From January, 2013

Community New Year’s Resolutions

I was recently reading a list of five New Year’s resolutions for the Latino community by Ernesto Sosa on Huffington Post. The founder and president of the Hispanic Social Media Institute and SOWEB and director at LATISM (Latinos in Innovation, Technology and Social Media), focused on challenges that hold back the Latino community that prevent us from doing what’s needed to “evolve, become a valuable power group and change the outdated, misrepresented Latino stereotypes.” Sosa has some good points, and some speak volumes to the specific challenges facing Tucson’s own community and should be taken to heart. But it occurred to…

A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story

A woman in the Black Power movement was considered, at best, irrelevant. A woman asserting herself was a pariah. A woman attempting the role of leadership was, to my proud black Brothers, making an alliance with the “counter-revolutionary, man-hating, lesbian, feminist white bitches.” It was a violation of some Black Power principle that was left undefined. If a black woman assumed a role of leadership, she was said to be eroding black manhood, to be hindering the progress of the black race. She was an enemy of black people. Her strategy for functioning as a woman was to rely on the…

Two Men One Night

I was raped by two men in one night.   Their names were Coco and Fresh, or at least that’s what they told me. Sometimes I wonder what their birth names were or if their mothers ever thought that their baby boys would grow up to be rapists when they gave them those names. Those who argue to define rape may feel the need to argue with me on whether or not this was rape. But for me it was. It was rape to my 16 year-old self that night and the morning after. It is still rape to my…

The Fight for Ethnic Studies Beyond Heteropatriarchy and Male Privilege: a Call to Address & End Violence in all its Forms

By Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa | Tucson, Arizona | http://www.antifronteras.com “Gender violence must be understood within larger systems of capitalism, settler colonialism, white supremacy, and heteropatriarchy… One of the major contradictions in political mobilization is that we often replicate the same hierarchical systems we claim to be dismantling. Gender violence is prevalent within progressive movements as it is in society at large.” (Andrea Smith. “Introduction” The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, pp. xiv-xv) As Mexicano/Chicano born men, we come from a long legacy of beauty, but also one of colonization, gender violence, and resistance. As working-class brown…

The Lady Vagina Jenkins

My kind of femme is about drag. with every false eyelash every pair of fishnets I’m constructing a new identity. I believe in the power of costume to make a grrrrl But never to break a grrrrl –life does that to us every day. Photo Credit: L. Haskell Artist: Elizabeth “Oscar” Maynard Quote: The Lady Vagina Jenkins

“Necesitamos tiempo con nosotros las mujeres para refrescarnos el alma.” -Consuelo Aguilar

Dedico este trabajo a las mujeres Chicanas Esta dedicado a las Locas/ a las reinas de la Raza Cosmica   For as different as we all may seem, When intricacies are compared We are all one, And the same. Soy la Mujer Chicana, una maravilla Soy tan simple como la capirotada And at the same time I am as complicated to understand as the Aztec Pyramids. Soy la Reina de la Raza Cosmica (al estilo Califas)… Soy señorita Soy ruca loca Soy mujerona Soy Santa Soy madre Soy Ms. Soy la India Maria Soy la Adelita Soy Radical Soy la…

Richard Martinez:

All joking aside, Mr. Lawyer, the law begrudges us you. You stand spinning things into the ground, all values loosening their grips beneath your calls for winning. Women are pawns for you: Play this, play that. Squelch this, squash that. Posture here, threaten there. Sow division, reap wounds electrified under silent gazes. You are a “man’s man,” machismo to the point, broken-down logic lost you a long time ago. I’m not from here, Richard Martinez, you can’t threaten me, I’ve met more dangerous people in my life. And your backward leadership has caught all our gazes.