Voice

I remember being laughed at in school for not speaking English and bullied for being “different” as in not “white”. I used to come home crying almost every day, taunted by the boys in elementary school who literally pointed their fingers at me calling me “ugly” to my face. Humbly, I must admit that sometimes I do not know how I still managed to find myself and my voice but I am glad that I did and here I am using it with and for my community.

Always be humble but we also need to recognize and embrace our #perseverance and the determination of our #Spirit that got us through and kept us alive.

#activist #scholar #WOC #Latinx #criticalracetheory #decolonializingeducation


15 años para los derechos migrantes

Viajando de regreso de la capital de Canadá, pasando por bosques y lagos hermoso, se nos esconde el sol y contemplo que traerá el día de mañana cuando reaparezca. Lograremos los cambios que hemos luchado por más de una década para nuestra comunidad migrante? Como nos seguimos alimentando con esperanza y fuerza ser constante en nuestras luchas? Como nos cuidamos en todo lo que hacemos? Como luchamos sin olvidar nuestros propios sueños dentro de lo colectivo? Cuales son los próximos pasos? Que nos iluminará el sol mañana?

 

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Portavoz con Staylok – El otro Chile (Vídeo Oficial)

There are two Chiles, one celebrated by neoliberal technocrats and the real one lived by the majority.


Back to Chile, 2016, Vignette # 13

You can’t see but the lights of Valparaiso are flickering like flames.

Soy del puerto, soy del mar, soy del Pacifico,  soy de aqui.

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Back to Chile, 2016, Vignette # 12

In Chile, the persistent theme of conversation for me has been diversity and the need to decolonialize the education system that is disciplining Haitian and African children/youth into becoming “Chilean”. This is in a context where indigenous peoples of these lands have been erased, Chilean cultures homogenized and where an antiquated immigration law persists. I see immigrants/refugees doing all the 3D jobs and a hierarchy of rights operating along the lines of nation and race. Canada gave me these lens. And this week I beam with hope and excitment that Migrant Dreams will air on TVO. Migrants of the world unite! A world without borders where we all belong and where our full humanity is protected is in the making among the peoples labelled in/im/migrant/e…


Back to Chile, 2016, Vignette # 11

The police are all over Santiago tonight
It’s the calm before the storm
Tomorrow we march
#Chile #September11


Excuse me con I am sorry pero recuerden que no escribo muy bien en castellano pero esto me salió del corazón antes de despedirme de este largo día y de Santiago (por el momento)

Empezó el día gris. La Alameda que está siempre prendida con gente y actividad no dejaron su sombra. Estaba todo cerrado y quieto. Estos días el sol ha estado intenso, mas fuerte que en Canadá. Pero hoy no hubo sol y solo frio. Y así caminamos todo. Hubieron dos marchas, una oficial de los partidos que conforman la Concertación y la izquierda institucionalizada y la otra al revés, más pequeña pero con un sentir fuerte de resistencia y la idea que las calles talvez son del pueblo, sin requerir permiso a caminar pacificamente sobre ellas. Fui sola pero estaba acompañada con el pueblo que aun resiste y no ha parado de soñar. Me sume a la marcha de al revés cerca del cementerio General y justo ahí escuche mi nombre, me encontre con gente linda que he conocido estos días. Realice un sueño de marchar con mi pueblo, con mi gente. Estaba sintiendo mis sangre del sur y entre el mar de gente vi a México, vi a Honduras, vi a los pueblos originarios, vi hasta Immokalee, Leamington y Washington State, vi todo el continente que vibra en resistenciay que sigue, sigue en lucha …

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Back to Chile, 2016, Vignette # 10

Being in Chile and meeting amazing organizers of the Left, I was reminded to not solely be part of resistance, in the position of defensiveness against state and capital but also to actively build the world we want right now.
Let’s create those alternatives to capitalism that are possible and so urgently needed, right now, right now …
RIGHT NOW!


Our movements are internationalists; there is nothing new about that as the radical Chilean Left is reminding me. And now I am feeling the North and the movements there, Migrant Dreams, the migrante voices .. being an internationalist requires a big heart and intense emotional labour to carry it all …


Back to Chile, 2016, Vignette # 9

Angie

Las lágrimas no me paran después de leer las cartas que le escribía a Angie desde Canadá cuando niña. Ella las guardo y hoy me las trajo en una hermosa caja que hizo con sus propias manos tambien con fotos de nosotras desde el kínder.

Éramos como hermanas, inseparables. Nos queríamos del alma. Cuando nos despedimos en una panadería para venirme a Canadá no nos podíamos soltar. Queríamos estar juntas siempre.

No me recordaba que nos escribíamos asi entonces su regalo fue algo que nunca me pudiera imaginar. En unas de las cartas le escribí que un día nos volveremos a ver pero resulta que esto tardo 3 décadas y media.

Al fin hoy nos volvemos a abrazarnos de nuevo, ya como mujeres grandes. En esa cajita mágica encontré esos pedacitos de mi alma que vine a buscar en estas tierras. Los shamanes le llaman “recuperación de alma” (soul retrieval) y Angie me dio esa gran medicina. Es una alma hermosa y me siento agradecida con las diosas y nuestras abuelas por reconectarnos. Me siento llena y completa con todos los pedacitos de mi que se quedaron en Chile y que Angie cuido todos estos años.

Ya estoy lista para volar mas alto–India, Brazil, Sengal y mas 🙂
#SoulFriendships #soultretrieval

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Back to Chile, 2016, Vignette # 8

14199531_10154392682265915_7225881046537239491_nCompiling a list of all that I have learned on my trip to Chile. (in progress)

No 1. Don’t be overcome by fear and all that the media portrays from x or y country. Take precautions but don’t let fear paralyze. Just go and experience the country, the world, especially your own roots yourself!! I have felt safe here but it took me a few days to step out of all the warnings from family who watch Chilean news through satellite TV in Canada.
(They forgot I have lived and traveled on my own all over Central America and Mexico.)

No 2. Ask everyone when everything will be closed so you don’t starve. Everything was closed on the weekend of Chilean “independence” and I was traveling and could not bring groceries with me all over the place.

No 3. There are beautiful people everywhere, hay de todo. Encontre muchos Chilenos/as bien carinos/as.

No 4.  There is no such thing as alone time in Chile or anywhere else I have been in Latin America. I realize that I am Western and solitary that way, or is it the nature of our academic work?

No 5. I can’t speak Chilean Spanish without an accent, darn!!
No 6. Heed those soul longings and callings or else you evade your truth and the medicines awaiting you. I have been longing to return to Chile for 12 years and had to get over this guilt leaving my community work behind. There is never a good time, just go and listen to that calling within. There is something there that you need to do and experience.

No 7. Always cultivate the warmth of the South within and don’t turn into a cold robot! Automatically, when meeting someone I was extending my hand for a handshake. Then they plunged right in for a kiss. I forgot this was the custom in Chile.

No 8.  I am so Western but also from marginal/transnational worlds.

No 9. I have hipster tastes, kill me. I like almond and coconut milk and vegan protein powder. Many times people looked at me like I was insane asking if any of these were in stock at the supermarket …

No 10. Don’t rely on anyone’s words and promises, make your own plans and count on yourself first and just go!
No 11. Medicines, pieces of life and soul come in all forms like in beautiful handmade boxes

No 12. Unplug and disconnect from virtual reality to be more present to your own breath of life and life itself

And more but have to stop to get more work done …


Back to Chile, 2016, Vignette # 7

Among lands and peoples, we find and construct home, beyond the violence of nations.

The radical Chilean left does not wave the flag because the country is a colonial project imposed by the violence of the elites.

I stretch my mind and heart into the ocean before me and contemplate a world without borders.

Here in this land of my ancestors from Europe and the Americas …