I am a long-time teachers' union member; they helped us blue collar school employees set up our branch long ago, knowing that economic justice needed to be had by all or management would pit us against each other. I've seen my learned comrades struggle against cuts in student services and the general dumbing-down of the public education system. They have fought the policies of replacing full-time jobs with part-time ones while working at the same time to assure rights for adjunct faculty. In their sparse free time many are activists for social justice. How can I not cherish and admire them?
Some of my friends and acquaintances are or have been indymedia journalists. It's because of them (and those I haven't met yet) that I know my neighborhood and city in its complexity. It was because of them that I was brought to the realization that I was lied to and manipulated for years by the government and the corporate media. Their bravery has been remarkable in these dangerous times. Need I say how precious they are to me?
I am an indymedia journalist. My reporting is infrequent and under a number of names, nowhere near as skillful as many who post here or at other sites throughout the world. But this site exists for the opportunity of learning further skills, ways to be of service to truth and justice and I am an eager student.
Teachers, workers, union activists, students, independent journalists: aren't these the people who are behind the barricades in Oaxaca? Aren't these the same categories of citizens who are usually targeted for repression and slaughter by repressive governments worldwide?
In my heart I can't find a difference between those courageous souls in Oaxaca and those of us here except for space and time. I know those faces and voices; they are of my loved ones. Todos somos Oaxaca isn't just an expression of support, it is the reality of the situations we find or may soon find ourselves in.
Dear ones, please keep teaching, organizing, learning and telling the truth even if you feel like amateurs or are faint of heart; it's necessary if we are to stop the murderous repression that is everywhere, in Cascadia (even if not as evident yet) as well as Oaxaca.