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Poet, musician, community-based organizer, human rights artist in: word, art, jazz, painting, café c/leche & talking into the night
Poet, musician, community-based organizer, human rights artist in: word, art, jazz, painting, café c/leche & talking into the night

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Today, making tacos is revolutionary.
Open a taquería if you want a sustainable business.
Drive a taco truck if you want to stop global climate change.
Stop using plastic, paper and save the environment: Eat a taco!

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Dance is an expression of the natural world.

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The context of learning and how students feel about that context matter. In the US, that context has always been racialized.

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"...The humanitarian crisis caused by Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy has resulted in thousands of young children being separated from their parents at the border and relocated to hastily constructed and poorly managed prison camps around the country. An executive order from the White House curbed the practice of child separation, but did nothing to address the children who had already been abducted. It took a court order from Judge Sabraw to force the government to begin reuniting children with their parents. In addition to the July 10 deadline for the youngest children held in captivity, the government has until July 26 to reunite the remaining minors with their families."

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"El Congreso Nacional Indígena (CNI), junto con el Concejo Indígena de Gobierno (CIG), convocó a las mujeres mexicanas y de otras partes del mundo a participar en el Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres para construir un gobierno que “en colectivo y con organización de abajo, anticapitalista, antipatriarcal y apartidista”, no dañe la vida de los pueblos indígenas.

“Caminemos pues para construir un mundo que no habitaremos, donde exista la justicia, la libertad y la democracia para nuestros pueblos”, llamaron el CNI y el CIG, quienes anunciaron que el Encuentro será el 28 y 29 de julio en la comunidad hñähñu de San Lorenzo Nenamicoyan, estado de México.

El correo para registrarse al Encuentro es cniencuentronacionalmujeres@gmail.com, y el último día de registro será el 20 de julio...."

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In a controversial case that involved the rights of illegal immigrants and their young children, a Guatemalan mother lost her effort today to get back the five-year old son who was taken away from her after her arrest on immigration charges and put up for adoption in Missouri despite her objections.

A Missouri judge ruled the boy should stay with the Missouri couple, Melinda and Seth Moser, who took him into their home five years ago while his mother was in federal custody, where she attempted in vain to oppose the adoption proceedings.

TUG of LOVE PHOTOS: Children Taken from Immigrant Mothers

WATCH the Original 'Nightline' Report on Carlos Jamison Moser

"Nobody could help me because I don't speak English," said Encarnacion Bail Romero in an interview with ABC News.

The child, born as Carlos but renamed Jamison by the Mosers, has been with his adoptive parents in Carthage, Missouri since the age of 11 months.

The judge said the biological mother had no rights to even see her child, according to the mother's lawyer.

Asked if the Mosers would allow Bail Romero to see the child, the Mosers' attorney, Joseph Hensley, said the couple was "not willing to comment on that at this time."

'We're extremely happy about the decision," said Hensley, who also noted that the decision "really puts the biological mom in a difficult decision in terms of staying in this country."

The ruling today reaffirmed the original decision by another Missouri judge who terminated the parental rights of Bail Romero, stating that "illegally smuggling herself into the country is not a lifestyle that can provide any stability for the child."

The Missouri Supreme Court called the initial decision a "travesty of justice" and ordered a review of the case by a second judge.

Appearing outside the courtroom with tears in her eyes, the biological mother declined to comment.

Her lawyer, Curtis Woods, said he would appeal the decision of the judge who he said ruled Encarnacion Bail Romero's parental rights had been terminated because she had abandoned him while she was incarcerated.

"I am very disappointed in the decision," said Woods.

The judge handed down the decision in a courtroom closed to all but the parties involved and their lawyers. There was no translator provided by the court today for the Guatemalan woman, who speaks only a little English.

The ruling allows the formal adoption proceedings by the Mosers to proceed.

The Mosers left the court without speaking to reporters, but they had previously argued in court that they could best provide for the boy and that they were the only parents that he knew.

"I could not love him more, had he come out of me physically," Melinda Moser said in an earlier interview.

The biological mother was arrested in 2007 on an immigration raid at a chicken processing plant in Missouri and has not seen her son since.

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What is commerce, profits, business, sales and the business of business without poetry? A dull, lifeless, place fit only for assembly line robots and the best way to undermines the life of the workforce.

Poetry is about the weekend for the mind, the song of work with rights and security and the epic of a sustainable economy where there is room for everyone and everyone can have a fulfilling and long life. The best of business, the tech innovations, the creativity of marketing and commercials, the ceaseless inventiveness and inventions of creating products that make life easier and more pleasurable: poetry.

Poetry without borders is possible and desirable. Business, especially corporations, without borders is not desirable: poetry like workers, the environment and social security, equity, equality and justice need protections from the depredations of profits without integrity and soul.

Alberto Ríos poem is a beautiful reminder that the mess that Trump has been creating for the U.S. economy -and especially small and community-based businesses- are temporary and will be defeated.


Alberto Ríos:
The Border: A Double Sonnet

The border is a line that birds cannot see.
The border is a beautiful piece of paper folded carelessly in half.
The border is where flint first met steel, starting a century of fires.
The border is a belt that is too tight, holding things up but making it hard to breathe.
The border is a rusted hinge that does not bend.
The border is the blood clot in the river’s vein.
The border says stop to the wind, but the wind speaks another language, and keeps going.
The border is a brand, the “Double-X” of barbed wire scarred into the skin of so many.
The border has always been a welcome stopping place but is now a stop sign, always red.
The border is a jump rope still there even after the game is finished.
The border is a real crack in an imaginary dam.
The border used to be an actual place, but now, it is the act of a thousand imaginations.
The border, the word border, sounds like order, but in this place they do not rhyme.
The border is a handshake that becomes a squeezing contest....
Alberto Ríos
Alberto Ríos
m.poets.org

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On-line Flor Y Canto | Flower & Song | Poetry from Raza/Chicano/Latinx poetas

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The Great March of Return. Palestine shall be Palestine.
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