Presently in the United States two great debates encumber the daily reality of we indigenous migrants communities. One is the debate over immigration reform and the other is related to the crisis in the rural communities of México Profundo.
In English grammar we find pronouns for first person (“I’), second person (“you”), and third person plural (“we”). I’d like to add focus on the colonizing possessive adjective “our,” which occurs when an Indian person uses the “we” or “our,” when talking about the United States.
“What’s wrong with this picture?” I asked: A pow wow grand entry, the Eagle Staff closely followed by the U.S. stars and stripes and the POW/MIA flag.
Before right-wing paramilitaries came to kill and torture the people of Emilia González’s* farming community on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, they more or less sent a holiday card. “Enjoy yourselves on New Year’s Eve,” read the pamphlets the paras floated down from a helicopter. “Kill a turkey, make sancocho, be happy – because later on, just … Continue reading
An entire Yanomami community is believed to have been wiped out by illegal gold miners (garimpeiros) in southern Venezuela near the border with Brazil.
As a past participant of Occupy Oakland and as one who is currently active in Decolonize Oakland, I was intrigued by this event. I was eager to hear other perspectives on decolonization, and perhaps meet with activists of Decolonize Seattle to fortify any complementary efforts between our groups. I was also curious to know how … Continue reading
Today U.S. federal district court judge Susan Bolton denied a request made by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and partner organizations to block SB1070’s controversial Section 2(b), effectively paving the way for enforcement of the controversial “show me your papers provision” in a matter of days. She did, however, grant a preliminary injunction … Continue reading
1. Autumn Two Bulls is the mother of Wakiyan, or Loud Brave Thunder, a young Oglala Lakota protester who was maced by police on August 26 during a march against alcohol sales along the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. “My son believes in sobriety. One thing he told me was that Crazy Horse, … Continue reading
A monolithic sculpture representing a jaguar lying down, weighing about a ton was discovered recently in the pre Hispanic site of Izapa, in the Soconusco region of Chiapas. The engraved sculpture, estimated to be about 2,000 years old, was found in a riverbed and because of its weight it was not taken out immediately, but … Continue reading
Three bills now making their way through Sacramento promise to dramatically improve conditions for California farmworkers, including one that requires overtime pay for shifts above eight hours. The overtime benefits bill is currently awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. For Javier Mondar-Flores López, an indigenous Mixtec farmworker in Southern California, the bills are welcome news. A … Continue reading