The Clowns in Power: How US Forces are Raging War Against Activists, Education, and People of Color

Armed American soldiers dressed up in military uniform, no identification, unidentifiable vehicles, targeting civilians and kidnapping them into vans where they become disappeared with no explanation.  Sound like a scenario out of a dictatorship?  This is America.  More specifically, this is Portland,Oregon this last week where Trump’s Secret Police have been unleashed to capture and disappear protesters over the past few days–protestors who have risen up to speak out against rampant racism in this country.

So, where do they go?

One captured protestor reported that upon being placed in one of these unidentified vans, his eyes were covered and he was not read his Miranda rights till he was detained in a federal courthouse.  However, upon asking for a lawyer, he was released.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler gave NO authority for the Federal Government to unleash the Secret Police to snatch up protesters, and on Friday gave Trump this message, “Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city.”  Not only is the kidnapping of people by Trump’s Secret Police unconstitutional, but it is actually creating a divide between states and the Federal Government.  If Trump and his cronies are trying to treat America like their own backwards-authoritarian playground, why are these clowns still in office?

Trump’s Administration is not only terrorizing citizens and ruthlessly trying to bypass states, it is also attacking higher education through the Dept. of Homeland Security’s ICE agency.

ICE passed an action on July 6th “requiring all [foreign] students on F-1 visas whose university curricula are entirely online to depart the country, and barring any such students currently outside the United States from entering or reentering the United States” (Civil Action No. 1:20-cv-11283).

Students on F-1 visas would only be allowed to remain in the US if their universities offered  them IN-PERSON classes during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

In response to this Harvard and MIT have sued the United States Dept. of Homeland Security; ICE, Harvard President issuing a letter to the Harvard Community stating:

“The order came down without notice—its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness. It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others.”

AND LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST:

If you haven’t heard already, ICE is offering a “Citizens Academy” where (according to them) citizens will be given scenario-based training in “defensive tactics, firearms familiarization, and targeted arrests”.  According to ICE’s government website, civilian participants will “become familiar with how and why ICE carries out its mission. Modeled after other law enforcement academies, including ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and local police departments, ERO plans to directly engage and educate the public through the academy”.

The “Academy” starts Sept.15th in Chicago.   ICE claims that this would be just to inform the public on what ICE does, and not necessarily train citizens to conduct arrest.  Then WHY ARE PEOPLE RECEIVING FIREARMS TRAINING IN THIS PROGRAM AND GOING THROUGH SCENARIO-BASED TRAINING?

This is basically a pathway to give aggressive racist citizens authority to practice the disgustingly glorified act of profiling people of color, as well as possibly detaining them without a badge–which could lead to more acts of violence! Luckily, on July 15th a bill was passed for the 2021 fiscal year denying federal funding for that “academy”.

All of this is unbelievably unconstitutional and a foreshadowing of what lies ahead if we do not work now to get these destructive idiots out of power.  We need to build up our communities and support one another during this time, because while the US Gov is basically eating itself, Our People will remain.

 

To Read the Suit Filed by Harvard and MIT, use link below:

https://www.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/content/sevp_filing.pdf

On This Day in Indigenous History:

1784: Chief El Mocho of the Native Tribe Tonkawa (in Texas), signs a peace treaty with the Spanish, but actually organizes the indigenous people in the area to stage an attack on the Spanish.  Upon hearing this information, the Spanish shoot and Kill El Mocho in the plaza of Presidio-La Bahia, Texas.

On This Day In Chicano History:

2014: Protesters march to the Department of Homeland Security in El Paso, Texas demanding humane treatment for Mexican migrants at the border after Obama requests for 3.7 billion dollars to (according to the Las Vegas Sun) “deal” with Mexican children and families.  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson  states,  “Our message to those who come illegally is we will send you back”, sparking outrage among Chicano activists and communities.

On This Day In Indigenous History:

2020: Today marks the first day after Supreme Court Rules that Native American Tribal jurisdiction extends over nearly half of Oklahoma.

What this means: Because the Oklahoma tribes will have jurisdiction over these areas, people who commit crimes in these areas will be tried in Tribal and Federal Courts.  This is important because when crimes involving Native American people go to State courts, they often are ignored, or Native people are treated unfairly in the judicial system.  Rapes of Natives go largely unpunished, making this a win for indigenous peoples, especially in the fight for the protection of Native girls and women.

What this does not mean: The Oklahoma tribes do not technically have all of this land “back”.  They cannot kick out people/entities who have bought, or been allowed land in the jurisdiction of the reservation.

About the Urgency for Change and Justice

Today, and everyday, is an important time to address the issues of historical oppression through classism and racism.  American capitalism has created major disparities between the rich and the poor; the haves and the have-nots; the people of color and the people of privilege—arguably, capitalism has created classism, and classism has helped create the structure of racism.  We are living in a time of class/racial disparities.  It is time, not just to call-out these disparities but to thoroughly examine them, to understand them, to challenge them, and to come together to dismantle them.  

Equity, fairness, and justice are the demands for the people of today.

Unfortunately, American capitalism would have people believe that we all live in a just society, that our income/education/treatment is based solely on merit…that if we just try hard enough and pull up ourselves by our boot-straps, we will become wealthy, educated and apart of the higher social class.  This is a lie meant to keep the lower classes docile citizens of a corrupt system that is thriving in the US today—a system working for the higher strata of society.  This is a lie as evidenced by the fact that in poor communities adult education is low, schools are underfunded in poor communities, housing is sub-par at best in communities of color, health disparities have plagued whole families who exist in poverty, and there is little to no opportunities for families of color, families of low socio-economic status, to mobilize upwards.

The system of American capitalism will ensure that economic capital and educational capital will stay in the hands of the wealthy, the elite, the 1% and the upper middle-middle class.  This results in the working class not having access to resources of politics, education, legislation and even healthcare.  This is the time, as has always been the time, to begin conversations, to take action, and to build communities that will no longer be victims of this unjust system, but empowered peoples of mobilization for justice and equitable treatment.

The idea should not be to focus on what we as members of our communities don’t have, but what we do have.

We have hopes for our peoples futures, we have goals, we have the ability to band together and raise our voices as a unified voice, and in that we have power.  We can mobilize by fighting for the best education of our youth, by creating unions that demand labor equality, by empowering our communities of color…revolutions start through even simple means, even by coming home and enjoying time with your family, even by having a conversation about how to best support your community, even by educating yourself about historical injustice.

For people of color, people of marginalized classes, there is power in knowledge and power in numbers.  Equity, fairness, and justice is on the horizon when we begin to collectively mobilize for change.

 

The Library for the nationalbrownberets.org is currently under construction.

For facts that support this message refer to:

https://www.centerforhealthjournalism.org/2014/08/27/long-view-suggests-kids-end-where-they-start

“Social Justice, Multicultural Counseling, and Practice: Beyond a Conventional Approach ed.2” by Heesoon Jun.  Published 2018 by Springer International Publishing AG.

Social Media Issues – why I’m not gone

Now we all got issues, right? But here is what we dont like: People thinking they can run rough shod, under our flash, under our patch, and thinking they can run sh*t.
We’re dealing with some SERIOUS situations right now, and the last thing we need is too placate a handful of narcissistic flying monkeys. It’s okay, we won’t name any of you, you pretty much know who you are.
Aside from that, there is so much to be said. But it’s best to say little, and to know that the Carnalismo Brown Berets have been running strong for generations.

I want to take this moment to give Victor San Miguel all of my credence, as he is a beacon in guidance, advocacy, action, understanding, patience, and fairness as well as justice. Under his tutelage, I have truly learned a lot (even if I was being a hard head at the time.) When a man (And I’m NOT trying to engender the argument, I’m writing as a man) such as myself looks to a hero, Victor San Miguel is truly one of my personal hero’s I owe a debt to him that I can’t even explain. Being a Carnalismo Brown Beret is the most amazing experience ANYONE could know. Victor San Miguel’s leadership, diplomacy, forgiveness toward adversarial, etc have always amazed me. I’m glad that he has taught me – through suggestion/facilitation, just what it means to be a leader – especially in our capacity.
I am still very proud to be a Brown Beret, and I will NEVER shy away from that title. I will staple gun my beret to my head before anyone tries to de-frock me.

We re-frame the impostors

We, the Carnalismo Brown Berets have chanced upon yet another impostor Facebook Page, claiming themselves to have a Carnalismo Colorado Springs Chapter. To be clear, the Carnalismo Brown Berets DO NOT endorse nor have we sanctioned this individual to make such claims.
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The Carnalismo Brown Berets for years have already held a Colorado Chapter, that has been operating for more than half a decade. It is our sanctioned Colorado Chapter who provides oversight in the state of Colorado, and they too have NOT sanctioned nor endorsed the individual who claims to run a Chapter in Colorado Springs. This individual has NOT been issued any Carnalismo patches, nor have they earned patches or Brown Berets from Carnalismo.

To make matters even more complicated, this individual has also started a “gofundme.com” account, asking for donations, in some attempt to raise money, either for their own personal gain, or personal agendas.
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Again to be clear, the Carnalismo Brown Berets DO NOT support this individual’s claims, nor do we support their asking of donations while trying to use our legacy and patch. The Carnalismo Brown Berets DO NOT ask the general public for donations of any kind. The Carnalismo Brown Berets fund their own initiatives respectively, and any monies raised tend to be from selling merchandise, or services that we design, create, or provide.

Should anyone have any questions on the legitimacy of a Facebook Page surfacing depicting Carnalismo, or any other internet presences that might appear uncertain, we ask that you differ any inquiries to our National website, here at www.nationalbrownberets.org.

Your inquiries WILL be answered, and assurances will be made. We are a transparent organization, and welcome any and all questions of our organization as-well-as our initiatives.

ALERT! Fake Facebook Profile of malicious intent

In recent months, a FAKE PROFILE of malicious intent has emerged on Facebook. Initially, the FAKE PROFILE was named after an actual Carnalismo Brown Beret, while displaying a photo of another real person. The profile picture of this real person is a “veterano” Brown Beret, who continues his work in El Paso, Texas as an activist. His work has been written about and published.

Please note; the two "top friends of this FAKE PROFILE

Please note; the two “top friends of this FAKE PROFILE

The profile picture is from an actual published article in the El Paso Times, and other numerous web and print publications, and is accredited to Raymundo Aguirre from Borderzine.

The original article from where the profile picture was nabbed

The original article from where the profile picture was nabbed

 

It has been observed that this FAKE PROFILE has been amassing Facebook friends, and posting bizarre diatribes about Donald Trump, etc. It is obvious that the originators of this fake profile have duplicitous, malicious intentions toward the Carnalismo Brown Berets, as well as other activists.

It is also worth noting that when the profile had initially launched, the two “top friends” are both members of the BBNO, in El Paso. This could actually indicate that one of those two Facebook “friends” actually launched the profile themselves in an attempt to cause disruption and confusion amidst the Brown Beret Community, and other activists/organizations.

We caution anyone who has been swindled into being “Facebook friends” with this profile, as it is NOT real, and obviously has pointed agendas and bad intentions. It is very sad that the individual who launched this fake profile in an obvious attack on the Carnalismo Brown Berets actually used the picture of a legitimate, humble activist who himself may NOT even be aware that his likeness is being used by malicious persons.

We would provide a link to the fake profile, except that it now appears the individual who launched this fake profile has either removed the fake profile, or changed it’s privacy settings such that it is not “searchable” on Facebook.

The Borderzine article referencing the activist can be found at:
http://borderzine.com/2010/04/mercado-mayapan-celebrates-chicano-power-and-pride/

Fake Profile Alert

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FotoFlexer_PhotoA Fake Profile has been generated to be in the likeness of one of our Brown Berets, please avoid this fake profile at all costs. The “Felix Estrada” profile has been known to agitate & challenge other Brown Berets on social media, they are not representative of the Carnalismo National Brown Berets.