Book Review: Mowing Leaves of Grass

Mowing Leaves of Grass by Matt Sedillo FlowerSong Books, McAllen, TX, 2019 ISBN 9781733809290 www.flowersongbooks.com https://www.mattsedillo.com/ reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A.   If you haven't heard or seen Matt in person, you may not be able to hear the staccato machine gun cadence of his spit fire delivery leaping off the pages of this book of his recent poetry. Here's an example on-line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQUAxBr1Kco of Matt presenting his poem "The Devil," which is on pages 18-22 of the book. Definitely check it out before you [...]

April 2020 Change Links: PDF of Print Edition

 

Zapatista Women’s International Gathering & Declaration

ZAPATISTA WOMEN CALL TO CONQUER THE RIGHT TO LIFE IN FRONT OF 5,000 FEMINISTS From the correspondents Ejido Morelia, Altamirano, Chiapas “The right to life and all the rights we deserve and need, will not be given to us by anyone, nor by the capitalist system through the many laws and promises that it makes, but rather we must conquer them all the time and in all places,” the women members of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) affirmed this Friday upon [...]

Zapatista Meeting of Women Who Fight Starts in Chiapas

Mexico: Zapatista Meeting of Women Who Fight Starts in Chiapas Around 3,200 women from all over the world are gathered in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, to participate in the “Second International Meeting of Women who Fight,” which has been convened by the Indigenous political group Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). Women from countries such as Argentina, Germany, Peru, Spain, and the United States are gathered at “The Footprints of Commander Ramona” venue where about 200 women who are former guerrilla fighters entered the site dressed [...]

Re-Kindling Xicanismo

Re-Kindling the Fire of Chicanismo: The Imperative for Xican@ Liberation Encuentros by Kristian Emiliano Vasquez httpss://xicanatiahui.weebly.com/blog/re-kindling-the-fire-of-chicanismo-the-imperative-for-xican-liberation-encuentros ? 527 years of Indigenous resistance in las Américas against the globalizing world-system of capitalism, modernity, and the West (as a project) is an ongoing struggle that appears to also have a global impact. From Mauna Kea, to Puerto Rico, to Haiti, to Oakflat, to Guerrero, to the Amazon, and to El Salvador; to Hong Kong, to France, and to Kashmir; the world over has responded to these crises created out [...]

Mexican President Lopez Obrador Writes to pResident 45

EVERYTHING BY REASON AND LAW, THE PRESIDENCY OF MEXICO by Julie Jaman Migrants and refugees are seeking asylum and work, they are not criminals. Yet the US is jailing thousands, separating babies from mothers and children from parents and all manner of trauma and death. Trump wants walls, sanctions, military enforcers and jails. Lopez Obrador, who made an offer many months ago to go in on a plan with the US to develop jobs and education in Central American countries (much less expensive than walls, military and [...]

Unsung Memorial Day Hero: Smedley Butler

A Likely MIA Name over Memorial Day Weekend Smedley Darlington Butler. It is a name you’re not likely to hear mentioned this Memorial Day Weekend. Who is he? A four-star USMC General who served 33-plus years in the US Marine Corps, won two Congressional Medals of Honor and is, at least arguably, the most beloved Marine of all time. Why won’t you hear his name? Butler became outspoken and politicized the moment he retired in 1931. The following quote will give you some insight: “I spent 33 [...]

Letter from the Zapatista Women to the Women in Struggle Around the World

Letter from the Zapatista Women to Women in Struggle Around the World. To: Women in struggle everywhere in the world Sister, compañera: We as Zapatista women send you our greetings as the women in struggle that we all are. We have sad news for you today, which is that we are not going to be able to hold the Second International Encounter of Women in Struggle here in Zapatista territory in March of 2019. Maybe you already know the reasons why, but if not, we’re going to [...]

What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan

What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan: Delivering Support to Asylum Seekers on the U.S. Border by Jodie Evans from CommonDreams.org December was the month CODEPINK: Growing a Local Peace Economy was dedicating our outreach and organizing to being an ally for the asylum seekers who had just arrived in and around Tijuana below the U.S. San Diego border. CODEPINK’s Local Peace Economy was created to focus on the disasters that will occur as a result of global inequality, climate change, constant war. Not to [...]

Poetry Corner: Mariposa Street, L.A.

MARIPOSA ST., L.A. By Adolf Alzuphar   This time She’s dead   Body found Use of hands lost Use of arms lost Use of legs lost Use of mind lost Use of ears Use of lungs Use of heart Use of feet lost So, what’s to happen to The flowerful dress worn for two centuries That way to cook without cutting down a tree What happens To the hummingbird huitzitzilin   Hawks above Mayan in Mexico Mexican in white-ville Borders Mean each other On one side she’s [...]

Zapatistas Speak Out on AMLO/MORENA Victory in Mexico

(Spanish follows) Subcomandante Marcos, leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, said that the projects to plant a thousand hectares of trees, build the Mayan Train, and create the corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, will only destroy indigenous territories. The Zapatista leader assured that of the four presidential candidates, the government chose the one that is more right-wing. He affirmed that the so-called Fourth Transformation promised by Andrés Manuel López Obrador is actually the fourth transformation of the PRI, because governments change, but if the [...]

Letters to Change Links: On AMLO

Letters to Change Links: From Freedom Socialist Party: The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on July 1 delivered a crushing defeat to Mexico’s Partido Institutional Revolucionario (PRI). MORENA won not only the presidency, but dominance in both legislative houses and all but two of the state governorships. AMLO lifted aspirations by campaigning against poverty, corruption and state violence. But what will he deliver? In his third run for the presidency, AMLO created the left-of-center Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional (Morena), and a three-party electoral coalition that [...]

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