Browsing all posts from November, 2008.

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Yo Solo Busco Mi Destino…

MALVERDE: La luz esta en saber, en el poder entender. Que mientras no habres los ojos no vas a poder ver...

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World Out of Balance

KOYANISQAATSI: The greatest event in the history of mankind has occurred recently, and has been largely missed by both the media and academia. Beyond the headlines and every day crises of international events, a deeper shift in human affairs has occurred: Humanity no longer exists in the natural world, we are no longer connected to it.

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Stolen Not Given

THANKSGIVING is probably the most popular and earliest-given justification for invasion, murder, imperialism, occupation, and "othering" that we know of in this country. Even now in Iraq we hear fables fashioned on the same colonizer's framework and it sickens. But Thanksgiving is Iraq, with its steaming platter of corpses. Iraq is Thanksgiving.

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Anti-Migrant Democrats Aiding Wave of Hate Crimes

A HATE CRIME is made possible by many actors, not just one ugly mind and hand. You have the actual perpetrator of the act, the immediate culture that encourages and approves of this behavior, the legislation that provides a moral/legal underpinning for certain views, and those who craft the legislation. All will soon be held accountable.

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¡Oye! I Contain Muxtitudes!

A CRUCIAL COMPONENT to undoing misogyny and sexism is revealing to men that we are sold an illusion. The "man" they would have us be is an unnatural and dangerous one. It is a fanged, bereaved, lie. It is the shifting shape of oppression with a wolfskin slung over its eyes. It is a shroud.

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¡Oye! I Contain Muxtitudes!

A CRUCIAL COMPONENT to undoing misogyny and sexism is revealing to men that we are sold an illusion. The "man" they would have us be is an unnatural and dangerous one. It is a fanged, bereaved, lie. It is the shifting shape of oppression with a wolfskin slung over its eyes. It is a shroud.

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¡La Vida es un Carnaval!

TODAY I FEEL THE NEED for sun, sand, brass, movement and joy. This song brings me back to a few places, one of them being Miami Beach. In the Pacific Northwest skies this morning there is more than enough gray, so we won't delve into any more discussions on duality and dichotomy. Tu mamí tenía razón! Dance! And then dance some more!

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Beautiful Life, Beautiful World

¡VIERNES! And we usher Friday in with a Psychedelic Palate Cleanser. No peyote needed! Continuing a recent tradition here at UMX, I offer you a double-feature YouTube in a mestizolicious manner of recognizing the duality that is (at least in my experience) at the core of human existence and perception.

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A Heart Unites. A Fear Divides.

THE OTHERING that is responsible for the violence leveled on Latinos and Asians and Muslims and African Americans and Gays and Women and Transgendered people by those who do not understand and who do not wish to understand themselves or others is the same in a few very important ways.

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El Buen Canario & the Bloody Cage

TOO MANY in the USA cannot help but be poisoned by our toxic MSM and its festering monologue. It is a media that cares not for humans, but instead for profits and fitting in with the power flow. Let's be reasonable: almost 100,000 hungry children wandering and lost cannot be helped by laser-equipped fences and fancy phrases.

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Chicana Art and Experience: Mujeres con Garbo!

AS HISTORY IN THE USA pointedly picks favorites, leaving some of us out of the books and movies and stories and truths, it is very important for raza to continue to tell our own stories through art, poetry, song, and performance. This is one of the reasons that arte is so integral to nuestra cultura.

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Pro-Migrant Voices Grow Stronger

FINALLY, immigrants and darker-skinned people are being seen more and more as "us" and less and less as "alien/other/invader." We now enlist more voices and more strength. Obama's election is not the instigator of this change, simply one sign among many that our hearts and minds and awarenesses are demonstrating the reasonability and intelligence and empathy that a modern day human ought to have.

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A New Breed of Colorblindness

IF WE WANT TO UNITE, it cannot be by overlooking differences that stab at people and stick in their throats and veins and bellies. This unity must come about by connecting ourselves through struggle; by working together to fight the iniquities that pit most of us against each other, and all so that one or two types of persons can ascend, unfettered, to the top of the heap.

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A Great Rejoicing Across the Land [AAP#8]

ALEXIS PAULINE GUMBS: I understand why looking at that family and imagining them in the White House makes us imagine we might finally be at home. But I have to resist that feeling. If I pretend that home is something that the state can give me in the form of a good-looking "first family" without stopping its economic, invasive, nativist violence, then I deny us all the home in the making that I believe in today and every day.

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The Cross Road. [AAP#7]

KEVIN: The Cross Road has been on my mind lately. Not because I feel that our President-Elect, Barack Obama, is at The Cross Road in the sense of selling his soul to become President, or that he is “out alone after dark” in his new role as leader of the United States. Both possibilities are there, to be sure, but that is not what concerns me now...