Chicana Writers

"Chicana Feminisms constitute a political stance that confronts and undermines patriarchy as it cross-cuts forms of disempowerment and silence such as racism, homophobia, class inequality, and nationalism." -Gabriela Arredondo, Chicana Feminisms

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Kinetic-knowledge is a group blog started by myself and three great friends of mine. We are truly a blog by POC youth, for POC youth. Each week we will feature a different topic aimed to spark discussion and promote growth. Please check us out :) -Sending love, La Luna
fuckyeahchicanawriters fuckyeahchicanawriters Said:
Hello Community Family.
I am the Executive Director of Families for Justice as Healing (www.justiceashealing.org). We are a criminal justice reform, legislative advocacy organization and we advocate for community wellness alternatives to incarceration. We focus on women. We draft model state and federal legislation with a focus on reducing the number of incarcerated women. There has been a dramatic increase in incarceration of women in the United States in ten years. 70% of incarcerated women were the primary caregivers of their children prior to their incarceration and  the period of incarceration of mothers and separation from their children creates serious collateral consequences for children and the entire community. 

We are organizing the FREE HER Rally on June 21, 2014 in Washington DC on the Washington Mall. Women and supporters from across the country coming together to raise our voices as one to end mass incarceration and the war on drugs, the major catalyst to mass incarceration of women. We are asking President Obama to commute the sentences of women in the federal system serving non-violent drug sentences.

Our event kicks off with a nation wide call-in day on June 20th in support of the Smarter Sentencing Act. …And then we are showing up on June 21st, on the Washington Mall, 10,000 women, men and children strong. We are asking individuals and organizations to join us. Help us raise our voices to end unjust and disparate sentencing laws and help mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts and wives return to their families and begin to heal themselves, the children and our communities. Please share this and join us on June 21, 2014. FREE HER! - Thank you. - Andrea James
 
madmenhattan:

readafuckingbook:

This Bridge Called My Back - Writings by Radical Women of Color
I don’t care what gender studies or queer theory class you’ve taken, you need to read this book, but be warned, it is a rare find and might expensive. It contains several essays by womanists discussing their experience, racism, poverty, how racism pervaded the feminist movement in the early 1980s and most importantly the individual experiences of asian pacific, black, american indian and latina/chicana women. This words you find in this book and the truths that will make your soul sick are imperrative for understanding the history of racism, feminism, systematic oppression and white privilege. These are stories that have, even today, been swept under the rug and out of sight. 
You need to read this fucking book. 

PDF version downloadable here.

madmenhattan:

readafuckingbook:

This Bridge Called My Back - Writings by Radical Women of Color

I don’t care what gender studies or queer theory class you’ve taken, you need to read this book, but be warned, it is a rare find and might expensive. It contains several essays by womanists discussing their experience, racism, poverty, how racism pervaded the feminist movement in the early 1980s and most importantly the individual experiences of asian pacific, black, american indian and latina/chicana women. This words you find in this book and the truths that will make your soul sick are imperrative for understanding the history of racism, feminism, systematic oppression and white privilege. These are stories that have, even today, been swept under the rug and out of sight. 

You need to read this fucking book. 

PDF version downloadable here.

muchachafanzine:

Muchacha Issue #7
Fall 13’

"The Coalition Edition"

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” -Audre Lorde

"The Coalition Edition" is an attempt to explore questions such as, "How can we work with our differences in new ways? How can we learn to hear one another more fully? How can we heal ourselves while also addressing systemic oppression?". In this 33 page edition, a handful of talented contributors address coalition building in diverse ways. Topics discussed include bridging the gap between academia and activism, building coalitions towards a trans* inclusive health care, discovering community through music, the complicated realities of passing, immigrant activism, and the relationship between activism and art. Perfect for any activist looking for ways to build community across difference!

Purchase a copy here

olvjnttbshp:

'What is interesting, is that the Frida Kahlo venerated by American feminists is a very different Frida Kahlo to the one people learn about in Mexico, in the Chicano community. In her country, she is recognized as an important artist and a key figure in revolutionary politics of early 20th…

(via olvjnttbshp-deactivated20140330)

…I am evil. I am the filth goddess Tlazoltéotl.
I am the swallower of sins.
The lust goddess without guilt.
The delicious debauchery…

viva-la-eternidad:

I “blame” the literature that I’ve managed to take ownership in. <3

'Frida' by Barbara Mujica

'Xicana Codex' by Cherrie L. Moraga

'Borderlands la Frontera' by Gloria Anzaldua

'Open Veins of Latin America' by Eduardo Galeano

'Mirrors' by Eduardo Galeano

'This is How You Lose Her' by Junot Diaz

'The Massacres of Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma' by Ana Castillo

All books HIGHLY recommended.

(via damnitdisney)

The dual, hyphenated, personality is an Anglo creation. According to
this concept, there is no hybrid cultural self. It is part of the Anglo imagination that we can keep our culture and assimilate, a position that would be contradictory if both cultures were understood as informing the “real” fabric of everyday life. But in thinking of a Mexican-American, the Anglo imagination construes “Mexican” as the name for a superexploitable being who is a practitioner of a superfluous, ornamental, culture. Being “American” is what supposedly gives us (dubious) membership in that “real” culture, the culture of the ideally culturally-unified-through-assimilation polls illegitimately called “America.”
Maria Lugones, “On Borderlands/La Frontera: An Interpretive Essay (via thislooseleaf)

Pero, it seems I can only touch you
With my body
You lie with me
And my body es la hamaca
That spans the void between us

Hermano raza,
I am afraid that you will lie with me
And awaken too late
To find that you have fallen

And my hands will be left groping
For you and your dream
In the midst of la revolucion

Para un Revolucionario - Lorna Dee Cervantes (via elmovimientochicano)