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Declaration of Support for Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers in Greece. From Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign New York

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Dear sisters and brothers:

Receive greetings and embraces of solidarity from New York.

We are Movement for Justice in El Barrio, an organization of immigrants in El Barrio, NYC that fights for human dignity and against community displacement. We fight for the liberation of every marginalized group, including immigrants, people of color, women, gays, lesbians, transgender communities, and all the poor of the world.

We want to let you know that we are aware of your courageous hunger strike and that we are united in your just struggle, which is also our own.

Movement for Justice in El Barrio holds the bad government of Greece and the world capitalist system responsible for the conditions that you, our brothers and sisters, are currently undergoing. They are responsible as well for the destruction of the families, children, women, men, elderly and young people who truly sustain the economies of the big cities, which benefit the transnational companies and bad governments in power.

Movement for Justice in El Barrio identifies with your struggle, since we too are IMMIGRANTS and have, like you and millions of other people around the world, emigrated due to poverty, unemployment, war, dictatorships, multinational corporations and their puppet politicians.

In our countries of origin, like yours, we are not left with any other option but to risk our lives a thousand times over and leave everything behind, in order to arrive at a country that takes our natural resources and, in turn, enjoys a level of life infinitely higher than that of our countries. We know that this takes place due to our corrupt and thieving governments that are lackeys for the transnational businesses. We blame and publicly denounce capitalism.

And we, like you, are victims of the control of public opinion and of mass media, which are manipulated by the government to hide exploitation and obscure true information, always catering to the corrupt governments’ interests.

Our cheap labor benefits the bosses and the rich and, in the same way, the State’s services reap the benefits of the savage exploitation of our community.

Sisters and brothers: We are in the same situation as you are and, from New York, we can see the cause and culprit of the exploitation of human beings as cheap labor, which is the political-economic system...We know that they are trying to degrade us as human beings, killing our cultures, and that it seeks to enslave us in its image, which entails our total destruction as a community and as people. The capitalist system moves its money from country to country and from one continent to the next. There are no walls or borders or immigration laws for money. For money, there are no problems. The ally of this monster is the political system, which is used like a tool to destroy our communities, to change laws that allow for further exploitation and enslavement of humanity.

Like the vast majority of the IMMIGRANT community, the members of Movement for Justice in El Barrio also suffer the consequences of the savage exploitation of our labor.

In exchange for our work, they impose upon us new racist, anti-immigrant laws and walls on our borders, fences on the Evros river, floating detention centers, Euro-Army forces on the Aegean Sea, assault battalions in the cities, and massive deportations. They attempt to convince the workers that we are a threat to them, that we are the reason for oppression that their very governments inflict upon them. They implement all of this to deny us our right to a dignified life fit for a human being, with rights (that they do not want us to exercise).

Your struggle in Greece is a mirror of the reality that we live here in New York: We were displaced and removed from our birthplace and here we must once again confront and fight against displacement from our homes and community. In other words, we suffer displacement twice, and for this reason, the struggle remains unstoppable and our fight is strengthened with yours. We know that the struggle must not be limited to the local or national levels: It must be global.

As predominantly Mexican immigrants, we are part of The Other Campaign – a national Mexican movement, initiated by our Mexican brothers and sisters in Chiapas, Mexico, that seeks to unify all the struggles from below and to the left.

By having the community as its base, this movement offers alternative ways of doing politics. We want to remove those dirty, thieving, and corrupt politicians from our Mexico, since they are leaving our country in ruins and plundering it. But, as our Zapatista sisters and brothers say, “if there is no world for us, we will build one in which many worlds fit by respecting our differences.”

From New York, we, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, support you in your dignified struggle and it is an honor for us to know that we have comañeros like you. Your cause is ours, and we are going to send you a lot of support and energy. From here, from the Latino barrio of New York we send you an embrace of solidarity. We will be anxiously awaiting updates from you, brothers and sisters, regarding your struggle.

This is the word of the humble and simple community of New York.


Movement for Justice in El Barrio
The Other Campaign New York