Yala (mas conocido como Los Ángeles, California) reconocemos el genocidio de los pueblos originarios que ha sucedido por más de quinientos años y celebramos nuestras resistencias en contra del sistema opresor. Lamentamos profundamente el asesinato violento de nuestra hermana Lenca, Berta Cáceres, defensora de la madre tierra y militante de la vida. El día Viernes, 4 de marzo colectivos y organizaciones de Los Ángeles organizamos una protesta en el consulado Hondureño para demandar justicia sobre el asesinato de la compañera Berta Cáceres. ¡Nunca olvidaremos lo que el estado capitalista, patriarcal, racista le hizo a Berta! ¡Nunca olvidaremos el daño que le hacen a los ríos! En Berta vivimos!

¡Berta Cáceres Presente!

Los diferentes colectivos de nuestra trinchera sumamos la voz de indignación por medio de este comunicado. Y en el marco de 8 de marzo día de la mujer, no solo celebramos la vida, sino la lucha de todas las mujeres luchadoras de los pueblos marginalizados. Y culpamos este sistema capitalista, racista y patriarcal por toda la violencia que sucede en nuestras comunidades.

Denunciamos públicamente lo que ha pasado en el territorio Lenca, donde el estado Hondureño, las empresas transnacionales e instituciones imperialistas tienen responsabilidad de los hechos violentos en contra de la vida y la madre tierra.

No reconocemos el supuesto legítimo poder del estado que lo ha ganado a través de las armas, la (neo) colonización y los grandes medios de comunicación. Demandamos la responsabilidad al estado Hondureño. Seguimos en los pasos de Berta Cáceres, denunciando el saqueo de los bienes comunes con los proyectos hidroeléctricos y mineros. Ya que las transnacionales siguen apropiándose de la madre tierra pisoteando a los pueblos originarios.

En este día internacional de la mujer queremos celebrar la vida y los triunfos de las luchas de las mujeres; pero también no olvidar que mujeres indígenas, afrodescendientes, y mujeres transgeneras están siendo asesinadas. Sigue la impunidad en este siglo del feminicidio por que no hay justicia para todas las mujeres que el estado ha asesinado. Sabemos que el estado protege a los criminales, militares, y oligarquía y no beneficia a los pueblos.

Es por eso que tenemos que seguir luchando para un mundo mejor donde no existan las fronteras, donde las mujeres y niñas puedan caminar libremente por las calles. Donde campesinas no sean asesinadas y la lucha por la madre tierra defendiendo a nuestrxs territorios ya no sea lucha pero sentirnos libres de trabajar y estar conectadxs con la madre tierra.

¡Berta Cáceres Presente!

Lento, pero seguimos avanzando.

En Solidaridad,

Jóvenes en Resistencia
La Coalición por Ayotzinapa
Colectivo Guatemala
SOAWLA
Resistencia de México
Raíces sin frontera
Despertar Maya
Radio Comunitaria Jolom Konob en LA
Resistencia Hondureña en LA
Casa Solidaria del Sur