Lee Siu Hin: 2007 New Year
Looking Back My Life, Looking Myself, and Looking Forward My
January 1, 2007, 2:15 AM PST
Lee Siu Hin
Action LA Coalition
National Immigrant Solidarity
Peace No War
I want to wishes you a happy New Year 2007--with lots of love, care and
happiness from everyone.
Second, I want to commemorate the death of 3,000 U.S. soldiers at Iraq--and
600,000 more innocent Iraqi civilians killed because of the brutal U.S.
invasion and occupation for the past three-and-half years.
Third, I also want to commemorate millions died in Africa, Asia
and Latin Americas because of civil war, starvation, disease, AIDS and
injustice. And tens of millions of more workers working like slaves at the
sweatshops for multi-national corporations.
This will be my third years I didn't celebrate New Year, and
working thru passing the mid-night.
Don't give me wrong, I love party and fun: We had accomplished many success
last year: May Day 2006 "A Day Without Immigrants" general strike/economic
boycott; the November election; and across Latin America, elections have
continued to bring a wave of progressive leadership to power.
But I cannot fake myself to be "fun" because injustice and suffering around
the World are still everywhere eveyday: Internationally, the continue U.S.
occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan; domestically, the continue oppression
against immigrants and the people of color. Personally, I received death threat
and black mail--some from people I thought can trust with my life.
Because injustice doesn't seems to want to take a break, I cannot take a
Today (12/31/06) I confronts with critical questions from two friends of
"Siu Hin, I admire your work to fight for justice--but don't you know you
"Siu Hin, people want to know how to build strong, lasting movements
to change our World--can you tell me how we can do it within 10 min?"
I am speechless--because I don't have answer--or, I have answer, but they
don't want to accept.
As a long-time (still today) low-pay/sweatshop worker from downtown LA
fighting to changing my destiny--I wishes I have a 'secret of my success" can
tell everyone. Hope, disappointment; more hopes, more disappointment again--but
that's what life is. But I never say never, never give up the hope, because I
believes "people comes and goes--the true one will always stays."
.....After a long thinking, I answer the questions to my friends:
1) This is My Struggle:
I am doing this BECAUSE THIS MY STRUGGLE! and this is my manifest destiny.
You need to take the ownership of the struggle in order we can make change
happen. Understanding the connections between our individual conditions of life
and the lives of people everywhere in the word allows us to come together and
organize across all borders. WE NEED to link the connections between: wars in
Africa, south America, Asia, Iraq, Palestine & Korea with sweatshops in Asia
as well as in Los Angeles, New York; international arm sales and WTO, FTAA,
NAFTA & CAFTA with AIDS, hunger, child labors and child solider;
multinational corporations and economic exploitation with racism and poverty at
home--then we can win the struggle.
2) We Need to Ready to Sacrifice:
Social change is not a fun persona/political games--it's often a brutal
struggle, you can lost everything, even you life, I personally
know folks killed or in prison last year because their fighting for peace
and justice--or at least financially bankrupt themselves.
When I was younger, I always naively dreams that doing something good for
the people, and something good will happen to you--a respect, job and
love--instead, I end up a victim of racism, political struggle because
I refuse to do what I feels is wrong.
Not once, I need to choose between good and bad: a good job with good
income but need to betray people and my principle--I tell them go to
hell--I made the right decision, but I need to face the dire
consequences--poor rat for the rest of my life working in sweatshop, and hunted
by death threat and intimidation everyday. But I never regret my decision, we
need to overcome our own evil, and our fear--the fear of sacrifice. Yes,
people do tells me my sacrifice is "crazy" "stupid" and "silly."
My father almost killed himself during the war 50 years ago--a bullet went
thru his lung--but he survived. I am miserably poor, but I still have my
dignity--our entire social justice works are funded thru out of my own pocket
and passing the bucket--with the tireless works of our volunteer staffs, I need
to personally thanks Don White, Jesee White and John Johnson for their help past
year, and doexn other friends gave us protection and shelter when we need.
People jokes to me that I had married to the revolution--if the faithful
day finally comes to me, I'll be calmly with dignity to face it.
3) Never Give Up The Hope, Never Give Up Our
We are always fighting for a uphill battle--the enemy of peace and
justice always have larger resources then us. I don't believes there's a such
thing as "quick fix" or "road map"--every struggles are unique and difficult.
We always faces hopes and disappointments, but we need to believe
there'll be a hope and the love at the end or our struggles--and the happy
ending will be happen, otherwise, there's no reason why we are doing this.
Furthermore, we need to understand change won't happen over night, nor next
month, or even next several years--a true changes need decades even
generations of sacrifice in order to accomplish a success--we need expect: our
work is to benefits our children and grandchildren, our sacrifice today
will give everyone better hope for the future generations.
I always remember the famous quote from Dr. Sun Yat-sen, China's
revolutionary leader of 191--when the revolution failed and he died in 1925,
he said before passed away: "Our revolution still not succeed,
everyone should continue keeping up their fight."
Still, people always asks me: what is my new year wishes?
My new year wishes, has been the same for the past 15 years:
Peace On Earth
End All Hunger
Justice for All
One True Love
I wishes you happy New Year! and may all your wishes, dreams and
happiness will comes true!
Lee Siu Hin
Action LA Coalition
National Immigrant Solidarity
Peace No War Network
Action for World Liberation
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