Chronicles of Survival

Xicano-Boricua de Chicago.

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An Open Letter to Jose Antonio Vargas


We urge you to reflect on whom, in the struggle for your own rights and your own freedoms, you exclude and whose humanity you impinge. We call on you to stop promoting that “good immigrant” assimilationist narrative and we call on you to apologize for using the crisis of Central American children at the border as an opportunity to promote your own image. We invite you to come to California, to join us in our advocacy and service to community. We want you to see how the work that has laid out the platform for you to be able to go around and parade around this nation, and get arrested, is built.

This is an open letter written by myself and a good friend addressing Mr. Vargas’ position in the immigrant rights movement and the serious need for him, along with us, to stop giving weight to dangerous assimilationist narratives with our stories and with our work. 

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Chez Damier - You Ain't Dancin' (A Paris Is Burning Montage) 1992

You tell me
Tomorrow isn’t enough
And if it were yesterday
I wouldn’t have believed you
But todays a new day
And now I know.


"You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it." —James Baldwin

"Writing is really a way of thinking—not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.” —Toni Morrison

"The purpose of any piece of writing is its existence before a reader’s eyes. A writer exists when she fills the blank page. A writer fulfills her task when she can be read by readers. The important thing is to write." —Nancy Morejón

"The ability to use language to effective ends, to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words—that’s magical." — Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)

"By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication." —Ralph Ellison

"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart." —Maya Angelou

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Young Lords Document Drop

In honor of this weekend’s “Young Lords Way” Street naming in East Harlem, NYC, a friend and supporter Tamara K. Nopper has linked us to a treasure trove of Young Lords bilingual newspapers from the 1970’s. While we don’t agree with everything said in the pages, the Young Lords clearly fought many of the same injustices we see today.

While Eric Garner’s death on 7/17/14 by an NYPD officer’s chokehold is disturbing, that high level of police brutality is all too common in communities like ours. Eric Garner was not the 1st innocent person of color to be killed at the hands of the police. If we don’t remember our history, and take action, he will certainly not be the last. 

11 editions, all scanned into PDF’s (Here

The street naming will take place this saturday
July 26th @ 1pm 
111th st & Lexington Avenue 

If you’d like to support our nationwide gentrification project, touching upon these issues and more, please do so below: (Link)

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“They call us now.
Before they drop the bombs.
The phone rings
and someone who knows my first name
calls and says in perfect Arabic
“This is David.”
And in my stupor of sonic booms and glass shattering symphonies
still smashing around in my head
I think “Do I know any Davids in Gaza?”
They call us now to say
You have 58 seconds from the end of this message.
Your house is next.
They think of it as some kind of war time courtesy.
It doesn’t matter that
there is nowhere to run to.
It means nothing that the borders are closed
and your papers are worthless
and mark you only for a life sentence
in this prison by the sea
and the alleyways are narrow
and there are more human lives
packed one against the other
more than any other place on earth
Just run.
We aren’t trying to kill you.
It doesn’t matter that
you can’t call us back to tell us
the people we claim to want aren’t in your house
that there’s no one here
except you and your children
who were cheering for Argentina
sharing the last loaf of bread for this week
counting candles left in case the power goes out.
It doesn’t matter that you have children.
You live in the wrong place
and now is your chance to run
to nowhere.
It doesn’t matter
that 58 seconds isn’t long enough
to find your wedding album
or your son’s favorite blanket
or your daughter’s almost completed college application
or your shoes
or to gather everyone in the house.
It doesn’t matter what you had planned.
It doesn’t matter who you are
Prove you’re human.
Prove you stand on two legs.

—   "Running Orders" by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha (via hubbbaahubbbaa)

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Erykah Badu - Certainly

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Florida city police department embedded with KKK members
July 21, 2014

Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer’s home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

Last week, that initiation ceremony, which took place five years ago, stunned residents of the small town of Fruitland Park, who found out an investigative report linked two city officers with the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area. Ann Hunnewell’s ex-husband, George Hunnewell, was fired, and deputy chief David Borst resigned from the 13-member Fruitland Park Police Department. Borst has denied being a member.

James Elkins, a third officer who Ann Hunnewell says recruited her and her husband, resigned in 2010 after his Klan ties became public.

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Are we even surprised? 

Florida continues to be a trash ass state.

More news at 11.

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#LaRespuesta in solidarity with #Palestine. #chicago #israeliapartheid #boricua #diaspora


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