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a version of this article appeared on indianvoices.net
“From Big Mountain to Palestine, relocation is genocide!” sings Klee Benally, Diné activist, filmmaker and former member of the indigenous punk band Blackfire, in his song 'An Act of Liberation.'
Benally refers to two of numerous politically and economically motivated displacements of people in recent memory. For one, the Nabka, 700,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their villages in 1948 to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.
Join us for the first event of Enero Zapatista 2016. The event will feature a film followed by a discussion. The event is free and food will be provided.
Saturday, January 2
San Ysidro Civic Center at Casa Familiar,
268 W Park Ave, San Ysidro, CA 92173.
Sacred indigenous teachings on sage baths to heal the body, mind and spirit. Coming together as community, building relations, and participating in a healing ceremony. This event is part of Enero Zapatista.
Saturday, January 9
1734 N. 1st Street, El Cajon, CA
(I-8 East to 67 North to Bradley Exit - turn right and continue to the T. Turn left - third house on the left)
Flyer Coming Soon!
A screening of the film Broken Rainbow, exploring the relocation of Navajo folks when federally owned land was privatized for mining exploration. Followed by a discussion of the continued resistance to displacement. This event is part of Enero Zapatista.
Dinner and Drinx will be provided.
Friday, January 29
Harvey Milk Street between Centre & Normal
look for the red lights
can’t miss it!
Community healing workshops and private sessions. A day of rejuvenation through meditation, massage, nutrition, movement, and inner balance, as part of Enero Zapatista.
Saturday, January 23
World Beat Center
2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Enero Zapatista is a month-long series of political and culturally conscious events that celebrate the uprising of the Zapatistas in Chiapas on January 1, 1994. Organized by community organizations, groups, and individuals.
On Friday, January 13th, Cipriana Jurado presented her work from the last twenty years as human rights defender and advocate for maquila workers as part of Enero Zapatista. The discussion and presentation took place at the Centro Aztlan Marco Anguiano and was organized by Colectivo Zapatista, San Diego. Cipriana has been organizing in Ciudad Juarez since the 80's, when at the age of 14 she started working in the maquilas.
Much of Cipriana's work has been addressing the victimization, kidnappings, murder and disappearances of women by the Mexican military. She is a co-founder of Centro de Investigaciones y Solidaridad Obrera (Center for Investigation and Worker Solidarity). This is dangerous work and she herself has been the victim of state violence. In fact, she is the first person to be granted asylum in the US due to Mexican military persecution. In 2008 she was taken, without warrant, by masked members of the Mexican military. She described the kidnapping in suspenseful detail and witnessed the brutality of the military first hand. --Read More (with Video coming soon)--
The San Diego Peace and Dignity Journeys familia met for an event discussing the upcoming 2012 Journey, a run Honoring the Water, at the World Beat Cultural Center on Sunday, January 22 as part of Enero Zapatista. After enjoying a delicious potluck meal, about fifty community members watched three videos that described the run and indigenous struggles regarding water and sacred sites. They then participated in a circle where individuals described their roots and their relationships to the Journeys and water.
In the circle, director Makeda Dread, noted that the World Beat Center (and the adjacent Centro Cultural de la Raza) used to be water tanks, and the strong connection of the World Beat to the Journeys and to broader indigenous struggles.
Peace and Dignity Journeys is a spiritual run uniting indigenous communities and strengthening indigenous culture that occurs every four years - starting in the South in Tierra del Fuego, and the North in Alaska. Runners carry sacred staffs that contain the struggles, hopes, dreams and prayers of the ancestors and the indigenous communities they visit. Fulfilling the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor, the runners from the North and South meet somewhere in the middle of the continent. In 2012, they will meet in Guatemala. The Journeys began in 1994 as a response to the 500th anniversary celebrations of the start of colonization of Turtle Island by Columbus. Each Journey has a theme - in 2008, the theme was honoring Sacred Sites and in 2012 it is honoring the sacredness of Water and its life-giving role. --Read More (with Video)--
Peace and Dignity Journeys Web Site || Abuela Grillo Video (struggle against privatization from inigenous perspective) || Video: In Defense of Sacred Site Wirikuta and Sierra de Catorce || Local Organizing to Save Wirikuta