In the aftermath of the May Day 2007 police riot targeting migrant workers, members of the MacArthur Park area, youth and others joined together to support those targeted, those with no papers, those with less means, all others, from the bottom up.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
To all our families and companer@s in the struggle
To all our families and companer@s in the struggle
I share my words with all companer@s and anyone who will have them.
The last couple of weeks have presented many opportunities for people to mobilize in response to the economic hardships we suffer everyday. Many across the country have taken to the streets and participated in the Occupy Wallstreet marches and occupations now happening nation- and even world-wide..
Here in Los Angeles a very large occupation on Tongva land continues unacknowledged.
Here in Los Angeles an occupation within an Occupation has started calling itself Occupy LA.
Our struggle against ableism, authority, capitalism, homophobia, sexism, racism and other ism’s are far from over. People of color in Los Angeles and across the nation have been invited to the table to once again add color to the dinner party but not invited to speak beyond being allowed to give token praise nor are we included in the decision making process.
Social movements are sweeping across native land to further the occupation of native lands and colonize the hearts of the non-believers. The economically poor, working poor, the unemployed, those who suffer the brunt of the successes and failures, of capitalism and white supremacy.
Facebook movements please remember however useful and insightful, you will need more than Zuckerberg’s technology to get free.
We who are ignored, forgotten, disregarded.
We who are attacked in our homes and in our communities.
We who figuratively represent the bottom.
We are not numbers. We are not the 99%.
We are human.
We are brothers and sister, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, in between and outside.
We are economically poor. We are ageless young and old!
We are houseless and housed!
We are workers! We are part of the formal and informal economy!
We are others! We are also other Others!
We are queer!
We are from here, there or from else somewhere!
We are documented and undocumented!
Inside our chest pumps a heart of blood, love and rage.
Inside our minds spark thoughts and ideas that live for more than change.
We have been and continue to be assaulted and brutalized by the bankers! But they did not/do not act alone.
We have been and continue to be assaulted and brutalized by the Corporate World! Again they did not/do not act alone.
We have been and continue to be brutalized and assaulted by slum lords and liquor store owners! Again they did not/do not act alone.
We have been and continue to be assaulted and brutalized by City Councils, Superintendents, County Supervisors, Mayors, Governors and Presidents! Again they did not/do not act alone.
We have been and continue to be assaulted and brutalized by Republicans and Democrats! Again they did not/do not act alone.
We have been and continue to be assaulted and brutalized by the Police! Again they did not/do not act alone.
We have been and continue to be assaulted and brutalized by I.C.E. Again they did not/do not act alone.
We have been and continue to be assaulted and brutalized by the C.I.A., F.B.I., Homeland Security! Again they did not/do not act alone.
They murder us with impunity as the whole world watches! Those who organize the 99% and ignore the realities of our communities, your movement by not raising our demands to the fore- promotes violence on us!
We’ve been trained to speak as those who profit from imbalance would have us speak, internalizing the violence that is perpetuated in language that rapes and pillages wounds and maims in the name of Capitalism. Commodified for business purpose we detach meaning from our own lives in order to be.
We don't simplistically classify ourselves the 99%. We will not willingly reduce ourselves to figures or characters that minimize and distort the oppression of Our everyday.
We are not a trend and cannot be summed up in a single sentence or two.
We are here to work for our freedom, and through our example, demonstrate that on whatever level, small or large, a movement organized by others for others, we can begin the work that reflects another world.
These words spill from my heart as an invitation to all the Others!
We are human and we are much more. Surviving day to day just to get by has brought us here. Experience and this moment in time invite us to begin to Live again.
In your home, in your school, in your community, in your hood. Anywhere you are needed:
Love yourself and love all Others!
Words nourish the mind but leave our stomachs empty. Share more than speeches or words.
Solidarity in Action.
All Power to the People! All Power through the People!