I'm sharing the below statement [in English and Spanish] from Movement for Justice in El Barrio as it's important and powerful, and also, more practically, as they don't have a website. It comes in the context of a national march against Mexican president Felipe Calderóns 'drug war' which will leave from Cuernavaca, Morelos today and arrive in the center of Mexico City on Sunday, May 8. Coinciding marches will be held in most states in Mexico and in cities around the world, including a protest in front of the Mexican Consulate in New York City, organized by Movement for Justice in El Barrio.
Since the launch of Calderón's U.S.-backed/instigated/directed war more than four years ago, almost 40,000 people have been killed. These upcoming marches, and those which have preceded them over the past month, represent the most consolidated and unified manifestations of opposition to the 'drug war' in Mexico. As Kristin Bricker's article explains, this growing movement emerged after the murder of the son of famous Mexican poet and journalist Javier Sicilia on March 28. He wrote a powerful, widely-circulated open letter indicting the actions of both politicians and narcotraffickers, claiming Mexicans are hasta la madre with the violence, corruption and impunity which rule in Mexic0. The saying 'estamos hasta la madre' (roughly translated as we're fed up, we've had it up to here, or as MJB translates it, we're sick of this shit) has since become a rallying cry of the burgeoning movement.
AS IMMIGRANTS, WE ARE ALSO SICK OF THIS SHIT.
We are Movement for Justice in El Barrio, an organization of Mexican immigrants that fights for human dignity and against neoliberal displacement in East Harlem, New York. We fight for the liberation of women, people of color, lesbians, gays, the transgender community, and immigrants. We, too, as immigrants are sick of this shit (estamos hasta la madre)... as are all those from below in our beloved Mexico.
Our pain and solidarity indignation is with all the people who, due to the bad government’s war – deceitfully disguised as a “war against narco-trafficking”—, have lost their sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends.
As immigrants, we are also the targets of the bad government’s wars and we are being attacked from all sides. First, by the capitalist system and the political class of Mexico that, through the PAN, PRD, and PRI political parties, forms the bad government. They have launched a war against our Mexico. Like all our fellow Mexican immigrants who are here on the “other side,” we migrated for this very reason. It is a war against the poor caused by the multinational corporations and their political lackeys.
As immigrants, we are sick of this shit because the bad governments, from both sides of the border, and the transnational corporations are colluding in the destruction of our peoples and our lands by changing laws to allow the further exploitation and enslavement of humanity.
As immigrants, we are sick of this shit because unemployment and slavery jobs force us to leave our beloved people of Mexico.
As immigrants, we are sick of this shit because the bad government’s war is killing off our culture; they want to destroy every facet of us as a community and as human beings.
As immigrants, we are sick of this shit because the only option our country leaves for us is to risk our lives a thousand times over and leave everything behind in order to arrive in this country, the U.S., which plunders our natural resources and in this way enjoys a level of life infinitely higher than our country.
As immigrants, we are sick of this shit because it all occurs due to our corrupt governments, who are the lackeys of transnational corporations and who continue to kiss their feet so that they may get fat off of our poverty.