white hands direct
brown hands into tierra madre
teaching??? >>> mexican farmworkers >>> to farm?
to germinate life into earth
to use tek tools? made in china tools?
to a people who before time was time
germinated and joyously harvested
a culture from earth’s deep and generous love?
in public you, teacher-farmer, say
“i work with the oaxacans”
“i work with the meXicans”
“i learn them to farm”
my thoughts ger << mi >> nate >> d
you should notice
oaxacans meXicanos eternallypatient
>>> work with you
trying to indigenous-learn you
about SACRED mother earth
all the while YOU plunge man-made, un-organic seeds of commercialized ideas
into your-so-called farming farmer’s teacher’s heart> > > > facade
knowing it is brown hands “learning” that facilitate the grants and profits
of your profit-less non-profit
TRY to germinate truth into your identity as farmer-teachers
we, farmworkers, were farming long before you called it farming
long before you germinated a farming in dus try
AND MOTHER EARTH TO STARTED TO DIE
c angelica guillen, 2016
Read more of Angelica's poetry here
The 40th District Democrats organization is sad to say goodbye to long-time Democrat, poet, food justice advocate, community organizer and friend Jovita Angelica Hernandez (Guillen) who passed away July 13, 2016, from health complications.
Guillen, born Dec. 10, 1954, was active in local social justice movements including Community To Community Development (C2C), a non-profit organization in Bellingham, which focuses largely on strengthening farmworker labor protections. She was also a noted Xicano poet who most recently organized ¡Xicanismo Afire!, the first-ever Xicano poetry festival at the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) in La Conner. She will missed by many. Donations can be made in her memory to C2C.