Sept. 22, 2014. People attend the burial of Juan Jose Pacoj and Justo Raxon, two of the 11 indigenous people who died in recent clashes between neighbours, in the village of Los Pajoques in San Juan Sacatepequez municipality, 35 km west of Guatemala City.
This is an ongoing crisis, exacerbated by martial law (estado de prevención) and militarized repression.
"I’ve worked to eradicate Malaria my entire life, and I used to drive out into the rural areas all the time to do my work. I’d carry large amounts of money without any fear. People would know that I had money with me and nobody would bother me. But things have changed. People have grown desperate, and desperate people do bad things. The population has grown in Mexico much faster than the infrastructure, and there just aren’t enough jobs to support everyone. My company had a job opening recently, and all the job required was a high school diploma, but 400 people showed up with college degrees. And that was for a job that only paid $350 a month! All Mexicans need are jobs. We are not a lazy people. Give us a job and we won’t sleep if it’s necessary. We’ll eat our lunch while we are working. We will work 15 hours a day to dig a hole 10 kilometers deep, if that is what you ask us to do. Because for us, all work is a blessing."
(Mexico City, Mexico)
BECAUSE Mexican mass culture is antiblack and colourist as fuck (just look at telenovelas). So much so that Afromexicans in Mexico City are thought of as “costeños” and “just really dark” erasing of their African identity (this I know from growing up there) and mexican people whose indigenous features are more visible, continue to be discriminated. Whites/white-passing Mexicans are mainly middle/high class almost all of the time. Most of our barrios have been historically poor, where less-white looking Mexicans were relegated to. Basically same shit, different country
Sing it child
That’s why it’s so so important for us to talk and dismantle colorism and antiblackness!!!
Anti black and native racism have always been a huge problem amongst Latinx, while white and white passing Latinx continue to be held as being the ‘idle’. It’s disgusting. We have to recognize these issues of colourism in our communities if we’re going to do better.
Michael Che speaks to Jim Gilchrist, president of the Minuteman Project, about the “invasion” of immigrant children.
I wish I could have seen that dude’s face though, because yes, the americans—the supposed inventors and protectors of freedom—are the nazis in this metaphor.
I don’t think that was an accident, a quick Google search of Jim Gilchrist shows he is a white supremacist. Gross.
The fifth edition of urban art festival Santurce es Ley wrapped up last week in Puerto Rico, bringing street artists from all over the world to a San Juan neighborhood that is going through a cultural renaissance after decades of neglect.
The festival also showcased homegrown talent such as Colectivo Moriviví, formed by seven girls who recently graduated from art high school.
Written by Nuria Net, photos courtesy of JUSTKIDS.
The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border.
Several dozen soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry last month, Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken Walker of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force said Thursday.
Several guardsmen were seen Thursday afternoon manning an observation tower along the busy road leading to the Hidalgo International Bridge.
This first batch of soldiers was specifically trained to man such observation towers in the area belonging to local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Walker said. They will serve as extra eyes on the border and report suspicious activity to authorities.
State officials have estimated the deployment, which they’ve called a “deter and refer” mission will cost $12 million per month.
Not surprised about the Furgeson-Gaza connexion. The LAPD goes to Israel, goes to the Salvadoran government to exchange tactics in repression. El Salvador’s civil war, informed Iraq. Most heads of repressive governments are trained on American School of the Americas. There’s a million of these connexions. World wide repression is an interconnected fuckfest really, with it’s heart in America. The repression in Ferguson isn’t an anomaly it’s this country’s tradition.
"The refugees have been given very limited resources, but they’ve found ways to maximize the usefulness of these resources. We established a lighting system to provide security. Before long, we noticed that shopkeepers had been tapping into our electrical lines, and using the electricity to light their shops. We tried to prevent this, because our electricity is limited, but more and more people figured out the trick. More and more wires began appearing. Eventually we succumbed to the inevitable. We found the first group of shopkeepers who had siphoned the electricity. We told them: ‘OK, we’re going to allow this. But you’re in charge of regulating it.’"
-Gavin White, External Relations Officer of UNHCR
(Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan)
Hawaii was first called the Sandwich Islands.
The earliest habitation supported by archaeological evidence dates to as early as 300 CE, whereas the 1778 arrival of British explorer James Cook was Hawaiʻi’s first documented contact with European explorers. Cook named the islands the “Sandwich Islands” in honor of his sponsor John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich.
Because things only exist when Europeans discover them smh