Archive for August, 2011

Dia Internacional de los Desaparecidos

August 31, 2011
Hoy es el dia internacional de los desaparecidos. En un dia como hoy hago un recorrido por latinoamerica y reflexiono en todos aquellos que han desaparecido por pensar diferente, por los que lucharon por un mundo mas justo y solidario, por los que plantaron semillas para que las proximas generaciones las alimentaran de justicia, paz, amor y fraternidad. En mi recorrido paso por mi querido Mexico y me pongo a pensar en los familiares que tienen a un familiar desaparecido. Pienso en los compas del Partido de los Pobres que lideraba Lucio Cabanas. Hay tantos que uno ya ni sabe cuantos estan desaparecidos. Los desaparecidos no solamente desaparecieron durante los 70s. En Mexico, hoy en dia han habido bastante personas que han desaparecido durante la administracion de FECAL (Felipe Calderon).

Mi recorrido me lleva por Centro America y paso por El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala y Nicaragua. Luego paso a Sur America y hago paradas en Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru y Colombia. En estos paises pienso en las huellas que dejaron los desaparecidos. Reflexiono en los senderos que tuvieron que enbarcar. Camino por esos caminos y veo rostros de zapatos que me llevan por un pasto de un bosque donde ya no hay camino, donde las huellas de los zapatos se pierden y mientras sigo caminando voy viendo pedazos de ropa perdida entre el pasto. Veo una camisa roja, sucia, llena de sangre; veo un pantalon que parece le pertenecia a un joven, veo una cartera pisoteada con una foto de un senor abrazanda a su hija que se ve que tiene no mas de 8 meses de nacer. No puedo seguir adelante porque el dolor es profundo.

Me despido de Peru y comienzo La Ruta de la Muerte que me lleva por Boliva, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina y terminar en Chile. En cada parada de este camino recuerdo a las dictaduras que fueron implementadas en estos paises. No se me quita la memoria de una abuela que me dice que a su hijo lo tiraron en el oceano atlantico o cuando un joven habla que su padre sigue desaparecido hasta el dia de hoy y no sabe si su cuerpo esta en el mar o si su cuerpo pudo haber estado en un centro de detencion.

Cuando llego a Chile, paso por Villa Grimaldi y no me puedo contener. Las lagrimas que me salen son lagrimas de rabia, de coraje. Como unos desgraciados pueden cometer estos actos inhumanos. Paso por todo Chile hasta llegar a Pisagua, donde personas fueron enterradas vivas, cuerpos fueron tirados al mar y donde el desierto se escuchan echoes de companeros que gritan, “Desaparecidos pero no Rendidos!” En el mar se escuchan a companeros cantando Venceremos y cancionces de Victor Jara mientras las olas chocan con las piedras del pasado. Pisagua es un lugar con tanto dolor y simboliza lo mas cruel de la dictadura de Pinochet.

Escribo esta reflexion para recordar a todos los que han desaparecido en latinoamerica y en el mundo. Aqui les dejo estos videos para recordar a todos los desaparecidos.

La Cueca Sola

August 31, 2011
La Cueca Sola es un movimiento que surgio en Chile por mujeres que tienen a un familiar desaparecido. La Cueca es el baile nacional de Chile que tipicamente se baila en las fiestas patrias. La Cueca Sola fue y sigue siendo un baile lleno de emociones. Cuando vivi en Chile y me toco ver a mujeres bailar la cueca sola sin sus seres queridos llore. Como no llorar cuando ves a mujeres bailar un baile que toca a lo mas profundo de nuestro ser. Como no llorar sabiendo que sus seres queridos fueron torturados y desaparecidos por pensar diferente, por pensar en un nuevo amanecer.

Aqui les dejo un documental hecho por Marilu Mallet que documenta a tres mujeres que perdieron a un familiar durante la dictadura de Chile. Este documental es bien bueno. Se los recomiendo que se lo envien a sus amigos, familiares, colegas de trabajo, vecinos, etc. Circulen este documental.

Una familiar  de detenidos-desaparecidos baila “La Cueca Sola” por la primera vez en público el 8 de marzo de 1978 en el Teatro Caupolicán, Santiago.

La Cueca Sola

Soy madre, soy esposa,
soy hija, soy hermana…
Yo me llamo Pisagua y bailo cueca.
Yo bailo para ti.
Yo bailo la cueca y la bailo sola,
bailo sola para que tú me veas,
contigo y sin ti bailo,
acercándome y alejándome,
bailo la cueca sola.
Yo brindo por la verdad,
la justicia y la razón,
porque no exista opresión
ni tanta inseguridad,
con coraje y dignidad,
de este mal hay que salir,
vamos a reconstruir,
y con cimientos bien firmes,
para que jamás en Chile
esto se vuelva a vivir.

More pics from the Homeless World Cup and video of Mexico vs Scotland 2011 Homeless World Cup Final

August 29, 2011
With yesterday being the last day of the 2011 Homeles World Cup, I found myself having nostalgic memories from last years’ homeless world cup, where I had the chance to experience the amazing atmosphere that one is surrounded by for a whole week. I have included more pics from last year’s homeless world cup in Rio de Janeiro.

To see pictures from this years’ homeless world cup click on the link below:

To see the Homeless World Cup Final between Mexico and Scotland click on the link below:

Here is the Women’s World Cup Final between Mexico and Kenya.

Congratulations to Scotland and Kenya for being the champions at this year’s Homeless World Cup. Also, congratulations for Team Mexico for reaching the the men’s and women’s final. Next year the Homeless World Cup will be held in Mexico City. I’m sure that Team Mexico are going to be prepared to try to win their first Homeless World Cup in their own soil.

At the Homeless World Cup everyone comes out a winner. This annual event has demonstrated that Soccer can not only bring awareness to the plight of homelessness in our world but it is also an event where people can take life long lessons from people who are on the margins of society.

A ball can indeed change the world. May we continue to do our part to end homelessness in our communities.

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Pics from the Homeless World Cup

August 29, 2011
I have added some of my own pics I took at last year’s Homeless World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. I got a bit nostalgic from following this years’ homeless world cup.

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Homeless World Cup 2011: Transforming Lives, One GOAL at a time

August 22, 2011

Yesterday, was the opening day of the 9th Homeless World Cup, which is being played in Paris, France. I was blessed to attend the 2010 Homeless World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I took tons of pics. I will be including some of the pics sometime this week.

As I think about the Homeless World Cup, I started reflecting on how sports has been a vehicle for social change. We have seen it with South African prisoners struggling for the right to play Soccer in Robben Island and forming the Makana Football Association, which would form the blue print for a New South Africa  or Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrie line. We have seen Sports play a vital role in various social movements.

One of the beautiful things about Sports is that it brings people together from various walks of life and for one common purpose and that’s to have fun, whether a team wins or loses.To me that is exactly the goal of using soccer to bring awareness to the homeless issue. It’s to see the person as a human being; with respect and dignity.   

 Soccer invites our society to see homelessness with eyes of compassion. It allows us to call people by their names and not by titles such as; wino, alcoholic, crazy, lazy, bum. Soccer brings dignity back into people’s lives. I have always felt that sports, music and the arts are vehicles to bring the catalyst that our world so desperately needs in trying to address one of the world’s social problems. Let us continue seeing with the eyes of compassion, listen with the ears of understanding, so that our hearts will continue to beat to the sounds of justice, freedom and equality while our spirits dance to tune of THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN.

In the meantime, to follow up this years’ Homeless World Cup go to www.homelessworldcup.org.

Transforming Lives, one GOAL at a time.


Roberto Clemente…PRESENTE!!!

August 18, 2011

Today is Roberto Clemente’s birthday. He would have been 77 years old today. Roberto was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. At an early age, Roberto started playing baseball. In 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers offered him a contract to play for their Triple-A team, the Montreal Royals. While with the Royals, Roberto didn’t play that much. He was often bench. Some say that the Dodgers were trying to guard him from the Rookie Draft of 1954. But, Clyde Sukeforth, a baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates observed that Clemente was being bench and encouraged the Pirates to draft him. On November 22, 1954, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Roberto Clemente in the Rookie Draft.

Roberto Clemente made his major league debut on April 17, 1955 against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He didn’t do well in his rookie season due to being involved in a car accident midway thru the season. Roberto Clemente really exploded with the Pirates in the 1960s. He led the Pirates to a World Series victory over the Yankees in 1960. Clemente led the National League in Batting in 1961, 1964, 1965 and 1967. He was the Most Valuable Player in 1966. He received numerous Gold Glove awards throughout the 60s for his outstanding defense. Clemente had a canon of an arm. He could throw a guy out at third base or home plate from right field. Players knew not to run on Clemente. He was one of the most amazing players to watch. He helped the Pirates win a second World Series in 1971 when the Pirates beat the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in seven games. He was named World Series MVP after hitting .414 and hitting a solo home run in the Pirates 2-1 victory in game 7 of the World Series.

Roberto Clemente struggled with injuries and in 1972 he only played in 102 games but ended batting .312 in the season. Roberto collected his 3,000 hit, a double of the Mets’ Jon Matlack in front of the Pittsburgh Pirates fans at Three Rivers Stadium. That would end up being his last hit in the major leagues.

Roberto Clemente was not an ordinary baseball player. He used the diamond to expressed one of his many gifts. Clemente was a great soul. He cared for the most marginalized. He demonstrated tremendous compassion to the poor. Following the 1972 season, there was a catastrophic earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua. Upon realizing that some of the aid that he had previously sent to Nicaragua was not reaching those affected by the earthquake but intercepted by the Somoza government, Roberto Clemente boarded a small airplane that was taking aid packages to the victims. The plane left from Puerto Rico on December 31, 1972 but mechanical problems forced the plane to crash into the ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Everyone from the Pirates attended Clemente’s memorial except his close friend and teammate, catcher, Manny Sanguillen, who decided to jump into the ocean in hopes of finding Roberto’s body. Roberto Clemente’s body was never found.

Roberto Clemente was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973, becoming the first Latino to be elected into the Hall of Fame. Roberto was an amazing man. It takes a special man to go out of his way and coordinate emergency relief for victims of an earthquake in another country. Not only did Clemente orgazined relief funds but he put his family aside to personally go to Nicaragua and deliver the aid to the victims. 

Major League Baseball (MLB) owes a lot to Roberto Clemente. I know that they have an award name after him for players who best follow Clemente’s humanitarian work but the award is not enough. It is time that Bud Selig, the commissioner of Baseball pays tribute to Clemente just the same way he did to Jackie Robinson. It is time for Clemente’s number 21 to be retired by all major league teams. Having his number 21 retired will send a powerful message that MLB truly honors and respects Clemente’s humanitarian work.

As a Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente fan, I think its only fair that 21 and 42 be the only numbers to be retired by all teams. Having 21 retired paves the way for MLB to have Roberto Clemente Days’ to be celebrated on August 18th as days where MLB will partner up with local community organizations and sponsor an organization that is doing amazing work on issues impacting that baseball’s town. In Los Angeles, it could be a grassroots organization working to end homelessness. In San Francisco, it could be an organization that advocates for equality when it comes to same sex marriages. In New York, it could be an organization that advocates for equal distribution of wealth and holds Wall Street thugs accountable to pay their share of taxes. In Pittsburgh, it could be an organization that brings awareness to the health conditions of the miners in Pennsylvania. If Major League Baseball had Roberto Clemente Days’ on August 18th, we will once again be demonstrating that Sports serves as a vehicle to address social issues that are not only impacting communities but putting the spotlight on community organizations who are making a difference in the lives of many Americans. 

May we continue to keep Clemente’s legacy and spirit alive by living our lives for the greater good of others. Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Roberto Clemente lived by that quote. More importantly, he lived by his own quote, “If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth,”

For those who are not familiar with Roberto Clemente, I added these videos. Enjoy.

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AHORA…Y…SIEMPRE!!!!

 Here are pictures of my Roberto Clemente Jersey.

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Los estudiantes chilenos en pie de lucha

August 9, 2011
Los estudiantes de Chile siguen en pie de lucha y el Martes, 9 de Agosto tienen previsto otro paro nacional. La educacion en Chile es el resultado de las politicas neoliberales que trajo la dictadura. Durante el gobierno de Allende, la calidad de educacion en Chile era mucho mejor de la que existe hoy. Pinocho y su dictadura no solamente privatizaron el sistema de educacion sino han hecho que generaciones de estudiantes salgan de la universidad con una gran cantidad de deuda. Hoy mas que nunca, el movimiento de Chile debe mantenerse firme a sus demandas y seguir recibiendo el apoyo del pueblo Chileno y del resto del mundo. Fuerza estudiantes. SI SE PUEDE!!!

Aqui les dejo unos videos sobres el paro estudiantil. Disfrutenlos. 

Me gustan los estudiantes de Violeta Parra interpretada por Mercedes Sosa.
Adelante estudiantes.
reporte sobre el paro estudiantil
protestas historicas
Thriller
La mala educacion Chilena

Un tributo a los estudiantes de Chile

August 9, 2011
Esta cancion es perfecta para lo que esta pasando en Chile con el sistema de Educacion. Fuerza estudiantes. Disfruten esta cancion del gran Victor Jara.

Don’t Get Caught in a Bad Hotel

August 8, 2011
I came across this video over the weekend and thanks to this video I have the song stuck in my head. Great video. Props to the members of the Brass Liberation Orchestra.

Singing and dancing-don’t get caught in a bad hotel-near the San Francisco Hyatt Hotel

August 8, 2011
Demonstrators who participated in the Great American TARP Tour on August 5th performed, Don’t Get Caught In a Bad Hotel, on the steps near the San Francisco Hyatt Hotel.