At Tele-Jaguar we give credit where credit is due. From all of us, thank you Karena for being the driving force you have been.
Capitalist society reduces reality to the individual it focuses on one’s individual world so as to break the natural bonds we have as humans which are a social and communal being. Yet time and again the real world despite capitalist propaganda shows us that what makes things move is the collective and how individuals within the collective that give themselves, their efforts, their time and dedication to a common idea and goal well those are the examples we must emulate and strive to be. Compañera Karena is an example of that. Telejaguar would be nothing without her dedication. She has helped mold the page and build it by dedicating herself to doing what needs to be done and doing what she says she will! She takes our sometimes disparate skill sets puts them together and helps us become a single weapon in the fight against all that holds La Raza and thereby humanity back. Gracias Compañera! 🏽- Ernesto Ayala
Thank you Karena for your leadership and guidance in this media endeavor that is Telejaguar. Your discipline is inspiring and sets the foundation for the rest of our work. We are so fortunate to have you on our team! Your communication skills are unmatched –the best of anyone I have met in regards to media campaigns and strategy. I feel very lucky to be able to work alongside you as we develop this platform.
TeleJaguar also helps mold other political work I am involved in as well. Oftentimes, people underestimate the value of graphics in a highly visual, constantly consuming world. With your knowledge and expertise on our team, we will thrive and bring in a new era of Chicanx arts and journalism!- Maria Flores
Tele-Jaguar is a collective built around the talents and visions of its members. As the project has developed the contributions of Karena Acree-Páez have been foundational to all other developments. In the day to day operation of Tele-Jaguar Karena Acree-Páez has set the pace of production and growth. She has been the glue keeping the project together, truly the driving force behind the Jaguar. Que Viva Tele-Jaguar. Que Viva Karena. – Matt Sedillo
Slug: Your La Raza Unida Page has been unpublished: Is it 1970 or 2020?
By Jenaro Ernesto Ayala
La Raza Unida Party
On April 3rd, 2010, as Facebook was becoming an everyday thing I thought it would be a good idea to open up a page for the organization I grew up in and belong to: El Partido Nacional de La Raza Unida or simply La Raza Unida. I uploaded pictures from our files and began populating our Facebook page with more contemporary pictures from marchas, conferences, meetings, community actions, and our annual Fiesta En El Barrio that we have held every year since 1995 in Pacoima/San Fernando.
My party has a long history of political action since its birth in Crystal City, Texas on January 17, 1970. A natural outcome of that decolonial legacy laid down 50 years ago was for La Raza Unida de San Fernando-Pacoima, California, which has held the longest active chapter since 1971, to take the natural step of building an online presence.
Right from the beginning the page was under constant attacks and reports to Facebook for its memes and videos, but we stood strong. I regularly shared news from other Chicano and Latino pages like Telesur and Union del Barrio to give them a hand at outreach. In 2018, we were at Chicano Park in San Diego when Trump supporters swore to raise the US flag and live streamed the event, garnering hundreds of views within seconds. Nothing fancy, but there was our page not holding back, and taking the threats, sometimes of violence, from Trump supporters with a grain of salt.
Open opposition is nothing new. La Raza Unida has its history of confrontation with defenders of colonialism including white supremacists, and agents of the state. These lessons of resistance and responsibility I learned from my father who with his brush and paint would make many of the banners we carried at demonstrations by hand. Following his example in the 21st century I began making memes.
“You need to make something that’s direct and to the point but that still gets attention,” he said regarding his banners and flyers. Specifically I remember a large red banner he had just painted. The banner, nothing fancy, had a hand brushed silhouette painting of Zapata from his chest up. In black letters that seemed to be painted on a wall it said “Zapata Vive!” and in smaller letters below it read “La Raza Unida”. That was it.
His banners would always attract onlookers. It wasn’t an elaborate fresco, it was handmade, plain, simple, but very good. How else would you get the attention of someone weighed down with many worries in life? Someone like a worker.
I applied the same idea to memes. Nothing fancy, but this working class Chicano, a product of the same experience as other Chicanos, had a lot to say, and it is easy to say it with memes.
“Go Back to Europe” has become a thing now. Other memes we made went viral and four of the memes I made and posted on the Raza Unida page were put in a government database during the fallout from “Russiagate” as “Russian Inspired” social media propaganda. As if we need Vladimir Putin to tell us about the Chicano condition and everyday life. I also don’t recall any Russians with me when I got the idea for a meme from a friend that ended up in that “database.” This same meme caused much ire in right wing and identitarian circles. Nor do I recall any Russians telling me to make a meme alluding to the Kapernick Nike ads only with a ship sailing in the sunset and the simple words “Go Back To Europe”
It is time once again that La Raza raises its voice unto the world and proudly and with a defiance that has only grown deeper in 500 years say in our own words “Yo Soy Humano!” Escuchame, this is my story, this is how we see the world y si no te gusta ME VALE!
The people on the page were the pure essence of La Raza giving their two cents on stuff we walk around with but suppress all the time. On this page Aztlan was Aztlan because we say so, and we are Chicanos, we are Mexicanos, we are La Raza. We called out Vendido Coconuts for what they are and told the intermittent waves of Trump supporters to take their asses back to Europe if they didn’t like it here, in pure Chicano style.
Now, on May 4th, 2020 as the Coronavirus swings over our heads like a pendulum and many have taken to social media, I had just held a “Watch Party” streaming videos off of the page.. After a viewing of “Yo Soy Joaquin” Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales’s epic poem as spoken by Luis Valdez, “Viva Tirado” by El Chicano, Kid Frost’s “This is for La Raza” and then a clip on Chunky Sanchez ending with a dash of Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love” I get the message “Your page La Raza Unida has been unpublished.”
I clicked on the notification and the reason it gave me was that La Raza Unida page was either spamming or being run by fake profiles. Yet, in 2018, Facebook had me send them a picture of my drivers license, my phone number and download an “Authenticator” app that gave me a code to prove it was me when they claimed some of the memes could have been “Russian Inspired”.
The irony that speaks 1000 words in this all is that almost 50 years ago, La Raza Magazine, a publication of the same organization as this now “unpublished” page also used satire, photojournalism and activism to give a voice to La Raza. They were also disrupted in the same vein. The liberal corporatist state clamped down by raiding our offices and trashing everything inside. What happened today is the contemporary equivalent, the neo-liberal corporatist state has no use for shotguns, batons, and patrol cars when all they had to do was press a button and voila!
Quiet those damned Messkins!
To this we say CHALE! We the Chicanos-Mexicanos of the Southwest de Aztlan, are fast becoming the majority if not already in several regions of the Southwest yet the media continues to ignore us, history books shun us and general American society continues to bestow upon our backs the condition of being perpetually foreign in our own land. We can no longer remain on the fringes, no longer accept silence and humiliation! Ya Basta!
This political, social and economic silencing is the reason we need media in all shape, form and manner. Let us build our own media to become the sinew of the flesh and bones of an awakened giant.
After this latest round of betrayals by Bernie Sanders of his own supporters after having had been blatantly plotted against by his own party, two things must be stated plainly. The “Establishment” of the Democratic Party will not allow it’s so called “Progressive” wing to seize power. It must also be stated plainly the “Progressive” wing of the party will not break from the party and serves an entirely different purpose. The “Progressive” wing is to the “Establishment” Democrats what the Democratic Party is to the Republican Party: A Loyal Opposition.
As with most sequels The 2020 Betrayal of the Sandernistas by U$ Senator Bernie Sanders is worse than the 2016 original. Having seen the original Sanders second predetermined defeat was far more predictable and anticlimatic.
There is no major difference between the two parties on the question of the rich and the poor. There was enormous bipartisan support for injecting trillions in the stock market and giving working people a pittance and even then only in hopes of stimulating the economy. Steve Mnchuhin callously spoke of $1200 being enough money to survive on for 10 weeks. There was bipartisan support for the bailout of 2008. It was under Bill Clinton that Glass Steagal was repealed which opened the door to the housing crash.
There is no difference between the parties in caging people. Bill Clinton grew the prison system just as his predecessors Ronald Reagan and George H W. Bush. When Reagan came to power there were about 500,000 people incarcerated in the U$ by the time he left there was just shy of a million. By the time Bush Sr. left office he got that number over a million approaching a million and a half. Bill Clinton got it over the two million mark and Bush Jr. and Obama held it steady. Obama created the cages and camps that children are languishing in today cruelly separated from their parents. It was Obama not Trump who appointed Tomas Homan who oversees the fascist organization ICE. We all know Trump is horrific. But Trump didn’t create the horrors of the world with his bare hands. The United States is a maze of torture chambers that have risen to even more monstrous proportions over the last four decades.
There is no major difference between the two parties on the question of war. After failing to impeach Donald Trump, in the midst of a supposed “resistance” there was bipartisan standing ovation for the Fake News President of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, in the house of representatives during the state of the union. The failed head of state, Guaido, returned to Venezuela and was physically ejected from parliament. Imperial absurdity is a bipartisan exercise. In the midst of a pandemic there was bipartisan support to accelerate economic war against Nicaragua and Iran as well as threaten war-war against Venezuela. Just prior to the pandemic the Democrats also supported a military budget that created a new military department to colonize space. These are the Democrats. Nancy Pelosi was applauded by supporters of the party for tearing up a speech.
The Democrats are in league with the Republicans. Bernie Sanders ran as a Democrat and is in league with the Democrats. Seeing a separation between the duopoly Democrats and Republicans foolishness. Seeing separation between Sanders and the “establishment” Democrats is also foolish.
Supporters of Bernie Sanders rightly see the patently absurd performance of Nancy Pelosi tearing up Trump’s speech as political theater. That is accurate. They rightly mock “the resistance” as nothing more than words and a call for normalcy also accurate. The Sandernistas now must apply the same logic to Bernie Sanders as making no more that rhetorical flourishes against “the Establishment” with his Presidential runs. It is the internal loyal opposition within the loyal opposition.
Just as in 2016 Bernie Sanders is telling you to pour all your political energy into the Democratic Party, the party of Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Lyndon B Johnson just to name a few mass murderers. This is a disgrace.
People really need to stop doing the same thing and expecting different results. Bernie Sanders will not break from the duopoly and we must breakaway from the duopoly to get a different set of results. We must breakaway from the Democrats, for they bomb half the sky.
A month has gone by as the Covid19 Pandemic has shown us just how connected we actually are in this globalized planet and the 4th month of 2020 has just begun. It has been about 8 months since the massive fires ravaged first the mighty Amazon and then others tore through Australia. In the same time the US has murdered a leading figure in the Iranian government and brought the world itself closer to a catastrophic war that would possibly drag in several powerful nations. All of this on top of everything else the US and their regular day to day, month to month and year to year doings assure that the parasitic Capitalist-Imperialist economic world order continues running.
This is the world that we have. It wasn’t but two years ago that gargantuan fires lit up Southern California and spread as if fueled by gas. They weren’t fueled by gas but something worse: a longer dry season due to the warming of the planet caused by fossil fuels which their extraction and sale fatten the pockets of a small minority. The smell stays with you the entire San Fernando Valley in which I live was surrounded by fires, the biggest clouds I’d ever seen made up of smoke darkened the skies and spread into the city. The shock of seeing the results of Capitalism’s savagery of our Mother Earth for profit cause you to cough and sneeze and go home early from work was strong but it wouldn’t compare to what we are all the entire world going through now.
Yes, obviously Capitalism didn’t create the Covid19 virus (although some would make the argument that it somehow has) but we have seen how an economy “organized” around profit at whatever expense will react to something that could have been contained and has been contained with greater success elsewhere including in nations with far less resources and in the case of Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela under the threat of armed invasion and brutal economic embargoes.
From the very beginning the acting leader of the so called USA shrugged it off, (not only that he had also disbanded the NSC Pandemic Unit in 2018.) Once having arrived into the US the virus spread like the wildfires that scorched Southern California. The same “country” that never has a shortage of missiles, tanks, apache helicopters, jets, munitions, humvees and what have you amazingly or not, has had a shortage of drastically needed hospital beds, respirator units, face masks, gloves and other basic tools for medical use. In fact veterinarians have donated or lent out respirator units to hospitals. States have had to compete and lose against bids placed by the Federal government to buy some of these units and supplies. The same government that never has a shortage of assault weapons and bullets for its military and para-military police forces with state of the art weaponry cannot even provide testing kits to its population. If there isn’t any clearer example of how a Capitalist neoliberal economy is useless to humanity which includes YOU I don’t know what is.
The culture of this Capitalist neolberal economy that champions the individual over the community showed its effects as people panicked to hoard as much food and supplies for themselves leaving others without basic necessities. The media remains silent on how its long worn out claim about “socialist breadlines” and “rationed food” in other nations have shown themselves here only that you had to pay for this bread which wasn’t or still isn’t there.
This isn’t even including the rise in racist attacks against Asian peoples due to Trumps nonchalant racial framing of everything including this.
Many of us lost our jobs, schools shut down, businesses closed and much of everything in civilian life has come to a screeching halt.
The world that we want
The world that we have had so far has been accumulation after accumulation year after year, decade after decade, generation after generation of something that began long ago. There is a clear line if one studies history from La Nina, La Pinta and La Santa Maria to what we have today, or to be more clear from the Alamo to Trump. This is something crucial because although we are all connected in one way or another and the world as we know it has been undeniably affected by this it has not changed and I cannot speak from any other perspective than that of a Chicano, a worker, an indigenous person, because in reality this is how we say unto the world that we are human via our own experience.
In the greater picture it wasn’t even that long ago when our people a fraction of what we are today dreamt… we dreamt of a different world, of a different reality were we controlled our own destinies as a people, were workers and the oppressed had every undeniable right under the sun to seize what was theirs, what is ours, including the land.
We dreamt and we acted upon our dreams, upon what seemed impossible this is where the idea of Aztlan, of Liberation, Self Determination etc naturally evolved. Some of us in the heat and passion of that time even gave the ultimate in the hope that these dreams could become a living reality… our lives.
Let us take this time to reflect upon what kind of world we’ve had so far. Let us take the time to study and to affirm or reaffirm family, friends, comrades even if at a distance and most of all let us imagine that world once again. Let us take the time to dream and imagine a world completely different in opposition to the one we’ve been forced to have which is quickly barreling into a full blown nightmare for our coming generations. Let us brainstorm and plan so that once we are able to we can once again continue raising those red flags on one side and our fists toward the sky as more and more join us and we make of our dreams a reality together. The world we want!
(Big shout out to Proleroid for amazing photos documenting the people’s movement! Check out their work on IG)
Los Angeles: In solidarity with a Statewide Rent and Mortgage Moratorium!
If you are a renter in Los Angeles, you are probably two paychecks away from being homeless or at the mercy of your support circle. According to a 2017 survey by CareerBuilder, “78 percent of U.S. workers live paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet.” In a city like Los Angeles, “Many [tenants] are severely rent-burdened, meaning they pay more than 50% of their incomes toward rent,” according to Neighborhood Data for Social Change published by the University of Southern California in 2013. In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, what happens to you when your job cuts your hours, your employer furloughs you, or your gigs cease to exist? You might be lucky enough to apply for unemployment and still be able to pay your rent. However, in Los Angeles -grassroots and non-profit organizations have decided to take a political stand and organize in favor of a Rent and Mortgage Moratorium: a halt – deletion – suspension of rent and mortgages, so that all Angelenos – regardless of access to legal counsel or immigration status, can have secure housing, a basic human right.
Whether it is access to cash relief, food assistance, or remote community support – organizations like the Los Angeles Tenants Union (LATU), Inclusive Action, and Union del Barrio as well as networks such as Healthy LA made up of, “260+ advocacy organizations, worker centers, labor unions, service providers, religious congregations, community groups, affordable housing developers, public interest lawyers, public health and safety organizations, and many more uniting across lines of race, class, and geography to propose concrete solutions to the many hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” are leading grassroots efforts to connect some of our most vulnerable communities to resources that should otherwise be coming directly from the state of California. According to Forbes’s Best States for Business 2019, “If it were a country, California’s $3.1 trillion economy would be the fifth biggest in the world.” In comparison, a country like Venezuela ranked as 30th biggest economy in the world by the World Bank and currently still under U.S. sanctions – affecting its supply of medical and construction equipment for the past five years, has been able to declare a 6 month nation-wide rent suspension for homes and businesses as well as placed a hold on the collecting of credit payments as of March 22nd, 2020.
Maybe you are not a renter — maybe you own your property, great! However, if you are a politician living rent free (like Mayor Eric Garcetti – living at the Getty House in Windsor Square since 2013, owned by the City of LA) and/or are a city representative and a landlord with property directly in the city (like my CD9 Councilmember Curren Price with 13 reported rental properties!) — you might find yourself either removed from the experience of the average working class Angeleno or clouded by the thought that your income will be taking a hit with unclear moratoriums in place.
What should happen? After a grueling couple of weeks of feeling insecure about my personal housing situation and employment (guess who is a renter and works two jobs, to make ends meet!), being a part of various LA Tenants chapter online meetings and listening in on case work analysis provided in a partnership with the Eviction Defense Network, as well as seeing the world fall apart around me — it is clear to me that the only solution is to mass mobilize.
Quite simply put, the time to be on the people’s side is now. Our working class communities are coming to face a stark reality – that maybe, in our everyday comfort, we were quick to dismiss out of inexperience or exhaustion – the government, your boss, and quite possibly your landlord do not give a shit about you.
On a personal level, in California it can go a variation of two ways – your landlord is angry and will pile paperwork on you demanding that you pay your rent OR your landlord will want to strike a deal with you.. Maybe you think it is fair at first because, why wouldn’t you want to have a deal on your rent? Many tenants have reported to their local LATU Chapter Representatives that landlords have approached them with deals to momentarily lower their rent if they amend their contracts with payment plans, going so far as being willing to collect partial rent amounts to get an immediate tenant signature in an agreement.
Unfortunately, as weeks pass us by, renters are realizing that we are now days away from the next payment and they either continue to have no employment or have not received unemployment benefits. What about our undocumented families that contribute taxes but will not be able to receive any government assistance? According to statistics put forth by UC Davis as many as 60% of farm workers are undocumented. These workers are at the frontlines, making sure we have access to fresh fruits and vegetables and are as of March 28th, 2020 considered part of the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” aka “Essential Workers” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), yet these same farmers will not receive any stimulus check, continue to face exposure to a potentially deadly illness, and are expected to pay rent along with the rest of us while banks and corporations continue to be bailed out.
What can one do? Join an organization or create one. As a current member of the L.A. Tenants Union – South Central Chapter and a member of Union del Barrio, I empathize with the frustration felt by my neighbors and comrades – you are not alone, in fact, you could probably be the poster child for this movement. However, as a long time community organizer and volunteer — I know that politicians will take a decade to pass a citywide policy, let alone a statewide bill as was evident in the struggles of the Los Angeles Street Vendor Movement, led primarily by single immigrant mothers many of them often limited or completely excluded from exercising their political voice because of a lack of access to direct translation services at spaces like LA City Hall, translation services that their tax dollars paid for to facilitate their civic engagement. Because of the urgency this rent and mortgage crisis presents, this is the time to become involved in your city’s and state’s political arenas.
You are far from alone and are in a prime moment to make housing history, not just for yourself and your direct neighbors but be in a position to set the example for how cities and states should run, especially those who rely on a workforce of people who live paycheck-to-paycheck, people who have limited to no healthcare benefits, and people who while they may be deemed heroes for keeping your local grocery store and hospital running – now have to face whether they will choose food, rent, or paying their mortgage. Our enemy is capitalism and if our government chooses rent, chooses mortgage payments over people, over YOU – then join your local tenants unions, community organizations, coalitions, and networks to bring forward your demands and collectively decide the fate of your state. For a list of ways to get involved in Los Angeles and California:
What was the first thing Americans did when the coronavirus scare began? Hoard resources. In other words, every capitalist for himself! The slightest stress on U$A’s system of inverted totalitarianism led to an immediate toilet paper crisis.
This time of crisis has given rise to terrifying configuration of corporate power which must be exposed and understood. We are headed into uncharted economic catastrophe, potentially worse than the Great Depression. 70% of the U.S. economy is based on consumption because we don’t manufacture much of anything any longer, except for weapons. Desperation breeds desperate responses, but problems also breed solutions. We have the moral imperative to organize and push back against the oligarchic elite. We have to rise up now because it’s the right thing to do.
The Stimulus Bill is a Slap in the Face to U.S. Workers
On March 29, 2020 during an interview with “Face the Nation, Steve Mnuchin informed Americans that we should be able to live on $1,200 (or $2,400 for a married couple) for 10 weeks during a pandemic. This lunacy serves to evidence how far removed Mnunchin is from the lives of the working-class and the working-poor. The average cost of rent for a very small apartment in New York City, San Francisco, or Los Angeles – all epicenters of the coronavirus – is at least a few thousand dollars; factor in food, insurance, healthcare, transportation, and other expenses to expose the fact that that $1,200 will hardly bring any semblance of economic relief when we are looking at a forecasted 30% unemployment rate in the second quarter of 2020.
The bill prescribes no relief for renters who make up 36% of U.S. households, 65% of households under the age of 35, and the majority of renters are black and Latino. (Source: Pew Research Center) What does that say about the priorities of the lawmakers? The priorities are to bail out corporations, money given at zero percent interest which can be leveraged ten to one to large banks and a few crumbs tossed to the rest of the population facing 30% unemployment. Only one in four people can work from home, and those in the lower working class who make up the service economy have been left without jobs. A $1,000 check will get funnelled back right into credit card companies. A defacto rent strike may happen only because people simply won’t have money to pay rent. We are headed into uncharted economic catastrophe while the oligarchs bail each other out.
Trillions to Corporations
The $2 trillion bill is really more like a $6 to $10 trillion bill. Wall Street chatter says it will be $10 trillion because well, what’s another $4 trillion?
It’s packed with cash for large monopolists on Wall Street and is full of opaque slush funds of political bribes. The stimulus bill awards money for hedge fund billionaires who are hiding out in their wine caves. Six trillion dollars of low-cost, no cost credit to the likes of JP Morgan will enable them to buy up their competitors and small businesses, which are pressed due to no income. CNBC’s Jim Kramer, a former hedge fund manager, said that the economic downturn due to the pandemic would leave the U.S. with three retailers: Amazon; Walmart; and Costco.
Economic Hardship or Risk Death for a Paycheck? The Choice is Yours.
American executives are calling for people to return to work even if they die in the coronavirus pandemic. Dick Kovacevich, a former Wells Fargo CEO and Chairman explained, “We’ll gradually bring those people back and see what happens. Some of them will get sick, some may even die, I don’t know. Do you want to suffer more economically or take some risk that you’ll get flu-like symptoms and a flu-like experience? Do you want to take an economic risk or a health risk? You get to choose.”
We are reminded that a CEO’s job is to devalue labor and convince people they are doing them a favor by paying them less – crash the economy, make jobs scarce, and make people desperate enough that they can be rehired for less. In recent history, it is clear that this has been repeatedly done since Reagan’s reign of terror on the working class.
Ventilators Are Being Donated by Veterinary Hospitals
Instead of instructing industry to mass produce ventilators, the self-proclaimed greatest nation on earth has ventilators being donated by veterinary offices. We are converting convention centers into hospitals with lounge chairs in place of hospital beds, ready to accept the infected masses as COVID-19 cases spike and hospitals reach capacity. What a disgrace.
The Federal Government recently sent 170 broken ventilators to California from the national stockpile. Thankfully, Silicon Valley company Bloom Energy offered to get to work fixing them. On March 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom made a public plea on Facebook Live to anyone who has ventilators to donate, even if they are old or broken.
Democrats are Handing the Keys Over to the Trump Administration and Corporations
The coronavirus bill is a shocking reminder that corporations rule the empire. While trillions of dollars worth of political bribery went to corporations, the Democrats permitted the corporate coup in exchange for a mere pittance in unemployment benefits.
Democrats had leverage and ability to expose that this bill was a handout to corporate America and a consolidation of corporate power, but they let Chuck Schumer control the whole progress after a bit of moral grandstanding by a few “progressive” Democrats. The handover of power to Wall Street is happening under the cynical facade of helping people. This is another corporate coup by the corporate state. A few months from now, these cowardly, stupid or corrupt Democrats will say they don’t understand what’s happening. Democrats and Republicans have, in the spirit of bipartisanship, handed the country over to corporations and solidified the corporate oligarchy’s hands around our throats.
The Federal Reserve has already hired Blackrock to manage the bailout while saying that Blackrock will also participate in the bailout. This reveals that they were already stealing before the bill passed in the House.
The COVID-19 virus pandemic further exposes the problems that were already there.
We are being ruled by a corporate oligarchy. The free market system based on false scarcity, fake money, and exploitation encourages fear and desperation to consume us and act selfishly as individuals. It is up to us to utilize this crisis to guide us to fundamentally restructure both politics and society.
An illuminating article by Carlos Cruz Mosqueda of Anticonquista explains, “… we have seen how masses of people in the Western world have selfishly emptied the shelves of large supermarket chains and pharmacies at the first signs of crisis. This individualism, the opposite of the collectivism practiced in Cuba and Venezuela, is no doubt a cultural phenomenon with roots in the capitalist world system. This is a system in which competition among individuals is encouraged at all levels and in all situations. The effect of this is that the most vulnerable people in society are more likely to perish; if not because of the virus, then because of lack of access to basic goods, medicines and community support.”
If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done before.
This new virus has exposed who supports the economy. We can do without the politician and the businessman and we cannot do without the but never the proletarian force! Instead of asking humans to sacrifice themselves to save a brutal capitalist system, why don’t we sacrifice capitalism to save humanity? Why should we trust in the corporate oligarchy that controls the dictatorial policies of the monetary system? Why do we continue to keep supporting parasites when our hope for the future lies in our class, the working class?
The virus is the corporate oligarchy. The cure is to seize the means of production, build centers of political power firmly outside the duopoly, and demand housing, healthcare, food, and education as human rights.
Politics in the U.$. will never be the same again. There will be a new party, but who will be behind it? A Billionaire? A Fascist? A Three Percenter? Now is the time for workers to make demands! Smash the duopoly and build new centers of political power for the working-class!
1) You coined the phrase wokoso though are usually not cited. What is a wokoso?
A ‘wokoso’ is a combination of ‘woke’ and ‘mocoso’. I cleverly combined the two to describe the internet Latinx woke crowd who choose to drag people online and write articles of ridiculous criticisms instead of organizing to better the material conditions of our communities. They act like ‘mocosos’ despite being ‘woke’, they are wokosos. Anyone can be a wokoso, it’s not a gender exclusive term, so it’s really ‘wokosxs’.
2) What is MEPA and how can it be prevented?
(COBRA Voice) MEPA is a disease and I’m the cure. Seriously, is MEPA even a thing anymore? Last thing I heard they all became toilet paper hoarders.
I’m not worried about MEPA club right now tbh. I mean these people refused to take a position on capitalism and complained about eating bacon wrapped hot dogs from street vendors cuz the priority of priorities was MEPA lol. Really, this is your student vanguard? LMFAO.
One of the first casualties of Covid-19 was college activism. They are phantoms now, even when and if college campuses return to normal most student activist groups will take a good while to return to come back to life. I seriously doubt the wokosx leadership will even be around by then, cuz you know, they are wokosxs lol.
3) You authored a pretty devastating meme featuring prominent wokosxs who lightened themselves in animated form. Why did you do that?
These two wokosxs in particular, Jessica something or other whose name isn’t important enough to memorize and Dichos de un Bicho like to hyper criticize and mock folks for reclaiming their indigeneity. It’s a pretty fucked up to do considering she can pass as a Karen, her own caricature of herself is white AF but suddenly she can criticize actual brown folks for reclaiming what colonialism robbed from them? GTFOH, she gonna call the cops when we carne asada at the park and play handball too? Dichos is actually brown but he kept making his own caricature lighter. Like in real life he was brown but his cartoon version was ‘Chad White’, once the memes came out his caricature of himself came out a tinge darker lol. Dichos to his credit has helped give Central Americans a voice and that is important. I actually followed him online for a while and then he started to get all super anti-Mexican/Chicanx and just ran with that like it was free cocaine in a nightclub bathroom. He also has a reputation of attacking people online and dismantling grassroots groups in Southeast LA. The memes were a response to them. Wokosxs live to make fun of people with memes, but you turn them into a meme and fight fire with fire and they cry. Just like a mocoso who talks shit then cries when it comes back their way. The memes ridicule their ridiculousness. Truthfully right now the wokosxs and their wokismo are less of a priority.
What was dangerous about their wokismo was that they were using these online platforms to promote toxic disunity and discord among different groups of oppressed people. They were doing more than that, they were promoting online violence and bigotry and branding it as activism. The whole attitude they were spewing echoed white nationalist tendencies. IMO our people, all of our people, don’t need to give in to the ‘divide and conquer’ when we deserve to ‘unite and win’. We can have differences amongst each other but to attack each other publicly for the world to see and promote the attacks, well that shows you what they are really about.
All of it seems quite silly now in the face of C19. I hope this C19 shit puts things into perspective for all the wokosxs and they cease with their dumb ass shit.
4) Thoughts on organizing?
I have a lot of thoughts on this. No one really does it effectively and the ones doing it aren’t doing it well enough to win much IMO. Conferences don’t count, I mean look at the situation we are in. We can no longer do conferences and summits and people don’t know WTF to do. They are becoming ZOOM activists now, lol. The thing is organizing really isn’t that hard, but it is very time consuming and not a lot of folks are willing to give the time to run a strong program, especially wokosxs. There are a few folks that give it a good run IMO. I think Defend Boyle Heights did good work before it fell apart, they changed the game. I think they could have been more tactful sometimes, but they did good work and shook things up. It was sad to see it break up the way it did. I’ve seen some dope shit in Texas like the Huey Newton Gun Club. The Reclaim Our Homes stuff in NELA is really effective. When I talk about organizing, keep in mind I’m referring to grassroots, independent organizing not the 501C3 and union paid staff.
I think right now we have a grand opportunity in front of us with this C19 situation. We can set up our own essential services like food delivery for seniors, etc and build authentic relationships with our people that last as opposed to only hosting conferences and events for the already engaged. We can set up a service so that people know what stores have what supplies, etc. The Reclaim Our Homes folks are capitalizing on an unfortunate situation but it’s a good move tactically speaking. The groups I’m part of are already prepped, delivery service already set for our most vulnerable members. Foos are taken care of, that’s what I truly value in groups. I think collectives and organizations should be doing this internally first, get the bugs out and then expand to a particular community or subset of the community, then get the bugs out, and expand again. That is my general approach to organizing: start small and build instead of trying to be grandiose and fail. It’s common sense, but most activists and ‘organizers’ act like common sense doesn’t apply to what they are trying to do. Labor organizing teaches you this approach. Like you never just jump into a workplace and scream, ‘who wants to join the union!?’ cuz folks will run away and anyone who actually does approach you tends to get fired. So you find out who the leaders are build relationships and start small and build the team before you make bigger moves. You should approach community organizing the same way IMO. Treat your people like workers (cuz they are) and your politicians like bad bosses (cuz they are). But yes, we have grand opportunities directly in front of us and more coming down the line.
This C19 tho, has unmasked imperialism even further. The billionaire class is giving themselves breaks while giving us a death certificate. The feds are literally printing money out of thin air, what do you think that is going to do to the economy? It is potentially setting up a wild inflation rate. Who TF knows where we end up in 3 months. Back to ‘normal’ or Mad Max and cannibalism. One thing remains true here more than ever tho, the power of the workers. More than ever workers who have been deemed ‘essential’ have an immense amount of power they can leverage for the benefit of all. We literally go into mad max territory if they refuse to work. Bosses can’t find scabs because everyone is afraid of getting sick. They have maximum leverage in every industry.
I also think ‘revolutionaries’ are way too dogmatic in their approach to electoral politics. People tend to be either like ‘fuck electoral politics’ or completely entrenched in them. I think you have to be involved to a degree. You can’t just let the slobs have that to themselves when there are victories to be had. We can get our comrades elected, the last election cycles have had more independents winning than ever in the last 60 years and it terrified the billionaire class. You can’t have an ‘outside’ approach or ‘inside’ approach. You have to have an outside and inside strategy. Therein lies another motto of mine, ‘do it all and do it all the time’. That means you never just do one thing, you might do one thing at a time but it’s never all you do. You also can’t be afraid to take organizational risks, you have to be willing to go all in and pull out when you need to, but never be afraid.
I also believe certain folks like to over preach on how important getting an advanced degree is. The best organizers I’ve ever met or heard of didn’t have a master’s degree or PHD, and they made the most changes that actually mattered to the most people. IMO degrees are a bourgeoisie marker for how much debt you are willing to take in exchange for knowing mostly useless information. The current times are showing us that. The whole world is hanging by a thread and who is keeping it together? Is it the billionaires? Is it the academics? Is it the pigs? Lol, no. It’s the workers. Workers make the world function, especially now. This doesn’t mean I don’t value knowledge or the pursuit of knowledge. I believe that all knowledge should be in the hands and talents of workers in their own communities not locked up in some place outside of them.
That said I am more inclined to work on projects, campaigns, and building a solid program as opposed just protests and marches. I am also really interested in financial projects and ventures done from a working class perspective. I also think too many ‘revolutionaries’ downplay finances, mostly because they don’t have their own shit together. Finances are ultra important. We live under capitalism, so then why would you not want to understand how it works and maximize it to build up your cause? That makes absolutely no sense. I’m not saying we need to become capitalists, what I am saying is you should have some financial knowledge and flex it to build up your organization, that is common sense. You look at some of the best groups people built, they understood finance. The Panthers understood finances, you think they built a national party by passing around berets for change in the hood lol? The Crusade for Justice was incredibly effective partly because Corky Gonzalez was a financial whiz. You don’t agree with me? Okay let’s talk about how all of the ‘centros’ people start end up going to shit because they couldn’t pay the rent lol.
Also, the internet is important, wokosxs know this. It’s all they know lol. I think the actual material work on the ground is the most important tho. What I see is that many people substitute the online for the offline and that is a serious mistake. For instance, if your RL community doesn’t know who you are and that you have 100K followers than who cares, it’s just iPhone vapor. Your online work should boost your RL organizing. If you don’t do organizing in RL then you become a virtual ghost the second your profile gets clipped by FB or Twitter or whatever platform you are using. I believe that when looking who to follow online folks should ask themselves- does this person actually do organizing or are they just trying to build themselves up online? The other question is are these people being divisive or are they about bringing people together? IMO online entities that build themselves up on division are toxic and should be avoided. Anyone who builds themselves up by pitting one part of our community over another or bashing community groups isn’t about bringing about the change all of our people need.
Finally, I think we have to be part of organizations, the one person savior mentality is a losers game but people love to play it. It is peak wokismo. If you can’t disagree with your comrades or your organization and still follow the collective’s decision then how can you expect the community to get organized? An organization or collective is the organized expression of the community. It should be made up of the community for its own benefit. We live in a society that champions individuals and delegitimizes organizations, they way you change that is by championing the collective and getting over our individualism. I also think we should be trying to replicate or create knock offs of older orgs. For instance, I just seen this group spring up called the Brown Panthers, how original lol. So they wanted to still look hard but didn’t want to be random Autonomous Brown Beret chapter number 2,726,262,868? Lol. Learn from the past but build the future. The future should obviously be different from the past. Regardless tho, they might surprise us all. Regardless of what you call yourselves, be part of a team, build your team, take on projects, organize with your community, run campaigns, change everyone’s reality. We need to win physical, material things not just ‘moral’ victories, not ‘we will get more next time’. C19 has shown us there may not be a next time. Thank you for coming to my Telejaguar Talk.
5) As President in Permanent Exile how do you grade the performance of His Mexcellency, Matt Sedillo, Interim President for Life?
Sir Matt Sedillo, I believe you are doing a fine job and have built a good team with TeleJaguar, it’s the shit. I hope you and the crew stay healthy and safe our people need you for when this crisis concludes.
In this period of global pandemic people are tending to handle the crisis in relatively predictable ways. Whatever qualities they brought into this crisis they will display throughout it. People who tend to mask their feelings will will likely make jokes, the workaholic will bury themselves in new projects, the worrier will flood your feed with status updates, and people who constantly change their story one day to the next will post comparissons to the flu one minute and the buebonic plague the next. In all its fault and glory this is humanity on parade.
Similary ogranizations, systems, governments are handling this crisis largely in the way in which they handle everything. Any student of international affairs of the past 60 years could have predicted the Cubans would be sending doctors around the globe where needed. Also unsuprisingly, the Chinese government has sent their medical staff to assist in relief. Also again no surprise, the Chinese were able to build a hospital in a matter of days in order to address the crisis. This is what is possible when human activity is centrally planned and not in the hands of marketeers who exploit the desperate and alienated masses. Anyone who understands how a central planned economy works vs a market system would be able to understand how it is that the Chinese were able to build a hospital in days whereas the American government is scrambling to figure out where to buy respirators.
In this period of global pandemic the U$ government remains committed to imperialist domination of the planet. No internationalist speech, no call for global awareness, no haiku for humanity delivered alongside medical supplies, no well spring of internationalist sentiment in the face of a virus that threatens us all can soften or weaken or slow down the U$ political and economic drive for exploitation and its taste for blood. U$-1776 is an ongoing plague of another kind and it will not rest or self quarentine at the sight of Covid-19.
U$ Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Brian Hook stated plainly, “Our policy of maximum pressure on the regime continues,” later adding that Iran, spends billions on terrorism and foreign wars” and that Iran needs to gets it priorities right and that if they focused “on a better health care system, the Iranian people would have been much better off.” That’s a truly piping hot take coming from a guy who works in the government looking to spend a trillion dollars on Space Force. This is the same government of the same country that has approximately one hospital bed per three hundred people and has no idea where it to get respirators yet can find a trillion dollars to bail out the stock market or colonize the moon.
Two weeks prior to the intensified sanctions against Iran, the U$ sprang further sanctions against Nicaragua in its ongoing attempts to ouster Daniel Ortega. Announcing this wave of sanctions Secratary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin announced “Treasury is committed to holding accountable those who seek to silence pro-democracy voices in Nicaragua.” One of the major targets of the sanctions Nicaraguan national police. Again this is really incredible given the fact that 1) Mnuchin represents a country where, to the best of our knowledge the police murder 1000 people per year widely disproportinately black, brown and native men, 2) The U$ cages more people per capita than any nation on Earth both in sheer numbers and per capita again disproportinate on the color line 3) The U$ regularly rigs it’s own elections and has a bizzare structure of primaries and electoral colleges where it does not matter who actually gets the most votes and most relevant to the topic at hand 4) The U$ has waged on again off against war against Nicargua since the mid 1800’s and the days of William Walker.
Here in the U$ the fact that so many have heeded the calls to stay home is not lost on the state nor one of its most vicious appendages, ICE. Yes during a health scare, during a pandemic, during this unfolding crisis that could infect millions, ICE is coming into homes and brutally separating families. The beasts do not rest. They know neither mercy nor dignity, they continue to be what they are. In this pandemic the migrant concentration camps that have now become a “normal” feature of American life are particularly cruel and murderous given the dimensions of the cages and the lack of sanitation. This is intentional. It is always was.
Crisis will not teach the empire humanity. This beast will not self quarantine. Pandemic or no pandemic U$ imperialism must be dismantled for humanity to breathe freely.
From Georgia, to Washington state, to the streets of Los Angeles everywhere Sol Marquez sets her feet she brings with her revolutionary fire and passion to fight for the people. From the mega marches of 06 to the planning committee for the 50th Chicano Moratorium to the daily struggles of la raza Sol Marquez is on the frontlines putting in work wherever she calls home.
We here at Tele-Jaguar got the chance to catch up with this rising young freedom fighter and ask her a few questions. Here they are, 5 questions, with the brilliant, Sol Marquez. Enjoy.
1. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND? I’m a millennial Chicana who lives in Boyle Heights. I grew up in Washington state and Georgia.
2. HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED? My first activism was when my family and I worked in the fields in Georgia. My parents staged a strike when I was 13 that demanded that we as onion planters, be paid 25 cents more per foot. It was my first strike, and we won! We also took to the streets of Yakima, Washington during the 2006 Mega Marches. The Mega Marches were against the Sensenbrenner Law which was extremely racist and detrimental to Raza.
Finally, I became a lot more active organizing against the wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, around 2010. I restarted activism as a member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). This would spark my interest in Socialism and in fighting for my Raza.
3. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY ORGANIZING AND WORKING ON? Since I live in Boyle Heights, I organize for Centro Community Service Organization – CSO. Our dual campaigns are to fight for community control over the police, as well as defending public education. I’m cochair of the Grassroots/Social Media subcommittee – which is part of a larger committee the 50th Chicano Moratorium Anniversary Committee. We are building to celebrate for the 50th Chicano Moratorium anniversary and continue with the demands of the 1970 event.
4. WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHICANO MORATORIUM? WHY SHOULD CHICANAS/OS ATTEND? The first Chicano Moratoriums demanded much of what we are still demanding today: freedom for Chicanos and the ability to determine our betterment. The 1970 one was the largest with over 30,000 Chicanos taking to the streets of East LA, against the Vietnam war. Most Chicanos don’t know about this important day within our history. Chicanos should attend this year’s monumental anniversary to reconnect with our roots and to become emboldened with the mission to liberate us from oppression.
5. WHY SHOULD LA CHICANA BE INVOLVED? We as Chicanas are pivotal to any movement. The poor treatment of women predates modern society, and we have the whole world to gain when we fight back. In the U.S. rich white men have the most power than any other person, and this power easily rules us. If we as Chicanas were to win liberation from this form of ruling, we would be on our way to also destroy our oppression as women. In the 50th Committee we are in the frontlines, and we need all the Chicanas who are interested, to grab a picket sign and help organize!