Sunday, January 13, 2008

Solidaridad Americano

The whole article is worthwhile, but especially for these last few paragraphs:

There is one thing that the ruling elite did not count on, however. They did not factor in that the freedoms of speech, assembly, press and worship are still alive and healthy along the Texas-Mexico border. Using all the tenets of democracy, border residents are unifying their voices and saying, “Hell no! No Border Wall!” Rallies, protests and marches have been ongoing since the passage of the Secure Fence Act in October of 2006. This opposition is a historical display of solidarity. Environmentalists, economists, pro-immigration, farm workers, university students and faculty alike, historians, elected officials, human rights activists, indigenous rights activists, faith based groups, tourism experts, law enforcement agents, property owners, and grass roots of all sorts have all united their voices and resources to oppose the border wall.

More protests are being planned for 2008. Legal challenges against the dictatorial powers of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security are forthcoming. As Michael Chertoff pooh-poohs the range fire of solidarity and friendship all along the 1250 miles of Texas-Mexico border, the border residents are confident that they will see his back side, and not a border wall, when he is forced from his dictatorial post by this time next year.

Like the rest of our country, Texas really is divided. As we have seen, that division is geographic and cultural. If the central and northern regions of the State continue to reject the Hispanic heritage of South Texas and continue to allow the border region to be vilified, militarized and assaulted by corporatism, Texas will indeed break in two. The border region of Texas is rising up to the assault of their environment, their economy, their solidarity and their friendship. It is saying “Ya Basta!” – “Enough already!”

On the other hand, if all Texans were to reunite and mutually embrace its rich cultural diversity, a contagious pattern of solidarity could well be set as a precedent for the rest of the country.

The author also makes reference to the Berlin Wall in discussing the Great Wall that our elites want built. About two decades ago, as I recall, it was quite exciting to hear the cry "tear down the wall" as the divide between East and West Germany became increasingly untenable. I can imagine something quite similar aimed at the US as the realities of living in a post-peak-oil era make the current neoliberal empire of private property increasingly unsustainable.

Walls divide and imprison those on both sides. We need fewer of them rather than more. It's refreshing to see the shows of solidarity that have emerged.

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