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Fourteen years ago, 139 children ages 5 years to 8 assembled on a chilly fall morning in the empty courts of El Sereno Park. Parents, teachers and children all nervously anticipated the start of the first day of the first public charter elementary school in East Los Angeles. With no building to hold classes in, Academia Semillas del Pueblo began in an abandoned rec room of a city park, carting classroom supplies out to the yard daily. Children first enrolled in kinder 2002 just graduated from high school. We are honored to have been entrusted with their lives and livelihoods for over a decade and now celebrate the commencement of their paths as adult members of our communities and sovereign nations. We are honored in celebrating this rite of passage of the graduating class of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of 2015.

Xinaxcalmecac Academia Semillas del Pueblo was born of a great concern for the harmonious regeneration of Indigenous Peoples on this continent. Semillas del Pueblo emerged from the hearts of mothers, fathers, and teachers who took that first step thirteen years ago who organized a resistance to English-only laws in the State of California in effect to this day that prohibit maternal language education. Semillas was born in the forgotten barrios, in abandoned buildings, in neglected city parks, in dumpsters made libraries, in overcrowded schools, beneath compassionate trees, below ancient hills, blanketed by the thunder and rains of a southern California sky. Today, we may not all remember those days. "Even what is made of jade, breaks. Even what is made of gold, tears." The privilege of being a temachtiani in Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory is an uncommon calling. Vision, passion and commitment are requirements. The honor of being a xinaxtli in Anahuacalmecac is also uncommon. Dedication, cultivation and dreaming are basic expectations. Here, in this place, whosoever enters seeking a place of ease, begins ones exit upon arrival. Whosoever places the seeds of our people before themselves and their own needs merits honor and respect. "Only here a while," said the young grandfather. How will we have lived our lives? To love, thrive, learn, give, dream, play, dance, walk, and travel on the morning path towards the sunrise of a new sun tracing the steps of the ants that came before us. That is how we become rooted, united and organized like the fingers of our hand.

Yoloxochitl nelhuayotl

The flower blooms from the root,

Beauty is born of truth,

The seed blossoms,

It awakens

The people of maize.

Life is rooted in earth.

 

En esta tierra se vive con raíz

 

Xinaxcalmecac Academia Semillas del Pueblo nació de una gran preocupación por la regeneración armoniosa en este continente de los pueblos indígenas. Nace Semillas del Pueblo en los corazones de los padres y las madres, y de los maestros y las maestras quienes dieron ese primer paso hace trece años organizando su resistencia a las leyes estatales del estado de California que aún hoy prohíben la educación a través de idiomas maternas. Nace Semillas del Pueblo en los barrios olvidados, en edificios abandonados, en parques descuidados, en basureros hechos libreros, en escuelas sobrepopuladas, bajo arboles consoladoras, al pie de cerros antiguos, acobijados por lluvias y truenos. Nace Semillas del Pueblo como sueño de lo imposible hecho tangible, lo anhelado, vivido. Pero no tod@s recordamos. "Aunque sea de jade, se quiebra. Aunque sea de oro se rompe". El privilegio de ser temachtiani en Xinaxcalmecac no es para cualquiera. Exige visión, pasión y entrega. El honor de ser xinaxtli en Xinaxcalmecac tampoco es para cualquiera. Exige esmerarse, superarse y soñar. Aquí en este lugar, quien entra buscando un lecho confortable, con su entrada comienza su salida. Quien antepone las Semillas del Pueblo antes que sus propias necesidades es merito de honor. "Solo un poco aquí" dijo el joven abuelo. ?Que haremos con nuestra vida mientras que estemos? Amar, gozar, aprender, ofrendar, soñar, jugar, organizar, danzar, caminar y andar por el sendero matutino hasta ver salir de nuevo el sol por esta veredita de hormiguitas que vamos trazando. Así se vive con raíz en esta tierra, juntos y organizados como los dedos de la mano.

 

Yoloxochitl nelhuayotl

La flor brota de la raíz,

La belleza nace de la verdad,

Florece semillita,

despierta ya

tu pueblo de maíz.