Waking Up From Times of Disbelief

By Evelyn Perez-Verdia

“Who controls the past controls the future.  Who controls the present controls the past.”  -George Orwell

Because no matter who you are, red or blue, we should never stop marching  for  humanity, common sense, morality and being a civil person every day. This is for you:

I once read that for every villain there is a héroe.

For every victim there is an oppressor.

Mexicans are not all rapists and drug traffickers, and Latinos are not all Mexicans.

White Americans are not all racists, and racists are not all white.

We watch the insane try to bring down the towers where “our truths are to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

As each in their own mind feels unequal, they slowly break each other down.

Going down and dividing. Familias don’t want to eat Lechón and others stop going to sweet sixteens. So angry that we are blind to puppets dressed as trolls interfering with election ’16

After lock her ups and New York packed.

A pin drop heard.

Election night filled with disbelief.

Silent and mourning, turning Twitter pages black while others yell “Hooray!”

The aftermath?

People feeling torn down rather than building each other up.

We remember MLK. Then we say: “Hey, isint that us?  With modern clothes and even more fed up?”

From being broken, shattered, still unaware of the car that hit us called the indecency of Trump?

Seeing how some of his fellow friends play that book:  they call you liar and then make up lies so that they can get off the hook? As his tweets corrupt our language, and his language corrupts our children’s  thoughts.

Yes, that is us.

The good news?

We are a slowly waking up.

Slowly picking up the pieces.

Youth quickly standing up.

This smell is familiar, as history repeats.  Stronger, bolder, with no shame. We say “NO” to shackles on our feet.

We are stronger when united and we see corruption is not far away–and yes, neither the ability to impeach.

So take you cell phone and fight with facts before you are left in a storm of disbelief.

Protect America’s institutions, its men and women who are there for you and me. The media. The child who can’t speak.

Support those who are for decency and patriotism as the nationalist drum plays its beat.

Do what it takes. Put on your shield and speak with truth. Please do not be violent and behave, because it is time to stop our founding fathers–from rolling in their graves.

Must-Go-To Event: DITAS 2014

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Political Pasión is a community partner at this year’s Democracy in the Americas Symposium (DITAS 2014).  Ditas brings together More than 500 business leaders, heads of state, prominent scholars, social innovators and leaders of government as they gather in a 2-Day Symposium to discuss ways to bolster the democratic process and create new economic development opportunities for the next generation of leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States.

 Featured speakers include Vinicio Cerezo, Former President of Guatemala; Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera, Former President of Uruguay; Enrique V. Iglesias, Ibero-American Secretary General, and Yoani Sanchez, famous Generation Y Cuban blogger.  In addition, we will be hearing from our local leaders such as, Tomas Regalado, Mayor of the City of Miami, Luigi Boria, Mayor of the City of Doral, Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools and Senator George LeMieux, of the Center of Public Policy .

“Defending and strengthening democracy demands positive action from society as a whole. An event like DITAS allows us to explore ideas in a forum, which can later translate into actions that will improve the democratic process in the Americas,” said Foundation’s Chairman, Jose Zambrano.

The Americas Symposium (DITAS 2014) will take place on November 6-7 at Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami.  The registration fee is $150, including all education panels, networking cocktail and presidents’ luncheon for the 2-day symposium. To register, please visit www.ditas.org.

The Zambrano Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting projects to educate, train and mentor the next generation of leaders of the Americas. For more information on the Zambrano Foundation, please visit www.zambranofoundation.org or Democracy in Americas Symposium (DITAS 2014), please visit www.ditas.org, e-mail communications@zambranofoundation.org, or call 954-980-9453

Every year is always better than the next.  Political Pasión looks forward to seeing you at DITAS 2014!