Turtle Island by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Turtle Island is a sacred burial sight on the Standing Rock reservation that is occupied by the oil industry and their goons. This hill surrounded by the river is a key piece of land for completing the DAPL project. The Water Protectors won a battle recently but their fight is not over.  This new year let us not forget those brave Protectors who are still out there battling the cold defending their water.  – Eric J. García

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Sam in the Box by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Sam in the Box

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Feet to the Fire by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Feet to the Fire

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Pass the Buck

President Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk with the inscription “The buck stops here.” Truman an avid poke player wanted to specify that he didn’t ‘pass the buck’ to anyone; he accepted personal responsibility for the way the country was governed. A “buck was an article used in a game of poker.” The buck represented the changing of the dealing from one dealer to another to avoid the appearance of cheating. A marker, a buck, would designate who the buck was being passed to.

Evidently, there are no poker players left in the United States. Unlike Truman everyone appears to want to pass the buck. Nowhere is this more evident than in the aftermath of the presidential election. Democrats eager to find a scapegoat have passed the buck. This is nothing new; in 2000 they were passing the buck to Ralph Nader accusing him on costing Al Gore the election.

This time around I am really pissed off that the millennials. Blowhards like Bill Maher are scapegoating the millennials. In June 2015, Maher smugly attacked Bernie Sanders and the millennials pontificating In “Real Time” during his “New Rules” segment that millennials were too eager to embrace socialism attributing this to not having lived through the Cold War and known the Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire. Maher tried to look cutesy saying. “But let’s not romanticize socialism the way conservatives romanticize capitalism. These are economic systems, not your first kiss.” Sounding like Trump saying “They’re [the millennials]” are “too used to getting shit for free” inferring that they were “Entitled and Lazy.”

In late October he said that the millennials could not tell Trump from Hillary and the millennials “haven’t bothered to learn anything.” Indeed the millennials were second only to “Islamic Extremism” as Maher’s favorite whipping boy.

After Hillary’s loss Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook pointed to one particular group to blame: millennials. Mook assumed that younger voters, perhaps assuming that “Clinton was going to win, migrated to third-party candidates in the final days of the race.” He said that the Clinton campaign needed more than 60 percent of young voters to win and only got in the “high 50s at the end of the day,” adding “That’s why we lost.”

I have heard this excuse repeated many times since the November Election and every time I hear it gets me pissed off. The thing that really pisses me off is the presumptuousness of Maher and former baby boomers that are lost in a world of Peter, Paul and Mary patting themselves on the back for protesting the Vietnam War and listening to concerts blasted out of their mind.

Through the years the Democratic Party has become a comfort zone. After all Democrats, according to their logic, are better the Party of Nixon, Reagan and Bush. They blur the images of Kennedy, Carter and Clinton as if they were saviors.

For the life of me I cannot see how the millennials can be blamed for losing the election and for these smug aged revolutionaries can assume that the Democrats had given them so fucking much. That people like Maher can teach them so much when he cannot even distinguish colonialism or spell the word neoliberalism.

The generation pointing the finger at the millennials had free tuition ($50 a semester in 1970) and abundant student benefits while the millennials in California are paying tuition of $3500 a semester (about $10,000 at UCLA and $18,000 at state universities on the East Coast. Millennials have to pay for everything and work two jobs to make it. I have students who eat one meal a day and some who are forced to work as strippers to survive — yet these smug sons of bitches point the finger at the millennials? They wallow in their senior citizen discounts, their tax breaks and Viagra subsidized by Medicare. Maher is the worst of them, considering himself a revolutionary because he campaigns for legalized pot and an intellectual although his knowledge of world history is at a remedial level. According to him, Christianity and Judaism have never engaged in religion wars – it is the Moslems who are to blame for the world’s calamities. .

In 1968 Ronald Reagan said that tuition should be raised so students would be too tired to picket. This came to fruition because the baby boomers did not vote. Well did the millennial elect Reagan? Did they elect Bill Clinton who increased poverty by his so-called welfare reforms? Clinton’s whose peccadillos, according to Maher’s logic, had nothing to do with the election of George W. Bush.

Were the millennials the stupid ones who erased the emails? Invaded Libya? Who took unethical or immoral speaking fees from people who should have been in jail? And who ran a lousy campaign. In these instances it was Bernie’s fault.

Go to Boyle Heights and you will see more senior citizen centers than youth centers. Given what I know right now if I lived and went to school today I never would have gotten my PhD. I could not have afforded it.

I am an atheist but I still remember and adhere to the saying “there for the grace of God go I.” The millennials like all generations have the good, the bad and the ugly. They have been handed a world that has been ravaged by neoliberalism, the decline of colonialsm, and racial conflict. In the United States over half of the millennials will earn less than their fathers bursting the illusion of the American Dream.

— by Rodolfo F. Acuña

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Post Hysterical B Bop: An Art Piece

Post Hysterical B Bop

 

nuestro

Tierra Natal

morena

 

raiz

feliz

indegeno

 

Pachama

our Earth Mother

summertime

watermelon

sweet

 

Mi Barrio

an art piece

querido

sabroso

carinoso

 

jugo de

Sandia

Dulce . . . .

 

                        Aztatl X

                          2016

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Requiem 29 at the University of Arizona (12/15/16)

Requiem 29

Requiem 29

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Standing Rock 2016

Standing Rock 2016

 

victory and defeat

quicken the heartbeat

a river a rainfall snow-ball 

flakes on the outside 

inside center side

again and again

the beauty of life

may hunger flow no more

nor alone – ness remain

 

passing sighs

empty eyes 

little boy blue

anxious little girl too

so much more ’round

the corner higher up

the shelf of hope full filled

dreams do come through

 

Wolf Spirit love song

ar – ar – a- wooooh

hoooo hoooo     a-ho

grandfather I have returned

it’s in my blood

mountain-scape

corn pollen

wild Picietl

sweet grass

cedar brew

 

Copal Insence smoke rising

to know where you are going

you must know where you been

if there are no more elders

speak to the circle search

the wind amoung the trees

jumping fish in the stream

eagle flight above the thin air 

spring painted earth plants

search the warm colorful glow

 

2.

NPR Weekend Edition Rendition

 

sat last Saturday near the outside window

scatting the day away through the past

unwritten downbeat historical hysterical

down beat drum protecting absorbing the

green as green can be morning forest floor

 

red gold morning sunlight the Earth Whispers

the Nagual Spirit ever present Shape Shifter

travels foot-loose one Indian tamale clings

to hungry mouth thick as the tone of heart beat

hip to the max do not be afraid sing it loudly!

 

hot shots

mi gente

stoke the coals

fight the power that be

 

3.

The Homeless Memoirs

 

black Crow spirit overhead

every morning in springtime

unexpected confirmation

without fail a sharp grisly call

mid-air response I shout

Crow!  Crow! how be thou

this early warm free day?

 

“caw-dacious!

 good morning!

 I cannot stop I chase

 eternity in the sunrise

 just beyond the hill!”

 

I wave at his passing shadow

across the forest floor I too

search my rose crowned dawn

with human eyes that have seen so much,

through dark penetration of Crow eyes

in the heart shaped gaze 

silent now

 

my childhood friends

you been conned again

               hood winked

               bam-boozled 

by jive turkey-neck fools…. 

                               (Malcolm X)

injunuity

Idle No More 

 

                                                     Aztatl X

                                                      2016

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Cherríe Moraga at UCSD (12/1/16)

Cherríe Moraga

Cherríe Moraga

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Castro’s Last Gasp by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Castro's Last Gasp!

Castro’s Last Gasp!

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¡Unid@s Contra Trump! in Boyle Heights (12/3/16)

Unid@s Contra Trump!

Unid@s Contra Trump!

 

¡Unid@s Contra Trump!

December 3, 2016 @10am.

LA is NOT afraid! We call on our communty members to continue the work of uniting and fighting back against Donald Trump and what he wants to do to this country, especially the attacks against our community, which will ony intensify the discrimination, gentrification, deportations, sexism, and police brutality that we face on a daily basis.

Union del Barrio & Corazon del Pueblo are calling on ALL organizations and individuals that stand against injustice, against racism, against imperialist war, against fascism, against sexism to JOIN TOGETHER to march to show Trump that LA will not allow his racist/fascist attacks on the working class!

Our central message at this action is for us to educate and ORGANIZE in our communities and to prepare for self-defense because we know that Trump’s attacks are coming! There will be MANY organizations present at this action and we call on ALL of you to join an organization so you can help to advance the movement against the fascist Trump administration.

The march will start at Mariachi Plaza. More details about event and end of march activities coming soon.

Bring your banners, posters, flags that represent your countries and movements!! Join the march!!

Thanks! See you all on Saturday, December 3rd! Please help to spread the word about this action by inviting your contacts to this event page and sharing it on your wall!

***Please message us to endorse this action.***
Hosted by: Union del Barrio, Corazon del Pueblo, ELA Brown Berets, Defend Boyle Heights, Backyard Brigades

www.uniondelbarrio.org
https://www.facebook.com/UniondelBarrio
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