I AM A DIRECT PRODUCT OF COLD WAR.
My story is that from my mothers side, my grandparents fought against Mussolini, and against the
Nazi's. They were on the left side during the Greek
Civil war 1946-1949. In 1950 they got sponsored
to come to what was Czechoslovakia. My mom
was born here in Czech(as a Greek refugee). In
1968 the Russians rolled into Czech. I was born in
1975. A year prior to my birth, the Junta in Greece
ended. This meant that the Greek people in Eastern
Europe could for the first time go back to Greece(
or straight up move back) My grandparents made
their return to Greece in 1977. My parents, both
signed the Charter77 and we left Czechoslovakia
in 1979. Greece was not willing to accept my dad,
the law back then was a foreign man(married to a
Greek woman) wasn't eligible to get a residency/
working permit. That's where the Red Cross comes
in and sponsors us to Canada. So in 1981, we all fly
Having an opinion, or standing up for my beliefs
runs in my family. It is something that has been
for sure passed down to me. I am not a warrior
though. I have known this for a good 27 years now.
When I was 20 years old living on the Thai Burma
border. I was in an all male camp. This camp was
among many other things, full of soldiers, and guns.
One day, we all went on a hike up to a beautiful hill,
where you could see Karen State and the Salloween
River, I was asked if I want to fire/shoot one of the
guns. I was sure that I DIDN'T. Right away some of
the men, asked me “you don't believe in our revolution? In our struggle?” Of course I did. I just didn't
want to know what it felt like to hold a weapon, and
I DEEPLY BELIEVE IN JUSTICE, AND
SUPPORTING PEACE. I AM ALSO VERY
AWARE THAT THE WORLD WE LIVE
IN, IS VERY MUCH LEAD BY WHITE
SUPREMACIST STRUCTURES. THESE
ARE SO DEEPLY ENGRAVED IN US THAT
WE DON'T EVEN REALIZE IT.
Cold War and my white privilege brought me to
Canada. We all know that there have been so many
wars since WWII, many supported and funded by
European weapons. We also know that we are closing our borders to the people who suffer from war
that we funded, we don't see them equally, and we
definitely don't rush to their rescue. This reality is
the opposite of peace. It is the opposite of equality. This shines light, mainly on our prejudices, and
biases our comfort and the lifestyle we lead.
by Russell Watkins / CC BY
IN TIME OF WAR, AND TIME OF EXODUS,
WOMEN ARE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE.
Mainly pregnant, disabled, older women, and then
also Indigenous women, women of color, Roma,
women in poverty, single women...they face really
harsh ugly times. Their ability to survive and continue is unbelievable really. Their trauma takes years
to recover if ever.
Did you know it was during the second world war
in many western countries and especially in north
America, that women were working at factories either
producing canned food, or weapons to send off to the
men at war...that the majority of them, realized, that
they can in fact be independent financially and not
rely on their husbands.
This was one of the ways, in which women gained the
right to work, the right to vote, the right to own their
own property. I just read that in the UK it was in 1982
that women could get served at a pub alone!!! Wow.
When you consider these facts, please also consider
that women of color were not included in these privileges, Indigenous women weren't either. In Europe it
was similar, the ethnic minorities of Europe in nation
states had totally different legal rights. This is just
to exemplify how racist our history is, how racist our
Peace cannot be for a selected few. Martin Lurther
King: Until we are ALL free none of us is free. We
need to unlearn all this violence. We need to shed
our entitled stance by engaging in meaningful
communication. Also look examine the effects of
patriarchal structures, of misogynist attitudes, look
at how late form of capitalism has us so preoccupied
with our digital world, observe how we are destroying
WE HAVE SO MUCH WORK AHEAD OF US.
IT'S HIGH TIME TO BE ACCOUNTABLE
FOR OUR BEHAVIORS.
One of the most gentle, yet rebellious, and at the
same time revolutionary ways of practicing peace
is having a yoga practice. I don't mean this as a
selling tip. I mean Yoga in and of itself, is all about
encouraging ourselves to get rid of our attachments,
comforts, absolutism, its philosophy is that we are
all ONE (not the same). Allowing ourselves to be
the best version of ourselves, stripping away at our
egos. YOGA studios are also spaces mainly attended
by women. Yes, it is also true that these spaces lack
diversity both in terms of race and body size, but so
much incredible work is being done to change this.
I AM SO BLESSED TO BE A WOMAN, AND
TO RUN A DREAM STUDIO. I AM SO GRATEFUL, FOR BEING ABLE TO EXPRESS
MYSELF, SHARE MY LOVE, AND KEEP
MAKING CONNECTIONS TOWARDS PEACE AND SOLIDARITY. WE ALL STAND A
At Yoga Garden we are holding fundraising classes
every TUESDAY, THURSDAY and SUNDAY 16-17pm.
150CZK is minimum donation.. All proceeds go to Clovek v Tisni which then transfers it to Ukrainian Refugees. We are also collecting all basic necessities,
please feel free and come drop them off.
Thanks for reading.
Stay brave. Fists UP !
Big love C