Jacque Salame

The Preamble of the United States’ Constitution defines the purpose of our government. 

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

I know through experience that too many citizens have been betrayed by this government’s glorious proclamation. Law enforcers establish Justice with physical violence and street side executions statistically disproportionate against people of color. The guarantee of Insuring domestic tranquility against the fact that Black and Brown citizens are imprisoned by a systemically racist judicial system is hypocritical.  Police commonly defend houseless people by clearing tent cities. And, personal healthcare responsibilities like insurance outweigh the general welfare and destabilize the blessings of Liberty, “to ourselves and Our Posterity .

 Stories of systemic injustices need to be told by those most affected. My goal as a performance artist is to illuminate my experiences as witness and victim of institutional harm by collaborating with other artists of color, utilizing a multitude of media, poetry, music and dance: culminating as  Movement for the movement.

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  • \"La Frontera Te Llama,\" \"Rememory of Strange Fruit,\" and “50 Foot Fugee ” by Amalia Ortiz http://amaliaortiz.net/rnDirected by Pepe Garcia Gillingrnhttp://www.mexartivist.com/rnLyrics by Amalia Ortiz, copyright 2019. rnrnThis video is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Southwest Airlines, and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program.rnrnMusic by Mick Jones, copyright 1979, published on the album \'London Calling\' by The Clash. rnrnMusic by Abel Meeropol, copyright 1937, published on the single \"Strange Fruit\" by Billie Holiday in 1939. rnrnMusic by Polly Jean Harvey, copyright 1993, published on the album \'Rid of Me\' by released by Island Records. rnrnMusic is used for social commentary constituting parody, protected by the Fair Use clause §107 of The Copyright Act of 1976 (cf. Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569, 1994).rnrnThis video was made possible by a NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant. rnrnLyrics published in the book The Canción Cannibal Cabaret, by Amalia Ortiz, available at https://aztlanlibrepress.com/rnrnVideo filmed in 2019 in Texas. Music and video performances by Las Hijas de la Madre: Amalia Ortiz, Jacque Salame, Maria Ibarra, Lily Tijerina, Leticia Rocha-Zivadinovic, Dan Flutur, Lorenzo Beas, Juan Ramos, Kip Austin Hinton.

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