Tagged Domestic Violence

Damned Ignorance

They peddle the documentary DVDs like political leaflets, presenting them proudly as they solicit support and monetary contributions for the cause. They are vending a symbol of gender subjugation; a film that is stained with allegations of sexual assault; assertions that were muffled; claims that were minimized; and cries that were choked in the name of the cause. They have contaminated the cause and have even attempted to hijack it. Damned Ignorance! Does the end justify the means? No, not here! The cause. We were all clear about our cause. It was wrapped around keeping our precious Mexican American Studies…

Three Sonorans – blogger/publicist; deception by deflection, attempted polarization, sour grapes- all with underlying misogyny and prejudice

After being called on his misogynist oriented blogging and continued spread of misinformation, some weeks ago, DA Morales, also known as Three Sonorans (TS), proclaimed that his blog would be shut down. The TS absence lasted only a few days and many pockets were lined with quick cash from bets won against his promise. We are regretful to have won the bet! At a New Year’s party, Richard M. Martinez referred to Morales as his “publicist” which simply affirmed Morales’ role. Perhaps the bestowment of his role and title is what propelled Martinez’ promoter to begin TS and what prodded…

Grandfather

To My Dead Grandfather,   I used to wish I could have met you Dreamed of you reading me bedtime stories and of my potential love for you After I found out the truth all I have dreamed about is my regret your Death wasn’t torturous enough to suit your crimes Physical damage will not satisfy my need  Piss on your soul; mutilate the fibers of the cross-stitch that Holds your two-face together   I dreamed I could have been there and watched you Die. And I wanted to be the one to do it. To have killed you. Slowly, carefully, methodically with a distinct…

Take It All Back

Women with the courage to fight taught me how to take it all back Your rape cannot take my pleasure Your hate cannot take my love You war cannot take my peace Your ignorance can not dull my light My voice calls out and is echoed We come together bound in women-centered community We are safe because we promote women as leaders in all sectors and live as leaders Leaders who know their strengths Leaders who turn to community for support when we are weak We stand together and up in all our actions Our lives lived and daily choices…

Culture of Silence

Acts of violence are committed against women in the Mexican-American Studies community consistently, yet it seems they are only discussed publicly when people outside the movement get involved. As a young woman in this community I should have been made aware of men in the movement who are known perpetrators of violence. I need to know which spaces are safe spaces and I need to be able to make informed decisions about the people I am involving myself with or organizing with. I believe that part of the reason I had no previous knowledge of any man’s history of gendered violence was because of a carefully constructed culture of…

Think about the family

We keep talking about the pain it causes our families I know that, I am them   I am the one that held on to stories of violence so hard I bled Held on to secrets of feeling unsafe Felt my insides explode, cancer in my belly, pain in my chest   I too felt it was no ones business So I kept on holding on Explosions continued in my body, on others faces, on my arms   Growing up I began to think these secrets were normal This fear and uncertainty I kept inside Comfortable Was love, was safety…

Old Ways

When referring to the “old ways” to do away with We meant the patriarchy that has been killing(rapingbeatingsilencingsuppressinghating) us And going back to those older ways when our voices could sing Unfettered Openly Without fear. You know: Matriarchy. Those days when we knew a profound love.   Those times when everyone acknowledged the power of women to create Healthy Societies Healthy Families Healthy Lives A Healthy Earth A Healthy Time to live in   Don’t get stuck on supposed definitions When we’ve been staring you right in the face this whole time.

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…

David Abie Morales:

Your announcement that your last post for Three Sonorans was in the works arrived in only the grand fashion that you are known for – that overly dramatized self-important manner usually followed by chisme and posts that polarize rather than bring us together. You know, some of us actually don’t believe this is going to be your last post. We’re taking bets on your return. Let us know if you want to get in on it. You can’t stay away from the attention and the glory, real or imagined. No, David, MAS isn’t dead, and we suspect, unfortunately, neither is…

Response to Sean’s Letter: we call bullshit

This letter is merely an empty letter, a clear public relations statement so that, god forbid, you don’t actually look guilty of doing something wrong.  If you really believe in what you said and that this is sufficient, you clearly still do not get it. Your words are that of an entitled man that minimizes your actions. This is a clear statement of denial. “no one has the right to engage in any conduct that is or has the appearance of domestic violence.” This is absolutely disrespectful and is in fact domestic violence. Oh and by the way……. We will…