Eliacin Rosario-Cruz

Abrazando Esperanzas

Month: October 2007 (page 1 of 4)

San Diego fires + harassment

From Jason Evans at The Ecclesia Collective

As many of you know, many of us in our community have been feeding the volunteers collecting donations at the Chicano Park donation drop point.

Yesterday, our group of primarily gringos experienced some resistance to serving the primarily Latino volunteers. We came to find out that earlier in the day, they were harassed by the Minutemen and some people came to take away donations, which the volunteers at this station allowed. Why did this happen? Because this drop point is trying help undocumented, non-English speaking people as well as others directly effected by the fires.

Because of this, the volunteers were hesitant to trust. Were we spying, trying to hurt them somehow? We talked with the organizers and some of the tension was relieved. Trust can be hard to come by sometimes.

This morning, Brooke, my kids and others from our community went to the donation drop point again. Our group was delivering breakfast to the volunteers. Four police cars arrived aggressively questioning the intent of the people working this drop point. It was an ugly scene. Seeing only kindness and generosity expressed by these volunteers, my children drove away now afraid of the police because of how they treated the volunteers.

I was planning on sending out a hopeful note this morning. I wanted to share with you about how beautiful it has been to see San Diego’s often divided groups come together and work together peacefully in such a dark hour. But instead I feel I need to get the word out on this.

This is not the time to put citizenship or skin color over humanity. Some of you may not agree with my ‘political leanings’ and that is okay. I will be honest with you, this is not political for me. I don’t want to sound pious, I say this with the utmost sincerity, I am compelled to stand with these people because I am a follower of Jesus.

Please get out the word about this. If you are in the area, go to Chicano Park and use your presence to provide protection to these people. Yes, I am asking you to trust me that the intentions of this group are for good. You are going to hear otherwise. Be prepared. But please act, pray and publicize this.

As a last note, SD IndyMedia may be the best place to find out about this stuff.

“Greenbelt” like Festival Survey

Some of you are aware of the fantastic Greenbelt Festival in the UK. For the past months I’ve been part of the planning for something similar here in North America. A group of us have put together a survey in a way to listen to wider range of important diverse voices as we continue with the phase 2 of this project.The following is a short description and a link to the survey. It will only take you 10-15 min. Your input is very valuable. Survey Link


The festival may feature:

Art & Creativitylots of good music, visual arts, dance, participatory

Justice & Missiongreen, organic, immigration, poverty, peace, race, etc.

Worshipnew & emerging, denominational, and festival-wide services

Spiritualitycentering practices and disciplines that deepen spiritual life

Communityall ages, kids & families, safe spaces, economy of generosity

Learningteaching each other how-to, workshops, theology, learning commons

—We’re putting together a festival that’ s unique, real, transformative and fun! We would really like your opinions as we take the next step in creating the festival. The festival was created by a diverse design team – half people of color, half white, half women, half men from all across North America.

Check it out! The festival is your adventure – you write the script, you decide how you want to participate and contribute. Curious about music that connects your creative energies and yearnings for spiritual connection? We hope to have bands like… Sufjan Stevens, Derek Webb, Jennifer Knapp, Briertone, Starflyer 59, Woven Hand, Jeremy Enigk, Ulali, Janni, Harvard University Kuumba Singers (Gospel), Lakita, Jars of Clay, Moby, and Tye Tribbett.

Our hope is that the festival will have an impact on North American culture – a gathering so different that it makes a whole new something available in North America. It will bring together a unique and diverse mix of people, offer something that is transformative for individuals, help people explore living out their spirituality or faith in the world – through social activism and green living – and help make fresh expressions of Christianity available to a broader range of people. Social justice and high quality music will be at the core – music for a variety of audiences. We’re expecting that one-third to one-half of the participants will be people of color, half in their 20’s, one-fourth in their 30’s, one-fifth “spiritual but not religious” and folks from a wide variety of Christian faiths and other traditions.

Please take a moment to complete the survey. Your opinions are really important to us!

Just click on the survey link – Survey Link


the monastic orders of the white men

As Andrew Jones mentioned on one of his recent posts on his blog, us here in the Mustard Seed House are in conversations about monastic orders and what/how that would look in our urban context here in Seattle and on what will be in the future a Celtic flavored new monastic retreat/intentional rural community in Camano Island, WA.

My involvement and interest on monastic orders comes from a practitioners point of view, as someone who’ve been involve in different ways community living most of his life. This conversation about “new, missional” monastic orders is not new. A simple google search will provide plentiful of links regarding the subject. What is interesting to me is that it is happening mostly among white, middle age men.

In case some of you might have not notice, our Emerging World is multi-cultural. By retaining the euro-centric, enlightenment view of privilege discourse western Christians show not only their disconnection with reality but also their blindness and arrogance toward a fully expression of the Communitas of God.

If we really believe in a movement toward a whole life expression of discipleship and faith, we should embrace the gifts of diverse voices and praxis coming from many worlds and cultures, as the Zapatistas say “a world where many worlds are possible.”
The rumble of the drums and the joyful voices of our brothers and sisters from the Emerging World are getting louder and louder each minute. With all due respect, dear brothers and sisters from the west and north, you’ve been speaking for quite awhile. Now it is your time to show some humility and listen.

Life & Debt

Life & Debt – Blue Scholars


I like… making you so happy!
Yo, life and debt, light a cigarette smoke the stress,
take a deep breath baby, let’s rearrange the mess we’ve inherited
Alienated from what is rightfully yours in my land
is life, money is time paid for labor
Working eight to five, sometimes six seven eight
we come home and barely know the neighbors
Bills are usually late
Interest accumulates at a usury rate
Collection agency waits from
Pay check to next one, budget like a noose
Working while we sing the proletariat blues
On 501-C3 community plantations,
non profit sector propped up to kill the movement for the changes in production relations
But woman you’re my comrade, ride and die, revolution-making mother earth
standing with me in the grocery line
While I’m paying with a jar of pennies, nickels and dimes
And I love how you don’t like art without a message
I love how you call some fellas …femme-ish (?)
Third world sister, never sacrificing substance for style
But stylish with a golden type smile
I love how you organize with other strong sisters
Love how you talk about tearing down the system
Like a soldier, my dialectical reflection, yes is the answer to your question
Life and debt, write another check to the landlord,
no time to dwell on all the things we can’t afford
gotta baby in the womb, a soldier for the future that we’re fighting for
concrete conditions that are fighting for (?)
the payback, it’s way past due
and they say that the masses ain’t ready but
We know that ain’t true, you and I both children of Filipino immigrants from the same island, our ancestors smiling,
Cuz we found one another in a strange land struggling
Moms tryin’ to tell us not to protest instead pray for peace,
But that ain’t the nature of the beast
So lady grab a bullhorn and take it to the streets
Yellin power to the people, el pueblo unido, jamas sera vencido

Til the wealth is spread equal
You 21st century Gabriela Salaw
Pierced like Lorena with a rifle in the arm
And I love how you love the people as much as self
I love that how you want redistribution of the wealth
Third world sister, never sacrificing substance for style
But stylish with a golden type smile
I love that how you organize with other strong sisters
Love that how you talk about tearing down the system
Like a soldier, my dialectical reflection, yes is the answer to your question
Life and debt
I like…making you so happy! I like…making you so happy! I like…making you so happy!
Cuz making you so happy makes me happy too!

Listening to the Emerging World

Instead of playing the wink’em game and doing another book report (oh… you know what I’m talking about), why not pay attention to what the Emerging World has to tell us?

World Social Forum

More news of hope and transformation from the past US Social Forum – This is what happens when people in the USA listen to the voices from Emerging World.

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