With the presence of more than a hundred representatives of social organizations, academic institutions, artists, activists and indigenous peoples, the First Assembly of the Peoples, Neighborhoods and Communities of the regionTijuana-San Diego region was held at the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) to jointly develop an action plan to build a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence.

Organized on the initiative of OraWorldMandala, the extension programme in the part of the Planet we call Mexico of the Gujarat Vidyapith (University founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920), the session was led by Sonia Deotto, representative of the programme, and Leonardo Durán, from the Cooperative Union Tosepan Titataniske (meaning in the Nahuatl language “United We Will Win”).

The knowledge of various indigenous cosmovisions (Pa Ipai, Nahuatl, Purépecha, WixáriKa communities and the Yaqui Tribe) was shared through words and songs by their representatives in the Assembly.

In his intervention, Félix Hernández Gamundi, from the 68 Movement, transmitted a message about the importance of being united and organized around the local problems and each communities’, for truly being able to build spaces of peace, justice and nonviolence.

One of the guests was missing, though: Pancho Ramos Stierle, a well-known advocate of promigrant rights and a de-professionalized astrobiologist, who was arrested the very same morning by Mexican officers and deported to the part of the Planet we call the U.S. when crossing to Tijuana with a big flag depicting an image of the Earth for not having an ID on him and for declaring himself “I am a citizen of the World” when asked about his nationality.

A poetic/artistic gesture preceded the founding of the Assembly, when a caravan of 40 people left from San Ysidro Community Park, in San Diego, towards San Ysidro’s border cross to the part of the Planet we call Mexico.

This caravan joined the walk of the activist also known just as “Pancho”, who started a pilgrimage in March 12th from Oakland, California (more than ~650 miles away from the crossing point to Tijuana) to stress the need of building bridges in order to become an Earth Family, beyond fear and borders.

The group of about 40 that joined Pancho walked in silence with him for 2 miles to the border, carrying artistic representations of animals, as way of expressing that migration is a natural phenomena, full of dignity.

The first goal of the Assembly was to draw a path towards the construction of an Education Plan for Peace and Nonviolence in the region.

The participants agreed to have a second assembley on September 21, and commited to stand in solidarity with the essential causes of this movement of transformation, through their active participation and the willingness to cultivate the spirit of collaboration among their organizations and institutions.


Con la presencia de un centenar de representantes de organizaciones sociales, instituciones académicas, artistas, activistas y pueblos originarios, se llevó a cabo en el Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT) la Primera Asamblea de los Pueblos, Barrios y Comunidades de la región Tijuana-San Diego para desarrollar conjuntamente un plan de Acción por una Cultura de Paz y Noviolencia.

Convocada a iniciativa de OraWorldMandala, programa de extensión en México de la Gujarat Vidyapith (Universidad fundada por Mahatma Gandhi en 1920), la sesión fue dirigida por Sonia Deotto, su representante, y Leonardo Durán, de la Unión de cooperativas Tosepan Titataniske (en náhuatl: unid@s venceremos).

Compartieron palabra y cantos miembros de las comunidades indígenas Pa Ipai, Náhuatl, Purépecha, Wixárica y de la Tribu Yaqui.

Félix Hernández Gamundi, representante del Movimiento del 68, transmitió su mensaje sobre la importancia de estar unidos y organizados alrededor de los problemas locales y de cada comunidad, para verdaderamente construir espacios de paz, justicia y Noviolencia.

Faltaba un invitado: Pancho Ramos Stierle, conocido defensor de los derechos promigrantes y astrobiólogo desprofesionalizado, quien fue detenido por oficiales mexicanos y deportado a la parte del planeta que llamamos E.U.A al cruzar la frontera sin documento de identidad, declarándose ciudadano del Mundo.

Como un gesto que precedió a la fundación de la Asamblea, una caminata partió por la mañana desde el San Ysidro Community Park, en San Diego. Ésta se integraba a los más de ~900 km que Pancho había recorrido a pie desde Oakland para reafirmar su Camino Hacia Una Familia de la Tierra, más allá del miedo y de las fronteras.

El grupo de unas 40 personas portaba representaciones artísticas de animales, a manera de acción poética que recordaba que la migración es un fenómeno natural y digno.

La primera meta de la Asamblea fue dibujar un camino hacia la construcción de un Programa de Educación para la Paz y la Noviolencia en la región.

Los participantes acordaron para el 21 de septiembre, fecha de la segunda asamblea, el compromiso de solidarizarse con las causas esenciales de este movimiento de transformación, a través de su participación activa, y de la voluntad de fomentar el espíritu de colaboración entre los pueblos.

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