Saturday, August 25, 2007

Elvira Arellano Continues to Speak Out From Across the Border

Mi amigo Nezua sez:
ELVIRA WON'T REST, and though she was prevented by men with guns from showing up in D.C. to step to what she felt was unjust persecution and law, she now speaks her peace to the government of Mexico. I have a feeling this mujer is determined to confront the injustice she has lived, one way or another. And isn't it fantastic how la lucha--su lucha, nuestra lucha--knows no border, either? Just like sun, wind, water, time and human dreams?
De regreso en Michoacán, después de 10 años de haber salido a trabajar a Estados Unidos sin documentos, Elvira Arellano exigió al gobierno de México tomar una posición firme de protesta contra el odio y el racismo que existe en ese país hacia más de 12 millones de mexicanos indocumentados, quienes todos los días enfrentan redadas, deportaciones y separación de sus familias.
Having returned to Michoacán after ten years of having worked in the USA without documentation, Elvira Arellano demanded that the government of Mexico take a firm position and protest against the hate and racism that exists in the USA toward all 12 million or more of its undocumented workers from Mexico, who every single day face raids, deportation, and the separation of their famllies. [my translation]
--De regreso en Michoacán, Elvira Arellano exige posición firme contra el racismo en EU, , La Jornada
More corazón like this. More hope like this. More fight like this. Hoy. Mañana. Todos los dias.
As I noted a few days ago, the suggestion that Elvira Arellano is this generation's Rosa Parks is right on target, brothers and sisters.

Vale. As I said last night while signing off my radio show, remember to "make your own revolution now".

Notes in the margin: Image nicked from Nezua's blog. The phrase "make your own revolution now" comes from a song title from 1970s jazz combo Juju's first album A Message from Mozambique (a great album that is well worth seeking out!).

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