Archive for March, 2014

Chicano! Documentary on Cesar Chavez and The UFW

March 31, 2014

Today is Cesar Chavez birthday. He would have been 87 years old. In the spirit of Cesar Chavez, I want to share this great documentary with you all.
PBS producers did a great job at putting this documentary together. Those who have seen the Cesar Chavez movie or plan on seeing it, will see some of the events in this documentary being shown in the movie.
For those not familiar with this documentary, please share it with others.
Here is what I wrote about Cesar Chavez couple years ago along with some of my favorite Cesar Chavez quotes:
https://victorjara42.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/cesar-chavezpresente/

EVOLVE–Gatorade Revolution Song

March 30, 2014

This is one of my favorite songs. It was written by David Banner.

Enjoy the lyrics:

If you want a revolution the only solution evolve
gotta evolve
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve
gotta evolve,if your gettin off track and you wanna get back
may take a lot of work for it’ll break your back.
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(gotta evolve)
well there once was a guy who couldn’t jump high, until he focused in now he touched the sky, you gotta do more than try to get by evolution is the key and that’s no lie if you wanna be big and strong you see
you gotta e-v-o-l-v-e
If you wanna revolution the only solution evolve(ya gotta evolve)
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve
(gotta evolve)if you want a revolution the only solution evelve
(gotta evolve)
If your gettin off track and you wanna get back
may take a lot of work for it’ll break your back.
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve
(gotta evolve)
make no mistake about it!
you gotta evolve!
blood sweat and tears around it,
and a lot of resolve
theres no way around it,
gotta give it your all,
[If you wanna revolution the only solution evolve, ya gotta evolve]
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(gotta evolve)
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(gotta evolve)
If your gettin off track and you wanna get back
may take a lot of work for it’ll break your back.
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(gotta evolve)
there once was a girl who the man didn’t like,
she worked in the day, and she trained all night.
she prayed for her life gettin ready for the fight
when the day turned to night girl shined so bright.
have to do thing other girls wouldn’t do to have a girl in the world play what you want her to
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(ya gotta evolve)
yeahhhhh!

If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(gotta evolve)
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(gotta evolve)
If your gettin off track and you wanna get back
may take a lot of work for it’ll break your back.
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(gotta evolve)
no matter what they do they cant break your stride
evolution is a thing that starts inside
throw your hands up
put your fist gripped high
hold your head high no need to high
e-v-o-l-o-v-e
come on get inside come and ride with me.
e-v-o-l-o-v-e
come on get inside come and ride with me.
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(gotta evolve)
GOT TO EVOLVE!!!
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(gotta evolve)
If your gettin off track and you wanna get back may take a lot of work for it’ll break your back.
If you want a revolution the only solution evolve(gotta evolve)
you gotta evolveee!!!
hahah yeah

Long Live Eazy E!

March 26, 2014

Today is the death anniversary of Eric Lynn Wright famously known in the hip hop and music industry as Eazy E.
As I remember Eazy E, I am quickly taken back to last year’s Rock the Bells, where I saw him performed even though it was through a hologram.
I am including this documentary for those who wish to get to know more about Eazy E.



And finally, here is one of my favorite Bone Thugs songs. As we remember Eazy E on his death anniversary let us bump this song in honor of Eazy.

Recordando al Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero

March 24, 2014

Hagan Click al link que esta debajo para que vean un slideshow del Mons. Oscar Romero junto a varias de sus hermosas reflexiones:

Mons. Oscar Romero

The Melodians–Rivers of Babylon

March 18, 2014

Listen to this song with your eyes close and let the lyrics reach to the depths of your inner being.

Why Did The U.S. Excluded The St. Patrick Battalion From Its History Books?

March 17, 2014

How many Irish Americans know about the St. Patrick Battalion? Chances are very slim. If you were to ask kids in Mexico about the “Batallon de San Patricio,” or simply, “Los San Patricios,” during the U.S-Mexican War, chances are that the majority would know how to answer that question.

History is interpreted by who writes it. If one has a targeted audience but omits certain information then it will be difficult for that audience to fully understand the whole scope of that historical period.

It is interesting that the U.S. History books have omitted a special part of the U.S.-Mexico War. The Saint Patrick Batallion. Why is that? Could it be that the U.S. would not want Irish-Americans from knowing the real history? Is America embarrassed how they treated the Irish people for standing next to their Mexican brothers in an unjust war?

I believe that if the Saint Patrick Battalion would be included in the U.S. History books, many Irish Americans would be proud of their captain John Riley. They would not see him as Americans referred to him, “traitor.” I think many would referred to him as a hero for standing up to what he believed.

Mexicans on March 17th don’t need to drink and party to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. They will continue to celebrate Los San Patricios as they have always done, with respect to Captain John Riley and all the Irish brothers who fought alongside Mexico in the unjust U.S.-Mexico War. They continue to be heroes in the eyes of Mexico.

I pay tribute to my Irish brothers with this beautiful song by David Rovics. For those who want to know more about the St. Patrick’s Batallion, check out this video and pay attention to the lyrics of this great song.

ERIN GO BRAGH!
LONG LIVE IRELAND!
VIVA MEXICO CABRONES!

Herminda de la Victoria Siempre en Nuestra Memoria

March 16, 2014

Victor Jara dedica esta cancion a la guagua(bebe)Herminda que fallecio por una bala disparada por los Carabineros.

Este en un excelente documental sobre La Poblacion Herminda de la Victoria

La Toma del 1967

March 16, 2014

Esta cancion de Victor Jara es dedicada a los pobladores de La Victoria que se tomaron terrenos para abordar el tema de la vivienda. Esta toma fue la primera en latinoamerica y desperto un modelo donde un pueblo organizado puede tomar accion directa para solucionar sus proprias problemas. La Toma de La Victoria tambien se puede decir que desperto a un continente. En Latinoamerica han visto varias “tomas” donde los trabajadores o residentes se toman tierras, fabricas o edificios. El Movimiento Sin Techo en Brazil se puede decir que es una semilla de la cual sembraron los Chilenos en aquellos dias cuando primeramente se tomaron los terrenos.

Esta cancion junto con la cancion, Herminda de la Victoria, dan homenaje a todos los hombres, mujeres y jovenes que lucharon en aquel 16 de Marzo, 1967. Victor Jara se conmovio mucho por estos eventos que lo inspiro a grabar su disco, La Poblacion.

La Victoria tambien es una poblacion por su larga historia social y su espiritu combativo.
Aqui les dejo este articulo para que lean mas a fondo de La Toma y de la Historia de La Victoria.
http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=58180

Disrespect in Dodger Blue: Why Number 11 Should Be Worn Only by Manny Mota | The Nation

March 15, 2014

Disrespect in Dodger Blue: Why Number 11 Should Be Worn Only by Manny Mota | The Nation.

Click on the link above to read this great article.

Footage and Coverage of LA CAN Press Conference on LAPD Lawsuit

March 13, 2014

Yesterday morning in front of LAPD Headquarters the Los Angeles Community Action Network announced our lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, LAPD, and the Central City East Association because of their coordinated efforts to silence LA CAN, prevent us from exercising our first amendment rights, and their malicious acts that resulted in the wrongful prosecution of one of LA CAN’s longest term organizers, Deborah Burton.
Click HERE (or on the photo to the left) to read the Los Angeles Times article covering the announcement.

This lawsuit is a result of years of unfair and unjust targeting of LA CAN staff and members by LAPD, a long history of retaliation against us for fiercely and loudly opposing LAPD’s racist Safer Cities Initiative in Skid Row, and, more recently, their efforts to even more blatantly favor the Downtown business community’s position by stifling our right to protest and manufacturing charges against…

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