RE: [xmca] The past becomes the present.

From: David Preiss (
Date: Tue Dec 20 2005 - 07:38:39 PST

For what is worth, as an international member of the list, my thinking is
that we are performing a revolutionary act just by creating a distinctive
common sense about what is right and what is wrong. Indeed, during my years
in the USA, the most difficult thing for me was to share academic and living
spaces with people whose common sense was not sensitive to the ongoing human
rights tragedy. If we just assert clearly a different perspective on what is
"normal", we are doing our small part to promote change. Just a humble

David D. Preiss Ph.D.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Nicely stated Lina:
Within the discussion of 'performance as develoment' I find it very relevant
that XMCA members speak out about political, social and military suppression
of development. Currently there is a strong push to infringe upon
constitutional rights in the name of security. Unfortunately many american
citizens are willing to forgo privacy so that they may feel safe. However,
the talking heads that oppose this have provided no alternative to Bush's so
called "freedom act". It is my hope that a diverse audience such as XMCA
may provide great insight and take the risk of "performing" a solution so
that the world may develop into a safer place than is currently the case.

what do you think?


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Dear xmca' friends,

These "interruptions" of our discussions on development, with real life
examples of violation of basic human rights /Sydney; Mc Carthyism etc./ that
some of you brought, reminds me of the daily conditions of our work, where
we keep trying to protect development, despite, or because of continually
adverse conditions. Often very restrictive and discouraging, such conditions
that prevail and leave little space for community growing, slightly become
/although contradictory/, the only challenge for development.

For me it is also interesting how this particular group of people is ready
to make immediate response to the ongoing destructive events, leaving behind
the conceptual, tools and methods concerns. Actually, I see a huge
difference in facing and dealing with those conditions in different parts of
the world; while some people know how to organize themselves, and do act
upon it; and now matter of the outcomes, they do interact on the issues,
providing a great support to each other, world wide; the others stay
isolated and stuck in what they are experiencing, have no will, no hope, no
technology to get out of closed circles, and to do something for the

Great part of our work is actually on creating the opportunities for their
voices /children's and teachers'/, and on creating the community arena for
their choices, and on the believes that such a thing is possible and
realistic in community under continual pressure and risk... but this is
another subject.

I follow all the discussions, so far, being not so visible, but I do
enjoyed, and also had rare opportunity to read few very interesting
articles, due to this group... thank you a lot.

                                                  regards, Lina

--- David Preiss <> wrote:

> Dear BB,
> Scary links, particularly the present one...
> Just CNN announced "tapings will continue", by Monsieur George. How
> bad things are going! David
> David D. Preiss Ph.D.
> Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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Lina Kostarova Unkovska, Director
Center for Psychosocial and Crisis Action (CPCA)
Bul. Partizanski Odredi, 23/1-3
1000 Skopje, R. Macedonia
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