International Indigenous Youth Council member of the Chicago chapter, Carlos de la Vega discussed the resistance with Kira and his personal journey as a first generation Mexican-American residing in Chicago. Carlos quickly established his fundamental understanding of the Earth as Sacred and human’s beings as part of Her. He eliquently expressed his motivations for responding to the call to stand with Standing Rock and his invitation to the listeners to join in defending the sacred.
Calvo and Rosemary discuss their experiences of organizing for resistance with Frontera Water Protectors as well as working with their small community in Texas on the border with Mexico. Not only are they water protectors resisting pipelines and fracking but they resist all forms of oppression and degradation that effect their community and encourage others to also resist all forms of oppression. Rosemary also discusses the evolution of indigenous identity for Mexicans who historically faced even more oppression for identifying as indigenous.