San Diego: In defense of Chicano Park

first_imgDefending Chicano Park in San Diego on Feb. 3.By Zola Muhammad and Carl MuhammadSan DiegoAround 50 white supremacists were in the minority on Feb. 3, when an awe-inspiring 1,500-plus Californians showed up to defend San Diego’s historic Chicano Park. They came from as far away as the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles to defend the park from racist attack by a group calling themselves the “Bordertown Patriots,” Trump-style bigots who claimed to be coming there for a “patriotic picnic.”In reality, these were right-wing reactionaries who planned to deface and defame the beloved murals and the statue of a Mexican revolutionary leader. They have been emboldened by the rise of Trump and angered by the heroic actions of Takiyah Thompson and Bree Newsome, two Black women, both of whom boldly removed official symbols of white supremacist oppression.“¡Tierra, Liberación y Revolución!” (“Land, Liberty and Revolution!”) were the words of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who is honored in the park with a beautiful bronze statue. In 1970, they were also the words of Chicanx activists as they cried out to affirm the liberation of Chicano Park.That was the year the community of Barrio Logan, one of the oldest communities in San Diego, began to fight for the park to be built. The city, however, had another idea for the use of the land under the Coronado Bridge and began construction of a new State Highway Patrol station. Mario Solís, a Brown Beret, was the first to notice the construction underway on the previously unused parcel of land and immediately organized a protest of occupation of the construction site. After 12 days of confrontation, the city accepted defeat in the face of the Chicanx community’s united opposition and reluctantly accepted the Chicanx community’s takeover of the land for the park.The Feb. 3 invasion of white supremacists is the second recent targeting of Chicano Park. In September 2017, a right-wing blog, Patriot Fire, called for a “picnic” in the park, but they were run off by members the community.The local press reported that these more recent racists wanted to remove a statue of Zapata and deface the murals depicting the history of the Chicanx people and the images of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Frida Kahlo and other revolutionaries. They also evidently intended to remove the flags of Aztlán and Mexico and replace them with U.S. flags.The Chicano Park Steering Committee organized a massive security team that kept the white supremacists from harming anyone. Most of the people in the park were completely unaware of the small skirmish that resulted in a few arrests.But Chicano Park is also under assault from the city as well through gentrification, since outside interests are moving into the community under the guise of redevelopment.Attendees and speakers at the Defense of Chicano Park event included a Native motorcycle club, Aztec dancers, Brown Berets, Unión del Barrio, members of the LGBTQ community who carried Mexican flags with rainbows on them, Interfaith Ministries including Muslim, Jew and Christian spokespeople, the Black Panthers for Self Defense, a Mexican low riders club, Workers World Party and many, many more community members. Workers World Party candidate members Ryan Stray and Mickey Saldivar-Soto worked security detail and the medical tent, respectively.Attendees at the defense event celebrated the revolutionary park by beginning with a Native blessing by Stan Rodríguez from the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel. The event ended with a performance by the Aztec Dancers, with the community being asked to join in for the last dance. The present writers and WWP organizer Gloria Verdieu danced along with the Indigenous dancers as Native elders sang songs of prayers.According to the “picnic” organizers’ website, their ultimate goal is to close Chicano Park. But white supremacy has lost another battle. The people have made it clear with their sheer presence that Chicano Park is here to stay.Photo: Chicano Park steering Committee FacebookFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Social finance seminar this evening for community groups and clubs in Donegal

first_imgFurther details -A free seminar in Donegal in relation to obtaining finance by local community organisations, social enterprises and sports clubs will be held hosted by Community Finance (Ireland). With up to €100 million available in funding, Community Finance (Ireland) is one of the largest providers of social finance to the community and voluntary sector on the island of Ireland and will be hosting the “Investor Ready” seminar for social enterprises, community organisations and sports clubs based in Donegal.The “Investor Ready” seminar will be held on Wednesday 14th October in Niall Mor Centre, Killybegs, 7.30 p.m.As well as Áislann Chill Chartha in Donegal, Community Finance (Ireland), as part of the wider UCIT Group, has funded over 400 community and volunteer organisations on the island of Ireland across a range of sectors and projects, including enterprise and workspace projects, rural development projects, childcare schemes, housing associations, community transport, energy & environmental initiatives and sports and recreation facilities.Donal Traynor, Associate Director of Community Finance (Ireland) said “With over €100 million available in funding, Community Finance (Ireland) is looking to work with local organisations and social enterprises that are delivering an immediate social impact to the community but cannot access finance from traditional lenders like banks or building societies.”“The event in Donegal will be a step by step guide on how to access funds from Community Finance (Ireland). Community Finance (Ireland) has made our “Investor Ready” seminars very accessible, so they are low on jargon and assume that the people attending may never have had to access repayable finance before. We would encourage every community organisation, sporting club or social enterprise to attend and find out more about how to obtain funding from Community Finance (Ireland).” continued Donal Traynor.Martina O’Donnell Manager of Áislann Chill Chartha said that “We needed fast capital to fulfil a large project in refurbishing our Health & Fitness Suite.  This would enable us to widen our customer base and generate more income providing extra services to our new and existing customers.  We had an associate from Community Finance (Ireland) to walk us through the loan process and experienced an easy and fast route to getting finance.  We were happy with the results and I would highly recommend Community Finance (Ireland) to other businesses because of the efficiency and friendliness.”Attendance at the “Investor Ready” seminar is free, but local organisations wishing to attend should register in advance with Community Finance (Ireland) or visit Social finance seminar this evening for community groups and clubs in Donegal Community organisations, social enterprises and sports clubs are being invited to a seminar on finance options at the Niall Centre in Killybegs tonight, hosted by Community Finance Ireland.The group, one of the largest providers of social finance in Ireland says it has up to €100 million available in funding, and has supprted over 400 community and volunteer organisations across the island for almost 20 years.Spokesperson Donal Traynor says Community Finance Ireland is looking to work with local organisations and social enterprises that are delivering an immediate social impact to the community but cannot access finance from traditional lenders like banks or building societies…………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Pinterest GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By admin – October 14, 2015 Homepage BannerNews Previous articleDoherty and Mac Lochlainn both support a three candidate strategyNext articlePringle questions BIM claim that 89 jobs were created in Killybegs admin Google+ Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more