|English | Español||January 16, 2017 | Issue #67|
“It's Time to Stop Being Victims”
Words from Julián LeBaron to Congress and the Nation
By Julián LeBarón and Antonio Cervantes
Julián LeBarón (second from right) during a moment of silence at a meeting between the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity and Mexican Congressional leaders.
Mexicans, citizens of the country and the world: appeal to your consciences! Now is the moment to recognize that we, everyone who makes up the country, are also responsible for this Holocaust. It’s not only the criminals and the politicians. Each peso we pay in taxes is a vote of approval to continue our misfortune, so let us reflect on how it is that we stay quiet and allow things to continue the way they are. We are giving consent to the mockery, the vileness and the slavery.
You so-called deputies and senators, who say you are our representatives but still aren’t, now is the time to show the citizens. It’s not the time to write dead letters that appear to be an instrument for mockery. It is time to go out into the streets and protest the dishonor and the dismay of the violence that brings us to our knees. It is time to shout the truth until it echos throughout all of Mexico. Citizens: the war will not bring peace; the drugs and the weapons are not the problem. The problem is us. Until now we have not been able to be outraged, to come together, or to even name our dead!
Neither the president, nor the deputies and senators, will bring us peace. Peace will be possible when we all recognize that the present is the consequence of each one of our actions, and that only through collective participation will we be able to change Mexico.
I walk with poets because they know what words are worth, that words matter, and that a man without words is a man without dignity. I’m asking you to measure your words and honor them.
I’ll end by quoting Pablo Neruda, in memory of my brothers and of our dead, which includes immigrants. “I must summon them here as if they were here. Brothers and Sisters: rest assured that our struggle on earth will continue.”
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism