Evo, el Incapacitado

¡Mira a mis hermanos con Discapacidad Evo! Nunca te he rogado nada porque no lo mereces. Pero esta vez te ruego, te imploro por ellos. Aunque no lees, te van a contar que has logrado que me arrodille ante ti.

Solo una vez pedí algo de rodillas en la vida. Hoy, de rodillas te pido Evo que los mires, que los recibas, y les des una renta de Bs. 500.

Por favor Evo, ten piedad de ellos. ¿No has visto a Fátima y su pequeño yendo a prisión por luchar en la calle para que la sientas? ¿No has visto sus torsos desnudos en las calles mostrando su discapacidad?

Por piedad Evo, dales su renta. Si no van a morir, como ya lo dijeron, en las calles. ¿Por qué los flagelas con tanta saña? Al final lo que piden es solo dinero, de ese que te sobra para despilfarrar. De ese que puede servir para construir, o como en este caso, para destruir las vidas de los menos favorecidos por el destino.

Hoy viernes, 3 de junio de 2016, de rodillas y con lágrimas en los ojos, te suplico Evo que los recibas, que les devuelvas la dignidad y que les des una renta mensual.

He dejado todo mi orgullo a un lado, para suplicar por ellos, por mis hermanos con discapacidad. ¿Cuánto valen para ti sus vidas? No lo sé. Pero para mí, son lo más valioso que tenemos porque nos enseñan muchas cosas, especialmente sobre el valor del amor, la compasión, la caridad, y sobre todo, acerca de la celebración de la vida.

Ahora es tu turno Evo. Aquí Álvaro no puede ayudarte. Mucho menos tus ministros. Eres tú el que tiene que decidir que hacer. Hazlo. O desde hoy, te convertirás es Evo, el Incapacitado.

Poema de Luz II

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Olas de frío recorren mi cuerpo

Viento que trae mi desventura en tu karma

Lluvia que moja convertida en lágrimas

Agua que moja mi cuerpo desde el Neptuno

 

Nada tengo que perder

Mucho no hay para ganar

Intento hacer que me veas

Pero me apago cada vez mas

 

Un frío 27 de mayo me pusiste entre rejas

Con mi niño de la calle a la prisión

Que festejo tan humillante

Me diste hoy

Sin verme pasas por mi lado

Sin sentirme me condenas

Tu eres el culpable de toda mi pena

 

Soy madre y NO festejo

Soy solo alguien que carga su discapacidad

Como quien carga su cruz con cadenas

Con espinas, con clavos, con dolor

No te extrañes si yo muero

Seguiré siendo invisible y pobre

Llena de necesidades, vacía de tu compasión

 

Pero mientras gano mi lugar en el cielo

A punta de sufrimiento

Tu ganas tu infierno a mano

Yendo en avión de primera

Bebiendo y disfrutando mi dolor

 

Nunca he sido importante para ti Evo.

Mi pequeñez es tu gran karma,

Tu pérdida, tu Waterloo

Soy Fátima, y desde este 27 de mayo

Soy, con tu madre, tu perdición,

Tu caída, tu gravísimo crimen,

Tu última y mas grave equivocación.

 

Por:  Jacqueline Patiño

Mayo 29, 2016

Mujer, Violencia y Fatalidad

La cruel violencia ha tomado las vidas de muchas mujeres en Bolivia. Durante los últimos 7 años hemos sido testigos de cómo la violencia contra la mujer, que ya existía, ha aumentado entre 300% y 500% en Bolivia. No es casualidad. No es obra de “la fatalidad”.

La fatalidad tiene poco que ver con este aumento. Los que tienen mucho que ver con ello son quienes no han cumplido con su trabajo. Las mujeres hemos pedido que se apruebe una ley más dura contra la violencia feminicida, pero la respuesta de la aplanadora izquierdista en el congreso ha sido, por decir lo menos, oprobiosa. Hace 4 años las mujeres de todas las bancadas se pusieron de acuerdo para lanzar la ley dura. Los izquierdistas llamaron a cuarto intermedio. Cuando volvieron, las mujeres del Mas, partido mayoritario en el congreso, vetaron la ley. Ellas dijeron que los compañeros izquierdistas varones las habían reflexionado. “Puede ser nuestro hijo, nuestro esposo o nuestro hermano que caiga con esta ley, y además, qué pasa si alguna mala mujer lo acusa falsamente?” Así dijeron las mujeres masistas para vetar la ley.

Por eso hoy, cuando veo que el presidente manda a hacer una ley dura contra la violencia “urgente” y hace que el congreso en pleno trabaje para entregar una ley dura contra la violencia a la mujer, me pregunto cuánto de cierto tiene esta intervención. En un principio, otra vez todas las mujeres se pusieron de acuerdo durante la semana de plazo que dio el presidente. Pero para el viernes, ya habían voces que pedían que esta ley no sea “feminista” y que no vaya en contra del hombre.

Así las cosas, hoy lunes la ley ya ha sufrido “rebajitas” ya que los compañeros de izquierda no están dispuestos a promocionar una ley dura contra la violencia, e incluso están cuestionando la existencia del feminicidio, que según ellos sería simplemente “violencia contra cualquier persona”, es decir, que nuevamente la ley no va a contemplar la terrible realidad de la violencia contra la mujer, solo porque sea mujer.

Es una pena ver la sumisión de las mujeres izquierdistas en general, y con pocas honrosas excepciones, que se prestan para quebrar el movimiento femenino. No tienen aun el concepto de “espíritu de cuerpo” que necesitamos todas las mujeres Bolivianas para trabajar a nuestro favor. Ya aprenderán pero… ¿Acaso es mucho pedirles que se den cuenta de que antes que de un partido, o de si somos izquierdistas o no, incluso antes de que seamos buenas o malas, somos MUJERES? ¿Acaso el ser de izquierda o de derecha las hace menos mujeres?. No creo.

Las mujeres tenemos el deber de mantener el Espíritu de Cuerpo. Y esto vale para las mujeres de todo el mundo. Y como dice Madelaine Allbright, “Hay un lugar muy especial en el infierno para las mujeres que NO ayudan a otras mujeres”. Mujeres izquierdistas, las estamos mirando!

TIPNIS Indigenous March: Courageous Women

A courageous young Bolivian leader

Daniela, leading the support to the TIPNIS March

Facilitator, laborer of transformation from hopes to actions, pacifist, nómade, seriuously committed with science, free person, a questioner, and happy. This is how Daniela Leyton describes herself in her facebook page. She missed saying “courageous”. Our courageous young woman, Daniela, is showing us the path to being the change we want to see, as Gandhi said.

Founder president of Kandire, an environmental organization, when she heard about the highway that divides the Indigenous Territory Isiboro Secure National Park (TIPNIS – Territorio Indígena Parque Nacional Isiboro Secure), she began to lead marches in La Paz, her original city, a thousand miles away from TIPNIS rainforest. So she lead the “night of lights” where she asked young people of La Paz to light a candle and walk at night calling everyone’s attention about TIPNIS. Then she lead the barefoot walk for the TIPNIS, also calling everyone´s attention.

Meanwhile, indigenous mothers with their children, older people, young men and women pertaining to the aboriginal tribes of Yuracare, Chiquitanos, and other small indigenous peoples who dwell in the rainforest were marching and making the leftist establishment mad. They do not understand left or right, they understand LIFE. So, when they see their lives threatened by the colonizing coca leave growers supported by the government, they march to say NO to the dividing highway that will kill them.

Daniela sees her efforts in La Paz make sense, but knows her organization was not founded to be a watcher, but a doer. She leaves her people in La Paz and joins the marching indigenous peoples in their way to La Paz, to meet president Morales, 15 days ago.

Today, September 22nd, the march has been detained in Limoncito, near Yucumo, for over 10 days now. Police has taken away water and food from the march and do not let them pass. The excuse: a group of government supported coca leave growers (coca leaves go to cocaine production), eager to make the road a reality so that they can transport their produce easier, and eager also to produce more coca leaves, as the areas where they grow coca are small already, are blocking the road to La Paz and threaten to physically terminate the indigenous march. And these peasants are known for their violent way of terminating opposition.

Daniela is there. Reporting, helping, walking with them. Here is one of her comments in the facebook page “Friends of TIPNIS” (Amigos del TIPNIS), where she posts the news:

“Sept. 22nd: The cute note???: yesterday I cooked with Nazareth, a woman leader.. every time she sings she moves my heart in an inexplicable form, yesterday… she sang the “Courage” song (see link below) while we were making the food. Today I have touched beautiful necklaces made of wairurus (a local red and black seed used for beauty purposes), I have seen and heard the chiquitano brothers and sisters making them and have one in my neck already… INTERCULTURALITY IS BEAUTIFUL… today I had buñuelos (local fritters) in the CONAMAQ (indigenous from the opposite side of Bolivia, supporting the march) and because of the sun I have taken two cups of chivé (local drink)… at nights in the vigil we hear the tamborita (small local drum) and then the targas (local musical instrument)… we make puppet shows for the kids at night…THE BROTHERHOOD AND PACIFIC STRUGGLE IS IN THE AIR ALL THE TIME.
The original comment in Spanish is:

La nota bonita ??? : ayer he cocinado con Nazareth , mujer dirigente …cada vez que ella canta me conmueve el corazón de una manera inexplicable, ayer …ella ha cantado coraje mientras haciamos la comida….Hoy he tocado collares lindos de wairurus, los he visto y escuchado hacerlos por los hermanos chiquitanos ya tengo uno en el cuello…..LA INTERCULUTURALIDAD ES HERMOSA …hoy he desayunado bunuelos en la CONAMAQ y ante el sol me he tomado dos jarritos de chivé ….en las noches de vigilia se escucha la tambora y luego las tarqas ….les hacemos show de titeres a los niños en las noches…..LA HERMANDAD Y LA LUCHA PACIFICA ESTA EN EL AIRE TODO EL TIEMPO

You can watch the song here:

If you want to join Daniela in her struggle to make this March visible, please sign the petition to save the TIPNIS here:
http://avaaz.org/es/save_tipnis/
You can choose your language to see the petition in the upper right corner of the page.

We already have 112,000 signatures, and we need to get to 150,000. Please share with your friends.

You can follow the news every minute at:

http://tipnisresiste.blogspot.com/2011/09/resumen-de-noticias-sobre-el-tipnis-21.html
This is the official webpage of the Committee for Escorting the Indigenous March.

A webpage informing directly from the Amazonian basin in Bolivia.

You can join the diverse groups that have been created by Bolivian people in facebook, just type “TIPNIS” in the search box in facebook, and you will be able to join every group. Or become my friend in facebook: Jacqueline Patiño and I will add you to the groups.

Let us raise our voices. This movement is proudly created by young women, led by young women and will be successful because young women, and women of all ages really, are involved.

Thank you.

Poverty Versus Violence

The little girl grew up in the harsh high plateau of Bolivia, within mountains and cold winds year round.  Her mom died when she was eight, but neither before or after her death did she receive a tender, caressing touch of a loving familiar hand. She is now over thirty and the mother of a five year old boy, who she treats exactly the same way she was always treated.

 

When the boy was one year old, he had already been in the emergency room many times, especially for colds and diarrhea, and many times for falling, cutting himself, and swallowing objects. The bare truth is that the boy lived on the floor, and she didn´t care to teach him an hour to sleep, an hour to eat, or an hour to play. So, he ended up eating, sleeping and playing on the floor.

 

When he was two he was forced to shower himself. He had to learn the tough way that the water could be too hot or too cold, and his mom would leave him home alone… with the cell phone next to him, so that he could call her when awake. At three he was responsible for his own food. He learned how to make his own milk, and was forced to ask for food to the neighbors because there was none at home.

 

The boy is brilliant, though. In spite of the way his mother treats him (his father has no say in this, as she beats the man if he complains), he realizes that he must be educated. When someone offers to teach him something, he goes for it and learns quickly. He goes to pre-k and he is very clever. He is even learning how to read before everyone else.

 

This mother doesn´t realize she is being violent.  All the spanking, all the shouting, don´t impress her as being violent. Why? One wonders. But if you think about it, even though she is having people around who tell her what to do and how to do it, the harsh truth is that she won´t learn fast. It will take her time to realize that she really needs to review her ways.  This is because she has known no caring ways throughout her life. She has no model to follow. She does not think this behavior is violent. She thinks it is the right way to go with her son and her husband. She believes that if her husband, who only studied high school, cannot earn enough then she has the right to put him down.

 

The boy is now old enough to understand many things and he makes his father buy him Barney videos. His grandmother sends some books, and his great grandmother usually gives him food, that he eats quickly all by himself. His grandma told him he should not be on the floors sleeping and playing, so now he tries to stand up and run around without falling asleep on the floor.

 

What is wrong with this mother? I asked myself many times. Only this time I got to answer my question: She is ill. Ill with the illness of poverty, and violent with the violence of poverty. She has been struck by the reality of a life that is very, very hard to live. I don´t blame her for being violent, and I know she will learn little by little. Maybe her son will end up teaching her. 

 

She acts instinctively, and even though she now holds a university degree, her attitude towards how to raise a kid, or how to lead her life, has not changed yet. This shows that formal education plays a part in making us more capable, but there must be another kind of education that we are not addressing, which is responsible for changing our set of behavioral patterns. 

 

The definitions of poverty in many books may include the lack of money, the lack of other resources and many other components, but they don´t include violence.  This is because we tend to see violence as a result of poverty, but not as a component of poverty in itself. The case I just presented makes it clear that we need to change this way of thinking. We need to include violence as a component of poverty and we must include this wider view in non formal education.

 

What I can see as the most accessible way to non formal education for young women is television. Remember that humans are copycats. We tend to copy what we see in our environment and TV, radio, and all media are in our environment.  Soap operas and music that talk about how cool it is to rape, to shout, to take revenge, and to be violent in general, are teaching our girls and boys that being violent is alright.

 

These three paths are very important if we will end violence in the world:  1. To change the definition of poverty to include violence as one of its components, and not as a result of it; 2. To change our vision of the popular media, by not accepting songs and shows that make violent attitudes look like acceptable; and 3. To accept that poverty is a psychological illness that needs to be treated by professional behavior consultants not only individually, but  locally and globally.

 

Poverty and its violence make people ill, and this illness needs to be addressed by the whole world, as it creates monsters that don´t caress their children. These children later on are incapable of telling right from wrong, and don´t realize they are being violent. Let us not, in the name of modernity, become evil.

The People´s World Conference On Climate Change

Music, flags from all over the world, 35,000 people united in one voice in Cochabamba, were the frame to the conclusion of a world event called to change the world vision on climate change: The People´s Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos sobre el Cambio Climático y los Derechos de la Madre Tierra).

Scientists, politicians, world media, human rights activists, social entrepeneurs, doctors, indigenous peoples from 147 countries, finalized their interventions in the summit with the following conclusions:

1. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Earth Day, the Rights of Mother Earth have been born in the People´s Summit on Climate Change, and are the clear expression of the firm decision to defend life on the planet.

1. The social summit aproved the creation of the International Tribunal of Climate Justice, and recommended that demands should be filed in The Hague Tribunal in the meantime. All countries that are not complying with the Kyoto protocol, must be prosecuted there.

2. The realization of a world referendum on how to face the climate change to take place in 2011, demanding the reduction of gases to 50% by industrialized countries until 2020.

3. The creation of an international fund, beginning with 2,5 million dollars from Ecuador, for the people to go to Cancun Mexico in December 2010, to the Summit called by the United Nations, where attendees must be counted in tens of thousands, to be heard.

4.Differences between Copenhaguen and Cochabamba statements:

COPENHAGUEN

a) Recognized the scientific objective of avoiding the rise of global temperature in 2 degrees, but does not impose a cuantitative obligation to reduce emissions, and

b) Begins the creation of a US$ 30,000 million for the developing world for the period of 2010-2012

COCHABAMBA

a) Demands that rich countries reduce gas emissions to 50% until 2020.

b) Demands the creation of a world fund with 6% of the annual budget of rich countries to face climate change, in order to pay the climate debt that industrialized countries must acknowledge.

c) Promotes the world referendum on climate change that will ask if humanity is in agreement with finishing capitalism and redistributing defense budgets into the facing climate change funds.

d) Demands that the tribunal of climate change includes trials for countries and transnational firms that avoid compliance with reduction of emissions.

e) States that today´s humanity does not have the right to compromise the natural lives of coming generations by producing non degradable items that kill life in the surface, water and air of the globe. This includes the hiding of nuclear trash inside the earth, as these disposals will affect Mother Earth for the next 100,000 (one hundred thousand) years and have the ability to change life as we know it by changing the genes of bacteria and other living organisms around the trash.

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