Posts Tagged ‘Revolutionary’

Remembering Amazing Women on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2015

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For international women’s day, I want to remember 15 women who have inspired me one way or another through their activism, music, poetry, painting or spirituality. All of these women and countless more give me the source of inspiration and desire to continue planting seeds of hope and compassion in this chaotic world of ours.
In no particular order, here they are:

Comandanta Ramona

Suheir Hammad

Violeta Parra

Miriam Makeba

Mercedes Sosa

Wangari Maathai

Mother Teresa

Dorothy Day

Frida Kahlo

Anita Tijoux

Joan Baez

Las Jilguerillas

Julieta Venegas

Tracy Chapman

Sweet Honey in the Rock
(Song in honor of Ella Baker)

Aqui les dejo esta cancion de Dos Vientos De Voz Y Fuego que se llama Porque Esto Ya Comenzo. Esta cancion esta en el CD, EZLN: El Fuego y la Palabra en el disco de la Dignidad. Disfruten de esta rola.

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Recordando al Compañero Ali Primera

February 16, 2015

Hoy es el 30 aniversario de la muerte del Compañero Ali Primera. Un gran ser humano que su musica inspiro a millones. El uso el folklore Venezolano y le dio alas con sus canciones llenas de amor, justicia y las luchas por la dignidad del ser humano. El fue un Revolucionario y siempre se mantuvo fiel a sus ideales y a la lucha por un mundo mas justo.

Aqui les dejo unas de mis canciones favoritas del gran Compañero:

Feliz Cumpleaños, Victor Jara!!

September 28, 2014

Hoy es el cumpleaños de nuestro querido Victor Jara. El estaria cumpliendo 82 años con su pueblo querido. La mejor manera que yo puedo recordarlo es compartir 15 canciones que me gustan de el. Yo tengo la coleccion de su musica asi que 15 canciones son muy dificil para mi pero espero que disfruten de ellas. Aqui les va:

Happy 80th Birthday, Roberto Clemente!

August 18, 2014


Happy 80th Birthday to Roberto Clemente! As a baseball and Dodgers fan, Roberto Clemente is one of my all time heroes. This is what I wrote about Clemente last year, so will include it below in addition to couple videos on the pride of Puerto Rico. Enjoy!

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,”

Remembering Myles Horton

July 5, 2014

On July 5, 1905, Myles Horton was born in Savannah, Tennessee. He co-founded the Highlander Folk School, famous for its active participation in the civil rights movement.
Here is a great interview by Bill Moyers to Myles Horton. Check out Myles speak on education. His thoughts are vitamins to my soul. If you like Paulo Freire, you will love Myles Horton.

Happy 99th Birthday, Grace Lee Boggs!

June 27, 2014

Today is Grace Lee Boggs’ 99th birthday. She is a true American Revolutionary! Yesterday, I watched the documentary about her life and it was amazing! For those who haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Here is the trailer.

Here is Grace Lee sharing her words of wisdom on how we must transform our education system.

Happy 99th Birthday, Grace Lee! Thank you for all your work and for being an inspiration to many of us. You are truly a gift for humanity.

Videos of Co-Founder of Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale’s Speech During Urban Issues Forum

June 17, 2014

On Friday, June 13th, Bobby Seale, Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party For Self Defense, was the guest speaker at the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum of Greater Los Angeles. Mr. Seale was there to talk about: People Power and Socio-Political Advocacy in the 21st Century: The Legacy of the Black Panther Party For Self Defense.
Here are some of the videos from his presentation:

Mural en Honor a Salvador Allende

April 19, 2014

Remembering Robert Sobukwe

February 27, 2014

Today is the death anniversary of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, one of the most famous South African unsung heroes.

Robert Sobukwe was a charismatic revolutionary with the gift of inspiring the masses through his speeches. He was a very educated men who belonged to the Africanist wing of the African National Congress (ANC). After leaving the ANC in 1957, he become an editor of a well read newspaper, The Africanist, in JoBurg. In 1959, he became the founder and first president of Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), which can be attributed as the organization that gave birth to the Black Consciousness Movement that was made famous by Steve Biko.

On 21 March 1960, the PAC led a nationwide protest against the hated Pass Law which require black people to carry a pass book at all times. Sobukwe led a march to the local police station at Orlando, Soweto in order to openly defy the laws. He was joined on route by a few followers and, after presenting his pass to a police officer, he purposely made himself guilty under the terms of the Pass Law for being present in a region/area other than that allowed in his papers. In a similar protest the same day in Sharpeville, police opened fire on a crowd of PAC supporters, killing 69 in the Sharpeville Massacre. (Info taken from Robert Sobukwe Wikipedia)

It was the Sharpeville Massacre that gave the international community a glimpse of the cruelty and inhumane treatment Black South Africans were living in under the Apartheid regime.

Robert Sobukwe was a threat to the Apartheid system that they arrested him and sent him to Robben Island where he spent his years in solitary confinement. It was during his time in prison that he took advantage of his time and become more wiser by earning several degrees including a degree in Economics from the University of London.

When Sobukwe was released from prison he spent his remaining years under house arrest at Kimberley, South Africa, the capital of Northern Cape Province. He was very limited to to the things he could do but Sobukwe kept furthering his education. With the help of a friend, he was able to obtained a law degree and in 1975 started his own firm and began practicing in Kimberley. Two years later in 1977, Sobukwe was diagnosed with Lung cancer and after the Apartheid government refused his doctors orders to move freely under humanitarian and medical grounds, he passed away on February 27, 1978.

Let it be clear that the Apartheid regime killed Robert Sobukwe. It was in the interest of the regime to have Sobukwe dead than alive. What the regime didn’t realized was that with his death, 1,000 other Sobukwes’ were born. His spirit and struggle was kept alive through his comrades and those who were inspired by his vision. I would go as far as to say that in the work of Steve Biko, the spirit of Sobukwe was alive and ever present.

In honor of his life, here is a song by Miriam Makeba that always strikes a chord in my heart. It makes a reference to Sobukwe and may we hear this song today and remember his beautiful spirit and the love that he gave to his country and his fellow Brothers and Sisters.

Happy 95th Birthday Jackie Robinson!

February 1, 2014

Yesterday was Jackie Robinson’s birthday. He would have been 95 years old.
I have written a lot about Jackie Robinson. Just type in Jackie’s name in the sear engine of my blog to find out the various articles I have written about my favorite player.
In honor of his birthday, I decided to include this movie about Jackie’s life where he portrays himself. This movie is better than the 42 movie that came out last year. I have my critiques of the film and I have included the link below for those who wish to know what they are:

I hope those who just know Jackie Robinson as a baseball player will come to know more about him from this film and from the thoughts that I have shared in the link above. Jackie was more than a Baseball player. He was a Revolutionary. A man who was involved in the Civil Rights Movement of our country. A man who believe in social justice and was a tireless human rights advocate after his baseball career. May we remember Jackie for being a true American Legend.
Happy Birthday Jackie!