Archive for January, 2012

Violeta Parra–Porque Los Pobres No Tienen

January 31, 2012

Violeta Parra escribi?? Porque Los Pobres No Tienen, una hermosa canci??n que siempre que la escucho me llega a lo mas profundo de mi ser. Me gusta est?? version que nuestro compa??ero dedic?? a Salvador Allende.

Mahatma Gandhi aka Bapu…PRESENTE!!

January 31, 2012
Today I reflect on the life of Mahatma Gandhi as the world remembers this amazing soul on his 64th death anniversary. In an ideal world, January 30, 2012 would have been a global day of non violent demonstrations against U.S. Corporations and Financial Institutions who have benefited from our current recession. People would have been on the streets spreading Gandhi’s message of non-violence and non-cooperation. People would have shut down banks and corporations, and engage in dialogues via popular assemblies, neighborhood gatherings or townhall meetings. The people would have been sending one clear message to the world: 2012: A People’s Revolution. It is a message that our generation has an obligation to fulfill. If last year was an awakening then this year must be a call to action. May we be inspired by Gandhi’s political tactics of non-violence and non-cooperation to raise the conscious of the masses. It is only by a mass social justice movement that the people will rise to bring about the change that we so desperately need in our world.

I can’t think of a better way to honor Gandhi than to continue dedicating myself to the non violent struggle for a better world.
Here are some of my favorite quotes by Gandhi taken from the book, Quotes of Gandhi, compile by Shalu Bhalla.
1. My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
2. Democracy must in essence, therefore, mean the art and science of mobilising the entire physical, economic and spiritual resources of all the various sections of the people in the service of the common good of all.
3. A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
4. Ill-digested principles are, if anything, worse than ill-digested food, for the latter harms the body and there is cure for it, whereas the former ruins the soul and there is no cure for it.
5. To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse than starving the body, it is starvation of the soul the dweller in the body.
6. The greater the institution, the greater the chances of abuse. Democracy is a great institution and therefore is is liable to be greatly abused. The remedy therefore is not avoidance of democracy but reduction of the possibility of abuse to a minimum.
7. Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or lordliness. It consists in daring to do the right and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds, not in words.
8. Non-violence and cowardice are contradictory terms. Non-violence is the greatest virtue, cowardice the greatest vice. Non-violence springs from love, cowardice from hate. Non-violence always suffers, cowardice would always inflict suffering. Perfect non-violence is the highest bravery. Non-violent conduct is never demoralising, cowardice always is.
9. Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.
10. Non-cooperation is directed not against men but against measures. It is not directed against the Governors, but against the system they administer. The roots of non-cooperation lie not in hatred but in justice, if not in love.
Mahatma Gandhi…PRESENTE!!
AHORA…Y…SIEMPRE!!!
I took these pictures when I visited New Delhi, India.
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Gandhi Explaining The Khadi Spirit

January 31, 2012
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I took this picture when visiting the National Gandhi Museum in New Delhi, India

Gandhi’s Thoughts on India and Khudai Raj

January 31, 2012
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Los Miserables–Leo Catan

January 30, 2012

A Leo Catan no conoce usted
cantaba ska y bailaba reggae
tenia una choza en la orilla del mar
ahí disfrutaba de su libertad.
Hablaba de la paciencia
sin dejar de lado nunca la conciencia.
Tranquilo un dia sentando en la arena
siempre contento y nunca guatita llena
cantaba una canción de los Clash
alguien se acerca se oye gritar
y llegan tres perros enormes
uno canino y dos con uniforme
Leo no estorba ni quiere que lo estorben
y no entiende esta ley deforme
la bondad es la unica ley del hombre.

Yo no me voy esta tierra es mia
no oculto nada mi casa esta vacia
todo lo que tengo me lo dio esta tierra
no me lo quita ningun hijo de perra.
Con un golpe rompen su limpia cabeza
Leo toma un palo y les da la sorpresa.
Ni te platico como quedo el Leo
todo quebrado y bastante feo.
Era feliz solo en su rincón
aunque su casa fuera de cartón
rojo de sangre su gorro de lana
su cuerpo herido y su conciencia sana.
Leo paso tres meses en cama
y lleva más de un año en cana.
Acá la enfermedad es justa
y es peligrosa una vida sana

Violeta Parra-Yo Canto A La Diferencia

January 28, 2012

Yo canto a la chillanesca
si tengo que decir algo.

Y no tomo la guitarra
por conseguir un aplauso.
Yo canto las diferencias
que hay de lo cierto a lo falso
de lo contrario no canto.

Les voy a hablar enseguida
de un caso muy alarmante.

Atenci??n el auditorio que
va a tragarse el purgante.
Ahora que celebramos el
dieciocho mas galante,
la bandera es un calmante.

Yo paso el mes de Septiembre
con el coraz??n crecido.

De pena y de sentimiento
del ver mi pueblo aflijido.
El pueblo amando la patria
y tan mal correspondido,
el emblema por testigo.

En comandos importante
juramento a la bandera.

Sus palabras me repican
de tricolor las cadenas,
con alguaciles armados
en plazas y en alamedas.
Y al frente de las iglesias
los ??ngeles de la guarda
vinieron de otro planeta.

Porque su mirada turbia
su sangre de mala fiesta
profano suenan tambores
clarines y bayonetas.
Dolorosa la retreta.

Afirmo se??or ministro
que se muri?? la verdad.

Hoy d??a se jura en falso
por puro gusto no mas,
enga??an al inocente
sin ni una necesidad
y arriba la libertad.

Hay pasa el se??or vicario
con su palabra bendita.

??Podr??a su santidad
o??rme una palabrita?
Los ni??os andan con hambre
les dan una medallita
o bien una banderita.

Por eso su se??or??a
dice el sabio Salom??n.

Hay descontento en el cielo
en Chuqui y en Concepci??n,
ya no florece el copihue
y no canta el picaflor.
Centenario tricolor.

Un caballero pudiente
agudo como un pu??al.

Me mira con la mirada
de un poderoso volc??n
Y con rel??mpagos de oro
desliza su cadillac
Y viva la liberad.

De arriba alumbra la luna
con tan amarga verdad.

La vivienda de la Luisa
que espera maternidad
sus gritos llegan al cielo
nadie la habr?? de escuchar
en la fiesta nacional.

No tiene fuego la Luisa
ni l??mpara ni pa??al.

El ni??o naci?? en las manos
de la que cantando esta
por un reguero de sangre
ma??ana ira el cadillac
y viva la libertad.

La fecha m??s resaltante
la bandera nacional.

La Luisa no tiene casa
la parada militar
y si va al parque
la Luisa adonde va regresar.
Cueca amarga nacional.

Yo soy a la chillanesca
se??ores para cantar.

Si yo levanto mi grito
no es tan solo por gritar.
Perd??neme el auditorio
si ofende mi claridad,
cueca larga militar.

Paul Robeson: A True Revolutionary

January 24, 2012

Paul Robeson was the epitome of the 20th-century Renaissance man. He was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author, and political activist. His talents made him a revered man of his time, yet his radical political beliefs all but erased him from popular history. Today, more than one hundred years after his birth, Robeson is just beginning to receive the credit he is due.

Born in 1898, Paul Robeson grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. His father had escaped slavery and become a Presbyterian minister, while his mother was from a distinguished Philadelphia family. At seventeen, he was given a scholarship to Rutgers University, where he received an unprecedented twelve major letters in four years and was his class valedictorian. After graduating he went on to Columbia University Law School, and, in the early 1920s, took a job with a New York law firm. Racial strife at the firm ended Robeson’s career as a lawyer early, but he was soon to find an appreciative home for his talents.

Returning to his love of public speaking, Robeson began to find work as an actor. In the mid-1920s he played the lead in Eugene O’Neill’s “All God’s Chillun Got Wings” (1924) and “The Emperor Jones” (1925). Throughout the late 1920s and 1930s, he was a widely acclaimed actor and singer. With songs such as his trademark “Ol’ Man River,” he became one of the most popular concert singers of his time. His “Othello” was the longest-running Shakespeare play in Broadway history, running for nearly three hundred performances. It is still considered one of the great-American Shakespeare productions. While his fame grew in the United States, he became equally well-loved internationally. He spoke fifteen languages, and performed benefits throughout the world for causes of social justice. More than any other performer of his time, he believed that the famous have a responsibility to fight for justice and peace.

As an actor, Robeson was one of the first black men to play serious roles in the primarily white American theater. He performed in a number of films as well, including a re-make of “The Emperor Jones” (1933) and “Song of Freedom” (1936). In a time of deeply entrenched racism, he continually struggled for further understanding of cultural difference. At the height of his popularity, Robeson was a national symbol and a cultural leader in the war against fascism abroad and racism at home. He was admired and befriended by both the general public and prominent personalities, including Eleanor Roosevelt, W.E.B. Du Bois, Joe Louis, Pablo Neruda, Lena Horne, and Harry Truman. While his varied talents and his outspoken defense of civil liberties brought him many admirers, it also made him enemies among conservatives trying to maintain the status quo.

During the 1940s, Robeson’s black nationalist and anti-colonialist activities brought him to the attention of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Despite his contributions as an entertainer to the Allied forces during World War II, Robeson was singled out as a major threat to American democracy. Every attempt was made to silence and discredit him, and in 1950 the persecution reached a climax when his passport was revoked. He could no longer travel abroad to perform, and his career was stifled. Of this time, Lloyd Brown, a writer and long-time colleague of Robeson, states: “Paul Robeson was the most persecuted, the most ostracized, the most condemned black man in America, then or ever.”

It was eight years before his passport was reinstated. A weary and triumphant Robeson began again to travel and give concerts in England and Australia. But the years of hardship had taken their toll. After several bouts of depression, he was admitted to a hospital in London, where he was administered continued shock treatments. When Robeson returned to the United States in 1963, he was misdiagnosed several times and treated for a variety of physical and psychological problems. Realizing that he was no longer the powerful singer or agile orator of his prime, he decided to step out of the public eye. He retired to Philadelphia and lived in self-imposed seclusion until his death [on January 23] in 1976.

To this day, Paul Robeson’s many accomplishments remain obscured by the propaganda of those who tirelessly dogged him throughout his life. His role in the history of civil rights and as a spokesperson for the oppressed of other nations remains relatively unknown. In 1995, more than seventy-five years after graduating from Rutgers, his athletic achievements were finally recognized with his posthumous entry into the College Football Hall of Fame. Though a handful of movies and recordings are still available, they are a sad testament to one of the greatest Americans of the twentieth century. If we are to remember Paul Robeson for anything, it should be for the courage and the dignity with which he struggled for his own personal voice and for the rights of all people.

—Taken from FolkAllianceIntl youtube video on Paul Robeson

 

Mercedes Sosa con Calle 13—Cancion Para Un Ni??o En La Calle

January 23, 2012

Remembering Khan Adbul Ghaffar Khan aka The Frontier Gandhi

January 20, 2012

One of my favorite quotes by Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan:

“Today???s world is traveling in some strange direction. You see that the world is going toward destruction and violence. And the specialty of violence is to create hatred among people and to create fear. I am a believer in nonviolence and I say that no peace or tranquility will descend upon the people of the world until nonviolence is practiced, because nonviolence is love and it stirs courage in people.”

Long Live, Bacha Khan!!! 

Jorge Salcedo writes about his experience inside the Cali Drug Cartel

January 20, 2012
Great read. Salcedo breaks down in detail how corruption works to help a drug cartel.