Saturday, November 22, 2008

Reclaiming "Veganism" and Healing Aztlan

Written by Claudia Serrato y Chris Rodriguez

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Colonization has occurred in various levels as we are very well aware of. It has conquered our lands, minds, and bodies. But is there anything that we can do to liberate all these at once? Gloria Anzaldua said that we need a new Chicana/o nationalism that will "liberate the brown and female body as it decolonizes the brown and female earth" and I agree.Reclaiming our bodies from occupation and infiltration from colonial diseases (cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes, and obesity) will do just that. Returning to our roots, returning to our diets will liberate our lands and our minds.Stay away from an animalized ("meats") and feminized protein (items produced such as milk, cheese and eggs from the violent acts of raping female bodies) diet. This is the colonizer's food ways not the indigenous way. Cows, chickens, pigs all arrived off the conquistadores boats and through the acts of culinary imperialism infiltrated the healthy, spiritual, sacred maize and plant based diets.Eat papas, frijoles, calavasas, maize, greens, roots, nopales, aguacates, y arroz. Eat the Mexicatl way not the Spanish way! Decolonize the diet and honor the sacredness of food...all creatures and all plants are our relatives. In solidarity with life...As Cherrie Moraga stated in Queer Aztlan... "Aztlan is no longer a mythological homeland but is indeed flesh, skins, and bones under occupation by imperialist patriarchal United States..." It is time to reclaim our sacred Aztlan!! Decolonize the diet!! Let's help liberate our animal relatives from the continual oppression and exploitation and bring balance to our decaying ecosystems!!

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Capitalism-the colonizer-has, once again, taken away and patented the ancestral knowledge that is our indigenous ways of living-eating. He stole it and keeps it only for his white families on the west side. He calls it "vegan" and "going green" while our gente, east of the river, continue to search for the roots and natural ways-Panche Be-amidst this chaos we call Diabetes (of ALL types), Heart Disease, Obesity, imbalance and the destruction of pachamama . But it's like John Trudell says, "[we are] struggling to learn when all [we] have to do is remember...honor your relations" the way of our ancestors.Don't forget about the land, the air, the animals, the water, our brothers and sisters all of over the world resisting the colonizer and his agents that infiltrate the brown body-la madre tierra-Aztlan.Cherrie Morraga says, "Aztlan is that physical land mass we call our bodies" so reclaim it and reject the colonizer who infiltrates your body disguised as the, queso fresco, tacos al pastor, quesadillas, tamales de puerko, pozole con patas, elotes con mantequilla y Parmesan cheese.

QUE VIVA LOS Y LAS ZAPATISTAS!
QUE VIVA SOUTH CENTRAL FARMERS!
QUE VIVA PROYECTO JARDIN/CARACOL MARKET PLACE!
QUE VIVA SOUTH HILLS POMONA GARDEN!
QUE VIVA LA PACHAMAMA!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks you two. I learned a great deal this is an amazing looking website!! WE need more websites like this! thank you for starting or rather remembering a food revolution! those who control food control the world!! Obama baby. ~ Andrea

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  2. Has anyone read the book by Devon A. Mihesuah, "Decolonizing Our diets by recovering our ancestors' garden?"

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  3. YES! and what is beautiful to me is that this particular written works affirms our purpose...many blessings to you sister : )

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