Friday, January 23, 2009

The Raza Press and Media Association (RPMA

THE TIME TO FIGHT BACK IS NOW: GIVING VOICE AND POWER TO OUR COMMUNITY

From ebustill@aol.com

The mainstream capitalist media has declared an all out war against our
communities. The anti-Mexican propaganda spewed by the media is at an
all-time high. Every minute of day, the media bombards us with the most
slanderous statements and claims.

From “Gangland” TV documentaries, nightly news programs focusing on
crimes allegedly committed by Mexicans, and “Radio Hate” shows, –to
newspapers editorializing against the existence of Raza within the
borders of the United States– the media works nonstop to instill hatred
against anything having to do with Mexicans.

As a result, most Raze are scared to speak out and walk in fear. We are
cowed, degraded, and insulted on a daily basis. There is no space for
Mexicans in the “American Dream”, not even with Obama in the
presidency. No matter how painful this description might be to some,
this is the reality for most Mexicans.

Yet, even worst than the hatred whipped up against us by the
racist-capitalist propaganda machines, is that fact that it also leads
to many Mexicans hating each other. It is this horrific social
existence created by the media, which creates self-hatred among our
children. It produces a psychology the torments our youth –leading to
violence, dropping out of sc
hool, disrespecting their parents, and a
life of petty crime.

How, we ask, can we complain about all the problems facing our
communities, without exposing and taking a militant stand against
media stereotyping and the defaming of the Mexican community?

The Raza Press and Media Association (RPMA) says that the time to fight
back is now. And, as Malcolm X once said, the struggle has to be waged
by any means necessary. In the particular case of RPMA, the means of
struggle is to build and use a people’s media as a weapon of liberation.

Founded in 1990, the RPMA upholds the necessity for collective action.
We oppose an individualist approach to struggle. The enemy press is
too powerful. Therefore, we call on all Raza who posses media skills
or are interested in media work, to join the RPMA. Join us in
informing, giving voice, and power, to our communities. ATTEND THE
RAZA PRESS ASSOCIATION SUMMIT on Sat. Jan. 24, 2009.

For more
information see: razapressassociation.org.

Venceremos!

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