Dear sisters and brothers, people of Egypt, all those who reside in
and outside of Egypt, including migrants expulsed from Egypt and
residents who resisted and overcame the dictatorship:
We have learned of the end of the dictatorship that was financed and
supported by the economic powers, the capitalist system, which also
oppresses us as well. Receive greetings and embraces of solidarity
from New York. We are Movement for Justice in El Barrio, an
organization of immigrants in El Barrio, NYC that fights for human
dignity and against community displacement driven by neoliberal
globalization. We are a community, which like in Egypt, large
transnational businesses and the bad government constantly seeks to
displace. We fight for the liberation of every marginalized group,
such as immigrants, people of color, women, lesbians, gays,
transgender people, and all the poor of the world.
As predominantly Mexican immigrants, we are part of The Other Campaign
– a national Mexican movement that seeks to unify all the struggles
from below and to the left. This movement was initiated by our beloved
Zapatista brothers and sisters in Chiapas, Mexico. We walk with them
to change the world from below.
Movement for Justice in El Barrio celebrates your just struggle of
rebelling against the bad government of Egypt: You held it responsible
for the oppression and repression that the people of Egypt have
suffered and, finally, in spite of the world’s great military and
political powers that kept the dictator in place, you defeated it. We
admire the fact that you achieved this independently and outside of
the elite political class and political parties of those from above.
Egypt is a strong military and economic corridor. The majority of us
come from Mexico, which is also a strong military and economic
corridor, and we understand your struggle. We know as well that the
major ally to the dictatorship in Egypt was the bad government that
oppresses us here in the United States.
In your dignified struggle for humanity, you have succeeded in
defeating your bad government and in doing so, you have contested
neoliberal globalization’s global capitalism.
We, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, have believe that history
cannot be written by those from above, and we have acted with this
conviction. The bad governments cannot contain forever the anxieties
of a people that desires to be free; of a people of men, women,
elderly and children who demand freedom, justice, and democracy. You
have demonstrated that this is indeed true.
Movement for Justice in El Barrio denounces the mass media for always
telling the history of those from above, as it did during the weeks in
which the people resisted and continues to do after the defeat of the
dictatorship. Now that the people have shown that peace without
justice is a farce, the mass media continue to tell us the story of
those from above and of the victory they wish to see, to the benefit
of the big companies. Now they tell us that a people without leaders
does not truly know what it wants, but you have proven that this is
not true. They tell us that people need politicians imposed upon them
so that they may be lead, else become savages. But you have shown who
the true savages were. We denounce the mainstream media and the
multinational corporations of those from above for blocking and
impeding the right of the community to communicate and express itself.
The people of Egypt are a clear example of how the capitalist system
attempts to squash any group of people who demand their right to be
free and to freely govern themselves.
You are an inspiration to us, the simple and humble community of El
Barrio, New York. In New York this week, we celebrate your great
triumph, the victory of you all – the heroes and martyrs of the
dignified people of Egypt. Moreover, we have observed a moment of
silence for the more than 300 lives that were taken during your just
From New York, we support you. It is an honor for us to know that we
have compañeros and compañeras like you. Your cause is our own.
With love and solidarity,
Movement for Justice in El Barrio