| Statement of Solidarity with
the Mexican Community
By Dr. Maulana Karenga
behalf of my organization Us and African people, we come to stand
in solidarity with the Mexican community in the struggle against
the recent brutal police beating of the Mexican immigrants that
reminds us so much of the Rodney King case, and we come to reaffirm
the ongoing battle both our communities are waging to end such
savagery and the societal injustice which gives rise to it and
We come also to honor our social justice tradition which as Fannie
Lou Hamer says demands that we struggle to bring right and justice
where there is wrong and injustice. Moreover, it is a tradition
which requires struggle for respect for the dignity and rights
of the human person, economic justice, meaningful political participation,
shared power, cultural integrity, mutual respect for all peoples,
and uncompromising resistance to all social forces and structures
which deny or limit these.
And we come here to reaffirm our organization Us' position that
we must not simply come together on tragic events like these, but
must constantly engage in cooperative projects based on a new ethics
of sharing. Sharing must become a central word and concept
in our moral and political vocabulary and practice.
We must embrace an ethics of sharing which includes commitment
to shared space, shared wealth, shared power and shared
responsibility to define and struggle to bring into being the
just and good society we all want to live in.
must be willing to live together in harmony, to constantly search
for common ground in the midst of our differences and diversity.
And we must share wealth and power in this country and most of
all struggle together to achieve this and to build the society
and world we all want to live in. We know that the struggle is
a long and difficult one and that "the battlefront is everywhere" and
there is no quick and easy path to a future of freedom and justice.
So we promise nothing unreal. But in spite of the obstacles,
we must dare to struggle and dare to win, dare to put an end to
racism, sexism, classism, and all forms of oppression, and build
a new world in which we can live and develop freely. I assure you
that if the peoples of this country, Native American, African American,
Latino American, Asian American, and progressive Euro-Americans,
stand up, unite and struggle together, we can and will win the
struggle to build the just and good society we all long for. I
Pamoja tutashinda. Ikiwa tumeungana, hatutaweza kushindwa.
Together we will win. United we cannot be defeated.
Juntos venceremos. Unidos, no podemos ser vencidos.
This statement was presented at a Mexican community rally
against police abuse. April 6, downtown Los Angeles.