“The Lost City”

Ever heard of Candelaria, Texas? Neither have I.

“Imagine you lived in a small town and then imagine you couldn’t travel more then a few miles from that town. This is the problem that the residents of Candelaria, Texas face every single day. The only reason they live there is to send their children off to school on the U.S. side, because the school on the Mexican side is in complete shambles. The closest town with a grocery store is one hour away and for fear of deportation they cannot even travel to buy food. They must rely on anyone who is willing to help them. Most of the men work on the Mexican side but their wages are so small that most families have 4, 5, or even 6 people living in small trailers made only for a couple of people.”

Alberto Garcia along with a group of filmmakers and Producers are looking to develop a small documentary on Candelaria and the hardships the undocumented residents of the small community encounter on a daily basis.

They call it “Lost City”, an independent documentary about the hardships of the people of Candelaria, TX. Undocumented and trapped in their own town.

Alberto Garcia was the creator of the film, “An American Dream”.

“Three years ago I started a film called An American Dream a movie about the immigration debate raging in the United States. Two years after I began the film it was picked up by The Documentary Channel and aired every month for 2 years across the United States. It was viewed by more then 500,000 people, our voice about immigration was heard. Now with my small crew I want to repeat that process with this new movie called The Lost City, our voice can and will be heard across the country.”

Visit this project’s Kickstarter, learn more about it, and help them develop this film.

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♫ NO países solo corporaciones quien tiene más, más acciones trozos gordos, poderosos decisiones por muy poco ♫

I came across Ana Tijoux and her song titled, “Shock” at the beginning of 2012. Besides it having a catchy verse and a good beat, Ana’s lyrics really got to me. The song is political and it’s based on Chile, however, I was able to relate her words to the past and current situation in Mexico (but of course, it can be related to other situations as well). I’m including the youtube clip of SHOCK, along with an english and spanish version of the lyrics. Those of you who haven’t heard this very well written and performed piece, please do. Then, you can tell me (or don’t) what you think.

 

Shock-En español

Veneno tus monólogos
tus discursos incoloros
no ves que NO estamos solos
!!millones de polo a polo¡¡

Al son de un solo coro
marcharemos con el tono
con la convicción que !!BASTA DE ROBO¡¡

Tu estado de control
tu trono podrido de oro
tu política y tu riqueza
y tu tesoro no.

La hora sonó, la hora sonó

NO permitiremos más, más tu doctrina del shock

La hora sonó, la hora sonó (doctrina del shock)
La hora sonó, la hora sonó (doctrina del shock)
La hora sono, la hora sonó (doctrina del shock)
La hora sono, la hora sonó

NO países solo corporaciones
quien tiene más, más acciones
trozos gordos, poderosos decisiones por muy poco.

Constitución pinochetista
derecho opus dei, libro fascista.
Golpista disfrazado de un indulto elitista
cae la gota, cae la bolsa, la toma se toma la maquina rota.
la calle no calle, la calle se raya
la calle no calla, de bate que esta.

Ya todo lo quitan, todo lo venden
todo se lucra la vida, la muerte
todo es negocio.
Como tu todos, semilla, pascuala, métodos y coros.

Veneno tus monólogos
tus discursos incoloros
no ves que NO estamos solos
!!millones de polo a polo¡¡

Al son de un solo coro,
marcharemos con el tono
con la convicción que !!BASTA DE ROBO¡¡

Tu estado de control,
tu trono podrido de oro,
tu politica y tu riqueza y tu tesoro no.

La hora sonó, la hora sonó

NO permitiremos mas, mas tu doctrina del shock

La hora sonó, la hora sonó (doctrina del shock)
La hora sonó, la hora sonó (doctrina del shock)
La hora sonó, la hora sonó (doctrina del shock)
La hora sonó, la hora sonó

(Hablan unos jóvenes)

Golpe a golpe, beso a beso.
con las ganas y el aliento
con cenizas, con el fuego del presente con recuerdo,
con certeza y con desgarro, con el objetivo claro,
con memoria y con la historia el futuro es !!AHORA¡¡

Todo este tubo de ensayo,
todo este laboratorio que a diario,
todo este fallo, todo este económico modelo condenado de dinosaurio.

Todo se criminaliza, todo se justifica en la noticia,
todo se quita, todo se pisa, todo seficha y clasifica.

Pero…Tu política y tu táctica,
tu típica risa y ética.
Tu comunicado manipulado ¿cuantos fueron los callados?

Pacos, guanacos y lumas,
pacos, guanacos y tunas,
pacos, guanacos NO suman.
¿Cuantos fueron los que se robaron las fortunas?

Veneno tus monólogos
tus discursos incoloros
no ves que NO estamos solos
!!millones de polo a polo¡¡

al son de un solo coro
marcharemos con el tono
con la convicción que !!BASTA DE ROBO¡¡

Tu estado de control,
tu trono podrido de oro,
tu política y tu riqueza, y tu tesoro no.

La hora sonó, la hora sonó

NO permitiremos más, más tu doctrina del shock

La hora sonó, la hora sonó (doctrina del shock)
La hora sonó, la hora sonó (doctrina del shock)
La hora sonó, la hora sonó (doctrina del shock)
La hora sonó, la hora sonó.

Shock- In English

Venom: your monologues,
your colorless speeches,
you don’t see that we AREN’T alone,
millions from pole to pole!

To the sound of a single chorus,
we will march with the tone,
with the conviction that THE THIEVING STOPS!!

Your state of control,
your corrupt throne of gold,
your politics and your wealth,
and your treasure, no.

The hour has struck, the hour has struck

We will allow NO MORE, no more your doctrine of shock

The hour has struck, the hour has struck (doctrine of shock)
The hour has struck, the hour has struck (doctrine of shock)
The hour has struck, the hour has struck (doctrine of shock)
The hour has struck, the hour has struck

NO nations, only corporations,
who has more, more actions,
fat slices, powerful decisions for very little.

Pinochetan^ constitution,
opus dei rights, fascist books.
Guerilla disguised as a pardoned elitist,
the drop falls, the stocks fall, the occupation takes the broken machine.
the street doesn’t keep quiet, the street scratches
the street doesn’t keep quiet, as wide as it is.

They take everything, sell everything,
make a profit from everything, life, death,
it’s all business.
I eat you all, seed, (pascuala?), methods and choruses.

Venom: your monologues,
your colorless speeches,
you don’t see that we AREN’T alone,
millions from pole to pole!!

To the sound of a single chorus,
we will march with the tone,
with the conviction that THE THIEVING STOPS!!

Your state of control,
your corrupt throne of gold,
your politics and your wealth,
and your treasure, no.

The hour has struck, the hour has struck

We will allow NO MORE, no more your doctrine of shock

The hour has struck, the hour has struck (doctrine of shock)
The hour has struck, the hour has struck (doctrine of shock)
The hour has struck, the hour has struck (doctrine of shock)
The hour has struck, the hour has struck

(Some people talk.)

Hit for hit, kiss for kiss,
with wishes and nourishment
with ashes, with the fire of the present, remembering,
with certainty and ripping, with the clear objetive,
with memory and with the history of the future, it’s NOW!

Everything: this trial tube,
everything: this daily laboratory,
everything: this failure, everything: this condemned economic model from dinosaur times.

Everything is criminalized, everything is justified in the news,
they get rid of everything, walk all over everything, open a file on everything and classify it.

But…your politics and your tactics,
your typical smile and ethics.
Your manipulated communiqué
How many of them were silenced?

Cops, hoses and lumas*,
cops, hoses and tunas**,
cops, hoses, DON’T ADD UP.
How many were those who stole the fortunes?

Venom: your monologues,
your colorless speeches,
you don’t see that we AREN’T alone,
millions from pole to pole!!

To the sound of a single chorus,
we will march with the tone,
with the conviction that THE THIEVING STOPS!!

Your state of control,
your corrupt throne of gold,
your politics and your wealth,
and your treasure, no.

The hour has struck, the hour has struck

We will allow NO MORE, no more your doctrine of shock

The hour has struck, the hour has struck (doctrine of shock)
The hour has struck, the hour has struck (doctrine of shock)
The hour has struck, the hour has struck (doctrine of shock)
The hour has struck, the hour has struck

In the land of carnivores

One of my biggest fears coming to Mexico this time around was being around my all time favorite foods and having to pass them up! Tacos de carne asada, tacos de tripa, tortas ahogadas de carne, buche, lonche de jamon, pozole, “dogos”, birria, carnitas, tostadas de pollo, wings…..to name a few! Can i do it? Yeah, i think so….was it going to be tough? Ooh yes!

Today was first day in Mexico…it wasn’t too bad.

I started off my day by going to the local “mercado” and purchased a freshly squeezed carrot, orange and green juice.

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I satisfied my craving with TWO corn tamales…so yummy!

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As a snack I had pineapple and cucumber.

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For lunch, a meatless “torta” with quezo fresco, aguacate, cebolla….etc.

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I even made my favorite, guacamole!

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My grandmother (my cooking inspiration) gave me this book…

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She promised to pass on some of her famous vegetarian recipes.

First day down, a few more to go!

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Elecciones en México

Para todos los Pochos, Mexicanos-Americanos….para todos los que estamos en el norte. Es importante mantenernos informados sobre lo que pasa en nuestras tierras natales no? Aquí les va un video de ‘Telesur’ (canal venezolano) cual nos informa de las elecciones y de cada uno de los candidatos.

Establo Abuelito

A traves de los años y en mis visitas a Jocotepec nunca me he perdido de la oportunidad de visitar el establo de mi Abuelito! Hace un mes, y antes de regresar a los Estados Unidos, quise capturar la magia de ese lugar con mi video cámara y así poder compartirlo con ustedes. El establo es un sitio muy especial, no solamente para mi abuelito pero para la familia en general. Hemos acumulado memorias y fue ahí donde vi por primera vez un puerco, un gallo, una vaca y donde tuve la oportunidad de montar un caballo.

If you’ve asked, “How was mexico? Did you like it?”

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This blog entry is FAAAR overdue… BUT I figured I’d still write it. I AM BACK IN THE U.S OF A! And first thing I get asked since my arrival, “Did you like Mexico, how was it?”

Every time I get asked this, I pause….. I smile and say, “Loved it”. Truth is, I can’t seem to find the words to describe my experience. Making a comparison between Mexico and the United States is silly, they are completely different countries, different worlds!

The day I got off that plane and arrived at my new home I had no idea what I had in store. I had family members and thank the lord; I was going to live with two dear cousins. Still, I was alone…. A gringa alone in the big city of Guadalajara. Carless, I had to learn to use other means of transportation, Macrobus,  “el tren”, “el camion”, TAXI, used them all….and my favorite was, “TAXI!!!” 🙂 My favorite thing to do? Drink coffee and sit at coffee shops, work, read, and write… that is currently what I am doing. It is also something I did in Mexico and just sitting here makes me miss the smell, taste, and life Mexico has to offer. Mexico is a third world country and there are horrible things currently going on but it is still one of my favorite places in the whole wide world!

The first days I began working at SJRTV, I was overwhelmed…overwhelmed by the huge “borracho edificio”, by the five floors that make up the building and by the hundreds of people walking in and out. People stared at me and wondered, “Who is this girl?” Soon enough they figured I was the “reportera de los Estados Unidos”. First meetings, first stories, I was shy…. and then I got comfortable enough that I began meeting people! In Mexico, you don’t smile, wave, throw a peace sign or say hello to someone…whether they are acquaintances or your best friends, you MUST go up to a person, shake their hand, give a hug and a kiss on the cheek!

Because I’ve already shared on my experience working there, I’ll share more so on the life outside of SJRTV. It is extremely common that people that work together, go to school together, do whatever together go afterwards and grab a drink! Or wings! “Wings” restaurants are the most popular thing to do among the 17-30. Guadalajara has not one, two or three bars, restaurants, lounges, nightclubs…there must be around 200 or 300!?! And they all have a unique style, architecture, and theme to them. My favorites, “El salmon” “Zapotlan” “Lola Lolita”, to name a few. Nightlife begins at 12am and ends at 6, 7 or 8am. There is food open at all hours and there is even a street nicknamed, “la calle del hambre”, Hungry Street. You can find the BEST TACOS on this street, trust me! And there is also random streets dedicated to selling medicines, fixing your cars, selling you car parts…all at very cheap prices!

Also, there is always a carnival, festival or celebration going on. El centro de GDL or the downtown hosts concerts, shows, and exhibitions every weekend! Now, I will make a comparison, San Francisco and Guadalajara are similar in relation to culture, it’s never-ending.

Soccer games! Now, these were MEMORABLE. I love soccer games, always have gone to them…I wear a soccer jersey, love to yell and cheer on teams. But the love for soccer in Mexico is something else! (I’m sure you can imagine). Stadiums are packed, there is a huge party prior to the soccer games outside of the stadiums and everyone and anyone is an “aficionado”. People don’t sit and quietly watch the game….oh no! There are songs dedicated to players, to teams, moves, refs…. Everyone is on their feet, screaming their lungs out and having a huge celebration whether their team is winning or not! Another great experience, “La lucha libre”, a wrestling match. 90% of the people attend, NOT to watch but to have a good time! The stadium is divided into two, there is a bottom section and an upper. It is all a joke, according to the ticket prices, the people on the lower part of the stadium are the “rich” and the ones belonging to the upper are the “poor”. There is live music playing in the background and the entire time the people sing, and yell at each other. I must have looked like the “lost child” here…..I didn’t understand what was going on until it was explained to me.

I thank every single person that I met during my stay in México; I made friends that I consider more like best friends at this point or even family. Although Mexico living is very different to my current living in the United States, I would go back and experience it all over again! This experience has been breathtaking and there wasn’t ONE day that I went without doing something, learning something, experiencing something new! If I’ve learned something from this was that every single country has something great to offer, and Mexico offers love for life, music and culture. Goals for the future? I want to experience living in Spain or Latin America.

So if you have or haven’t asked me how my experience was, did I love it, would I go back? The answer lies in this blog, what do you think?!?!