I never knew death until I saw the bombing of a refugee camp
Craters filled with disfigured ankles and splattered torsos
But no sign of a face, the only impression a fading scream
I never understood pain
Until a seven-year-old girl clutched my handStared up at me with soft brown eyes, waiting for answers
But I didn’t have any
I had muted breath and dry pens in my back pocket
That couldn’t fill pages of understanding or resolution..
YOU CAME BACK!?!???!?!?!?!?!?
For [now] just a single night (:
I’ve realized everything we know is out there; I haven’t found it in these dark alleys. There’s much work to be done, fellow anon.
Well many a night I found myself with no friends standing near
All of my days
I cried aloud
I shook my hands
What am I doing here
All of these days
For I look around me
And my eyes confound me
And it’s just too bright
As the days keep turning into night
Now I see clearly
It’s you I’m looking for
All of my days
So I’ll smile
Fuck it; it’s time I take a break from this solitary life, and live for another (;
Amidst the chaos of being educated, educating, agitating, and organizing; sometimes it’s about just chillin’ with Devendra Banhart in Long Beach.
“The U.S.-Mexican border es una herida abierta (is an open wound) where the third world grates against the first and bleeds”
Fernando Pedraza was a day laborer, an organizer and a leader. He strove every day to make the corner at Arrow and Grove in Rancho Cucamonga a safe and positive place for workers. Tragically he was killed on May 5, 2007 by a vehicle collision during a Minutemen protest at the corner. Today we continue the mission and efforts of Pedraza, to create a positive place to find work, as well as working for goals to obtain a restroom and a worker center.
Blessed to have shared stories and memories of Fernando Pedraza, as well as collective struggles and victories of youth, parents, grandparents, and workers in our sister community. Often times our history, our culture, is the only buffer against being subsumed by hatred.
Photo: Unprovoked Police Violence/Bordwell Park, Riverside CA
[“El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!”]
This was my International Workers Day. With children, community members, teachers, students, and workers gathered peacefully in the background to celebrate May Day, historically policed communities face police violence on a constant basis; there is no off day, there is no ‘safe space’ when one is undocumented. The safe space, however, is created by community solidarity, by individuals resisting against this type of violence.
[Educate! Agitate! Organize!]
“I never knew I would be doing this at 49. The police repeatedly asked me to leave; and I said, ‘I ain’t going anywhere.’ An officer then said, ‘Let’s leave her here to find her way home.’ I said, ‘Yes! Fine! Leave me here! This neighborhood will be torn apart, even if I have to do it myself!’” - Ana Casas Wilson
Inspired, energized, and blessed to have met Ana, who is battling cerebral palsy and breast cancer - while she is losing her home due to Wells Fargo refusing to work with her. Ana [who was later arrested], along with workers, students, and members of the community behind her, tried to deliver a check to Senior Executive Vice President Tim J. Sloan [chief financial officer] at his residence as more than 30 San Marino Police officers enveloped the premises.
At the same time, Wells Fargo engages in discriminatory and predatory lending and leads the U.S. in home foreclosure rates. Wells Fargo owned at least 1,044 foreclosed properties in Los Angeles County at the end of January and was moving to… foreclose on another 1,712.
“The big banks are destroying our neighborhoods, needlessly leaving vacant homes and shattered dreams while they get richer and richer,” said Ana Casas Wilson, a South Gate homeowner with cerebral palsy who was denied a loan modification despite three stable family incomes and was recently foreclosed on by Wells Fargo. - ACCE
Photo: Riverside branch Well’s Fargo bank manager/Vice President locking *in* 6 concerned students/faculty/community members while locking *out* his own customers.
Thanks everyone for coming out and supporting the statewide… release of the “Report on the 1% in CA” in Riverside today. We had a good press conference with testimony from students and community members, even after the police shut down our microphone for not having a permit to speak in a public space.
Afterward the police followed us as we visited a local Wells Fargo branch and presented the manager with a copy of the “Report on the 1%” and a letter demanding Wells shareholders and executives support the “Solutions for the 99%” agenda, stop engaging in unethical business practices that are devastating our communities and divest from companies like the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America, who profit from incarcerating predominantly people of color and low-income community members.
When we asked the bank manager to set an example and sign the pledge he locked the doors to the bank and let us know we were a “potential threat” to staff and bank customers. There were six students, workers and community members who, all things considered, were being exceedingly polite with this gentleman and at no point constituted any threat to anyone in that building. Conversely, the presence of Wells Fargo and other tax-dodging corporations who actively and knowingly created the current socioeconomic crisis with their unethical business practices present a very real and ongoing threat to our communities, and that is what we were there to demand accountability for.
The bank manager was under the false impression that Wells Fargo’s “philanthropic” donations and “community volunteerism” were adequate compensation for the egregious and lucrative predatory lending, unjust foreclosure and similar practices his employer and many of their associates engage in.
The branch manager’s name is Samuel Robles and can be contacted at 951 782 2670 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please feel free to send him a polite phone call and email letting him know how you feel about Wells Fargo’s predatory lending and foreclosure practices and that you expect him to set an example in this community by signing and actively supporting the “Solutions for the 99%” pledge and agenda.Brownanon[@]gmail[dot]com for more information.