Ana Perez

With its gesture toward the Arbenz family, the Guatemalan government has taken an important step toward setting the historical record straight. A similar gesture from the U.S. government and Del Monte is long overdue.

The Meg Whitman saga reveals not only her hypocrisy but also our nation’s hypocrisy on the issue of immigration.

To be a real leader, the United States must stop making policies to fit the demands of a few corporate lobbyists — and start tailoring policies to the needs of the hundreds of millions of people in this hemisphere. 

By Ana C. Perez, October 26, 2007

President Bush’s speech on Cuba had little to do with reality and a lot to do with believing in a fairy tale created by anti-Castro forces, just as he believed in a fairy tale created by anti-Saddam forces.

U.S. must end misguided policies against Cuba
By Ana Perez

August 9, 2006

The Bush administration should act as a good neighbor toward Cuba instead of waging its political war against the island.

Rift between U.S., Venezuela grows
By Ana Perez

October 13, 2005

The political tug-of-war between the United States and Venezuela is no mere diplomatic feud. Instead, it is an outright campaign to discredit, vilify and undermine the democratically elected leader of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.

Welcoming Cuban exile undermines war on terror
By Ana Perez

May 11, 2005

On May 9, a federal judge dismissed felony immigration fraud charges against Luis Posada Carriles, a suspected bomber and alleged former CIA collaborator.

This holiday season, give gifts that are sweatshop free
By Ana Perez

December 15, 2004

With the holiday shopping season in high gear, we need to be aware that the great bargain gifts we seek may well be responsible for some of the misery in the developing world.

For many garment industry workers in places like Guatemala, for example, the season of gift-giving usually means 16-hour workdays, no bathroom breaks and an occasional slap in the face to increase production.

Bush's trip to Chile intensifies stalemate on free trade
By Ana Perez

November 23, 2004

The protests in the streets of Santiago, Chile, against President Bush should have come as no surprise.

Many Latin Americans are angry at Washington for imposing free-market policies that have created social and economic hardships for a majority of the population in Latin America.

Double standard with Cuba jeopardizes war on terror
By Ana Perez

September 23, 2004

President Bush boasts of his toughness on terrorism.


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This time we’ve got some advantages.

We need to improve the condition of workers this Thanksgiving weekend. Here's what you can do.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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