"Remember El Alma" First On-site Performance Challenging the Alamo, March 2010

"Remember El Alma," First on-site performance
challenging the Alamo
original poem written by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez

Adapted by Virginia Grise; Produced by Bihl Haus Arts, Kellen McIntyre, Ph.D; Performed at Luminaria!
San Antonio, Hemisfair Plaza, San Antonio, Texas, March 13, 2010; 5 Actresses, 1 Musician
A cast of beautiful women, all ages and colors, from
all over San Antonio
; Foto Credit: Joan Frederick @2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

They are starving and getting arrested to go to college/Dream Act in San Antonio, Texas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKj5njkUhdg&feature=player_embeddedLast night at the offices of our Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison, over a dozen starving college students (20 days now without eating), were arrested, along with former City Councilwoman and spiritual leader Maria Antonietta Berriozabal, and labor scholar and activist Dr. Antonia Castaneda.

I am frankly dismayed at the lack of courage from our political leadership -- where are they?  Should I name names?  (Congressmen Ciro Rodriguez and Charlie Gonzalez, Mayor Julian Castro).

But the political leaders want to win elections (though Congressman Rodriguez lost his due to his pandering for independents instead of hell-with-the-consequences truth-telling).  So they wait, and they mollify, and they hope the tide will change.  It's gonna get alot worse before it gets better, and no thanks to the ambitions of those who live for what they think matters, instead of getting on the train to destiny.  

We need leaders.  And so here they are.  No fancy titles, status, or campaigns.  Just women speaking truth to power. 

I am proud to know both Maria Antonietta Berriozabal and Antonia Castaneda.  I am proud of these students who are so desperate to get a degree and make this world a better place.  I am proud they want to learn so much it hurts just to look at them.  And so they will change the world, this I know. 

The world is changing, and if the conservative forces out there don't want to see it, then we must talk to them and sometimes starve if that's what it takes to show them that we belong here, as much as their forefathers and mother wanted to come here, to these lands so long ago.  These young people are the best we have, and to deny them is to deny our greatest beauty, and the truth that we were meant to be here here together.


knightklown said...

This "story" is what it is..a "story". Poor "starving" students..lol it sure doesnt look like anyone of them is "starving" besides the "dream act" will NOT go thru so go to Church's and have a 3 piece or better yet...go to Golden Corral..LOL!!

nachomama said...

To the knightklown: Seems you are a prime example of why such a large percentage of the population are afraid of "klowns."