Golpe (Todo Somos HIJOS) by Rebel Diaz
I was thinking of making my last post with Aamer Rahman talking about reverse racism my Last Post. Funnily, once upon a time I believed in reverse racism, as Tito from Bosque said once when we were talking about it in a van load of comrades on our way from Pilsen to Logan Square for an APOC meeting in Chi, “Everyone is young and stupid once.”
The video above is very important to me because the campaign to shut down the School of the Americas (SOA) was the first serious political campaign that I ever worked on and eventually led to me becoming estranged from my white family and most of my alleged “friends.”
When I was still wasting some time and energy trying to relate to Them, I wrote a letter to The Nation, which at the time was one of my favorite periodicals which I practically dreamed of some day interning at, a letter about how 9-11 changed my life, and an edited version was published:
Garfield Heights, Ohio
Having been involved with the movement to shut down the WHISC/SOA for several years, I sat in a bus stop in Cleveland after my school was evacuated on September 11 with the terrible feeling that these attacks were some sort of repercussion of US foreign policy.
As the antiwar movement began to take shape, I became involved as soon as possible. I feel that a change in US foreign policy of militarization and neoliberal economics isn’t just needed, it is imperative to the survival of this country, and possibly the world.
I participated in the antiwar demonstrations on September 29, and many more since then. September 11 changed my life in the sense that I now feel that being a single-issue or armchair activist isn’t enough, that I must be involved in what I believe and educated and involved in other people’s struggles.