Saturday, June 16, 2018

Separar a niños migrantes de sus padres, 'cruel y traumático': CHIRLA

'Mind-Blowing': Military Contractors Making Tens of Millions Helping Trump Tear Families Apart

Regarding the US government's actions at the border, consider Article II-e of the 1948 Genocide Convention, to which the USG is a party: "Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group." International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

Article I
The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.
Article II
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Article III
The following acts shall be punishable:
(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.
Article IV
Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in article III shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.

Trauma at the Texas-Mexico Border: Families Separated, Children Detained & Residents Fighting Back

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

We denounce U.S. policy that lead to the intervention in the Salvadoran war and forced migration as a result.

Clínica Martín-Baró condemns this decision and stands in solidarity with all the individuals and families that now face uncertainty over their futures. Further, we denounce U.S. policy that lead to the intervention in the Salvadoran war and forced migration as a result. 
Furthermore, this decision entrenches the notion that migration has little to do with U.S. intervention. But we will not allow our history to be erased or for the crimes of the U.S. government to go unaccounted for.  To claim that TPS has been granted solely for natural disaster-related conditions is to deny the involvement in political-related conditions that create refugees and fuel migration; it rewrites history while erasing U.S. involvement. 
That’s why when TPS is revoked, we remember the role of School of the Americas in training
military death squads that have tortured, murdered, and disappeared whole communities. We will in spite of the U.S. government’s violence towards our communities keep presente the victims of the UCA massacre - in which Elba Ramos, her 16-year-old daughter Celina Ramos, and 6 Jesuit priests - Ignacio Ellacuría, Ignacio Martín Baró, Segundo Montes, Amando López, Juan Ramón Moreno and Joaquín López y López were murdered in El Salvador on November 16, 1989.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

"True practice has primacy over true theory, orthopraxis over orthodoxy. Actions are more important than affirmations in liberation theology, and what one does is more expressive of faith than what one says."

May 3 at 5:46pm ·
It was an honor to serve the ‪#‎Frisco5‬ and my community together with UCSF medical students from White Coats 4 Black Lives. Our mission as physicians is broad and we love this city dearly. Here is the speech I delivered today at City Hall to the Board of Supervisors. I am so proud to work alongside these doctors of tomorrow. ‪#‎UCSF‬ ‪#‎HungerForJusticeSF‬. XO, Dr Rupa
The body is a fragile thing. And the civic body is also a fragile thing, subject to diseases of unrest that can threaten our very integration. And the body of San Francisco is in critical condition because many civil servants are harming the very people they’re sworn to protect, and I am here today to insist that we do everything we can to prevent another senseless death.
In 2015, police violence killed more people in the US than the flu and pneumonia combined, but it is underreported. Law enforcement related deaths must be counted, tracked and reported like any other cause of mortality affecting public health. Currently, there is no reliable public health data on the number of police killings because of long-standing resistance from police departments to publicly disclose this information. We had the San Francisco Firearm Injury Reporting System for a year, 15 years ago, a collaboration between public health advocates, the SFPD and the City. Since then, there has been no system of accountability to or oversight from the public for these deaths.
In 2016, it is alarming that we have to rely upon a newspaper in the UK to track and report police deaths. We have an excellent public health system in this country that allows us to track real-time national occurrences of notifiable diseases. Doctors and the public health department need to be directly involved because the people we serve are being killed, and those that remain are traumatized by what they are seeing.
Police, like doctors, have our lives in their hands. Police, like doctors, work in service of the public and should ultimately need to answer directly to the public. But unlike doctors, there are laws that allow police to use deadly force, even when situations call for de-escalation and tactics to ensure the most vulnerable people—our mentally ill—are safe. These laws need to change. And the training of officers must change, because we are not at war here in this city.
The combination of racism, police violence and police impunity creates a lethal mixture which we are watching manifest all over the US and right here in our beloved city, San Francisco. Just as epidemic outbreaks can threaten public health, so can police violence especially when impunity leaves communities vulnerable, and when civil unrest ensues.
The body is fragile a thing, and it can break under too much stress. How can it be, in a city such as San Francisco, with its incredible history of diversity and support for human rights, with its legendary status as a place of tolerance and openness, and with its present wealth that could be channeled in so many ways to bring us the best of all possible worlds—how can it be that five of our fellow citizens are now willing to forfeit their very lives just to draw our attention to this particular violence that continues to traumatize our communities? I ask myself, what kind of city are we living in? And I ask myself, what kind of city do we want?
As a doctor, I wish to remind my fellow community servants, law enforcement officers and their leadership, that our duty is to serve, and that service is to safeguard the health of our communities, each and every member. We are not serving when we escalate the potency of disease. We are not serving when our intervention results in heightened conflict, harm, and death. I ask that police officers and city officials of SF have the courage to step forward and break the code of silence around the department, so that together, we can bring forth a new vision of policing, one that works with the public and with local health departments and health providers and holds community health for all at its center.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

UCSF/SFSU students and faculty at the Mission's free Clinica Martin Baro standing in solidarity with the hunger strike demanding an end to police brutality in SF. It is an honor to ensure the health and safety of these people in our community.

La Clínica Martín-Baró en solidaridad con a nuestra comunidad acompañando a los cinco en huelga de hambre demandando el alto a la  impunidad y violencia policiaca en SF.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

US deports Salvadoran ex-general tied to 1980s rights abuses

Washington Post Article

Extradition sought for ex-Salvadoran colonel over slayings

Posted: 04/08/15, 12:50 PM PDT |
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. government is working to extradite a former Salvadoran colonel to face charges that he helped plot the 1989 slayings of five Jesuit priests from Spain during El Salvador's civil war, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Inocente Orlando Montano Morales, 72, is one of 20 former military officials who were indicted in Spain on charges related to the notorious killings known as the Jesuit Massacre, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
A federal prosecutor in North Carolina, where Montano Morales is serving a prison sentence for immigration fraud, filed a complaint Wednesday in federal court seeking to extradite him to Spain.
A lawyer who worked with the victims' families to pursue the criminal case said the prosecution of Montano Morales will be significant because the rest of the accused officers aren't likely to be extradited from El Salvador.
"His case will be the site where the full truth of what happened that night and the role that high level military officials played in the crime will be prosecuted," said Carolyn Patty Blum, senior legal adviser to the Center for Justice & Accountability.
From 1980 to 1991, El Salvador was caught in a conflict between the government and leftist rebels, and the priests had been calling for discussions between the two sides to end the fighting, according to court documents.
The complaint says Montano Morales, who also served as El Salvador's vice minister of defense and public safety, oversaw a government radio station that issued death threats against Father Ignacio Ellacuria Beascoechea and other priests. It says the colonel was present during a meeting when another officer "gave the order to kill Father Ellacuria and leave no witnesses."
The following day, Nov. 16, 1989, members of the Salvadoran military killed six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and the housekeeper's 16-year-old daughter, court documents say. Five of the priests were from Spain, while the rest of the victims were from El Salvador.
A translated arrest warrant issued in Spain states that Montano Morales is accused of murder and other charges.
Montano Morales is serving a 21-month federal prison sentence for immigration fraud and perjury, and his sentence at a North Carolina prison was set to finish later this month.
The former colonel has denied involvement in the killings of the priests. A message left seeking comment from his lawyer in the immigration case wasn't immediately returned.
He told a judge in 2011 that he'd come to the U.S. about 10 years before his 2011 arrest. He'd been living in the Boston suburb of Everett and worked for six years in a candy factory, making $14 an hour.
A 2011 affidavit filed by an investigator said Montano Morales falsely claimed he hadn't served in the military on an immigration form for people seeking temporary immigration status because they can't safely return to certain countries.
Blum said her organization partnered with a Spanish advocacy group to file a 2008 complaint asking authorities there to look into the case. The indictments were issued in 2011 after an investigation by a Spanish court.
Of the others indicted, one has died and the other 18 are in El Salvador, Blum said. She says a Salvadoran law granting amnesty to people who participated in the conflict is preventing their extradition.
"As it stands now, those defendants are not going to be extradited to Spain," she said.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Necesitas información sobre la nueva ley AB60?

Necesitas información sobre la nueva ley AB60?  Conoces los requisitos?
Te gustaría estudiar el libro de manejo de DMV y practicar las preguntas del examen?
 Sabado 14 de Marzo a las 2pm 3013 24th St, San Francisco
 Te Esperamos!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nacho’s Legacy in the San Francisco Bay Area

I knew of Ignacio Martín-Baró’s work long before I invited him to a conference on Central American refugees in the spring of 1988. It was his first visit to the San Francisco Bay Area. Having “Nacho” for a week in my house was a very special and transformative experience. Three of my cousins of were among his students of Psychology at UCA. One of them was brutally murdered when she was seven months pregnant. 
Ignacio Martín-Baró was “Nacho” to many of us who knew him, who love him and miss him.  At at the time of his assassination, he was the vice rector Central American University “Jose Simeon Cañas” (UCA, in Spanish). The University of Central America played a leading role in the effort to resolve El Salvador’s decades-long civil war. Jesuit faculty members, who often spoke out against human rights abuses, were accused by the government and the military of providing intellectual support for the FMLN rebel uprising.
Ignacio Martín-Baró, a Spanish-born Salvadoran citizen, at age 50 was best known as an analyst of national and regional affairs and as the founder and director of the Public Opinion Institute, a highly respected polling organization.  He was also a writer, teacher, and a pastor. He was killed along with five other Jesuit priests and two women on November 16, 1989. He was killed by a military battalion that had just returned form military training at the School Of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. It was not the first assassination of church leaders: 18 Catholic priests, including Father Rutilio Grande and Archbishop Oscar Romero, and four North American churchwomen, had been killed in El Salvador since the late 1970s - more than any other nation in the world.
Martín-Baró obtained his PhD at the University of Chicago, and visited the United States many times. He published eleven books and a long list of articles in Latin America and the US. His work dealt with the many issues connected with the field of social psychology. Most of his life was dedicated to ending injustice and understanding the impact of violence and terror both on the individual and the social body. His work has contributed to bridging the individual psychological trauma with the social, thus opening up the possibility of using psychotherapeutic methods to affect political emancipation.
Martín-Baró also incorporated in his framework basic postulates of Liberation Theology.  He would explain:  “For the oppressed of Latin America, the process implies a personal and a social transformation. Whether or not it manifests in individual disorders, the deterioration of social interaction [by war] is in and of itself a serious social disturbance, an erosion of our collective capacity to work and love, to assert our unique identity, to tell our personal and communal story in the history of peoples… For this reason, the challenge is not limited to addressing the destruction and disorders caused by the war. The challenge is to construct a new person in a new society."
Every Saturday at Clínica Martín-Baró, the pulse of the most vulnerable Latin@s is taken to understand their housing, employment, migration, family, social support, psychological and medical condition.  We are inspired by the work of Nacho and his desire and hope for a better world.
Clínica Martín-Baró's mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. We strive to promote wellness and address the health care needs of the underserved and economically disadvantaged Spanish-speaking community of the Mission District of San Francisco. We provide access to free health care, psychotherapy, and health education in Spanish and in a culturally sensitive manner.
Clínica Martín-Baró is a student-organized free clinic operating Saturdays. It is a collaboration between medical students and faculty from the UCSF School of Medicine, and undergraduates from the SFSU Latin@ Studies Department. We work together to serve and accompany while learning about the social and medical conditions facing immigrants. We provide a space for student volunteers to develop and strengthen a socio-economic analysis of the state of healthcare in the U.S, and an educational environment to create life-long advocates for underserved communities. We encourage, support and empower low-income students of color to pursue higher education (including but not limited to medical school) and a career that will benefit the needs of such communities. 
We do not receive any funds from corporations. We receive donations from people of conscience and fundraise by organizing social events and cultural performances. The structure of Clínica is horizontal a non-hierarchical.  We take political stands and learned from Nacho that we are not neutral about the political decisions that affect the lives in our community, such as impunity, gentrification and the commodification of health, education and housing.
Every Monday night, we reflect on the work we do from the perspective of our communities. The commitment among the volunteers has deepened over the years. Dedication has grown because student volunteers want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, have the power to make their own decisions, and do something that they have wanted to do their entire lives.
By Felix Salvador Kury