thank you for these words. they offer a vital reminder of the ways we are still learning how to walk the talk: "in lak ech... was it in theory only, or were we really living it?" on the path we are learning the vital lesson that attacks within ethnic studies are also attacks against ethnic studies, that our communities are not immune from carrying out the racial and colonial violence we have survived but that colonialism and racism depend on the deployment of misogynous violence within our communities, that the injustice experienced by those marginalized in our communities (including but not limited to young, undocumented, queer/trans chicanxs and chicanas) is not only relevant to the movement but central to it. if we measure a movement's success through the lens of in lak ech, then the struggle in tucson shows something far from defeat, rather it shows a painful yet vital step toward deep healing, transformation and decolonization. history will keep repeating the lessons, offering a chance to grow, to recognize that a path of political consistency with regard to all the myriad forms of violence our communities experience is vital for the well-being, sustainability and future of a community, that the justice sought and deserved by the most marginalized among us should be the justice pursued by us all, that each time we choose to go against mi otro yo, we choose to go against ourselves, that none of us raza is safe if any one of us is not safe. les mando mucha energía desde el fondo del corazón a lxs q luchan en arizona, bellísima tierra ancestral hacia un nuevo amanecer, teaching us and opening the door for new ways to see ourselves, to organize and to make liberatory movements. humbled and honored by the courage of your struggle.
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