Ernesto Bustillos, founder of Union del Barrio, revolutionary Mexican-Indigenous liberation organization, passed away on March 26, 2012. Union del Barrio’s official statement on the passing of Comrade Ernesto can be found here.
The following statement was written by Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee:
Ernesto Bustillos was a founding member of Union del Barrio, the organization of Mexican-Indigenous people based in San Diego. According to its Political Program, Union del Barrio is “committed to the fundamental objective of winning the complete liberation of all Raza, from Chile to Alaska, as well as supporting struggles for self-determination of the world’s oppressed peoples and nations.
Since the 1980s the African People’s Socialist Party and Union del Barrio carried out a deep working relationship based on the principled unity and aspirations of the African and Indigenous working peoples of this hemisphere.
The two organizations are dedicated to the understanding that the Indigenous and African revolutions in the Americas are two fronts of the worldwide struggle for the national liberation of oppressed peoples and for an end to imperialism, colonialism and oppression
Over the years Comrade Ernesto Bustillos was so often present at Uhuru Movement events, giving solidarity statements, talking about the war against the Mexican people inside the U.S., summing up the situation in Mexico, and exemplifying African-Indigenous unity at Party forums, tribunals, conferences and marches.
So often Chairman Omali Yeshitela or other Party members also spoke at Union del Barrio events, conferences and actions, including the event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the relationship between Union del Barrio and the Party held in San Diego last year.
Comrade Ernesto was the founder of the Raza Press and Media Association and the Association of Raza Educators. He wrote several books and many articles for La Verdad, the journal of Union del Barrio.
As a member of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, the organization of white people working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, I had the opportunity and the honor to know Comrade Ernesto in the context of solidarity with the African and Indigenous revolutions.
I was always moved by his revolutionary enthusiasm, his love of the Mexican working class, the hard work of his organization, his stance of unity and his appreciation and respect for Chairman Omali Yeshitela and the African People’s Socialist Party—as he so movingly expresses in his presentation at the Party’s 5th Congress in this video here.
Ernesto Bustillos has made a profound mark on the liberation movement for Mexican and Indigenous workers and for all those seeking an end to a world of oppressors and the oppressed, colonizers and the colonized.
Ernesto Bustillos takes his place with all the freedom fighters who have struggled for the past 500 years for liberation from the parasitic system of European occupation, colonial plunder and genocide.
Compañero Ernesto Bustillos—Presente!