Revolutionaries

Scan-140923-0001 Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata painted by Francisco, ACE Member

"At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality." - Che Guevara

Francisco is an artist and a member of Another Chance at Education, the Inside-Out Think Tank at Oregon State Penitentiary. For the beginning of each meeting, one ACE member volunteers to present on something from which they derive inspiration. Francisco held up this painting, identified its subjects, and spoke on the history of these Mexican revolutionaries who came from poverty, became leaders of men, and remain symbols of heroism. He told of his own family, of his father marching with Cesar Chavez, of his mother's resilience raising children in poverty. Sometimes, Francisco said, it is not the grand actions that are revolutionary, but the ability of so many to make it day-to-day despite all the cards stacked against them.