The San Diego/Tijuana ReEvolutionary Poets Brigade was one of 9 chapters of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. The first chapter was started by Beat poet Jack Hirshman in San Francisco in the Spring of 2009. The L.A. Brigade came to the World Beat Center in
San Diego sometime after 2014 and read their poems. A poet from the L.A. chapter had moved to San Diego, Rex Butters, and asked
San Diego poet Jim Moreno to start a San Diego Chapter. The San Diego Chapter echoing the social justice themes had their first reading in 2015 at Ducky Waddles in Leucadia, CA.
In 2016 the racist rhetoric of the future 45th President was not acceptable to San Diego Brigade members. San Diego Brigade coordinator Jim Moreno was invited to read poetry at CECUT, the cultural center of Tijuana by poet Francisco Busto and his poetry
group. At that reading Moreno apologized to the mostly Mexican audience for the racism by one man in the presidential competition and asked if any Mexican poets would like to join the Brigade to model friendship and counter racism and hate. 5 poets joined that night making the San Diego/Tijuana ReEvolutionary Poets Brigade bilingual and binational.
We are interested in strengthing our border with words, not walls. We strengthen both borders with friendship and respect, not with militariazation. We voice social justice, existential, feminist, and indigenous poetry. We are in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, 100,000 Poets For Change, Seed the Vote, The New Georgia Project, The World Beat Center, Activist San Diego, & The Revolutionary Poets Brigade, Los Angeles.
Jim Moreno, San Diego/Tijuana ReEvolutionary Poets Brigade