I haven’t posted anything since last week, since before Romney won the Puerto Rican primary, as if that means anything. I’m planning my next big show happening next week so y head is in that and not in political analysis. But I did want to share this video by French Chilena Ana Tijoux which seems especially fitting given the recent reboot Occupy Wall Street has gotten (with the same problems that originally kept me away), the push for the NY State DREAM Act, Undocumented Coming Out actions across the country, the killing of
Trayvon Martin and this statement from Decolonize Oakland.
As I prepare for my participation on the next stop of the make/shift recLAmation tour, I am reflecting on reclaiming, the words of the Communiqué from Decolonize Oakland are resonating with me. The “occupations” we are seeing are not like the tomas that have been happening in Chilean schools for decades. I think the part about people of color autonomy and self-determination is critical and we can’t have that in spaces where it’s ok for white mean to don Native headdress as ironic statements (as I saw recently at OWS).
The shock is not at the fact that people are stepping up and speaking out, the shock is that people are only now starting to notice the resistance that has been happening for over 500 years.
Special Thanks to Nacional Records