Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#DesdeAbajo: “Muchos de nosotros no tenemos papeles pero vamos a luchar y a pelear a lado de ustedes”




Rodolfo Montes de Oca 
Desde abajo, es una serie de entrevistas que busca abordar las inauguración presidencial de Donald Trump en USA bajo una óptica distinta, haciendo énfasis en los movimientos sociales y los grupos de base que no se ven representados en este gobierno. En esta entrega hablamos con Joaquín Cienfuegos, activista comunitario, miembro de CopWatch Los Angeles y ex-promotor de la Feria del Libro Anarquista de esa ciudad.

  • ¿Cómo ves la elección de Donald Trump?, ¿Su elección representa a la población norteamericana?

En mi opinión la elección de Donald Trump representa la situación en que estamos en los Estados Unidos y el resto del mundo. Estamos entrando en una época donde el fascismo esta haciéndose más fuerte. En mi opinión el fascismo nunca murió y especialmente los fascistas siempre se han estado organizando y reclutando gente. Estamos viviendo en un mundo donde hay crisis en todas partes y fascistas usan estos momentos para crear popularidad a su movimiento y ideas racistas. Han estado ganando por el mundo y empezó con Brexit en Inglaterra y Trump en los Estados Unidos.

Los fascistas han visto que pueden ganar y ha motivado a ellos, para ser abiertamente racistas y xenofóbicos en sus partidos políticos y plataformas. Les echan la culpa a musulmanes, especialmente refugiados de Siria; y en los Estados Unidos a migrantes de México y también a movimientos de Africanos/Negros contra la brutalidad de la policía. Países imperialistas, con ideología de supremacía eurocéntrica, muchos anglos, que tienen privilegios adentro de estos países, sienten su poder en peligro, los fascistas han podido agarrar apoyo de esta gente.

  • ¿Cuál crees tú que serán las medidas en materia de inmigración de Donald Trump?

En este momento no sabemos que va hacer realmente Trump, y que leyes intentara realizar. Los republicanos en general están al control de gobierno en general y sabemos que las cosas se van a poner más difícil para los 11 de millones de indocumentados que viven en los estados unidos en este momento, y para más refugiados que vienen del sur. Realmente no importa que partido este en la Casa Blanca. Obama, que muchos piensan que era el presidente más progresista que ha tenido este país, a deportado a mas personas que cualquier otro presidente en la historia. Los dos partidos iban a seguir militarizando la frontera y seguir deportando a gente. Especialmente Hillary Clinton que muchos miraban como otra política vendida, apoyaba pólizas del libre comercio y neo-liberalismo que hace que muchos tengan que migrar de sus tierras para sobrevivir.

  • ¿Cómo ves las movilizaciones anti-trump?, ¿desde anarquista hasta demo-liberales?... ¿Es posible aprovechar ese descontento para avanzar en un desarrollo distinto?

Pienso que los anarquistas deben estar al frente. El fascismo es el enemigo histórico  y la lucha va ser larga. El 20 de enero podemos inyectar ideas radicales en movimientos sociales y populares. En mi opinión, los liberales quieren usar este momento para promover el partido demócrata. En este momento de historia tenemos que combatir contra ideas liberales también, ellos son culpables también.  Hay diferente mundos posibles, y todo depende en quien gane, por eso es importante confrontar fascistas donde quiera que estén.

  • Para cerrar… ¿Qué te gustaría decirles a todos los latinos sin papeles que viven hoy en USA?

Todos tenemos que luchar en este momento. Muchas organizaciones no-gubernamentales tratan a latinos sin papeles como personas sin poder que tienen que hablar por ellos. En realidad, ello/as vienen de movimientos sociales, guerrillas y luchas en sus países. Podríamos aprender de las experiencias de ello/as. Me gustaría decirles que nadie puede hablar por ti, ningún político, ninguna organización, y ningún revolucionario; Tienes que hablar por ti mismo, tienes que organizarte, autogestionarte, autodefenderte, y crear tu propia lucha en este momento cuando el sistema capitalista y el Estado, los ve como enemigo/as. Nosotro/as como anarquistas somos también enemigos de los Estados. y muchos de nosotros no tenemos papeles pero vamos a luchar y a pelear a lado de ustedes. En solidaridad.
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Rodolfo Montes de Oca
Twitter: @romontesdeoca

Thursday, December 15, 2016

On Solidarity

In terms of building real solidarity and how that looks like, if we are going into a community or land that isn't ours or our ancestors' then we must take a step back and not impose our own ideas or ways of doing things,  but rely on revolutionary/ warrior elements that exist already within for leadership and allow for the natural internal struggle to be pushed forward.

Doesn't mean we can't have ideas or opinions,  we can and should,  in example, in my opinion regarding the Standing Rock struggle, I think if you look at history, the reason why the Lakota people exist today is because they fought and won battles. Obviously the colonizer doesn't forget either and has systematically oppressed indigenous nations in that region. In any popular uprising there will always be different agendas struggling for direction and influence.  As a supporter I hope to side with the radical elements that align with my own vision as well but don't want to impose or get in the way of the natural internal struggle that will and needs to take place within the nation for their overall  fight for land and freedom.

This is how I approach solidarity as I take the fight back to where I'm at and for decolonization as a whole.

My two cents

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Of course I'm an anarchist

Something that really influenced me growing up and becoming politicized was meeting a big Chicano  homie who had gotten out of prison and was working with a community organization when I was about 15 or 16.  He had a bunch of anarchist prison tats and when he was asked about his politics he responded, "I've been in the system my whole life, of course I'm an anarchist."

That resonated with me, having been pushed out of school even though I was in honors and gifted programs. Having been harassed and arrested by police over 7 times and on probation and in juvenile hall already. I felt like this system was designed against me growing up and found out it was.

So those words made a lot of sense to me:

"I've been in the system my whole life, of course I'm an anarchist."

Monday, October 10, 2016

On Fake Posturing

A problem I see in the "left" is that we give up our power and voice to celebrities.

Also we hype up and promote people who are just all TALK and posture.  People who have never been in any battle or real fight, but are quick to take up the spotlight.   I feel people who are real warriors and guerrillas don't want the spot light, but they continue to prove themselves in fighting and self-sacrifice, they also have different roles, more in popular education and building our communities skill sets (to be independent and autonomous which is also low key).

Personally I feel people are smart enough to see through the talk and posturing eventually  but it's the professional activist and white leftists who continue to give power to those folks,  who seek celebrity status and other things.

These structures of imposed fake leadership isn't even something that is native to non-european people, we practice consensus and direct democracy.

Just because someone talks and postures like they're down for the fight (and it might sound good and all), doesn't mean they really live their life that way.  Let's build trust with each other through real struggle  (also internally).

In my opinion the more we democratize knowledge and build our skills the more stronger as peoples we will be and won't need these folks that are imposed on us by the mainstream liberal left and other opportunists.

Anyway #justanotherrant

Let's talk through our actions and show examples to our communities and future generations, how it is to build something, and how we can have victories won by fighting.

Friday, October 7, 2016

"Itsïri K´uinchekua" New Documentary about Purépecha Water Ceremonies.

New Documentary about Purépecha Water Ceremonies.

by Juan Jose Estrada Serafin

https://vimeo.com/172364371

"Itsïri K´uinchekua"

A documentary about the water festivals and rituals, which has a very high cultural value for the inhabitants of Purépecha indigenous communities, just because there is a very scarce resource, but because it is sacred and divine character is reflected in myths, rituals and existing celebrations. In addition use practices and water management reflect this worldview, water is life.

Juan Jose Estrada Serafin
Indigenous Purhépecha photojournalist specializing in media. He has also worked in photography for documentary; graphic reports and graphic chronicles. His video work has revolved around social events, political, cultural and documentation; It has deepened in the Purepecha communities of Michoacán and in other indigenous regions such as the Coastal Region Nahua, Lakeside, East Michoacan and has fully covered the region of Tierra Caliente. He has worked as a correspondent for Cuartoscuro Agency and worked on national reporting process and international magazines such as Vice News Latin America. His photographic work on violence, indigenous groups and social movements discussed about the Mexican republic in different printed news agencies and online.

If you are interested in organizing a screening of this film in your community or school please contact acha.turifilms@gmail.com

The film maker is also available to skype in for the screening.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

As police shootings continue, bystanders get more sophisticated at filming altercations


They asked me my thoughts, I gave some tips based on CWLA's experiences, I said much more, but it wasn't in the article.

What I really wanted to get out, was that we need to continue to take direct action and confront police terrorism.

We need to stop police murder before it happens, and abolish the police and their system, they will not stop until their is consequences for police terrorism.

We need to raise the level of resistance.

Cop Watching is just one tactic, but organization is what deters police violence, but we need to get rid of the police and the system as a whole.

With that, if people are interested in taking direct action and organize a cop watch organization in your neighborhood, hit CWLA up, get some training, and lets build our fighting capacity and organization, one of the first steps in a revolutionary movement.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-video-shooting-20160707-snap-story.html

Monday, June 27, 2016

Is it me or is the movement obsessed with celebrity and pop culture?

Is it me or is the movement obsessed with celebrity and pop culture?

The movement should influence popular culture and push things more towards a anti-colonial and revolutionary direction, not the other way around.

Yea we can have people push us and to look up to, maybe, but it has become more about getting Internet famous than about the actual struggle to win.

Maybe it's just me, but whatever, I've never been into falling behind a celebrity in Hollywood or a celebrity "activist."

I fuck with you, if I see you're real.

#thatisall #burnhollywood #hollywoodactivists