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Rocío: Community Rules

We talk to the kids, sometimes they listen. If not, we talk with their moms. We are trying to teach them that this park is for them. They get the message, if they destroy this park there will be no place to play. These kids are not rude, they get it. They take care of the park but sometimes they make some little damages.

Juan Carlos: Our Symbols

Juan Carlos: Our Symbols

Here we have in first place we have the CRIC flag. After that, we have the ponchos that make us warm in both physical and spiritual ways beacuse they work as shields against bad energy. Those are our hats, they are tipical and cover us from the heat, they also work against bad ideas that come from the outside. Finally, we have the indiginous batons that represent the historical resistance of our people.

El Paisa: Community Struggles

empty soccer field

We have had a lot of fights with the police because they came in a very rude way to damage two machines that we had working. Because of their rudeness, we brought another 10 machines. This is a community natural park, it doesn’t have an owner. The police and the government are not owners of this park, neither is any person, this is for everyone. From the little ones to the oldest. There have been some grandparents coming to do exercise down here.

Juan Diego: "MAIS" Is Ours

  The corn is ours, our harvest and the name is really clear: “MAIS”: “Movimiento Indígena Alternativo y Social” (Alternative and Social Indigenous Movement). Is what I have always said: this movement is not only for indigenous people but for every social field and everything it involves: afroamericans, peasants, Yanaconas (indigenous people).

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