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.

Brown Berets & AIM CTX continue In “Anti-Bully” Protest

On Friday, May 29, 2015, several members of the American Indian Movement of Central Texas called for a second day of protest at Longfellow Middle School after several threats of violence directed towards 13 year old Deanna Villareal were released on the internet following the May 28th protest.

The initial protest, which took place across the street from the entrance of the school, brought about an ugly reaction from the student body leaving campus. Many pre-teens were seen giving protesters the middle fingers, shouting vulgarities, or holding up notebooks with messages such as “suck my a**”. According to Melissa Villareal (Mother of Deanna), she waited at a police station for over two hours before speaking to an officer about the cyber threats that followed. SAPD told the woman that it was simply a matter of her daughter “sucking it up”. However, the message that Melissa Villareal delivered to the school the following day was definitely heard by the faculty & staff of Longfellow Middle School who were telling student to ignore protesters.

4 Brown Berets, along with several members of the “Armor of God” Motorcycle Club, were present on the second day of action against bullying at Longfellow Middle School to support AIM CTX. Personal Security for Deana Villareal was provided by 2 Brown Berets, while the others focused on the building up and documenting the protest.11219230_1599886036937600_7339828403263325793_n The message of the protest was directed towards the educational facility to demand accountability on behalf from the school that has known about this particular bullying incident for over 4 months. Our mission statement (commitment to non-violence & education) was repeated over a bullhorn along with chants such as “BULLIES PROTECTED, VICTIMS NEGLECTED” so that students, parents & faculty didn’t feel as if they were caught in a crossfire between an angry mom & the school. It wasn’t until a woman who had been observing the crowd from across the street walked over and thanked us for the protest, that we knew the battle against bullying was in our favor. According to the woman, who immediately burst into tears after security personnel from AIM CTX & Carnalismo Brown Berets let her near Melissa & her daughter, many children (including her own) face bullying at Longfellow Middle School.

The protest ended with Deanna & her parents meeting with school officials to discuss a solution. Overall the 2 day protest was highly charged, but kept organized & peaceful at all times.

For more information about the American Indian Movement of Central Texas please visit:

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CHICANO POWER!

San Anto Cop Watch: From the Front Lines

JUSTICE FOR MARQUISE JONES


 

On Friday, June 19th, at 1:00 P.M. The fifth in a series of protest demonstrations organized through the “San Anto Cop Watch” will be held in front of the Bexar County Courthouse at 300 Dolorosa Street in San Antonio to demand justice for Marquise Jones. The protest will also serve to bring attention to our local battle against the police brutality that has plagued our communities and has targeted young black and brown men for decades. This is a coordinated action of the San Anto Cop Watch”, a grassroots effort facilitated by the Carnalismo Brown Berets and New Black Panther Party to support the Jones/Lamkin family and demand the indictment of Officer Robert Encina. The protest will be aimed at district attorney Nico LaHood to hold him accountable to his alleged support of the family and our fight against law enforcement abuse in San Antonio. Marquise Jones was shot in the back by an off-duty San Antonio police officer on the night of February 28 2014 in the parking lot of Chacho’s & Chalucci’s (8614 Perrin Beitel, San Antonio,Texas, 78217). Officer Robert Encina has justified his murder of Marquise by alleging that he had a gun. However, according to the final report taken on the night of the incident the only weapon that was found was 10 to 20 feet away from Marquise’s body and was never dusted for fingerprints. We believe that the weapon found at the scene of the crime did not belong to Marquise Jones we also would like to highlight the distortion of facts portrayed by the media outlets that say Marquise was shot in the torso. The autopsy report clearly states he was shot in the back several times by officer Robert encina while he was running away, not running towards officer encina. we will continue to organize and grow in numbers as it is becoming apparent that there is a serious problem with law enforcement nationwide. As concerned San Antonions, we reserve the right to defend our families and communities at whatever costFotoFlexer_Photo

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The San Anto Cop Watch is a grassroots effort to help families in San Antonio that have been physically, mentally, & psychologically harmed by Law Enforcement in the City of San Antonio and its greater areas. We recognize that in order to effectively battle Police Brutality, we must support each other (and our respective actions) and stand in solidarity with those who have been directly affected. The San Anto Cop Watch will serve as a support group to families because we recognize that the voices of the oppressed are often overlooked by individuals trying to push a greater agenda. By participating in the San Anto Cop Watch, we will not prioritize the greater law enforcement abuse issue over the wants & needs of the local families. We will use education & awareness as our ultimate weapon against police brutality, and pledge to resolving issues in an organized non-violent manner. As families in San Antonio begin to grow stronger & more confident in their actions, the San Anto Cop Watch will also serve as a coalition comprised of different organizations that will assist in the organizing of actions/demonstrations in San Antonio and network to connect with other families throughout the country.
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Statement-Carnalismo California

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As per our last conversation with Ollin Kin, Victor San Miguel, and Myself, it was agreed that Ollin Kin does not and will not represent the Carnalismo Brown Beret organization. it was also agreed with both parties that Ollin Kin would not recruit, represent, or speak for the Carnalismo Brown Beret Organization. The Carnalismo Brown Beret Organization will stay as we are with the American Indian Movement: which is a mutual respect on the field and in action. The Carnaliamo Brown Berets have come to the conclusion that we will work separately from Ollin Kin, this decision has been made on a national level and shall be respected by all chapters of the Carnalismo Brown Beret Organization and its affiliates.

Chuco Felix

Prime Minister

Carnalismo California

No misnomer with nicknames

In our movement, we do encounter many others who prefer to fancy themselves by nickname, rather than their own name. We ought to be very alert with regard to those who insist by being identified by an alternative persona to the one who has grownt up and operated for so many years in the flesh and blood – and with paper trail to boot. It is with good measure and prudence to examine why some individuals have sought to self-identify with a moniker, rather than involving thier own personalities within El Movimiento. However, There is ALSO something to be said for those whose ONLY moniker is their own true personality – un coweled from monikers or self professed nicknames.

Nicknames offer a level of anonymity and detachment which is really concerning. For instance, in my long passed days, I knew many exotic dancers who had to assume their nicknames in order to compartmentalize how they operated from their working persona v.s. their familia persona.

So, for an initiative, for a movimiento, would it be healthy to compartmentalize? To hold a duplicituous personality? One should hope not.

One could call me “diddled-eyed joe,” or damned if I know, but the truth remains that hiding behind some self-imposed persona is NOT in keeping with being a Brown Beret. End of story.

 

 

 

Being a Brown Beret is a tough bid

Being a Brown Beret can be a very trying happenstance: First, we’re met immediately with this issue of legitimacy – many of the people who assigned themselves “owness” of the persona continually try to retain “own-ness” over the Brown Beret persona. In numerous respects, a  lot of Brown Beret groups have left themselves open to infiltration.

With regard to the Carnalismo Brown Berets, there are some continual constants –  we are consistent raza: We’re not rapacious, or hungry for numbers – we have NO need for stragglers. We do NOT give a please about those who have sought to craft a private army to do their own bidding. Those who do so are NOT Brown Berets, nor are they in keeping with anything that has anything to  do with us-they are weak people, with nothing going for themselves. They are NOT shining stalwarts as Brown Berets – they are losers, left devoid of ANY accomplishments  in their lives – they are losers.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview, with Liberation News

Link to the article: http://www.liberationnews.org/brown-berets-provide-security-for-albuquerque-march-to-end-police-brutality/

Albuquerque Brown Berets at march vs. police brutality

“I could be one of the ones that was taken out.”

Ricky Gonzales, Albuquerque native and Prime Minister of the Nuevo Mexico Chapter of the Carnalismo Brown Berets, reflected on an experience he had with the Albuquerque Police Department 5 years ago. In his case, it was mistaken identity.

Ricky was at a friend’s apartment when he saw that APD was outside preparing for a raid. “I want to see what happens. I walked out of [the friend’s] apartment. I had assault rifles, lasers and SWAT guns pointed at my chest. I’m carrying a phone charger in my hand, it’s night, it could be mistaken for anything. So, luckily, nothing happened…but it could have gone a completely different way.”

The Brown Berets are a Chicano/Mexican American community organization that was born during the late 1960s and is still active. Their mission is to help those who are oppressed and need a voice.

The Brown Berets, including Ricky, were at the June 21 March Against Police Brutality in Albuquerque to assist with security and show solidarity. They do a lot more than provide security, though. “I like to think of the Brown Berets as a multilateral organization,” says Ricky. They do outreach to gangs, food drives, and toy drives for children born in prison. The Brown Berets do this without much of a budget, Ricky says, “We just fund things ourselves and invest sweat equity”.

According to Ricky, re-education is a major initiative of the Brown Berets. “A lot of our work has to do with re-educating ourselves and others. A lot of us Chicanos were raised with a certain version [of history], not necessarily where we really came from or what really happened. [Being born on] this side of the border and being American and not Mexican [is an accident of birth]. Chicano people here in Albuquerque exempt themselves from the fight of people south of the border – an imaginary line. A lot of [our work] is about re-educating these [Chicanos] to know we’re all the same.”