From Gaza to Oaxaca, End the Blockade of Indigenous People

9 06 2010

As some of you may have heard humanitarian activist attempting to deliver supplies to the Palestinian people were killed by the Israeli Military.  They attempted to deliver this relief aid by boat, since there is a blockade on the ground from all supplies entering and leaving Palestine.

The ANSWER Coalition has published a list of Ten Facts to combat the lies the mainstream media is saying about this attack.  These are just a few of those facts:

1. The Gaza Freedom Flotilla is an international aid project whose objective is to end the three-year-long Israeli blockade that has created a vast humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Palestine. It is made up of 750 individuals from more than 40 countries traveling on 7 ships and carrying 10,000 tons of relief supplies.

2. In the early morning hours of May 31, a coordinated naval and air attack by Israeli military forces killed 9 international aid activists and wounded as many as 50 others.

3. The main attack was on the lead ship, the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship carrying 600 people.

4. The attack was an act of piracy that took place in international waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, 40 miles off the coast of Gaza, in clear violation of international law.

On Friday June 4, in San Diego the Palestinian community along with it’s supporters protested near the Federal building to denounce this attack.

It has just come to my attention that a similar state attack on humanitarian activist occured in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

A autonomous indigenous community known as San Juan Copala is being blockaded by paramilitary groups supported by the Mexican government.  This paramilitary group is already responsible for killing several people including the recent murder of Timoteo Ramirez behind the indigenous autonomous movement of San Juan Copala.

On June 8th a caravan of activist attempted to deliver relief aid and break the blockade imposed by the paramilitary and were forced to turn around.  There is no update at this moment as to when the next attempt will be made to deliver the supplies.

For more on this story check out the blog posting on  Autonomia en San Juan Copala from  May 22 concerning the press conference that took place, it is translated into English.

The May 1st Coalition, here is San Diego is planning in action concerning these recent murders.  Please check back here for updates on these local actions.  You may also try our facebook page

Turtles Reclaim Their Place in the Ecosystem

27 09 2009
little turtle

little turtle

As I mentioned in the previous post I will be doing post that tell you where I was on the Peace and Dignity Journey on this day in 2008.  If your wondering why there is a shot of a turtle again, it’s because they are so cool!!!

Seriously, it was because we stayed at this beach for a three days, I’m not sure if the beach we stayed at was called Ventanilla or Puerto Escondido.  I believe the near by town was Puerto Escondido, but the place where stayed was Ventanilla.  It was about 10 miles down the road.  It was actually a place where people work on preserving the natural habitat, so that was cool.  You could check out the animals native to that environment in a nature preserve they had set up.  The baby turtles were just one project that they had to try and save the lives of as many sea turtles that they could.

Great New Idea- This Day in PDJ 2008

26 09 2009

I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this sooner!  As I was checking out a link that wordpress had posted for my blog, I read an old posting I had did while I was on the Journey.

I noticed that my blog posting while on the run did not sufficiently cover my daily movements across the continent.  It especially lacked visual images.  The reasons for this are many, but mainly because I did not have access to technology or didn’t have the time to sit down at a computer with internet access.  We were running remember?!

So starting today, I will be posting images and memories of where I was “this day on the journey”.

On September 26, 2008 I was in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.  We were sleeping on a beach, and had no Peace and Dignity money left over, all the food and other cost were coming out of our own pocket, so if you didn’t have money you didn’t eat.  Obviously we didn’t let anyone starve so we would pitch in for food.  I believe we actually had a little PDJ money left so we bought some food for everyone.  We also had to pay for the place we were camping at.  We didn’t have a host community, due to the heavy rains redirecting our route.

We were on our own pretty much.  It was a beautiful place that we were able to find and we had a great time off on our rest days at the beach.

Here is a pic from those days

Releasing the baby turtles into the ocean after the hatching by conservation project

Releasing the baby turtles into the ocean after the hatching by conservation project

Traditional Mixtec Fundraiser at WBC, Sat 8/22

17 08 2009
Mixtec Traditional
Musical Fundraiser

Date: Saturday, August 22nd 2009
Time: 07:30PM – 11:30PM
$15, 15yrs & younger FREE!

Venue: WorldBeat Cultural Center

2100 Park Blvd. San Diego 92101

Balboa Park

More Info: 619-230-1190

Presenter Website:

Press Contact: Jesse Graham 619-230-1190

WorldBeat Center presents Mixtec traditional music and dance to raise funds for the sanitary sewer system project in Santa Maria Natividad!

Mixtec is a Central American Indigenous population living in the northern and western sections of the state of Oaxaca and in neighboring parts of the states of Guerrero and Puebla in southern Mexico. Since the first settlers arrived over 2500 years ago it has developed a strong regional identity with its dances and artwork famous throughout the country and its language one of the two most popular indigenous tongues. Lately musicians such as internationally famous Lila Downs and the late Alvaro Carrillo together with a host of artists have continued the region’s rich creative tradition.

Our Mixtec performers are from a small town called Santa Maria Natividad. Unfortunately, they come from one of the most vulnerable and marginalized indigenous groups in Mexico. And, they want to make a difference in their hometown fellows’ life. Now, they are in the process of constructing a much-needed sanitary sewer system in Santa Maria Natividad. The purpose of this Mixtec cultural performance is to raise funds for the sewer system while presenting you a feast of their amazing culture.

At this event, there will be a Mixtec traditional band, a DJ, a group to play Cumbia and salsa and Mixtec traditional food. In addition, we are going to display photos of the project and raffle movie tickets.

The name of the Mixtec Town is Santa Maria Natividad

Here is a video of the town project, v=hRY3SalEHak

More information and online registration: Traditional Mixtec Village Fundraiser

Best regards,
WorldBeat Cultural Center