2014 Changemakers in Colombia

Karla’s blog entry “The Resistance Will Be Witnessed and Televised”

Posted by Karla Perez-Cordero

The Resistance Will Be Witnessed and Televised – La Resistencia Sera Testigual y Televisada

She looked into their eyes and told the women that the love of her life is agriculture and the earth. &I used to have a fish pond, chickens, fruit and vegetable crops&, she said. Her eyes spoke in the ancient ways their grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s spoke. Her warm and rough hands firmly griped their arms and hands. They felt her roots grow deeper in the soiled earth. Without blinking, her eyes and lips spoke a cry, a cry for the utopia of hunger. A cry to place and replace what’s been perpetually and intentionally displaced. &Pray for me. Pray for my granchildren. Pray for my daughter. Pray for the unity of my community.& The women understood and began speaking the same love language and bitter-sweet tears. Together they wove and braided a circle of sister-hood, a circle of prayer, a circle of hope and resistance, a circle of liberation and healing, a circle perfectly birthed by the love and power of God. They cried, prayed, laughed, talked, sang, walked, hoped, witnessed….and resisted.

We overcome this wind.

We desire the rain to fall, that it be poured in showers quickly. Ah, thou rain, I adjure thee fall.

If thou rainest, it is well. A drizzling confusion.

If it rains and our food ripens, it is well.

If the young men sing, it is well. A drizzling confusion.

If our grain ripens, it is well. If our women rejoice, If the children rejoice, If the young men sing, If the aged rejoice,

An Overflowing in the granary

A torrent in flow,

If the wind veers to the south, it is well. If the rain veers to the south, it is well.

John S. Mbiti

By Karla Perez-Cordero