Miles marchan en Puerto Rico contra Monsanto y su veneno capitalista

Miles marchan en Puerto Rico contra Monsanto y su veneno capitalistaPR monsanto march

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San Juan- Como parte del “Día Mundial contra Monsanto”, diversas organizaciones políticas, comunitarias y personas en su carácter individual marcharon contra la instalación de esta controversial compañía de productos químicos y alimentos genéticamente modificados. Alrededor de las 2:30 la marcha partió desde el Departamento de Agricultura en Santurce, el mismo que, hace unas semanas, le otorgó a Monsanto un premio de agricultura. La marcha concluyó en el Centro Gubernamental Minillas, donde cerraron la actividad los compañeros y compañeras del colectivo Papel Machete, y por supuesto, diversos mensajes por parte de los organizadores del evento.

El Movimiento Socialista de Trabajadores, comprometido con la seguridad alimentaria y el derecho de la clase pobre y trabajadora a alimentos de calidad y seguros participó de esta marcha para denunciar el carácter capitalista y monopolizador de esta gigantesca compañía. A su vez, alzó la voz contra la hipocresía del gobierno actual: es inconcebible que se le otorguen protecciones a una compañía foránea como Monsanto, cuya presencia está siendo rechazada en un sinnúmero de países alrededor del mundo, y mientras tanto, no haya incentivos para desarrollar una agricultura local, manejada y gestionada por los trabajadores y las trabajadoras.

En Puerto Rico, Monsanto y a su capitalismo venenoso recibieron un rotundo rechazo que continuará manifestándose mientras exista la amenaza del acaparo de nuestros recursos alimenticios y naturales.


Thousands March in Puerto Rico against Monsanto and its capitalist poison drafting flag red San Juan – as part of the “World Day against Monsanto”, political, community organizations and persons in their individual character marched against the installation of this controversial company of chemical products and genetically modified foods. Around 2:30 March departed from the Department of agriculture in Santurce, the same that, a few weeks ago, Monsanto has awarded a prize for agriculture. The March concluded in the Minillas Government Center, where the compañeros and compañeras of the collective paper Machete, closed the activity and of course, various messages by the organizers of the event.

The Socialist workers movement, committed to food security and the right of the poor and working class to quality food and insurance participated in the March to denounce the capitalist and monopolist character of this giant company. In turn, cried out against the hypocrisy of today’s Government: it is inconceivable that are granted protections to a foreign company like Monsanto, whose presence is being rejected in a number of countries around the world, and meanwhile, there are no incentives to develop local agriculture, managed and run by the workers.

In Puerto Rico, Monsanto and its poisonous capitalism received a resounding rejection that will continue demonstrating when there is the threat of the captured our food and natural resources.


Teen refuses to stand for pledge of allegiance because “situation in Puerto Rico is undemocratic”

Teen refuses to stand for pledge of allegiance because “situation in Puerto Rico is undemocratic”

by , @RealAdrianC 

6:05 pm on 04/24/2013

Enidris Siurano Rodriguez,15, has not stood for the pledge of allegiance at school since she was in 7th grade to bring awareness to what she believes is an unjust political situation for Puerto Rico, her place of birth. But now the 10th grade honor student and gifted violinist finds herself at the center of controversy after teachers and administrators objected to her refusal to stand.

“I’m not happy with the way the United States government has gone about its relations with my country of Puerto Rico over the years,” Rodriguez told NBC Latino.

“The bottom line is the situation in Puerto Rico is undemocratic,” she says. “I want it to change. I want Puerto Rico to have independence.”

Rodriguez says she was forced to stand by school officials. “What they did was in violation of my constitutional rights. I know a lot about the United States constitution — not only is it violating Montgomery County policies but also violating the constitution. I wasn’t disturbing anyone.”

Montgomery County schools spokesman Dana Tofig says school policy is clearly in Rodriguez’ favor and the situation is being investigated.

“The policy is very clear, students do not have to participate in patriotic exercises,” Tofig says. “We’re very clear in our regulations that students and staff do not have to participate.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has become involved by writing a letter to the school district saying Rodriguez’ rights were violated.

“The problem here is not their policy, it’s the implementation,” says David Rocah, ACLU of Maryland staff attorney. “This should not be rocket science.” Regarding a pledge of allegiance, Rocah says the country should, “inspire it, not compel it — this is not a totalitarian country.”

Rodriguez’ father Osiris, who works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, says her the family is not trying to challenge teachers and authorities, but they want to create an environment where ideas are exchanged.

“She’s very passionate about her ideas and the things she believes in,” he says. “If she was doing something wrong, we would have sat her down and said, ‘You know Enidris, we believe you are doing something wrong’ and asked her to correct it.”

Rodriguez, who has taken violin lessons since fourth grade, is an excellent student — her GPA currently stands at 3.8.

She’s not sure what she wants to do when she grows up. “I’ve debated this,” she says. “For years I wanted to do something with law. I debated being a lawyer, I debated being a politician. I have my music and I don’t want to lose that — If I don’t use it, I’ll lose it.”

In the end, she says she wants students to feel confident speaking up.

“I want people to understand they have a voice,” she says. “Teachers are not in a position to take that away as long as you’re not doing something illegal. Students voices are heard the least and we can’t be afraid to use [them].”

Who are the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners?



From Left to Right: Oscar Lopez Rivera and Norberto Gonzalez Claudio!

They are workers and professionals, students and teachers, community organizers, artists, mothers, and fathers of families. They are fighters of Puerto Rico’s Independence and social justice. These men and women found Puerto Rico’s Colonial reality intolerable and unacceptable. This situation led them to join the Puerto Rican Independence movement and to confront the United States government directly. The majority of the Political Prisoners have spent more than 18 years in federal prisons for their political activities.

During the 1970’s and the beginning of the 80’s, the prisoners were involved in community, union, student and political struggles in Puerto Rico and the United States. They fought for the people’s right to high quality, free education. They worked to create community institutions such as alternative education programs, child-care centers, health centers, housing cooperatives, recreational facilities and political organizations. They participated actively in churches, student groups, unions, professional associations, committees against repression, campaigns against youth violence and drugs. In summary they challenged the U.S. political system in many ways.

The U.S. invaded Puerto Rico on July 25th, 1898 and for over 100 years has exercised colonial control over the people of Puerto Rico. International Law defines colonialism as a crime against humanity and gives a colonized people the right to use all means at their disposal to end the colonial domination by a foreign power. United Nations Resolution 1514 calls for a transfer of all political power to the colonized nation, the withdrawal of all military and paramilitary troops, reparations and the freedom of all political prisoners for a process of de-colonization to be genuine one, in compliance with International Law.

Throughout their lives they suffered the Puerto Rican colonial reality and the consequences of their political and community involvement. They were fired from their jobs, kicked out of schools and universities, denied scholarships, threatened, spied on, attacked by the police and the FBI. And when they rose up and fought against these injustices they were branded as terrorists and placed in some of the worst prisons in the U.S.