"Girls Chase Boys" - Ingrid Michaelson
This Day in History: The Panama Canal Zone Flag Riots
On January 9, 1964, violence broke out between American high school students attending the segregated schools of the U.S.-governed Canal Zone and their Panamanian counterparts studying nearby at Panama City’s Instituto Nacional. Ostensibly a conflict over which national flags should be flown in the Canal Zone, the resultant deadly riots (which lasted three days, killed at least 20, and injured over 500) represented Panama’s growing discontent with the United States’ imperialistic presence on the isthmus a full half century after Panama Canal construction had completed. The incident (and its mainly Panamanian casualties) caused Panama to break off diplomatic relations with the U.S. and eventually led to the Torrijos–Carter Treaties of 1977, which scheduled the return of full Panamanian sovereignty of the Canal Zone for 1999.
January 9 is now commemorated as Martyrs’ Day in Panama. Learn more about the riots here.
It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we can not change because it does not; the domestic setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, who may not be who we essentially are.
20-Year Anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising in Mexico
“It is easy to talk about peace when you benefit from a system based upon violence for others and peace for a privileged few. We must begin to consider armed self-defense in indigenous communities as an exercise in nonviolence.”
Read more at School of the Americas Watch
The kind of love I was interested in, that my characters long for intuitively, is the only kind of love that could liberate them from that horrible legacy of colonial violence. I am speaking about decolonial love…is it possible to love one’s broken-by-the-coloniality-of-power self in another broken-by-the-coloniality-of-power person?