I am an activist, an anthropologist passionate about social justice and working towards a just world. I have been working and walking for the past two decades with different Indigenous organizations in Mexico and the United States struggling for self-determination and autonomy or simple words for dignity. I worked in Mexico with the Totonac organization OIT and in Chiapas with the project Semillita del Sol a grassroots, Indigenous-led education project. Today I am focused on issues of language justice. I find it to be a key area that needs visibility and key in any social justice struggle.
Thank you Isaac, This was a challenge as it is called. A good challenge in which my teammates and I learned a lot of how to frame or better said reframe the project in a way that it will be sustainable across time and space and replicable. The learning curve of how to reframe I think took most of out time. Thank you so much! Isaac JumbaTeam
Powerful and beautiful. We hope we can create an environment here in Champaign where all languages are able to thrive and flourish. Many of the people we have talked to when speaking about their language and culture just shine and I can see how powerful it is to be able to talk about something so embodied and intimate and at the same time part of their everyday life. Helene Rassias-Miles
Helen, Thank you. We are working hard trying to get this off the ground. We have the right ingredients and it is the time to do this. Communities on the move across the world have the right to not only use and speak their languages but work towards strengthening and expanding them. I like how Roberto Tijerina (works on interpreting for social justice) speaks of language as "personal, visceral, and powerful; it is tied to our lands and to our bodies". As a person on the move myself who has to speak a different language other than my mother tongue I know that feeling. Thank you for your comment. @HeleneRassias-Miles