For The People Organizer
Supporting movements against imperialism, colonialism, racism, and climate change
Antonio Zamora is a well-respected Chicano activist/organizer who was born in and resides in Portland, Oregon, where he has been integrally involved in a number of struggles—from the Occupy Movement to climate and food justice and fossil fuel resistance.
“In street life, you learn quickly what the root causes are to most problems.”
– Antonio, FTP Organizer
Antonio’s involvement in struggles for social and environmental justice dates back to growing up as a street kid from a migrant working family. Antonio’s global insights into the long legacy of colonialism–including climate change, racism and poverty– were honed as a young adult when he traveled all the way from New Mexico to Venezuela—hitchhiking, walking over mountains, crossing highways on foot, and taking buses and boats—to build earthships with the Chavista people. He lived afterwards with a Hare Krishna community in Colombia, where he commited to spiritual activism in the service of global restorative justice. Over the years, Antonio has collaborated with and provided support on a host of campaigns and actions from building Earthships, Occupy Wall Street, The Anti-Nato Summit of 2012, Ayotzinapa, Black Lives Matter, Shell No, The Paris Climate Agreements, Standing Rock and many grassroots mobilization efforts in Portland. When the rise of Black Lives Matter came about in Portland, Antonio helped facilitate one of the very first rallies at Dawson Park which gave birth to Don’t Shoot Portland. During Shell No Portland, he rallied his community at Shell Gas stations to keep attention on “Shells evil plan.” Whenever there are marches and rallies, Antonio offers his street smarts as a security presence. He provides his police liaison skills and encourages collaboration by facilitating needed dialogues at large political manifestations and actions.
Organizing to dismantle global poverty
I participated on a panel discussion about #SocialEcology/ #Municipalism Saturday, July 28th 2:00 P.M. at the Fearless Cities Conference to encourage people to abolish I.C.E (Immigration Customs Enforcement) and fight for real sanctuary. I spoke from lived experiences and did do my best possible to speak accurately. This was my first panel discussion ever. I also do apologize for not speaking more in a universal tone and perspective. I want to do better at this because I.C.E. oppresses all communities of color and all people of color are impacted negatively by immigration policies of The United States, even in different lands and seas.See written text below to better understand what was said on the discussion panel and see video to watch.Thank you everyone for your passion and determination to have I.C.E. abolished. Commencing Phase two!P.S. This July 29th, Sunday Mass vigil concert at the Hollywood MAX Station with Bajo Salario at 6P.M. and before, AbolishICEPDX inaugural GA at the US Grant Park at 3:00 P.M. #NoMasMigra!#MakeTheAmericasSacredAgain!#HastaLaVistaMigra!#HastaLaVistaFascistas! #SeekingAsylumIsNotACrime!#AbolishICE!#AbolishCapitalism!#EndAllDrugWars!#OpenAllBorders!#DemandUtopia!#RagtagsAgainstDoom!#GoICEBreakers!"As you may know, the call to abolish ICE is not new. The occupation of Portland’s ICE facility is part of a long history of pro-immigrant movements and revolutions, including the Mexican revolution, the Chicano movement, and mobilizations supporting the DREAM Act. The movement to abolish ICE is a POC-led movement seeking immigrant rights and a world without borders. We want to end the zero-tolerance policy immediately while calling for the abolition of ICE and building community to make that happen. We aim to bring all families back together while using money effectively to support asylum seekers and refugees.Abolish ICE PDX began with a vigil on June 17th of this year. That first night, we began with less than 10 people. It was a sacred and peaceful assembly, and we prayed that the vigil would create energy on the ground to further the call to abolish ICE. Starting around 7pm, Portland Tenants United and other activist organizations came and donated candles, water, food, and tents. We started planning logistics for the camp even before we went to bed that night. Thus, Occupy ICE PDX began.Over the next few days, we walked a picket on the driveway of the ICE building. We didn’t block anything, but our presence had an impact. By June 20th, most ICE agents had left, and it was declared officially closed on June 21st. At that point, we moved our vigil to the building’s driveway. We continued sacred peaceful assembly for another week. Nightly vigils helped us reflect on the bigger picture and remind us to hold one another with love and care.At this time, the camp (which grew along the last section of a rarely-used trolley line) had a working kitchen, ASL interpreters, a child care area, a medic tent, and even mental health services. We fed and provided services not only to occupiers and ICE Breakers, but to a range of vulnerable populations, regardless of their participation in the movement. These actions have inspired others across the United States to build community and call for the abolition of ICE. Actions have taken place in Chicago, Louisville, Los Angeles, Tacoma, Detroit, Salt Lake City, and of course, New York.On Monday June 25th, officers from the Federal Protective Service notified us that blocking access to a federal facility could result in arrests and federal prosecution. Officers also entered the ICE building, supposedly to “secure” it, but clearly also to monitor us and assess our defensive capabilities. The city, however, promised to NOT interfere with the protest.On Thursday, June 28th, DHS violently disrupted our peaceful assembly and destroyed the sacred space. Nine people were arrested by officers in full riot gear. The following Tuesday, they erected a tall “no climb” fence that blocked the sidewalk. On July 9th, the city ticketed them for the fence being too tall and blocking a public right of way. This did not result in the removal of the fence. Instead, it seemed to motivate DHS to invade the camp and arrest more comrades.While the portion of camp on city property remained, the occupation now faced new challenges. If we weren’t shutting down the ICE building, what were we doing? How should ICE Breakers and occupiers interact with the militarized police that stood facing the encampment? There was a lot of disagreement. I approach conflict by speaking my truth with a gentle voice and being intentional about how I phrase what I say.I strive to always use this approach when organizing for human rights AND whenever I am communicating to agents of the state. Vocal tone can trigger strong emotions, so it’s important to use it carefully. Employing the wrong tone can get you killed, but the right tone can make you safe. One night I used this tactic to deescalate an encounter with Federal police by getting 50 people to chant with gentle voices. Yet still, not everyone wanted to approach internal conflict or confrontations with police this way.We also faced the challenge of balancing our commitment to providing daily support to vulnerable communities with continuing to work toward the abolition of ICE. Meeting this challenge required attentive listening to folks experiencing systemic struggles. Though no one can be forced to listen attentively, modeling this behavior helps normalize and promote it. And while we should never forget to listen louder than we talk, we must also speak out when one community member is hurting because of another’s abuse of power.Even as Federal Police continued to be a threatening presence, occupiers and ICE Breakers created a beautiful scene of determination. Our community included voices from many walks of life: elders, toddlers, young people, and the middle-aged; people of many genders, cultures, and racial identities; street punks, academics, experienced organizers, government officials, anarchists, veterans, and gardeners. Some lived at camp as occupiers, but even more came to day on a regular basis to be part of the movement as ICE Breakers. Together we chanted, “ABOLISH ICE,” “NO MORE ICE,” “NO MAS MIGRA,” and “HASTA LA VISTA, MIGRA.” We chanted as a team. The camp was a grassroots community creating beautiful trouble to call for the abolition of ICE.Though the camp was shut down by the city on Wednesday, July 25th, our movement remains strong. The call for the abolition of ice reverberates beyond Portland, beyond the Northwest, across the world. And as I told my comrades from day 1, abolishing ICE is not something that can be achieved by remaining in one location. Even as the movement has become wide-spread, it must also spread deeply into our most local communities. We call for neighborhoods throughout the nation to join the movement and commit to being spaces of sanctuary. Make sanctuary possible with temporary autonomous zones, neighborhood parks, and community gathering places. I want all of us here today to persuade our NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS and CITY COUNCILS to endorse the abolition of ICE and stand up for sanctuary status. If your city council want to provide resources and aid, use it because your money shouldn’t be the first tool you use. Utilize any resources provided by municipalities, but DO NOT allow them to co-opt the movement. The call to Abolish ICE is best continued as a grassroots, POC-led movement. We must come together and demand justice. ABOLISH ICE!"Posted by Antonio Zamora on Saturday, July 28, 2018
Working to Abolish I.C.E.
The picket advocating for burgerville to pay liveable wage for their workers to secure good housing and so much was very successful. No police interfering with the right to protest and peacefull assemble, and picketers were very peacefull yet very passionate too. The Burgervill on Multnomah and MLK was peacefully blocked.Contact the Burgervill Corporate Headquarters to tell them how you feel with this phone number:360694152 then press 1*Script* Hello Burgervill, my name. . . I am calling you to officially acknowledge the Burgervill Workers Union and meet their demands. These people are not just workers; they're our workers, our kids, our parents, our neighbors and our friends. You owe them a reasonable wage for an honest day's work and I would expect nothing less from an organization that is committed to sustainability as #Burgervill claims to be. Make a promise to recognize the #BurgervillWorkersUnion!Solidarity!Posted by Antonio Zamora on Saturday, September 23, 2017
Working to End Poverty
“I have lived an incredible life that has stemmed from street life. Help me in my journey to fight systemic poverty and climate change, activate young people, research and explore other worlds, stand up for peace and justice and report on what’s happening from the front lines.“
– Antonio, FTP Organizer
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When you contribute:
- Antonio’s will send you a quarterly update of activities
- You will be invited to Antonio’s annual private event in celebration of our community
- You will receive a receipt of your contributions at the end of the year for your tax purposes
Provides Antonio with 4 bus tickets to can get around.
Helps Antonio to provide 1 hour of justice training.
Helps Antonio provide 3 hours minutes of mentorship, or the development of an alternate agriculture workshop.
Supports the many project materials and supplies Antonio needs such as food and water.