Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Lomas del Poleo: Plight of the 99th percentile before the avarice of the top 1%
Years ago, some of the poorest of the poor found remote desert land upon which they could legally settle, construct homes, small farms and gardens. They literally built a life for themselves atop a dry and rocky mesa outside Juarez.
Little did anyone envision NAFTA, maquiladoras (international factories) and the tyranny of unjust trade practices that would push the poor further down while raising up the rich of North America.
The wasteland of Lomas del Poleo, now lying directly on the path of a proposed international highway, exponentially grew in value overnight. And, just as suddenly, one of the richest families in all of Mexico "realized" that they owned that land.
As in the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk, these economic giants ruthlessly robbed the peasants of everything, stopping at nothing to accomplish the depopulation of Lomas del Poleo. (Really. I'm not exaggerating.)
This short documentary broadcasts the voices of those who experience the fate of the 99th percentile--crushed under the boot of the 1%.
FEATURE VIDEO: Colonia Perdida / Lost Colonia from Notes from the Margins on Vimeo.
Their story is our story. The wise will recognize it. The foolish will pursue more entertaining topics and activities until they themselves--or their children--fall and are crushed by the avarice of the 1%.