Stopping the Hate to Achieve Liberation--Indian Voices and Enero Zapatista Host Storytelling at Balboa Park

Alastair Mullholland
January 11, 2024

Indian Voices and Enero Zapatista will be hosting a joint event to honor Indian Voices founder/editor Rose Davis and promote intercultural understanding. Come to Centro Cultural De La Raza (pictured above) in Balboa Park, San Diego, on Friday January 19, 2024 at 6-8 pm.

In a hyper materialistic popular culture that foolishly celebrates wealth and opulence above all else, champions are determined not by qualities of integrity and service to others but instead by self-ingratiation and arrogance. One such champion is Elon Musk who recently declared the word “decolonization” implies genocide and that users on his social media platform would be “suspended” for using it. The absurdity of this statement is only matched by the absurdity of a global system that awards a man capable of such a thought to the highest strata of society.

Despite the anxiety of the moment, Indian Voices newspaper seeks to carve out a nook in our space/time to invite the community to celebrate the story tellers and their abilities over the millennia to elevate truth and rights and spread peace and love.

This event effort is in collaboration with Enero Zapatista (Zapatista Janurary) which will be having its annual month of events raising awareness of the Zapatista struggle and connecting like-minded organizations in the area with each other.

This event will be Indian Voices first time participating with Enero Zapatista by hosting an event at the Centro Cultural de la Raza on Friday January 19th from 6pm to 9pm. Come to enjoy some free catered food and listen to distinguished community members share stories about stopping the hate on the path towards liberation.

The event will also be honoring Indian Voices Editor and Founder Rose Davis with an award for her ongoing contributions of creating a more inclusive, inter-ethnic, inter-racial communications infrastructure in San Diego and beyond.

It is through the power of the story (in word, print and in action) that we can rely on more than our current legal system in the battle against the perpetuation of hate in our world. From its recent acceleration in the forms of violence toward the AANHPI communities prompted by Trump’s racist and inflammatory comments during Covid to the historical legacy of white terrorism in rural America. To prove this point, we do not need to dig too deep into the law to discover this reality. Under the California Penal Code section 487:  

If prosecuted as a misdemeanor, a grand theft conviction for the defendant can result in up to one year in the county jail plus fines, fees, and payment of victim restitution.

If prosecuted as a felony, a grand theft conviction is punishable by 16 months, two years, or three years in the California state prison. Significant sentencing enhancements leading to extended state prison sentences apply in cases where the loss amount exceeds certain statutory thresholds.

             And Under California Penal Code Section 422.6

Any person convicted of violating subdivision (a) or (b) shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year, or by a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars($5,000), or by both the above imprisonment and fine, and the court shall order the defendant to perform a minimum of community service, not to exceed 400 hours, to be performed over a period not to exceed 350 days, during a time other than his or her hours of employment or school attendance.

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Photo by Roman Eugeniusz, from and Wikimedia Commons