Jovita Angelica Hernandez (Guillen)

Jovita Angelica Hernandez (Guillen) 12/10/1954 - 7/13/2016

Jovita Angelica Hernandez (Guillen) 12/10/1954 - 7/13/2016


GERMINATE?

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?

teach farming?
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

perhaps farmer-teachers
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

germinate?         germinate?
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.

 

Angelica Guillen introduces musician Tello Hernandez and his son at a fundraiser for Erin Jones, candidate for WA State Superintendent of Public Schools, last November.

Angelica Guillen introduces musician Tello Hernandez and his son at a fundraiser for Erin Jones, candidate for WA State Superintendent of Public Schools, last November.