Ο Καναδας μολις εξελεξε πρωθυπουργο εναν κεντροαριστερο πολιτικο, ο αποθανων πατερας του οποιου ηταν επισης πρωθυπουργος με το ιδιο κομμα και η μητερα του οποιου ζει ακομα και λεγεται Μαργκαρετ.
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Most of my Latino and black people who are struggling to get food, clothes and shelter in the hood are so concerned with that, that philosophising about freedom and socialist democracy is usually unfortunately beyond their rationale. They don’t realize that America can’t exist without separating them from their identity, because if we had some sense of who we really are, there’s no way in hell we’d allow this country to push it’s genocidal consensus on our homelands. This ignorance exists, but it can be destroyed
Niggas talk about change and working within the system to achieve that. The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it’s not you who changes the system; it’s the system that will eventually change you. There is usually nothing wrong with compromise in a situation, but compromising yourself in a situation is another story completely, and I have seen this happen long enough in the few years that I’ve been alive to know that it’s a serious problem. Latino America is a huge colony of countries whose presidents are cowards in the face of economic imperialism. You see, third world countries are rich places, abundant in resources, and many of these countries have the capacity to feed their starving people and the children we always see digging for food in trash on commercials. But plutocracies, in other words a government run by the rich such as this one and traditionally oppressive European states, force the third world into buying overpriced, unnecessary goods while exporting huge portions of their natural resources
I’m quite sure that people will look upon my attitude and sentiments and look for hypocrisy and hatred in my words. My revolution is born out of love for my people, not hatred for others
You see, most of Latinos are here because of the great inflation that was caused by American companies in Latin America. Aside from that, many are seeking a life away from the puppet democracies that were funded by the United States; places like El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Republica Dominicana, and not just Spanish-speaking countries either, but Haiti and Jamaica as well
As different as we have been taught to look at each other by colonial society, we are in the same struggle and until we realize that, we’ll be fighting for scraps from the table of a system that has kept us subservient instead of being self-determined. And that’s why we have no control over when the embargo will stop in Cuba, or when the bombs will stop dropping in Vieques
But you see, here in America the attitude that is fed to us is that outside of America there live lesser people. “Fuck them, let them fend for themselves.” No, Fuck you, they are you. No matter how much you want to dye your hair blond and put fake eyes in, or follow an anorexic standard of beauty, or no matter how many diamonds you buy from people who exploit your own brutally to get them, no matter what kind of car you drive or what kind of fancy clothes you put on, you will never be them. They’re always gonna look at you as nothing but a little monkey. I’d rather be proud of what I am, rather than desperately trying to be something I’m really not, just to fit in. And whether we want to accept it or not, that’s what this culture or lack of culture is feeding us
I want a better life for my family and for my children, but it doesn’t have to be at the expense of millions of lives in my homeland. We’re given the idea that if we didn’t have these people to exploit then America wouldn’t be rich enough to let us have these little petty material things in our lives and basic standards of living. No, that’s wrong. It’s the business giants and the government officials who make all the real money. We have whatever they kick down to us. My enemy is not the average white man, it’s not the kid down the block or the kids I see on the street; my enemy is the white man I don’t see: the people in the white house, the corporate monopoly owners, fake liberal politicians those are my enemies. The generals of the armies that are mostly conservatives those are the real Mother-Fuckers that I need to bring it to, not the poor, broke country-ass soldier that’s too stupid to know shit about the way things are set up
In fact, I have more in common with most working and middle-class white people than I do with most rich black and Latino people. As much as racism bleeds America, we need to understand that classism is the real issue. Many of us are in the same boat and it’s sinking, while these bougie Mother-Fuckers ride on a luxury liner, and as long as we keep fighting over kicking people out of the little boat we’re all in, we’re gonna miss an opportunity to gain a better standard of living as a whole
In other words, I don’t want to escape the plantation I want to come back, free all my people, hang the Mother-Fucker that kept me there and burn the house to the god damn ground. I want to take over the encomienda and give it back to the people who work the land
You cannot change the past but you can make the future, and anyone who tells you different is a Fucking lethargic devil. I don’t look at a few token Latinos and black people in the public eye as some type of achievement for my people as a whole. Most of those successful individuals are sell-outs and house Negros
But, I don’t consider brothers a sell-out if they move out of the ghetto. Poverty has nothing to do with our people. It’s not in our culture to be poor. That’s only been the last 500 years of our history; look at the last 2000 years of our existence and what we brought to the world in terms of science, mathematics, agriculture and forms of government. You know the idea of a confederation of provinces where one federal government controls the states? The Europeans who came to this country stole that idea from the Iroquois league. The idea of impeaching a ruler comes from an Aztec tradition. That’s why Montezuma was stoned to death by his own people cause he represented the agenda of white Spaniards once he was captured. Not the Aztec people who would become Mexicans
So in conclusion, I’m not gonna vote for anybody just cause they Black or Latino. They have to truly represent the community
And represent what’s good for all of us proletariat
Porque sino entonces te mando por el carajo cabron gusano hijo de puta, seramos libre pronto, viva la revolucion, VIVA LA REVOLUCION
Heather Milton-Lightening founded and built a national Native youth network that supported Native youth organizing across the U.S. and Canada with the Indigenous Environmental Network. She was a former member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Youth Advisory and lobbied internationally through the United Nations and other international arenas on Indigenous People’s issues. She is currently a Co-Director of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign.
From the event Environmental Justice, the Tar Sands, and Indigenous Rights, Toronto – 1 February 2015.
«Διάβαζα στο Ιντερνετ παρόμοιες ιστορίες και δεν ήθελα να τις πιστέψω», παραδέχεται η κ. Μαργαρίτα. «Μέχρι να έρθω εδώ πίστευα για τους Τούρκους όσα μας έμαθαν στο σχολείο και για τους Γερμανούς όσα έλεγαν στην τηλεόραση», επισημαίνει. «Τελικά, τίποτα από αυτά δεν ισχύει. Ειδικά, η σιγουριά μας ότι ως Ελληνες είμαστε οι καλύτεροι», καταλήγει.
Διαβαστε το ολο στην Καθημερινη.
Σημ. οτι παρομοιες φημες εχω ακουσει και στο Τοροντο, αλλα και ξωφαλτσα για τη Νεα Υορκη. Τονιζω το “φημες” μιας και προσωπικα, εξω απο το φοιτητοχωριο, εχω απο την αρχη κρατησει αποσταση ασφαλειας απο την παροικια, και κραταω σχεσεις μονο με την Ελληνοκαναδικη Δημοκρατικη Οργανωση και λιγους γνωστους μου, κυριως ακαδημαϊκους.
Σηκωνει πολλη δουλεια το θεμα αυτο, ειδικα απο τις αριστερες ομογενειακες οργανωσεις, απο παλιες σαν την ΕΔΟ μεχρι τις καινουριες τυπου “ΣΥΡΙΖΑ Βελγιου” και “Ανταρσυα ΗΠΑ”. Ξερω και οτι το ΚΚΕ εχει ΚΟΒες στη Γερμανια. Δυσκολες καταστασεις και με πολλες ευκαιριες παρεμβασης.
This morning, we woke up, had coffee and made our way to the US-Canadian border at Peace Bridge, between Fort Erie ON and Buffalo NY. We crossed into the US and back to Canada, where I formally “landed” as a Permanent Resident. I am now an official immigrant. I have status. I am one of the legal ones, the good ones. I am one of those Greeks that the Greek right-wingers invoke when they spew their xenophobic hate speech: “we Greeks never migrated illegally”.
On the very same day, a great friend, a fantastic, loving, creative, caring person, a true proletarian antifascist and anarchist, sent us this email:
“hey beloved ones…
unfortunately I won’t join you in next few years…
I got deported today at the airport…..”
I understand why I’m in the country and he’s not.
It does not make it any less absurd.
One love γαμωτο.
Cross posted with the RoR-Toronto website.
A translation in Greek of an early version of this text appeared in the third issue of the “lgbt/Kokkino” magazine, in Greece.
Μετάφραση στα Ελληνικά μιας πρώιμης μορφής του παρακάτω κειμένου, αναδημοσιεύτηκε με τίτλο “Μανιφέστο Υπερηφάνειας”, στο τρίτο τεύχος του περιοδικού lgbt/Κόκκινο.
Toronto is hosting world pride in 2014. RoR Toronto will be demonstrating, agitating & celebrating in the streets at the Queers For Social Justice (QFSJ) Night March, the Trans* March, & the Dyke March.
March with us and/or tell us why your #prideispolitical and we’ll take your messages to the streets in our live, mobile spoken word installation!! Tweet why your #prideispolitical @RoRToronto or post your message on our Facebook.
Why our pride is political
Pride began as a grassroots political movement. We do have a lot to celebrate, but there is still reason to demonstrate. Queer Rights, like the rights of so many other marginalized & racialized communities are hard won, but too easily taken from us. Pride has been co-opted into a corporate party. We remember our radical roots. Pride is still political. We need to keep agitating to keep the power in our Queer communities. We must keep fighting!
- Because 81 recognized countries still have laws criminalizing homosexuality
- Because Queer youth are killing themselves
- Because sexual orientation is one of the top three motivators for hate crimes in this country
- Because transphobic and homophobic violence, murder & bullying are global phenomenons
- Because of the criminalization of HIV+ people in this country – with over 130 of whom have been criminally prosecuted for failure to disclose status, regardless of risk of HIV transmission
- Because the government is not investing in health care & harm reduction
- Because “pinkwash” co-opts Queerness and obscures real social change
- Because refugee discrimination based on country of origin & sexual orientation criminalizes our bodies
- Because sex work is still a crime & sex workers still face violence
- Because “corrective rape” of lesbians happened, is happening & will continue unless we speak out against sexual assault & gendered violence
- Because the publicly-funded Catholic school system promotes prejudice & hate; opposing Gay-Straight Alliances, while hiding behind the guise of “religious freedom”
- Because Canada is on STOLEN NATIVE LAND and colonialism continues to erase the histories and lived experiences of Indigenous and 2Spirited people
- Because too few Queer spaces represent the diversity of our communities, instead they focus on the needs of gay, middle class, white and able-bodied, cis-gender, monosexual men
- Because Pride is political! Stonewall was a riot! We remember our roots!
Come celebrate diversity & demonstrate why your #prideispolitical. March, strut, scream, sing, chant, roll & dance your way through our city’s streets. Take up space. Come share the truly awesome energy of thousands of Queers.