Today’s editorial is a tribute to women in the Americas whose hands have modeled corn into their families daily food and now are emptied by the greed of the powerful in the world. The guest writer is Rosa Martha Zarate M.

 

WOMAN, STANDING IN THE STRUGGLE

Years of walking, centuries of history

of valiant women who have taken

With decision, steadfastness, faith and commitment

the reigns of life along with the Pueblo.

 

Years of struggle uneraseable footprints,

unending holocaust of centuries.

Before genocide invasions,

Woman, standing in the struggle you are,

You do not give in to fear.

 

You know of nights without star, of death, of mourning,

of dawns you hold and keep the memories,

you own a heart that never ceases

to struggle to break every chain.

In the soul you sowed the memories

that speak of the faithful love that ignites you,

The one that encouraged you to give your whole life

to the liberation of our land.

 

Your womb is pregnant with tenderness and love,

You sing and pray the way your ancestors did,

and although you bear the mark of ignominy

Standing in the struggle you are, you don’t give up.

Years of struggle, footprints that open new paths,

Open veins that cry out for justice

Valiant woman you braid with your life,

a different story, a liberated one.

 

Rosa Martha Zárate Macias, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is a community and labor organizer, singer, and songwriter. She first migrated to the United States from Mexico in 1968. It is in the United States that she has successfully combined her rich musical talent with courageous leadership in championing the rights of the Mexican and Latino community in this country.

She has given concerts, conferences and workshops in community organizing and popular education in Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America as well as in Europe, Africa and the United States. In 1985 she was the cofounder of Libreria del Pueblo, Inc., and cofounder of Calpulli Project, both organizations that promote the empowerment of the Mexican/Latino low income and underserved immigrant population in Southern California. With such a strong commitment to building a new world order, her music is an echo of the hopes, struggles of the impoverished. She states, “I believe that Popular Organization is one of the essential elements needed by the Pueblo in order to exercise its own power of decision making and thus become agents of our own history and our own destiny.” Rosa Martha actually lives in Colton, CA.