Jul 302014
 

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Rosa Clemente

Estoy recibiendo mensajes de amigos preocupados, sobre mi postura acerca a Israel. Déjame ser clara, eh estado peleando sionistas desde mis días en SUNY- Albany, cuando estaba en Albany State University Black Alliance (Alianza de los Negros en la Universidad del Estado de Albany,) cuando fui presidenta de ASUBA y cuando fui directora de los asuntos multicultural por el gobierno estudiantil.

En mi último rol de liderazgo, expulse los Sionistas Religiosos de América (RZA,) fuera de la oficina de MCA y por eso, el presidente del gobierno estudiantil trato de retirarme.

Mira, fui tan dichosa de haber sido orientada por Kwame Toure y el All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP). Aprendí como debatir los peores de ellos. Fui casi expulsada por traer a Kwame Toure a nuestro campus contra los deseos de nuestro presidente negro (en esa época,) H. Patrick Swygert

Muchos en ASUBA fueron amenazados con ser suspendidos y pusieron la misma organización en libertad condicional. Pero mira, eran los años 90′s y estudiantes de color (población afro americano, y latino), los cuales no soportan un carajo. Especialmente de los sionistas. Por ahí, éramos la minoría en números, pero nosotros mandamos en ese campus. O sea, una vez hubo un enfrentamiento físico, en frente de nuestro centró de campus, donde está la infame fuente de agua. Ellos lo empezaron. Nosotros hicimos lo correcto.

Así qué nunca voy a tener miedo a los sionistas, nunca me voy a capitular, y esto para mi es muy fácil de hacer. Porque diferente a los personas en Gaza, lo único que puedo perder es… nada, nada que significa algo en un contexto más amplio.

El pueblo de Gaza, pagara con sus vidas, y los que pagan con sus mentes, y los que son niños que pagan con su inocencia, y los ancianos que solamente conocen esta vida.

Así qué hablare, y es lo menos que puedo hacer, por lo menos. #freepalestine

Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist. She was the vice presidential running mate of 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.

Translated from English version by Gabriela Lazaro.

May 222014
 

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Singer John Legend gave a commencement speech to students graduating at the University of Pennsylvania. Legend himself is a graduate of the university. In his powerful speech he talks about love and the need for us to humanize each other around the world from Trayvon Martin to Iraqis to Palestinians to the kidnapped Nigerian school girls.

Below is an excerpt as well as the full video of his speech:

“Now, I’ve already talked about the power of love in your work and your personal lives. But I also want to talk about how love changes the world. There are 7 billion other people out there. 7 billion strangers. I want you to consider what it means to love them too. What does it mean to love people we don’t know, to see the value in every single person’s life?

Think about that. It’s a pretty radical notion. It means your daughter or son, your neighbor’s daughter or son and the daughters and sons of people who live thousands of miles away, all deserve the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It means we let go of fear and see each other’s humanity. It means we don’t see Trayvon Martin as a walking stereotype, a weaponized human. We see him as a boy who deserves the chance to grow into a man, even if he makes boyish mistakes along the way.

It means American lives don’t count more than Iraqi lives.

It means we see a young Palestinian kid not as a future security threat or demographic challenge, but as a future father, mother and lover.

It means that the nearly 300 kidnapped girls in Nigeria aren’t just their problem. They’re “our” girls too. It’s actually quite a challenge to love humankind in this way.”

Jun 272013
 

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Dear Alicia Keys and Rihanna, Paz.

I am writing to you because I am sincerely baffled by your choice to perform in Israel. I want to share with you that your choice has made many of your fans re-evaluate their loyalty to you. Your message to the people of Palestine and their global allies, which are also your fans, unfortunately is not a positive one. It basically looks like you can care less about their ongoing deep and horrific battle against genocide, or as some call it, ethnic cleansing.

I am an Afro-Rican woman who has witnessed and experienced life in colonized Palestine and “Israel”. I understand colonialism and it’s treacherous fangs because my island of Puerto Rico is also a colony and has been raped by U.S. greed and imperialism for over 115 years. Our women have been sterilized for the purpose of population control, we import more than we export, our fathers and sons were sent to the military to fight wars and we can’t even vote for the President of the United States, just to name a few.

I hope that you have taken it upon yourself to carefully research and learn about the critical situation of the people of Palestine and the oppression that they have had to endure by the Zionist movement, the Israeli State. The Zionists created Israel within Palestine BY FORCE. You are pretty much co-signing and agreeing to this outrageous land grab and murder of women, children and men. Yeah ladies, there is no way to sugar coat that.

When I visited the West Bank, Palestine in 2011, I saw the little girls and boys singing and dancing to your songs. I heard your songs in the hookah cafes, clubs, stores and blasting out of cars. It was amazing to see how much music inspires their lives. Music is their escape from the open air prison that they live in.

Ladies… the Palestinians, your fans, live in an open air prison. They can’t come out to Israel to see you perform because they are not allowed to by Israel. In order to come to Israel from the West Bank they would have to ask Israel for permission and get a permit. It is almost impossible to get a permit to cross the border into Israel from Palestine. The sick have died waiting for permits to go to specialized hospitals in Israel. Women have given birth at checkpoints. Goodness! The Insanity!

“The Israeli state practices, and arguably perfects, a logic of territorial and population control and monitoring. One form is high-tech: unmanned aerial drones, X-ray machines, remote-controlled cameras, radars, and surveillance techniques that instill fear and awe; another form is physically and geographically violent: walls, fences, check-points, turnstiles, settlements, bypass roads, fighter jets, bulldozers, and machine guns.”[Tawil-Souri.(n.d) Politics and Materiality of ID Cards in Palestine/Israel. Retrieved from http://academia.edu/661856/Colored_Identity_The_Politics_and_Materiality_of_ID_Cards_in_Palestine_Israel] They have hundreds of roadblocks and checkpoints to obstruct Palestinian movement, even within the Palestinian Territory. I can tell you now that they are not going to give them a permit to come see you rock out. Nope!

So yeah, I’m hoping that you just had no clue about the truth. But maybe you know all of this and are not moved, touched and inspired to make a stand for human rights. Well, and if you do choose to rock, know that genocide is happening while you are performing on that stage. While you are singing your heart out, someones home is being bulldozed or a family is loosing a male figure in their household because an Israeli soldier felt like taking someones life away by imprisoning them or killing them.

The point I would like to drive into your soul is that by making the choice to perform in Israel you have also chosen to disregard a whole population of your fans who are touched by your music. You have a fan base in Palestine that will not be able to attend your concert, not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t.

Question: Are you also going to do a concert in Palestine? Is that in the plans? If you are going to really perform in Israel then I encourage you to do a FREE concert in Palestine.

I sincerely hope that you ladies think this one through for the sake of humanity and for our precious children who hum you tunes.

Sisters, I pray that you find the strength and the courage to stand up for what is right. Human Rights! We are women, we are women of color and we must protect our children!

I humbly ask you to rethink this one.

Luz Y Paz,
Lah Tere

Apr 172013
 

Please submit your pictures showing solidarity with the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Hold up a sign saying where you are showing love to Boston from.

Also we want people from Boston and other parts of the United States to send photos in solidarity with the victims of terrorism, occupation and war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and anywhere else in this world.

Email pictures to questions@existenceisresistance.org

Submit to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Existence-Is-Resistance/118088514913687

A message of love to Boston from two women Afghanistan.

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Kids in Iraq show support to the people of Boston.

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Existence is Resistance received this picture from a supporter in Boston in solidarity with Iraqi victims.

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Another supporter submits a photo.

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Mar 152013
 

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RDACBX Presents:
The BX Loves Chavez
A Cultural Tribute To The Memory of Comandante Hugo Chavez

Performing Live:
Rebel Diaz
The Welfare Poets
Circa 95
YC the Cynic
Divine RBG
RDACBX
The Bronx Boys (TBB)

On the 1s and 2s
DJ Illanoiz
Dj Charlie Hustle

Plus Surprise Guests!

Hugo Chavez visited The South Bronx in 2005..the place he arrived to was The Point… from this visit he decided to show Solidarity and brought low cost heating oil to The BX so that poor people could have heat in the winter.

Then the PetroBronx program was started in that the Venezuelan people amidst The Bolivarian Revolution again showed love as a social justice initiative began in that millions of dollars in funding thru VZ owned Citgo and The NorthStar Foundation was given to local organizations. RDACBX was one of those organizations as they directly funded the creation of The Nuestra America Media Center, in which for the last 3 years media workshops were held along with Summer Youth Employment and film screenings. Many other organizations were also supported and funded.

We are infinitely appreciative for this love shown to us by The Bolivarian Revolution. We mourn the death of Hugo Chavez and promise to all Work Like Chavez and step it up here in The Bronx.

Sponsored By: Mothers on The Move, La Pena Del Bronx, Da Urban Butterflies, Mary Mitchell Center, Taller Experimental de Artes, Green Worker Cooperatives, Take Back The Bronx, Universal Zulu Nation, Existence is Resistance

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