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34 years ago today, the Sandinista National Liberation Front entered Managua, after a year and a half of mass people’s insurrection, and officially overthrew the flailing Somoza dynasty that had ruled Nicaragua as a proxy for U.S. interests since 1936. President Anastasio Somoza Debayle had fled the capital two days earlier.

34 years ago today, the Sandinista National Liberation Front entered the Nicaraguan capital of Managua and officially ended the 43 year old Somoza political dynasty

Carlos Fonseca, founder of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional and leader of the Nicaraguan Revolution, was killed in combat with the armed forces of the Somoza dictatorship 37 years ago today (Nov. 8th, 1976). The people of Nicaragua toppled Somoza less than three years later, bringing the popular FSLN to power. “Comandante Carlos, Carlos Fonseca, tayacán vencedor de la muerte. Novio de la patria rojinegra, Nicaragua entera te grita ¡presente!”

patria es humanidad

patria es humanidad : Photo

I shot this during a parade in Guanajuato this past Sunday, thought I’d share!

Arlen Siu, martyr of the Sandinista revolution. Known as “La Chinita” (The Chinese Girl), she was active in the music group Pancasan and also fought against Somoza’s National Guard in the early years of the war. She died in combat in 1972 at age 20.


patria es humanidad: Some Thoughts on Feminist Identity Politics

Everybody loves ice cream

toda una vida

Comrade Nora Astorga of the Frente Sandinista circa 1978, pictured here training new recruits and not taking shit from anybody.

“Watering socialism.” Street art from Venezuela’s Guerrilla Comunicacional collective.

We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.

With All The Forces of History: Documents of the MIR 1968-1974 (in Spanish) "This book presents a collection of writings from Chile’s Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR) from 1968 to 1974. The original compilation, made by members of that organization who saved many internal documents from oblivion or destruction, focused on the work of the Secretary General of the MIR, Miguel Enríquez."

We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.

"An FMLN guerrilla puts down his M-16 for a moment to teach a little girl how to read and write, c. 1983. El Salvador."

"Pope John Paul II scolds Fr. Ernesto Cardenal, an early collaborator with the FSLN and later Minister of Culture [... ]. His brother, Fr. Fernando Cardenal S.J., worked in the Ministry of Education and directed the successful literacy campaign. John Paul II frowned upon the church’s ‘politicization’ and condemned liberation theology, forbidding the involvement of priests in the Sandinista government in the process. Ernesto Cardenal and others ignored this order."

"Sandinista guerrillero Pedro Jose Chamorro Arguello of Nicaragua’s prominent Chamorro family."


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