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martes, 27 de septiembre de 2016

THE SINGING REVOLUTION


First occupied by the Soviets in 1939, then by the Nazis, and then by the Soviets again, Estonia lived through decades of terror. By the end of World War II, more than one-quarter of the population had been deported to Siberia, been executed, or had fled the country. Music sustained the Estonian people during those years, helping to maintain the Estonian language and sense of culture. It was such a crucial part of their struggle for freedom that their successful bid to re-establish their independence is known as the Singing Revolution.  Click on the following link to see the trailer for the documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quTItUYCpB8

The Singing Revolution film shares how, between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly to sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence.

The subjugation began in Estonia in 1939 with the secret protocols of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between Stalin and Hitler that would ignite World War II, to the Siberian Gulag, to the oppressive control tactics of the 1980’s. Estonia ultimately would be occupied for more than 50 years. It had no army, no weapons. Estonians knew they could not gain freedom through force. They had to do it their own way, with their spirit, patience and determination.

By the late-1980’s, Mikhail Gorbachev’s attempts to salvage the empire by offering perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (free speech) were backfiring, as Estonians saw the new policies as an opportunity. The nation was simmering with unrest. Momentum built to a crescendo in the summer of 1988 when a rock concert in the capital’s Old Town Square was stopped by Soviet authorities. “The powers in the communist party were afraid because these songs ignited the passions of the people,” recalls artist/activist Heinz Valk.

The crowd walked three miles to a traditional song festival field to continue the concert, and massive crowds gathered for six straight nights to lift hands, sway in unison, and sing illegal patriotic songs. Emboldened, Estonians brought out their old blue-black-and white flags, some from attics and basements where they had been hidden for nearly 50 years. To their own dismay, no one stopped them. For the final night these protest more than 200,000 Estonians gathered.

This was the heart of the “Singing Revolution”. The force of the human voice massed in song was the cultural catalyst that awoke, energized and united the nation of Estonia. It was a political and cultural statement that brought all Estonians together and gave them courage to rebel. After that, there was no turning back. Three primary freedom movements, with radically different styles, worked both publicly and surreptitiously to push the Soviet system. A series of clever political maneuvers, combined with ever-growing singing demonstrations, overwhelmed a confused and failing Moscow.

The next few years weighed with threats and violence from the struggling Soviet empire; twenty peaceful demonstrators in Latvia and Lithuania died at the hands of Soviet soldiers and hundreds more were wounded in January of 1991. Estonians feared they were next in line.

Later that same year, on August 19, 1991, a hard-line coup toppled Gorbachev’s government in Moscow, creating chaos - as well as opportunity. The Estonian Soviet parliament united with freedom activist groups and voted unanimously to re-establish Estonia’s independence, not knowing how the coup would be resolved or what the repercussions might be. During the vote, Estonian citizens gathered at the TV tower and radio stations to link arm-in-arm in front of tanks, risking their lives to protect their main source of communication with the outside world. On August 21, 1991 the nightmare of the Soviet Union was over; and Estonia emerged - once again - a free nation.


The Singing Revolution tells the moving and dramatic story of how the Estonian people strategically, willfully, sung their way to freedom--and helped topple an empire along the way.

The Singing Revolution is the first film to tell this historically vital tale. “This is a story that has not been told outside Estonia,” said filmmaker James Tusty, who is of Estonian descent. “We felt it was time the rest of the world knew of the amazing events that happened here.”

In 1999, Tusty and his wife and co-producer Maureen lived in Tallinn, Estonia, while teaching film production at an Estonian University. The experience sparked their interest in the Singing Revolution, and in 2001 they returned to Estonia to teach and also to begin the meticulous research that would anchor their documentary.

To make the film, the Tustys interviewed more than one hundred movement leaders, Estonian statesmen, and average citizens. They also combed through archives around the world...unearthing rare, forgotten footage of life under Soviet rule.

Four years in the making, The Singing Revolution is a moving, intensely human testament to the sustaining power of hope and the motivating strength of song. The film reflects the indomitable human drive for personal freedom, political independence, and self-determination.  Click here to watch the documentary: https://youtu.be/Frzzdj6_AUQ
 

lunes, 26 de septiembre de 2016

Crimes of United States Presidents


Noam Chomsky explains that since the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, all of the United States (US) presidents are clearly indictable of war crimes.  Click on the following link to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdD9uSrNFT4

These crimes by US presidents have resulted in an incredible number of people being killed.  Where is the US government’s respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law?

Is this what you want your government to do in your name?  If over 50% of the citizens don’t support this, then you don’t live in a democracy.  It’s time to organize to get the kind of government that will represent you. 

It is important to realize that US presidents who commit war crimes, don’t believe in JUSTICE FOR ALL!

PETICIÓN INTERNACIONAL CONTRA PROMESA



Hacemos un llamado a la diáspora puertorriqueña en todos los rincones del mundo, a los movimientos sociales y a las organizaciones políticas internacionalistas, para que se solidaricen y  organicen EN CONTRA de la Junta de Control Fiscal que quiere imponer el Congreso de Estados Unidos en Puerto Rico bajo el proyecto ley 5278 conocido como P.R.O.M.E.S.A.
La Junta de Control Fiscal (JCF) pretende desangrar al país para beneficio de los acreedores (buitres). Con la imposición de la misma, al estilo de los golpes de estado blandos perpetrados por el imperialismo estadounidense, se establecería lo delineado a continuación.
Los siete miembros que compondrán la JCF serán escogidos  directa y únicamente por el Gobierno Federal. Solo uno de los miembros tendrá que tener residencia o negocios en Puerto Rico. Ni el gobernador de Puerto Rico ni la Legislatura local tendrán poder alguno dentro de la Junta de Control Fiscal ni sobre las decisiones que esta tome.
  • La JCF durará como mínimo 4 años. No hay un máximo de años establecido.
  • La JCF controlará todo el presupuesto y las leyes del país.
  • Podrá dejar sin efecto, en cualquier momento, leyes ya aprobadas.
  • Podrá vender activos (bienes, propiedades, edificios y corporaciones públicas, entre otros).
  • Decidirá cuáles leyes se aprobarán y cuáles no, utilizando el criterio del impacto fiscal,  aunque se perjudique la vida, la salud y los recursos sociales y naturales del pueblo.
  • Tendrá el poder para congelar plazas, reducir y despedir personal.
  • La JCF rechaza leyes y medidas para el pago de horas extras.
  • Someterá a condiciones de explotación económica a la población entre 20- 25 años al imponerles un salario mínimo de $4,25 por hora.
  • Eliminará el derecho a la huelga y al paro.
  • No incluirá incentivos económicos.  No traerá igualdad en fondos de Medicare y otros fondos federales. NO protegerá a las personas pensionadas.
  • Protegerá exclusivamente los intereses económicos de los acreedores (buitres)
Firma hoy y dile NO al Congreso de los Estados Unidos y al Presidente Obama – esa P.R.O.M.E.S.A. NO la queremos.
Recordemos que Puerto Rico ha sido una colonia de Estados Unidos desde 1898. Desde la invasión hasta nuestros días, Estados Unidos y el gobierno colonial en Puerto Rico han impuesto una serie de leyes de control económico y político (Ley Foraker en 1900, Ley Jones en 1917, Ley Mordaza en 1947, Ley 600 en 1953, Ley 7 en 2009) que han trastocado la realidad social, económica y política de la colonia más vieja del continente americano.
Nos han sumergido en una crisis económica desesperante, con la intención de seguir saqueando nuestros recursos mientras las condiciones de vida del pueblo van degradándose aceleradamente, exacerbando la precariedad de los servicios médicos y la educación, el encarecimiento de la canasta básica de alimentos, el desempleo rampante y el aumento en los índices de criminalidad. Se ha masificado la emigración a niveles inimaginables, mientras que no cesa la entrega de nuestro país a los grandes intereses para que lleven a cabo sus negocios o vacaciones.
Actualmente, Puerto Rico se ha convertido en la Grecia del Caribe, con una deuda de más de 73 mil millones de dólares al capital financiero de Wall Street.
Entra a https://juntecontralajunta

y entérate. Obtén información y herramientas de agitación. Organiza tu barrio y tu comunidad, llevando a cabo charlas informativas, repartiendo boletines, realizando piquetes y marchas en oposición a la Junta de Control Fiscal. ¡Construyamos Resistencia!
¡No a la Junta de Control Fiscal! ¡No al colonialismo! ¡No al imperialismo!
Contactos / Contact Information
Puerto Rico – Junte contra la Junta; lageteantesqueladeuda@gmail. y Twitter: JunteContraLaJunta @NoALaJunta
Nueva York, USA – Comité Boricua en la Diaspora – Facebook – ComBo– (New York, USA)  comiteboricua@gmail.com
Chicago, USA – decolonizepr@gmail.com
International Call to Struggle and Solidarity against the Imposition of the Oversight Board (P.R.O.M.E.S.A) in Puerto Rico

FIRMA AQUÍ

https://www.change.org/p/paul-ryan-no-a-la-junta-de-control-fiscal-que-quiere-imponer-estados-unidos-en-puerto-rico?recruiter=1278465&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=des-lg-petitions_show_components_action_panel_wrapper-custom_msg&recuruit_context=fb_share_mention_control&fb_ref=Default

US government violates Human Rights


Click on the following link to get a crash course on United States Imperialism:
https://youtu.be/9f3HIxr8qhQ

Click on the following link to watch a video called The Spanish American War for Dummies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Lj0nMjuBn4

Click on this link to watch a very short video about Hilary Clinton’s belief of what Puerto Rico’s political status is: https://youtu.be/8fY8flh-yLY

It is important to mention that the United States’ official position, and that of the United Nations’ is that Puerto Rico is a colony of the US.

Is your government representing you?  If it is not, you don’t live in a democracy, even if you vote on election day.  If democracy is important to you, organize citizens to make your government represent you.