Natalio Pérez. Communist, Mexican in diaspora, occasional photographer and occasional graphic designer. My blog features mostly original content about radical politics and Latin America, with some personal stories and attempts at witty social commentary mixed in. Coming to you live from Oakland, CA.
Blog bilingüe inglés/español.
-Alí Primera, Dispersos.
"Why not come together, if the gospel and a rifle were already united in the hands of Camilo? Why not come together and fight like brothers, for our dying country, for the homeland that we love?"
From his first studio album Lo Primero de Ali Primera, 1973. The above-mentioned ‘Camilo’ refers to Colombian priest Camilo Torres, one of the earliest proponents of what is now known as liberation theology in Latin America. He joined the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) in 1965 but died in combat shortly afterward in February of 1966.
-Yolocamba I Ta, Canto de Comunión (Communion Song)
"Father, today we are hungry for work, shelter and bread; give us your body and blood, give us militancy!"
From Yolocamba I Ta’s 1980 Misa Popular Salvadoreña, featuring 10 songs to be used for a people’s mass, extolling virtues of life and liberation. Yolo’s members were also combatants in the Ejército Popular de Liberación (EPL), which joined with the Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo (EPR) to become the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional in 1980.
"Poverty is not a fate, it is a condition; it is not a misfortune, it is an injustice."
This reminded me of how much I loathe first-world guilt trips about poverty in Africa, Asia, Latin America, etc.
I’m currently reading one of Gutierrez’s books, We Drink From Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People and it’s pretty fantastic. I disagree with the initial premise (the existence of God, the resurrection of Jesus, etc.) but beyond that, totally worth checking out even if you aren’t Christian. I think other Marxists like myself will find it particularly interesting.
-Fernando Cardenal. Jesuit priest and poet, former Minister of Education for the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, younger brother to the more famous Ernesto Cardenal.
Interesting food for thought. I took this out David Gullette’s book ¡Gaspar! A Spanish Poet/Priest in the Nicaraguan Revolution, but unfortunately I can’t find an original source for the quote.